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                                               On the Cover                                                                   Table of Contents
                           What’s love got to do with it, you ask? Well, check your                                            3   POST-it
                           calendar. It’s February, the month when cupid’s arrows                                              4   Administration: Moffitt alliance
                           pierce even the hardest hearts. This month we take a few
                           pages — four, actually — to tell the tales of some of our                                           5   Administration: New veterinary center
                           favorite HSC couples. Photo by Sarah Kiewel.                                                        6   Patient care: Weight-loss surgery
                                                                                                                               8   Education: Two of a kind
                                                                                                                               9   Education: A new vision
                                                                                                                              11   Research: Safe tobacco?
                                                                                                                              12   Cover Story: In the name of love
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                                                                                                                                   Research: Frisky seniors
                                                                                                                                   Jacksonville: African leaders visit
                                                                                                                              21   Grants: Librarians get grant
                                                                                                                              22   Distinctions
                                                                                                                              23   Profile: Under the sea



       Forward Thinking!
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               The future of health care was the focus of the 3rd Dorothy M. Smith Leadership Conference, held Jan.17-18 at the College of Nursing. The college
               brought together national experts and leaders in nursing and health-care administration to discuss issues affecting health care’s future, specifically
               patient safety and the quality of patient outcomes, two of the most significant topics in nursing and health care today. In addition, the conference
               focused on the future of health professions education and how innovation in education can influence patient care. About 400 people attended the
               conference. Shown here are some of the attendees (left), as well as College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, M.D., and College of Nursing Dean Kathleen
               Long, Ph.D., R.N., (right) during a joint presentation on challenging the status quo in health professions education. — Tracy Brown Wright

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      include a mix of people
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          minds s
      think alike
    UF, Shands partner with
      Moffitt Cancer Center

                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL
      William S. Dalton, president/CEO and director of Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center (left, seated); UF President J. Bernard Machen and Shands
      HealthCare CEO Tim Goldfarb sign documents sealing a new cooperative agreement between their organizations. Watching the process are, from
      left, UF College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone; H. Lee Moffitt, a former state senator and founder of Moffitt Cancer Center; and former U.S. Sen.
      Connie Mack, chair of the Moffitt board of directors.

      By Tom Fortner

                 offitt Cancer Center, Shands                                          The TCC model is widely admired for its emphasis on quality
                                                                                   improvement, the needs of surviving family members, and tissue and data
                 HealthCare and UF have teamed                                     collection for the purpose of tailoring therapies for individual patients,
                                                                                   Kone said.
                 to develop world-class programs                                      This alliance comes 18 months after of the opening of the Cancer-
                                                                                   Genetics Research Complex on the UF campus. Additionally, Shands at
      in cancer care, research and prevention.                                     UF is preparing for the completion of its $388-million, 500,000-square-
      Announced in January, the partnership                                        foot cancer hospital in 2009. Cancer patients treated there will gain access
                                                                                   to state-of-the-art therapies in a comfortable, healing environment.
      will extend Moffitt’s innovative model of                                        Goldfarb said he especially likes the arrangement because it is
                                                                                   “additive, not exclusive.”
      comprehensive patient care to UF and Shands                                     “This partnership doesn’t disturb any relationship that our
      cancer programs.                                                             organizations have with other parties, in fact we welcome others to join
                                                                                   us,” Goldfarb said. “Through this alliance, we are uniting our
        “As a statewide resource for cancer research and treatment, Moffitt         intellectual, technological and scientific resources to truly lead cancer
      seeks to foster relationships such as these to maximize the state’s          care for the benefit of Florida residents. Our impact together will be
      investment in addressing cancer,” said William S. Dalton, M.D.,              outstanding. This is an exciting day for people throughout our region.”
      president/CEO and center director of Tampa-based Moffitt. “We feel this          In addition to implementing the TCC initiative, initial collaborations
      partnership will enhance Florida’s national and international reputation     will include joint research, co-authored scientific publications, joint
      in cancer care and research, and ultimately contribute to improving the      recruitment and philanthropy.
      overall standard of cancer care in Florida and increase the state’s profile      Working with the National Cancer Institute, Moffitt will seek to
      in cancer care and research in the state and beyond.”                        integrate the UF and Shands cancer program into Moffitt’s NCI
        Under the arrangement, crafted through extensive discussions between       comprehensive cancer center designation, held by only 39 cancer centers
      Dalton, UF College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, Shands HealthCare            nationwide. Inclusion should give UF scientists more opportunities at
      CEO Tim Goldfarb and other leaders, the parties will look for                garnering NCI grants for collaborative projects with Moffitt investigators,
      opportunities to collaborate across the spectrum of patient care, research   Kone said. It also will give UF and Shands patients’ better access to
      and educational activities.                                                  large-scale clinical trials of new therapies.
        “We’re looking for synergies,” Kone said. “Our efforts will leverage          UF President Bernie Machen expressed his optimism about the
      their best assets and our best assets to deliver world-class care and        progress made thus far.
      discovery.”                                                                     “This collaboration has the real potential to have a major impact on
        As part of this collaboration, Moffitt’s Total Cancer Care, or TCC,         every Florida citizen, because cancer touches all of us,” he said. “Clearly
      model and approach to a cancer patient’s life journey will be integrated     this is just the beginning and a great deal of work is ahead of us, but the
      with the cancer program at Shands at UF, renowned for its pioneering         spirit of collaboration that has gotten us to this point is practically
      work in such areas as bone marrow transplantation and radiosurgery.          unheard of and it bodes well for the future of these efforts.” P

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Architects zero in on plans for UF’s new small animal hospital
By Sarah Carey
                                                                                   ation Center will not
       he UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Veterinary Research and Educ
                                                                                      “bells and whistles”
       only contain additional space for a new small animal hospital with all of the
       — it also will represent a new face for the south end of the UF campus.
   Representatives from FWAJDB/Zeidler Partnership
Architects, which was awarded the architectural
contract to design the $58 million, 90,000-square-foot
facility in August, presented their ideas during several
“town hall” meetings for CVM faculty, staff and
students in November.
   The design team’s initial concept involves opening
up the front of the new building so people can see into
it, which means “lots of glass and natural daylight,”
said spokesman Roy Abernathy, a principal in the
FWAJDB firm.
  “This is envisioned as a building that is kind of
inside out to some extent; that is, the outside will reflect
what is going on inside,” he said.
  A sustainable, “green” building design will be used
along with a learning-centered approach that includes
having “rounds rooms” associated with every hospital
service. These rooms would enable students to be more
                                                              PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL

centralized, architects said.
  “It’s like turning the learning process inside out,”
Abernathy said. “In the focus group we did with
students, they said one of the hardest things they
currently face is having to track someone down to ask
a question. The rounds room concept puts everyone in
that service in the same learning area. Today that                                       “We are going to be doing a lot to improve the client
                                                                                                                 oing                             The College of Veterinary Medicine’s
 happens in the hallway.”                                                             experienc  e and making lots of considerations for          new building will feature a new
    The existing hospital will continue to house                                      animal and human comfort — everything from the
                                                                                                         a                                        hospital for patients such as this kitty.
 dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, zoo medicine,                                 landscaping to the hardscaping,” he added.
 alternative/holistic medicine and a blood donor ward.                                   Among other things, that means animal-friendly tile
 A physical therapy service will also be added and the                                floors that pets won’t slip on and that will be easy to
 pharmacy and radiology programs will expand.                                         clean. Even the airy and bright qualities of the building
    Among the new features of the hospital will be a                                  will serve more of a purpose than mere aesthetics.
 linear accelerator, an emergency and critical care                                      “A lot of research has been done as to how daylight
 clinic, a physical therapy area and expanded capacity                                helps  improve the healing cycle in animals as well as
 and capability for chemotherapy, all of which will be                                the health and comfort of the people who work in the
 located on the first floor.                                                             hospital,” Abernathy said. “That’s why we want to
   The second floor will house surgery, including both                                  bring a lot of natural light into the building.”
 a sterile quarter and an animal quarter outside with                                     Abernathy said his group has worked on several
 anesthesia, endoscopy and a cardiac catheterization                                   academic veterinary hospitals throughout the country
 laboratory close by. The third floor will serve primarily                              and partnered with Zeidler to offer “a broader and
 as office space but also will include a conference room                                more team-oriented approach” to the project.
 capable of seating 120 people.                                                           “Academic veterinary hospitals are really unique
   “This building will become the public face of                                       and have a     contribution that a lot of people don’t
 academic veterinary medicine in Florida,” Abernathy                                   understand, to both human and animal health,”
 said. “If you are going to grow to where you’re seeing                               Abernathy said.
 30,000 clients a year, this will be where that interaction                             The group hopes to finalize design plans by early
  happens.                                                                            2008. P

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                         Patient Lisa Kozak has lost 41 pounds since undergoing a Lap-Band surgery at UF in November. Shands at UF did not offer the surgery, which involves placing a
                         band like the one shown here (right) around the stomach, until Dr. Kfir Ben-David (left) joined the UF faculty.

                         One pound at a time on weight loss surgery
                                UF surgeon puts spotlight
                          By Christa Wagers

                                   ears before Shands at UF offered it, Lisa Kozak knew she wanted a                                            treated though bariatric surgery, a statistic from the
                                                                                                                                                American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
                                   Lap-Band surgery. She had researched weight loss surgeries and knew                                             He also explained that the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
                                                                                                                                                surgery is considered the “gold standard” in weight
                                   that this was the “jump-start” she needed to lose weight.                                                    loss surgeries because it is performed the most often
                                                                                                                                                and is consistently the most successful overall. For
                             “I just waited it out,” said Kozak, 53.                separates Shands at UF from some other hospitals that       instance, the average patient will lose 20 percent more
                             Just a few months ago, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass    offer bariatric surgeries, explained Kevin Behrns,          weight with gastric bypass surgery than with Lap-
                          was the only type of weight loss surgery available at     M.D., chief of general and gastrointestinal surgery at      Band surgery.
                          Shands at UF. But Kozak said she wasn’t willing to        UF’s College of Medicine.                                      Each patient’s eligibility is evaluated on an individual
                          undergo this surgery, which she felt was more extreme.       “I want the experts in the other fields to have input,”   basis at Shands at UF. In general, most patients are at
                          During the gastric bypass procedure, surgeons create a    Ben-David said.                                             least 100 pounds overweight or struggling with health
                          small stomach pouch that is separated from the rest of       Calling Ben-David a “unique talent,” Behrns said         problems related to obesity. But perhaps most
                          the stomach, allowing food to bypass the small            adding the surgeon to the faculty moved up their plans      importantly, patients must agree to cooperate in the
                          intestines. The Lap-Band surgery uses a band near the     to develop a specialization in weight loss surgeries.       surgery’s follow-up sessions to be eligible.
                          upper end of the stomach to create a small pouch with a      “We knew we needed to build a bariatric center at           Kozak credits much of the success of her surgery to
                          narrow opening that leads to the rest of the stomach.     some point,” Behrns said.                                   the last qualification on the list. She said that she
                             Kozak’s luck changed when Kfir Ben-David, M.D., a          To get the word out about the new bariatric surgery      followed every post-surgery instruction “to the letter.”
                          surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive bariatric   options at UF, Ben-David began holding informational           “I have had no problems at all,” she said. “I mean
                          procedures, joined the UF College of Medicine seven       sessions at Shands at UF this year. Most of the             nothing.”
                          months ago. She received the Lab-Band surgery on Nov.     information is on the bariatric surgery program’s Web          However, Kozak concedes that it may be easier for
                          16. As of Jan. 10, she had lost 41 pounds.                site, but Ben-David also shares some statistics with his    her to attend the follow-up sessions than others. She
                             “I feel a lot better about myself,” she said.          audiences.                                                  works as an internal review board coordinator at the
                             Ben-David not only brought different surgical skills      “I think that the morbid obesity epidemic in the U.S.    hospital’s pediatric oncology clinical trials office.
                          to UF, he also brought a new approach to weight loss      is increasing at rates that are very alarming,” he said.       She said that she hopes the bariatrics program at
                          surgery. As UF’s director of bariatric surgery, Ben-         During his sessions, Ben-David said there are about      Shands at UF is successful.
                          David has formed a multidisciplinary team, bringing       15 million morbidly obese Americans, but only 1                “I think (Ben-David) can help a lot of people,” she
                          all the experts a patient needs to one area. This         percent of the clinically eligible population is being      said. P

