January 7, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 1
Dr. Joel Baseman's microbiology laboratory is an important place these days, especially for U.S. veterans and families who want to know, finally, what causes Gulf War Illnesses. The mysterious symptoms--fatigue, muscle pain, memory deficits, headache, rash, nausea, joint pain and insomnia have persisted throughout the 1990s in thousands of veterans and reappear intermittently in others.
The lab at the Health Science Center, where Dr. Baseman is professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology, is the central reference laboratory for a nationwide U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study of Gulf War Illnesses. Blood samples from prospective enrollees are shipped daily to San Antonio from nearly 30 centers, and patients are enrolled based on the lab's findings. The ultimate quest is to define a causative agent or agents for Gulf War Illnesses.
Military personnel in Bahrain, who have donned protective suits, wait for anthrax vaccinations, which were given during the Persian Gulf War as a preventive measure.
"We are performing highly specific tests for the presence of mycoplasmas in the bloods of Gulf War-ill patients, who by definition were deployed in the Persian Gulf in the early 1990s," Dr. Baseman said. Mycoplasmas, the smallest of bacteria, are cellular invaders that live off host cells' nutrients in a parasitic relationship, he said. Dr. Baseman's previous work has advanced the idea that mycoplasmas not only are primary pathogens (agents initiating certain diseases), but also are co-factors in various disease processes, including HIV infection.
The most widely known mycoplasma is M. pneumoniae, the infectious agent implicated in walking pneumonia, though it is not frequently diagnosed. The VA study focuses on other mycoplasma species as well, including M. fermentans. "Mycoplasmas are highly advanced bacteria advanced in the sense that they have such streamlined genomes (or complements of genes)," Dr. Baseman said. "They appear to have evolved to lose much of their DNA in favor of relying on host cells, which makes them very difficult to detect and to eradicate."
Dr. Baseman, a Ph.D.-trained microbiologist, admits he is on neither side of a scientific medical controversy. Some colleagues strongly endorse the view that mycoplasmas are the demons of Gulf War Illnesses and chronic fatigue; others say there is no proof for the position and that data surrounding mycoplasma involvement are not convincing. Mycoplasma infection is not found in every Gulf War patient. One previous study found that only about half of the blood samples of Gulf War veterans revealed positive DNA signals for mycoplasmas.
"We have a highly sensitive technique to detect the presence of mycoplasmas in the blood," Dr. Baseman said. "We have taken a fundamental technique, polymerase chain reaction or PCR, and modified it to maximize its specificity and sensitivity for mycoplasmas. That's what we are using in our role as central laboratory to determine whether individuals with Gulf War Illnesses should be entered into this very large multicenter VA study."
The lab analyzed more than 600 samples in the first six months of the trial. The study consists of a one-year enrollment phase, one year of treatment and one year of data analysis. Participants must have served in the Gulf War between August 1990 and August 1991 and must be suffering from at least two of three otherwise unexplained symptoms: fatigue, muscle and/or joint pain, and memory and thinking problems.
Bacterial cousins such as E. coli and Salmonella are 10 times larger than the sleek mycoplasmas. "Mycoplasma infection is not easy to diagnose," Dr. Baseman said. "It takes specialized laboratories and tests, and there aren't a lot of places that do it. We're one of them and that's how we got involved in this major study."
The VA study is randomized and placebo-controlledhalf the veterans receive active medicine to treat Gulf War Illnesses and the other half receive a placebo. Neither veterans nor their doctors know who is receiving the active medicine. The active therapy is doxycycline, an antibiotic in use for more than 30 years. Previous smaller studies indicated it might be effective in treating Gulf War-ill veterans.
"The primary objective is to determine whether a year's course of treatment with doxycycline in patients with Gulf War Illnesses, who are positive for mycoplasma species as determined by Dr. Baseman's laboratory, improves functional status in comparison to similar patients treated with placebo," said Dr. Joseph F. Collins, director of the Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center at the VA Maryland Health Care System in Perry Point, Md. The center provides nationwide coordination for the study.
