March 31, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 13


Screening program initiated for colorectal cancer awareness

It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and yet it is one of the least talked about and publicized diseases. Colorectal cancer takes the lives of an estimated 56,000 Americans each year, mainly because screening opportunities that provide early detection go underutilized.

"There is a reluctance to discuss symptoms and the disease itself," said Dr. Morton Kahlenberg, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. "People are embarrassed and many do not appreciate the seriousness of this disease."

Colorectal cancer develops from grape-size growths, or polyps, on the lining of the colon that become cancerous. The American Cancer Society estimates that 130,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and 56,000 will die. Early detection through screening programs is the key to successful treatment of the disease.

In an effort to promote the benefits of screening, the Health Science Center has set up a program in conjunction with the University Health System's NurseLink. This program helps provide early detection information to callers who have risk factors for the disease. Nurses answering calls for NurseLink will survey callers, identify those who may be at risk and provide them with an opportunity to see a physician for screening procedures. Dr. Kahlenberg hopes the initiative will boost screening numbers and will ultimately reduce the number of colorectal cancer victims diagnosed too late to be treated successfully.

Screening has been shown to reduce the mortality rate by up to 50 percent, proving its effectiveness at detecting cancerous polyps in the early stages.

"We want to help people early," said Dr. Kahlenberg. "Colorectal cancer takes three to five years to develop from polyps. That gives us plenty of opportunity to detect a pre-cancerous polyp before it becomes a threat."

As part of the drive for early detection, the month of March has been designated nationally as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, with a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society disseminating information through events and on the Internet.

When the disease is detected early on--before a patient exhibits any symptoms--colorectal cancer is treatable and curable. In stage one, when the cancer is confined to the colon, the five-year survival rate is 90 percent to 100 percent. Patients with stage four colorectal cancer, when the disease has spread to distant organs, have a five-year survival rate of 25 percent or less.

Dr. Kahlenberg advises anyone over the age of 50 to be tested regularly. He added that even though the risk increases as an individual ages, younger people are not immune to the disease. NBC "Today" show host Katie Couric lost her 42-year-old husband in 1998 to colon cancer. Risk factors in younger patients include a family history of colon cancer, a personal history of polyps or colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and a history of ovarian, endometrial or breast cancer.

An estimated 130,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year and only 37 percent of all cases are detected at an early stage, when treatment is most successful.

"Screening procedures are often frightening to patients," said Dr. Kahlenberg. "That often leads to avoidance."

Two common types of screening procedures include the fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and the flexible sigmoidoscopy. The sigmoidoscopy is done with a hollow, lighted tube used to inspect the wall of the rectum and the colon. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flexible sigmoidoscopy can detect roughly 65 percent of polyps and colorectal cancers. Dr. Kahlenberg said that the procedure is uncomfortable, but not painful.

Other tests for screening include the colonoscopy, a procedure that examines the entire colon.

Although it is recommended that individuals get a colonoscopy examination every 10 years, flexible sigmoidoscopy is considered the screening test of choice at this time.

Dr. Kahlenberg said that along with the partnership with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center and the American Cancer Society, the Health Science Center is producing a bilingual pamphlet on colorectal cancer, with information on risk factors and disease statistics. He hopes to one day implement a separate cancer hotline that would put patients in touch with the proper screening program and assistance depending on the type of cancer for which they may be at risk.

"We have state-of-the-art oncology services here at the Health Science Center," said Dr. Kahlenberg. "We can successfully treat colorectal cancer, but the most important tool we have is screening and right now it is not adequately utilized."


Changes ahead for Health Science Center bookstore

In an effort to sustain successful operations, contain costs and increase services for students, faculty and staff, the Health Science Center has selected bookseller Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Inc. to take over management of the bookstore this spring.

Outsourcing was recommended unanimously by the voting members of the nine-member Bookstore Request for Proposal Evaluation Committee. The committee included Health Science Center employees and students. The institution's Executive Committee approved the recommendations, including award of a contract to Barnes & Noble for management of the bookstore operations.

The university-wide committee was formed in October and was charged with determining whether outsourcing would benefit the university and, if so, which vendor should be selected to operate the store. The process consisted of a review of proposals from three vendors and presentations from the two finalists before Barnes & Noble was selected.

