February 4, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 5

Howe announces decision to leave UTHSC presidency

Dr. John P. Howe, III, president of the Health Science Center since 1985, on Tuesday announced Feb. 1 that he would leave the position of president effective Jan. 1, 2001.

In a prepared statement, Dr. Howe said his 15-year tenure in the position is one of the longest terms a president of an academic health center has served. He said the university is better positioned than at any other time to hand the reins of leadership to a new president.

Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, visits with Tom Loeffler, chairman of the Health Affairs Committee of The University of Texas System Board of Regents.

"This past year we have secured the largest endowment for cancer research in the history of the nation, we have brought on a new dean to lead the Medical School, we have initiated the expansion of a Regional Academic Health Center to provide professional health education throughout the South Texas/Border Region, and we have had the most successful fund-raising year in our history," Dr. Howe added.

Tom Loeffler, chairman of the Health Affairs Committee of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, said, "In the annals of Texas medicine and medical education, Dr. Howe's service as president of the Health Science Center will be seen as an enduring contribution for the betterment of all Texans. His visionary leadership has enabled the institution to offer the finest health care services to the people of South Texas, to contribute significantly to the advancement of medical science through cutting-edge research, and to provide first-class educational programs for new generations of health professionals. The U. T. System is deeply grateful to President Howe for his unsurpassed record of service."

During the 15 years of Dr. Howe's presidency, research funding at the Health Science Center has grown from $32 million to $124 million annually; the budget has grown from $134 million to $330 million; 12 new buildings or building expansions have been added to the campus; more than 10,000 students have graduated and are serving as physicians, nurses, dentists, research scientists and allied health professionals; the Dental School has been ranked the nation's top dental school; and the UTHSC-sponsored San Antonio Cancer Institute has achieved the rank of a Comprehensive Cancer Center—the highest ranking that the National Cancer Institute awards and one of only two such centers in the state.

"Perhaps most important," Dr. Howe added, "we have led the transition as the biosciences moved into the number-one spot as the city's leading economic generator. We may never again have this convergence of opportunity and resources which gives a new leader the opening to put his or her own stamp on the next phase of growth and progress.

"Because the legislative session which begins early next year is so important to this university, it is my hope that a new leader will be named and appointed even prior to January 1, so that we will have time to work together for a smooth and effective transition," Dr. Howe said.

Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, talks with local media about his plans for the future.

Dr. William H. Cunningham, chancellor of the U. T. System, said, "Under the leadership of President Howe, the Health Science Center at San Antonio has been transformed into the major medical campus for South Texas. He has embraced the state's regional mandate for this institution, overseeing such critically important developments as the first major health professions educational program in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, as well as the Health Science Center expansion in Laredo. He also has been instrumental in establishing the major regional academic medical campus in the Valley. From its solid base here in San Antonio, the Health Science Center is reaching out with innovative programs to help secure improved health and a better quality of life for millions of Texans. In so doing, the institution has also emerged as one of the nation's most important comprehensive centers for health education, research and patient care. It has been a great honor to be associated with an academic and medical leader of the caliber of John Howe, and we thank him for all the great things he has done."

Dr. Howe said that one of his proudest legacies is the opening of the Texas Research Park, which is anchored by the Health Science Center's Institute of Biotechnology. A second Health Science Center building, The South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine, will open this summer in the park, and construction on a third building, which will serve as a national center for aging research, is scheduled to begin next year.

"This is the right decision at this time in my life," Dr. Howe said. "For the new leadership which the Board of Regents will select, it is the right time as well, for we will collectively hand that person a great research university, with outstanding human capital poised to enter its greatest decades."

Dr. Howe said that the investment made in the Health Science Center by the Board of Regents and by the private sector has positioned the academic health center to continue its rise to one of the nation's preeminent research institutions. "I am truly grateful to the Chancellors and the Regents with whom I have served, for the confidence they have placed in our Health Science Center leadership and in our outstanding faculty, staff and students, and for the investment they have made in this region."

