Upcoming Events


  • March 16, 2010 CUNY Lecture Series, City College

    In Pain Language
    Brooklyn dermatologist Dr. David Biro knows what it's like to be at both ends of the medical spectrum, as doctor and a patient. Biro was only 31 when he was diagnosed with a rare and serious blood disease that required a bone marrow transplant. "When I was in pain from the ulcers in my mouth after chemotherapy and radiation, my 'simple picture' consisted of a series of small fires that swept down the piping of my GI tract," said Biro, using the term "simple picture" to describe the "silent wall of suffering" that accompanies most serious illnesses and their treatment. Speaking at a Book Talk lecture sponsored by CCNY's Center for Worker Education, Biro, now assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, discussed his latest book "The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief." He shares how language, whether spoken, written or drawn, can be used to communicate physical and emotional pain. "Language can be as powerful as medicine."

  • April 14, 2010: University of Iowa

    The Examined Life: Writing and the Art of Medicine Conference
    The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine will host a three-day conference focusing on the links between the science of medicine and the art of writing.
    The University of Iowa is among the nation's premier centers for creative writing, and its programs attract writers from all over the world. A dozen Pulitzer Prize-winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, and four recent US Poet Laureates have attended the University of Iowa. The University is home to the International Writing Program, the Nonfiction Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Iowa Review. It is also home to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the first creative writing degree program in the United States, and the model for contemporary writing programs.

  • September 6, 2010: McGurk on 4

    McGurk on 4
    Dr Biro will make a radio appearance on McGurk on 4, an Irish radio program

  • September 8, 2010: The Forum

    The Forum
    "This week on The Forum presenter Bridget Kendall looks at the perils of communication and the dangers of keeping silent. What is it about pain that makes it so hard to put into words? American doctor David Biro has personal experience of the difficulties of articulating intense physical pain and explains why finding new language to express it may ease the agony".