Wayne Reed, chair of the committee and director of business operations and material services, said the group supported privatization because of the expertise of Barnes & Noble in managing academic health science center bookstores.

"Barnes & Noble has a proven record of success in providing high-quality services at competitive prices and a readiness and ability to provide expansion of e-commerce opportunities," said Reed.

Reed added that Barnes & Noble should provide improved and expanded staff development and career path opportunities for employees and that the company has proposed positive revenue sharing back to the university. The bookstore had operational losses in two of the past five years.

The bookstore is slated to move into a space in the new Nursing School garage, which will provide approximately double the actual retail selling space and position the bookstore to better serve the Health Science Center and the South Texas Medical Center community. Barnes & Noble has made a commitment for significant funding of furnishings and fixtures in the new bookstore facility.

The organization is no stranger to San Antonio universities. The company also operates the bookstores at The University of Texas at San Antonio and Trinity University. Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration and business affairs, said the privatization of university bookstores has been quite successful nationally. Reed noted further that the Health Science Center will be joining peers such as Harvard University Medical School, Cornell University Medical School and Columbia University Medical School, all of which have outsourced their bookstore operations with Barnes & Noble.

"They (Barnes & Noble) should achieve greater economies of scale and possess much greater purchasing power than a small individual bookstore operation. They are already competitive in e-commerce and are well positioned to continue competing favorably in this rapidly expanding business sector. They have specialized experience in this business and provide high-quality service," said Reed. "I think the process was very thorough and included a cross- section of the various constituencies on campus. The decision was made with broad-based representation."

The nine-member committee included Reed; Marilyn Alexander, Office of the Dental School Dean; Dr. Theresa Chiang, executive director of the Department of Student Services; Evelyn Delgado, Office of the Nursing School Dean; Dr. Mary Ann Gurkowski, professor in the Department of Anesthesiology; Gerri Hester, a student in the School of Allied Health Sciences; Steve Lynch, assistant vice president for budget and finance; Dr. Melanie Richards, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery; Dr. Billy Rigsby, director of predoctoral clinics in the Dental School; and Dr. Pothana Saikumar, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and chair of the Health Science Center's Bookstore Committee.

As part of the outsourcing agreement, Health Science Center employees currently working in the bookstore will have the option of going to work for Barnes & Noble with a guaranteed minimum of six months of employment at their present compensation levels, or pursuing other jobs within the university system. The Office of Human Resources is working with employees to discuss benefit options and employment opportunities.

"We are helping the 14 employees affected by the change to assess their options," said Ferrara. "I am absolutely committed to doing what is in the best interests of the employees based on what they want."

Anthony Ramirez, director of the Office of Human Resources, said his staff members have been meeting with the employees and will continue to assist them during the next few months of transition. Barnes & Noble officials also have met with the bookstore employees to discuss what the company can offer in the way of career opportunities, including details regarding employee development and training, salary compensation and benefits.

"During a six-month period, any employee who wants to examine opportunities with the Health Science Center will be provided with one-on-one counseling sessions to look at job openings and qualifications," said Ramirez. "We will do everything possible to match them with existing jobs."


CLS department celebrates National Medical Laboratory Week

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in the School of Allied Health Sciences will offer free glucose screenings on Tuesday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the snack machine area on the third floor of the Medical School. The screening takes place as part of National Medical Laboratory Week, which is April 2-8.

One of the most dynamic of all health care professions, clinical laboratory sciences (CLS) is the study and practice of diagnostic medicine. Its practitioners are known as clinical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, clinical laboratory technicians (CLTs), and medical laboratory technicians (MLTs).

Clinical laboratory scientists perform tests to analyze blood, urine, tissue or other body specimens. They use complex instruments, sophisticated techniques and specialized knowledge to provide critical data for diagnosis, treatment planning and preventive health care. For example, a CLS examines cultures made from a throat swab taken by a physician to determine what may be causing a sore throat. A CLS also performs tests to determine diabetic patients' glucose levels, among many others.

The CLS profession is constantly evolving as new technology emerges to provide better methods for diagnostic testing and interpretation.

Although clinical laboratory scientists seldom have personal contact with patients, they perform a major role in disease diagnosis. They work closely with physicians, researchers and other health care professionals.

They may also provide information to physicians on establishing appropriate cost-effective testing protocols for suspected diagnoses.

