May 6, 2005

UNT Health Science Centerâ??s Division of Geriatrics will host a reception on May 9 in honor of Older Americanâ??s Month and the contributions a local physicians group has made toward improving the health of older Americans in the Metroplex.

The program will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Education and Administration Building Atrium, and Ronald Blanck, DO, president of the health science center will serve as master of ceremonies. Honored guests for the event will be the Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. Board, who will be presented with a plaque for their commitment to geriatric care.

Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. pledged $1.2 million in 2001, the largest gift in its history, for an endowed chair in geriatrics at the health science center.

Janice Knebl, DO, MBA, was named the first Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc. Distinguished Chair of Clinical Geriatrics in 2003. Dr. Knebl is professor of internal medicine and chief of geriatrics at the health science centerâ??s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Kneblâ??s pioneering work in geriatrics has made her one of the leading geriatricians in the United States. Dr. Knebl and Dr. Blanck will present the plaque to the DSWOP board at the ceremony.

â??We appreciate the support of Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians Inc., which is why weâ??ve invited the board members as very special guests on this occasion,â? Dr. Blanck said.

UNT Health Science Center has been committed to addressing the health issues that affect the aging population. This reception and presentation is an indication of that commitment. Top researchers will also provide updates on Alzheimerâ??s disease research and aging studies during the event.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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