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                                                                                                                                            SUNY Upstate

                                                                                                                                            Medical University


                                                                                     NOVEMBER 7 THROUGH NOVEMBER 21, 2001

                                         Geneticist to deliver Charles Ross,                                                SUNY Upstate presents
                                                                                                                            clinical trials outreach
In the Calendar                          PhD Research Memorial Lecture                                                      program Nov. 17
Workshop. “Backs to the
Future.” 11/15, 8:30 a.m. and
                                         Dec. 6                                                                                 A representative from
9:30 a.m. University Hospital,               Patrick O. Brown,                                                              the Centers for Disease
Rm. 1311. See Update calendar            MD, PhD, will deliver the                                                          Control (CDC) will be
inside.                                  Ninth Annual Charles R.                                                            joined by SUNY Upstate
                                         Ross, PhD, Research                                                                Medical University
                                         Memorial Lecture, titled,                                                          researchers and administrators
Take Note                                “The Genome’s Language,”                                                           Saturday, Nov. 17 in a
Teaching Day for Teachers is             Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.                                                         program designed to
Nov. 13                                  in Weiskotten Hall,                                                                educate key segments of
     Upstate Medical University’s        Medical Alumni Auditorium.                                                         the population about the
“Teaching Day for Teachers” will         The lecture is free and                                                            merits of participating in
be held Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 1 to       open to the public.                                                                clinical trials. The free
6 p.m. in the Marley Education               Dr. Brown is professor                                                         program, held in the
Center. Mark Quirk, EdD, assistant       of biochemistry at                      Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD                  Institute of Human
dean for academic achievement            Stanford University School              Institute for Human                        Performance from 8:30 a.m.
at the University of Massachusetts       of Medicine and associate               Performance. It is free and                to 4 p.m., supports the
Medical School, will provide the         investigator with the                   open to the public.                        objectives of the nation’s
keynote address. For more infor-         Howard Hughes Medical                       More than 120 posters                  “Healthy People of 2010,”
mation, call 464-5450.                   Institute.                              depicting research in                      which seeks to identify the
                                             Using DNA microar-                  progress at Upstate Medical                most significant
Expressions of Thanksgiving                                                                                                 preventable threats to
                                         rays—microscope slides                  University will be displayed
is Nov. 14                                                                                                                  health and to establish
                                         onto which tens of thou-                Dec. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
    Upstate’s Thanksgiving celebration
                                         sands of genes are printed              and Dec. 6. Investigators                  goals to reduce them.
“Expressions of Thanksgiving,” will                                                                                             Historically, women,
                                         in a tiny array—Dr. Brown               will be available to discuss
be held Wednesday, Nov. 14 from                                                                                             the elderly and members of
                                         and his colleagues are                  their studies between 3 to
3 to 4 p.m. in University Hospital’s     systematically character-                                                          minority communities,
                                                                                 5 p.m., Dec. 5.
Chapel, located on the first floor       izing the genetic script that                                                      especially African-
                                                                                     The poster session
main lobby. The program offers           controls the expression of                                                         Americans, have not been
                                                                                 provides an opportunity
Upstate individuals the opportunity      genes, in healthy cells                                                            well represented in clinical
                                                                                 for the Upstate scientific
to give thanks in their own words        acting out their roles in                                                          trials that test new drugs
                                                                                 community to share its
and in their own faith expression.       normal development and                                                             and medical procedures.
                                                                                 research activities with
The program is sponsored by the          physiology, and in diseases             each other and with the                    “The absence of these
Cooperative Campus Ministry              such as cancer.                         public.                                    groups in clinical trials
Committee and is an interfaith event.        Dr. Brown’s lecture is                  For more information                   mean that they benefit the
Everyone is welcome to participate.      an activity of the annual               about the lecture or the                   least from progress that is
                                         Charles R. Ross, PhD,                   poster session, contact the                being made to cure chronic
                                         Research Poster Session, to             Research Development                       disease,” said Floyd
                                         be held Wednesday and                   Office at 464-4317.                        Brown, director of
                                         Thursday, Dec. 5 and 6 in                                                          Upstate’s Office of
                                         the track area of the                                                              Diversity Enhancement in
                                                                                                                                             Continued on page 5
                                         For health information, physician referral, and Upstate Medical University services, call Health Connections at 464-8668
Wednesday, Nov. 7                Health Sciences Library Tour.
                                 Noon. Meet at New Book area.
                                                                      Medical Grand Rounds. Topic:
                                                                      Infectious Diseases. 8:30 a.m.
                                                                                                        Know Can Hurt You.”
                                                                                                        Presenter: Leslie Kohman, MD,
Cancer in the Classroom.
                                 Combined Infectious Disease          Wsk. Hall, Rm. 1159.              Upstate Medical University.
7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
                                 Conference. “Cellulitis and          Human Resources Training          11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. OASIS,
BOCES, Thompson Rd.
                                 Beta Strep.” Presenter: James        Workshop. “The Good, the          ShoppingTown Mall.
Anesthesiology Grand Rounds.
                                 B. Turchik, MD, Upstate              Bad and the Ugly: Developing      Childbirth Education Class. 2 to
7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical
                                 Medical University. 4 p.m.           Powerful Presentation Skills.”    4 p.m. Women’s Health
Alumni Aud.
                                 University Hospital, Rm. 118         9 to 11:30 a.m. Jacobsen          Services, UHCC, third floor.
Otolaryngology and               (basement).                          Hall, Rm. 205. Call 464-          Call 464-2169 to register.
Communication Sciences                                                5463 to register.
                                 Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand
Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m.
                                 Rounds. 4 p.m. University            Conference. “1st Central New
                                                                                                        Tuesday, Nov. 13
University Hospital, Rm. 6500.                                                                          Flu vaccinations for Upstate
                                 Hospital, Rm. 6500.                  York Psychiatry in Primary
Surgical Grand Rounds.                                                Care Conference.” 8:30 a.m.       Medical University community.
                                 Burn Survivors Support Group.
Burleson Lecture.                                                     to 4:30 p.m. Carousel Center      7 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.
                                 5 to 7 p.m. University Hospital,
“Approaches to Replacement                                            Skydeck. Call 464-3141 for        University Hospital, Rm.
                                 Rm. 6408. Call 464-3600 for
of Organ Function.”                                                   more information.                 7334 (7A); 11:30 a.m. to
                                 more information.
Presenter: Jeffrey L. Platt,                                                                            1:30 p.m., UHCC, fourth
                                 Community Diabetes Forum. 6          Workshop. “Backs to the
MD, Mayo Clinic. 8 to 9                                                                                 floor Community Room;
                                 to 8:30 p.m. Sheraton                Future.” 8:30 a.m. and 9:30
a.m. Wsk. Hall, Rm. 103.                                                                                5 to 5:30 p.m., Clark Tower
                                 Syracuse University Hotel,           a.m. University Hospital,
Pediatric Grand Rounds.                                               Rm. 1311.                         (students only), first floor