Individuals who are interested in the field of CLS should speak with high school and college counselors and take math and science courses to prepare themselves adequately for CLS studies.

The steady growth of CLS positions reflects a robust demand for well-educated and highly motivated professionals. Employment opportunities are available in hospital laboratories as well as private, government, industrial, pharmaceutical and research laboratories. With an advanced degree, the clinical laboratory scientist has additional career options, including research, teaching and management.

Anyone interested in pursuing a degree in CLS should complete general education and basic science courses at an accredited community college or four-year university. Upper-level science courses including biochemistry, immunology and microbiology can be completed at a four-year institution.

Professional clinical laboratory sciences courses are taught at the Health Science Center. For more information, contact Connie Mahon, undergraduate program director, at ext. 7-8870.

This article was contributed by Connie Mahon, clinical laboratory sciences.


PT Olympics set for this weekend

The second annual Physical Therapy Olympics kicks off today at 2 p.m., with opening ceremonies at the recreation fields facing Babcock Road. Patterned after a similar event organized by dental students, the PT Olympics will host 250 physical therapy students from eight schools around Texas on Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1, at the Health Science Center.

The organizer behind the two-day event is class president Amy Tefertiller, a third-year physical therapy student who will graduate in May. She came up with the idea last year and organized the inaugural Olympics here, with four schools participating.

In addition to sporting events such as basketball, sand volleyball, flag football, tennis and a 5K run, participating students will demonstrate golf played from wheelchairs and run a wheelchair obstacle course. Vendors will hold a job fair at the Allied Health/Research Building at 10 a.m. Friday. The Health Science Center, local clinics and vendors have donated funds, and participants will pay an entry fee.

Some of the proceeds will be donated to an individual in the community who is disabled. The balance of the proceeds this year will go toward the purchase of a wheelchair and other necessities for a woman who was severely burned in a propane explosion at her home.

Tefertiller says she will remain active in PT Olympics after graduation and hopes to someday have a clinic for underserved populations. Pediatrics is a particular interest of hers.

As for planning for the Olympics, she advises future organizers to start early and keep the lines of communication open.

"It's amazing to see how it's grown and the enthusiastic response of the students. I hope future classes will carry on the tradition," she said.

Applause

  • Dr. Ian Thompson, head of the Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery, is co-editor for the newly-released book Advanced Therapy of Prostate Disease.

  • Dr. Colleen Keller, a professor in the Department of Family Nursing Care, has been appointed interim chair of the department and will begin her duties effective May 30.

  • Dr. Lawrence Harkless, Department of Orthopaedics Podiatry Service, has been appointed by Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, to the Louis T. Bogy, DPM, Professorship in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.

Briefly

Grant applications workshop scheduled for April 20

The Division of Educational Research and Development will conduct a grant writing course from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-21 in the Health Science Center Nursing School auditorium.

The hands-on workshop is designed to help faculty write clear, compelling and convincing grant applications. Participants will critique previously submitted National Institutes of Health grant applications and discuss strategies to strengthen grant writing. The program also will include exercises in reviewer friendly writing. Participants will receive a detailed manual summarizing writing strategies and a comprehensive checklist to guide development and editing of applications. Health Science Center faculty will not be charged to attend. For more information or to register, contact Gloria Nuckols at ext. 7-2282 or by e-mail at nuckols@uthscsa.edu.

 

Dental hygiene pilot program serves community, trains students

Dental hygiene students at Heritage Elementary educate fourth- and fifth-graders about oral health before the children's teeth are cleaned and sealants are applied.

A pilot program in the Department of Dental Hygiene has a dual purpose: to train students to work with pediatric patients while serving the San Antonio community. Each Thursday this semester, faculty and students take the Dental School's mobile treatment van to a school on the South Side. There they apply sealants and provide cleaning at no cost to fourth- and fifth-graders who have little or no access to oral health care. Dental School faculty volunteers accompany the students in a supervisory role.

"Our students don't see enough pediatric patients at our dental clinic, mainly because of scheduling difficulties with the children's schools, so we need to go out into the community for the students to get practice working with these clients," said Kathy Geurink, clinical associate professor in the department and community service coordinator.

Geurink also runs a similar project to expose dental hygiene students to geriatric patients by visiting nursing homes and independent living centers. Students use portable equipment to clean the residents' teeth and screen for any dental problems.

