February 18, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 7
The U. T. System Board of Regents, meeting last week in Houston, approved the design of the Medical Education Building for the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). The 94,000-square-foot building will be located in Harlingen and will be operated by the Health Science Center. Total project cost is $25 million.
The Regents also voted to amend the U. T. System's five-year capital improvement program and the next fiscal capital budget to include the Health Science Center's Children's Cancer Research Center. The board authorized a preliminary project cost of $49.5 million for the center, which is being created from the Health Science Center's portion of the state's tobacco settlement endowment.
In a third vote, the Regents accepted a donation of nearly nine acres of land and improvements from the city of Laredo for the Health Science Center's Laredo Campus Extension. A bill passed during the 76th Texas Legislature authorized the extension, which will be adjacent to Laredo's Mercy Regional Hospital. The board approved a preliminary project cost of $4 million.
"Each of these projects will benefit the citizens of South Texas, and that is why we are so grateful for the Regents' generosity," said Dr. John P. Howe, III, president. "Expansion of medical education and research, especially in underserved areas or to help children, is a noble undertaking that will undoubtedly bear fruit in the form of healthier, improved lives."
The Harlingen Medical Education Division of the Regional Academic Health Center will support increased clinical training of medical professionals in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The Health Science Center's Medical School will operate this division and a RAHC Research Division to be constructed later in Edinburg.
"The RAHC building will be a magnificent structure that will make an emphatic statement to the community," said Dr. James J. Young, dean of the Medical School. "It will tell people that medical education is important, that partnership between the university and the community is important, and that opportunity for improvement in health in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is important."
Dr. Leonel Vela, who as regional dean for the RAHC will be based in the new building, said it "represents a solidifying of the partnership and the commitment between the Valley community and the Health Science Center." Dr. Vela, currently at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, begins his new duties March 1.
RAHC clinical teaching facilities will be provided by Valley Baptist Medical Center, a major teaching hospital, and Su Clinica Familiar, a major ambulatory clinic. Both of these facilities will be within walking distance of the new RAHC building.
The RAHC building design includes an auditorium and state-of-the-art library, teaching rooms, clinical simulation centers, clinical assessment areas and faculty office space. The library will be linked to the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Health Science Center and will offer access to all of its library reference search engines. Students and faculty will be able to utilize the same library resources that their counterparts in San Antonio utilize.
The auditorium will enable the center to offer educational programs and invite state and national speakers who will be of interest to the health care community and, on occasion, the public. "This building will be inviting and open," Dr. Vela said. "It's a design that gives one a very distinct impression that it embraces the community."
HOK/BFW, L.L.C., of Houston is the designer-builder. The Medical Education Division is expected to be fully operational by mid-2002.
The Board of Regents' authorization of the Children's Cancer Research Center represents another step in the center's creation. House Bill 1945, passed by the 76th Legislature, established the Permanent Health Fund, which includes a $200 million endowment for the Health Science Center. Interest on the $200 million will be used to establish, maintain and operate the Children's Cancer Research Center. "This facility will be one of a kind in the world," Dr. Young said. "It will represent an enormous opportunity for research into the special needs of children with cancer."
Endowment proceeds are estimated to be $9 million a year, said Dr. Anthony J. Infante, interim director of the Children's Cancer Research Center and professor of pediatrics at the Health Science Center.
"We have allocated the entire first-year budget into specific categories and we have a preliminary outline for the second year," Dr. Infante said. "About $5.2 million of the 2000 budget will go directly into scientific projects, and other monies will go toward center start-up costs, planning, faculty recruiting and infrastructure."
One of the first items of business is to recruit a nationally recognized center director who works in the area of children's cancer research, Dr. Infante said. That nationwide search already is under way. The center is expected to increase scientific knowledge relevant to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer diseases, and to accelerate the translation of existing knowledge into new therapies, vaccines and other interventions.
The project will increase the Health Science Center's already strong partnership with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center in San Antonio. These two organizations jointly established the San Antonio Cancer Institute, which is one of the nation's National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
The Laredo Campus Extension of the Health Science Center will involve construction of a new facility of about 20,000 square feet. The building will provide educational and support space to enhance and expand programs conducted under the auspices of the Area Health Education Center and the South Texas/Border Initiative. This space will contain classrooms, laboratories, administrative areas, offices and teleconferencing facilities.