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                                                                 Sug r
                                                                    Fructose not so sweet for dieters

By April Frawley Birdwell

         ere’s one tip for how to eat right this                                      “Certainly we don’t think fructose is the only cause of the obesity epidemic,”
                                                                                   Johnson said. “Too many calories, too much junk food and too much high-fat
         Valentine’s Day: Don’t take your cues from                                food are also part of the problem. But we think that fructose may have the
                                                                                   unique ability to induce insulin resistance and features of the metabolic
         the heart-shaped box your significant other                                syndrome that other foods don’t do so easily.”
gives you. Chocolate truffle, cherry cordial and                                       About 33 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese,
                                                                                   according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
coconut cream do not a balanced diet make. But,                                       Studies at other institutions have shown that following a low-glycemic diet
chocolates aside, you don’t have to go no-carb to                                  can reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease, but the effect could occur
                                                                                   because these dieters often are unintentionally limiting fructose as well by
stay fit, either, UF researchers say.                                               cutting out table sugar, Johnson said.
                                                                                      “Processed foods have a lot of sugar,” Johnson said. “Probably the biggest
   In fact, many dieters may actually be cutting                                   source (of fructose) is soft drinks.”
out the wrong foods altogether, according to                                          In another UF paper, published in October in the American Journal of Clinical
findings from a UF paper published recently in                                      Nutrition, Johnson and his collaborators tracked the rise of obesity and diseases
the European Journal of Nutrition. Dieters should                                  such as diabetes with the rise in sugar consumption. The rates of hypertension,
focus on limiting the amount of the sugar fructose                                 diabetes and childhood obesity have risen steadily over the years.
they eat instead of cutting out starchy foods such                                    “One of the things we have learned is this whole epidemic brought on by
as bread, rice and potatoes, report the researchers,                               Western diet and culture tracks back to the 1800s,” he said. “Nowadays,
who propose using new dietary guidelines based                                     fructose and high-fructose corn syrup are in everything.”
on fructose to gauge how healthy foods are.                                           Aside from soft drinks, fructose can be found in pastries, ketchup, fruits,
   “There’s a fair amount of evidence that                                         table sugar and jellies and in many processed foods, including the sugar
starch-based foods don’t cause weight gain like                                    substitute high fructose corn syrup.
sugar-based foods and don’t cause the metabolic                                       UF researchers plan to test a low-fructose diet in patients soon, Johnson said.
syndrome like sugar-based foods,” said Richard          RICHARD JOHNSON, M.D.         Kathleen Melanson, Ph.D., R.D., an associate professor of nutrition and food
Johnson, M.D., the senior author of the report,                                    sciences at the University of Rhode Island, said establishing a fructose index for
which reviewed several recent studies on fructose and obesity. “Potatoes, pasta,   foods could “be an appropriate approach,” depending on how foods are
rice may be relatively safe compared to table sugar. A fructose index may be a     classified. It makes sense to limit foods prepared with high fructose corn syrup
better way to assess the risk of carbohydrates related to obesity.”                and table sugar, which often contain empty calories, but fruits are an important
   Many diets — including the low-carb variety — are based on the glycemic         part of a person’s diet, she added.
index, which measures how foods affect blood glucose levels. Because starches         “One concern I have always had with the glycemic index is the potential to
convert to glucose in the body, these diets tend to limit foods such as rice and   pigeonhole foods as good or bad,” she said. P
potatoes as well as sweets, which contain both glucose and fructose.
   While table sugar is composed of both glucose and fructose, fructose seems
to be the more dangerous part of the equation, UF researchers say. Eating too
                                                                                                                          s of fructose and
much fructose causes uric acid levels to spike, which can block the ability of     Want to know more about the effect
                                                                                                                          Johnson’s book,
insulin to regulate how body cells use and store sugar and other nutrients for
                                                                                   how to maintain a low-fructose diet?
                                                                                                                           out That Is Making
                                                                                   “The Sugar Fix: The High-Fructose Fall
energy, leading to obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, said
Johnson, the division chief of nephrology and the J. Robert Cade professor of
                                                                                                                           lves April 1. The
nephrology in the UF College of Medicine. UF researchers first detailed the         You Fat And Sick ,” will be on store she
                                                                                                                             ale, is also
role of uric acid on insulin resistance and obesity in a 2005 study in rats.
                                                                                   book, which is being published by Rod
                                                                                   available for pre-order on ww w.ama

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 By April Frawley Birdwell

                                                                           other as well as faculty, students, staff and donors. With them it’s always been a team-first approach.
      efore Robert T. Watson, M.D., accepted                                 “The thing I am most proud of accomplishing is we built a great team of educators who were
      the job as senior associate dean for                                 passionate about helping each other and everyone else learn,” Watson says. “We developed students
                                                                           who were competent, who were compassionate, who understood the importance of diversity, who
      educational affairs in the College of                                understood the importance of caring for everyone.”
Medicine, there was a call he had to make.                                   Sitting in his office, a telltale spreadsheet open on his computer, Romrell recalls the changes that
                                                                           have occurred in the college over the past 30 years. When he started working in the Office of Medical
   “When Dr. Watson was asked if he would join the dean’s office, he        Education, there were four staff members and no desktop computers. It took hours to do simple tasks
literally called me that night and said, ‘I won’t do it unless you         such as calculating class ranks, he said.
continue,’” remembers Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., director of the college’s         “We used ledger sheets and pencils with big erasers because you made a lot of mistakes,” he said.
Office Of Medical Education.                                                “There was no database. We just had hard copies of records.”
   Romrell had been in his position for 10 years when Watson was             Now, UF has an office devoted to medical informatics, a vast online database to track student
named senior associate dean in 1989. They’d worked together for years      performance and an online testing center, among other things.

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UF medical educatio leaders step
                                                                             PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL

down after decades on the job
Dr. Robert Watson (left) recently retired from his position as senior associate dean of educational affairs in the College of Medicine. Lynn Romrell announced in
January that he was stepping down as associate dean of medical education. The pair worked closely for nearly 20 years.

on committees and other projects, and Watson knew he needed Romrell           “Part of our success is we were just ready to take advantage of technology as it changed,” Romrell
if UF was going to have one of the best medical education programs in      said. “By hiring the right people we were really able to take advantage of all these things and excel.”
the country. They complemented each other. Watson was the idea guy,           When Watson was appointed senior associate dean of medical education, one of the first goals the
who could talk at length about the merits of an idea. Romrell was          education team tackled was creating a continuum of educational experiences for students. The college
detail-oriented. Basically, he could back those ideas up with facts.       established a preceptorship to give first-year medical students clinic experience and opened the Harrell
    “He and I work like clockwork together,” Watson said. “I think a lot   Center for Professional Development and Assessment. The Harrell Center allows students to gain
of people saw us a team, a linked-at-the-hip team.”                        clinical skills by working with standardized patients and then watching video of their interactions.
    For the better part of two decades under the direction of four            With donations from the late Thomas Maren, M.D., one of the college’s founding faculty members,
different deans, Watson and Romrell were a linked-at-the-hip team,         and Annie Lou Chapman, the college established a medical humanities program. This has allowed the
presiding over medical education at UF. But all eras eventually end.       college to instill in students the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, Watson said.
Now a professor emeritus, Watson retired Dec. 31. In January, Romrell         The idea of humanism in medicine — that relationships are key to healing — is one of Watson’s
announced he was stepping down as associate dean for medical               overriding philosophies and part of what he and Romrell may be remembered for most: creating an
education and as director of the Chapman Education Center.                 atmosphere where students felt supported.
   “They elevated medical education at UF to national prominence,”            Heather Harrell, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine and alumna of the college, still
said Bruce Kone, dean of the College of Medicine. “They’ve                 remembers how Watson stood up for her and her classmates after a young faculty member booted
established a tradition of recruiting the top talent and molding them      them, rudely, out of a room where they had been studying.
into exceptional physicians.”                                                 “(Watson) was outraged when I told him,” Harrell said. “I had never felt so strongly supported as a
   Together, Watson and Romrell developed a concept called mission-        student … They set up such a family, warm environment.”
based budgeting that revolutionized how many medical schools budget            To Watson, the success he and Romrell have had together comes down to one word: people.
for education. They established programs such as medical humanities           “The trick is to find the right people, whether students, faculty or staff, and let them do what they
and expanded the use of standardized patients, actors who pose as          love,” he said.
patients to help students learn. Student test scores rose and                 And although the partnership of Watson and Romrell has evolved, they are still a team — and
accreditation results soared during their tenure.                          they’re still friends.
   Neither takes solo credit for these accomplishments, citing each           “I think of Dr. Romrell like a brother,” Watson says. “He’s one of the best people I have ever met.” P

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A new vision
College of Medicine dean has
big plans for education program
By April Frawley Birdwell

       op quiz: Can a medical school with one
       of the most highly touted education
       programs in the country raise the bar even

                                                                                 PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL
higher? OK, it’s a trick question. The answer is
undoubtedly yes. The interesting part is how to                                                                             BRUCE KONE, M.D.
do it.
   College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, M.D., has more than a few ideas            The college is currently conducting national searches for medical
for building on the legacy left by past administrators, namely newly retired     education and research deans.
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Robert Watson, M.D., and             “Education has become very specialized; medical education requires a
Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., who recently announced he was stepping down as              different skill set than graduate education or residency education, or
associate dean of medical education.                                             continuing education,” Kone said. “Our goal is to achieve the success we
   “I think their legacy is that they have done so well at producing             have had with medical education with graduate student and resident
outstanding physicians that this should be in our DNA. That’s a baseline         education.”
standard,” Kone said. “On top of that we are really going to emphasize             Kone said he is working with his education team to establish a continuum
developing the real leaders, the real                                                                              of education, from medical student
scholars, the real investigators that will                                                                         education through residency and
help lead the state and the nation in
medicine.”                                       “I want every student to                                          fellowship. The idea is to make residency
                                                                                                                   training at UF as attractive as it can be to
   To do this, Kone is planning with the
year 2020 in mind. In short, he’s focusing     come out of here knowing                                            keep top trainees in state.
                                                                                                                      “People who complete their residencies