The participating 26 VA centers and two U.S. Department of Defense centers are in every region of the country. Patient enrollment is ethnically representative. The South Texas Veterans Health Care System's Audie Murphy Division, located in San Antonio, is part of a different VA Gulf War study focusing on exercise and behavioral therapy. The Houston VA is the Texas enrolling center for the antibiotic study.
A paper published in the June 1999 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine noted that more than 10 percent of veterans who served in the Gulf War receive some kind of disability compensation or designation from the VA.
"It is important to explain the possible role of mycoplasmas in Gulf War Illnesses and chronic fatigue syndrome," said Dr. Baseman, who has studied mycoplasmas for 30 years and is regarded as one of the leading international experts on these microorganisms. "They attack cells and then hang around, sometimes inside of cells. They are hard to kill. Mycoplasmas exhibit a real parasitism with the host cells, resulting in the establishment of chronic infections.
"When we think of organisms or bacteria that could be associated with chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses--two multiple-symptom disorders that are chronic--it makes sense to think of mycoplasmas. The proof is still lacking, however. That's why we're trying to do the science in this laboratory."
Nursing School graduate Christallia Ingram Sparks, from left, graduate student speaker for the 1999 Nursing School commencement ceremony Dec. 18, poses with Nursing School Dean Dr. Janet Allan, and Jessica Martinez, undergraduate student speaker.
Health Science Center employees participate in the United Way "SaturDays of Caring 1999" program, volunteering to clean areas of San Antonio hit hard by the great flood of 1998.
The Health Science Center records a nearly 8 percent increase in grants and agreements from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during Fiscal Year 1998$46.5 million, up from the FY '97 total of $43.1 million.
The institution's Y2K initiatives are praised in a national publication, acknowledging the planning and preparation the Health Science Center implemented to combat the Year 2000 computer challenge.
U.S. Representative Henry Bonilla of San Antonio announces the recipients of the 1999 Henry Bonilla Health Professions Scholarships. The $500 awards are given to two students from the School of Nursing and two students from the School of Allied Health Sciences. The awards are donated by 17 health profession organizations.
The Health Science Center's Thoracic Surgery Division hosts more than 50 thoracic surgeons from the United States and Europe for two informational events, including the introduction of new surgical devices and techniques. The sessions are held in advance of the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
A multimillion-dollar grant is given to the Health Science Center's Center for Distance Learning to facilitate the delivery of high-speed Internet access to dozens of South Texas health care facilities. The $2.9 million state grant is distributed to 65 facilities receiving Internet access for computer equipment, networking materials and related telecommunications costs. The goal is the UTHSCSA Internet Collaborative, incorporating high-speed Internet access as a research, communication and health care delivery tool.
Surgeons from the Health Science Center become the first in South Texas to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm using an experimental stent-graft device. The team of surgeons operates at University Hospital on a 75-year-old Kerrville woman.
Research findings made by Health Science Center faculty and published in Mutation Research indicate that age-related diseases are partly attributable to a decrease in melatonin production. Melatonin, which is produced in the brain, is known to regulate the circadian rhythms of the body.
Dr. Nicolas Walsh, professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, is named executive associate dean of the Medical School at the Health Science Center. Dr. Walsh joined the faculty in 1982 and became chair of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1990.
The Health Science Center is reaccredited for 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The 10-year term is the maximum that can be given to an institution.
The Journal of Respiratory Care Practitioners cites the Health Science Center's School of Allied Health Sciences' respiratory care degree program as an example of an outstanding educational program.
The Health Science Center is one of the sponsors of the Fifth Annual Women's Health Issues Conference. The theme "Women, Drugs and Trauma: The Interface Between Treatment and Research" includes research findings and new knowledge about treating substance abuse in women with a history of trauma.
Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics, receives the prestigious Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) award from the NIH. Dr. Hargreaves' area of interest is the pain process in tooth pulp models.
Researchers from the Health Science Center participate in a nationwide clinical trial for a new drug derived from the venom of the Malay pit viper. Following the 500-patient multicenter study, the drug, known as ancrod, is found to benefit stroke patients. Dr. David Sherman, from the Health Science Center Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology, announces the findings to a national audience in Nashville. Dr. Diane Solomon, Division of Neurology, is the principle investigator at the Health Science Center clinical site.
