Vol. 2, Issue 7 | May 05, 2006
|Chris Sullivan Gives $2 Million to USF Health Dermatology|
Chris Sullivan, one of the founders of Outback Steakhouse, has given $2 million to USF Health Dermatology to create The Neil Alan Fenske MD Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery Chair at the University of South Florida. The state will match his gift to create a $4 million endowment that supports the advancement of dermatological initiatives. More
>> John Toney, MD, professor of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.85-million, five-year renewal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers Grant – making this the second consecutive time the USF Division of Infectious Diseases has obtained the prestigious federal grant. The Southeast Region STD/HIV Prevention Training Center – one of 10 such clinician training centers in the country -- is a joint project of the Florida Department of Health, USF, and the CDC. With the renewal, USF faculty will continue to offer cutting-edge STD/HIVclinical and laboratory training in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico. In response to Florida's past high prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, the Center was created at USF in 1988 with CDC funding only for Florida health providers. As a result of the Center's expertise, it successfully competed for the National STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers Grant in 2000. The Center's faculty have provided more than 18,000 physicians, nurses, and other health professionals didactic and "hands-on" clinical experiences with the diagnosis and management of syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital herpes, HIV/AIDS and many other STDs. Dr. Toney, the Center's medical director, will present "STD 101," a pre-conference workshop May 8 at the 2006 National STD Prevention Conference in Jacksonville. For more information about the Center, go to www.flstdhivptc.com or www.stdhivpreventiontraining.org .
>> For the first time College of Medicine faculty had the opportunity to view Clinical Performance Examinations (CPX) live, while the exams were conducted by students April 19 to May 2 in the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning. The Center has 12 video-monitoring stations to observe part or all of the CPX. The exam is administered during the final clerkship rotation of third year medical students. The examination is a 12-station multicontent exam with post-encounter questionnaires – similar in content to those included in the Step 2 CS exam sponsored by USMLE.
>> The USF School of Physical Therapy held a two-day workshop on case-based learning for faculty and area physical therapy clinicians April 3 and 4. Patty Solomon, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in problem-based learning and a professor and past assistant dean of the physiotherapy program at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, led the curriculum workshop. The workshop strengthened the partnership already in place between the School's faculty and Tampa area clinicians, who will write cases together to support the clinical problem-solving courses for the Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Jeannie Stephenson, PT, MS, and the SPT Curriculum Committee organized the workshop, which addressed the principles of problem design, including incorporating active learning strategies and evidence-based practice throughout the DPT curriculum and the fundamentals of facilitating small groups.
>> Where in the World of Good Health do you want to go? The new USF Health International Programs Office website can take you there. The comprehensive site, developed after consultation with groups of faculty, students, the USF International Affairs Center and external constituents aims to serve as a dynamic and user-friendly central resource. It includes international health advice, research funding and training opportunities, a "Research Around the World" map that identifies where USF Health faculty and students are conducting research and education projects promoting global health, and much more! Go to www.hsc.usf.edu/intprog/index.html
>> The USF Eye Institute was part of a multisite national study showing that repeated injections of the investigational drug ranibizumab were safe and improved vision in patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, a potentially blinding eye disease. Results of the Phase I/II open-label, controlled study were published online April 2006 in the journal Ophthalmology. Peter Reed Pavan, MD, professor and chair of Ophthalmology, was lead investigator at the USF site and one of the study authors. More
>> Peter Medveczky, MD, professor of Molecular Medicine, was recently awarded a $1.58-million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute to study the Modulation of Oncogenic Agents by Marijuana. Key contributors include Maria Medveczky, Tracy Sherwood, Thomas Klein, PhD; and Herman Friedman, PhD. The group discovered that delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol or THC, the ingredient in marijuana that produces a high, can block the spread of gamma herpes viruses (published Sept. 15, 2004 in online journal BMC Medicine). The new grant will continue the group's research on the mechanisms by which THC blocks the replication of these cancer-causing herpes viruses. The researchers emphasize that more work is needed and it would not be sensible for people with cancer-causing herpes viruses to start smoking marijuana since THC has also been shown to suppress the immune system.
