Bridging Science, Health and Community


October 6, 2015 - Inaugural AOA Induction and Banquet
From 6-9 p.m. at the FAU Club

February 2, 2016 - 
Faculty Recognition Ceremony
College of Medicine Lobby and the Gelb Auditorium in the evening. Time to be determined.

February 6, 2016 - Renaissance Ball
Polo Club in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m.
 This & That
Board Approves $65.7 Million for New Studies

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)'s Board of Governors approved $56.7 million in funding for four large patient-centered studies focused on treatment options for appendicitis, ways to improve behavioral and mental health care, and options to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in patients getting hip and knee replacements. Read full descriptions of the new awards.  The Board also approved nearly $9 million to support two studies on obesity. These are the latest studies designed to demonstrate the capacity of PCORnet, the national clinical research network PCORI is developing to help the nation conduct studies faster and more efficiently than traditional research approaches. Read more about the new PCORnet studies.
The departments and agencies listed here propose revisions to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The Notice of proposed rule-making seeks comment on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. The proposed rule is an effort to modernize, simplify, and enhance the current system of oversight. 
The Miami Winter Symposium on Inflammation will be held Jan. 24-27, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Sessions will cover acute inflammation; cardiovascular and metabolic inflammation; neuro-inflammation; cancer and inflammation and resolution of inflammation.  A registration portal for Florida universities is available and discounted rates are available. There are no late fees. The deadline for the submission of posters is Nov. 9.
New Website!

Our new website has launched. Check it out!

A photographer will be available from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 22 in the COM Lobby before the next College-wide faculty meeting to take portraits. If you haven't had a new photo taken in a few years, please stop by.
Construction Progress: Work on the Ceiling of the Third Floor


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More than 2 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opiate pain medications, and overdose deaths have more
than quadrupled in the past decade and a half,according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). More than 200 million prescriptions were written for these pain medications in 2013, according to institute data. College researchers will work with to target this major public health problem using novel approaches to support treatment, prevention and education programs. "The misuse of opiate pain medication is a huge public health problem that impacts families all over the country, at all socioeconomic levels," said Executive Vice Dean John W. Newcomer, M.D., who is heading up this project for the college. "As physicians, we look forward to working with foundation2recovery to help them identify, assess and support highly effective approaches, both existing and novel, to address prescription opiate addiction."
The Cost of Physical Inactivity
The statistics of physical inactivity in the United States are staggering. About 36 percent of adults do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity, despite the fact that walking may be comparable to more vigorous exercisein preventing a cardiovascular event, according to Healthy People 2020. Steven Lewis, Ph.D., and Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., have published commentary online ahead of print
in the American Journal of Medicine titled, "Regular Physical Activity: Forgotten Benefits." They stress how lack of physical activity in Americans poses important clinical, publichealth and fiscal challenges for the nation. "Lack of physical activity accounts for 22 percent of coronary heart disease, 22 percent of colon cancer, 18 percent
of osteoporotic fractures, 12 percent of diabetes and hypertension, and 5 percent of breast cancer," Dr. Hennekens said. "Furthermore, physical inactivity accounts for about 2.4 percent of U.S. healthcare expenditures, or approximately $24 billion a year."
Study Aims to Improve
Geriatric Care
Inspired by calls for culture change in long-term care and by traditional self-management approaches to health, Benjamin A. Bensadon, Ed.M., Ph.D., and other researchers, conducted a pilot study aimed at improving resident quality of life and staff morale on an inpatient geriatric rehabilitation unit. Feasibility of an innovative program to host monthly film showings was tested in the community living center of the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center. In an attempt to stimulate reflection and reduce feelings of isolation, the authors joined residents and their providers in viewing films encapsulating health-related aspects of the aging process and discussing them in an environment of informal interaction and camaraderie. The program appeared to enhance resident-directed care and quality of life by stimulating empathy and fostering a therapeutic sense of community. The film series was cited as evidence of cultural transformation during an independent evaluation of quality improvement and compliance review at the center.
Honors & Awards
Gelb Honored for FAU Service

Ira J. Gelb, M.D., will be inducted into the Owl's Nest Faculty & Staff Society's new Platinum Club for
his generous and continued support of FAU. Membership in this top tier of faculty and staff donors is exclusive and for those employees who have contributed consecutively for 25 years or more, or who have donated more than $25,000 to FAU. Dr. Gelb will be honored at the pinning ceremony at the Owl's Nest Society campaign celebration at 8:30 a.m. on October 6 on the west lawn of the Administration Building of the Boca Raton campus.

Affiliate Faculty Member Receives
Psychiatry Award

Christopher Kye, M.D., B.C., affiliate faculty member, was one of the nationally recognized psychiatrists selected to receive the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)'s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Dr. Kye was nominated for his continued service and dedication. He serves on the NAMI Palm Beach County Board of Directors, writes a blog for the monthly newsletter The Voice, and develops lecture series on neuroscience updates to keep NAMI members and the general public informed about cutting-edge research. Dr. Kye will be recognized in the 2015 NAMI Convention Program.

Faculty Selected for AAMC Working Groups

Joanna Drowos, D.O., M.P.H., M.B.A., and Sarah Wood, M.D., have been selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges to join their working groups on the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency (CEPAER). CEPAER identifies the integrated activities that should be expected of all M.D. graduates who make the transition from medical school to residency.

They delineate 13 Entrustable Professional Activities that all entering residents should be expected to perform on the first day of residency without direct supervision regardless of specialty choice. Dr. Wood will be working with the Implementation group and Dr. Drowos will be working with the Faculty Development group. Their work will benefit the College through collaboration with other medical schools as well as with licensing and accrediting bodies that are aligned with the vision and goals of this project.


Bensadon accepted to Leadership Program

Benjamin Bensadon, Ed.M., Ph.D., has been accepted to the 2015-2016 Tideswell, The American Geriatrics 
Society, and The Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs National Leadership Development Program. The National Leadership Development Program has been designed as a hands-on and practical program for emerging leaders in aging. The program will focus on augmenting and leveraging existing leadership skills relevant to clinical, research, and education.