Dr. Charles B. Mullins, executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the U.T. System, said, "Texas medicine has, in John Howe, one of its most effective leaders and spokesmen. His achievements at the Health Science Center are certainly impressive. A notable achievement that will enhance the lives of all Texans for generations is the development of the Texas Diabetes Center for care of diabetes patients and research into causes and treatment of this disease, which is one of the most serious health concerns of the region. In addition to his leadership of this institution and on behalf of the region, John has also been one of the most outstanding leaders of the medical profession. He has the distinction of being the only president of an academic health center to be elected president of the Texas Medical Association. John has brought great distinction to every endeavor in which he has been involved. We are grateful to him for a job well done."

HSC researcher testifies
before Congress on
Gulf War illnesses

Dr. Miller

Dr. Claudia Miller, associate professor of environmental and occupational medicine in the Department of Family Practice, testified Feb. 2 before a U.S. House subcommittee investigating Gulf War illnesses.

The Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations held the oversight hearing to learn more about research programs pertaining to the cluster of illnesses affecting Gulf War veterans.

U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays of Connecticut, subcommittee chair, sent a letter to Dr. Miller inviting her to testify.

The hearing examined findings of a General Accounting Office (GAO) study of government research programs on Gulf War illnesses. Objectives included determining the amount of money spent on research, productivity of spending to date, extent to which goals are being met, and extent to which research has resulted in peer-reviewed publications and the identification of the causes or successful treatments for Gulf War illnesses.

Dr. Miller, reporting on her own research related to Gulf War illnesses, discussed an emerging paradigm for disease—"Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance." This paradigm, she said, could link the experiences of sheep dippers exposed to pesticides in the United Kingdom, U.S. aerospace workers on the West Coast exposed to solvents and plasticizers, Gulf War veterans, and even environmental scientists exposed to indoor air contaminants at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters.

"What ties all these groups together is the common experience of an initiating toxic exposure followed by newly acquired intolerances and multi-system symptoms," she said. "These observations provide compelling scientific evidence for a shared underlying disease mechanism—one involving a fundamental breakdown in natural tolerance. This two-step process is the key to understanding Gulf War illnesses."

Diagnosing and treating the chemically intolerant could be done in an environmental medical unit (EMU), an environmentally controlled inpatient hospital unit designed to help patients avoid common, low-level exposures, she said.

"Previous experience shows that within days of entering the EMU, patients will arrive at a 'clean baseline' and their exposure-related symptoms will disappear. During the next two weeks, each patient is exposed to potential triggerssuch as caffeine, gasoline, perfume, various foods, medications and tobacco smokeone at a time to determine what is setting him off," Dr. Miller said.

She urged those assembled to consider a "Manhattan Project-style approach" to Gulf War illness studies, consisting of EMU studies and other patient-oriented diagnostic and treatment studies. "New paradigms require new approaches and new tools," she testified.

Dr. Miller is director of the Health Science Center's South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) program.


Dental School establishes
orthodontics residency program

The Dental School has introduced an orthodontics residency program to round out its highly regarded postgraduate division.

Dr. Larry White, a longtime orthodontist in New Mexico, is the first director of the program. "I've always wanted to teach," he said, "and this is the type of program in which I thought I could make a difference.

Dr. White

Three residents have been chosen from a number of highly qualified applicants for the program, which will begin formally in July. "It was hard to select the residents," said Dr. White, "because all the people we interviewed were so highly qualified."

Dr. White also reaffirmed the Health Science Center's commitment to training orthodontists who want to pursue a career in education.

"Our mission is to train academicians," he said. The rigorous 33-month program will emphasize diagnostic and clinical experience as well as research and teaching skills. Each resident will treat a large variety of malocclusions (bad bites) to become familiar with several therapies.

Before the residents receive their certificate of training, they also must earn a Master of Science degree or a Ph.D. On completing the residency program, Dr. White said, "Our graduates will be well qualified to teach at any dental school in the world."

"We're all very excited about this new program," said Dr. John Rugh, chairman of the orthodontics department. "This program provides an opportunity to address the worldwide shortage of orthodontic academicians. We intend to establish a world-class clinical and research program."