In other action at the two-day meeting, the Regents approved up to $3 million in additional funding for the South Texas Centers for Biology in Medicine, a project under construction in the Texas Research Park west of San Antonio. The additional funding will complete the third level of the facility, which may open by the end of 2000. The South Texas Centers will be devoted to research of conditions prevalent in South Texas, including diabetes, aging, cancer and infectious diseases. The newly approved funding will be added to $6 million previously appropriated from the Permanent University Fund (PUF) and $13 million raised in gifts and grants from the community.
Also Thursday, the Regents authorized the Health Science Center to establish a Bachelor of Science degree program in physician assistant studies and to submit the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review.
The board also approved the following PUF appropriations for the Health Science Center:
Funding for research facilities, educational space and administrative computer equipment became a reality for the Health Science Center, following last week's meeting of The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
During the Feb. 9-10 meeting in Houston, the Regents approved Permanent University Fund (PUF) appropriations totaling $7 million for core research facilities, $7 million toward new construction for multidisciplinary teaching space and $1.6 million for new administrative computer systems.
The Health Science Center's Ad Hoc Core Research Facilities Committee--a 15-member group formed last November--is already hard at work reviewing the status of core research facilities on campus. The committee, headed by Dr. Bettie Sue Masters, professor and Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry, is tasked with recommending policies and developing a priority list for core research facilities, with the greater goal of improving shared resources and enhancing campus research.
The Ad Hoc Core Research Facilities Committee will provide a report and recommendations to Dr. John P. Howe, III, president, and the Health Science Center Executive Committee by June 1. Part of the process will include developing an operational definition of "core research facility," and completing an inventory and review of existing facilities.
In addition to Dr. Masters, the committee includes Dr. Kenneth Hargreaves, chair of the Department of Endodontics; Dr. Anthony Infante, pediatrics; Dr. Barbara Holtzclaw, associate dean for research in the Office of the Nursing Dean; Dr. Meena Iyer, occupational therapy; Dr. Robert Reddick, chair of the Department of Pathology; Dr. Arlan Richardson, physiology; Dr. David Roodman, medicine; Dr. Judy Teale, microbiology; Dr. Huw Thomas, chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Alan Tomkinson, molecular medicine; and Dr. Robert Wolf, directory of laboratory animal resources. Dr. Robert Clark, chair of the Department of Medicine, who chairs the Institutional Strategic Research Planning Committee, is serving in an ex officio capacity. Dr. Lynda Bonewald, medicine, president of the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF); Sue Davis, associate director for administration at the San Antonio Cancer Institute; and Jane Youngers, director of the Office of Grants Management, are serving as consultants to the committee.
"These matters are being examined in an objective, fact-based manner," said Dr. Masters. "We want to place this institution in the best possible position, taking into account the special talents and needs of the people here at the Health Science Center."
Dr. Masters added, "In order to carry out our charge, we are holding meetings with directors or researchers involved in various present or planned core facilities to hear about aspects of the technology, equipment/instrumentation, availability, management, oversight, personnel and funding streams. Four representatives of the Health Science Center, including myself, Dr. Bonewald, Dr. Brian Herman, chair of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, and Dr. Deborah Greene, vice president for institutional effectiveness and planning, will be attending the national meeting of the ABRF next week in various capacities. This meeting will afford the opportunity to hear about and view state-of-the-art instrumentation and speak with core directors from other institutions."
A second committee is looking into one of the more pressing needs at the Health Science Center--a multidisciplinary teaching facility space for students in all five schools. The Ad Hoc Educational Space Committee is charged with making recommendations on the expenditure of the PUF funds for Phase I of the facility construction. The teaching facility, once constructed, will be located on the central campus.
Dr. Greene chairs the space committee. Additional committee members include Dr. Kenneth Andrews, director of the Teleconference Network of Texas; Thomas Baggs, Center for Distance Learning and Telehealth; Dr. Virginia Bowden, director of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library; Dr. Ann Burgardt, emergency medical technology; Steele Camp, director of teaching facilities support services; Dr. Brenda Jackson, acute nursing care; Dr. Cliff Littlefield, associate dean for pharmacy education; Dr. Jimmy Perkins, School of Public Health; Dr. Gary White, director of academic and facilities scheduling in the Department of Student Services; Dr. Birgit Glass, associate dean for academic affairs in the Dental School; Dr. Leslie Goddard, acute nursing care; William Hendricson, educational development; Dr. Thomas King, cellular and structural biology; Dr. Adrianne Linton, chronic nursing care; Dr. Stephen Matteson, chair of the Department of Dental Diagnostic Science; Dr. Terry Mikiten, associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Dr. Douglas Murphy, associate dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences; Dr. Nan Clare, associate dean for academic affairs in the Medical School; and Dr. Stanley Nelson, restorative dentistry.
