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The Center for the Study of Society and Medicine, with sponsorship by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., organized lectures for the larger Health Sciences campus on topics relevant to public health and medicine. In February 2000, Center faculty member Sherry Brandt-Rauf, J.D., spoke at the Rudin Forum in Doctor-Patient Communication on "What Should Physicians Tell Ashkenazi Women about Breast Cancer Genetic Testing?" This presentation was based on Brandt-Rauf's research supported by the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York on genetic testing and Ashkenazi Jewish women. In October 2000, Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., of the University of Washington spoke at the Rudin Family Forum on Medicine and Genetics on "All Different, All the Same: Human Evolution and Diversity." Dr. King's presentation addressed the genetic basis for human variation, maintaining that environmental variables shape visible racial differences.

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