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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 11:55 am

HOMEGROWN MEDICAL METHODS

Ever wonder what all those doctors are doing in Springfield’s maze-like hospitals? We’re always told the Mid-Illinois Medical District is a pretty big deal for Springfield and Illinois in general, but what are they actually accomplishing? It turns out that Springfield’s doctors are churning out important and interesting research on a variety of medical topics. For example, Dr. Jeffrey Bennett at SIU School of Medicine has developed a method of “neurostimulatory treatment” for mental disorders – basically applying tiny, controlled electrical shocks to the brain to treat conditions like depression. There’s also Dr. Ayman Omar at SIU School of Medicine, who developed new ways to treat brain and spinal cord tumors. That’s just a small sample of the medical advances developed in Springfield hospitals. Eleven local doctors will present their research to the public at the 2013 Medical Innovators Program, 5:30-8 p.m. March 7 at the James T. Dove M.D. Conference Center at Prairie Heart Institute, 619 E. Mason St. For more information on the free event, call 726-5106 or visit www.scmsdocs.org/medical_innovators.htm. “There is a tendency to look for excellence from the ivory towers or big cities, and discount what is being accomplished in our own backyard,” said Dr. Gayle Woodson, chair of the Medical Innovators peer-review panel. “We want this event to raise awareness of the amazing advances being generated in our own medical community.” 
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