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Study tests benefit of support programs for breast cancer patients A clinical trial at SUNY Upstate Medical University is studying the effect of meditation, relaxation tech- niques and other mind/ body activities on women with breast cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. “Chemotherapy for breast cancer reduces the risk of recurrent cancer, but is associated with side effects,” said the study’s principal investigator, Lisa Kaufmann MD, professor of internal medicine. “The purpose of this study is to find out if women partici- pating in a mind/body program or participating in a support group have better control of nausea and quality of life.” The trial, funded by the Carol M. Baldwin Research Fund of Central New York, is currently recruiting parti- cipants. Women interested in participating should con- tact Deborah MicKinkle, research assistant, at 315- 464-5774, or e-mail [email protected] Women participating in the clinical trial will continue to receive their usual cancer treatments as prescribed by their oncologist and other physicians. Women participating in A publication for the SUNY Upstate Medical University community U P S T A T E update For SUNY Upstate Medical University news, visit http://www.upstate.edu/publicaffairs/news.php For health information, physician referral and SUNY Upstate services, call Health Connections at 464-8668. FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 continued on page 5 continued on page 7 David Amberg, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been awarded a four-year, $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to systematically analyze and identify complex genetic interactions in cells. Dr. Amberg will use the cytoskeletal system of yeast to model the genetic interactions of complex systems. Research into genetic interactions in cells is considered vital to further understanding of human genetic disorders. The NIH grant comes on the heels of a breakthrough in identifying binary gene interactions that Dr. Amberg and his research team reported in the Jan. 15 issue of Genes and Development. Dr. Amberg and his colleagues have developed a large- scale reverse genetic screen to identify complex haploinsufficient genetic inter- David Amberg, PhD, wins $1.45 million NIH grant to help further understanding of human genetic disorders. David Amberg, PhD continued on page 5 Photograph by William Mueller Adults who have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease of the lower back (lumbar area) and whose pain has failed to improve after at least six months of non- surgical treatment such as physical therapy or medication may be a candidate for ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement surgery, now available at University Hospital. The surgery involves the placement of a ball and socket implant that relieves pain associated with the disease while maintaining motion in the affected area, unlike traditional spinal fusion surgery that relieves pain but leaves the affected area immobilized. It is believed—though not proven—that maintaining motion may allow the spine to remain healthier longer. The implant has been recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following favorable results of the use of the device from a U.S. clinical study. Amir Fayyazi, MD, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at SUNY Upstate, was a co-investigator of the clinical trial that included 15 study sites nationwide. Dr. Fayyazi joins a select number of surgeons from across the United States who have been chosen to perform the surgery. “The study evaluated the safety and effectiveness of ProDisc total disc University Hospital now offers less invasive surgery for degenerative disc disease of the lower back

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  • Study tests benefit ofsupport programs forbreast cancer patients

    A clinical trial at SUNYUpstate Medical Universityis studying the effect ofmeditation, relaxation tech-niques and other mind/body activities on womenwith breast cancer who areundergoing chemotherapy.

    “Chemotherapy forbreast cancer reduces therisk of recurrent cancer, butis associated with sideeffects,” said the study’sprincipal investigator, LisaKaufmann MD, professorof internal medicine. “Thepurpose of this study is tofind out if women partici-pating in a mind/bodyprogram or participating ina support group have bettercontrol of nausea andquality of life.”

    The trial, funded by theCarol M. Baldwin ResearchFund of Central New York,is currently recruiting parti-cipants. Women interestedin participating should con-tact Deborah MicKinkle,research assistant, at 315-464-5774, or [email protected] participating in theclinical trial will continueto receive their usual cancertreatments as prescribed bytheir oncologist and otherphysicians.

    Women participating in

    A publication for the SUNY Upstate Medical University communityU P S T A T E


    For SUNY Upstate Medical University news, visit http://www.upstate.edu/publicaffairs/news.php For health information, physician referral and SUNY Upstate services, call Health Connections at 464-8668.

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    David Amberg, PhD, associate professorof biochemistry and molecular biology, hasbeen awarded a four-year, $1.45 milliongrant from the National Institutes of Health(NIH) to systematically analyze and identifycomplex genetic interactions in cells. Dr.Amberg will use the cytoskeletal system ofyeast to model the genetic interactions ofcomplex systems. Research into geneticinteractions in cells is considered vital tofurther understanding of human geneticdisorders.

    The NIH grant comes on the heels of abreakthrough in identifying binary geneinteractions that Dr. Amberg and hisresearch team reported in the Jan. 15 issueof Genes and Development. Dr. Ambergand his colleagues have developed a large-scale reverse genetic screen to identifycomplex haploinsufficient genetic inter-

    David Amberg, PhD, wins $1.45 million NIH grant tohelp further understanding of human genetic disorders.

    David Amberg, PhDcontinued on page 5

    Photograph by William Mueller

    Adults who have been diagnosed withdegenerative disc disease of the lower back(lumbar area) and whose pain has failed toimprove after at least six months of non-surgical treatment such as physical therapyor medication may be a candidate forProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement surgery,now available at University Hospital.

    The surgery involves the placement of aball and socket implant that relieves painassociated with the disease whilemaintaining motion in the affected area,unlike traditional spinal fusion surgery thatrelieves pain but leaves the affected areaimmobilized. It is believed—though not

    proven—that maintaining motion mayallow the spine to remain healthier longer.

    The implant has been recently approvedby the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) following favorable results of the useof the device from a U.S. clinical study.Amir Fayyazi, MD, assistant professor oforthopedic surgery at SUNY Upstate, was aco-investigator of the clinical trial thatincluded 15 study sites nationwide. Dr.Fayyazi joins a select number of surgeonsfrom across the United States who havebeen chosen to perform the surgery.

    “The study evaluated the safety andeffectiveness of ProDisc total disc

    University Hospital now offers less invasive surgery fordegenerative disc disease of the lower back

  • 2 FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 Visit Upstate Update on the web at: www.upstate.edu:80/hr/update/

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    C A M P U S B R I E F S

    The SUNY Upstate community isinvited to attend Black History Monthevents, including a NeoSoul and JazzNight that features entertainment byThe “J” Project, Feb. 16, at 5:30 p.m.in the Lobby of the C.A.B. TheSyracuse Area Black NursesAssociation will hold a Health Fair,Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in thelower level of the Carousel Center. Fora complete listing of SUNY UpstateBlack History Month events, see“Calendar” listings.