Dr. Michael Stern, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology, participates in a national panel appointed by Congress with the goal of finding ways to step up funding for research in diabetes.
Seven grants are awarded to Health Science Center researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Resources Program (HHMI). The HHMI grants fund recruitment, the early phases of high-quality research projects, enrichment activities and visiting scientist programs.
The Health Science Center's President's Council awards $160,000 to projects in five schools and for inter-disciplinary teaching and bioscience career outreach.
A new report done by Health Science Center investigators indicates that new anti-depressant drugs are as effective as older medications. Dr. Cynthia Mulrow, professor of medicine and geriatrics, is the lead investigator. Dr. John Williams Jr., associate professor of medicine, co-authors the report.
The $28 million Texas Diabetes Institute opens for a public preview. The institute, a collaborative project between the Health Science Center and the University Health System, is designed to bring diabetes prevention, education, research and treatment under one roof. The 153,000-square-foot center includes primary-care services, acute diabetes care and specialized services such as ophthalmology, obstetrics and podiatry.
The School of Nursing holds its Alzheimer's disease care and research seminar as part of the Nursing Health Promotion Seminar Series. More than 130 attend the event, which includes a report on the findings of a federally- funded study of the effects of a care regimen for Alzheimer's patients that includes performing daily skills at a level consistent with their abilities.
More than 10,000 attend the Health Science Center's 15th Fiesta de Tejas celebration. Two scholarship checks, totaling $1,000, are given out to graduating seniors from the Health Careers High School, and party-goers enjoy a host of foods and activities.
Health Science Center employees raise $19,000 during the annual March of Dimes HealthWalk. This is the 15th year the Health Science Center has participated. The donations gathered are used by the March of Dimes to benefit children through research efforts, vaccine development and the funding of neonatal intensive care units.
Nobel Prize winner Dr. Louis Ignarro speaks at two Health Science Center lectures during the institution's 1999 Mini-Medical School program. Dr. Ignarro, winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, discusses his studies in nitric oxide, which led to the development of the famed impotency drug Viagra.
Local teachers participate in the OsCosts game, an interactive way for students to learn about osteoporosis and how decisions made earlier in life can affect the aging process. The OsCosts game was part of a two-week gerontology course aimed at teaching educators how to bring information on the aging process to students in the classroom.
The Health Science Center's School of Nursing celebrates its 30th anniversary with many tours and events, including a Gala Alumni Dinner Celebration. The school opened in 1969 and has since graduated more than 6,000 students.
Five students are selected to represent the Health Science Center as Ambassador Scholars and receive a $1,000 cash award from the Ambassador Scholarship Fund. Winners are nominated by the deans of each of the schools and represent their respective schools at various Health Science Center events throughout the year.
More than 600 students receive graduate degrees, baccalaureate degrees and certificates at the spring commencement ceremonies at the Health Science Center.
Health Science Center researchers report the successful suppression of pituitary, thyroid and adrenal tumors in mice thanks to the replacement of a defective gene called the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (RB). Drs. Alexander Nikitin, Maria Juarez-Perez and Wen-Hwa Lee report the findings in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Lee is professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Medicine and director of the Health Science Center's Institute of Biotechnology.
Drs. Jeanne Anderson and Richard Lin are honored for their efforts in geriatric care and research with the Paul Beeson Scholars Award. Dr. Anderson, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology in the Department of Medicine, receives $450,000 for her research on the unique problems suffered by elderly patients being treated for cancers of the blood. Dr. Lin, assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology, also receives a $450,000 award for his research on how aging alters the vascular system.
Dental students and dental hygiene students volunteer to provide free oral health screenings to Special Olympics athletes. The program, called "Special Smiles," is coordinated by Dr. Tom Marshall, Department of Restorative Dentistry, and his wife, Dr. Carolyn Marshall, Department of Dental Diagnostic Science. It provides Special Olympics athletes with examinations and instruction on proper oral hygiene.
The Health Science Center is chosen as a site for the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene, or STAR, one of the largest breast cancer prevention studies being conducted. The trial will determine whether the osteoporosis prevention drug raloxifene is as effective in reducing the chance of developing breast cancer as the drug tamoxifen has proven to be.