                                               we did everything we could
on how to prepare students, residents and                                                                          in state tend to stay here and contribute to
fellows to meet the challenges they face in                                                                        the workforce,” Kone said.
the ever-changing world of health care.
                                                to help them reach his or
                                                                                                                      Another keyword for the doctors of
   “The information explosion that is                                                                              tomorrow? Teamwork, Kone said. The
going to occur between now and then is                                                                             college is collaborating with other health
phenomenal,” Kone said. “Being able to
help students capture and manage
                                                   her fullest potential.”                                         colleges to find innovative ways to teach
                                                                                                                   future health professionals how to work
information and make good clinical
decisions from a vast array of information
                                                             — Bruce Kone, M.D.                                    together in multidisciplinary teams.
                                                                                                                   Teamwork and communication also are
sources is going to be important.”                                                                                 emphasized in the clinical quality and
   He’s also restructuring the hierarchy of                                                                        safety curriculum college leaders are
the college administration to put more emphasis on the education of              putting together for medical students.
graduate students, residents and fellows. Over the years, as the college grew,     “Poor communication is the basis for most medical errors,” Kone said.
the dean’s office had divided in such a way that could make it difficult for         The task of preparing the college’s students to be “masters and creative
some students, residents and fellows to access services they needed, said        innovators” is more than just a job to Kone. As an alumnus of the college,
Kone, who took over as dean last May.                                            he has a personal stake in it. And, as a product of the college, he also knows
   Under Kone’s plan, the education program — for medical students,              current and future students are up to the challenges ahead.
graduate students, residents and fellows — will be divided under different         “Drs. Watson and Romrell were very innovative in finding ways to
deans more suited to the needs of each particular group. For example, the        connect to how students learn. This will continue to be a challenge for us,”
medical education dean will focus on medical education, whereas the              Kone said. “I want every student to come out of here knowing we did
research dean will oversee graduate student education.                           everything we could to help them reach his or her fullest potential.” P

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                           Overachieving undergrads
                                 {to present research at conference}
                                                                                                                             By Christa Wagers

                                                                                                                                      xceeding the required 40 hours to spend on a class research project has paid off for
                                                                                                                                      Claire Lewis and Elida Benitez.
                                                                                                                                        The research partners are two of 12 UF undergraduate nursing students who
                                                                                                                             will present their findings at a regional conference in Alabama this month.
                                                                                                                                “It’s going to be a great exposure and experience,” Lewis said.
                                                                                                                                When the pair was looking for a topic, Lewis’ adviser introduced her to Maude
                                                                                                                             Rittman, Ph.D., R.N., the chief nurse for research at the North Florida/South Georgia
                                                                                                                             Veterans Affairs Health System. Rittman allowed the UF students to analyze some of
                                                                                                                             her survey about caregiving of post-stroke veterans for their project. Lewis and Benitez
                                                                                                                             chose to focus on the relationship between the amount of time a caregiver spends with a
                                                                                                                             patient, and how that patient views his or her caregiving experience.
                                                                                                                                The 22nd Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference takes place Feb.
                                                                                                                             22-24 in Birmingham.
                                                                                                                                The regional conference is primarily an opportunity for nurses in academic and

                                                                                                                             clinical settings to present their research and network, said David Stumph, executive
                                                                                                                             director of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Undergraduate participation in
                                                                                                                             research presentations is unusual, but Stumph said he hopes it becomes more common.
                                                                                                                                The project that Lewis and Benitez are presenting is one of a choice of requirements
                                                                                                                             for their honors nursing course.
                           Undergraduate nursing students Elida Benitez (left) and Claire Lewis                                 “(The research project) really lets them know the kinds of things beyond what you
                           spent months working on a research project they will present this                                 learn in the classroom,” said Josephine Snider, Ed.D., who has been the coordinator of
                           month at a conference in Alabama.                                                                 the honors program for 35 years.
                                                                                                                                However, attending and presenting at conferences is not required.
                                                                                                                                “It is a little bit nerve-racking, but at the same time it’s an honor,” Benitez said. P

New epidemiology, biostatistics doctoral programs approved
By Jill Pease

       he Florida Board of Governors approved new UF College of
       Public Health and Health Professions doctoral programs in
       epidemiology and biostatistics at its meeting Dec. 6.
   “This is an important achievement for the college and was
especially significant given the fact that some members of the Board
of Governors were concerned about going forward with new doctoral
programs because of state budget issues,” said Elena Andresen, Ph.D.,
chair of the college’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics.
   The two new programs join the college’s existing Ph.D. in health
services research to meet the Council on Education for Public
Health’s requirement that schools of public health offer three
doctoral programs in public health disciplines, Andresen said. The
college is in the process of seeking accreditation, which will
culminate in a site visit by council accreditors in September.
   “The approval of our Ph.D. programs in epidemiology and
biostatistics represents an important milestone in the development of
                                                                                            PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL

our college,” said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., interim dean of the
college. “We now stand fully prepared to carry out the exciting
opportunity of educating doctoral students in these important public
health disciplines.”
   The new programs will begin admitting students for the fall 2008
academic year. For more information, contact the department of                                                      More students in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, shown here during
epidemiology and biostatistics at 352-273-5468. P                                                                   a guest lecturer’s talk, will be able to pursue doctoral degrees now that the state Board of
                                                                                                                    Governors has approved doctoral programs in epidemiology and biostatistics.

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                                                           i l        ft      il
Dental researcher snuffs out notion that smokeless tobacco is lesser of two evils

 By Ann Griswold

           illions of Americans make the New Year’s
           resolution to stop smoking, but far too
           many break ranks before Jan. 2. Their
dismal success rate has health officials scrambling
to come up with easier ways to quit, and many
have toyed with the idea that smokeless tobacco
could ease the transition off cigarettes. But a recent
study by Scott Tomar, D.M.D., Dr. P.H., chair of the
department of community dentistry and behavioral
science, suggests that tactic would be a catch-22,                                   Tomar said.
                                                                                        Younger smokers are especially worrisome. Experts warn that lighting up at a
especially in younger smokers.                                                       young age sets the stage for a lifetime of dependence. More than 80 percent of older
                                                                                     smokers lit up for the first time before they turned 18, according to the CDC. And
  More than 40 million Americans smoke,                                              every day, about 3,900 youth are doing just that.
according to the Centers for Disease Control and                                        To find out if younger smokers could differentiate between health risks
Prevention, and about 70 percent of them are                                         associated with various tobacco products, Tomar analyzed data from more than
trying to kick the habit. The CDC estimates that                                     11,000 high school seniors over a five-year period. The data were collected through
the long-term health problems associated with                                        the Monitoring the Future project conducted by the University of Michigan’s
smoking — particularly lung cancer, chronic lung                                     Institute for Social Research.
disease and heart disease — result in 438,000                                           Tomar’s study, which was published in the November issue of Nicotine & Tobacco
deaths every year. Public health officials are                                        Research, revealed that high school seniors who smoke greatly underestimate the
unanimous in the belief that something must be                                       risks associated with tobacco use. Fewer than half of those interviewed perceived a
done. But what?                                                                      great risk of harm from cigarettes. In contrast, more than 80 percent of
  “There have been a number of papers saying                                         nonsmokers regarded smoking as hazardous to their health.
that the health community should tell the public                                        “Very few smokers in 12th grade perceive that what they’re doing is harmful,”
that smokeless tobacco is ‘safer’ than smoking —              SCOTT TOMAR. D.M.D.    Tomar said. “That’s really what makes this whole idea so challenging. Advocates
but not ‘safe’ per se,” Tomar said.                                                  are saying you should tell these young smokers, ‘We’re not saying smokeless
  That theory, called “tobacco harm reduction,” aims to wean smokers off             tobacco is safe, but it’s safer than cigarettes.’ But you’re telling that to a population
cigarettes by advising them to switch to smokeless products, such as snuff and       who already tremendously underestimates their own risk.”
chewing tobacco. Tomar’s research suggests few smokers seem interested in               But would the advice work?
switching and he worries that promoting smokeless tobacco could encourage               “We’ve seen almost no smokers moving toward smokeless tobacco. If anything, it
nonsmokers to pick up a dangerous habit.                                             tends to be in the other direction,” Tomar said.
  “I don’t think there’s any doubt among members of the scientific community             Many experts agree the marketing strategy could do more harm than good.
that smokeless tobacco carries a lower risk of death than does cigarette smoking,”      “There is concern that a major advertising campaign of smokeless tobacco as less
Tomar said. “On the other hand, that alone doesn’t necessarily make it an            harmful than cigarettes may threaten the major reduction in adolescent initiation
appropriate recommendation coming from the health community.”                        that we have seen in recent years,” said John Pierce, Ph.D., the Sam M. Walton
  Smokeless tobacco products contain almost 30 ingredients known to cause            professor for cancer research at the University of California at San Diego Cancer
cancer. A recent study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer linked     Center. “There is plenty of evidence that advertising influences younger people.”
smokeless tobacco to cancers of the mouth and pancreas, as well as oral problems        Tomar’s findings suggest advertising money might be better spent on educating
such as recessed gums and bone loss.                                                 younger smokers about the hazards of tobacco use.
  Nonetheless, supporters insist that smokers might show a greater interest in          “People will only take steps to change if they perceive that their current
switching to smokeless tobacco if they knew about the reduced health risks.          behavior is harmful,” Tomar said. “With young people, what they’re reporting is
  “There have been claims by proponents of smokeless tobacco that the public         that they don’t think they’re at risk for harm. Why would they want to switch to
can’t separate the risks of smoking from the risks of other types of tobacco use,”   something that’s less harmful? P
                                                                                                  hat s      harmful?”

