March 10, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 10
This is your brain when you're thirsty. This is your brain when you're not.
Researchers at the Health Science Center literally saw the difference after recording sophisticated brain images that reveal more detail than ever about how our brains process information related to thirst and satiation.
Lead author Dr. Lawrence M. Parsons and his American and Australian colleagues are reporting that the cerebellum, a portion of the brain near the brain stem, appears to optimize brain processing at critical moments such as when one becomes thirsty or has just satisfied a thirst. The findings of a study in 10 human subjects are reported in the Feb. 29 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. Dr. Parsons is an assistant professor at the Health Science Center's Research Imaging Center.
Scientists have long believed that the cerebellum coordinates muscle movement and have ignored the possibility of its role in other functions. "Does the cerebellum directly tell us we are thirsty?" Dr. Parsons asked. "We don't think so. It's not like a thermostat that detects a rapid change in temperature and causes the system to respond. Rather, the cerebellum helps the rest of the brain process information about the feelings and thoughts related to thirst."
He and his colleagues are testing the idea that the cerebellum is like a computer server that distributes information to branch computers. "When you are very thirsty or have just quenched the thirst, the brain initiates a great deal of processing to evaluate whether everything is okay and what is happening," he said. "The cerebellum, we think, helps the whole process to be efficient."
For example, the cerebellum and the hypothalamus, another key processing center, "talk" to each other in a sort of reciprocal connectivity. The hypothalamus is specifically involved in the physiological detection of thirst.
What happens if the cerebellum is damaged?
"Some people are born without cerebellums and no one can tell the difference." Dr. Parsons said. "This suggests that the cerebellum has a subtle influence on the rest of the brain. There is no evidence for a relationship between damage to the cerebellum and a person's experience of thirst. However, recent studies find that damage to the cerebellum does cause subtle impairments in the sensitivity or speed of mental processing, and we now believe thirst is one of those processes."
Scientists, working in the Research Imaging Center, studied healthy volunteers with a technique called Positron Emission Tomography (PET). During scanning, the researchers induced thirst intravenously by changing the concentration of sodium in the blood. The volunteers reported degrees of thirst depending on the salt concentration. Shortly after reaching strong thirst, the subjects were allowed to drink as much water as they wanted, and were scanned again. The scientists based their findings on the scans taken at different times.
The Research Imaging Center is a world-renowned center of PET, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and other brain mapping methods. The U.S. Department of Defense and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System provided the funding for the center's PET system. The thirst study was supported by funding from the Robert J., Jr., and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, the Harold G. and Leila Y. Mathers Charitable Foundation, the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and the Howard Florey Biomedical Foundation of the United States.
Dr. Parsons collaborated with Dr. Derek Denton of the Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology and Medicine at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Co-authors from the Research Imaging Center include Dr. Jack L. Lancaster, professor, and Dr. Peter T. Fox, professor and director of the RIC. Other collaborators are from the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio.
Have you imagined yourself in the middle of a real-life "ER" or "Chicago Hope," the physician or nurse saving the life of a critically ill patient? Have you thought about serving as a dentist, restoring your patients' smiles in the dental chair? Or have you wondered what it is like to be a researcher, cooking bacteria or splicing genes on your way to becoming a leading expert in your field?
"Inquisitive" South Texans of all ages are invited to get a rare glimpse of the biosciences during the first night of the 2000 Mini-Medical School to be offered throughout April at the Health Science Center. This four-week course, free to the public, will be offered Tuesdays from April 4 to April 25.
The first evening includes breakout sessions with hands-on activities in the fields of medicine, dentistry, nursing, research and emergency medical technology. Subsequent evenings will focus on the heart, the brain and living with illness.
Each Tuesday's program starts at 7 p.m. in lecture hall 3.102B next to the Dolph Briscoe, Jr., Library. The public is invited to any or all of the four sessions, but early registration is encouraged due to limited seating capacity. To register, call 7-1925 as soon as possible or access the Mini-Medical School Web page at http://minimedschool00.uthscsa.edu.
The Mini-Medical School brings together presenters from the Medical, Nursing, Dental, Allied Health and Graduate Schools. The event is an annual gift to the South Texas community.
The first session, "Exploring the Health Sciences: An Evening with a Health Professional," will provide an evening of hands-on interaction with different health professionals, affording participants the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of a specific area of clinical activities, teaching or research.