As part of its mission, the committee will look at the need for small classroom space for all curricula, match classroom size with electronic and technological capabilities, and gather information on any essential renovations for existing teaching space. The space committee will submit a report to the Executive Committee by June 1.
"A state-of-the-art multidisciplinary teaching facility has been planned since 1996," said Dr. Greene. "It is exciting to see all the work that came before us coming to fruition with the allocation of funding for Phase I."
The Department of Family Nursing Care has established the Academic Center for Evidence-based Nursing (ACE), the only such program to date in the United States with an interdisciplinary focus. Evidence-based practice, or EBP, is an approach to clinical practice whereby research is applied directly to patient care. "It is the bridge between research and clinical application," said Dr. Kathleen Stevens, center director and professor in the department. "Our center will be the first in promoting the trend toward EBP in the nursing field."
Traditionally, transferring research to practice has taken 15 to 20 years, effectively paralyzing the clinician. By using the evidence-based approach, in which the literature is scanned world-wide for research findings, and then synthesized and packaged for clinical use, current knowledge will reach the patient much faster, producing better patient outcomes.
Dr. Stevens said the EBP movement, which began in the mid-1980s, is particularly important because of its direct impact on the patient. "It fulfills our accountability as scientists to the betterment of the health of the public; it makes good on the public's investment in health science."
The ACE will add a nursing perspective to an already impressive presence of evidence-based practice organizations in San Antonio. Those entities are the five-year-old VERDICT (Veterans Evidence-Based Research Dissemination Implementation Center) project at The South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division; the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center also at Audie Murphy; and the global Cochrane Collaboration.
"There is no other place in the world where the three components come together," said Dr. Stevens.
She credits her department chair, Dr. Mary Ann Matteson, with having the foresight to suggest establishing a center and finding the seed money to get it started.
The center's first project, in collaboration with the University Health System (UHS), is a smoking-cessation program for adolescents titled "Teen Smoking Cessation: Impact of Evidence-Based Practice." The project's first year will be funded by $150,000 in tobacco settlement money from the UHS.
The first phase examines programs that have worked in the past, cultural sensitivities and motivational incentives. Researchers will hold focus groups with San Antonio adolescents to gather evidence to implement an intervention program in the project's second phase.
"A huge proportion--about 80 percent--of teens who smoke say they have tried to quit, so the desire is there," Dr. Stevens said.
Researchers will examine school-based programs, such as the successful national program implemented by the American Lung Association (ALA).
The ALA program resulted in a 21 percent cessation rate, said Dr. Stevens, but cultural adaptations need to be developed for it to achieve the same success in this community. "We hope that by adding additional evidence, we can increase the cessation rate," she said.
The smoking cessation project is an ideal way to kick off the evidence-based nursing center because it incorporates the principles of EBP and addresses all the components of the Health Science Center's mission statement: research, education, patient care and community service.
The ACE will have a presence on the World Wide Web, which is vital to an organization of this type. The Web can bring together thousands of collaborators worldwide and greatly facilitates the gathering of research to bring that knowledge to bear on clinical practice.
Dr. Stevens eventually would like to be able to offer undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and continuing education programs in EBP. "It is important to integrate evidence-based practice in the preparation of the nurse," she said.
Besides her teaching activities at the nursing school, Dr. Stevens is an investigator with VERDICT and editor of the Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing. She has been with the U. T. System for 25 years and most recently served as director of nursing research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She says she has always been an advocate for clinical scholarship in nursing.
With the creation of the center, said Dr. Stevens, "a career-long desire to improve patient care through research has finally found a place to blossom."
During a long airplane flight more than 10 years ago, Dr. Samuel Friedberg, an endocrinologist and professor emeritus in the Health Science Center's Department of Medicine, began, out of boredom, to sketch a cat on the back of the airline sick sack.