    Songwriter Brandon Health willperform Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in the WestLounge of the C.A.B. as part of theCoffeehouse series, presented by theC.A.B. and the Campus ActivitiesGoverning Board. Specialty coffees,dessert and the performance are free.For more information, call 464-5618.

    Human Resources launched theAskHR e-mail message service for usersto ask questions to the managers ineach of the five Human Resourcessections: benefits, recruitment andappointments, compensation andperformance management, employee/labor relations and training/development, as well as generaladministration questions. AskHR issupplementing other communicationvehicles for SUNY Upstate staff,faculty, and managers. The web site islocated at http://www.upstate. edu/hr/intra/hr_forms/hr_forum.shtml, selectAskHR from the blue bar. For help inaccessing the site, contact LaurenBrady at 464-4407 or e-mail [email protected]

    Ski and bicycle helmets will be soldFeb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in thesmall cafeteria of Café 750, second

    floor at University Hospital. The skihelmets, available in sizes extra smallto XXL, cost $21.50 to $55. Thebicycle helmets, priced at $10, will beavailable in sizes toddler to large. Thesale is sponsored by the TraumaCenter. For more information, call464-4773.

    The February 21 Ash Wednesdayschedule will be as follows: 7:45 a.m.,Mass in the Interfaith Chapel atUniversity Hospital and distribution ofashes; 8:45 a.m., distribution of ashes atUHCC; 9:15 a.m., distribution of ashesat 250 Harrison Street; 9:45 a.m,.distribution of ashes at 550 HarrisonStreet, Suite 330; Noon, EcumenicalService in Interfaith Chapel atUniversity Hospital and distribution ofashes; 3:45 p.m., Mass in the InterfaithChapel at University Hospital anddistribution of ashes.

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    The vertical expansion is SUNY Upstate MedicalUniversity’s—and one of Central New York’s—most ambitiousconstruction projects since opening University Hospital in1965. The six-story vertical expansion will rise aboveUniversity Hospital’s East Wing and feature floorsdedicated to oncology, cardiology and neurology servicesand the Golisano Children’s Hospital. One floor will beused to house heating, air conditioning and other technicalsystems. Construction for the Vertical Expansion is onschedule. The following phases of the project are complete:• The placement of an emergency oxygen fill port that

    serves as a back-up port to provide oxygen for patients.

    • The Emergency Department and fifth floor glasscorridor protection systems have been installed as wellas protection for the oxygen tank farm.

    • All caissons have been drilled except for the children’shospital canopies, to be drilled at a later date. Caissonsare retaining, watertight structures used to supportfoundations.

    • HEPA filters have been installed on all isolation exhaustfans on the east wing roof.

    • Rooftop columns have been prepared to support thesteel needed to support the east wing expansion.

    • Sheet piling for the concrete pad for the tower crane hasbeen installed.

    • Excavation for the three new visitor elevators continueson the south side of the building.

    • The main sewer piping from Elizabeth Blackwell Streetto the Emergency Department parking lot has beeninstalled.

    • Steel beam work on the fifth floor of the former periop-erative business office began in late January and willtake approximately four weeks to complete.

    • Bids for the interior work of the east wing expansionwere due Feb. 7.

    Upcoming construction activities include:

    • Delivery and assembly of the tower crane will begin inlate February.

    • Steel will be erected beginning in late February, takingapproximately six months to complete.

    • Ongoing work in the boiler house.

    • The delivery of air handlers on the east wing roof willoccur in April.

    • Two stair towers will be erected on the east side of theeast wing.

    • The existing blue elevators are slated to be extended toreach the 12th floor of the east wing beginning inSeptember.

    The completion of the Vertical Expansion is set for 2009.E-mail [email protected] regarding questions orcomments related to the Vertical Expansion construction.

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    The United Way of Central NewYork has recognized SUNY UpstateMedical University for its continuedhigh level of giving and honored theuniversity’s Community GivingCampaign director, Zanette Howe, asits 2006 Campaign Volunteer of theYear. The honors were made recentlyat a reception held at the Oncenter tomark the end of the agency’s annualfundraising campaign.

    The United Way noted that SUNYUpstate was again one of the top fivecontributors in Central New Yorkwith more than 1,700 employeescontributing nearly a half milliondollars.

    For the 2006 campaign SUNYUpstate ranked first in leadershipgiving—contributions of $1,000 ormore from couples and individuals—for the seventh year in row and rankedsecond, behind National Grid, fortotal dollars raised, $484,238.

    Howe, who serves as SUNYUpstate’s special events manager andwho has directed SUNY Upstate’sgiving campaign for the last 10 years,was honored by the United Way as its2006 Campaign Volunteer of the Year.

    The United Way noted that underHowe’s leadership, the amount ofmoney raised by SUNY Upstate’semployees has quadrupled since 1996when she took over direction of thecampaign and the number ofemployees participating in thecampaign has more than doubled.

    Howe credited the success of thisyear’s Community Giving campaign tothe leadership support of campaign co-chairs Phillip Schaengold, JD,MBA, and Laura Schweitzer, PhD, the180 volunteers who served ascampaign committee members anddepartment representatives and allemployees who contributed.

    “Engaging excellence is not merelyour mission here on campus, but alsoour mission in the community,” saidSUNY Upstate President David R.Smith, MD. “Thank you all for yoursteadfast support of this campaign.”

    For more on SUNY Upstate’sCommunity Giving Campaign, checkout the website at: http://www.upstate.edu/communitygiving/

    United Way honors SUNY Upstate and Zanette Howe giving, leadership

    Campus Briefs—continued from page 2

    Comedian Amy Anderson of ComedyCentral’s Premium Blend will performFeb. 23, in the C.A.B. as part of theComedy Series, presented by theC.A.B. and the Campus ActivitiesGoverning Board. Happy hour beginsat 5:30 p.m.; the performance at 6:15p.m. Wings, nachos, pizza, andbeverage are available for purchase.Soda and popcorn are free.Entertainment is inappropriate forchildren under 18 years of age. Dooradmission is $3. For more informa-tion, call 464-5618.

