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International Medical Informatics Expert to Give Lazerow Lecture

Media Contact: Whitney Hale, 859-257-1754

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2005) William Hersh, a professor in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), will present the annual Lazerow Lecture from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Room 230 of the University of Kentucky Student Center Addition. Hersh's topic for the lecture is "Grand Challenges for Biomedical Information Retrieval." 

Dr. Bill HershHersh serves as chair of the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Since he joined the OHSU faculty in 1990, he has developed research and educational programs in medical informatics. Internationally recognized for his contributions to the field, he is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Hersh's research focuses on the development and evaluation of information retrieval systems for biomedical practitioners and researchers. He has published over 100 scientific papers and is author of the 2003 book, "Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective," published by Springer-Verlag. Hersh's other research interests include the evaluation of telemedicine and scientific investigation of alternative and complementary medicine.

The Lazerow Lecture series is sponsored by Thomson ISI, a division of Thomson Scientific, located in Philadelphia. The series honors the work of Samuel Lazerow, a federal librarian for 25 years and a vice president of ISI at the time of his death in 1981.

ISI produces and distributes databases of citations to scientific and scholarly journals, such as the Science Citation Index.

The event is presented by the UK School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) in the College of Communications and Information Studies. A reception will follow the address. All members of the UK community and the general public are welcome.

For further information on the Lazerow Lecture, contact Lousetta Carlson in SLIS at 859-257-8876.
 

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