Ross University
Local physicians speak at Ross University Pathology Conference
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Mar 26, 2010 - 11:22:21 AM

Ross University faculty and students stand with visiting guest speakers, Dr. Kevin Bethel and Dr. John Clement of the IAT Clinic. Left to right: Dr. Kevin Bethel, Utibe Ekong, Trecia Henriques, Kambiz Nasir, Jessica Porter, Daniel Urias, Jennifer Lee, Dr. John Clement, Dr. Michael Yakubovskyy, Ross University, Greta Jones, Dr. Michael Robinson, Ross University Photo: Marcus Bethel

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - On March 22nd Ross University  Bahamas Clinical Site held a Pathology Conference on Tumor Immunology. The event was presented by the student Pathology Club and was sponsored by the Osler Society.

Local physicians Dr. John Clement and Dr. Kevin Bethel from the Immune Augmentation Therapy Clinic were guest speakers at the event.

“This has been a wonderfully informative and enjoyable Tumor Immunology Conference which the pathology Club organized.  The club members presented current research about specific areas of immune system action against cancer which was informative for all of us who attended.  The conference gave the students practice in presenting medical information to colleagues and professors—this is excellent preparation for their clinical clerkship experiences which will start in the coming months.  The Ross community was fortunate also to have Drs. Clement and Bethel from  IAT as guest speakers, since their work is pioneering in area,” said Dr. Harriet Myers, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. John Clement, Direct of the Immune Augmentation Therapy Clinic, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island speaks at the Ross University Pathology Conference on March 22nd. Photo: Marcus Bethel

"We often associate tumor or cancer with chemotherapy and radiation and their side effects.  Rarely do we stop to think about how cancer is not normal and our bodies are designed to fight against anything abnormal.  Many researchers have focused on this idea of assisting our own bodies to fight against cancer. Some even put these ideas to practical use. It was great to have Dr. Clement , the medical director at IAT share with us their research and work along with Dr. Bethel, " said Ross student, Jennifer Lee who led the organization of the conference, and was also a speaker herself.

Other Ross students speaking at the event were Jessica Porter, Daniel Urias, Kambiz Nasir, Trecia Henriques, Greta Jones, and
Utibe Ekong

Dr. Harriet Myers, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences shakes hands with Dr. Kevin Bethel of IAT Clinic in Freeport and thanks both he and Dr. John Clement for speaking at their conference. Photo: Marcus Bethel

SLIDE SHOW: Student speakers present on Tumor Immunology at the Pathology Conference on May 22nd. Photos: Marcus Bethel

The following is a list of topics presented:

Introduction:  Dr. Michael Robinson, Dean, Bahamas Clinical Site
Tumor Antigens: Jessica Porter, Semester 4 Student
T-Cell Mediated Cytotoxicity & Role of MHC Against Tumors: Jennifer Lee, Semester 4 Student
Natural Killer Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity: Daniel Urias, Semester 4 Student
Antibody-dependent Cell-mediated Cytotoxicity & Complement-mediated Cytotoxicity: Kambiz Nasir, Semester 4 Student
Neoplastic Growth in Immunosuppressed Patients: Trecia Henriques, Semester 4 Students
Neoplastic Growth in Immuniologic Cytotoxicity: Greta Joesn, Semester 4 Student
Immune Stimulation of Neoplastic Growth & Immunomodulators in Cancer Treatment: Utibe Ekong, Semester 4 Student
Immune Augmented Therapy: Invited Speaker, Dr John Clement, Immunology Augmentation Therapy Clinic, Freeport, GBI
Anti-aging and cancer therapy: Invited Speaker, Dr. Kevin Bethel, Immune Augmentation Therapy Clinic, Freeport, GBI

Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama campus recently opened in January 2009. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ.  Ross University has more than 9,000 alumni with M.D. and D.V.M. degrees.

Photo: Marcus Bethel

Dr. Kevin Bethel, IAT Clinic. Photo: Marcus Bethel

Photo: Marcus Bethel

Stay tuned for an upcoming video presentation by The Bahamas Weekly on the conference. Left to Right: Dr. Kevin Bethel, Robbin Whachell, and Dr. John Clement. Photo: Marcus Bethel

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