    The Seventh Annual SUNY UpstateCareer Expo will be held March 3, from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Institute forHuman Performance, 505 Irving Ave.,Syracuse. Free parking will beprovided. SUNY Upstate departmentrepresentatives will be available todiscuss services and employmentopportunities. The Expo includes twofree career enhancement presen-tations: “Understanding Civil Service

    Procedures and Careers” and “TheMany Facets of Nursing at SUNYUpstate Medical University andUniversity Hospital.” Career Expo ispresented by the offices of HumanResources and Nursing Recruitment.For more information, call HumanResources at 464-4830 or NursingRecruitment at 464-4810.

    The perioperative scheduling andbusiness offices have moved to the fifthfloor of University Health CareCenter. Phone and fax numbersremain the same: customer service,464-4229, business office, 464-2820.

    Submissions of fiction, poetry,memoir, and prose are being accepted forthe 2007 Bruce Dearing WritingAward competition through March12. The competition is open to allSUNY Upstate matriculated students,residents, employees, and faculty.Winners will be announced andawards will be presented at a

    reception April 12. Student winnerswill receive a monetary award.Faculty/employee winners will receivea gift certificate. All submissionsreceive consideration in the Center forBioethics and Humanities’ journal,The Healing Muse. For moreinformation, call 464-5404.

    To improve the monthly reporting/processing of exception time for SUNYUpstate faculty and professionalemployees, IMT-AIS and Payroll havedeveloped and will implement a newelectronic monthly attendance recordaccessible from the Self-Serve onlineapplication. Each month, a group ofselected departments will be trainedand transitioned to the new timereporting mechanism until the rolloutis complete (year-end 2007). Payrollwill contact department supervisors tobegin the process at the appropriatetime. For questions regarding thisproject or the rollout process, callTracy Minsterman at 464-4840.

    Zanette Howe

  • 4 FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 Visit Upstate Update on the web at: www.upstate.edu:80/hr/update/

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    Ran Anbar, MD, professor ofpediatrics and division chief anddirector of Pediatric PulmonaryMedicine, has received two awardsfrom the American Society of ClinicalHypnosis: the Josephine HilgardAward for scientific excellence inwriting on pediatric/adolescent uses ofhypnosis; and the Award of Merit forhis work as co-chair of the EducationCommittee and recognition for hissignificant contributions to the field ofhypnosis as applied to the treatment ofpediatric functional gastrointestinaldisorders.

    Dale Avers, DPT, PhD, has receivedthe Geriatrics Distinguished EducatorAward from the American PhysicalTherapy Association’s (APTA) Sectionon Geriatrics. The award recognizesexcellence in teaching geriatrics. Dr.Avers is assistant dean in the Collegeof Health Professions and also servesas the college’s assistant professor ofphysical therapy and director of theTransitional-Doctor of PhysicalTherapy education program.

    Roy Guharoy, PharmD, director ofPharmacy Services and associateprofessor of medicine, published acommentary entitled “MissedOpportunity for Stem Cell Research”in the Jan. 15 issue of the AmericanJournal of Health System Pharmacy.He also made eight presentations atthe national meeting of the AmericanSociety of Health System PharmacistsDec. 3 to 6 in Anaheim, Calif. JoiningDr. Guharoy in making the presen-tations were: William Darko, PharmD,;Adrienne Smith, PharmD,; Bruce Stalder,;James Zahra,; Luke Probst, PharmD,;Paul Lipinoga,; Travis Boevin, PharmD,;Sarabeth Baxter, PharmD,; KristynChurmusi, PharmD,; and Amu Gutowski,PharmD. The meeting was attended bymore than 18,000 pharmacistspracticing in both academic and non-academic medical centers.

    Dilip Kittur, MD, professor of surgeryand chief of the General SurgerySection, has been invited to chair anNational Institutes of Health (NIH)Peer Review Committee to reviewgrants on kidney and pancreastransplants.

    Priest Chaplain Fr. Ejike InnocentOnyenagubo has been awarded ascholarship by the Association ofClinical Pastoral Education’s EasternRegion to attend the Racial EthnicMulticultural Network Invitation,held Feb. 1 to 3 in Indianapolis. Fr.Innocent is completing his fourth unitof clinical pastoral education trainingat SUNY Upstate in preparation fornational certification as a chaplain.

    Rev. Louise Tallman Shepard, MTS,MED, CT, pediatric chaplain, wasrecently appointed to the Board ofDirectors of Sarah House, a not-for-profit agency that provides hospitalityfor families who live out of town andhave a loved one in a local hospital.

    Sudipta Tripathi, PhD., postdoctoralresearch fellow in the Department ofSurgery, has been awarded a researchgrant of $15,916 by the Rochester/Finger Lakes Eye and Tissue Bank forthe study of the prevention ofcyclosporin-A mediated chronicallograft rejection/vasculopathy.

    A P P O I N T M E N T S

    Tayloe Loftus, MD, professor of internalmedicine, begins her one-year term aspresident this month of the Clerkship Directorsin Internal Medicine (CDIM), an organizationrepresenting teachers of internal medicine tomedical students nationwide. Founded in1989, CDIM participates in the developmentand dissemination of innovations forcurriculum, evaluation and facultydevelopment and encourages research andcollaborative initiatives among medicaleducators. The organization has more than

    350 members, representing more than 120 U.S.and Canadian medical schools.

    In addition to teaching and clinical service,Loftus, who joined the SUNY Upstate facultyin 1991, has played a key role in facultydevelopment and curriculum review in theCollege of Medicine, among other areas. Dr.Loftus has published numerous studies andarticles on ways to improve medical education,specifically the medical student clerkshipprograms.

    Dr. Loftus elected president of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine

    Tayloe Loftus, MD

    R O U N D S

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    Diane Wara, MD, will present the Elizabeth BlackwellDay lecture, “Women in Academic Medicine—Past, Present,Future” Feb. 21, at noon in the Ninth Floor Auditorium inWeiskotten Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.Dr. Wara is recognized for her commitment to improving thequality of life for women in academic medicine.

    As past chair and a long-term member of theChancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Womenat the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Dr.Wara guided the passage of a number of faculty changesincluding a statewide University of California policy onchild-bearing/child-rearing leave.

    Dr. Wara is professor of pediatrics and chief of theDivision of Pediatric Immunology/Rheumatology at UCSF.She is an expert on abnormalities of the immune system inchildren, has a primary interest in AIDS and has publishedextensively in these areas.