"Now that people are keeping their own teeth longer, there's a greater need for preventive measures and treatment," she said. "Elderly people will probably make up the largest age group that these students will see in private practice."
Two schoolchildren prepare for a session in the dental van by donning standard protection gear worn by dental professionals.

Geurink initiated the school pilot program at the suggestion of the Daughters of Charity, which runs the La Misión Health Clinic near the school. The clinic is new and well-equipped, but lacks dental facilities. The hygienists conduct classroom presentations about good oral health and explain what sealants are. The children are then treated in the van. Any children remaining to be treated after the semester is over will receive their sealants on Sealant Day, April 18, when dental hygiene faculty will complete the work students were unable to finish.

Geurink said student response has been very positive. She said working with the children is probably the only opportunity the student hygienists will have to see both primary and permanent teeth.

The students also enjoy working with their elderly patients. Before the students begin treatment, they meet their patients, hold preliminary interviews and take health histories. This work gives the students a chance to see different dental conditions and to practice with portable equipment.

Geurink hopes to continue the school program in coming years, with additional funding and in collaboration with the Dental School. "A collaborative effort will make the program a success," she said.

Geurink has been at the Health Science Center for 15 years and has worked in the field of public health for nearly 30. In addition to her teaching and coordinating activities, she is writing a textbook on community oral health practice for the dental hygienist. It is to be published by Mosby/Saunders.


Art exhibit details life on an aircraft carrier

Ethan Eddy, left, and Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.

In the poem "High Flight," author John Gillespie McGee, Jr. describes flight as slipping "the surly bonds of earth" and dancing "the skies on laughter-silvered wings." Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, brings those beautiful images of air travel to life in his artwork, as he documents life on board an aircraft carrier and the pilots and crew members who make high flight possible.

Dr. Eddy's works will be on display during the month of April when he presents "Carrier at Sea: A Celebration in Art." The Health Science Center's Arts and Exhibitions Committee is sponsoring the event.

The artwork featured in the exhibit will include sketches and oil paintings Dr. Eddy completed following two weeklong visits on board the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln with his son, Ethan Eddy, an aviation boatswain's mate in the U.S. Navy. The images he captured during those visits show various scenes on the flight deck of a carrier at sea and the types of work his son and fellow shipmates undertake daily.

Ethan Eddy, an aviation boatswain's mate in the U.S. Navy, stands in front of one of the many aircraft he supports during takeoff.

When Ethan Eddy joined the Navy four years ago, weekly letters from dad became the norm. But Dr. Eddy wanted  to put a more personal touch on the notes, so he began sketching scenes of naval aviation on the covers of the envelopes he sent.

"I used artwork as a way of keeping connected with him to express support for what he was doing," said Dr. Eddy.

During visits aboard ship, Dr. Eddy got to see firsthand the work his son and others perform and the dangers they face. Between jet blasts, heat, 35-mph winds and a 65-foot drop into the ocean below, crew members have to be constantly alert. But for Dr. Eddy, an aviation enthusiast and son of a career Navy father, it was "Christmas every day" to be able to observe aircraft on the flight deck.

"It was a nice change of pace," said Dr. Eddy. "They treated me like a member of the crew. I was a member of the team--not an outsider."

Dr. Eddy, a self-taught artist, painted for the Navy on commission and his artwork has been published in military publications.

An artist's reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the auditorium foyer to promote the month long exhibit. The event will include a multimedia presentation and equipment the crew members use on board the carrier. Ethan Eddy, who recently was discharged from the Navy and has come home to Texas, will be the guest of honor.

This scene is one of the many sketches Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, produced during his visit aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.


Department of Psychiatry sponsors free screenings for alcohol problems

The Health Science Center Department of Psychiatry's Division of Alcohol and Drug Addiction is offering free anonymous screenings for alcohol problems as part of National Alcohol Screening Day. The screenings will be held at the Treatment Research Center in the McDermott Building from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6.

The screening program is open to the public and participants will have the opportunity to complete a written self-assessment and discuss the confidential results with a health professional at no cost. Video presentations and literature covering all aspects of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol dependence and abuse, will be available. Participants can receive referrals for further help.