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        a professor of communi ty healt h nursing, she teaches her
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stud n s in pla s ike t h S t F r nc Hous fo the h
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             4 ea s ago
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have to marr y,” remembers Bill, a professor of
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                                                     at holoo       h
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    Some t mes eopl u click d u no t ight ,” dd Joan
                     op        lick          now            h          oa
clinical assis tant professor in the College of Nursing. “You can’t come
clin cal ss s tant rofesso in h Co l g f ursing You an t ome
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up w it h any type of scient ific rat ionale for w hy.”
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  Seve mont h
      ven n
      ve              t er mee ting, they were married. Twins A nna and
                            ee t g they er married. w s n and
                                        h y ere rried. e
Keit h followed in December 19
Keit followed December 98
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  The family came to Gainesville in 19 91 w hen Bill accep ted a posi tion
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as chair of the College of Veterinar y Medicine
as hair the Coll g f e terinary Medic n
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                                                     ’s depar tmen t of
                                                         epar ent
comparat ive and experiment al pat hology. A year later, Joan took a
comparat ive n x er m ntal a holog
   m a v                          a         l       year la er, Joan ook
                                                    year at        n o
 posi tion w it h the College of Nursing.
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          have lot
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 “T here’s a lot of sharin
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                            ng of ideas t hat occurs . Joan is just about t he
                                    eas a o urs. J   s                  ut
 braves teache have e e
 braves t teacher I have ever se
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                                     en        h p       ake more isks h
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 teach and think ou t of t he box .” — April Frawley Birdwell
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                                                                                    Ve terinary Medicine, w here John Vers tegen, D.V.M., MSc. ,
                                                                                    V teri a y edic ne he e o V rstege
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                                                                                                                                                      V.M., MSc.
                                                                                    Ph.D.,diplomate EC AR , and wi fe Karine Onclin-Verstegen, D.V.M. ,
                                                                                    Ph D diplomate EC A an w i
                                                                                                    omat                            arine On lin-Vers e n D.V.M.
                                                                                                                                       n           nV
                                                                                    Ph.D., diplomate ECA R , run t he small animal reproduct ion program.
                                                                                    Ph D p omate CAR, un he mal nimal eproduc on rogram
                                                                                                            e                            n             oducucti         r am
                                                                                    The program, w hich t he couple es tablished when t hey came to UF
                                                                                    T h progra  gr           hich
                                                                                                             h i ch         upl s tabli he h n h came UF
                                                                                                                                      blis                         me
                                                                                    from Belgium in 20 04 , was the firs t full-t ime universi ty-run specialized
                                                                                              e gium 2 004 wa t h
                                                                                                      m           04,             s f l-tim u versi ty-ru p cialized
                                                                                                                                             m          r ity-              liz
                                                                                    cl nic for small animal reproduction in the coun tr y.
                                                                                    c            r al anima repr duct ion the coun try.
                                                                                                                 mal prod tion                      n y
                                                                                        “We do exact ly w hat your ob/ gy n would do ” John says
                                                                                                d xa t y hat o r b / y w u do ohn ays.
                                                                                                                               b/gy               o,” h
                                                                                    “C -sections … treating infer tile males .”
                                                                                            ections t e t g nfe i e ales ”
                                                                                                                        n             es.”
                                                                                       “We even did a reproduct ive surger y on a bear once,” adds Karine.
                                                                                          W even did ep o u t ive ur er o
                                                                                                           d                 v        ery            a o ce,” dd Karine
                                                                                                                                                             e”        Karine
                                                                                       Bu t e c mbined ow edge a imal epr duct i co ldn e
                                                                                       Bu t their combined k nowledge of animal reproduct ion couldn’t help
                                                                                           ut                 ined
                                                                                                                n             d
                                                                                   their ow n st ruggles wi th infer tility. They decided i f parent hood was
                                                                                     heir w strug e w h n erti t T he e ided p ren t h o a
                                                                                         i            r
                                                                                   mean t to happen it would happen. A bou t 10 years later it did … right
                                                                                   m a
                                                                                   mean to pp                   t ould hap en. bout
                                                                                                                       d ap                       e ar a t e
                                                                                                                                                           ter      d      g t
                                                                                   af ter they decided to move to the United S tates
                                                                                   af te t y c d                    move t
                                                                                                                       ve           nited tate  tes.
                                                                                       “I t was a lo t of change at once,” Karine says
                                                                                       “It w          o of an              t nce Karin ays.
                                                                                                                                       rine y
                                                                                       T couple who me on
                                                                                       The couple, who me t on t he job, have worked toge ther for t he
                                                                                                  up                           job have o ked o e ther or he
                                                                                                                                 b av                        h
                                                                                   be tter ar f
                                                                                   be tter par t of t wo decades, bu t the addi tion of Hannasha, now 3, and
                                                                                                                  ecades, but the addi tion
                                                                                                                  ec     s              diti          ann sha now 3 , nd
                                                                                   Pauline, 16 mont hs has changed the way they wor
                                                                                   Pauline, 16 mon ths, has changed the way they work in one big way :
                                                                                            n                       a       n e                       ork
                                                                                                                                                      or        ne ig ay
                                                                                   No more work t alk at home.
                                                                                     o ore wo a t ome.                me
                                                                                       “We know each ot her so well,” John says. “ We share the same
                                                                                         W know eac t e
                                                                                                     w a                      el John ays. We h re he m
                                                                                                                                   John        s.                 h
                                                                                   wa o hink ing,
                                                                                   way of t hink ing t he same way of working.”
                                                                                                    k             sam w
                                                                                                                     m          f ok g
                                                                                      “A lot of his temperamen t is a complemen t to my temperamen t,”
                                                                                      “ lot h temp men is ompl me
                                                                                              t            emper
                                                                                                               p                      plem               tempera en t,”
                                                                                   K a in
                                                                                   Karine adds. “ That s w hy we comp e te each ot her very well ”
                                                                                                  ds T hat’s y t             c mp e c othe very ell.
                                                                                                                                  ple                e       y
                                                                                   — April Frawley Birdwell
                                                                                       A i F w e Birdw          rdwe

             ho says commit tee work is boring?
               o y c m t te w k b                     g No t Linda and Fred Edwards .
                                                         Not in       n F           w s
                                                              ty the F
                                                          culty in the UF  College of
                                                                             ol e
                 It was 199 3 L inda had been on facul
                  t        993. inda a
                                   d            e
             Medicine -Jacksonvi le
             M dicine-J cksonvill
                         e J       n i     since 19 85 . Fred had jus t joined t he
                                           sinc 1985 r d a ust oined
                                              c      85.
                               a d o thoracic urgery, af ter 20 years
                                                    g ry, f e 2             in h U S
                                                                        a in the U.S.
Ja k    on ille facul ty in cardio th racic sur
         nv le acul y  l
                      ulty                    c
                                            n their careers.
                                              thei careers.
                                               h        reer
A r my. Bo th were well est ab shed i
Ar y Both er e l t ablished
                                                   m n        mprov e Commi ttee for
                                    d ca er ormance Improvement Com
                                                                                    it t
                                                                                mmitt       o
    Lin a was cha r of t he Medical Per fo
    Lind wa chai of he
                                          dical Cen ter. F red
                                              a     n e Fre    d was a new appoin tee.
                                                                 was e appointe    o tee.
what was t hen the Universi ty Medic
w a        s hen the U versi y
                                       m         info mal s bcomm ttee,” w hich
                            soon formed an “infor mal subcommi
                              oo form d                           o       e
                                                                        ttee       hich
The two hi t it off and
T       w h t f
resulted in a Sept 14 , 19 96 wedding
resul ed in Sep t 4 1996 dding
      u               pt.      996          g in Jack onville.
                                                   ackso v lle.
                                                                           hard to place ace
     Today, t he busy physician
     T day, h usy hy i ians
          y,                           value t heir marriage and work hard
                                        alue the r a riag n w

 t eir elationship at the t o th r
 their relationship at the top of t heir
                n p                            genda
                                         he agenda. d
     “We are in tent ional ab u t our pers
     “     are inte t iona abou u p
                    t                           o al elat ionshi and make time f r
                                               sonal relat ionship and make t ime fo
                                                          atio ship           k
                                              D.            f ard othora i surger n
                                                    hief of cardiot horacic surger y in
                                              D. , ch i                 r         rger
 each o ther,” says Fred Edwards, M.D
 each oth r ” y F
       h ther                   dwa s
                         co- rector T Cardiova Ca d ovasc  scular Cen ter at Shands
                                                           scula ente a Shand
                                                               l      t              d
  Jacksonvil e and co director of The
  Jack o ville
    ac                               r
  Jack onville.
  J ckso vi e
                this by scheduling e l ubcommi tt bcommi tee mee t ings .
                                                    omm ee eetings.
      They do th s by scheduling, well, su
      Th         h            ed     g
                       r we ave date nigh ts’ or commi t    mmit to s eci fic times to
                                                                    spec fic t mes
      “We make sure we have ‘date nights
      “We mak
                                                     D. ivisio chie o general n ternal
                                              s, M.D., division chi f of general int
                                                              sion                  a      er a
  shar and talk ” ays Lind d ards,
  share and talk ,” says Linda Edward
      a            l            nda
                                                                                 for our
                                                e y import an t to make time
                                                     mpo t ant              me
                                                                       k time
     ed c e W a o h nk it’ x t mel
  medicine. “We also t hink i t’s ex trem
                         t nly o e h othe     err bu t also for our parent s, extended
                                                  but als f our arent , xten e
                                                         s                nts,       n
   loved ones — not onl y for each o ther
    o e on                   l
  family and communi ty.”
   amily d mm n t y
                                                    h gend “Ou two specialt ies
                         r t ome s rare o t he agenda.      nda. Our w s ecialt e ltie
     Discussing work at home is rarel y on
     Di cuss n                            r
                               red’ the s geon and I’m
                                                 o a      m  the pr mary c r doc,”
                                                             the primar y care doc,”
  are very dif ferent — F re s the surg
  are e y i feren t  e
  Linda says .
  L d s s
                                                  e       h s c is privilege — as
                               wards belie being a physician is a
                                                                         pr v l g     a
      St ill, the Doctors Edwards believe b
      S t l , he octor
               h       t            s i
                                                                        trus ted us w it h
                                                                        t rus t   s t
                                            ity. “Our p tien ts ave e
                                espons bilit “Our patients have en
   well as a tremendous responsibilit y.
   w                   n
                t emendo
   their heal th and t heir lives — w can
    h e i h eal t h n d e i i e         we        never forg h t.” Fred ays
                                          e can never forget t hat.” F red says.
                                                          r                d

      In short , it ’s at the top of t heir age
        n hort i t s t top
              o t                      heir    end — Patricia Bates McGhee
                                                 nda. Pa ri a t s c e

