Bridging Science, Health and Community



Medical Student Research, Scholarship and Community Service Day - March 13


Match Day - March 20


Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society - March 24


Graduation - April 24

Honors & Recognition

Marc Kantorow, Ph.D., and John W. Newcomer, M.D.spoke recently at the VGTI Symposium in Port Saint Lucie. Dr. Newcomer presented "Translational Challenges and Opportunities for Neuroscience" during the lecture series "Facilitating Translational Research on Diseases of Aging." Dr. Kantorow presented "The Role of Mitochondria in Age-Related Vision Diseases" during the lecture series "Neurodegenerative Diseases and Cancer."



Congratulations to honorees of the 2014 Teaching Awards. The College is fortunate to have so many wonderful clinicians and educators in the community who have helped to develop the medical program, and to serve as mentors and role models for the medical students. View the list of honorees. 




New clinical study was recently approved by the College's Scientific Merit Review Committee. The study, sponsored by Genentech, is in contract negotiation phase and is pending IRB approval. GN29632 is a phase IB, multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, and parallel-arm, multiple-dose study to assess the safety, tolerability, and pharmacokinetics of intravenous Crenezumab administered in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.




The bone marrow registration drive was an overwhelming success: 250 people registered. Volunteers even had to turn registrants away after running out of cheek swabs. Medical students hope to make the bone marrow drive a new tradition by hosting it every semester.
This & That

College gets a mention in Webster (N.Y.) Post. Dr. Xupei Huang's grant-funded research to find a cure for restrictive cardiomyopathy was featured in an article in this Upstate New York paper. The Medina family hopes Dr. Huang's research into the effects of green tea extract on this devastating disease will help their 11-year-old son.



Seeking Input on Sustaining the Workforce Through an Emeritus Award Posted on February 3. From enhancing diversity to supporting training in emerging fields, over the past three years NIH has continued to examine the needs of the biomedical workforce and create initiatives that will sustain the amazing work being performed by the extramural research community.





Second Biennial Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Sunposium is March 30-31, 2015 at The PGA National Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens. Presentations

will focus on new approaches to understanding neural circuits. Faculty, postdocs, and students are encouraged to register. To present a poster at the session on the evening of March 30, please contact Jessica Herbst. For more information or to register for the Sunposium, click here.




Georgia Smith Joins the College

She will be coordinating the events for the college as well as assisting the Chief Development Officer in development activities. She can be reached at 561-297-2097 or

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Former Israel Surgeon General Discusses Humanitarian Medicine 


Yitshak Kreiss, M.D., M.H.A., M.P.A., former surgeon general/brigadier general of Israel, spoke at the College recently about management of field hospitals and medical support, leadership in times of emergency, and ethics and medical care for typical disaster challenges.

Dr. Kreiss, a world-renowned expert in both military medicine and disaster management, is a pioneer in the field of emergency medicine and disaster relief leadership. He has treated victims in catastrophic events from all over the world, including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti when he led Israel's medical response team. He addressed medical students during a visit to The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine February 3. The visit was held in collaboration with American Friends of Magen David Adom.

Prestigious Ticho Prize Awarded to College of Medicine


Stefan A. Pasternack, M.D., Director of the Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation, teaching analyst at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute, and affiliate faculty member in the College.

The College has joined the ranks of only a handful of medical schools in the country to receive the prestigious Ticho Prize from the Ernst and Gertrude Ticho Charitable Foundation to stimulate student interest in psychiatric medicine and to enhance education in psychiatry.

Scholarships from the $50,000 Ticho Prize endowment fund will be awarded annually to a promising student who is graduating from FAU's medical school to encourage him or her to pursue a career in psychiatry, and in particular, to pay attention to the emotional state and feelings of the patient.



Distinguished Lecturer Series Features NIH Malaria Researcher


Patrick Duffy, M.D., a researcher at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spoke recently of promising studies in malaria vaccine development at a talk recently at the College.  "This is the first time a transmission-blocking vaccine went into the field," said Duffy, who was the first guest speaker in a Distinguished Lecturer Series, organized by the College. He was introduced by Andrew Oleinikov, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical science at the College who trained under Duffy at the NIH.



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The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Distinguished Lecturer Series continues with the following upcoming lectures:


Friday, Feb. 27 - Oleg Denisenko, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Infectious Disease, University of Washington, presenting "Maternal diet programs rDNA transcription rates in fetal and adult offspring: A developmental mechanism affecting health and disease risk."


Friday, March 20 - Sue Menko, Ph.D., Professor & Vice Chair, Anatomy, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, presenting "The hijacking of autophagy signaling regulators in development."


Friday, April 17 - TBA


Seminars are from 2-3 p.m. in BC 128. Lunch is served from 1:15-2 p.m. preceding each seminar. For more information, please contact Carolina Clark in the Graduate Program Office at 561.297.4549, or visit room 206-A.

Students Share Their Thoughts and Experiences Regarding the College


The College recently debuted a "Mystery Question" video series on YouTube, where students discuss what's it's like being a medical student, why they chose FAU, and what activities they engage in to reduce stress. Check out the video below for Mystery Question 1 with Stephanie or visit the College of Medicine YouTube page to view other videos.


Mystery question 1 with Stephanie
Mystery Question 1 with Stephanie

New Intranet Site Launched to for College Communications Requests


In an effort to streamline requests for assistance with content for communications materials and grants, the newly created Academic and Research Support team has created an intranet site for all work requests for ads, flyers, invites, etc. (The site is based on the FAU server, so you must be working on campus or through VPN to access it.)



The site has online work-request forms for creation of materials and for updating web site content, etc. All flyers, invites, ads and non-scientific posters MUST be routed through this team to ensure the College complies with FAU branding and communications requirements. This includes documents for internal as well as external audiences, as required by FAU Creative Services. Submit your request today!