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Volume 8, Number 7Space holderFebruary 20, 2004

Low-level magnetic field exposure can damage rat DNA

Photo of brain cells.
Two brain cells from a rat exposed to a low-level electromagnetic field show significant amounts of damaged DNA, seen exiting from the cells. Findings by UW researchers suggest that such damage is cumulative. (Full story)

Robinson, chair of rehabilitation medicine, wins APP Award

Lawrence Robinson, professor and chair of rehabilitation medicine, has been awarded the Distinguished Academician Award by the Association of Academic Physiatrists. (Full Story)

Robert Bruce, father of exercise cardiology, dead at 87

Robert Bruce, UW professor emeritus of medicine and pioneer of exercise cardiology, died Thursday, Feb. 12, at his Seattle home. (Full Story)

Health Sciences Open House information meeting set for Feb. 23; First Haggitt Lecture scheduled for Feb. 27

The 2004 Health Sciences Open House will be Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24. Exhibitors are now signing up, and the Open House Web site, with an exhibitor application included, is up at

Exhibitors are urged to attend the Open House information meeting at 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23, in Hogness Auditorium. The meeting will outline changes for this year's event and include information about resources for developing exhibits.

Questions or requests for information should go to Open House Coordinator Michelle Cody Ritter at 206-543-1734,

The first Rodger C. Haggitt Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Pathology, will be given at noon, Friday, Feb. 27, in room T-733 of the Health Sciences Center. Abul Abbas, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "Genes, Lymphocytes and Autoimmunity."

Immediately following the lecture, the Department of Pathology will host a dedication ceremony marking the official opening of new offices for the Division of Anatomic Pathology at UW Medical Center. Highlighting the ceremony will be the unveiling of a photograph and plaque honoring Haggitt outside of the main entrance to the new Anatomic Pathology offices, room NE-110, UWMC. Haggitt was professor of pathology and director of anatomic pathology from 1984 until his death in June 2000 in a shooting at the UW.

Abbas, who will give the first Haggitt Lecture, is a renowned pathologist and immunologist. Abbas was a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School for 22 years, and was head of the Immunology Research Division, based at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His research interests are in the mechanisms of autoimmunity, and T cell apoptosis, differentiation and memory.

For more information about the Haggitt Lecture, visit the Department of Pathology's Web site at

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