Dr. White was born in Texas but lived in Hobbs, N.M., most of his life. He graduated from the University of New Mexico, where he was that school's first All-America football player as well as its first Academic All-American. He received his dental training at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.

He practiced general dentistry in the U.S. Air Force and in Hobbs for seven years before returning to Baylor to specialize in orthodontics.

Dr. White has edited the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics for the past 15 years, conducted research while practicing orthodontics, lectured extensively throughout the world and published more than 100 papers on orthodontics and general dentistry.

"I'm an old orthodontist but a young teacher, so I'm anxious to start this new intellectual adventure," Dr. White said.

He and his wife, Lue, have been married for 46 years. They have two children and six grandchildren.

Health Science Center selected as
$5.5 million STD research center

A $5.5 million research center operated by the Health Science Center is boosting efforts to understand and prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in South Texas.

The Health Science Center was one of only six U.S. centers to be selected by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) as a Sexually Transmitted Diseases Cooperative Research Center. The $5.5 million NIAID grant, officially awarded in November, is supporting research studies across several disciplines over a four-year period.

Study areas include the long-term effects of behavioral interventions in at-risk minority women, psychosocial and situational factors associated with high-risk behavior over time, incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in minority populations, effects of STDs on pregnant women, long-term effects of sexual abuse on disease incidence and high-risk behavior, and the molecular biology and pathogenesis (origination of infection) of STDs.

"The San Antonio center represents an integrative and innovative effort to investigate important emerging causes of sexually transmitted diseases," said Dr. Joel B. Baseman, microbiology, the project director. "It combines research and clinical care strategies with behavioral interventions and epidemiological analyses in an underserved population of minority women who attend a dedicated research clinic overseen by the center."

The new center's unique strength is its integration of basic researchers, clinical researchers and social scientists to attack the issues of STDs.

Dr. Rochelle Shain, obstetrics and gynecology, is the center co-director and co-principal investigator, and leads a project exploring long-term effects of behavioral intervention in minority women. "The targeted patient population, composed of Mexican- and African-American women, is both understudied and disproportionately affected by STDs," she said. "We oversee a dedicated STD clinic, called Project SAFE, which permits delivery of consistent quality health care as well as research for a predominantly young population (54 percent under 20 years of age and 80 percent under 25 years)."

Project SAFE is a continuation of behavioral intervention studies conducted by Dr. Shain and colleagues in more than 800 minority women at risk for STD infection. In a prior study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers found that intensive, culturally relevant behavioral counseling in small groups resulted in reduced rates of STD reinfection in at-risk women.

Sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, herpes, trichomoniasis and AIDS affect millions in the United States.

The lesser-known trichomoniasis is a recurrent vaginal disease affecting an estimated 4 million to 10 million women nationwide. It is the number one non-viral STD worldwide. "Our goals are to understand the biology and disease potential of pathogens for STDs that are considered to be emerging threats, and to develop strategies to prevent and control these infections," Dr. Baseman said.

The four primary projects of the center, and the principal investigators on each, are:

In addition, a Statistics/Computing Core supports the center. The principal investigator is Dr. Sondra Perdue, microbiology.

The Project SAFE studies are conducted with assistance from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and its director, Dr. Fernando Guerra. Other center investigators are Dr. Jane Dimmitt-Champion, family nursing care, and Drs. Subramania Dhandayuthapani and Oxana Musatovova, microbiology. Project SAFE is a private downtown setting in which women can feel comfortable seeking help, Dr. Shain said.

STD incidence is substantially higher among African Americans and Hispanics than among Whites. AIDS rates, for example, have been found to be six times higher in African Americans than Whites and three times higher in Hispanics, according to literature compiled by the researchers.

Ethnic differences in AIDS rates are even more dramatic for women—in 1996, national AIDS rates were 17 and six times higher for African-American and Hispanic women, respectively, than for White women.

The new center's unique strength is its integration of basic researchers, clinical researchers and social scientists to attack the issues of STDs. "This is a wonderful marriage of expertise from the Health Science Center and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District," Dr. Baseman said.

