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26th Annual
Dance for Diabetes


The 26th Annual Dance for Diabetes was held January 19 at the historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. More than $23,000 was raised for the American Diabetes Association and RFUMS Students Dedicated to Diabetes Research and Education Initiatives. With 550 people in attendance, 2013 represented the largest event in the history of Dance for Diabetes. Thank you to all who supported this event.


  Campus News


  • The Department of Physical Therapy collaboratively sponsors a fellowship program in orthopedic and manual therapy with the Manual Therapy Institute and two of its first participants have been awarded this advanced credential. Matthew Nuciforo, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS,  and Diane Ziegenhorn, PT, DPT '09, received their certificates at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy conference in Quebec City, Canada in September 2012.
  • Assistant Professors of Pharmacy Practice Khyati Patel, PharmD, and Nicholas Weatherton, PharmD, received their board certification in pharmacotherapy.
  • On November 29, the Resuscitation Institute completed its 2012 Lectures Series hosting Morris Karmazyn, PhD, who gave a very well received lecture entitled, "The Myocardial Sodium-Hydrogen Exchanger and its Role in Heart Disease: From Basic Research to Clinical (Mis)Trials." Dr. Karmazyn is the Canada Research Chair in Experimental Cardiology and Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He is recognized internationally for his pioneer and lead work on the role that sodium-hydrogen exchange plays in various myocardial disease processes.
  • On December 6, Donna Frownfelter, PT, DPT, MA, CCS, RRT, FCCP, received the Making a Difference COPD Healthcare Provider Award from the Respiratory Health Association where she has volunteered for many years. Dr. Frownfelter has served on the COPD Advisory Committee as well as its Board of Directors. Many physical therapy students and tDPT students from Rosalind Franklin University have volunteered at the Respiratory Health Association and have been recognized for their service as well. 
  • On December 12, the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine hosted a luncheon for its leadership development program, the Designated Student Leaders (DSL). These students were recognized for their outstanding participation and contribution to the educational program in both the Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics Capstones. The capstones are the culmination courses required for each student to be eligible to participate in their external/clerkship programs. The role of the DSL was to establish a line of communication between their cohort and the course professors. They provided coordination of information for course presentations and course deliverables. The students who were recognized at this luncheon included the following individuals from the P3 class: Peter Bellezza, Tom Cockayne, Brianna David, Jonathan Hook, Christine Jarocki, Andrew Lindekugel, Tom Nordquist, Jennalee Post, Brady Rhodes, Priya Sajja, Steven Smith, Mary Stancukas, John Toole, Lara Zacca, Morgan Zellars and Zac Zobens.
  • The University's current special exhibit, "Spotlight on Anesthesia: Historic Innovations and Educating Future Leaders," showcases objects, events and people related to the history of anesthetic care. To supplement the historic perspectives, also presented is an interprofessional overview of the training related to anesthesia that future health care providers attending RFUMS receive. The exhibit is on display in the Feet First Exhibition Hall, January 25 - March 8, 2013.
  • At the invitation of Associate Dean Mildred Olivier and accompanied by Dean Russell Robertson, the executive officers of the Student National Medical Association attended the National Medical Fellowships Champion of Health Awards ceremony.  
  • Beth Stutzmann, PhD, co-authored "Stablizing ER Ca2+ Channel Function as an Early Preventative Strategy for Alzheimer's Disease" which was published in PLOS ONE.
  • Laurie Lonicki has been selected by the Staff Recognition Awards Program (SRAP) as the December 2012 Staff Member of the Month. We also recognize the other staff members who were nominees.
  • Stem Cells Traditional Medicine recently published "Human mesenchymal stem cell grafts enhance normal and impaired wound healing by recruiting existing endogenous tissue stem/progenitor cells" by Daniel Peterson, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Neuroscience. 
  • The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published "Oligomycin frames a common drug-binding site in the ATP synthase" research by Jindrich Symersky, PhD, Daniel Osowski, Eric Walters, PhD, and David Mueller, PhD. 
  • Judith Potashkin, PhD, received a one-year grant from the Foundation for PSP/CBD and Related Brain Disease entitled, "Splice Variant Risk Markers for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy," in the amount of $75,000.
  • Kwang-Poo Chang, PhD, received a two-year grant from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Plan for Science and Technology entitled, "Photolysis of Chemically Sensitized Leishmania Tropica for Therapy and Prophylaxis," in the amount of $209,928.
  • Lise Eliot, PhD, received a two-year grant from the Fred B. Snite Foundation entitled, "Meta-analysis of Gender Difference in Human Hippocampal Volume," in the amount of $8,010.

