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Montgomery College Hosts Spectrum Lecture on Clinical Breath Analysis Dr. Terence H. Risby, John Hopkins University Dept. of Health Sciences, to Talk at Germantown Campus, Oct. 11

Dr. Terence Risby, PhD, a professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at Montgomery College-Germantown on Thursday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the College’s Spectrum Lecture Series. The talk will take place in Globe Hall, located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

In this talk, Dr. Risby will discuss the current status of “clinical breath analysis.” Although clinical breath analysis is currently in its infancy, it offers unique capabilities to the field of medicine. Breath can be collected non-invasively from humans without posing risk to the subject or the person collecting the sample. Breath analysis can be used to detect disease, monitor disease progression, or monitor therapy. Breath analysis can also be used in clinical trials to monitor new drug therapy or to detect potential adverse effects.

Like all Spectrum Lectures, Dr. Risby’s presentation is designed for a non-scientific audience, enabling scientists, students, and the community to learn about groundbreaking advancements in science. Dr. Risby’s laboratory has developed breath markers of biosynthesis of cholesterol, liver function and liver disease, and nutritional status. More recently, he has initiated studies that are using his developed biomarkers of tissue injury to investigate the effects of exposure to environmental toxicants.

Dr. Risby earned his PhD in chemistry from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London University and has published more than 100 papers in his field.

For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Susan Bontems at or 240-567-7740. More information about Spectrum Lectures can be found at:

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