>> USF Health Represented at International Symposium on Alzheimer Therapy Two USF Health neuroscientists were among the world's leading physicians and scientists who spoke at the 9th International Geneva/Springfield Symposium on Advances in Alzheimer Therapy April 19-22 in Geneva, Switzerland. David Morgan, PhD, professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology and director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Laboratory, presented "Passive Immunotherapy in a Mouse Model of Amyloid Deposition." Juan Sanchez-Ramos, MD, PhD, professor of Neurology who holds the Ellis Professorship in Parkinson's Disease Research, presented "Role of Neuro-D1 in the Generation of New Neurons in the Adult Brain." The prestigious international conference on Alzheimer's disease treatment and dementia research, held every other year, drew 900 specialists.
>> Members of an interdisciplinary USF Health research team attended the Third National Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Research Retreat April 6 to 8 in Lexington, KY. The team, led by Sandy Quillen, PT, PhD, director of the School of Physical Therapy, included David Keefe, MD, a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and chair of the College of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Micki Cuppett, EdD, director of the Athletic Training Education Program; and Christina Wallace, a second-year medical student. USF Health's ACL Research Team plans to begin a study examining why female athletes have a significantly greater risk of injuring their ACL than male athletes. The ACL is one of four ligaments in the knee that may cause pain if damaged. Specifically, the team will examine the impairment of postural control resulting from hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle as a possible contributing factor.
>> William (Sandy) Quillen, PT, PhD, professor and director of the School of Physical Therapy, will present at the first Governor's Conference on Women's Health May 18-19 in Orlando. He will address "Women's Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury – Our Daughters, Our Wives and Our Mothers" before an audience of legislators, agency officials, health care providers, civic leaders, consumer representatives and women's health care advocates. The conference is part of an effort to improve the overall health of women in Florida through research, awareness and education in women's health issues. Other USF Health faculty presenting at the Governor's Conference include Theresa Beckie, PhD; Lilyan Kay, MS, MPH; and Cecilia Jevitt, CNM, PhD; of the College of Nursing, and Ellen Daley, PhD, MPH; and Lo Berry, MA, of the College of Public Health. Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, vice president for USF Health and dean of the College of Medicine, will present on the "Future of Women's Healthcare."
>> Denise R. Cooper, PhD, research career scientist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and professor of Molecular Medicine, presented "The Signal to Splice: Insulin, Akt, and SR proteins" March 10 at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Miami School of Medicine. She presented the "Central role of Akt in regulating Clk, SR protein phosphorylation and alternative pre-mRNA splicing" at a symposium on RNA Based Gene Expression at the ASBMB meeting in San Francisco. Both talks focused on recent findings by her research lab including Drs. Kun Jiang and Niketa Patel, research assistant professors, and students Hercules Apostolatos and Eden Kleiman, from the Department of Molecular Medicine.
>> Gloria Ferreira, PhD, professor of Molecular Medicine, was the lead author of "Chelatases: distort to select?" featured on the March 2006 cover of Trends in Biochemical Sciences. Co-authors were from Lund University, Sweden; University of New Lisbon, Portugal; Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico; University of Georgia; and the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Trends in Biochemical Sciences is a high impact journal that focuses on essays about cutting-edge topics in the biochemical sciences.
>> Michael Barber, DPhil, professor of Molecular Medicine and Interim Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, was elected to a two-year term as President of the USF Faculty Senate. He will also serve as the faculty representative to the USF Board of Trustees during his term as President.
>> Ken Keller, PhD, professor of Molecular Medicine, was awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Byrd Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute titled "Basis for the effects of statins in Alzheimer's Disease."
>> Erin Chamberlin, MD, a PGY-2 resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, will present an abstract "Assessment of Adequacy of Respiration in Outpatients" at the national meeting of the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA), May 4-7 in Washington, DC. SAMBA is the most prestigious national and international forum for presentations related to the special problems of ambulatory patients, the most rapidly increasing segment of surgical practice. The scientific project was supervised by Anesthesiology faculty at Moffitt Cancer Center, where Dr. Chamberlin conducted a rotation in recent months. This is the second consecutive year that a USF anesthesiology resident has received the prestigious recognition; Alex Paloma, MD, (then a PGY-3) presented at SAMBA in 2005.
