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New Mexico State University to host Hepatitis C experts

New Mexico State University will host a public meeting featuring two Hepatitis C virus (HCV) experts from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Corbett Center Senate Chambers.

tis C: Facts for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. Facing the Challenge Through Community Partnership" will feature national Hepatitis C experts Bill Remak and Marian Kerbleski.

Remak will present "Collaborative Development and New Approaches to Funding for HCV" and Kerbleski will present "Maximizing Opportunities for Care and Minimizing Risks for Veterans With HCV."

Remak is the chairman of the California Hepatitis C Task Force. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the northern California chapter of the American Liver Foundation, community advisory council to the Veterans Affairs (VA) National Hepatitis C Resource Center and a member of the advisory committee on Hepatitis C to the California Association of Veterans Services Agencies. Remak, a liver transplant survivor, does extensive work with Vietnam veterans, many of whom were infected with Hepatitis C from blood transfusions.

Kerbleski, a registered nurse, is a nationally acknowledged trainer for VA nurses in case management for patients with Hepatitis C. She started a support group for patients and families with liver disease and served two terms as president for the north California chapter of the American Liver Foundation. Kerbleski currently supervises the San Francisco VA Hepatitis C Resource Center.

The meeting is sponsored by the N.M. Department of Health's Public Health Division, NMSU's College of Health and Social Services, College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Social Work.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9 a.m.

While in New Mexico, Remak and Kerbleski will also conduct workshops at the University of New Mexico and speak to veterans throughout the area. Kerbleski will also speak to nurses at Kirtland Air Force Base.

For more information, contact Beverly Merrick at (505) 646-1255.