    She is an established translational investigator and servesas UCSF program director of the Pediatric Clinical ResearchCenter as well as UCSF director of the Glaser Pediatric

    Research Network.Nationally, she is immediate past

    chair of the NIH Recombinant DNAAdvisory Committee and a member ofthe National Science Advisory Boardfor Biosecurity.

    Dr. Wara has participated on otheradvisory committees including theNIH Study Section on ImmunologicalSciences (Chair 1987-1989), the NIHAIDS Research Advisory Committee,and the NIAID AIDS ProgramAdvisory Committee.

    She has received numerous honors including the EleanorRoosevelt Cancer Fellowship from the American CancerSociety and election to the Institute of Medicine.

    For more information about Elizabeth Blackwell Daylecture, e-mail [email protected] or [email protected]

    Women in Academic Medicine is topic of Elizabeth Blackwell lecture Feb. 21

    Diane Wara, MD

    NIH Grant—continued from page 1

    actions. Haploinsufficiency occurs when an individualinherits only one good copy of a gene as opposed to thenormal two copies. A resulting lowering in the amount ofgene product can lead to human disease. For example,haploinsufficiency of “tumor suppressor” genes has beenimplicated in the development of certain cancers.

    The advance reported in this new study from the Amberglab is to measure the effects of being haploinsuffient for twodifferent genes and how frequently such bigenic interactionscompromise cell function.

    To illustrate this new approach, the researchersexamined nearly 5,000 haploinsufficient yeast strains toidentify more than 200 genes that, in combination, cannottolerate a reduction in gene copy number for the actin gene.

    “We knew that actin was an important gene, but we werestill surprised at the large number of haploinsufficientinteractions we uncovered,” Dr. Amberg said. “This testcase suggests that similar interactions in complex organismscan have major influences on phenotypes such as thedevelopment and susceptibility to disease.”

    This paper is one of the first examples of a large-scalereverse genetic screen that specifically looks at haploinsuffi-ciency, and it is expected that this kind of systemic analysiswill be particularly useful in uncovering complex geneticinteractions in other organisms, including the study ofcomplex, human genetic disorders.

    replacement with spinal fusion surgery for the treatment ofdiscogenic pain at one or two adjacent vertebral levelsbetween the lumbar (lower) and sacrum (tail bone) areas ofthe spine,” said Dr. Fayyazi. “Findings demonstrated thatpatients who received the ProDisc-L implant hadimprovement in function comparable to patients who hadfusion surgery when evaluated two years after surgery.”

    During both total disc replacement surgery and spinalfusion surgery, the pain-generating disc is removed. Bothtreatments are usually effective for relieving pain.

    However spinal fusion surgery involves a bone graft,usually obtained from the patient’s hipbone through aseparate incision. After surgery, bone is supposed to growbetween the two vertebrae, creating one solid piece of bonethat does not allow for mobility.

    ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement surgery offers analternative to rigid spinal fusion, eliminates the need toharvest bone graft from the hip, preserves intervertebralmotion, and restores spinal stability.

    “Because the patient avoids the pain and healing timeassociated with bone grafts, there is less risk for compli-cations,” said Dr. Fayyazi.

    Patients undergoing the ProDisc-L Total DiscReplacement are placed under general anesthesia and lie ontheir back while the surgeon makes an abdominal incision(below the navel) of approximately three to five inches. Theunhealthy disc is removed through the incision and replacedwith the ProDisc-L implant. Patients should expect ahospital stay of at least a few days.

    Physician referrals are preferred. For more informationabout ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement, call 315-464-8623.

    ProDisc-L Total Disc Replacement —continued from page 1

  • 6 FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 Visit Upstate Update on the web at: www.upstate.edu:80/hr/update/

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    SUNY Upstate Medical University President David R.Smith, MD, officially launched the teams for his EngagingExcellence initiative Jan. 22 to help build the university’sstrategic plan. Most of the 100 team members, along withthe President’s Executive Council, were charged by Dr.Smith to identify recommendations for SUNY Upstate’sgrowth.

    His address to team members is available in its entirety

    on the Engaging Excellence website: http://www.upstate.edu/president/intra/excellence/.

    Also available on the website are: membershiplistings of the five teams (Students, Faculty, the ClinicalEnterprise, the Research Enterprise, and the Employerof Choice), charters, meeting schedules, the report onthe environmental scan, and a “contact us” section tocontribute your thoughts or ideas to this process.

    Tune in Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m. 570 WSYR-AM

    This new interview-format radioshow focuses on health andmedical issues affecting CentralNew Yorkers. As with its parent,University Hospital’s freeHealthLink seminar series atShoppingTown, HealthLink OnAir was created to help CentralNew Yorkers become smarterhealth care consumers.

    Photograph by Richard Whelsky

    Members of the Research Enterprise Team met Jan. 29 to discuss recom-mendations to integrate into a strategic plan for enhancing excellence incollaboration and expansion of the research enterprise at SUNY Upstate.

    From left: Barry Knox, PhD,; Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD,: Priscilla Worral,RN, PhD,; and Steve DeFaio. Dr. Knox is chair of the Research EnterpriseTeam. Dr. Weinstock is the Team’s vice-chair.

    “Engaging Excellence” team meetings under way

  • Dale Avers, DPT,PhD, was quoted onthe Medical NewsToday website onthe role physicaltherapy will play inthe recovery offormer PresidentGeorge H.W. Bushwho underwent hipreplacement surgery.

    Donna Bacchi, MD, was interviewedabout the dangers of second-handsmoke by WSTM-TV 3.

    Mark Clauss was quoted in a Post-Standard article about Charity forChildren, a local nonprofit organi-zation that financially assists familiesof chronically ill children.

    James Knoll, MD,was interviewed onW T V H - T V 5regarding SUNYUpstate’s forensicpsychiatry program.

    Sheila Lemke,MD, appeared on theWSYR-570 AM JimReith Show todiscuss a SUNYUpstate clinical trialthat will assess theeffectiveness ofmeditation and re-laxation techniqueson the quality of life

    of women undergoing chemotherapytreatment for breast cancer.

    Patricia J. Numann, MD, was a gueston WSYR-TV NewsChannel 9’s“With Steve on Sunday” program.

    Karl Schindler and Patricia Knox,MSN, were quoted in a Post-Standardfeature story regarding UniversityHospital’s End-of-Life Companionsprogram.

    David R. Smith, MD, was quoted inthe Legislative Gazette regarding theBerger Commission recommendationto privatize University Hospital.