Appropriations from the 76th session of the Texas Legislature allow for pay raises for Health Science Center employees and establish an endowment for a children's cancer research center.
The South Texas Health and Medicine Expo--sponsored by the Health Science Center, Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center--draws hundreds of attendees with free health screenings and educational tools.
Five Health Science Center researchers receive pilot project awards totaling $122,000 from the San Antonio Cancer Institute (SACI).
The San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) grants $332,160 to 13 researchers at the Health Science Center to enable faculty to study diseases and basic biological mechanisms, to support screening programs, to enrich the Medical School curriculum and to fund research equipment acquisition.
Local educators participate in a two-week summer course in gerontology offered by the Health Science Center's Aging Research and Education Center. The course, called Stealth Gerontology, offers teachers tips and creative ways to incorporate gerontology instruction into the curriculum.
Drs. Divina Grossman and Rachel Rodriguez, chronic nursing care, are appointed to the American Academy of Nursing, the highest honor granted in the field of nursing.
Dr. William H. Cunningham, chancellor of The University of Texas System, visits the Health Science Center and reviews the university's progress.
Thelma Curlee of Kerrville is all smiles with her vascular surgeon, Health Science Center faculty member Dr. Boulos Toursarkissian. Surgeons used an experimental stent-graft apparatus to repair Curlee's abdominal aortic aneurysm.
More than 200 students from high school science programs begin instruction at the Health Science Center Medical School.
Health Science Center investigators complete a community-based diabetes study that yields startling findings in the last 20 years diabetes has increased threefold in San Antonio.
Findings from an imaging study of the temporal dynamics of regional interactions in the brain are published in Nature. Dr. Peter Fox, director of the Health Science Center's Research Imaging Center, reports the findings.
Dr. Leonard Lawrence, child psychiatrist and associate dean for student affairs in the Medical School, provides expert testimony at the San Antonio meeting of the Attorney General's School Violence Prevention Task Force.
Three Health Science Center researchers receive support from the Competitive Research Enhancement Fund (CREF). The three receive a total of more than $101,000.
Health Science Center researchers publish findings in the British Journal of Cancer suggesting that, in mice, consumption of a diet enhanced with fish oil helps a chemotherapy drug work more effectively.
Dr. Jean Jiang is awarded a $40,000 award from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) for her research on estrogen.
Dr. Ann Burgardt, assistant professor of emergency medical technology at the Health Science Center, is elected president of the Alamo Area Emergency Physicians.
Health Science Center surgeons remove a congenital tumor at the base of a teenage boy's brain. The patient, Michele Angeloni from the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, had a rare form of epilepsy produced by the tumor that caused him to have a seizure on average once an hour.
The Health Science Center mentoring program celebrates 10 years of providing volunteers who work with students at John Glenn Elementary School and John Holmgreen Junior and Senior High Schools.
Dr. Margaret Brackley, family nursing care, receives the Yellow Rose of Texas Award from the Constance Allen Heritage Guild for Lifetime Learning, an educational foundation of the Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio.
The State Employee Charitable Campaign begins with a number of fund-raising events on campus, including a visit from the San Antonio Spurs Coyote. The campaign earns a record $214,000 for charitable organizations.
Health Science Center employees Frank Quijano, director of the Instrumentation Services Department, and Dr. David Armstrong, assistant professor in the Podiatry Residency Training Program, are chosen to be in the new class of Leadership San Antonio. The class is an annual program designed to provide promising leaders in the community with workshops and retreats focusing on leadership and building contacts.
Dr. Sally Atherton, professor of cellular and structural biology, microbiology and ophthalmology, is elected to represent the Immunology/Microbiology Section on the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
The September issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions features a study done by Health Science Center physicians on a modified technique for scraping the plaque off clogged coronary arteries. The study reports that the technique is found to reduce the risk of arteries clogging again and to decrease complications.
Dr. Russel Reiter, professor of neuroendocrinology in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, is awarded his third honorary doctorate of medicine from the University of Granada in Spain.