Dates and titles for the subsequent sessions are: April 11, "The Heart: Health and Repair"; April 18, "The Brain: A User's Guide"; and April 25, "Living with Illness."
The series is supported in part by Pfizer.
National & International
The New York Times ran a major story on the Dental School's DVD-based class materials for next year's entering freshmen. The story mentioned Dr. Kenneth Kalkwarf, dental dean.
The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on the U. T. System Board of Regents' funding of research facilities and educational space for the Health Science Center.
The Reader's Digest included an article on Dr. Gregory Mundy, medicine, and his work with statin drugs.
Dr. Judy Teale, microbiology, was interviewed for an article on neuro-cysticercosis in the ASM News.
Dr. Basil Pruitt, surgery, was listed in the Progress Notes section of the monthly U.S. Medicine.
The Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Laredo Morning Times, Tyler Morning Telegraph and Longview News Journal ran stories on the resignation announcement by Dr. John P. Howe, III, president.
The Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Laredo Morning Times, McAllen Monitor, Valley Morning Star, Brownsville Herald, Amarillo Globe Times, Amarillo Daily News, Alice Echo-News, Orange Leader, Snyder Daily News and Pampa News all reported on the research and expansion funding allocated by the U.T. System Board of Regents.
Dr. Leonel Vela, newly appointed regional dean for the Health Science Center, was featured in the Edinburg Daily Review.
Drs. Jia-Hong Gao and Srikanth Mahankali, Research Imaging Center, were quoted in a story on obesity research in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. The Del Rio News-Herald mentioned the Lions Sight Research Center and its Stride for Sight fund-raiser.
San Antonio Express-News
The daily ran several articles, columns and editorials on Dr. Howe's impending departure and his impact on San Antonio. In addition, the monies approved by the U.T. System Board of Regents were the subject of numerous stories and columns in the Express.
Dr. Sanford Miller, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, was mentioned in a column by David Hendricks on Brooks Air Force Base plans for research partnerships. Dr. Miller also was quoted in a story on the recent lecture at the Health Science Center by Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The daily ran a brief on the Lions Sight Research Center and its Stride for Sight campaign.
A story on tongue-scraping devices for better oral hygiene quoted Dr. Peggy Gragg, dental diagnostic science. Dr. Mary MacDougall, associate dean for research in the Dental School, was interviewed for a story on identifying the genes involved in craniofacial defects.
Dr. Sam Friedberg, professor emeritus of medicine, was featured regarding his exhibit of watercolors on display in the Health Science Center auditorium foyer. Dr. John Rugh, orthodontics, was interviewed for an article on temporomandibular joint disorder. Dr. Shirlyn McKenzie, clinical laboratory sciences, and Dr. Cliff Littlefield, pharmacology, were quoted in a story on San Antonio's health careers job market.
Dr. Bankole Johnson, psychiatry, was interviewed for an article on the health benefits of moderate drinking.
Dr. Van Perry, dermatology, was interviewed for a story on skin protection in the South Texas Fitness &Heath news magazine.
Dr. Howe's resignation announcement was covered in the San Antonio Medical Gazette. The weekly featured Dr. Joseph Basler, surgery, in its Profile. Dr. Aurelio Galli, pharmacology, and Dr. Renee Yew, molecular medicine, were recognized for having received institutional research grants.
A Gazette story on the Health Science Center's STD Center quoted Dr. Joel Baseman, microbiology, and Dr. Rochelle Shain, obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed for the Gazette's cover story on fertility medicine.
The publication listed Dr. John King, rehabilitation medicine, Dr. Basil Pruitt and Dr. Mary MacDougall on its Bulletin Board page. Dr. Joel Baseman and Dr. David Shelledy, respiratory care, were mentioned in the Town Rounds column. Also appearing in Town Rounds were Dr. Claudia Miller, family practice, and Drs. Jia-Hong Gao and Srikanth Mahankali.
Martha Baez, community dentistry, was featured in a story on the School-Based Preventive Dentistry Program at Coronado Elementary School.
The Gazette profiled Dr. Robert Bryski, obstetrics and gynecology. The Health Science Center's admissions guidelines and female enrollment were listed in Town Rounds. Dr. Gustavo Román, medicine, was quoted in a story on sleep disorders.
Dr. Claudio Cepeda, psychiatry, and Dr. Julio Palmaz, radiology, were listed in the Bulletin Board section of the Gazette.