                                 801 University Ave. Call 438-                                          Meeting Room Call 464-4260
“Medically Underserved
                                 8687 ext. 3662 for more              Urology Grand Rounds.             for more information.
Children: Challenges and
                                 information.                         “Immediate vs. Deferred
Strategies.” Presenter: Irwin                                                                           Let’s Not Meet By Accident.
                                                                      Hormonal Therapy:
Redlener, MD, Montefiore         Thursday, Nov. 8                                                       Visiting School: New Visions
                                                                      Changing Watchful Waiting.”
Medical Center. 9:15 a.m.                                                                               Health Oswego Co. BOCES.
                                 Horizon Imports Fleece Sale. 8       Presenter: Ronald Kaufman,
University Hospital, Rm. 6500.                                                                          9 to 11:30 a.m. University
                                 a.m. to 4 p.m. University            MD, Albany Medical
Holiday Card Sale. 10 a.m. to                                         College. 9 to 10 a.m.             Hospital, Emergency Dept.
                                 Hospital, main lobby.
2 p.m. University Hospital,                                           University Hospital, Rm. 6500.    HealthLink Program. “CO
second floor lobby. To benefit                                        Parent to Parent Program.         Poisoning: You Can’t See It
Center for Children’s Cancer                                                                            or Smell It and That’s Just
                                                                      “Building a Family Vision.”
and Blood Disorders.                                                                                    Part of Why It Kills.”
                                                                      Noon to 1 p.m. Wsk. Hall,
                                                                      Rm. 5301.                         Presenter: Wendy McGinn-
                                                                                                        Merritt, RN, Upstate Medical
                                                                      Children’s Miracle Network        University. 1 to 3 p.m.
                                                                      Corporate Reception. 4:30 to      OASIS, ShoppingTown Mall.
                                                                      6:30 p.m. Wsk. Hall. Call         Call 464-8669 for more
                                                                      464-4416 for more information.    information.
                                                                      Friday, Nov. 9                    Teaching Day for Teachers. 1
                                                                                                        to 6 p.m. Marley Education
                                                                      Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand       Center. Call 464-5450 for
                                                                      Rounds. “Endometrioma:            more information.
                                                                      Pathogenesis and
                                                                      Management.” Presenter:           Breastfeeding Class. 3 to 4
                                                                      Shawky Z.A. Badawy, MD,           p.m. Women’s Health
                                                                      Upstate Medical University.       Services, UHCC, third floor.
                                                                      7:30 a.m. Marley Education        Call 464-2169 to register.
                                                                      Ctr., Sulzle Aud.
                                                                                                        Wednesday, Nov. 14
                                                                      Horizon Imports Fleece Sale.
                                                                      See 11/8 Calendar listing.        Panel Discussion. “What Do
                                                                                                        Physicians Need to Know
                                                                      Monday, Nov. 12                   About Domestic Violence?”
                                                                                                        7:45 a.m. Health Sciences
                                                                      HealthLink Program. “Lung         Library, Rm. 318.
                                                                      Cancer: What You Don’t
                                                                    Visit Upstate Update on the web at:
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Anesthesiology Grand Rounds.         464-8669 for more information.          Visiting School: Manlius           Tuesday, Nov. 20
7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical            Jewelry Sale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.          Pebble Driving School. 9 to
                                                                                                                Lecture. “Informed Consent
Alumni Aud.                          University Hospital, main               11:30 a.m. University
                                                                                                                to Genetic Research.”
Otolaryngology and                   lobby. Call 464-5606 for                Hospital, Emergency Dept.
                                                                                                                Presenter: Robert S. Olick,
Communication Sciences               more information.                       Clinical Trials Outreach           JD, PhD, Upstate Medical
Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m.            Flu vaccinations for Upstate            Program. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.       University. Lunch: 11:45 a.m.
University Hospital, Rm. 6500.       Medical University Community.           Institute of Human                 Lecture: Noon. Health
Surgical Grand Rounds.               9 to 11 a.m. Jacobsen Hall,             Performance. Call 464-5476         Sciences Library, Rm. 318.
“Nurturing Research.”                Rm. 404E. Call 464-4260 for             for more information.              Call 464-5476 for more
Presenter: Michael Meguid,           more information.                                                          information.
MD, Upstate Medical
                                                                             Sunday, Nov. 18
                                     Urology Grand Rounds. “GU                                                  Breastfeeding Class. See 11/13
University. 8 to 9 a.m. Wsk.         Protocols in Cooperative                University Neighbors Lecture.      Calendar listing.
Hall, Rm. 103.                       Group Trials.” Presenter:               “Now What? Reflections on
Pediatric Grand Rounds. “The         Leslie Howard, MD, VA                   the Political Life of Syracuse     Wednesday, Nov. 21
Evolution of a Mobile Health         Medical Center. 9 to 10 a.m.            with a New Mayor.” Presenter:
                                                                                                                Anesthesiology Grand Rounds.
Clinic: Where It Has                 University Hospital, Rm. 6500.          Ann C. Michel, Knowledge
                                                                                                                7 a.m. Wsk. Hall, Medical
Traveled, Where It Is                                                        Systems and Research, Inc. 3
                                     Medical Grand Rounds. “PTH                                                 Alumni Aud.
Currently Parked and Where                                                   p.m. Westcott Community
                                     a New Era: Anabolic Therapy             Center. Tickets: $10 per person.   Otolaryngology and
Are We Driving It To?”               for Osteoporosis.” Presenter:                                              Communication Sciences
Presenter: Michael Soeder,           Clifford Rosen, Maine Center            Monday, Nov. 19                    Grand Rounds. 7 to 8 a.m.
MD, Upstate Medical                  for Osteoporosis Research
                                                                             Flu vaccinations for Upstate       University Hospital, Rm.
University. 9:15 a.m. University     and Education. 8:30 a.m.
                                                                             Medical University community.      6500.
Hospital, Rm. 6500.                  Wsk. Hall, Rm. 1159.
                                                                             7:30 to 10 a.m. University         Health Sciences Library Tour.
Emergency Medicine Grand             Let’s Not Meet By Accident.             Hospital, Rm. 1106. Call 464-      See 11/7 Calendar listing.
Rounds. Case Presentation:           Visiting School: Lyme Central
10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion:                                                 4260 for more information.         Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand
                                     School. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. Health Sciences                                                   Childbirth Education Class. See    Rounds. 4 p.m. University
                                     University Hospital, ED
Library, Rm. 318.                                                            11/12 Calendar listing.            Hospital, Rm. 6500.
                                     Department of Psychiatry
Health Sciences Library Tour.        Faculty Meeting. Noon to 1:45
See 11/7 Calendar listing.           p.m. PBS Bldg., Rm. 338.
Expressions of Thanksgiving. 3
to 4 p.m. University Hospital,       Friday, Nov.16
Combined Infectious Diseases
                                     Obstetrics/Gynecology Grand
                                     Rounds. “Domestic Violence                Health Sciences
Conference. Topic: Pediatrics.
4 p.m. University Hospital,
Rm. 4505.
                                     Recognition and Screening.”
                                     Presenter: Randi Bregman, Vera
                                     House, Inc. 7:30 a.m. Marley
                                                                                Library Art Gallery
Neurology/Neurosurgery Grand         Education Ctr., Sulzle Aud.
Rounds. 4 p.m. University            Jewelry Sale. See 11/15
Hospital, Rm. 6500.                  Calendar listing.                         Now through Nov. 30
Thursday, Nov. 15
                                     Cell & Developmental Biology
                                     Seminar. “Mitotic Phosphorylation
                                                                               Artwork by
Workshop. “Backs to the
Future.” 8:30 a.m. and 9:30
                                     of the Focal Adhesion Protein
                                     Actopaxin.” Presenter:
a.m. University Hospital,
Rm. 1311.
                                     Michael Curtis, PhD candi-
                                     date. 1 p.m. Wsk. Hall
                                                                               Illustration and
HealthLink Program.                  Addition, Rm. 1292.
                                     Refreshments will be served.
“Managing Your Weight:
Managing Your Health.”
                                     Saturday, Nov. 17
8:30 to 11 a.m. OASIS,
ShoppingTown Mall. Call              Let’s Not Meet By Accident.