                                                                                                       t’s great stor o ell now, but h
                                                                                                                          r                                 appened 3 ears ago
                                                                                                       t’s a great stor y to tell now, but w hen it happene 13 years ago — t he wooden-boat-     ooden
                                                                                                                                                                                             h wooden-b a
                                                                                                       headed-into-a torm-almost-dying-in- he ndian Ocean par
                                                                                                                - o                m m
                                                                                                       headed-into-a-stor m-almost-dying-in-the-Indian-Ocean par t — Mary Peoples-
                                                                                                                                                        n            n            a               o s
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary Peoples
                                                                                                       Shep Dr.P.H. wasn rea y hinkin b u t ale-worthin ss
                                                                                                            p           H         s     eall       king
                                                                                                       Sheps, Dr P.H. , wasn’t really thinking about its t ale-wort hiness .o i
                                                                                                     She, her husband, David Sheps, M.D., and t heir sons, Daniel and Jacob, were
                                                                                                     She,e         u
                                                                                                                 husb nd, David S e                 .D and h r n
                                                                                                                                                           d                 aniel n Jaco    o      r
                                                                                                  trav ling n hailand, t i in t atch hut             c                 isla abou n o r’s boat ri
                                                                                                  traveling in T hailand, s taying in a thatched hut on an island abou t an hour’s boat ride   ’          ide
                                                                                                  fro he ainland But when Dani develop d fever, t
                                                                                                                       a              he
                                                                                                  from t he mainland. But w hen Daniel developed a fever, they decided to head back to
                                                                                                                                               niel e e oped ever they decided he
                                                                                                                                                i          p                        cd
                                                                                                                                                                                  ecid                 c
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ack t
                                                                                                  seek med c l help.
                                                                                                       k e
                                                                                                  seek medical help.
                                                                                                     Mary noticed t he dark, t hreatening clouds, rolling in over Phuke t She figured t he
                                                                                                     M            c               a
                                                                                                             not ic the dark threateni g clouds, rolling in over Phuket. h gur
                                                                                                                                         r      n           s l n                 huke            r        e
                                                                                                  b ater carr yi them o shore ould seek shel te
                                                                                                         e           i
                                                                                                  boaters carrying t hem to shore would seek shelter on an island nearby while the stor m
                                                                                                                                            e                     e                d earb
                                                                                                                                                                             i land nearby w hile the sto   orm
                                                                                                    as e       hey idn’t . The oat e d d t the stor m. Mar y g w antic.
                                                                                                                          n       h
                                                                                                  passed. They didn’t. T he boat headed into the storm. Mary grew frant ic.                t
                                                                                                     “We were in a wooden boat … there were no li fe jacke ts,” remembers Mar y,
                                                                                                     “We w                           n             ere
                                                                                                                    in w oden oat ther e no l fe jackets rem m e s ary,       ts,” e
                                                                                                    ssoci t d a for public heal
                                                                                                         c                 r ub           alth eve p e and ractic          ice       e ollege P blic
                                                                                                  associate dean for public heal th development and pract ice in t he College of Public      g
                                                                                                  Heal t and Health Professions
                                                                                                      a      n                          o           were i hat s orm for a f an hour
                                                                                                  Heal th and Healt h Professions. “ We were in t hat stor m for half an hour.”            u
                                                                                                     T f il              cou s mad t to shor s e y and the s r e entual e a
                                                                                                                           o             d           ore
                                                                                                     The family, of course, made it to shore safely, and the stor y even tually became     a
                                                                                                  anot he ar of the tale of thei trip to hailan along with the ele hant ride a
                                                                                                                                          e     p         land                        e
                                                                                                  another part of the tale of their trip to Thailand, along wi th t he elephan t rides and     des
                                                                                                  t hatch hut t was family advent ure noth mem r y
                                                                                                        ch      ut.                                u
                                                                                                  thatched hut It was a famil y adventure, ano ther memor y. h       m
                                                                                                     “ hing like tha ( rip) are p ial,” ays David
                                                                                                             g            a                                    vid,         r essosor card ovascular
                                                                                                     “T hings like t hat (t rip) are special,” says David, a UF professor of cardiovascular  r
                                                                                                  medicine in the College of Medicine. “More recentl y, we went skiing. We had never
                                                                                                  medicine in the College    l                    e More
                                                                                                                                          edicine. “Mo ecen tly,             we        ing.
                                                                                                                                                                                     kiing We had n e
                                                                                                  sk e          fam y before.”
                                                                                                  sk ied as a family before.”  f
                                                                                                     The couple, who married in 198 4, met w hile bot h were facul ty members at the
                                                                                                     The coupl w m rried n 9 4                            h                   a
                                                                                                                                                       t whi oth w r facu t y membe          e       h
                                                                                                  Un ve sity of N rth Carolina, Chape ill. The had sim lar a ues, im a t o ghts
                                                                                                                                    o          apel       hey
                                                                                                  Universi ty of Nort h Carolina, Chapel Hill. T hey had similar values similar though ts on             s
                                                                                                  educat ion and in terest s in public heal th.
                                                                                                  e d uc o                       sts
                                                                                                  educatio n interest n ublic alth           i       t
                                                                                                       W j        had  d       t commo
                                                                                                     “We just had a lot in common,” Mar y says . — April Frawley Birdwell
                                                                                                                                       mmon        a says ys.                w
                                                                                                                                                                    pril Frawley Birdwe l e
         gh tee year ag
             een ar                  befo e he were h amyd a
        ighteen years ago — before t hey were chlamydia            myd
             earch              arr ed, proud par nts of wo
        researchers, or married, or proud parent s of t wo — Sco tt            co t t
        and Nicole were college kids at Colorado S tate Universit y.
                               coll         i s
        an N o e ere colle kids C lorado t at niversi t y. ad
     he me, ajorin n c obiol g mean t udy ing
At t he t ime, majoring in microbiology mean t st udying and exams             a s
and part ies. T he idea of a t wo -body problem wasn’t exact ly at
a pa t e s . he d                                      lem
                               f w body proble was t xact y               ct
t h fore ront
  he e                 heir
                       he r n ds
the forefron t of t heir minds . ds.
   Bu year a er, uring t h searc or wo facul y osit io s
                              n         ear                  acul
   Bu t years later, during the search for t wo facul ty posit ions at     tio
                                                                        si t
  h same nivers t y, ality e t n : cie e sn l ways am l y
         me         rs             y
the same universit y, reali ty set in: Science isn’t always a family  y
friendly career.
    ndly aree
friend y areer.
   “Wit hout ds, t’s w ho othe ballgame Yo ca ba an
     W itho t                               he        am e e.
   “W it hout k ids, i t’s a whole ot her ballgame. You can balance  an
  w areer mu h r eas l y,” ays N cole r sh be h. .
           eer                           ,     y          le
two careers much more easily,” says Nicole Grieshaber, Ph.D. ,
an assis tant professor in the depart ment of oral biology.
an sis t n t r e sor t he depa t me t or l iology ent oral             g
     u w ar r and two k ids Sou s impossible, u t o t
                                 w         s Soun mpos bl
   Bu t two careers and two kids? Sounds impossible, but Sco tt
  n N cole m
           oe                 ith n t re ting sol t ion Durin t hei j
                                                 ng o l             urin
and Nicole came up w it h an interes ting solut ion: During their job
search, they marke ted themselves as a pair.
sear                 r
sea ch t hey marke e t emselves            v        pa r
   “O n ten t ion as c ntin e work toge her, we er
     Our         tion                   n           r k o g er
   “Our inten tion was to cont inue to work toget her, so we were
 ookin for t wo posi t n but n career, a Scot Grie hab r
      ing                s                       ee
look ing for two posi tions bu t one career,” says Sco t t Grieshaber,    ie
Ph.D., also an assis tant professor in the depart men t .
    D lso            s       nt           s
Ph.D , als a ass s t ant ofessor t depa t men            epa ent
   At h          C lege of en istry hey ollab rate th s m
                                           y            la      t
   At t he UF College of Den tist ry, they collaborate on t e same
research rojects, but co t t a h
   sear h
    e             ject s u t cott                  nur t ra position h e
                                                            trac posi tio
research project s, but Sco tt has t he tenure track posi tio w hile    i
Nic le orks two - hi d im
              r s wo
Nicole works t wo -t hirds time as a researcher.   ar
     Scien t fical
         enti c            e      lway been disp rate, co ays
                                   ways         n                 e,”
   “Scien ti ficall y, we’ve always been so disparate,” Scot t says .                                              hile beh nd her desk at her of fice in the McKnight Brain Ins ti tu te,
                                                                                                                  h e eh    hin e desk her offic
                                                                                                                                        esk               fice h        cKnight rain Ins titu te,
                                                                                                                                                                           n h           n tute
  S e          treng h h
                 en               don’ have n ha e t reng t h ha
“She has s trengt hs t hat I don’t have, and I have s trengt hs t hat                                             Mavis Agbandje -McKenna, Ph.D., jokes t hat she spends more
                                                                                                                  M v Agbandje -McK nna, h D oke h s spend ore
                                                                                                                                b a d j M cK  Ken              ok                   ends
she doesn’t have.” — Ann Griswold
     doesn s            ”
she doesn’ h ve.” A Grisw d                                                                                       time w it h her husband, Robert McKenna, Ph.D. , of 19 years than
                                                                                                                  t           t he husband, ober t M enna h D o
                                                                                                                                           an                                          ea
                                                                                                                                                                                      year t n
                                                                                                    mos t uples arried h ee ime
                                                                                                    most couples married t hree t imes as long. This is part ly because Rober t’s
                                                                                                                                                      long T is part
                                                                                                                                                        n              r            se
                                                                                                                                                                                 cause o ert’t’s
                                                                                                      f e        ex        or. t ’s a o ecau     u     o t a associat p fessor in the
                                                                                                    of fice is next door. I t’s also because bot h are as ociate professors in the   sors
                                                                                                    UF o lege M d ne o p d ost f
                                                                                                                 e                                               ry y
                                                                                                    UF College of Medicine w ho spend mos t of every day toget her research ng,        sear
                                                                                                                                                                                t h researching,
                                                                                                    teac ng and r n t ing
                                                                                                    teaching a d paren ting      ng.
                                                                                                        A lthough av ays t prox mity has i t ups a downs, e McKe a
                                                                                                           t u h
                                                                                                        Al though Mavis says the prox imit y has it s ups and downs, t he McKennass        K
                                                                                                    c stil la g abou t a t time e spen toge t he nd
                                                                                                              l                                                  e
                                                                                                    can st ill laugh about all the time t hey sp nd toge ther and how w hat their     hat
                                                                                                                                                                                    wha thei
                                                                                                    friends call a “model” relat ionship funct ions.
                                                                                                    f iend a l mod l     mode         a          i
                                                                                                                                      at onshi unctions.
                                                                                                        The McKennas didn’t end up working toget her by acciden t or luck,
                                                                                                        T M Kenn      nnas idn’ e n                ok                    c
                                                                                                                                                           o e her acci en r ck ,
                                                                                                    R obe t ay . a s w i c e                    l s be ble to work w h her u an A s
                                                                                                    Robert says. Mavis s wi tched fields to be able to work wi th he husband. As
                                                                                                       pos t octo a fel ow o ert says
                                                                                                                  tora                          y       im would t hav accep
                                                                                                    a post doctoral fellow Rober t says he simply would not have accepted a   ave cc
                                                                                                    pos tion if ther h not been ope ing fo his w
                                                                                                      osi i n         er
                                                                                                    posi tion i f there had no t been an opening for his wi fe as well.      w ll.
                                                                                                          he careers a bee parallel i e the .
                                                                                                                                    e      ar a
                                                                                                        Their careers have been parallel since t hen.       hen.
                                                                                                        F o c up e n
                                                                                                                uple            milar sit uati n avi s ys: K o y u oundaries.
                                                                                                        For couples in a similar situat ion, Mavis says “K now your boundaries      ound r
                                                                                                    Don’ undermin t he oth person.”
                                                                                                      o         dermine             he pers n
                                                                                                    Don t undermine the ot her person.”
                                                                                                         f he e          disagreement o h
                                                                                                                           sagree n t                  d     h o t her ex e t s e n d
                                                                                                        If t here is a disagreement , bo th y ield to the ot her’s expert ise. A nd
                                                                                                    al t hough avis say s could so m
                                                                                                            u            s ays                                ob ems
                                                                                                    al though Mavis says she could solve most problems on her own, sh firs t          n h
                                                                                                                                                                               er wn, she s
                                                                                                    c nsu her usban or dvic w
                                                                                                                    r      band                            e ce s
                                                                                                    consul ts her husband for adv ce when she faces a quest ion          es t ion.
                                                                                                          I w it’s ndepe de
                                                                                                                       t       ependent ep de ce,” sh says
                                                                                                                                             epen                    ys. Chri t Wage
                                                                                                        “In a way it ’s independent depe dence,” she says — Chr sta Wagers                ge

