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Unraveling Chronic Diseases in the 21st Century:
The Roles of Infection and Aging

Saturday, April 12, 2008
Evans Hall, 334 A/B
4170 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Brian J. Balin, PhD
Rani Bright, MBBS, HCLD
Program Co-Chairmen

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Modern medicine is enabling people to live longer, but longer life results in an increase in age-related chronic diseases. Thus, there is a distinct need to understand the role of chronic diseases/disorders as a component of the aging process as we move forward in the 21st century. Chronic diseases may originate at any point in one?s life span and therefore, study of these processes is required from birth to the end of life. With a renewed interest in determining what causes chronic disease, one focus has centered on the role of microorganisms in this process. This program provides insight into a number of chronic diseases known to be caused by chronic infections. In addition, the program provides the health care professional with newer information on suspected associations of chronic diseases originally not thought to be infectious, but for which new evidence implicates chronic infection as a potential risk or causative factor. 

  • Describe the associations between infectious agents and chronic diseases.
  • Explain how chronic infection promotes systemic disease.
  • Understand the pathogenesis of accepted infectious causation of chronic diseases.
  • Understand newer associations between chronic infection and chronic diseases.
  • Describe current research efforts to establish linkages between infection and chronic disease.
  • Understand the diagnostic regimens, treatment, and vaccination approaches in combating chronic infectious disease.
  • Explain the tremendous toll on human morbidity and mortality in relationship to chronic infection and chronic diseases as a function of the aging process.

7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Brian J. Balin, Professor, Department of Pathology/Microbiology & Immunology and Forensic Medicine, Director of Basic Science Research, Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Rani Bright, MBBS, HCLD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology/Microbiology & Immunology and Forensic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
8:15 a.m. Hepatitis C, Chronic Liver Disease and Remote Systemic Effect
Robert M. Fogel, DO, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology/Microbiology & Immunology and Forensic Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
9:00 a.m.

Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer
Saul Jeck, DO, FACOOG, Professor and Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

9:45 a.m.

Emerging Issues in Chronic Disease: Slime and Old Parasite
Edward S. Johnson, MD, Director of Infection Control & The Travelers Resource, Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, NJ

10:30 p.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Infectious Agents as Culprits in Neurodegenerative Disease
Brian J. Balin, PhD
11:30 a.m. The Impact of HIV on Chronic Diseases and Malignancies
Jeffrey T. Kirchner, DO, FAAFP, Associate Director, Family Practice Residency Program and Medical Director, Comprehensive Care Center for HIV, Lancaster General Hospital
12:15 p.m. Emerging Pathogens - Chronic and Systemic Manifestations 
David V. Condoluci, DO, FACOI, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-SOM, Chief of Infectious Diseases, Kennedy Health System
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Questions/Adjourn


This Program is being supported by theCenter for Chronic Disorders of Aging.

Continuing Education Credit
Physicians: This program anticipates being approved for five of AOA Category 1-A CME credit hours pending approval by the AOA CCME. Sign-in and full day attendance of program is required for credit. All faculty participating in continuing medical education programs sponsored by PCOM are expected to disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).

On-campus parking is available in our garage; please enter on Stout Road. All-day parking is $5.00. PLEASE NOTE: the automated gate takes quarters or one, five, and ten dollar bills. Enter Evans Hall through the front entrance across from the parking garage.

Fee Policies
Physicians $125.00, Physician Assistants and other Health Care Professionals, $75.00. Registration fees for Saturday and Sunday programs are not refundable, nor can they be credited to future programs.

Emergency Messages
Call PCOM Rowland Hall Security Desk at (215) 871-6351 ask the guard to transfer your call to ext. 5350 which is the phone in Evans Hall.
Last Updated: 12/15/14