    The January issue of PhysiciansPractice magazine featured PresidentDavid R. Smith, MD, and his first 120day report; Joan Pellegrino and JosephHoo and the Inherited MetabolicDiseases Center; new Medicine facultyGustavo Camarano, Danish Siddiqui,Asma Arif, Ajeet Gajra, Ravi Ajmera,Matthew Glidden, Timothy Endy, andShahzad Jokhio; and spine surgeonRichard Tallarico. The February issueincludes a two-page piece on autismfeaturing Gregory Liptak and CarrollGrant.

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    the study will be randomly assigned to one of two studygroups. Some participants will enroll in the mind/bodyprogram, while others will be assigned to a support groupprogram.

    The mind/body program includes meditation, relaxationtechniques, nutrition, movement, and journaling.Participants will have the opportunity to explore therelationship of their personal faith and belief systems tothese mind/body practices.

    The mind/body program does not include any religiousinstruction and does not advocate any particular religion orbelief system.

    The support group will provide health education,support, and opportunities to share experiences.

    Both the support group and mind/body group can helppeople cope with difficult situations. Both groups will meetfor 10 weeks and at six months from the date of the firstmeeting.

    Many women use complementary and alternativetreatments but there is much less published research on the

    effectiveness of these treatments ascompared to medications.

    Research suggests that meditationand other mind/body interventionsmay reduce the stress response andimprove immune function, as well asimprove the quality of life.

    What is not clear from priorresearch is how significant this effectwould be in patients undergoingchemotherapy for breast cancer.Support groups and mind/bodygroups are both beneficial to manypeople with serious illness, in terms ofhelping them cope with difficult situations, Dr. Kaufmannsaid.

    Both the support group and the mind/body programgroup will meet at SUNY Upstate’s Institute for HumanPerformance, 505 Irving Ave. Free parking is available.

    Lisa Kaufmann, MD

    Dale Avers, DPT,PhD

    James Knoll, MD

    Sheila Lemke, MD

    I N T H E N E W S

    Study to assess benefit of support programs for breast cancer patients—continued from page 1

  • Free HealthLink Seminars are open to all. To register, call Health connections at 464-8668or register via www.upstate.edu/healthlink.

    To register for free Nursing Forums, call 800-464-8668 or visitwww.universityhospital.org/healthlink.

    To register for workshops, visithttp://www.upstate.edu/hr/training/form.shtml

    Feb. 7. 6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, Shopping-Town Mall, DeWitt.

    HealthLink Seminar. “ReduceYour Risk of Stroke” will discussstroke symptoms, risk factors, types ofstrokes, treatments and ways toreduce risk.

    Feb. 7. 6 to 7 p.m. North Syracuse Library,100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse.

    HealthLink Seminar.“Colonoscopy: Who Needs It andWhen” will provide an overview ofthe procedure, colon cancer screeningprotocol, virtual colonscopy andbarium enema testing.

    Feb. 8. 9 to 11 a.m. 205 Jacobsen Hall.Workshop. “Fundamentals of UUP

    Performance Management” reviewsthe purpose, process and timelinesassociated with developing UUPperformance programs and perfor-mance evaluations in accordance withthe Memorandum of Understanding(MOU).

    Feb. 9. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 2231 Wsk.Hall.

    Workshop. “Academic Integrity/Copyright Management” is the topic

    of a workshop to be led by KennethCrews, JD, whose principal researchinterest has been the relationship ofcopyright law to the needs of highereducation. Dr. Crews is the Samuel R.Rosen II Professor in the IndianaUniversity (IU) School of Law-Indianapolis and in the IU School ofLibrary and Information Science anddirector of the CopyrightManagement Center based at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis(IUPUI). His recent book, CopyrightLaw for Librarians and Educators, isan instructive overview of copyrightlaw. For more information about theworkshop, contact Barbara Ames at464-4517.

    Feb. 12. 6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310Tulip St., Liverpool.

    HealthLink Seminar. “DiagnosisDetective: Confirming Your Doctor’sDiagnosis” will review resources forconfirming a diagnosis or findingpossible alternatives to discuss withthe physician.

    Feb. 15. 9 to 11:30 a.m. 205 Jacobsen Hall.Workshop. “What Every Super-

    visor Needs to Know About EmployeeAbsences” will teach supervisors whenand how employees request a leave ofabsence, the importance ofunderstanding the Family and MedicalLeave Act and how to report work-related injuries and illnesses.

    Feb. 16. 9 a.m. to noon. 1328B UniversityHospital.

    Workshop. “Crucial Confronta-tions: Tools for Resolving BrokenPromises, Violated Expectations andBad Behavior” will help participantslearn to rapidly improve results andrelationships by confronting brokenpromises, violated expectations, andbad behavior.

    Feb. 20. 9 a.m. to noon. 1328B UniversityHospital.

    Workshop. “If Disney Ran YourHospital” will focus on the need tocreate customer experiences andreframing to think about customer per-ceptions. Department teams welcome.

    Feb. 24. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. HealthLink,ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt.

    HealthLink Seminar. “A Taste ofMeditation” will teach and allowparticipants to practice four differentmeditation techniques.

    Feb. 26. 6 to 7:30 p.m. HealthLink,ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt.

    HealthLink Seminar. “MindfulEating: Jumping Off the DietTreadmill” will provide an overviewof this non-traditional approach toweight loss that helps participantslearn what triggers eating and how tomanage weight without dieting.

    Feb. 27. Noon. 3105 Wsk. Hall.Faculty Development Seminar.

    “Constructing Honest ClerkshipNarratives.” Lynn Cleary, MD, seniorassociate dean for education andinterim dean for student affairs atSUNY Upstate Medical University willpresent this seminar which addressesnarratives, stories that serve as aninterpretation of some aspect of theworld that is historically andculturally grounded and shaped byhuman personality (Walter Fisher).RSVP to Ellen Albino [email protected]

    Feb. 27. 6 to 7:30 p.m. HealthLink,ShoppingTown Mall, DeWitt.

    HealthLink Seminar. “After YourTotal Knee Replacement” is forindividuals who are at least threemonths post total knee surgery.Participants will learn to improvephysical mobility.

    8 FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 Visit Upstate Update on the web at: www.upstate.edu:80/hr/update/

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    Issue: Mar. 7 to Mar. 21Deadline: Feb. 19

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    The Genesee Grande Hotel, a long-time strategic partner of UpstateMedical University Foundation, haspledged $40,000 in cash and services tothe Golisano Children’s Hospital andSUNY Upstate Medical University.