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Advocates to offer fleece and                                    University Hospital’s HealthLink
jewelry sales in November                                        program presents schedule of free
   A Horizon Imports Fleece sale, featuring a variety of         health seminars this month
winter outerwear, will be held Thursday and Friday, Nov. 8
                                                                     Lung cancer, managing your weight and carbon
and 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the main lobby of
                                                                 monoxide poisoning are among the topics to be addressed
University Hospital.
                                                                 this month during University Hospital HealthLink semi-
   A jewelry sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                 nars. All seminars are free, open to the public and held
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16 in the main lobby of
                                                                 in the OASIS complex on the lower level of Shoppingtown
University Hospital. The jewelry is hand-crafted in Central
                                                                 Mall just inside the Kaufmann’s entrance. To register for
New York with the pieces produced from original antique
                                                                 any seminar, call 464-8668.
molds representative of Victorian, Art Deco and Art
                                                                     Upcoming seminar schedule is as follows:
Nouveau styles. The jewelry can be custom designed while
                                                                     • Nov. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Lung Cancer:
you wait.
                                                                 What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You.” Leslie Kohman, MD,
                                                                 a surgeon at University Hospital, will discuss the risk
                                                                 factors, prevention tips and detection methods for America’s
                                                                 number one cancer killer. A light lunch will be provided.
                                                                     • Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. “CO Poisoning: You
                                                                 Can’t See It or Smell It and That’s Just Part of Why It
                                                                 Kills.” Wendy McGinn-Merritt, RN and clinical manager
                                                                 of University Hospital’s hyperbaric medicine unit, will
                                                                 discuss the signs, symptoms, sources of carbon monoxide
                                                                 poisoning, and how to prevent and treat poisonings.
                                                                     • Nov. 15 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. “Managing Your
                                                                 Weight: Managing Your Health.” Health experts will
                                                                 cover risk factors and psychological problems associated
                                                                 with being overweight. They also will discuss proven
                                                                 weight loss techniques and weight-loss myths.

