Upcoming Events

April 29, 2016
College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony
Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium | 10 a.m.
**More info here.

This & That

Speakers Wanted

The Palm Beach County Library System is looking for volunteers from the College of Medicine to speak at library events about a variety of topics in health. If you are interested, contact Mindy Rose, at rosem@pbclibrary.org.


Developing Evidentiary Standards Framework
for Safety Biomarkers Qualification Workshop

The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in co-sponsorship with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium, is announcing a public meeting entitled Developing an Evidentiary Standards Framework for Safety Biomarkers Qualification Workshop in Bethesda, Maryland, on April 14-15. Advance registration required. Click here for more info and to register.


Health Fair

College residents helped organize and participate in a health fair at the First Presbyterian Church in Boynton Beach on March 12. The free fair included food and prizes along with blood pressure, HIV, glucose, dental, hearing and more screenings.


Resources to Learn about
NIH Funding

Click here to watch a Q&A with NIH Institute Directors.


Research Support News

The NIH and NSF released updated guidelines for submissions. Click below for info:

White Coat

Match Day

For the second year in a row, 100% of students at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine were matched to residencies. Read more here.
Jang Yen Wu, Ph.D. Received Grant
to Develop Stroke Treatment

Jang Yen (John) Wu, Ph.D., principal investigator and a senior Schmidt fellow and distinguished professor of biomedical science in the College of Medicine, received a $1.2 million grant to develop new treatments for stroke. He will use a two-pronged approach: first, he will preserve and restore brain function by protecting the brain against stroke induced injury, and second will stimulate neurogenesis to replenish new brain cells using granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (GCSF), an FDA-approved drug used to enhance blood cellular development.
BRAIN Institute Director, Randy Blakely, Gives Lecture

March 17, professors, students and staff gathered in the Alumni Great Hall to hear Dr. Randy Blakely, Ph.D.. Dr. Blakely joins FAU in May as the BRAIN institute director and professor of biomedical science at the Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine. His talk included a reception with food and drinks, and was also available for live-streaming for those who could not attend.

Dr. Blakely outlined several of his research projects geared at understanding the role of the presynaptic dopamine transporter, a protein which is responsible for removing the neurotransmitter, dopamine, from the synapse, in ADHD pathology. Commonly prescribed ADHD medications act on this transporter.
His research has included genetic screening in humans, observations in vitro, and the development of a novel animal model for the disorder.

Boy with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy, Donates to and Visits Dr. Huang's Lab

Luke Medina, 12, suffers from a rare form of restrictive cardiomyopathy caused by an inherited mutation in the Troponin of his heart muscle cells. His father has been publishing a series of books about their experiences, in hopes of donating the proceeds to researchers studying this rare illness. On February 19, Luke and his family visited Xupei Huang, M.D., Ph.D. and went on a tour of his lab, before presenting him with a donation from their fund-raising. To learn more about Luke's story, visit lukeiamyourdaddy.com

L to R: Bob Pearlman, Luke Medina, Xupei Huang, and John Newcomer

Dr. Huang is the leading researcher for what could potentially cure Luke's RCM, having successfully reversed the effects of RCM in laboratory mice using green tea extract. The donation will help further his research toward a cure for restrictive cardiomyopathy. 
College Part of the First Lewy Body Dementia Drug Trials in the Country

James Galvin, M.D., M.P.H., professor and associate dean for clinical research of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, is spearheading one of the first Lewy body dementia clinical drug trial sites in the United States. The trial, being conducted at FAU and 50 other sites globally, is intended to lead to the development of medication specifically designed for this form of dementia. Currently Lewy body dementia patients are often prescribed Alzheimer's medicine to alleviate their symptoms. Galvin plans to enroll between 10 to 16 patients starting in March.
Honors & Awards

Third-Year Medical Student's Research Published

Congratulations to third-year medical student, Marisa Vinas, for her recent publication in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal.
"Outcome of Dupuytren's Contractures After Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum Injection: A Single Institution Experience."

Second-Year Medical Student's Research Published

Congratulations to second-year medical student, Rishabh Jethanandani, for getting his manuscript entitled "Tibiofemoral Dislocation following Total Knee Arthroplasty" accepted by the Journal of Arthroplasty.

Medical Student's Poster Wins 2nd at American Medical Women's Association Annual Meeting

Congratulations to medical student, Emily Kelly, for winning second place in the poster competition at the American Medical Women's Association Annual Meeting. Her poster titled, "A Rare Case of Perianal Granular-Cell Tumor: Case Report and Literature Review" was chosen from a pool of 100 posters.

First-Year Medical Student to Spend Summer at Yale University

Christine Erie, first year medical student, will spend the summer working with Dr. Michelle Van Name and Dr. Stuart Weinzimer, pediatric endocrinologists at Yale. She was accepted into a summer research program to conduct pediatric endocrinology clinical research. Her project will focus on evaluating the efficiency of continuous glucose monitors in children with type 1 diabetes.

Students to Present at Florida Chapter American
College of Physicians Meeting

The Florida Chapter ACP Residents Meeting will take place in Orlando on April 9-10. Two residents from the Charles E Schmidt College of Medicine, Sunil Bali and Sean Bhatia will be competing in oral presentations of their research while Matthew Dothager, Andre Kydd, and Rima Bakhda will be competing in the poster competition.

Recent Promotions in the College

Dr. Zhongwei Li has been promoted to Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. 

Dr. Michelle Lizotte-Waniewski has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science and Director of Student Success and Learning Excellence.

Annie Thomas has been promoted to Student Affairs Specialist.

Induction Ceremony Held for Gold Humanism Honor Society New Members

The Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has selected the newest members of the organization. The Induction Ceremony was on March 22. Dr. Thomas Samuel, an oncologist from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, spoke at the event.

The inductees are:

Brad Robinson
Nathaniel Forman
Stephanie Fontin
Janelle Nassim
Jessica Reilly
Scott Leiser
Kasey Conklin
Michael Cheng
Colombe Castellucci
Elit Ben Simon
Jennifer Caceres, M.D.
Jennifer Foster, M.D.
Elizabeth Gundersen, M.D.

Bernardo Obeso named a 2016 Hero in Medicine

The Palm Beach County Medical Society Services has awarded Dr. Obeso the 2016 Heroes In Medicine Award in the category of Healthcare Educator. He will attend an awards luncheon on April 15th at the Kravis center.

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