KENS-TV, Channel 5; KABB-TV, Channel 7; KSAT-TV, Channel 13; and KVDA, Channel 60, reported Dr. Howe's resignation announcement.
KENS interviewed Dr. Stephen Shanfield, psychiatry, on near-death experiences, and Dr. Timothy Jones, medicine, on nosebleeds and allergies. The station also spoke with Dr. David Boldt, medicine, on new advances in hematology; Dr. Robert Nolan, pediatrics, on sleep habits of children; and Dr. David Roberts, orthopaedics, on herniated discs.
Dr. Charles Bowden, psychiatry, appeared on KENS to discuss a new study on treatment for bipolar disorder, and Dr. Laura Collins, medicine, spoke about heart attack symptoms.
KENS also interviewed Dr. Connie Mobley, community dentistry, on caffeine's effect on children, and Dr. Joseph Harrison, ophthalmology, on treatment for color blindness. Dr. Ronald Grimwood, dermatology, discussed new acne treatments on KENS, and Dr. Kevin Donley, pediatric dentistry, described new fluoride-releasing amalgams.
The station also spoke with Dr. Larry White, orthodontics, on braces in adults; Dr. Bankole Johnson on his study of cocaine addiction; and Dr. Lawrence Widman, medicine, on heart arrhythmia.
KSAT interviewed Dr. Mary MacDougall about her work on generating teeth in mice. The station also spoke with Dr. Vick Williams, cellular and structural biology, and Jack Park, legal affairs, about the Health Science Center's willed body program. Dr. Johnson discussed his cocaine addiction study on KSAT.
KMOL-TV, Channel 4, interviewed Dr. Joseph Basler, surgery, about prostate cancer.
KTSA-AM, 550, ran the news of Dr. Howe's resignation announcement and his convocation address.
Dr. Mauli Agrawal discussed his bone collagen study on WOAI-AM, 1200. The station also interviewed Dr. David Roberts on herniated discs, Dr. Laura Collins on heart attack symptoms and Dr. Timothy Jones on nosebleeds and allergies.
KXTN-FM, 107.5, interviewed Dr. Donald Gordon, emergency medical technology, about CPR Day, which is scheduled for April 1.
Dr. Janet Allan, dean of the School of Nursing, was appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force of the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Allan is one of two nurses who were appointed to the agency's third task force in 1998.
The task force consists of 14 private-sector health professionals from a variety of specialties. They were selected from more than 80 nominees based on recognized expertise in prevention, evidence-based medicine and primary care.
First convened by the U.S. Public Health Service in 1984 to review and evaluate preventive services, the task force's mission is to make recommendations about services that should be routinely incorporated into primary care. These evidence-based recommendations were published in the first edition of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services in 1989. A second edition was released in 1995, and the current task force is preparing a third.
The Guide has been used extensively in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing education, and task force recommendations have figured prominently in development of health care quality measures and national health objectives.
"I am truly honored to have been selected for the task force," Dr. Allan said. "This organization's work helps form the basis of preventive health care in this country, and I look forward to being a part of it."
Individual reports for the Guide will be released as they are completed, both in print and on the AHRQ Web site at www.ahrq.gov. The bound volume is expected to be published in late 2002.
Dr. Gary Guest, associate professor in the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science, was named a fellow of the 1999-2000 Leadership Institute of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS). He was one of only 15 faculty selected from all the dental schools in the AADS to serve in the institute's inaugural class.
The fellows attended a series of seminars to enhance their leadership skills and develop networks among other fellows and AADS members. Each participant also pursued a project to propose national recommendations related to critical issues in dental and/or higher education.
As chairman of the Dental School's Information Systems Committee, Dr. Guest headed the development of a strategic plan for implementation of information systems in the school.
Dr. Guest also has developed outcome assessments for measuring the impact of the use of electronic course materials in the dental curriculum. Starting with the entering freshman class this fall, dental students at the Health Science Center will be required to purchase a laptop computer, which will contain all the course didactic material they will need for the year including textbooks.
"We have to recognize that the computer is a necessary tool we can use to impart information more efficiently," Dr. Guest said. "Given the vastness of content in health sciences education, health professionals of the future will need to be able to access information quickly, judge its quality and use critical thinking skills in application of the information. The laptop will help facilitate that."