>> Two residents of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine were recognized for outstanding presentations at the 32nd Gulf-Atlantic Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference (GAARRC) April 7-9 in Tampa. The conference, organized by USF Anesthesiology, attracted residents from more than 30 teaching programs in the Southeastern and Atlantic states. Attendees presented 112 abstracts and received awards for best presentations in areas ranging from clinical investigation to literature review. USF's Kathryn Lewis, MD, received a first-place award in the literature review category for her presentation titled "An overview of current unlabeled and investigational uses of Dexedetomidine in general anesthesia." Aleeta Somers-Dehaney, MD, received an award for her clinical investigation abstract entitled "Oxygen therapy: the doubled edge sword." The two residents are part of the rejuvenated clinical teaching program in anesthesiology at the USF College of Medicine, which rotates residents among multiple preeminent clinical sites and major hospitals in the Tampa Bay area.
>> The Department of Internal Medicine Medical Jeopardy Team including Dan Poetter, MD, PGY I; Pedro Troya, MD, PGY II; and David Whitaker, MD, PGY III, won the state competition in March at the American College of Physicians (ACP) Meeting in Miami. At the ACP National Meeting in Philadelphia the USF team of Dr. Troya, Dr. Whitaker, and Sumeeta Rao-Mazzarolo, MD, PGY II, placed third overall in the nation. In addition, David Wenk, MD, PGY II, won the Case Report Presentation Award at the March Regional ACP.
>> Shyam Mohapatra, PhD, director of Basic Research for the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Internal Medicine, presented a lecture on "Application of Nanotechnology for Vital Vaccines" at the National Institute Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Nanotechnology in Advanced Drug Delivery Conference 2006, Feb. 7-8, in Punjab India.
>> Members of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Internal Medicine, delivered several lectures March 3 to 7 at the American Academy Allergy Asthma and Immunology Annual Meeting in Miami Beach. Richard F Lockey, MD, professor and director of Allergy and Immunology, presented " Anaphylaxis: Systemic Reactions," "Home Immunotherapy Is Safe," and " Aspirin Sensitive Asthma." Shyam Mohapatra, PhD , professor of Medicine and Molecular Medicine, presented " Development of Novel Asthma Formulations with Biodegradable Nanoparticles," " Nanotechnology and Asthma," and "Atrial Natriuretic Peptides and Allergic Cascade." Dennis Ledford, MD , professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, presented "Actopic Dermatitis and Eczema" and "Prevention, Recognition and Management of Osteoporosis in Asthmatics." Roger Fox, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Public Health, presented "Urticaria and Angioedema" and "Sinus Headaches: Do They Exist?" Hugh Windom, MD, affiliate associate professor of Medicine, presented "Highlights of the AAAAI Meeting."
>> Filip, S. Mokry, J. English, D., Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, "Stem cell plasticity and carcinogenesis," in Neoplasma 53, 2006, 87-91.
>> Mary Evans, PhD, professor and associate dean of research in Nursing, has been appointed to the NIH National Institute of Mental Health standing Review Group on Services Research. The first meeting will be June 6 and 7. Dr. Evans participated in an NIH National Institute of Mental Health session March 28 to review advanced and developing services research centers.
>> Sandra Cadena, PhD, ARNP, assistant professor of Nursing, presented "Mental Health Issues of Women Across the Lifespan" in March at the International Conference of Psychiatric Forums in Miami.
>> The top three undergraduate students presenting winning Natural Sciences posters April 17 at the USF Undergraduate Research Day were mentored by Ron Mervis, PhD, and Svetlana Garbuzova-Davis, PhD, faculty members from the Department of Neurosurgery, Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair. The poster topics were " Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Treatment in the Rat Mitigates Age-Related Dendritic Spine Loss in Neocortex and Dendritic Branch Loss in Granule Cells of the Hippocampus, first place; "Transmigration of Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cells to Offspring after Transplantation in Pregnant Mice Modeling Sanfillipo Syndrome type B," second place; and "Hyperglycemia-Related Cortical Dendritic Damage in the Young Adult Diabetic Rat," third place.