    The $40,000 pledge includes a$15,000 contribution to name amanager’s office in the GolisanoChildren’s Hospital, as well as $25,000in good and services to be used inconnection with fundraising activitiesby the Upstate Medical UniversityFoundation, such as hosting businessmeals, meetings and receptions fordonors and prospective donors.

    “We are extremely grateful to NormSwanson and The Genesee GrandeHotel for their generous support of theGolisano Children’s Hospital andUpstate Medical University,” saidEileen Pezzi, SUNY Upstate’s vice

    president for development. “This creative arrangement is

    indicative of Norm’s entrepreneurialstyle and his deep commitment toUpstate Medical University and thebroader Syracuse community. His giftenhances our ability to grow ourrelationship with donors while main-taining our track record of excellentstewardship of donor dollars.”

    Swanson, a local businessman whoowns The Genesee Grande Hotel, waspleased to support the GolisanoChildren’s Hospital.

    “I am happy to be able to give backto the community and excited to be apart of something so significant for thecity of Syracuse like the GolisanoChildren’s Hospital.”

    The Genesee Grande Hotel has along track record of communityinvolvement including substantial

    support for the Susan B. KomenFoundation and Syracuse University’sHospitality Program.

    Upstate Medical University Founda-tion is the fundraising arm of UpstateMedical University including UniversityHospital and the Golisano Children’sHospital at University Hospital, whichis expected to open in 2009.

    The Golisano Children’s Hospitalwill feature 70 private patient roomswith enough space for a pullout sofa orbed to accommodate parents who wantto stay the night in their child’s room.Additional amenities include separatefamily sleep quarters, pediatricmeditation space age appropriate playareas and a family resource center. TheGolisano Children’s Hospital campaignhas raised more than $21 milliondollars.

    Genesee Grande Hotel contributed $40,000 to children’s hospital

    S A V E T H E D A T E :

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    Syracuse Stage

    820 East Genesee Street

    Syracuse, NY

    A free, full-day symposium hosted by SUNY Upstate MedicalUniversity and David R. Smith, MD, president. This inaugural eventserves as a catalyst for the serious exploration of issues affectingwomen in science and academia.

    Keynote Address: Donna E. Shalala, PhD, President, University of Miami, scholar, teacher, and administrator, former Secretary ofHealth and Human Services, and a graduate of the MaxwellSchool at Syracuse University.

    On the Other Side of theGlass Ceiling:

    Reflections on the Status of Women in Science & Academia

    Donna E. Shalala, PhD

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    10 FEBRUARY 7 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2007 Visit Upstate Update on the web at: www.upstate.edu:80/hr/update/

    Wednesday, Feb. 7Otolaryngology GrandRounds. 7 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Surgery Morbidity/MortalityConference. 7 to 8 a.m.2231 Wsk. Hall.

    Anesthesiology GrandRounds. 7 a.m. Wsk. HallAuditorium.

    Surgery Grand Rounds.“Current Treatment forEmpyema with SpecialEmphasis on Broncho-pleural Fistula.” GeoffreyM. Graeber, MD, WestVirginia Univer. School ofMedicine. 8 to 9 a.m. 2231Wsk. Hall.

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds.“Psychogenic Non EpilepticSeizures: TraumaticExperience as a RiskFactor.” Irina Kogan, MD,Upstate Medical University.8 a.m. Marley EducationCtr.

    Orthopedic Grand Rounds.“Negative PressureDressings in OrthopedicTrauma.” James Paci, MD.8 a.m. 6500 UniversityHospital.

    Pediatric Grand Rounds.“Breathing is for the Birds.”Lawrence Kurlandsky, MD,Upstate Medical University.9:15 a.m. 6500 UniversityHospital.

    * Rev. Weez’s Storytime.Noon. Interfaith Chapel,University Hospital.

    NIH Wednesday AfternoonLecture Series. EhudShapiro, PhD. 3 p.m. 318Health Sciences Library,Wsk. Hall.

    Spiritual Care Grand Rounds.4 to 5:15 p.m. 5299 Wsk.Hall.

    Burn Survivors SupportGroup. 5 to 7 p.m. 6551University Hospital.

    Medical Alumni Phonathon.Dinner: 6 p.m. Calling 6:30to 8:30 p.m. Third floorlobby, C.A.B.

    HealthLink Seminar. “ReduceYour Risk of Stroke.” MikeAllain, RN, CNRN,CCRN, Upstate MedicalUniversity. 6 to 7 p.m.HealthLink, ShoppingTownMall, DeWitt.

    HealthLink Seminar.“Colonoscopy: Who NeedsIt and When.” DebraMalay, RN, BSN, UpstateMedical University. 6 to 7p.m. North SyracuseLibrary, 100 Trolley BarnLane, North Syracuse.

    Thursday, Feb. 8SUNY Upstate New EmployeeOrientation. 7 a.m. to 3:30p.m. East Lounge, C.A.B.

    Diversity Grand Rounds.“Doorway Thoughts: CrossCultural Care for OlderAdults with Focus onAfrican American Elders.”Sharon Brangman, MD,Upstate Medical University.7:30 a.m. Ninth floorDoust Board Room, Wsk.Hall. An activity of BlackHistory Month.

    Medical Grand Rounds. “TheChanging Nature ofMedical Education:Transitions from TeachingContent to TeachingProcess.” Lynn Cleary, MD,and Vincent Frechette, MD,Upstate Medical University.8:30 a.m. 1159 Wsk. Hall.

    Workshop. “Fundamentalsof UUP PerformanceManagement.” 9 to 11 a.m.205 Jacobsen Hall.

    Black History MonthWorkshop for High SchoolStudents. “1001 BlackInventions.” 10 a.m. tonoon. Nottingham HighSchool, 3011 E. GeneseeSt., Syracuse.

    Hot Topics in ResearchSeminar. “Research Trialsand Tribulations: Commonfindings by the IRB andQAIP.” Marti Benedict andRobin Cerro, UpstateMedical University. Lunch:11:45 a.m. Presentation:noon. 318 Health SciencesLibrary. R.S.V.P. to [email protected] SoCRAcredit available.

    * Weekly Devotions. Noon.Interfaith Chapel,University Hospital.