Dr. Guest is a native San Antonian and a graduate of the Dental School. He joined the faculty part time in the early '80s and became a full-time member in 1993. He teaches courses in Oral Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, in addition to serving as the school's intranet Web master.
He credits the vision of Dental School Dean Kenneth Kalkwarf, who was mentioned in a recent New York Times article on digital education in dental schools, and the willingness of faculty with making possible the integration of information technology in supporting the school's missions.
A Health Science Center faculty member spoke at a major international symposium last week in London, where he discussed the latest research on dietary restriction and aging.
Dr. Arlan Richardson, director of the Aging Research and Education Center (AREC) and professor in the Department of Physiology, presented "The Anti-Aging Action of Dietary Restriction" at the Novartis Foundation Symposium titled "Aging Vulnerability: Causes and Interventions." The symposium was held in London Feb. 29 to March 2 and was part of the United Nations project "A Research Agenda on Aging for the 21st Century."
The symposium addressed basic principles in the aging process and featured presentations on age-related bone loss, aging and the immune system, degenerative diseases and dementia. Symposium presenters included researchers from Israel, Australia, Denmark and Great Britain.
Dr. Richardson's presentation contained a brief history of the relationship between reduced food intake and an increase in life span. He noted the importance of dietary restriction as a tool for studying the biological processes involved in aging. He also discussed ongoing research to explain how the restriction of calories can increase survival, affect physiological processes and impede age-related disease.
As president of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Dr. Richardson also recently presided at the GSA's 52nd Annual Meeting held in San Francisco.
Several Health Science Center faculty members were involved with that event, including Dr. James Nelson, physiology; Dr. Michčle Saunders, dental diagnostic science; and Dr. Toni Miles, family practice.
During the GSA event, Sue Stacy, a graduate student in cellular and structural biology, received the George Sacher Student Award for her presentation titled "The Effects of Age on Immunity and Autoimmunity in the Mouse Model of Myasthenia Gravis." The GSA meeting also offered a science curriculum symposium conducted by members of the AREC "Positively Aging" group, which works with area teachers to educate students about the aging process in a highly interactive way.
AREC pilot grant program offered
The Aging Research and Education Center (AREC) is seeking pilot grant proposals in gerontology from Health Science Center faculty.
Grants of up to $40,000, renewable for a second year, will be awarded through The Nathan Shock Center and AREC. Preferential consideration will be given to junior faculty beginning research careers and established investigators who are new to gerontology and geriatrics. Grant proposals also will be considered for projects examining novel ideas that are meritorious but lack sufficient development to compete for extramural funding. Investigators competing in this category may be faculty at any level, including those experienced in aging research.
Applications are due April 14. Proposals must include specific aims of research, a brief background section, description of research methods, a discussion of how the pilot grant will help in obtaining additional extramural funding, a budget and justification, a two-page biosketch and a list of other funding support being used.
Dr. J. Randy Strong, pharmacology, is heading the AREC pilot grant program. To reach Dr. Strong or for more information, call Norma Lundberg at ext. 7-2568.
Bartter Scholar Program taking applications
The Frederic C. Bartter General Clinical Research Center is taking applications for its 2000 scholar program--a six- to eight-week clinical research rotation with a stipend of $800 a month for a Health Science Center student.
Applicants should submit a three-page study proposal. Applications should include a letter of support from a faculty mentor and a brief letter from the student outlining the project's purpose. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 1. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Lichtenstein at ext. 7-4629.
The Council on Governmental Relations (COGR) once again has a Health Science Center administrator at the helm of its board of directors. Robert Price, executive vice president, recently was asked to serve as chairman of the council's board. He served in that position once before, in 1996.
The COGR is a nationwide association of research universities with the primary purpose of developing policies specific to federally sponsored programs at colleges and universities. The council provides information to its membership regarding the government's regulations and practices concerning research, and makes certain the government understands academic operations and the impact that federal regulations may have on research institutions.
Price initially served as chairman of the council's board in 1996. He had previously served as a COGR board member from 1980 to 1986 and was re-elected to the board in 1995.
Price joined the Health Science Center in 1972 following four years with U. T. Arlington and 12 years with Texas Tech University.
Feelings of hopelessness may not be good for older people's physical health.
That is the finding of a study on the relationship between hopelessness and mortality conducted by Drs. Stephen L. Stern and Helen P. Hazuda of the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Health Science Center. Results of the investigation were presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting held March 1-4 in Savannah, Ga.