His wife, Ruth, viewed the results and proclaimed, "You are going to art school."
Shortly after they returned home, his wife signed him up for classes at the San Antonio Art Institute as a birthday gift, despite his protests.
At first Friedberg refused to take the art classes because he was deeply involved in diabetes and lipid metabolism research at the Health Science Center. At his wife's urging he agreed to take "just one class" and found himself "transported" into the world of art.
"I found I really loved it," Dr. Friedberg said. "I have not stopped since then."
Dr. Friedberg's artwork is on display during the month of February in the Health Science Center auditorium foyer. His "Faces, Places and Forms" exhibit features an array of watercolor paintings ranging from still-life works to people and landscapes.
In high school, Dr. Friedberg drew cartoons for the school paper, but did not pursue drawing or painting after graduation. Decades later he is enthusiastic about the renewed interest.
"It is very absorbing and a little like research," Dr. Friedberg said. "You are constantly trying things out. It relaxes and fascinates me, and transports me into another world."
The Health Science Center Arts and Exhibitions Committee organized the
month-long event and held a Feb. 3 reception for Dr. Friedberg. A second art
exhibit is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, to showcase the work of Dr.
Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology. No state funding is used to finance
these exhibits. For more information, contact Molly Green at
Border health symposium offered in March
The Health Science Center will sponsor a spring symposium, titled "Border Health: Making a Difference," March 11-15 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel-Riverwalk. The event is designed to bring together environmental and medical professionals, community and civic leaders, and regulatory agency representatives from both the United States and Mexico.
Participants will discuss the environmental health needs of the border community, conditions that may impact those communities and the role of environmental health in economic development, among other issues. Topics of interest include environmental education, public policy and emerging diseases.
Additional symposium sponsors include the International Consortium for the Environment; the City of San Antonio; the Institute for Environment, Safety and Occupational Risk Analysis (IERA) at Brooks Air Force Base; the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and the Texas Tech School of Medicine.
For more information, contact Eric Stephens at IERA at 536-2003 or visit the informational Web site at www.ice-borderhealth.com.
Summer optical microscopy course set for June
The Health Science Center Cellular and Structural Biology Department will host a summer course on "Optical Microscopy for the Biological Sciences." The course is for researchers who use or anticipate using light microscopy in their research.
The course will be held June 10-17 on the Health Science Center campus and will be taught by an international faculty. Topics include various technologies being used in optical microscopy, including digital processing, fluorescence filters and probes, live cell imaging, and confocal, multiphoton and 3-D reconstruction, among others.
The cost is $1,600 for individuals requiring room and board and $1,300 without the room. A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, visit the event Web site at http://www.uthscsa.edu/gsbs/csbhome.html . For more information, contact Dr. Victoria Frohlich at 567-3151 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Donald Kennedy, renowned environmental scientist and president emeritus of Stanford University, presented "Listening to the Experts" at the Ewing Halsell Lecture on Feb. 11.
Dr. Kennedy addressed how the advice of experts in science and other domains is used in framing public policy. "Specifically, how in this era of explosive growth can we retain control over decisions made as a society?" he asked. "We need experts and yet can be resentful of them; we have a certain ambivalence about their special knowledge."
Drawing on his experiences as a presidential adviser and commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Kennedy illustrated the difficulties of decision-making on scientific issues when experts are involved at every turn.
Some of his recommendations for a smoother decision-making process included establishing a system to determine research credibility, increase incentives for government experts, make short-term appointments in federal service and loosen stringent conflict-of-interest regulations.
"The explosion of expert knowledge is driving public policy research," he concluded. "We need to make sure we get the best drivers."
Dr. Kennedy is a graduate of Harvard University. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1960 and became the university's eighth president in 1978, a position he held for 12 years.
He is the Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford and the co-director of the Center of Environmental Science and Policy.
Among his many honors, Dr. Kennedy is a distinguished member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. He has been named editor-in-chief-elect of Science magazine and will assume that role in June.
Dr. Kennedy is the 19th distinguished scholar to deliver the Ewing Halsell
Lecture. The program began in 1974 with a generous gift from the Ewing Halsell
Foundation. The inaugural speaker in 1975 was Dr. Albert B. Sabin, who developed the oral
vaccine for polio.