    Psychiatry Grand Rounds.“Palliative Medicine: ABiological, Psychological,Social and SpiritualApproach to Integrated Endof Life Care.” Panel: Rev.Terry Culbertson, NanetteDowling, DO, GiampoloHuober, MD, PatriciaKnox, MSN, UpstateMedical University. 12:30to 2 p.m. PBS Bldg., 713Harrison St.

    Smoking Cessation Class.2:30 p.m. 1106 UniversityHospital. [email protected] forinformation.

    Black History Month Play.“1001 Black Inventions.”Pin Point Theatre. 7 p.m.alibrandi Catholic Center.110 Walnut Place, Syracuse.

    Medical Alumni Phonathon.See 2/7 listing.

    Fifth Annual Father DaughterValentine Ball. 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Empire Room, NYSFairgrounds.

    Film. “Borat.” R rating.7:30 p.m. Ninth FloorAud., Wsk. Hall.Admission: $2 per person.

    Friday, Feb. 9SUNY Upstate New EmployeeOrientation. 7 a.m. to noon.East Lounge, C.A.B.

    Obstetrics/Gynecology GrandRounds. “RadiationOncology: NewAdvancements.” Seung ShinHahn, MD, UpstateMedical University. 7:30a.m. Marley EducationCenter.

    Workshop. “AcademicIntegrity/CopyrightManagement.” KennethCrews, JD, IndianaUniversity. 8:30 a.m. to3:30 p.m. 2231 Wsk. Hall.

    Clinical Hands-On PracticeOrientation (CHOP). Noon to3:30 p.m. East Lounge,C.A.B.

    * Mass. Noon. InterfaithChapel, UniversityHospital.

    Black History Month Lecture.“Baby Fat or Not: ObesityAmong African AmericanYouth.” Denise Woodall-Ruff, MD, Upstate MedicalUniversity. 3 to 4 p.m.Medical Alumni Aud.,Wsk. Hall.

    Film. “Borat.” See 2/8listing.

    Saturday, Feb. 10* Mass. 4 p.m. InterfaithChapel, UniversityHospital.

    Film. “Borat.” See 2/8listing.

    Sunday, Feb. 11* Mass. Noon. InterfaithChapel, UniversityHospital.

    Monday, Feb. 12* Mass. Noon. InterfaithChapel, UniversityHospital.

    Spiritual Fitness GroupMeeting. 3:30 p.m. 2N,University Hospital.

    HealthLink Seminar.“Diagnosis Detective:Confirming Your Doctor’sDiagnosis.” Trisha Torrey,Upstate Medical University.6 to 7 p.m. LiverpoolLibrary, 310 Tulip St.,Liverpool.

    Medical Alumni Phonathon.See 2/7 listing.

    Tuesday, Feb. 13Weight Watchers-At-WorkProgram. Weigh in: 11:30a.m. to 1 p.m. Meeting:Noon. 5303 Wsk. Hall.Call 464-9017 for moreinformation.

    Workshop. “FindingEvidence-basedInformation.” Noon to 1p.m. 220 Health SciencesLibrary.

    Vocera Training Class. 1 to 3p.m. 6408 UniversityHospital.

    Infectious DiseasesConference. Waleed Javaid,MD, Upstate MedicalUniversity. 4 p.m. 304Crouse Physicians OfficeBuilding.

    Vascular Conference.“Dialysis Access II.” VivianGahtan, MD, UpstateMedical University. 5 p.m.8800 University Hospital.

    Coffeehouse Series.Songwriter BrandonHealth. 8 p.m. WestLounge, C.A.B.

    Wednesday, Feb. 14Otolaryngology GrandRounds. William Azeredo,MD. 7 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Surgery Morbidity/MortalityConference. 7 to 8 a.m.2231 Wsk. Hall.

    Anesthesiology GrandRounds. 7 a.m. Wsk. HallAuditorium.

    WebCAIS/Groupwise TrainingClass (unlicensed). 7:30 a.m.to noon. Room D, Institutefor Human Performance.

    Surgery Grand Rounds.“How Obesity Went to OurHeads: Novel Aspects ofthe CNS Regulation of foodIntake and Body Weight.”Randy J. Seeley, PhD,University of CincinnatiCollege of Medicine. 8 to 9a.m. 2231 Wsk. Hall.

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds.8 a.m. Marley EducationCtr.

    Orthopedic Grand Rounds.“Meniscal Injuries of theKnee.” Scott Schweizer,MD. 8 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Pediatric Grand Rounds.“Drinking Future Kool-Aid:A Byte of Technology toCome.” Neal Seidberg,MD, Upstate MedicalUniversity. 9:15 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Emergency Medicine GrandRounds. 10:30 a.m. 2231Wsk. Hall.

    * Rev. Weez’s Storytime. See2/7 listing.

  • Spiritual Care Grand Rounds.See 2/7 listing.

    Thursday, Feb. 15ATLS Student RefresherCourse. 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.550 East Genesee St. Call464-4773 for more infor-mation.

    90-day Retention Program.7:45 to 8:45 a.m. or 3:45to 4:45 p.m. 7128University Hospital.

    Medical Grand Rounds.“When the Discharge PlanFails.” Thomas H.Dennison, PhD, SyracuseUniversity. 8:30 a.m. 1159Wsk. Hall.

    Workshop. “What EverySupervisor Needs to KnowAbout EmployeeAbsences.” 9 to 11:30 a.m.205 Jacobsen Hall.

    Workshop. “Finding GreatHealth Information forPatients.” Noon to 1 p.m.220 Health SciencesLibrary.

    * Weekly Devotions. See 2/8listing.

    Psychiatry Grand Rounds.“Understanding theNeurobiological Basis ofdifferential Response toADHD Treatments.” JeffreyNewcorn, MD, MountSinai Hospital. 12:30 to 2p.m. PBS Bldg., 713Harrison St.

    Smoking Cessation Class. See2/8 listing.

    Medical Alumni Phonathon.See 2/7 listing.

    Film. “Casino Royale.” PG-13. rating. 7:30 p.m. NinthFloor Aud., Wsk. Hall.Admission: $2 per person.

    Friday, Feb. 16ATLS Instructor Course. 7:30a.m. to 5 p.m. 550 EastGenesee St. Call 464-4773for more information.