"This study shows that older individuals who feel hopeless about the future have a shorter life expectancy than those who are hopeful," Dr. Stern said.
After taking into account other factors that affected mortality in this study--age, ethnic background, smoking, number of medical illnesses, self-rated health and frequency of social contacts--the individuals who said they felt hopeless were still more than twice as likely as hopeful persons to die during the follow-up period.
"We need to do further research to determine the reasons for this association," Dr. Stern said. "We also need to evaluate whether treating hopelessness might prolong older persons' lives."
The investigation involved 795 community-dwelling Mexican- and European-American adults aged 64 to 79 who were evaluated between 1992 and 1996 as part of the San Antonio Longitudinal Study of Aging. The 9 percent who answered no to the question "Are you hopeful about the future?" were considered to have hopeless feelings.
As of August 1999, 29 percent of the individuals with hopeless feelings had died, compared to 11 percent of the hopeful. Persons who expressed hopelessness had an increased risk of dying from both cardiovascular disease and cancer.
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Women's Resources president to speak
The Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, in collaboration with the Health Science Center Women's Faculty Association, will host a presentation on The Women's Museum at noon Wednesday, March 15, in the special collections conference room in the Briscoe Library.
Speaker Cathie Bonner, founder and president of the Foundation for Women's Resources, will discuss the new museum, its state-of-the-art interactive displays and its intent to honor the accomplishments of American women.
The Women's Museum, which is scheduled to open in October in Dallas, chronicles the contributions women have made throughout history. The presentation also celebrates National Women's History Month.
Participants may bring lunch (dessert and beverages will be provided). For more information, contact Pat Brown, special collections library assistant, or Pennie Borchers, special collections librarian, at ext. 7-2400.
Parking and Traffic Safety Committee to meet March 15
The Health Science Center Parking and Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the student services conference room. Dr. Richard King, physiology, chairman of the committee, invites the university community to attend the open business portion of the meeting. Individuals who wish to address the committee or to have an item discussed may do so provided they contact the chairman before the meeting so the items can be placed on the agenda.
Appeals for citations are discussed at the end of the regular business meeting in closed session. Only the individual appealing the citation is allowed in the room with the committee during the process. Discussions and votes on citation appeals are closed to the public.
To contact Dr. King about placing an item on the agenda, call ext. 7-4342 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Low vision expo nears
The Health Science Center is co-hosting a low vision expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Allied Health/Research Building. The event will include free eye screenings and opportunities for hands-on experience with the latest in aids for low vision.
Representatives will be on hand to answer questions on optical aids, the latest eye medications and resources available to caregivers. The event also will include demonstrations of mobility training, instruction on serving as a sighted guide and daily living skills.
The expo is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Low Vision Club, the Texas Commission for the Blind, the San Antonio Lighthouse, Prevent Blindness and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Audie L. Murphy Division Eye Clinic. Admission is free.
Miles for Smiles run and health fair set
The Health Science Center Dental School Miles for Smiles 5K run, 2K walk, kids run and health fair will be held Saturday, March 25, at the university pavilion near the track. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the 5K run starts at 8 a.m. The 2K walk will follow at 8:15 a.m. and the Kids Run will start at 9:15 a.m. A health fair and awards ceremony will be held after the races.
The event is designed to promote good oral health. The money raised will be returned to the community through dental programs, which include the school-based fluoride rinse program, preventive sealant program and dental care services for underserved areas of San Antonio.
Registration is $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Everyone who registers will receive an official Miles for Smiles commemorative T-shirt and is eligible to win various door prizes. Cash prizes of up to $75 will be awarded for overall winners, and awards will be presented for the top three finishers in several age groups. For more information, call ext. 7-3752.
Alzheimer's disease lecture scheduled
Dr. David Espino, community geriatrician in the Department of Family Practice, will present "Successful Aging: The Ups and Downs of Alzheimer's Disease," at noon Thursday, March 23, in the University Hospital Lecture Hall. For more information or to register, call University Hospital's Learning Resources Department at 358-2355.