The new grant places the Health Science Center in select company. The other STD cooperative research centers are at the University of Washington, Seattle; the University of Indiana, Indianapolis; Boston University; the University of Alabama, Birmingham; and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Internet service offered

DCCI is offering Internet access accounts for individuals connected with the Health Science Center, starting at $6.95 (first six months paid in advance). Sign up before March 31 and the setup fee of $29.95 will be waived and the first month of access is free. For more information, contact Triage at ext. 7-2069 or DCCI at 731-6611.

Faculty fellowship program offered

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is supporting a program of summer faculty fellowships for full-time engineering and science educators. Research fellowships are awarded to qualified engineering and science faculty members for summer research at the Johnson Space Center. Each fellow will work with a center colleague. Special courses, seminars, workshops and lectures are included in each program.

Stipends for the program include $1,000 per week and a travel allowance. In addition, a relocation allowance will be provided for those fellows who must relocate their residence. The fellowship is 10 weeks and fellows are required to conduct research at the site.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Application materials and information can be found at www.ASEE.org/fellowship/html/johnson.htm#.


Dentistry rotation at State Hospital
is rewarding experience

The condition of the patients treated at the San Antonio State Hospital ranges from profound mental retardation to paranoid schizophrenia, but they have a common need for dental care, to which many lack access. The staff at the State Hospital's dental clinic, which is affiliated with the Health Science Center, sees adults from the psychiatric units, children from the San Antonio State School, and patients from the Texas Center for Infectious Diseases who have tuberculosis. All are served by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation.

San Antonio State Hospital dental services staff (from left to right) Dr. Carol Willborn, dental services director, Lorenzo Ramirez, senior Dental School student, Gloria Gallardo, dental assistant, Hortence Jaquez, dental assistant, Leroy Quintanilla, dental hygienist, and Dr. Keithley Binz, dentist.

Each semester, senior students from the Dental School rotate through the clinic. In addition, one or two students work there all summer. Dental Services Director and Health Science Center adjunct professor, Dr. Carol A. Willborn, said the rotation is a way for students to "nurture their compassionate spirit" while learning to meet the oral health care needs of these special patients.

Student evaluations have been overwhelmingly positive. Most students said they gained a new perspective on working with the mentally/physically challenged population, and would be comfortable doing so in the future.

Not only do most of the patients have poor oral health, but many also suffer from a multitude of medical ailments. Students on rotation need to take into account a person's medical needs as well as his or her dental requirements. Conditions such as diabetes affect the mouth. Certain medications can aggravate oral conditions. Many of the patients have complex medical histories that may alter their treatment plans.

"We want students to be able to evaluate a child or adult with special needs. Many practitioners don't feel they have the knowledge or experience to see a person with mental retardation," said Dr. Willborn. "This is an important area for education and training."

More than 80 percent of the patients who come to the clinic are indigent, Dr. Willborn said. Even though she has treated highly educated, affluent patients who have been admitted to the psychiatric unit for evaluation, many of her patients have been living on the streets for years. "We're their last hope," Dr. Willborn said.

The rate of tooth decay is high, gum disease is common and oral health knowledge is poor.

Dental assistant Hortence Jaquez works with Dental School student Lorenzo Ramirez.

The staff includes dentist Dr. Keithley Binz and senior students from the Dental School. The wide variety of oral and medical conditions that the students see gives them first-hand experience they would not otherwise have.

For example, Dr. Willborn said, the students learn how to do functional things such as wheelchair transfers. They learn how to use specialized equipment for treating people with palsy or a severe bite reflex, and how to communicate with someone who has low cognitive skills. Dr. Willborn said she and her staff are usually successful in gaining patients' cooperation, but occasionally a person may need to be sedated. Before any work can begin, however, all patients or their guardians must give the customary consent to treatment.

Dr. John Brown, chairman of the Department of Community Dentistry, said the discipline of special patient care requires a flexible approach. "It takes someone who is prepared to see it as a challenge and to learn the skills needed," he said. "In dentistry, we have a responsibility to all sectors of society. That is a dental educational challenge, which Dr. Willborn, as an adjunct professor, helps us meet. We greatly value her expertise and contributions."