    Obstetrics/Gynecology GrandRounds. “Sexual andDomestic Violence: AnUpdate.” Anne E.Galloway, RN, 7:30 a.m.Marley Education Center.

    WebCAIS/Groupwise TrainingClass (Licensed). 7:30 a.m.to noon. Room D, Institutefor Human Performance.

    Workshop. “CrucialConfrontations: Tools forResolving Broken Promises,Violated Expectations andBad Behavior.” 9 a.m. tonoon. 1328b UniversityHospital.

    * Mass. See 2/9 listing.

    NeoSoul and Jazz Night. The“J” Project Band. 5:30 p.m.Lobby, C.A.B. BlackHistory Month Activity.

    Film. “Casino Royale.” See2/15 listing.

    Saturday, Feb. 17* Mass. See 2/10 listing.

    Film. “Casino Royale.” See2/15 listing.

    Sunday, Feb. 18Film. “Happy Feet.” PGrating. 2 p.m. Ninth FloorAud., Wsk. Hall.Admission: $2 per person.

    * Mass. See 2/11 listing.

    Monday, Feb. 19* Mass. See 2/12 listing.

    Spiritual Fitness GroupMeeting. See 2/12 listing.

    Tuesday, Feb. 20Workshop. “If Disney RanYour Hospital.” 9 a.m. tonoon. 1328b UniversityHospital.

    Weight Watchers-At-WorkProgram. See 2/13 listing.

    Workshop. “Refworks.”Noon to 1 p.m. 220 HealthSciences Library.

    Vascular Conference. “CasePresentations.” 5 p.m. 8800University Hospital.

    Wednesday, Feb. 21Ash Wednesday Mass andDistribution of Ashes. See“Campus Briefs.”

    Otolaryngology GrandRounds. 7 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Anesthesiology GrandRounds. 7 a.m. Wsk. HallAuditorium.

    Workshop. “Fun-damentalSkills.” 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.1328b University Hospital.

    Multidisciplinary Orientation(MDO). 8 to 10:15 a.m. EastLounge, C.A.B.

    Neuroscience Grand Rounds.8 a.m. Marley EducationCtr.

    Orthopedic Grand Rounds.“Orthopedic Practice in aDeveloping Country—TheChallenges.” Ndidi Dagbue,MD. 8 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    Pediatric Grand Rounds.“HIV Global and DomesticPerinatal Transmission,Strategies for Interruptionand Early Diagnosis.”Diana Ware, MD,University of California SanFrancisco School ofMedicine. 9:15 a.m. 6500University Hospital.

    30-Day Retention Program.10:30 a.m. to noon. EastLounge, C.A.B.

    Elizabeth Blackwell DayLecture. “Women inAcademic Medicine—Past,Present, Future.” DianeWara, MD, UCSF. Noon.Ninth Floor Aud., Wsk.Hall.

    * Rev. Weez’s Storytime. See2/7 listing.

    NIH Wednesday AfternoonLecture Series. Marc Caron,PhD. 3 p.m. 318 HealthSciences Library, Wsk. Hall.

    Spiritual Care Grand Rounds.See 2/7 listing.

    Thursday, Feb. 22SUNY Upstate New EmployeeOrientation. 7 a.m. to 3:30p.m. East Lounge, C.A.B.

    Workshop. “Fun-damentalSkills.” See 2/21 listing.

    Medical Grand Rounds.“Case Study.” David Small,MD, University Internists.8:30 a.m. 1159 Wsk. Hall.

    AED/CPR Course for Non-clinical Staff. 9 a.m. 550 E.Genesee St. [email protected] toregister.

    * Weekly Devotions. See 2/8listing.

    Psychiatry Grand Rounds.“Given: Clinical Realitiesand the Compelling Flow ofLanguage.” David V. Keith,MD, Upstate MedicalUniversity. 12:30 to 2 p.m.PBS Bldg., 713 Harrison St.

    Smoking Cessation Class. See2/8 listing.

    Friday, Feb. 23SUNY Upstate New EmployeeOrientation. 7 a.m. to noon.East Lounge, C.A.B.

    Obstetrics/Gynecology GrandRounds. “Legal Issues inOb/Gyn.” James D. Lantier,JD, Smith, Sovik, Kendrick& Sugnet, PC. 7:30 a.m.Marley Education Center.

    Clinical Hands-On PracticeOrientation (CHOP). See 2/9listing.

    * Mass. See 2/9 listing.

    Comedy Performance. AmyAnderson. Happy Hour:5:30 p.m. Performance:6:15 p.m. C.A.B.

    Saturday, Feb. 24* Mass. See 2/10 listing.

    HealthLink Seminar. “ATaste of Meditation.” LisaKaufmann, MD, andPauline Cecere, LCSW,Upstate Medical University.8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.HealthLink, ShoppingTownMall, DeWitt.

    Syracuse Area Black NursesAssociation Health Fair. 10a.m. to 2 p.m. Lower Level,Carousel Center. BlackHistory Month Activity.

    Student National MedicalAssociation Dinner andDance. 6 p.m. Lobby,C.A.B. Black HistoryMonth Activity.

    Sunday, Feb. 25* Mass. See 2/11 listing.

    * Broadcast live from theChapel on in-houseChannel 40.

    Watch SUNY Upstate’snews program “UpstateMagazine” on Staff Ed TVChannel 62 or by visitinghttp://www.upstate.edu/edcom/upstatemag

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    Art GalleryJan. 15 through Feb. 15

    Featured Artist: Darrick Westervelt

    Black and White Photography

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    Fred GardnerColor, Black and White


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    Photograph by William Mueller

    Area physical and occupational therapy profes-sionals learned neurodevelopmental techniques (NDT)to help in the recovery of adults with brain injury at afour-day continuing education course sponsored by theDepartment of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.The course was led by Nicky Schmidt, PT, an NDT-trained private practitioner who specializes in treatment

    of adult and pediatric clients with diagnoses of stroke,brain injury and cerebral palsy. The techniques, whichinclude skills to enhance postural control and limbstability, have been demonstrated to improve functionof the upper extremities and independence with gait.The course was held at the Institute for HumanPerformance in December.

    Nicky Schmidt, NDT left, shows Amy Childers, PT, center, proper handplacement on the back of Jean Stewart, PT, right. The technique is used

    to enhance postural control in adults who are recovering from braininjury. Childers and Stewart are SUNY Upstate physical therapists.

    Helping brain-injured adults gain better motor function