The program is designed to educate the public and provide those who may be struggling with a way to seek help. The Treatment Research Center, the site of ongoing studies conducted in alcohol and drug addiction, offers eligible adults free drug and alcohol treatment, including comprehensive medical and physical evaluations, medication and therapy. For more information, call ext. 7-8229 or 258-5034.

Of Note

Mini-Medical School begins April 4

The Health Science Center's 2000 Mini-Medical School begins April 4. This four-week course, free to the public, will be held Tuesdays through April 25.

Each Tuesday's program starts at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 3.102B next to the Health Science Center's Dolph Briscoe, Jr., Library. The public is invited to any or all of the four sessions, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating capacity. To register, call 7-1925 as soon as possible or access the Health Science Center's Mini-Medical School Web page at http://minimedschool00.uthscsa.edu.

The Mini-Medical School brings together presenters from the Health Science Center's Medical, Nursing, Dental, Allied Health and Graduate Schools. The first session is titled "Exploring the Health Sciences: An Evening with a Health Professional." The second session, on April 11, will focus on "The Heart: Health and Repair." The April 18 session will describe "The Brain: A User's Guide." The final session, on April 25, is called "Living with Illness."

The Mini-Medical School is supported in part by an educational grant from Pfizer.

Spring book fair to benefit Gifts for Children program

The Special Events Council is holding a book fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-7 in the student services snack area to benefit the Health Science Center's Gifts for Children program. For more information, contact Patti Lairsey at ext. 7-4960.

Tex-MUG group to meet in April

The Health Science Center Macintosh Users Group (Tex-MUG) will hold its next meeting at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Briscoe Library room 2C.

Apple systems engineer Scott Meyer will demonstrate the new AppleWorks 6. Tex-MUG meetings are open to the public.

HealthWalk scheduled for April 5

The 17th Annual March of Dimes HealthWalk for Healthier Babies will take place at the Health Science Center running track at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5. HealthWalk is the health professional component to the March of Dimes' WalkAmerica.

Participants take two laps around the track between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Prizes, including T-shirts, are offered to participants who raise the largest amounts in donations. Last year the Health Science Center raised more than $19,000. For more information, contact Anna Uriegas, HealthWalk chairperson, at 7-3769.

Equipment auction open to public

A public auction of surplus/obsolete property is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 8, in the Health Science Center General Services warehouse. Items for auction include medical equipment, shelving, desks, typewriters and calculators. Refreshments will be sold during the event.

A viewing of the items runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 7, and from 8 to 9 a.m. the day of the auction. Items placed in the auction will be available for transfer at no charge to any Health Science Center department through Friday, March 31. For more information, call ext. 7-6021.

Art reception set for April 9

The Health Science Center Arts and Exhibitions Committee is sponsoring an art exhibit reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the auditorium foyer. The exhibit will feature works by Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, and will run the entire month of April. For more information, contact Molly Greene at ext. 7-3718.

In Memoriam

Kelly Jean Hemberger, 1990 alumna of the School of Nursing and daughter of Mary Lou Hemberger, Internal Audit Office, died March 25 following a lifelong struggle with cystic fibrosis. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 8620 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio, TX 78217.

Mark D. Schmoker, 29, son of longtime Health Science Center employee Gerry Schmoker, medicine/cardiology, died March 2.

Expo on sight

The Health Science Center co-hosted a low vision expo at the Allied Health/Research Building. The event included free eye screenings and opportunities for hands-on experience with the latest in aids for low vision.

 

Representatives were available to answer questions on optical aids, the latest eye medications and resources available to caregivers. The event also included demonstrations of mobility training, instruction on serving as a sighted guide and daily living skills.

Fiesta de Tejas volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the Health Science Center's Fiesta de Tejas event April 27. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Herlinda Carreon at ext. 7-2400 or by e-mail at carreon@uthscsa.edu. Fiesta de Tejas begins at 5 p.m. April 27 at its new location by the pavilion and recreational area.