                                                      ook        roubles down Mada Rue /You now
                                                                    uble d                   dame ue/Y
                                                “I took my troubles down to Madame Rue /You know       Y                   “Th re’s wa someone t ryin
                                                                                                                           “T here’s always someone tr ying to ex trapolate animal
                                                                                                                                                   m             yi                olat
                                                                                                                                                                          e t apolate a im limal
                                            that gyps wit the gold-capped tooth/She’ got p
                                                      ypsy ith              ld-cappe          o She
                                            that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth/ She s got a pad  h         pad       rese rch human ” oeri g says. “Bu peop e
                                                                                                                           s rc           m               ring a
                                                                                                                        research to humans,” Doering says . “Bu t people But ople
                                            down on 34th and Vine/ Selling little bottles of Love Potion
                                            down              h           ne/ Sell
                                                                              / llin ittle ottl
                                            down 34th d ine/Sell little bottles of Lo Potion        l      ove t         x trapolat in what we k n
                                                                                                                             apola         h          know bo insects to huma and
                                                                                                                                                                 bout s ts
                                                                                                                        ex trapolat ing what we know about insect s to humans and      mans d
                                            No. …
                                            No. 9 …”                                                                     uman m ting behavio
                                                                                                                        human mating behavior is a pre tt y new idea.”
                                                                                                                                            e      o          rett
                                                                                                                                                             pre tty e dea.”       ”
                                                Most u ave heard t his
                                                      s                           his        une and smiled. “L v
                                                Most of us have heard this old t une and smiled. “L ove   l d
                                                                                                         iled              At any rate, Doering says it makes one t hink about
                                                                                                                               an ate, oeri say t mak
                                                                                                                                 n    te        i      ays        akes
                                                                                                                                                                    k           hink
                                                                                                                                                                              thi k bout  t
                                              ot         o.          h       n bout chap searching o
                                            Po tion No. 9 ” is t he song abou t a chap searching for ac                 at traction, bo th human and animal.
                                                                                                                        attraction, both huma
                                                                                                                                 i       t u                  nima
                                            magi e i x r fix his wo s t women. m
                                                   i      xir              woes                men
                                            magic elix ir to fi x his woes w it h women. I t may sound        oun           “It au         ou to explore what ttracts p o
                                                                                                                                                    p r                  a
                                                                                                                           “I t causes you to explore what att ract s people to
                                            s l l y u an
                                              lly,                     us w nder : Could here
                                            sill y, but many of us wonder: Could there be such a         uch            people,” Doering says. “I al ways t hought i t was
                                                                                                                        people,” er g ays.
                                                                                                                           ople,”                   .      l ways tho ht it was
                                            concocti n u t here?
                                                   c ct
                                            concoction out t here?                                                       er s o
                                                                                                                        personalit y, common in terest s … bu t in t he insect world,
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Sex after   Age doesn’t
            always bring
             about STDs
     By Ann Griswold

            ome people assume a single sexual act in their parents’ lives brought them into being, but a
            survey published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine puts that childhood fairy
            tale to bed. The study revealed that most Americans not only have sex more than once in
     their lives, but they continue to have sex well into their golden years.
        The U. S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 300 baby boomers turn 60 every hour. If the
     prospect of sexual abstinence among America’s free-spirited flower children seems unlikely, it is.
     The study finds that 73 percent of men and women in their late 50s and early 60s engage in sexual     u
     contact more than once a year. And 26 percent of the oldest age group studied — 75- to 85-year-olds   d      Things your mother still
     — were still at it as well.
                                                                                                                  hasn’t told you about se
        But sex after 60 isn’t without challenges. Sexually transmitted diseases in the elderly population
     have become increasingly problematic in recent years, thanks in part to performance-enhancing
     drugs such as Viagra.                                                                                        1. Another reason to stay in shape well into old age
        “Certainly at that age, pregnancy is not considered to be an issue,” says Bradley Bender, M.D., a             physical health is stron                            :
                                                                                                                                              gly linked to sexual we
     professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and chief of staff at the Malcom Randall l          being.*                                         ll-
     Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “So the usual precautions such as condoms often aren’t used.”
        Because older couples often forgo contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases spread quickly.   y      2. More than half of all 74-year-olds enjoy a health
     HIV/AIDS is an especially troubling problem: About 19 percent of infected Americans are over 50,                 life, as do one-fourth of                          y sex
                                                                                                                                                  all 85-year olds.*
     according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that number is expected to rise     e
     dramatically over the next few years. The CDC estimates that older Americans will comprise half      f      3. A mere 13 percent of men over 60 rate sex as “no
     of all AIDS cases by 2015.                                                                                      that important.” That                          t
                                                                                                                                           number rises to 35 percen
        These numbers also include older people who were infected at a young age.                                    older women.*                                  t in
        “With new therapies, many AIDS patients reach an advanced age, and they face special
     challenges regarding physical and cognitive independence,” said Marco Pahor, M.D., director of             4. More than 1,400 Americans over 60 are diagnose
     UF’s Institute on Aging and chair of the College of Medicine’s department of aging and                         with HIV/AIDS every                           d
        The problem is especially noticeable in Florida, where more than 4 million residents are over
     the age of 60.
                                                                                                               5. Florida has the third-highest number of HIV-
                                                                                                                    infected residents in the
                                                                                                                                              country, with more tha
        “Here in Florida, we see a lot of cases because older people with HIV move to Florida for the               100,000 cases of HIV/A                           n
     same reason other older people do,” Bender says. “They should remember that it’s a dangerous
     world out there, no matter what your age.”                                                                *The New England Jou
                                                                                                                                     rnal of Medicine, Aug. 23,
        Growing older doesn’t mean growing numb to basic human cravings like hunger, thirst and                **Centers for Disease Co                         2007
     sexual desire. Au contraire, sexual satisfaction can extend well into the twilight years. Consulting                              ntrol and Prevention
     a physician can help older couples ensure that sex keeps getting better with age. P

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                                                                              Brain stem cells sensitive
                                                                              to space radiation

Researchers trigger insulin
production in diabetic mice
By Melanie Fridl Ross

         F researchers have coaxed liver
         and pancreatic cells within
         diabetic mice into churning out
insulin by injecting the animals with a                                        By John Pastor
naturally occurring protein called Pdx1,

                                                                                           easures to protect astronauts from health risks
opening up a new research avenue that                                                      caused by space radiation will be important
someday could lead to safer treatments for                                                 during extended missions to the moon or
type 1 diabetes. Pdx1 activates the genes                                      Mars, say researchers in a paper recently published
controlling the development of the                                             online in Experimental Neurology.
pancreas cells that make and release                                              Using a mouse model designed to reveal even slight
insulin to maintain safe levels of glucose                LI-JUN YANG, M.D     changes in brain cell populations, scientists found
in the body. The UF research team’s novel                                      radiation appeared to target a type of stem cell in an area
approach is described online in the journal Diabetes.                          of the brain believed to be important for learning and
   “Pdx1 is so special because it possesses a unique amino acid                mood control.
sequence that acts as a sort of molecular passport, allowing it to pass           The findings — from a team of researchers from the
freely into cells, enter the nucleus and activate insulin production and       Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National
release,” said lead scientist Li-Jun Yang, M.D., an associate professor        Laboratory, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the UF
                                                                                                                                             DENNIS A. STEINDLER, PH.D.
of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at UF’s College of            McKnight Brain Institute — suggest that identifying
Medicine.                                                                      medications or physical shielding to protect astronauts from cosmic and solar radiation
   Earlier research has shown that inserting the Pdx1 gene into liver          will be important for the success of human space missions beyond low Earth orbit.
or pancreas cells can induce insulin production, but most gene                    “Our discovery does not present any adverse issues for the astronaut program because
therapy methods use viruses to introduce a piece of genetically                the ground-based dose and application of radiation we used were not comparable to that
engineered DNA into cells. The disadvantage of such approaches is              seen for existing space travel,” said Dennis A. Steindler, Ph.D., executive director of
that researchers can never be certain the viruses are entirely                 UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, a professor of neuroscience at the UF College of
harmless, Yang said.                                                           Medicine and co-investigator in the study. “But the exceptional sensitivity of these
   The idea with protein therapy is that eventually a person’s own             neural stem cells suggests that we are going to have to rethink our understanding of
cells could be reprogrammed to naturally produce the hormone,                  stem cell susceptibility to radiation, including cosmic radiation encountered during
restoring the body’s ability to properly regulate blood sugar levels           space travel, as well as radiation doses that accompany different medical procedures.”
without having to use a potentially hazardous virus to slip corrective            Stem cells are important because they have the remarkable ability to renew
genes into the body or having to transplant pancreatic cells from              themselves and produce many different cell types.
someone else.                                                                     Scientists at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at the Brookhaven National
   That could eliminate the adverse effects sometimes associated with          Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., administered a single dose of radiation to the mice about
gene therapy and the need for lifelong suppression of the immune               equal to the amount astronauts would receive after a three-year space voyage to Mars.
system so transplanted cells are not rejected, Yang said.                         Whether certain brain cells are at risk more than others is vital information for
   The researchers injected the mice with the protein for 10 days.             scientists planning lengthy lunar expeditions or deep space missions.
Within two weeks of the first injection, their blood glucose levels had            “Space radiation has not been a serious problem for NASA human missions because
normalized, Yang said.                                                         they have been short in duration or have occurred in low Earth orbit, within the
   “We repeated the experiment six times, and we got the reproducible          protective magnetic field of the Earth,” said Philip Scarpa, M.D., a NASA flight surgeon
result every time,” said Yang, who is also a founder and head of the           at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a study co-investigator. “We currently
scientific advisory board for Transgeneron Therapeutics Inc., which             know very little about the effects of space radiation, especially heavy element cosmic
seeks to develop Pdx1 as a treatment for diabetes.                             radiation, which is expected on future space missions and was the type of radiation used
   UF holds a provisional patent on Pdx1 protein therapy. P                    in this study.” P

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United by a mission
UF, African leaders meet to discuss HIV/AIDS
By Patricia Bates McGhee

                                                                                          PHOTO BY NELSON KEEFER
     ourteen medical, government and business
     leaders from Africa visited with UF College of
     Medicine–Jacksonville pediatrics faculty members                                                              Hosted by UF College of Medicine–Jacksonville pediatrics faculty members
                                                                                                                   and Shands Jacksonville staff, 14 medical, government and business leaders
and staff in December to discuss global HIV/AIDS                                                                   from Africa visited the Jacksonville campus in December to discuss global
awareness strategies.                                                                                              HIV/AIDS awareness strategies.

   The group was invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S.
                                                                                                                      Mobeen Rathore, M.D., chief of pediatric infectious diseases in Jacksonville,
Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. U.S. government
                                                                                                                   coordinated a presentation for the visitors and led them on a tour of UF’s Rainbow
officials select IVLP participants, who then travel to the United States to meet and
                                                                                                                   Center. The center is the only facility offering comprehensive pediatric infectious
learn from American colleagues.
                                                                                                                   diseases services in Northeast Florida and has an innovative approach to prevent,
   The meeting between UF faculty and the African delegation had a fourfold purpose:
                                                                                                                   detect, treat and research pediatric HIV/AIDS.
     • To review U.S. policies on HIV/AIDS, underscoring the U.S. commitment to                                       “This was an excellent opportunity for us to develop international relationships as
       assist other countries in combating infectious diseases                                                     our department, the Jacksonville campus and the Rainbow Center move toward more
                                                                                                                   international work,” said Rathore, who recently received a $5 million grant to fund an
     • To examine the global impact of infectious disease and the pandemic of HIV/                                 international group focused on studying HIV/AIDS.
       AIDS on economic growth and development, political stability, social cohesion                                  The visitors hailed from 11 African nations, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote
       and national regional security                                                                              d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa,
     • To explore education and prevention programs, research and development, and                                 Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
       treatment and care, with particular focus on innovative techniques and                                         The International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville coordinated the event. IVCJ is a
       strategies at the community and grassroots level; and                                                       nonprofit, nonpartisan volunteer organization that promotes multicultural awareness
                                                                                                                   and understanding between people of other nations and the United States by helping
     • To provide a forum for participants to form comprehensive relationships and
                                                                                                                   IVLP and other international exchange programs for business and professional
       develop prevention and awareness strategies commensurate with Africa’s
                                                                                                                   leaders. P
       diverse cultures and tradition.

