Upcoming Events

January 29, 2016
Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Vijaya Iragavarapu-Charyulu
Gelb Auditorium | 12:45 p.m.

February 2, 2016
Faculty Recognition Ceremony
College of Medicine Lobby & Gelb Auditorium | 5:00 p.m.

February 6, 2016
Renaissance Ball
Polo Club, Boca Raton | 6:30 p.m.

February 12, 2016
Medical Student and Resident Research and Scholarship Day
College of Medicine Lobby & Gelb Auditorium | 1:00 p.m.

March 18, 2016
Match Day 2016
Student Union & Live Oak Pavilion | 11:15 a.m.

This & That

Gary Rose, M.D., F.A.C.S. has been a diver for over 40 years and is a Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Open Water Scuba Instructor. He regularly lectures on Marine Microorganisms, Diving Medicine, and the Cardiovascular Effects of Scuba Diving. Dr. Rose is also a member of The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Divers Alert Network. "As a medical school professor of microbiology and cardiovascular physiology and Open Water instructor, I would like to [address] horizontal buoyancy. When we inhale, we displace water and become more buoyant. The opposite occurs with exhalation. Mastering this concept enables us to fine-tune our three-dimensional position and to interact with the underwater environment with minimal disturbance and maximum efficiency," Dr. Rose said.


The Biomedical and Health Research Informatics Core (BHRIC)

Wies Rafi, Director of IT for the College of Medicine, announced the funding and creation of BHRIC, a University-managed and sponsored, HIPAA-compliant, biomedical and health cyberinfrastructure. BHRIC will support biomedical, social science or health-related researchers throughout FAU - particularly biomedical research, translational research, and clinical research (including those using electronic personal health information). BHRIC will be used to explore, share, analyze, and combine different forms of information, media and datasets provided by various sources, within the bounds of privacy and security restrictions. The infrastructure provides a solution that is scalable and extensible for investigators to integrate and anonymize data from national biomedical, clinical, and informatics communities. BHRIC will enable multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator collaborations and data sharing; biomedical and other translational researchers, whether internal or external to FAU, will be allowed to collaborate via this network infrastructure and connect to computing resources that fully exploit large-scale data sources and rapidly share and reuse data.



If your unit is planning an event, please contact Joanna Duran, Development and Special Events Coordinator, by email or by phone at (561) 297-2097.



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Construction Progress: Painting has commenced on the interior of the building!

White Coat

New Interim Dean

Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., has joined the College as interim dean and professor. Dr. Ross recently retired as dean at West Virginia University School of Medicine. As a result of his extensive experience in medical school administration, Dr. Ross has been selected as a leader of several national professional and accrediting organizations. He is a past chair of the Governing Council for the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools, and is the immediate past chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In 2015, he completed his term as an elected member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans, Association of American Medical Colleges. A pediatric surgeon and researcher, Dr. Ross' distinguished career includes serving three medical schools as a campus executive or dean. As interim dean, Dr. Ross will determine how to best position FAU's College of Medicine for its next phase of growth. FAU has retained the firm of Witt/Kieffer to aid in the search for a permanent dean and Dr. Ross will chair the search committee.
Appreciation Event for Bjorkman

David J. Bjorkman, M.D., M.S.P.H., stepped down earlier this month as dean and executive director of medical affairs after serving as dean for four years. During Dr. Bjorkman's tenure,
the College earned full LCME accreditation, launched an internal medicine residency, and its inaugural class achieved a 100 percent residency match.  Colleagues and friends gathered on January 21 to honor Dr. Bjorkman for his outstanding service.  Speakers included John W. Newcomer, M.D., Michael T.B. Dennis, M.D., Ira J. Gelb, M.D., and Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A. Pictured below from left to right:  Audra Lazarus, Senior University Counsel; Dr. Ross, Interim Dean and Professor; Anthony Barbar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Bjorkman, Honoree; Nancy Blosser, Medicine Advisory Board member; and Dr. Dennis, Board of Trustees member and Chairman of the Medicine Advisory Board.
Novel Mechanism Identified
in Cells in Close Proximity

Recently published in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Marc Kantorow, Ph.D., and his collaborators Lisa Brennan, Ph.D.; Daniel Chauss, a Ph.D., candidate; and Olya
Bakina, a Fulbright scholar and graduate student, have discovered that cells in close proximity to each other can sense when a cell is dying due to environmental stressors like UV light, smoke and other pollutants, and eat the cell before it becomes toxic. Using embryonic chicken lenses, Kantorow's lab engineered the eye lens cells to appear either fluorescent red or fluorescent green to observe apoptosis in real-time using microscopy to track the digesting cells and to utilize antibodies from specific molecules to determine which molecules were needed for the cells to eat each other. "Accumulation of apoptopic material is toxic to epithelial cell populations, which include the cornea, skin, lungs and other tissue, and is associated with the development of multiple autoimmune, inflammatory, aging and degenerative diseases," Dr. Kantorow said. Read more on Inside Science or FAU's Newsdesk.
Study Shows Benefits of Regular Mammograms Extend to Elderly

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer and occurred in 230,000 women in the United States in 2015. Breast cancer afflicts 1 in 8 women in their lifetime and 1 in 25 die from this disease. Although a number of randomized trials 
demonstrate the clear benefits of mammography screening in women up to age 74 on reducing mortality, data are sparse in women over the age of 74, especially minorities. In 2010, 41 percent of breast cancer deaths occurred in the more than 19 million women who are between the ages of 65 to 84 years.  In a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, Charles H. Hennekens, M.D., Dr.P.H., indicates that black and white women ages 75 to 84 years who had an annual mammogram had lower 10-year breast cancer mortality than corresponding women who had biennial or no/irregular mammograms.  Among elder women, the American Cancer Society and the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommend regular mammography for ages 65 to 74.

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch
Visits College of Medicine

U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch visited the College to meet and
discuss health policies and the changing health care system with medical students. Pictured are U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch with American Medical Students Association members.

Honors & Awards

Fourth-year medical students, Sara Khodor and Colin McNamara published "Clopidogrel-induced refractory thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) successfully treated with rituximab" in Hematology Oncology Stem Cell Therapy journal.


In their article, they present a case of TTP that developed shortly after the start of clopidogrel treatment for acute ischemic stroke and acute myocardial infarction, and further describe the clinical presentation, refractory course of the disease, and successful induction of remission through the use of rituximab in a setting of pre-existing autoimmune diseases. Read more via ScienceDirect.

The Pediatric Interest Group

The Pediatric Interest Group and second-year medical student officers attended the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in Washington, D.C., from October 24-27, 2015.

The Pediatric Interest Group teamed up with St. Thomas Aquinas High School and donated a large amount of toys and food to the families served by the Delray Department of Health during the Holiday Season. To show his support for the group's accomplishments, Stuart Markowitz, M.D. agreed to don a Florida Gator jersey and Florida State Seminole vest on December 16, 2015.

In the January 2016 issue of Boca Magazine, Steven Lewis, Ph.D., was featured in the Facetime section as "A Med School Professor at FAU Preaches the Power of Positivity After His Own Miracle Recovery." Dr. Lewis cites positive thinking, consistent exercise and healthy eating as keys to his own successful recovery from two bouts of cancer. "Being positive enables you to have emotional control, to make the right choices under stress [and] to deal with the complexities of the health-care system," Dr. Lewis said. Dr. Lewis knows that his recovery not once, but twice from pancreatic cancer was nothing short of a miracle. "It's very rare to survive this," he says. "There are no statistics kept."

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