>> Duane Eichler, PhD, professor of Molecular Medicine, was recently inducted an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, an academic honor society that promotes scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Honorary members include former U.S. President Bill Clinton, entertainer Bill Cosby and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
>> Leon Prockop, MD, professor of Neurology and director of the Neurotoxicology Program at USF, was cited as "an international expert in neurotoxicology and occupational and environmental neurology" in the March 2006 issue of Neurology Reviews. Dr. Prockop commented on the country's lack of preparedness for a bioterror attack. Dr. Prockop was also cited in the March 21, 2006 Neurology Today for an article titled "Is Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus a Diagnosis in Search of Criteria?"
>> Three College of Public Health master's students were recently selected to participate in a new Fulbright-Pan American Health Organization Internship in Public Health for students from Latin America and the Caribbean. They are Dr. Erika Arteaga, Global Health, Ecuador; Dr. Rachel Cassagnol, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Haiti; and Dr. Abraham Salinas, Child and Family Health, Nicaragua. The students will complete their 2006 summer internships at PAHO headquarters in Washington DC.
>> Michele Pescasio, MD, recently joined Family Medicine and the Division of Sports Medicine as an assistant professor. She comes from Durham, NC, and brings a wealth of experience in primary care sports medicine, having recently cared for athletes with NFL Europe, the AAA Durham Bulls baseball team, and Durham area high schools. Dr. Pescasio trained at University of Alabama in Birmingham and is board certified in Family Medicine. She also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. She will see patients at the USF Medical Clinic and be integrally involved in USF intercollegiate athletics and the Sports Medicine and Athletic-Related Trauma Institute.
>> Wade Myers, MD, professor and chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, was appointed a member of the American Psychiatric Association Ethics Appeal Board. He serves in that role as the association's Ethics Committee Chairperson.
>> Justus Roberts, a senior at Wharton High School, who has interned for the last three years in the laboratory of Alison Willing, PhD, associate professor in the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, appeared on the The Oprah Winfrey Show April 25 as part of a segment titled "Whiz Kids." Justus worked with Dr. Willing and her team to administer umbilical cord blood stem cells to an animal model for stroke, which reduced inflammation and improved organ function. His project went on to win several prizes at state, national and international health and science fairs. Justus plans to return to Dr. Willing's lab this summer.
>> Sendhil Krishnan, MD, PGY III, and Angela McClanahan, MD, PGY II, residents in Internal Medicine, volunteered in the medical clinics in Biloxi, Miss., taking care of Hurricane Katrina victims in February 2006.
>> Jennifer Bonamer Rheingans, a doctoral student in Nursing, was recently awarded an American Cancer Society Doctoral Degree in Nursing Scholarship, which provides $15,000 a year for up to four years. Her mentor is Susan McMillan, PhD, professor of Nursing.
>> Ellen Kent, MPH, College of Public Health coordinator and student research grants/faculty coordinator for the USF Health Service Corps, recently received Volunteer USF's Volunteer Organization of the Year Award on behalf of the USF Health Service Corps. The USF Health Service Corps is an interdisciplinary group of students from Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Physical Therapy who volunteer together for health fairs, outreach education, health-related fundraising drives and other community service activities. The program is sponsored by the Area Health Education Center. For more information go to http://hsc.usf.edu/ahec/servicecorps.html
>> The USF College of Public Health was well represented with students, staff, faculty and alumni who served as venue volunteers, runners and walkers, and health expo contributors at the Miles for Moffitt Walk/Run April 8 on the USF Tampa campus. The event, which benefited Moffitt, was held by Moffitt in partnership with SunTrust and USF. It commemorated Moffitt Cancer Center's 20th year as a leader in Florida cancer care and USF's 50th anniversary as one of the nation's top metropolitan research universities.
