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Steven Owens, a cardiologist at KU Hospital, is leading a clinical trial to investigate a vaccination for staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in patients undergoing open heart surgery. KU Hospital is one of 80 centers worldwide participating in the study by Merck Co. in which approximately 5,700 patients are expected to enroll over 12 months.

Patients with S. aureus have limited treatment options because of a dramatic increase in the number of the infections occurring in communities and hospitals.


The Edwards Campus will host an information session for prospective students at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m. April 17. Enrollment and admission procedures, financial aid and tuition and fees information will be available. Advisers and faculty will be available to answer questions. A free GMAT and GRE test prep class is included with the 6:45 p.m. session. For more information, visit or call (913) 897-8400.


Suzanne Hawley, assistant professor of preventive medicine, has been named the 2008 chair-elect for the National Public Health Leadership Development Network, effective April 25. She will serve for one year as chair-elect and chair for the 2009-10 year. The organization is a consortium of state, regional, national and international public health leadership programs. During her year as chair-elect, Hawley will lead the educational activities of the 2009 annual conference; and the 2008 leadership session at the American Public Health Association.

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