Dr. Willborn, who graduated from the Dental School in 1991, has been practicing at the State Hospital since 1993. Dr. Binz, who is also a Dental School alumna (class of '94), joined the staff in 1996.

Admission guidelines address both
academics and personal qualifications

University admissions procedures have changed for Texas public universities since 1997, when the Hopwood vs. Texas court decision was announced. The result was a ruling not to consider an individual applicant's ethnic or racial minority status during the admissions process.

In order to ensure continuing access to professional health career education for as many prospective students as possible, the Health Science Center instituted comprehensive admissions guidelines for its Medical School. Since 1997, these new procedures have emphasized both academics and personal qualifications a balanced mix designed to select students most likely to complete the rigorous academic program and go on to careers as physicians.

"Hopwood guided us to develop a more useful set of guidelines with which to evaluate medical school applicants," said Dr. David Jones, associate dean for Medical School admissions and professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. "The goal was to give greater emphasis to the personal qualifications of an applicant, in addition to academic qualifications."

Above and beyond evaluation of grade point average (GPA) and MCAT scores, the Health Science Center's guidelines include consideration of bilingual language ability, socioeconomic history, community service, communications skills, success in overcoming adverse conditions or experiences, future goals, knowledge of the profession of medicine, whether the applicant is from a medically underserved area and whether the applicant has the desire to serve in a medically underserved region of the state following graduation.

"When you are considering applicants from medically underserved communities, those applicants may also come from an educationally or economically disadvantaged background," said Dr. Jones. "You have to consider the barriers they have overcome as important aspects of their application for medical school."

Jones said these guidelines are not dependent on ethnicity. Rather, they value the individual applicant's achievements and academic preparation from the "whole person" perspective. The new admission guidelines provide for a more exhaustive process that has the added benefit of allowing for the selection of Medical School classes that are even more demographically balanced than before the Hopwood decision.

The new guidelines have resulted in a rise in minority enrollment since 1997. The Health Science Center's Medical School had 40 entering Hispanic students in 1999, up from the 14 students entering in 1997. The number of students being accepted into the Medical School from South Texas, which historically has been a medically underserved area, also is increasing.

In 1997, when admissions decisions to Medical School were still largely determined by GPA and MCAT scores, 45 applicants from South Texas were interviewed and seven were accepted. In 1998, with the new guidelines in place, 80 South Texas applicants were interviewed and 24 accepted into the school.

Ewing Halsell Lecture
scheduled for Feb. 11

Dr. Kennedy

Dr. Donald Kennedy, professor and president emeritus at Stanford University, will present  "Listening to the Experts" during the Health Science Center's annual Ewing Halsell Lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, in room 3.102B in the Medical School near the library.

Dr. Kennedy is the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, editor-in-chief-elect of Science magazine and the co-director of an interdisciplinary center at Stanford devoted to exploring how the social and natural sciences can contribute to improving environmental practices.

Dr. Kennedy, a biologist and environmental scientist, is a graduate of Harvard University. He was Stanford University's eighth president and held the position for 12 years.

Among many honors, Dr. Kennedy is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He holds honorary doctorate of science degrees from Columbia University, Williams College, the University of Michigan, the University of Rochester and the University of Arizona.

The Feb. 11 lecture is open to the public. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. in the lecture hall foyer.


Forum on faculty tenure and
promotion set for Feb. 9

The Committee for the Advancement of Women and Minorities, the Women's Faculty Association, the Hispanic Faculty Association and the Medical Hispanic Center of Excellence, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, will hold a forum on the tenure and promotion process at noon Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Nursing School Auditorium.

The forum is open to all interested faculty, new and continuing, tenure track and non-tenure track, and is designed to provide the answers to questions relating to tenure and promotion.

Pre-registration is encouraged to assure that enough materials and refreshments will be available for those attending. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

Individuals interested in attending may pre-register through Feb. 8 by calling the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at ext. 7-2004, or by sending e-mail to hamiltonc@uthscsa.edu. Individuals pre-registering should leave their name, department and tenure-track status (tenure track, non-tenure track or tenured).