>> The OB/GYN and Revenue Cycle Teams held an action session in April on how to appropriately increase revenues for the services provided to USF Health customers. The session was very well attended including Catherine Lynch, MD; Ruben Quintero, MD; Carol Cox, MD; Shelly Holmstrom, MD; Susan Sharp; Cathleen Howard; Lisa Marsell; and Gerry Willard. The Organizational Improvement Group including Seena Salyani, Anna Parsons, MD, and Lou Rhodes supported the action session. The teams agreed on several improvements including standardizing and upgrading forms for coding and billing, creating a scheduler script to support appropriate appointment identification and timing, and initiating an analysis of scheduler applied time to identify opportunities for streamlining. The improvements will be phased in over the next several months.
>> The Centers for Advanced Healthcare are quickly becoming a reality. Ground was broken last month for the USF Health South Pavilion adjacent to Tampa General Hospital, and infrastructure improvements are currently underway for the USF Health North Pavilion on main campus. Groundbreaking for the North Pavilion is expected this summer. In addition, approximately 125 faculty and staff are busy designing USF Health's new integrated IT solution of an enhanced electronic health record and practice management system. The Organizational Improvement team is analyzing current operations to help create efficient and effective workstations in the new facilities. Other projects are addressing human resources needs and customer service, programmatic needs, recruitment, and marketing and business development.
>> The USF Endoscopy Center was recently equipped with state-of-the-art endoscopic, processing and computer equipment. The new capabilities include enhanced communication with referring physicians through computer-generated reports and letters. The reports are generated by the endoscopist immediately following the case, and faxed to the referring physician who receives them within minutes of procedure completion. The Endoscopy Center also has narrow band imaging -- a technology using specific wavelengths of light to detect mucosal changes and an excellent method to screen for Barrett's esophagus and other premalignant conditions. The Endoscopy Center is the only facility with narrow band imaging in Hillsborough County, and one of only two with this technology in Central Florida. For more information, contact the Center at (813) 974-2034.
>> The USF Research Park will become the new home for the LifeLink Tissue Bank, the largest not-for-profit tissue bank in the Southeast, as the result of a major lease transaction. Construction of the 105,000-square-foot tissue bank and research and development facility is expected to be completed in 2007. The LifeLink HealthCare Institute, another division of the Tampa-based LifeLink Foundation, works with the USF College of Medicine and Tampa General Hospital to provide medical and surgical care for patients suffering from end-stage organ failure.
>> Several more USF Health physicians wrote columns for The Tampa Tribune 4-You, health and fitness section in April. David Keefe, MD, chair of OB/GYN, discussed fertility preservation for women facing cancer treatment April 29; Maria Cannarozzi, MD, commented on immunizations for adults April 22; Eric Coris, MD, wrote about how early specialization in youth sports can lead to injury April 15; and Neil A. Fenske, MD, director of Dermatology, wrote about sunscreen abuse April 8.
>> Srikumar Chellappan, PhD, associate professor in Interdisciplinary Oncology, was mentioned in the Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle and the Seattle Times about his study, which shows nicotine supplements can undermine chemotherapy treatments in lung-cancer patients.
>> Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, dean of the College of Medicine and vice president for USF Health and Joe Jackson, MBA, Executive Director of USF Physicians Group were both quoted in the April 2006 issue of Healthcare IT News. The article discussed the new Centers for Advanced Healthcare and USF Health's partnership with AllScripts, a venture that will convert all paper medical records to digital format.
>> Barbara Langland Orban, PhD, chair of Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, commented on the growing problem of uninsured and uncompensated emergency care in the April 20 issue of the Tampa Bay Sun.
>> Medical student Nidhi Chander, was interviewed by WTVT FOX 13 on April 18, about the USF Health/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. One of the most comprehensive vehicles of its kind in Florida, the mobile unit provides free preventative medical and dental services directly to underserved children in Hillsborough County schools and neighborhoods.
>> USF Health's 7th Annual Conference on Obesity, directed by Duane Eichler, PhD, professor of Molecular Medicine, was mentioned April 18 in the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, creator of the popular South Beach Diet, was the featured speaker at the conference which is designed for doctors and dietitians in private practice or the public health setting.
>> Richard Green, COO, Centers for Advanced Healthcare, was quoted in the April 4 Temple Terrace News discussing the new Centers for Advanced Healthcare and how USF Health is transforming how medical service is delivered to the Tampa Bay community.