A charity golf tournament, organized by fourth-year medical students Aaron Ali and his wife, Genevieve, raises $14,000. The majority of the proceeds go to the Health Science Center Department of Pediatrics' PREMIEre program, a comprehensive screening and follow-up care program for low-birth-weight infants.
Studies on gene variations in molecules that influence an individual's susceptibility to AIDS progression are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The studies were conducted at the Health Science Center in collaboration with other institutions.
Dr. Ross Lawler, family practice, is awarded the Walter H. Kemp Award for the best article published by a family physician author in the American Family Physicians (AFP) journal in 1998.
Dr. David Cochran, professor and chairman of the Department of Periodontics, is awarded a Special Citation from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) for his work as head of the Committee on Education Oversight.
Dr. Howard K. Schachman, special advisor to the director of the National Institutes of Health and NIH ombudsman in basic sciences, visits the Health Science Center as the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation guest lecturer.
Dr. Gregory Mundy, endocrinology and metabolism, and Dr. Bettie Sue Siler Masters, professor of biochemistry, are chosen as the Health Science Center's 1999 Distinguished Scholars.
Dr. Michael Lichtenstein, geriatrics and gerontology; Dr. Mary O'Keefe; medicine; Dr. Erle Adrian, cellular and structural biology; Dr. Craig Witz, obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Mickey Calverley, prosthodontics; and Brenda Parton, dental hygiene education, receive the Health Science Center's 1999 Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Leonel Vela is appointed regional dean at the Health Science Center. Dr. Vela will administer the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center.
Students from area high schools descend on the Health Science Center for its Science '99 Expo, an exhibit event designed to introduce students to science careers.
Dr. Margaret Brackley, family nursing care, and Dr. Rachel Rodriguez, chronic nursing care, receive funding for research projects in domestic violence from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice.
Health Science Center employees Peggy Campbell, administrative assistant in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science; Kristine Doyle, Graphic Services Division; Ralph Kaster, Office of Accounting; Fayerene Nelson, Department of Prosthodontics; and Paul Summers, Department of Nursing Care, receive the Health Science Center's 1999 Employee Excellence in Service Award.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) donates $1.6 million to faculty development and research projects at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Steven Wartman, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York, is named dean of the Health Science Center's Medical School.
Employees at the Health Science Center donate more than 3,000 gifts to the Gifts for Children program. The gifts are given to hospitalized children where Health Science Center faculty provide care, including University Hospital and Santa Rosa Children's Hospital.
The Health Science Center opens its Memory Disorders Clinic at Villa Serena.
Research findings from the Health Science Center are featured in the Dec. 3 issue of Science. The study's lead author, Dr. Gregory Mundy, professor of medicine, reports that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs also enhance new bone formation and may be useful in treating osteoporosis.
Michele Angeloni of Cagliari, Sardinia, visits in his hospital room with clinical coordinator Cindy Rogers, surgery/neurosurgery, and Dr. G. Alexander West, surgery/neurosurgery. Dr. West performed a rare surgery to treat the teenager's epilepsy.
The Health Science Center's 1999 Holiday Reception was a success. Employees generously donated more than 3,000 new and handmade toys to the Gifts for Children program, but many faculty and staff found themselves on the receiving end of a gift during the door prize drawing.
The following employees won prizes during the event: Pat Evertsen, safety office, and Judith Reichardt, university relations, both won a dinner for two at the Acadiana Café; Troy Apparicio, dental outpatient clinic, received a dinner for two at the Alamo Café; Mario Canales, building maintenance, won two American Airlines round-trip plane tickets; Frank Martinez, mail services, got a free weekend rental from Avis Rent-A-Car; E-Pyng Liu, computing resources, received a two-night stay at the Best Western plus a free dinner; and Jacqueline Roman, microbiology, Alma Merendon, microbiology, Robin Druckman, dental dean's office, Nora Bernal, radiology, Linda Harris, housekeeping, and Ralph Llanigan, student services, all won a half gallon of ice cream from the Blue Bell Creameries.
Dr. Kyumin Whang, restorative dentistry, Adam Rodriguez, telecommunications, and Darlene Garza, library, received four passes each to Classic Golf; Sylvia White, pharmacology, won a one-month membership to the Concord Athletic Club; and Maria Gomez, out-patient clinic, Renee Rodriguez, radiology, Mariette Bourdeau, family practice, and Rajam Ramamurthy, pediatrics, each received a two-night stay at the Country Hearth Inn. Irena Kosiba, pharmacology, won a one-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott.