          UF, Brooks announce research agreement
          Funding to support research at both facilities
                                                     By Patricia Bates McGhee

                                                              F and Brooks Rehabilitation have reached a new five-year agreement that will support research
                                                              collaborations at both Brooks and UF facilities.
                                                                The agreement increases funding for the UF Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies in
                                                     Jacksonville by more than $5 million over five years. As part of its Community Benefit Initiative, Brooks will
                                                     provide $4 million in funding, and the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville will supply more than $1
                                                        “We are pleased to further develop our relationship with the University of Florida and look forward to the
                                                     increased research capabilities we will share,” said Doug Baer, Brooks CEO and president. “Our investment
                                                     in the center’s growth will bring the latest innovations to our patients.”
                                                        Robert C. Nuss, M.D., dean of the regional campus at the UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville, cited the
                                                     excellent opportunity the expanded relationship offers Brooks and UF.
                                                        “The benefits are tremendous for both parties, with the center’s research projects focusing primarily on
                                                     stroke and other neurological conditions, thereby relating to the population served by both Brooks and UF,”
                                                     Nuss said. “In addition, this arrangement provides an excellent opportunity for us to maximize collaboration
                                                     between our own Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses.”
                                                        The funds will allow UF and Brooks to hire six full-time, doctoral-level researchers as well as support staff
           A Brooks Rehabilitation Center            to work at the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies and at the UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville.
           intervention therapist works with a          The center, which has facilities in both Gainesville and Jacksonville, has more than 20 research trials
           study participant. (Photo courtesy        currently under way, including 10 stroke-related studies. P
           of Brooks Rehabilitation)

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                                                                         Forum to feature leading
                                                                         breast cancer experts

Jax cardiologists to raise
awareness about heart failure

By Patricia Bates McGhee

       or the sixth year in a row, UF College of Medicine–
       Jacksonville cardiologists and health caregivers will
       share the latest in diagnosing, treating and managing                                                                  SHAHL A MASOOD, M.D.
patients with heart failure as part of National Heart Failure
Awareness Week.
    The week, which the Heart Failure Society of America                 By Patricia Bates McGhee
holds annually to promote awareness, lasts from Feb.

                                                                                eading breast disease experts will discuss the latest information on breast
11-17. The society aims to make more Americans aware of                           cancer at a free public forum, “What Everyone Should Know About Breast
the symptoms and risks of heart failure.                                        Health,” slated for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Jacksonville Marriott.
   Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the                   The event precedes the 13th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease,
heart muscle weakens and gradually loses its ability to                  UF’s scientific meeting of international breast disease experts. Forum attendees will have
pump enough blood to supply the body’s needs, and more                   the opportunity to ask the experts questions about breast cancer diagnosis, monitoring
and more Americans are developing it.                                    and treatment. Dinner will be provided, and reservations are required.
   “Heart failure is the only major cardiovascular disease                 Forum panelists include Rachel Brem, M.D., of the George Washington University
on the rise,” said Alan Miller, M.D., a UF professor of                  Medical Center; Kevin Hughes, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital; Krystyna
cardiology and chair of a symposium being held in                        Kiel, M.D., of Northwestern University; Marc Lippman, M.D., of the University of
Jacksonville on heart failure. “It affects nearly 5 million              Miami; David Winchester, M.D., of Northwestern University; and forum and symposium
Americans and, even though more and more patients                        founder, Shahla Masood, M.D., the interim chair of pathology at the UF College of
survive heart attacks, they’re left with weakened hearts.”               Medicine-Jacksonville.
   The Jacksonville symposium will include two case                        Forum sponsors include the American Cancer Society, BlueCross BlueShield of
presentations — one discussing decompensated heart                       Florida, Shands Jacksonville, Precision Imaging Centers and UF.
failure and the other discussing heart failure patients who                The Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease runs from Feb. 14-17. Sponsored
require therapy with pacemakers or other devices.                        by the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville, the program offers five sessions, with topics
Panelists include Miller and UF division of cardiology                   ranging from diagnosis to contemporary issues in breast care.
faculty members Douglas Chapman, M.D., an assistant
professor and medical director of the UF heart failure
program and of The Cardiovascular Center for Inpatient                    “What Everyone Should Know About Breast Health”
Services at Shands Jacksonville; Bharat Gummadi, M.D.,
a heart failure fellow; and physician assistant Erin James,
                                                                         What: A public forum on breast disease
P.A.-C. Also participating are pharmacist Amber Chaki,                   When: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Feb. 14
Pharm.D., and Susan Maurer, R.D., both of Shands                         Where: Jacksonville Marriott, 4670 Salisbury Road
   An event designed for Jacksonville-area primary care
                                                                         Registration: Call 904-244-4387
and family practice physicians, nurse practitioners,
physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals
to earn continuing medical education credits will be held                   “The symposium is designed to provide a panoramic overview of the latest scientific
from 6:30-9 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Sterlings of Avondale, 3551               information surrounding breast disease,” Masood said. “Twenty-one experts in breast
St. Johns Ave. Dinner will be provided, and reservations                 surgery, radiation, oncology and pathology from 21 universities and six research facilities
are required.                                                            in the United States and Europe will be featured at the continuing education program.”
   For more information about the symposium and CME                        To reserve a spot at the public forum, call 904-244-4387. For more information about
registration, call 904-244-2380, e-mail barbara.jones@jax.               the symposium, registration and hotel accommodations, call the UF department of or register online at P                   pathology at 904-244-3430 or register online at P

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          AROUND THE HSC

                                                                    to a New Year’s
     “I am really trying to go against the odds this year and stick
                                                                   is to keep in better
     resolution, since over 95 percent are not kept. My resolution
     shape and stay with my workout routine.”
                                                                  , College of Dentistry            “Giving more back to our community. My family and
     —Boyd Robinson, D.M.D., associate dean for clinical affairs
                                                                                                    I cook at the St. Francis Church for the homeless
                                                                                                    folks, and we’re going to do more of it this year. It’s a
                                       “No, I did not make one. Just
                                       “N                                                           great way for our kids to learn to give back.”
                                                                       because it’s a
                                       new year doesn’t mean that
                                                                       you need to put
                                                                            e                                 Kaushal, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of
                                                                                                    — Shalesh K
                                       undue pressure on yourself.                                  ophthalmoloogy, College of Medicine
                                                                      Any time is a
                                       good time to make a change
                                       — Eric Storch, Ph.D., assistant
                                              Sto                      professor of
                                       psychiatry College of Medicin
                                                 y,                      e
                                                                                               “No resolutions this year because I failed so miserably
                                                                                               last year. I thought I would take this year off.”
                                                                                                — Mark Bishop, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical
                                             “To finally — finally! — finish
                                                                                                           lege of Public Health and Health Professions
                                                                                               therapy, Coll
                                             renovating my Barbie dream house.”
                                             — Ned Davis, publications and
                                             marketin coordinator, HSC Libraries

                                                                Ah, the new year. When the clock struck midnight Jan. 1, many of us had high hopes

                                                                that this year would be different from the last. We resolved to eat healthier foods,

                                                                keep our houses cleaner, go to the gym every day and generally be shining

                                                                examples of humanity. But many resolutions are easier made than kept, and we here

   anyone?                                                      at The POST wanted to find out if people have stuck to — or broken — those vows they

                                                                made on New Year’s Day. So we asked faculty, students and employees from around

                                                                the Health Science Center if they had made a New Year’s resolution, and if they did, if

                                                                they’ve kept it thus far.
                                                                                            Here is what we found:

                                                            r’s resolutions. I decided to                                                  to not date until
                         “Yes, I did make a few New Yea                                                  “Yes, I made a resolution. It was
                                                           mer short set, which I have                                                     duate. I’ve kept
                         get back into a ver y small sum                                                 2011 because that is when I gra
                                                    about five years. My aunt
                         not been able to fit in for ab
                                                                                                         it so far.”
                                                          walking shoes,     and
                         shipped me two new pairs of                                                                                    lege of Dentistr y
                                                      able to get out and walk due                       — Lauren Atwell, student, Col
                          [although] I have not been
                                                          start walking this week!”
                          to the weather, I am going to
                                                                         fessor, UF
                           — Gloria Mc cWhirter, M.S.N., assistant pro
                           College of Nu ng

                                                                                                “Yes, I did make a New Year’s resolution. Actually, it
                                                                                                started Dec. 17. I haven’t drunk alcohol since then,
                                                                                                and I’m planning to keep it going for a year.”

            “Being more environmentally                                                                  ble,
                                                                                                — Nat Kimb computer support analyst
                                          conscious. I’’m doing
            things like not buying water
                                         bottles. It’s hard to
            recycle around here, and I don
                                           ’t want to throw the
            bottles away.”
            — Lara Fine student, College
                      e,                    of Veterinary Medicine

                                                                                                        “My resolution was to better manage my time
                                                                                                        … but I’ve broken it already.”
                                                                                                        — Alesia Apana, student, College of Dentistry

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        Shands at UF, College of
        seeking Magnet redesign

                                                                                                                                                                     PHOTO BY SARAH KIEWEL
                                                                              Nursing student Charlotte Symonds spends a moment with newborn Kylee while
                                                                              the baby’s mother, Melissa Hanna, watches from her hospital bed at Shands AGH.
By Melissa Thompson

       he forces of magnetism are in full effect as the faculty and staff at Shands        “We’re always looking at how to improve our patient-care practices based
       at UF and the College of Nursing prepare to impress the American                 on new research,” said Gale Danek, Ph.D., R.N., an administrative director of
       Nurses Credentialing Center during its site visit Feb. 18-21, one of the         nursing quality at Shands at UF. “Research has indicated that mouth care
final steps in the hospital’s redesignation as a Magnet facility for nurses.             plays a vital role in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. We’ve made
                                                                                        improvements by initiating small changes like treating patients’ mouths
                                                                                        every four hours with an antiseptic.”
 “We’re always looking at how to                                                           Shands at UF, Shands HomeCare, Shands Rehab, The Florida Surgical
                                                                                        Center and Shands Vista have worked since the original designation in 2003
 improve our patient-care practices                                                     to strengthen Magnet standards for redesignation in 2008.
                                                                                           During the evaluation, a delegation of three appraisers and a Magnet fellow
 based on new research.”                                                                will speak with staff nurses, physicians, employees and patients and will
                                                                                        interview College of Nursing faculty to evaluate each facility. After the visit,
                                — Gale Danek, Ph.D., R.N.                               appraisers make recommendations to the Magnet designation committee,
                                                                                        which will announce its decision in April.
   The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes nursing excellence, quality                   “It’s really a shared responsibility,” said Maxine Hinze, Ph.D., R.N., a UF
patient care and professional nursing innovations among top health-care                 clinical assistant professor and chair of adult and elderly nursing in the
organizations in the United States by evaluating organizations based on “14             College of Nursing. “We work closely with Shands to improve standards, and
forces of magnetism,” including quality care improvement and nursing                    in turn, we help create a Magnet institution that has the organizational
leadership.                                                                             culture to attract students and retain nurses.” P


Heard it through the grapevine?
HSC librarians help establish health information network for Floridians
By Lauren Edwards