7:00 a.m. Orthopaedic Teaching Conf. "Common Causes of Low Back Pain in Children" (MED: 309L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Biofeedback," Drs. Gary Campbell & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
6:30 a.m. Podiatry Grand Rounds (MED: 209L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Therapeutic Exercise for Diseases Affecting the Motor Unit," Drs. Mirelle Foster & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
8:30 a.m. Training Office "Purchasing/Expediting," Rudy De La Cruz (call ext. 7-2320 for information or to register)
9:00 a.m. Training Office "Copy Machine Procedures," Marcos Garcia (5th-floor Dental School) (call ext. 7-2320 for information or to register)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Information Management: ICD-10 Update," Lou Ann Schraffenberger, Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill. (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
Noon Medicine Research Conf. "Interaction Between Lipid & Glucose Metabolism in the Development of Insulin Resistance," Dr. Kenneth Cusi, & "Thiazolidinediones for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Mechanism of Action," Dr. Ralph DeFronzo (MED: 209L)
Noon Department of Biochemistry Seminar "Selenoprotein P, a Plasma Protein Containing Multiple Selenocysteines," Dr. Raymond Burk, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (MED: 409L)
1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds "Recognition & Management of PTSD," Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga. (MED: 409L)
1:30 p.m. TNT "Laboratory Technology: Infections in the Transplant Patient," Dr. Patricia Reilly, Wilford Hall Medical Center (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
4:00 p.m. Molecular Medicine Seminar "Defining the Structural Biochemistry for DNA Base Damage Recognition, Excision and Repair Pathway Coordination," Dr. John Tainer, Scripps Research Institute (IBT: 3.002)
6:30 a.m. Podiatry Case Conf. (MED: 309L)
7:00 a.m. Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Mellick Sykes (MED: 209L)
8:00 a.m. Medical Grand Rounds "Pleural Effusions in Patients with Portal Hypertension," Dr. Raymond Burk, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (MED: 409L)
8:30 a.m. Training Office "Telephone Skills," Anita Glass (call ext. 7-2320 for information or to register)
9:00 a.m. Surgery Trauma M&M Conf., Dr. Ronald Stewart (MED: 309L)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Respiratory Care: PEEP: Theory Estimation of Best PEEP & Lung Opening Procedures," David Vines (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
11:30 a.m. TNT "Social Work: Law & Social Work: Strange Bedfellows or Kindred Spirits," Craig Jackson, Loma Linda University, Calif. (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
Noon Pharmacology Seminar Series "Amphetamine: A (W)Hole Agonist for the Human Dopamine Transporter," Dr. Aurelio Galli (MED: 444B)
1:30 p.m. TNT "Nutrition Updates: Causes & Consequences of Disordered Eating in Elderly Adults," Dr. Linda Vaughan, Arizona State University (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
7:30 a.m. Thoracic Surgery Resident Teaching Conf. (VA: 4th-floor CT Library A404 )
7:30 a.m. Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds "Abuse, Violence & Menopausal Symptoms," Dr. Robert Brzyski (MED: 309L)
8:00 a.m. Neurology Grand Rounds "Anti-epileptic Drug Withdrawal," Dr. Kevin Callerame, Wilford Hall Medical Center (MED: 444B)
10:00 a.m. TNT "Health Care Education & Training: Sentinel Events--It Can Happen to You," Paula Swain, Greater South East Community Hospital, Washington, D.C. (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
Noon Pulmonary, Thoracic & Oncology Conf. (MED: 309L)
Noon Microbiology Department Seminar Series "Activation of Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus from Latent to Lytic Replication by Human Cytomegalovirus," Dr. Jeffrey Vieira, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Wash. (MED: 444B)
12:30 p.m. TNT "Diabetes Care & Management: Hypertension in the Diabetic Patient," Dr. Michael Jamieson (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
3:00 p.m. Surgery Tumor Conference, Dr. Anatolio Cruz (MED: 209L)
4:30 p.m. Citywide Thoracic Grand Rounds "Cardiac Surgery: Same Old Operation Over & Over," Dr. Jason Felger (MED: 309L)
5:00 p.m. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Grand Rounds "Nasal Reconstruction," Dr. Joseph Kolb (MED: 409L)
7:30 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds (call ext. 7-5200 for information) (MED: 409L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Non-Radicular Lumbar Syndromes," Drs. Felicia Radu & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
Noon TNT "Histotechnology: Dermatopathology: A Guide for the Histotechnologist," Clifford Chapman, Pathology Services Inc., Cambridge, Mass. (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
7:15 a.m. Surgical Physiology Conf., Dr. Kenneth Sirinek (MED: 209L)
9:00 a.m. General Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Wayne Schwesinger (MED: 209L)