 

Calendar for April 3 - 9

MONDAY, APRIL 3

8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Geriatric Rehabilitation Exercise Programs: A Review of the Literature," Drs. David LeMay & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)

8:00 a.m. Medical Housestaff Specialty Conf. "Residents & Interns: M&M" (MED: 409L)

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

6:30 a.m. Podiatry Grand Rounds "Post-Operative Complications," Dr. Cyaandi Dove (MED: 209L)

11:00 a.m. TNT "Blood Banking: Error Management: An Essential Element of a Quality Assurance Program," Barbara Laird-Fryer, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (call ext. 7-2700)

Noon. Cellular & Structural Biology Seminar "Stress & the Single Cell: Regulation of Protein Chaperone Complex Expression & Function in Cell Proliferation, Stress Resistance & Signal Transduction," Dr. Kevin Morano, University of Michigan Medical School (MED: 444B)

Noon. Medicine Research Conf. "Nitric Oxide & the Human Cutaneous Circulation," Dr. Dean Kellogg, & "The Role of Neuropeptides in the Fibromyalgia Syndrome," Dr. I. Jon Russell (MED: 209L)

12:30 p.m. TNT "Clinical Chemistry & Toxicology: Principles of Nucleic Acid Probe Technology," Dr. Theodore Mifflin, University of Virginia Medical Center (call ext. 7-2700 for information)

1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Psychiatrists: A Clinical Approach to Atypical Antipsychotics," Dr. Sharon Dott, The University of Texas Medical Branch (MED: 409L)

4:00 p.m. Molecular Medicine Seminar "Mouse Models for Bloom Syndrome: Chromosome Instability & Cancer Predisposition," Dr. Roger Schultz, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (IBT: 3.002)

4:00 p.m. Cardiovascular Pathobiology Research Conf. "Comparative Incidence of Type II Diabetes in Mexico City & San Antonio," Dr. Michael Stern (MED: 331.5B)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5

6:30 a.m. Podiatry Case Conf. (MED: 309L)

7:00 a.m. Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Mellick Sykes (MED: 209L)

8:00 a.m. Medical Grand Rounds "Transplantation Osteoporosis: Pathogenesis & Management," Dr. Elizabeth Shane, Columbia University (MED: 409L)

9:00 a.m. Surgery Trauma M&M Conf., Dr. Ronald Stewart (MED: 309L)

11:00 a.m. TNT "Microbiology: Identification & Drug Resistance Properties of Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria," Barbara Brown, The University of Texas Health Center, Tyler (call ext. 7-2700 for information)

Noon. Pharmacology Seminar Series "The Ins & Outs of Neurotransmitter Transport," Dr. Susan Amara, Oregon Health Sciences University (MED: 444B)

Noon. Cellular & Structural Biology Seminar "Chaperoning Steroid Receptors in the Nucleus: Novel Roles for Various Heat Shock Proteins," Dr. Donald DeFranco, University of Pittsburgh (MED: 209L)

Noon. Biochemistry Seminar "Protein Folding Reactions & Their Catalysis by Prolyl Isomerases," Dr. Franz Schmid, Universitat Bayreuth, Germany (MED: 409L)

THURSDAY, APRIL 6

7:30 a.m. Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds "Placenta & Tropoblastic Disease," Dr. Philip Valente (MED: 309L)

7:30 a.m. Thoracic Surgery Resident Teaching Conf. (VA: 4th-floor CT Library A404 )

8:30 a.m. Pain Management Grand Rounds "Evaluation of Shoulder Pain," Dr. Sloane Blair (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)

Noon. Pulmonary, Thoracic & Oncology Conf. (MED: 309L)

Noon. Microbiology Seminar Series "Signal Transduction During the Bordetella Infectious Cycle," Dr. Jeff Miller, University of California (MED: 444B)

Noon. TNT "Primary Care Forum: Assessment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders of Childhood," Dr. Gregory Giron, Brooke Army Medical Center (call ext. 7-2320 for information or to register)

3:00 p.m. Surgery Tumor Conference, Dr. Anatolio Cruz (MED: 209L)

4:30 p.m. Citywide Thoracic Grand Rounds "Ethical Issues in Resuscitation," Dr. Charles Duncan (MED: 309L)

5:00 p.m. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Grand Rounds "Ptosis Repair Pitfalls & Techniques," Dr. Kenneth Piest (MED: 444B)

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

7:30 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds "Acute Pain Management in Children," Dr. Lynda Wells (MED: 409L)

4:00 p.m. Institute of Biotechnology Seminar "DNA Nanotechnology," Dr. Nadrian Seeman, New York University IBT: 3.002)

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

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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