NORTHRIDGE : CSUN AIDS Forum to Link Japan, U.S.

Health care professionals and educators from the United States and Japan will share ideas tonight about AIDS as a global problem, during a video conference sponsored by Cal State Northridge and Pacific Bell.

About 50 doctors, health-related educators and others from the U. S. are expected at the Northridge campus, to participate in the panel discussion with up to 300 of their counterparts in Yokohama, Japan, said Pacific Bell spokeswoman Kathleen Flynn.

The one-hour conference will touch on AIDS education efforts in both countries, ethical issues related to the prevention of AIDS and the necessity of international cooperation in dealing with the deadly virus.

The video format will allow panelists on both sides of the Pacific to see each other on large TV screens, and to view documents at the same time, said CSUN spokeswoman Kaine Thompson.

"This way, the participants won't have to fly across the sea to have a conference with their colleagues," Thompson said. "If this is successful and they are able to gain a greater understanding through this technology, we will probably use it for other types of events."

The conference is at the Oviatt Library on the Northridge campus, 18111 Nordhoff St., at 6 p.m. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

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