       As of October 31, over 700 employees had sent in          Informed Consent to Genetic
    their CGC pledge cards. We are equal to where we             Research is topic of lecture Nov. 20
    were at this point in last year’s campaign. However,
                                                                     Robert S. Olick, JD, PhD, associate professor in
    our number one goal this year is to raise participation      Upstate’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, will
    in the campaign. The 2001 CGC goal is to have 1,300          present “Informed Consent to Genetic Research,” at the
    participants. Individuals who have not yet pledged to        next Hot Topics in Research lecture, Tuesday, Nov. 20 at
                                                                 noon in 318 Health Sciences Library. The lecture is free.
    Upstate Medical University’s annual Community                    Dr. Olick’s talk will focus on the ethical and legal
    Giving Campaign have until Dec. 1 to do so, according        issues surrounding genetic research and research with
    to Payroll Director Ginny Westmiller.                        stored tissue samples.
                                                                     The Hot Topics in Research lectures are sponsored by
      Individuals who return pledge cards to the                 the Clinical Trials Office Education Fund with support
                                                                 from Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Schering Plough, Ortho
    Marketing Department by Dec. 1 are eligible                  Biotech, Inc, GlaxoSmithKline and Bristol Myers Squibb.
    to win one of many great prizes. See page 11                     A lunch will be provided prior to the presentation at
    for a complete listing of prizes.                            11:45 a.m. Individuals who are interested in attending the
                                                                 lecture should contact Anita Carroll at 464-5476 by Nov. 15.