Of Note

Series on aging continues Feb. 7

Dr. Kurt Merkelz, community geriatrician in the Department of Family Practice, will present the "Successful Aging Series: Care Aspects for Long-Term Planning," at noon Monday, Feb. 7, at the University Hospital first-floor classroom. The series is open to anyone interested in learning more about the aging process. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch. Call University Hospital's Learning Resources Department at 358-2355 for more information or to register.

Microsoft presentation scheduled Feb. 16

The Microsoft Corporation will present "An Intense Overview of the Office 2000 Suite," from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in room 309L in the Medical School. The presentation is open to the public. For more information or to register, e-mail techtraining@uthscsa.edu.

Tax sessions available for international visitors

The Office of International Affairs will host three income tax help sessions for the university's non-resident international visitors. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) representatives will be on campus to provide information, answer individual tax questions and assist with the preparation of U.S. income tax forms.

Help sessions will be set up by specific country groups. The first session, for visitors from China, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in room 3.104A in the Medical School. The second session, for visitors from India, will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in room 3.104A. A third session, for non-residents from all other countries, is scheduled from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in room 3.102B in the Medical School.

Individuals planning to attend should bring tax information, including form W-2 from the Payroll Office or form 1042S from the Accounting Office, in order to receive assistance. Income tax forms will be available at the workshop sites on the day of the help session and afterward in the Office of International Affairs. For more information, call the office at ext. 7-6241.

Judges needed for science competition

The San Antonio Junior Academy of Science Competition is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, at John Jay High School. Judges are needed in the following subject areas: medicine, health, computer science, mathematics, microbiology and chemistry. For more information, please contact Dr. Helen Oujesky at The University of Texas at San Antonio at 458-2767.

Miles for Smiles poster contest begins

The annual Miles for Smiles 5K run, 2K walk and kids' race is approaching and as part of the event, the Dental School is holding a poster contest for children between the ages of 5 and 9. The deadline for poster entries is March 10.

To enter, fill out the Miles for Smiles poster contest entry form to the Office of the Dean of the Dental School. Participants should read the short story attached to the entry form and create a picture relating to the story on a standard sheet of white paper. The completed poster should be sent to the Office of the Dean of the Dental School or DS Box 597 by March 10. Prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. In addition, the first-place entry will be used as the T-shirt design for next year's race. For more information, contact Heather Hodson Bobb, poster contest chair, at 713-4238 or by e-mail at bobb@uthscsa.edu.

Spurs tickets available for February games

Tickets for the San Antonio Spurs games will be on sale from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the third-floor Medical School foyer. Ticket sales are sponsored by the Health Science Center Special Events Council.

Tickets for the February games are still available. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. Prices range from $32.50 to $14.50. For more information, contact Rebecca Bloodworth by e-mail at bloodworth@uthscsa.edu.

Clinical teaching workshop scheduled

The Division of Educational Research and Development (ERD) will conduct its annual professional development course, "Effective Clinical Teaching," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 24-25 in the School of Nursing auditorium.

Several hundred Health Science Center faculty members have completed this course and taken advantage of the opportunity to practice hands-on clinical teaching skills. The practice session includes small feedback groups for participants to critique videotaped examples of student and teacher interactions. Participants will identify effective and ineffective educational strategies.

There is no cost for Health Science Center faculty. To register, contact Gloria Nuckols in ERD at ext. 7-2282 or by e-mail at nuckols@uthscsa.edu. Questions about the course should be referred to Bill Hendricson at ext. 7-2813 or by e-mail at hendricson@uthscsa.edu.

Parking and Traffic Committee to meet

The Health Science Center Parking and Traffic Safety Committee meeting will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday,

Feb. 16, in room 348L in the student services area. Individuals who wish to have an item discussed or want to personally address the committee should contact the committee chairman, Dr. Richard King, physiology, to have an item placed on the agenda. Dr. King can be reached at ext. 7-4342 or by e-mail at kingr@uthscsa.edu.