         F Health Science Center librarians Beth Layton and Linda Butson are helping to develop a Florida Consumer Health
         Information Network that will give Florida residents easier access to accurate health information.
           Layton, the Health Science Center Libraries’ interim director, and Butson, the HSC Libraries’ assistant director for access                         BETH LAYTON
and outreach services who also represents the UF Area Health Education Centers program, are part of the 18-member statewide
steering committee working on the project. The committee represents Florida medical schools, health-care organizations, the Florida
Health Sciences Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the State Library and Archives of Florida, the Florida AHEC
Network and the colleges of library and information science in Florida.
   “This is a unique opportunity for the state’s medical school libraries and hospital libraries to work together to promote the
availability of reliable health information for Florida residents,” Butson said.
   “We believe that improving access to health information will educate consumers and can improve health-care delivery and health
status in the state,” Layton added.
   The Florida Consumer Health Information Network will initially be developed through a $6,000, one-year Express Planning Award
provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region in October.
   This award is funding a series of meetings with the steering committee and other stakeholders to develop a plan for the delivery of
consumer health information resources and services to Florida residents. The committee is exploring strategies, including partnering
with state and local health-care providers, state agencies and regional organizations. P                                                                     LINDA BUTSON

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       COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY                                              COLLEGE OF PHARMACY                                            Association Dec. 13. Brooks
                                                                                                                                        spoke to the association about
       K. DAVID STILLWELL, D.D.S.,                                       HARTMUT DERENDORF,                                             changing medical standards of
         a clinical associate professor                                   Ph.D., a distinguished professor                              care for horses with ophthalmic
         of operative dentistry, was                                      and chair of pharmaceutics,                                   problems and about the use
         recently honored with the                                        was one of eight UF faculty                                   of antiproteases in treating
         2007 Lifelong Learning                                           members chosen to receive                                     infectious corneal ulcers in
         and Service Recognition                                          the Howard Hughes Medical                                     horses. He was seated next to
         award from the Academy of                                        Institute Distinguished                                       Princess Anne, a member of the            Dennis Brooks
         General Dentistry. The award                                     Mentor award for fall 2007.                                   British Royal Family, during the
         recognizes dentists who have             K. David Stillwell      Derendorf is the college’s           Hartmut Derendorf        association’s awards presentation and received
         completed more than 1,600                                        second faculty member to be                                   a medal for his selection as the Smith Memorial
         hours of continuing dental education and more                    recognized for mentoring undergraduate students               Lecturer.
         than 100 hours of community service. Stillwell, a                in pharmaceutical research. He will receive a
         graduate of the Louisiana State University School                $10,000 award over the next two years to further
         of Dentistry, is currently serving as president of the           support his research efforts.
         Florida Academy of General Dentistry.
                                                                         CAROLE KIMBERLIN,                                                                           JOSEPH ADRIAN
                                                                          Ph.D., a professor, and                                                                    TYNDALL, M.D., a clinical
       COLLEGE OF MEDICINE                                                                                                                                           associate professor in the
                                                                          ALMUT WINTERSTEIN,
                                                                          Ph.D., an assistant professor                                                              department of emergency
       ADAM BRANK, M.D.,                                                                                                                                             medicine, was named
        Ph.D., a resident in internal                                     in the department of
                                                                          pharmaceutical outcomes                                                                    the college’s new chair of
        medicine, was given a $4,000                                                                                                                                 emergency medicine in
        Trainee Research Award                                            and policy, have received a
                                                                          one-year $184,229 award                                                                    Gainesville effective Jan. 1.
        by the American Society                                                                                                                                      He is the first black faculty
        of Hematology to pursue                                           from the Food and Drug              Almut Winterstein (L)
                                                                          Administration to conduct                                                                  member in the college to
        research on blood-related                                                                                Carole Kimberlin
                                                                          an evaluation of consumer                                      serve as a department chair. Tyndall, who has served as
        diseases. His current research                                                                                                   interim chair since August, is responsible for emergency
        focuses on drugs for leukemia            Adam Brank               medication information leaflets on selected
                                                                          prescription medications from community                        medicine’s clinical operations, residency program
        patients. Brank will begin a                                                                                                     and its student and faculty tenure and promotion
        fellowship in hematology/oncology at UF in June.                  pharmacies throughout the United States. The
                                                                          study will include an expert evaluation by a                   processes. “It’s a privilege and an honor to serve the
                                                                          national panel of judges assessing both the                    University of Florida and the Gainesville community,”
                                                                          content and readability of the leaflets and a                   he said. “It’s truly a challenge, but I feel strong work
        M.D., a professor and
                                                                          consumer evaluation to assess readability and                  ethic and persistence yield accomplishment in the end.
        chairman emeritus of the
                                                                          comprehension.                                                 For me, the work is just beginning.” He plans to put
        department of neurosurgery,
                                                                                                                                         UF emergency medicine on the map with first-class
        authored a 3-D supplement
                                                                                                                                         emergency care and a strong research-based residency
         to the October issue of the                                     COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
                                                                                                                                         program that attracts outstanding candidates. Tyndall,
        journal Neurosurgery. The
                                                                                                                                         who joined UF in November 2006, graduated from the
        250-page supplement is about                                     DENNIS BROOKS, D.V.M., Ph.D., a professor
                                                                                                                                         University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he
         the temporal bone, a site of                                     of veterinary ophthalmology, presented the
                                                                                                                                         completed residency training in emergency medicine
         the organs of hearing and               Albert L. Rhoton Jr.     prestigious Sir Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture
                                                                                                                                         and served as chief resident. He also holds a master’s
         balance. Red and blue 3-D                                        in Warwickshire, England, kicking off the
                                                                                                                                         degree in public health from Columbia University.
        glasses were included.                                            annual meeting of the British Equine Veterinary

              The master’s in health administration program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of health services research, management and policy
              is one of two recipients of the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network Awards, along with Army-Baylor University. The awards recognize
              those Higher Education Network participants whose programs have demonstrated a commitment to promoting advancement in society. The UF program was honored for
              having the greatest percentage of graduates who have advanced to member or fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

                                                           Renowned neurologist passes away
                                                                    ichard P. Schmidt, M.D., a charter faculty member of the UF College of Medicine and a nationally renowned

                                                                    neurologist, passed away Jan. 11 in Gainesville, after an extended illness. He was 86.
                                                                      Schmidt was an integral leader at the College of Medicine in its early years. He arrived at UF in 1958 as an
                                                           associate professor and chief of the division of neurology. He was promoted to chairman of the department of medicine in
                                                           1962 and later to associate dean of the College of Medicine in 1965. During his tenure at UF, Schmidt also served as chief
                                                           of staff of the teaching hospital, now Shands at UF, and as chief of staff at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical
                                                           Center. After a stint at the State University of New York Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., Schmidt returned to UF in
                                                           1984 as a professor and clinician at the VA Medical Center.
                                                              Schmidt was not only an important administrator in the early days of UF’s College of Medicine, but also a
                                                           distinguished neurologist. In 1967 he was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology. He was also president
                                                           of the American Epilepsy Society and the Florida Society of Neurology.
                                                              Schmidt was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, and is survived by his second wife, Eleanor, two children and
                                                           four stepchildren. — Anney Doucette

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                                 orget visions of frothy, bubbling beakers — Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., calls the
                                 ocean his laboratory, where marine organisms may hold the key to curing the
                                 world’s worst diseases.
                                                                     An assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the UF College of Pharmacy, Luesch
                                                                  smiles briefly as he gazes at a poster of the Pacific island nation Palau hanging on his office
                                                                  wall. Tiny, uninhabitable islands resembling broccoli florets peek out of the turquoise water.
                                                                     “If you can imagine,” he says, “it looks exactly like that — even better. It has some of the
                                                                  best places for diving in the entire world.”
                                                                     He knows because he has plunged into that crystal-clear, 80-degree water in search of
                                                                  marine organisms such as cyanobacteria. Compounds extracted from these organisms could
                                                                  be made into drugs with the potential to treat or cure cancer or other life-threatening
                                                                     Luesch, 37, developed an appetite for marine organism exploration when he began his
                                                                  doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1997. There, the Stendal, Germany
                                                                  native felt he had the best chances for making discoveries and getting published in scientific
                                                                     “I had a great chance of discovering unprecedented chemical structures by investigating
                                                                  largely unexplored organisms,” he said. “I would say at least 50 percent of the compounds
                                                                  we found were new.”
                                                                     In Hawaii, Luesch often worked with a collaborator in Guam who sent him marine
                                                                  samples to study. As beautiful and varied as organisms off the coast of Hawaii were, the
                                                                  diversity and quality of samples from Guam were even better.

                                                                     “The downside of that situation is that I collected very little myself while I was in
                                                                  Hawaii,” he said. “But I did try to go to the beach for an hour a week or surf at 6 a.m. to be
                                                                  in the lab an hour later when the tourists took over the beaches. It wasn’t that hard. My
                        HENDRIK LUESCH, PH.D.                     apartment was right on the ocean.”
                                                                     Luesch could probably talk for hours about his marine research or his drug-discovery
                                                                 efforts to combat neurodegenerative diseases. That’s one of the reasons it’s hard to believe he
                         initially shunned his curiosity for chemistry, even though it seemed to be part of his DNA.
                            Growing up in Communist-controlled East Germany in the ’70s and ’80s, Luesch attended Diesterweg Schule, a one-building
                         school that housed about 400 students. His father was his chemistry teacher from seventh to 10th grade and the only teacher in the
                         school who refused to join the Communist Party.
                            “It was obviously strange at times because if I wanted to ask a question I didn’t want to call him, ‘Dad,’” he recalled. “I think I
                         didn’t want to admit that I loved chemistry for a while just to show my parents, but they never pushed me to do it.”
                            Some of his earliest career aspirations were actually to become either a professional Russian translator or a long-distance runner.
                            In the seventh grade his athletic dream almost came true when coaches from an East Berlin sports academy tried to recruit the
                         lithe and lanky Luesch for their track program. He would have to leave his family and train for more than five hours a day, running
                         10K races and practicing the high jump and long jump with other athletes his age. He turned down the offer.
                            “I saw some of those guys get injured who spent many years of their lives training, get kicked to the curb, and then their dreams
                         were over,” he said. “There was just something about it I knew was not for me.”
                            Luesch stopped fighting his love for chemistry and math and excelled in high school and college, eventually earning a Diplom
                         — a degree he says is equivalent to an American master’s degree — in chemistry from the University of Siegen in 1997.
                            After earning his doctoral degree and working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.,
                         Luesch applied for jobs at several academic institutions including UF, where he has been employed for two-and-a-half years.
                            “I could’ve gone back to Hawaii for a job there, but I saw the biggest potential here,” he said. “I felt like there was a good mass of
                         people here who could help me move my projects forward.”
                            Today, Luesch works with samples collected off the coast of the Florida Keys, Fort Pierce and Fort Lauderdale. He feels each
                         new discovery opens the door to new projects that will take his research into greater medical dimensions.
                            “My ultimate goal, like everyone else in this field, is putting a drug on the market that treats someone with a terrible disease,” he
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This month, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine opens a new clinic geared toward diagnosing and treating horses after performance-limiting injuries. The Lameness
and Imaging Service at UF’s Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital aims to integrate advanced imaging methods and treatment techniques to offer
the best care to injured horses. Dr. Matt Brokken, shown here working with a horse at the college, is heading up the new service. Photos by Sarah Kiewel.

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