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Upcoming

February 2, 2016 - 
Faculty Recognition Ceremony
College of Medicine Lobby and the Gelb Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. Details here.

February 6, 2016 - Renaissance Ball
Polo Club in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

February 12, 2016 - Medical Student and Resident Research and Scholarship Day
College of Medicine Lobby and the Gelb Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. Details here.
 This & That
A Story of Survival and Message of Hope

Dr. Steven Lewis
Following the surgery to remove the cancer in his liver, Lewis has been cancer free and in excellent health for more than five years. Along with his outstanding team of physicians, Dr. Lewis credits his ability to maintain an extremely positive attitude with saving his life. As an exercise physiologist, researcher, and teacher, he leads a vigorous life, exercising regularly to maintain a high level of physical fitness and health. "A diagnosis of pancreatic cancer presents a terrible emotional burden for patients and their families," Dr. Lewis said. "It is a better choice to face the mortal threat of this illness squarely than to react with negativity, complaint, and despair. Whether individual patients survive or not, maintaining a positive attitude can help patients and their families beat the emotional devastation of pancreatic cancer." To read more, access his blog.
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Miami Winter Symposium: Inflammation Conference
 
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. The deadline for poster submission was November 9, but there are no late fees if you would still like to attend.
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Events
 
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National Media Spotlight on Neuroscience Expert
 
When Robin Williams' widow recently appeared on television to talk about a possible cause of her husband's death, she focused the country's attention on Lewy body dementia. In an effort to shed light on this disease, the local and national media focused its attention on the College of Medicine's James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., one of the most prominent neuroscientists in the country. Dr. Galvin is a leading, international expert on Lewy body dementia. Reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, Palm Beach Post, People magazine, and the PBS NewsHour were among the media outlets who interviewed Dr. Galvin. "Lewy body dementia may be the most common disease you have never heard of," Dr. Galvin told NewsHour reporter, William Brangham.  In fact, he said, "It's [Lewy body dementia] the second most common cause of memory problems after Alzheimer's disease and affects over 1.3 million Americans." See the interview with NewsHour or access the article in the Palm Beach Post.
Severe Mental Illness,
High Diabetes Risk, and
Scarce Testing
 
Recent study,"Diabetes Screening among Underserved Adults with Severe Mental Illness Who Take Antipsychotic Medications" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, examines diabetes screening for patients with severe mental illness, who are two to three times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population. More than seven million Americans in the United States have severe mental illness, and there are many factors contributing to their increased risk of getting diabetes, including treatment with antipsychotic medication. The College's Executive Vice Dean John W. Newcomer, John W. Newcomer M.D., co-author of the study, notes that the study's findings support ongoing efforts to integrate mental health services and primary care to improve diagnosis and treatment in this patient population. "On average, adults in the U.S. with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder die nearly 25 years earlier than the general population due largely to premature cardiovascular disease," Dr. Newcomer said.
Harvard Medical School Collaboration Leads to
Simple Gene Therapy for
Brain Disorders
 
Biomedical faculty, Howard Prentice, Ph.D., and Jang Yen Wu, Ph.D., in collaboration with Philip Liu, Ph.D., associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School, used an eye dropper to deliver the gene for a growth factor called granulocyte colony stimulating factor. This straightforward treatment markedly reduced brain atrophy, neurological deficits, and death in mice.

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Howard Prentice
and Dr. Jang Yen Wu

The investigators created a system to track the success of the gene delivery using MRI. The team's efforts may lead to better animal studies of experimental gene therapy for stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). The system also offers the intriguing possibility that acute brain injury may someday be treated by emergency medical workers through the simple delivery of eye drops carrying a therapeutic gene.
Honors & Awards
 
Exemplary Volunteer Educator Award

The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP) awarded Affiliate Faculty, Mark Derrick Chin-Lenn, M.D., with the 2015 FAFP Exemplary Volunteer Educator Award. This prestigious award was created to recognize an outstanding family physician for their dedication, expertise and ability to provide the highest quality instruction to physicians in all phases of their medical training and practice in a volunteer capacity. Dr. Chin-Lenn's comprehensive skills in health care have contributed to excellence in the provision of high quality care and has demonstrated that family physicians can have an impact on improving the overall health of the nation. Dr. Chin-Lenn joins an outstanding group of previous winners who represent the most outstanding family medicine physicians in Florida. Dr. Chin-Lenn will be honored at the FAFP Family Medicine Winter Summit, during the awards ceremony.
Successful Event
 
The First Annual Biomedical Science Retreat was a success!