                                S U N Y          U p s t a t e   M e d i c a l      U n i v e r s i t y
Clinical Trials Outreach continued from page 1
Clinical Research and a              Duane Milton from the
                                                                     Domestic Violence panel set for
program presenter.                   Onondaga County                 Nov. 14
    In addition to Brown,            Department of Health.
the program will include a           Panelists from SUNY                 Three experts on domestic violence will present the
talk by Robert Robinson,             Upstate include Patricia        seventh Health Sciences Library Lecture, “What Do
PhD, an administrator with           Numann, MD, University          Physicians Need to Know About Domestic Violence?”
the CDC, who will discuss            Hospital medical director;      Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:45 a.m. in the Health Sciences
“Health Issues in the Black          Ben Moore, executive            Library Room 318. The event is free and open to the
Community.”                          director of University          public. It is co-sponsored by the Health Sciences Library
    A symposium on the clin-         Hospital; and Ronald R.         and Vera House.
ical studies opportunities at        Young, vice president for           The panel includes: John Epling, MD, assistant
SUNY Upstate will feature            governmental and public         professor of family medicine at Upstate’s Center for
remarks from Sharon                  affairs.                        Evidence-Based Practice; Arethea Brown, co coordinator
Brangman, MD, on “Elderly                The program concludes       and advocate for the Syracuse Area Domestic Violence
Health Issues and Studies in         with a presentation at 3:30     Coalition at Vera House; and Anna Walters, an educator
Alzheimer’s Disease”; Phyllis        p.m. on “Steps Toward           for Vera House.
Bazen, a nurse practitioner,         Partnership to Improve              For more information contact, Eric v.d. Luft, PhD, curator
on “Diabetes: Improve Care,          Community and Regional          of Historical Collections, 464-4585, or
Current and Future Studies”;         Health,” featuring remarks
and Robert Lenox, MD, on             from Mantosh J. Dewan,
“Disparities in Lung Cancer          MD, John Lucas, PhD; and
and Early Detection Studies.”
Fraser Tudiver, MD, will
                                         The program is sponsored
                                                                       JCAHO surveyors to visit hospital
discuss the disparities in           by SUNY Upstate’s                 Nov. 27 through Nov. 30
primary care prevention.             Department of Research,
    The program also                 Office of Diversity                   The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
features a panel presentation        Enhancement in Clinical           Organizations (JCAHO) will conduct an accreditation
with Paulette Johnson from           Research, Clinical Trials         survey of University Hospital Nov. 27 through 30 to
the Alzheimer’s Association          Office, and Price Chopper         evaluate the hospital’s compliance with nationally estab-
of CNY, Fanny Villareal de           at Western Lights and the         lished JCAHO standards. The survey results will be used
Canavan from the Hispanic            Caring Center Counseling          to determine whether, and the conditions under which
Action League, Jesse                 and Consultation. To              accreditation should be awarded the organization.
Dowdell from the Southwest           register, call 464-5476.              JCAHO standards deal with organizational quality of
Community Center and                                                   care issues and the safety of the environment in which
                                                                       care is provided. Anyone believing that he or she has
                                                                       pertinent and valid information about such matters may
                                                                       request a public information interview with JCAHO field
Personal safety informational                                          representatives at the time of the survey. Information
overview set for Nov. 27                                               presented at the interview will be carefully evaluated for
                                                                       relevance to the accreditation sent to the JCAHO no
    Personal safety is everyone’s business. Learn ways to              later than five working days before the survey begins.
keep safe on and off campus at an informational overview,              The request must also indicate the nature of the informa-
presented by Upstate’s Personal Safety Committee,                      tion to be provided at the interview. Such requests
Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the West Lounge of the                should be addressed to: Office of Quality Monitoring,
Campus Activities Building.                                            Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
    Individuals who attend the overview will be asked to               Organizations, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook
offer their input about how to make the Upstate campus a               Terrace, IL 60181.
safer place and will be invited to join the the committee as               JCAHO will acknowledge such requests in writing or
it performs its semi-annual safety walk around campus.                 by telephone and will inform the organization of the
The event is co-presented by the Graduate Student Council              request for any interview.
(GSC) and the Undergraduate Student Council (USC).
Pizza will be served.
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Ophthalmology Review Course will                             College of Health Professions
be held Dec. 7 and 8                                         answers call to help
   Upstate’s Department of Ophthalmology and the Office          Faculty and students from the College of Health
of Continuing Medical Education will sponsor the 52nd        Professions’ Department of Cardiorespiratory Sciences
Annual Post-Graduate                                         traveled to New York City to voluntarily conduct lung
Review Course for                                            function testing on police officers who work in the vicinity
Ophthalmology Dec. 7                                         of the World Trade Center. The group included Kathy
and 8 in the Hotel                                           Beney; Nancy Feocco; David Wolfe; Sheila Young; senior
Syracuse. The topics to                                      Greg Frani, and junior Brad Kropf. The six individuals,
be discussed include                                         who worked two, 12-hour shifts and tested more than 400
glaucoma, cataract                                           officers, will return to the city in three months to perform
surgery, retina, cornea,                                     additional testing. The results of the tests will be used as a
managed care, and                                            baseline for follow-up tests. According to Joe Morfei, chair
practice management.                                         of the cardiorespiratory sciences department, “It is hard to
For additional infor-                                        find a more real life experience for our students.”
mation, call 464-4606
or 800-283-4606, e-mail: or visit or

