Aired Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m. The one-hour community forum was held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center in Shreveport. The forum featured Dr. Martha Whyte, director of the Region 7 Office of Public Health, Dr. Gerald Capraro, director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport, and Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport. The experts answered questions from the audience in Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The free public forum is a collaboration of Sci-Port, LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. With the first case on American soil emerging in Dallas, Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center is partnering with LSU Health Shreveport and Red River Radio to present a free public forum on Ebola at Sci-Port's IMAX Dome Theatre. The one-hour Ebola 101 Forum is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10 a.m.
Red River Radio's Kate Archer Kent will moderate a panel of experts featuring Dr. Martha M. Whyte, director of Region 7 Office of Public Health; Gerald A. Capraro, Ph.D., director of the clinical microbiology and diagnostic virology laboratory at LSU Health Shreveport; and Dr. John A. Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport.
Sci-Port is located at 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, Shreveport, La., 71101. More information is at 318-424-3466.
Louisiana Tech biomedical engineering doctoral student Karthik Patta shows a specimen for how a plastic filament could dispense antibiotics in the case of joint surgery. Jeffery Weisman holds a plastic implant in the background.
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Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer.
LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.
Dr. Quyen Chu, chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport, will receive the 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10.
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Two LSU Health Shreveport physicians are among more than 100 people who will be honored in May as recipients of this year’s Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The ceremony will take place on the historic New York City island.
The award is given annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to a U.S. immigrant or native-born citizen who has made significant contributions to society.
Dr. Quyen Chu is chief of surgical oncology at LSU Health Shreveport. His family fled Vietnam in 1975, when he was seven.