Other winners included Sylvia Moreno, student services, Casandra Miller, School of Nursing, and Sonja Scott, human resources, who each received a weekend rental from Enterprise Rent-A-Car; and Linda Wilds, continuing medical education, Evangeline Leh, pharmacology, and Laura McNeish, surgery, who each won a one-month membership to Gold's Gym. Milessa Neal, DSRDP, received a family fun pass to Grand Prix and Malibu Castle, and Pat Smith, president's office, won a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk.
Xiufenn Lei, surgery, received a two- night stay at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort; Carol Nava, computing resources, won a one-night stay for two at La Mansion Del Rio; Rachel Rodriguez, pediatrics, received a dinner for two at Los Barrios Mexican Restaurant; Maria Hernandez, educational resources, won a gift certificate to Maggie's Restaurant; Susan Veliz, family practice, received a gift certificate for Medical Center Florist; and Xiaoping Xu, microbiology, won a weekend stay for two with brunch at the Omni Hotel.
Sharon Dennis, MSRDP, won a fajita dinner for two at Piedras Negras De Noche; Gregory DuValle, educational resources, won four passes to the Plaza Theatre of Wax; Elsa Toscano, MSRDP, received four passes to Ripley's Believe It or Not; Jesse Chantaca, facilities management, received a two-night stay at the Quality Inn Northwest; Dr. Ramon Baez, general dentistry, won dinner for two at Tex's Grill at the San Antonio Airport Hilton; Sally Crouser, educational resources, received a one-night stay at The Crockett Hotel; and Katherine Howard, biochemistry, won a two-night stay at The Menger Hotel.
Jianhua Zhang, medicine, and Sylvia Arroyos, educational resources, both received a three-month family membership to the Thousand Oaks Racquet Club. Catherine Salazar, library, won lunch for two at Tony Roma's Ribs; and Pengou Zuo, pediatrics, Jian Luo, radiology, and Debra Reyes, anesthesiology, each won a three-month membership to Women's Super Fitness.
The new system begins Jan. 15.
Dr. Charles Mouton, community geriatrics, Department of Family Practice, will
present the first session in the Successful Aging Series, "Issues in Older
Women's Health," on Jan. 11 and Jan. 25. The sessions will be held from
noon to 1 p.m. at the University Center for Community Health board room and are
open to anyone who is interested in learning more about aging. Attendees are
invited to bring their lunch. Call University Hospital's Learning Resources
Department at 358-2355 for more information or to register.
Office products show set for Jan. 24
General Services/General Stores will host the annual Boise Cascade Office Products Show on Monday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Auditorium Foyer. Factory representatives will be on hand to display the latest office products and information processing supplies. The 2000 Supplemental Office Products catalog will be available. Bring your 1999 catalog for recycling. Free refreshments will be served.
Dr. Donna Taliaferro, acute nursing care, has received the STT Delta Alpha Research Award. Dr. Taliaferro also has been appointed to the editorial board of Holistic Nursing Alert, a new on-line journal.
The annual President's Holiday Reception featured a record number of gifts for children. Employees donated 3,000 new and handmade gifts to the Gifts for Children program. The gifts were given to children, such as this little girl in her red wagon, who were being treated in various hospitals and clinics during the holidays.