No one can dispute that exercise is good for you, whether you're 6 or 60, but getting "limber" when you're past middle age takes some planning.
Department of Physical Therapy faculty members Dr. Kristen Smith, Tom Turturro and Nancy Gann recommend that an older person who is beginning an exercise program see his physician first to rule out any potential problems. The physician may also refer an older adult to a physical therapist, who can perform an individualized evaluation for goal setting, injury prevention education, and a personally tailored stretching, strengthening and conditioning program.
"If you're just beginning an exercise program, remember to warm up, stretch and cool down," said Dr. Smith. "It's also important to start slowly, gradually increasing time and resistance to prevent injury and soreness."
Yoga, water exercise and tai chi are appealing for people of all ages. For those over 50, walking is probably the most convenient sort of exercise. People can exercise at their own pace, while the body provides resistance through full weight-bearing over level or uneven terrain.
Exercising in a pool is another excellent option because the water provides resistance while decreasing the load placed on the joints. Smith and colleagues recommend 30 minutes a day of exercise, but participants can work up to it gradually or split it into three sessions of 10 minutes each as they build up endurance.
In addition, say the therapists, strength training should be an integral part of any exercise program to maintain bone density, decrease stress on the joints, and prevent falls and other injuries. Even light forms of resistance training can significantly affect muscle strength, and functionally specific exercises, such as doing partial squats and counter push-ups, can carry over into common activities of daily living, such as climbing stairs and carrying groceries. It is also important never to try to force your joints to move beyond a pain-free range of motion.
Exercise can be particularly beneficial for older people who have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. "Gentle prescribed exercise can help to control and even alleviate some of the symptoms of both of these very painful diseases," Turturro said. "Exercise aids in lubricating joints, which contributes to their nutrition. Strengthening muscles surrounding these joints helps to reduce the stresses placed on each joint, thereby decreasing the wear and tear and pain."
An added benefit of exercise is weight loss, which also helps to reduce stress on arthritic joints.
For people with arthritis, the therapists recommend frequent exercise sessions with fewer repetitions rather than one intensive session. All exercises should be performed correctly, without pain, and about three times a week.
With a physician's permission, exercising in a pool will decrease the stresses on arthritic joints. The water should be warm (between 88 and 95 degrees), because with warm temperatures there is less chance of altering blood pressures.
The best way to deal with pain associated with exercise is to prevent it, with a good warm-up and cool-down and stretching program. If you do get sore, use ice. Hot tubs (used with a physician's permission) are very relaxing, but don't have long-lasting effects on muscle soreness. Hot rubs or ointments may provide some temporary relief, but they work by focusing your mind on the burning or numbing sensation instead of the muscle pain.
A physical therapist can evaluate and address any strength and flexibility deficits before you begin a program. Following the exercises the PT prescribes will help prevent re-injury.
Some final tips: 1) start slowly, 2) drink plenty of water, 3) wear good shoes, 4) always move in a controlled manner, 5) never hold your breath during exercise, and 6) exercise in a pain-free range of joint motion.
Miles for Smiles poster contest continues
The annual Miles for Smiles 5K run, 2K walk and kids race is approaching. As part of the event, the Dental School is holding a poster contest for children between the ages of 5 and 9. The deadline for poster entries is March 10.
To enter, fill out the Miles for Smiles poster contest entry form. Participants should read the short story attached to the entry form and create a picture relating to the story on a standard sheet of white paper. The completed poster should be sent to the Office of the Dean of the Dental School or DS Box 597. Prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. For more information, contact Heather Hodson Bobb, poster contest chair, at 713-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
International Alliance event scheduled for Feb. 25
The Health Science Center International Alliance will hold an international food tasting event and Chinese meditative practice at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Dental School cafeteria. The "Falun Gong" program is presented by Drs. Qun Liu, hematology; Hongyi Pan, pediatrics; Yanjin Zhang, pediatrics; and Zhiwan Dong, molecular medicine. For more information, contact Jennifer Orr at 344-5547.
Aging series continues Feb. 28
Dr. Kurt Merkelz, community geriatrician in the Department of Family Practice, will present the "Successful Aging Series: Care Aspects for Long-Term Planning," at noon Monday, Feb. 28, at the University Hospital first-floor classroom. The series is open to anyone interested in learning more about the aging process. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches. Call University Hospital's Learning Resources Department at 358-2355 for more information or to register.