  Gallery -- Campus Events and Community Outreach


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            26th Annual ASA Holiday                         CHP Holiday Party                   18th Annual University Holiday

             Craft Fair, Dec. 7, 2012                                Dec. 7, 2012                            Celebration, Dec. 13, 2012


                   Iron Chef RFUMS                   26th Annual Dance for Diabetes            Student Wellness Week

                        Jan. 9, 2013                                       Jan. 19, 2013                                 Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2013

  University in the News


  • Stephanie Wu, DPM, Associate Dean of Research and Director of CLEAR, was interview by Podiatry Management regarding the increased need for health care professionals to work as teams in order to address limb salvage.
  • Mark Hill, MD, FACS, Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, was profiled by the Libertyville Review and Highland Park News, for working with local high school students to help them better understand applied medical practice.
  • Leslie Zun, MD, MBA, Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine was interviewed by Emergency Medicine News about readmission rates. 
  • Robert Joseph, DPM '03, Chair of the Department of Podiatric Medicine and Radiology and Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellow (1997-1998), was featured in the Chicago Schweitzer Fellows newsletter for his continued commitment to interprofessional team and health communication. 
  • Chicago Medical School students who are interning with Sinai Urban Health Institute epidemiologists were highlighted in the SUHI newsletter.
  • Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine highlighted the Chicago Medical School's recent partnership with Marianjoy Rehabilitation.
  • The Health System was thanked in the Daily Herald by the Veteran's Assistance Commission of Lake County for its community outreach and health care screenings.

  Alumni News


  • Stephen Weinberg, DPM '68, was awarded the Gregory Shaskan, MD Memorial Award by the Chicago Marathon.
  • Joseph Sanfilippo, MD '73, was appointed to the Medical Advisory Board for the online physician directory, LocateADoc.com.
  • Stephen Isham, DPM '74, MD, lectured on minimally invasive foot surgical procedures at the Orthopedic Congress held in Mazatlan, Mexico.
  • Keith Jacobson, DPM '79, was named to the Artimplant Medical Advisory Board.
  • Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM '83, was re-elected as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at West Houston Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
  • Arthur Weisman, DPM '86, and Ryan Frank, DPM '02, were honored for their service to The Shared Care Free Clinic in Independence, Missouri.
  • David Schroeder, DPM '89, was elected to the board of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society.
  • Bill Weis, DPM '89, received the Friends of Franklin Public Schools Award for his volunteer efforts in Franklin, Wisconsin.
  • Michael Grossman, DPM '90, was named a team doctor for the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Bruce Cox, MD '95, contributed an article on knee pain for the Shelby Star newspaper in Shelby, North Carolina.
  • Cathy Covell, PT '96, was profiled for the Kendallville, Indiana News Sun.
  • Marc Greenberg, DPM '97, was elected President of the Ohio Podiatric Medical Association.
  • Joseph S. Borreggine, DPM '88, was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Podiatry Licensing Board.
  • Tahir Khan, DPM '11, authored an article about overcoming residency shortages in Podiatry Management.

  Advancement News


  • Giving at RFUMS from July to December 2012 has been extremely positive. We have experienced increases in the number of donors (14%) and overall giving (67%) from the previous year. We have also experienced a 100%+ increase in Online Giving from the previous year. Alumni email donor solicitations experienced an increase in responses as well. If you haven't made a gift this fiscal year and you would like to, you can conveniently click this link to make a gift online. We would like to thank all who have participated in the philanthropic fundraising efforts.

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