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<p>his weekend, October 11 and 12, Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly public radio program hosted by Barbara Lewis, will conclude a three-part series entitled &#8220;Not If, But When.&#8221; The series will present information from national public health officials and ethicists who gathered in Indianapolis in July to discuss the ethical issues of planning and caring for the public during an influenza pandemic.</p>

This Week on Sound Medicine — Oct. 12

“Not If, But When” guest Joseph Wainscott, director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, will explain what the state is doing in case of an influenza pandemic and how residents can plan ahead for their family’s safety. Bioethicists will also debate the best ways to ensure equitable treatment under the circumstances of a possible pandemic.

Loren Field, Ph.D., director of the Riley Heart Research Center, and R. Mark Payne, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, will explore the unique challenges of pediatric cardiology. Drs. Field and Payne are working on an $11.5 million NIH grant to study causes and treatments for pediatric heart problems.

Ruth Messinger, president of the American Jewish World Service, will discuss the organization’s international programs dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among people across the globe.

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Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health and IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere’s “Check-Up” is underwritten by IUPUI.