Inventory packets to be distributed Feb. 29
Inventory packets for the Fiscal Year 2000 annual inventory will be distributed at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, in the general services conference room, 122E. For more information, contact the Property Control Office at ext. 7-5977.
IMS offers online request forms
Information Management and Services (IMS) Departments offer an online consolidated service request form (SRF) for new employees or employees transferring to another area. The online form is designed to simplify the process of establishing services from Computing Resources, the Briscoe Library, Telecommunications and Networking and the Office of Educational Resources. The form can be accessed on the IMS Web site at http://uthscsa.edu/imsservices. For more information, contact Cindy Shortt at ext. 7-2076 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presidents' Day Holiday
6:30 a.m. Podiatry Grand Rounds "Case Presentations," Dr. Timothy Miller (MED: 209L)
8:00 a.m. Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery "OSA," Dr. Scott Roofe, Brooke Army Medical Center (MED: 444B)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Therapeutic Exercise for Stroke," Drs. Hong Shi & Mark Fredrickson (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
Noon TNT "Cytology: The History of the Pap Smear," Dr. Philip Valente (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
Noon Medicine Research Conf. "A Novel Mechanism of Cytokine Receptor Interaction," Dr. Kevin Harris, & "Viral Etiology of Paget's Disease of Bone," Dr. Sakamuri Reddy (MED: 209L)
1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds "Consequence-Based Treatments of Drug Abuse," Dr. Richard Lamb (MED: 409L)
1:30 p.m. TNT "Laboratory Technology: Microalbuminuria & Renal Disease," Nancy Brunzel (call ext. 7-2700)
4:00 p.m. Molecular Medicine Seminar Series "Technology (Software & Instrumentation) for Genome Analysis," Dr. Harold Garner, U. T. Southwestern Medical Center (IBT: 3.002)
7:00 a.m. Vascular Surgery Grand Rounds, Dr. Mellick Sykes (MED: 209L)
8:00 a.m. Medical Grand Rounds "Large Population-Based Chemoprevention Trials for Prostate Cancer," Dr. Charles Coltman Jr., Cancer Therapy & Research Center (MED: 409L)
9:00 a.m. Surgery Trauma M&M Conf., Dr. Ronald Stewart (MED: 309L)
11:00 a.m. TNT "Microbiology: Practical Diagnostic Virology," Dr. Ella Swierkosz, St. Louis School of Medicine (call ext. 7-2700 for information)
Noon Pharmacology Seminar Series "Presynaptic Plasticity of CNS Dopamine Release," Dr. David Sulzer, Columbia University (MED: 444B)
Noon Cellular & Structural Biology Seminar Series "Telomeres & Telomerase: Crisis & Cancer," Dr. Ronald DePinho, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (MED: 209L)
7:30 a.m. Thoracic Surgery Resident Teaching Conf. (VA: 4th-floor CT Library A404)
7:30 a.m. Obstetrics & Gynecology Grand Rounds "Critical Care in Pregnancy," Dr. Charles Duncan (MED: 309L)
Noon Pulmonary, Thoracic & Oncology Conf. "Impact of CMV on Lung Transplantation," Dr. Marty Zamora, University of Colorado (MED: 309L)
Noon Microbiology Department Seminar Series "Motility & Invasion by Toxoplasma," Dr. David Sibley, Washington University School of Medicine (MED: 444B)
12:30 p.m. TNT "Pain Management: Cancer Pain Mini-Lectures: Management & Pharmacological Interventions," Dr. James Rogers (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 Conf. "Case Presentation," Dr. Claudio Guareschi (MED: 309L)
5:00 p.m. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Grand Rounds "Facial Reanimation Techniques for the New Millennium," Dr. Chris Pederson (MED: 409L)
7:30 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds "Titanium Rib Project," Dr. Robert Campbell (MED: 409L)
8:00 a.m. Rehab Medicine Lecture Series "Sternal Precautions How Strict Do They Need To Be: A Review of Research," Drs. Kirsten Paynter & Andrew Gitter (UH: Reeves Rehab Center 3rd-floor classroom)
8:30 a.m. Cardiovascular Research Conf., Dan Stephens, graduate student (LEC: 3.078V)
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)
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