                                                                     Sunday, December 1, 2001
                                                                          8:00 pm to 12:00 am
                                                                            The Hotel Syracuse

                                                      For sponsor opportunities or reservations, please call the Upstate
                                                                      Medical University Foundation at 464-4416.
                                                                                 Proceeds to support the establishment
                                                                                         of the Upstate Cancer Center.

                                S U N Y    U p s t a t e   M e d i c a l         U n i v e r s i t y
Raffle winners of Infection Control
Week announced
   The Infection Control Department thanks all Upstate
Medical University individuals who participated in
Infection Control Week activities held the week of Oct. 15.
Congratulations to the following winners of the raffle
drawings:                                                              “Rainbow”
Winners of a hand-held calculator:
    Barbara Lucas
    Marie Morley
                                 PM & R
                                                                 by Götz Dolls
    Karyn Plante                 Nursing Staffing
    David Quimby                 Admitting
    Sharon Wiggins               Radiation Oncology               Right out of the 1960s,
                                                                  Rainbow is a
Winners of T-shirts:                                              17” soft-body, vinyl
    Margo Clancy                 6C                               Götz doll. Her eyes,
                                                                  hidden behind very
    Tom Falco                    Environmental Services
                                                                  cool specs, open
    Kelly Flood                  Infectious Disease
                                                                  and close. Her long
    Joseph Hernandez             Receiving
                                                                  blond hair is held
    Dr. Nauman Jahangia          Surgery
                                                                  in place with a tie-
    Cyndi Kiggins                PM & R
                                                                  dyed headband
    Joyce Kummer                 8A
                                                                  and two tiny
    Joan LoRe                    Radiology
                                                                  braids.Her hair is
    Sharon Luke                  Nursing
                                                                  rooted — giving it
    Ann Markle                   Continuum of Care
                                                                  the ability to with-
    Glenda Nabewaniec            ED
                                                                  stand vigorous
    Janette Miller               Ortho
                                                                  brushing. Rainbow’s hip-
    Willy Outley                 Physical Plant
                                                                  hugging flared jeans
    Josie Przepiora              Microbiology
                                                                  feature tie-dyed ribbons. A
    Ted Spadotto, Jr.            Physical Plant
                                                                  peace sign necklace and a
    Donna Stoner                 Volunteer Initiatives
                                                                  tie-dyed shirt complete the ensemble.
    Judi Umstead                 Radiology
    Janice Watson                2N
                                                                  Priced to please
    Katherine Wilson             Micro
                                                                  This Götz Doll exclusive is favorably priced at $99.50
    Jeanine Wright               4A
                                                                  plus tax, payable in four convenient monthly installments of
                                                                  $26.62. Each Rainbow doll features the Götz signature.