7:00 a.m. Orthopaedic Teaching Conf. "Adult Soft Tissue Sarcomas" (MED: 309L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Ultrasound I: Biophysics & Equipment," Drs. Patricia Almon & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
Noon. Microbiology Seminar Series "Nef & gp41 Functions that
Contribute to HIV-1 & SIV Pathology," Dr. Louis Alexander, Harvard
Medical School (MED: 409L)
TUESDAY, JAN. 11
6:30 a.m. Podiatry Case Conf. (LEC: 2.010)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Cervical Manipulation: A Review of Journal Articles," Drs. Erik Kussro & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
9:00 a.m. Training Office "Copy Machine Procedures," Marcos Garcia (5th-floor Dental School) (call ext. 2320 to register)
9:00 a.m. Training Office "Lab Animal Resources," Carol Roberts (MED: 113D) (call ext. 2320 to register)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Information Management: Protecting the Confidentiality of Health Information," Hyla Winters, Community College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas (call ext. 2700 for information)
Noon. Medicine Research Conf. "Estrogen's Effect on Ventricular Remodeling After Myocardial Infarction," Dr. Laura Collins, & "Osteoporosis in Men with Prostate Cancer," Dr. Jan Bruder (MED: 209L)
1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds "Neurobiology of Psychotherapy," Dr. Jerald Kay, Wright State University School of Medicine (MED: 409L)
1:30 p.m. TNT "Laboratory Technology Issues: Coelomycetes in the
Routine Microbiology Laboratory," Deanna Sutton (call ext. 2700 for
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12
6:30 a.m. Podiatry Grand Rounds "Neurology in Podiatry," Dr. Liu (MED: 309L)
7:00 a.m. Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Mellick Sykes (MED: 209L)
8:00 a.m. Medical Grand Rounds "The Art of Clinical Diagnosis," Dr. Geoffrey Norman, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (MED: 409L)
8:30 a.m. Training Office "Payments to International Visitors," Thad Dorsey (call ext. 2320 to register)
9:00 a.m. Surgery Trauma M&M Conf., Dr. Ronald Stewart (MED: 309L)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Environmental Services: The Right Equipment Starts with the Right Selection," Alan Bigger, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. (call ext. 2700 for information)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Laboratory Management: Developing Successful Strategies for Meeting JCAHO Regulations," Dr. Ronald Laessig, University of Wisconsin, Madison (call ext. 2700 for information)
Noon. Cellular & Structural Biology Seminar Series, Dr. Gerard Evan, University of California at San Francisco (MED: 209L)
Noon. Pharmacology Seminar Series "The Effect of EGF Receptor & HER2 Antagonists on Proliferation, Cell Death & Growth of Cancer Cells In Vitro & In Vivo," Dr. Michael Brattain (MED: 444B)
1:00 p.m. Training Office "Meeting Skills," Anita Glass
(call ext. 2320 to register)
THURSDAY, JAN. 13
7:30 a.m. Thoracic Surgery Resident Teaching Conf. (VA: 4th-floor CT Library A404 )
9:00 a.m. Training Office "Library Pathways," Cathy Rhodes (Briscoe Library room 2A) (call ext. 2320 to register)
11:00 a.m. TNT "Radiology: Pediatric Radiography," Eileen Ahlswede, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Madison (call ext. 2700 for information)
Noon. Pulmonary, Thoracic & Oncology Conf. (MED: 309L)
Noon. Microbiology Seminar Series "Potential for Utilization of a Lytic Gene in Anti-EBV-Associated Tumor Strategies," Dr. Erik Flemington, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (MED: 444B)
12:30 p.m. TNT "Pain Management: Chronic Pain: Pharmacological & Physical Therapy," Drs. John Kuhn & Clayton Gable (call ext. 2700 for information
4:00 p.m. Surgery Tumor Conference, Dr. Anatolio Cruz (MED: 209L)
4:30 p.m. City-Wide Thoracic Grand Rounds Conf. "Case
Presentation," Dr. A. Joseph Atiya (MED: 309L)
FRIDAY, JAN. 14
7:30 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds "Dermatomyositis," Dr. Joe Cole, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children's Hospital (MED: 409L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Hydrotherapy," Drs. James Williams & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
8:30 a.m. Training Office "Personnel Evaluations," Bill Salata (call ext. 2320 to register)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Care Chaplains: Chaplaincy in Outpatient Settings: The New Norm," Melba Banks, VA Medical Center, Ashville, N.C. (call ext. 2700 for information)
Noon. TNT "Urology: Prostate Cancer--Opportunities for Prevention of the Most Common Cancer in Men," Dr. Ian Thompson (call ext. 2700 for information)
7:15 a.m. Surgical Physiology Conf., Dr. Kenneth Sirinek (MED: 209L)
9:00 a.m. General Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Wayne Schwesinger (MED: 209L)
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