Calendar for Feb. 7 - 13


7:00 a.m. Orthopaedic Teaching Conf. "Cervical Spine Injuries in Athletes," Dr. David Roberts (MED: 309L)

7:30 a.m. Neurosurgery Grand Rounds "M&M Conf." (Limited to neurosurgery faculty & residents) (MED: 444B)

8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "TENS, EGS, Interferential Current, Medium Frequency and Microcurrent Stimulation," Drs. Mark Fredrickson & Lioda Ayala (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)


6:30 a.m. Podiatry Grand Rounds "Arthritis," Dr. Tommy Roe (LEC: 2.010)

8:00 a.m. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery "Prevention of Complications from FESS," Dr. Randal Otto (MED: 444B)

8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Shoulder Exercise: Patient Presentation," Drs. Rhondel McCann & 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)

10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Information Management: Digital Document Imaging: A Solution to Your Medical Record Storage Problems," Cyndi Gibson, Medical Records Scanning & Imaging (call ext. 2700 for information)

Noon.  Medicine Research Conf. "Drug-Induced Regulation of the Serotonin Transporter," Dr. Alan Frazer (MED: 209L)

1:00 p.m. Training Office "Accounting Fund Groups," Donna Henckel (call ext. 2320 to register)

1:30 p.m. TNT "Ethics for Professionals of the Clinical Laboratory," Dr. Miguel Bedolla (call ext. 2700 for information)

4:00 p.m. Molecular Medicine Seminar Series "How Cells Recognize & Respond to DNA Damage," Dr. Gilbert Chu, Stanford University Medical Center (IBT: 3.002)


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 "Cough," Dr. Richard Irwin, University of Massachusetts Medical Center (MED: 409L)

8:30 a.m. Training Office "Vocabulary Building," Anita Glass (call ext. 2320 to register)

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

9:00 a.m. Training Office "Library Pathways," Cathy Rhodes (Library room 2A) (call ext. 2320 to register)

10:00 a.m. TNT "Environmental Services: Controlling Infectious Aerosols in Health Care Facilities," Eugene Cole, DynCorp Health Research Services, Durham, N.C. (call ext. 2700 for information)

10:00 a.m. TNT "Laboratory Management: Evaluating & Implementing a Core Lab Design," Linda Speights, Brooke Army Medical Center (call ext. 2700 for information)

Noon.  Pharmacology Seminar Series "The Cannabinoid Receptors: Agonists, Antagonists & Signal Transduction," Dr. Allyn Howlett, St. Louis University School of Medicine (MED: 444B)


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

7:30 a.m. Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds "Managing Anemia, Fatigue and Other Symptoms in Cancer Patients," Dr. James Thigpen, University of Mississippi Medical Center (MED: 309L)

8:00 a.m. Neurology Grand Rounds "Jeopardy," Dr. Gary Gronseth (MED: 444B)

11:00 a.m. TNT "Radiology: Basic Digital Imaging," Barbara Smith, Portland Community College, Portland, Ore. (call ext. 2700 for information)

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

12:30 p.m. TNT "Pain Management: Cancer Pain Mini-Lectures," Dr. Hasi Venkatachalam (call ext. 2700 for information)

4:00 p.m. Surgery Tumor Conference, Dr. Anatolio Cruz (MED: 209L)

4:30 p.m. Citywide Thoracic Grand Rounds Conf. "Case Presentation," Dr. Claudio Guareschi (MED: 309L)


7:30 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds "Genetic Susceptibility to Epilepsy," Dr. Stephen Ryan, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (MED: 409L)

8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Massage & Manipulation," Drs. Amanda Mohler & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)

8:30 a.m. Training Office "Orienting New Employees," Bill Salata (call ext. 2320 to register)

8:30 a.m. Cardiovascular Research Conf., Dr. Qing-Hui Chen (LEC: 3.078V)

10:00 a.m. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Seminar "The Mammalian LIG3 Gene," Zachary Mackey (IBT: 3.002)

10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Care Chaplains: Humor & Pastoral Care," The Rev. Gary Sproat, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Ill. (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)

Index of Issues

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