April 27, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 17


Of Note


Of Note

Book fair scheduled May 2-4

The Health Science Center will hold a book fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2-4 in the student snack area on the third floor of the Medical School building. Books for all ages and interests will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the annual Gifts for Children holiday event.

For more information, call Patti Lairsey at ext. 7-5818.

Automated PCR presentation is May 3

The pathology department invites the Health Science Center community to "Automated PCR for Molecular Diagnostics: A Presentation of the LightCycler™ System," to be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in Conference Room 331.5B, Medical School Building.

Charles Schroeder, instrument specialist with Roche Molecular Biochemicals, will discuss solutions to automated nucleic acid isolation and amplification detection. Schroeder will demonstrate how the MagNA Pure™ system isolates high-quality DNA, RNA and mRNA, and assembles reaction without risk of contamination. He also will demonstrate how the LightCycler™ system then amplifies and analyzes mutations in about 30 minutes. Data provided by the system shows the detection of mutations such as Factor V Leiden and Prothrombin.

Grant writing workshop scheduled May 8-9

The division of educational research and development will conduct its annual professional development course, "Writing Grant Applications," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 and 9 in the auditorium of the School of Nursing. The workshop is free to all faculty.

Participants will receive a detailed manual summarizing writing strategies. A panel of experienced grant writers from several Health Science Center schools will share insights about obtaining grants and will discuss grant-writing strategies.

To register, call Elisa Rendon at ext. 7-2292, send a fax to 7-2281 or send an e-mail to rendonm@uthscsa.edu.

For more information, call ext. 7-2813 or send an e-mail to hendricson@uthscsa.edu.

Free skin cancer screening scheduled May 12 at CTRC

The public is invited to a free skin cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Burton and Miriam Grossman Building at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), 7979 Wurzbach Road in the South Texas Medical Center Complex. No appointments will be taken and everyone will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Dermatologists from the San Antonio Dermatological Society, assisted by CTRC staff and volunteers from the Cancer Center Council, will administer the screenings.

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and is the easiest to treat successfully if caught and treated early.

The San Antonio Dermatological Society and the Cancer Center Council are sponsors of this event. Schering Oncology is an underwriter. For more information, call (210) 616-5504.

Symposium on FRET, FLIM scheduled June 8-10

Distinguished scientists from around the world, including some from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States, will converge on the Alamo City in June to discuss new technical developments in the fluorescence imaging techniques Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) and Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM). The scientists also will demonstrate successful applications of these techniques in biological and industrial settings.

The "Symposium on FRET and FLIM: Advanced Fluorescence Techniques for Biological Imaging," will take place June 8-10 at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel, 205 E. Houston St.

Registration is $175 for students and $225 for academic or corporate individuals who sign up before May 1. After May 1 the cost is $200 for students and $250 for academic or corporate individuals.

To register, log on to http://usa.hamamatsu.com/fretflim. For more information, send an e-mail to Dr. Victoria Frohlich at frohlich@uthscsa.edu.