Scientific Heroism: The Risks of Biological Research - SOLD OUT

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When and Where:
Thursday, November 7, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
at Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St., Indianapolis, IN 46222

Norma B. Erickson, BA, CLT (HEW), George Sandusky, DVM, PhD, James W Smith, MD

Donations requested

Event Description:

Scientific research can create dangers for the public and for researchers. Learn the history of scientific risk-taking here and abroad—including the implications of risks not taken—and learn about Indiana’s contributions to treating infectious diseases. The panel discussion, exhibit, and Q&A will consider how much risk is tolerable in today’s laboratories. 

Our panelists, Nordschow Professor Emeritus Dr. James Smith and Senior Research Professor Dr. George Sandusky, both of IU School of Medicine, and former Assistant Technical Director of AIT Laboratories and current Indiana Association of Pathology Secretary, Norma B. Erickson, will describe specific cases of accidental exposure and laboratory-acquired infections over the last 150 years, including recent cases. Dr. Smith will also talk about specific research on the malarial treatment for syphilis, which was conducted in the very laboratory facility where the program takes place.

Registration required by 11/5/2013.

Presented by Indiana Medical History Museum; Indiana Association of Pathologists, Inc.; and Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 317-635-7329 or

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