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The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education Announces Dr. Sheila Collins as Keynote Speaker for 2007 Annual Meeting


Raleigh, NC, October 17, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Kim Raynor, interim chief executive officer for The Alice Aycock Poe Center For Health Education, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is to positively impact the lives of North Carolina youth through health education, has announced that Dr. Sheila Collins has been named keynote speaker for the organization’s 2007 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Poe Center, located at 224 Sunnybrook Road in Raleigh. Dr. Collins is director of Translational Biology and the Program in Endocrine Biology as well as a senior investigator at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, an independent, nonprofit organization that offers an open collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to strengthen the research investment in biomedical sciences. Dr. Collins will address obesity and diabetes.

The Poe Center conducts a number of specialized projects, made possible through the collaboration and support of health education friendly partners, which focus on addressing the health concerns of children. For more information on the 2007 Poe Center Annual Meeting, please visit http://www.poehealth.org.

“We are honored to have Dr. Collins as the keynote speaker for our 2007 Annual Meeting,” said Raynor. “Her expertise in childhood obesity and diabetes is sure to enlighten the public on major health concerns facing American youth, and will encourage us to continue to work towards a healthier future.”

“It is an honor to have been asked by the Poe Center to address the health concerns of our youth population,” said Collins. “The Poe Center is a marvelous, interactive environment that shows how children and adults can help each other by mutually reinforcing positive lifestyle choices.”

About The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education:
The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., specializes in delivering and developing programs for youth to address health concerns like childhood obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy food choices, tooth decay, drug and alcohol abuse, unintentional injuries, and teen pregnancy. All programs follow The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Healthful Living Curriculum. The Poe Center conducts a number of specialized projects, made possible through the collaboration and support of health education friendly partners. Since opening its doors in November 1991, the Poe Center has provided healthy lifestyle education to communities, schools and organizations, serving over 675,000 participants from 73 counties in North Carolina. For more information, you can visit their Web site at http://www.poehealth.org.

About Sheila Collins, Ph.D:
Sheila Collins, Ph.D. is director of Translational Biology and the Program in Endocrine Biology as well as a senior investigator at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dr. Collins’ principal area of research is fat cell metabolism as it relates to diabetes and obesity. She studies why the normal metabolic processes at the cellular and tissue levels become disturbed in obese states and how adrenaline communicates to cells the need to mobilize stored fat. Dr. Collins’ research grant history includes a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Graduating magna cum laude, Dr. Collins earned a B.S. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1979 and was a University of Massachusetts Commonwealth Honor Scholar — now termed Commonwealth Scholar. In 1985, she earned a Ph.D. in biology/applied biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge.

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