                                                                  Proceeds from the sales benefit the "We Have a Little Emergency"
                                                                  program of Advocates for Upstate Medical University.
Defensive driving course in Nov.
    NYSUT/UUP is offering a discounted defensive driving
course on the Upstate campus Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 4:30
                                                                  To order your Rainbow doll,
to 5:30 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.           call (315) 464-5606.
in 6500 University Hospital. The fee is $30 per person. To
register or for more information, contact Ronald Daloia at        Available while supplies last. “Rainbow” will be retired by Götz Dolls
                                                                  once sold out.

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in perspective
   “In Perspective” is a series of “clip and save” articles designed to provide you with usable, accurate and up to date
information on topics related to the many aspects of terrorism. The articles are meant to educate you on ways to keep
healthy and safe.
Smallpox Information                                               dential review of their benefits. These meetings can be
                                                                   scheduled between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. by making an appointment
    This compilation of information from the CDC and the
                                                                   with Carol Travers, 464-4946 or
Journal of the American Medical Association is courtesy of
                                                                   Employees can also contact Carol to verify their military
Sondra Mott, RN, health educator for Health Connections.
                                                                   reserve status information on file in Human Resources.
    Smallpox is caused by the variola virus. Routine vaccination
against smallpox ended in the United States in 1972. The
level of immunity among persons who were vaccinated
                                                                   New Mail Policy at Upstate
before 1972 is uncertain; therefore, these persons are                 The Upstate Mail Center is implementing a new policy
assumed to be susceptible. There have been no reported             in accordance with the U.S. Postal Service due to the need
cases of smallpox since the 1970’s.                                for increased security for our mail handlers. All outgoing
    Smallpox symptoms develop about 12 days after expo-            mail must include a complete return address. The depart-
sure. Initial symptoms include high fever, fatigue, and head       ment sending mail must include the department name
and back aches. A characteristic rash, most prominent on           directly below the University Hospital return address located
the face, arms, and legs, follows in 2-3 days. The rash starts     in the upper right hand corner. The mail handlers will
with flat red lesions, become pus-filled and begin to crust in     check the mail they pick up during their daily runs. Any
the second week. The majority of patients with smallpox            mail without a department name will not be picked up for
recover, but death occurs in up to 30% of cases.                   processing. It is advised that a stamp with your department
    Smallpox is spread directly from one person to another,        name be purchased. If you do not currently have a stamp,
primarily by infected saliva droplets. Persons with smallpox       please print your department’s name clearly in the appro-
are most infectious during the first week of illness, however      priate area. Additional procedures for the security of our
some risk of transmission lasts until all scabs have fallen off.   mail handlers are expected to be implemented as necessary.
There is no proven treatment for smallpox, but there is research
to evaluate new antiviral medications.                             Library Collects Bioterrorism Resources
    Currently, vaccination against smallpox is not recom-             The Health Sciences Library has created a web page with
mended by The Centers for Disease Control and therefore,           journal articles about and web links to bioterrorism resources.
is not available to the general public. There can be severe        Users may link to it from the announcement under News on
side effects to the smallpox vaccine.                              the Library’s homepage,, or
    Public health agencies have noted the potential for the use    directly at
of smallpox as a biological weapon against a civilian popula-      Library Director Laurie Thompson credits the efforts of
tion. In the event of an outbreak of smallpox, the CDC has         Peter Uva and Pam White for their prompt attention in
clear guidelines to swiftly provide vaccine to people exposed      making this information available.
to this disease. In people exposed to smallpox, the vaccine can
lessen the severity of or even prevent illness if given within 4
days after exposure. The CDC has recently announced plans
to accelerate production of a new smallpox vaccine.
    For more information on this or other health related
                                                                     Health Connections is here to help
                                                                          Be sure to call Health Connections’ 24-hour telephone hotline for up
topics, call Health Connections at 315-464-8668.
                                                                     to date and accurate medical information regarding biological agents.
Teleconference to be continually broadcast on Channel 62             The hotline can be accessed by calling 315-464-8668, press the number 1
                                                                     twice, then press the number 2999 to hear the recorded message. To talk
   The teleconference, “Anthrax: What Every Clinician
                                                                     with a nurse, press the star key. Health Connections’ nurses have been
Should Know, “(originally telecast Oct. 18), is continually
being shown on Staff Education Television, Channel 62.               trained in domestic emergency preparedness and response by attending
                                                                     U.S. Army and FBI courses .
Benefits for Employees who are called to Active Duty                      For more specific information about biological agents, individuals
  Employees who are in the military reserves are invited to          may also call the CNY Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at 315-
meet with the Human Resources Benefits Office for a confi-           476-4766 or the Onondaga County Health Department at 315-435-3280,
                                                                     daily from 7 a.m. to midnight.

