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Pregnancy, Cancer, Motion Sickness: Pitt Conference Brings Together International Experts in Nausea, Vomiting

WHAT: When England’s Duchess of Cambridge (nee Kate Middleton) was hospitalized early in her pregnancy, it was clear she was suffering from more than just normal morning sickness. Instead, she was battling hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a little-known illness that can cause extreme nausea and vomiting. Many people have experienced those unpleasant symptoms at some point in their lives due to a wide range of ailments, but, surprisingly, little is known about the biology and treatment of nausea and vomiting. That’s partly because there have been no focused scientific meetings dedicated to discussion and collaboration on the subject. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine hope to change that by hosting 100 of the world’s experts at the scientific conference Biology and Control of Nausea and Vomiting 2013.
WHO: Researchers and clinical investigators working in the field of nausea and vomiting. They will cover such topics as chemotherapy-induced nausea, HG, motion sickness and post-operative vomiting. Featured speakers include:
  • Charles Horn, Ph.D., co-organizer, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Bill Yates, Ph.D., co-organizer, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Richard Gralla, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  •  Piotr Janicki, M.D., Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Marlena Fejzo, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Henry Parkman, M.D., Temple University
  • Thangam Venkatesan, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
  • James Lackner, Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • Braden Kuo, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Carey Balaban, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Ken Koch, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Dana Bovbjerg, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Linda Parker, Ph.D., University of Guelph, Canada
  • Camilo Rojas, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Brain Science Institute
  • Matt Hayes, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
WHEN: Oct. 3 to 4, 2013
WHERE: The University of Pittsburgh, University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.
Reporters wishing to cover the conference should contact Jennifer C. Yates at or 412-647-9966.

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