                                S U N Y       U p s t a t e   M e d i c a l      U n i v e r s i t y
Annual health insurance transfer period for SUNY Upstate Medical
University employees is under way
RESEARCH FOUNDATION EMPLOYEES:                                        Rates: We have not yet been advised of the 2002 health
   The health insurance open enrollment period for 2002           insurance premium rates. However, state employees will
runs through Nov. 30. If you are an eligible Research             have 30 days from the date rates are announced to make
Foundation employee, the Benefits Bulletin about open             decisions on their health insurance coverage for 2002. The
enrollment has been mailed directly to your home address          2002 Rate and Deadlines booklet will be mailed home to
from the Research Foundation. This bulletin contains rate         employees currently participating in the New York State
information as well as any plan changes for 2002.                 Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP). As soon as addi-
                                                                  tional information is available, it will be sent out via
Research Foundation                                               GroupWise e-mail and will also be published in Update.
2002 Bi-Weekly Employee Rates:                                    Please note the United Healthcare HMO will not be offered
                                                                  in 2002. If this is your health insurance option you will
    Health Option                Individual       Family
                                                                  need to change to a new option.
    Empire Deluxe PPO            $14.76           $72.23              Employees in need of further assistance may call or visit
    HMO-CNY                      $12.91           $66.15          the SUNY Upstate Medical University Human Resources
    MVP                          $11.98           $59.46          Department Health Insurance Office, 204 Jacobsen Hall,
                                                                  464-4941 (Kathi Exner). You may also reach Kathi by e-
    United Healthcare            $18.99           $94.59
                                                                  mail at EXNERK via GroupWise.
    Univera                      $12.27           $63.43              No action is required if you wish to keep the same
                                                                  health insurance coverage.
New for the year 2002: Flexible Spending Account Program.
The Research Foundation of SUNY is offering two new
programs to help reduce your taxes and increase your
spendable income in 2002. The Health Care Spending
Account provides employees with the opportunity to pay
for un-reimbursed medical expenses on a pre-tax basis. The
                                                                    Cancer in
Dependent Care Spending Account provides employees
with the opportunity of paying for child care, elder care, or
other dependent care expenses on a pre-tax basis.
                                                                     the Classroom
Enrollment will run through Nov. 30. The Benefits Bulletin
sent to your home includes information on these programs.

   The annual Pre-Tax Contribution Program Selection
period runs through Nov. 30. Enrollees who want to
change the status of their contributions (pre-tax or after-
tax) for health insurance benefits must do so during this
period. Pre-tax enrollees who want to voluntarily cancel
their coverage or change to individual coverage without a
qualifying event must request the change during this
period. The Pre-Tax Contribution Program Selection                            Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001
period will not be extended beyond Nov. 30.                                        7:45 am - 2:30 pm
   Flex Spending Account Open Enrollment ends Nov. 9.                           Thompson Road, BOCES-Building A
Employees who want to enroll in the Health Care Spending            A one-day conference for school teachers, counselors,
Account or Dependent Care Advantage Account for 2002
must enroll by Nov. 9.
                                                                    nurses, social workers, psychologists, CSE chairpeople and
                                                                    others working with children being treated for cancer.

U   P   S   T   A   T   E   update                                                                                               9
briefs                                              S U N Y     U p s t a t e                M e d i c a l   U n i v e r s i t y

SCCFM announces Spring 2002                                        Central New York Psychiatry in
course schedule                                                    Primary Care Conference is Nov. 8
    The Syracuse Consortium for the Cultural Foundations              The “1st Central New York Psychiatry in Primary Care
of Medicine (SCCFM) has announced its elective Spring              Conference” will be held Thursday, Nov. 8 from 8:30 a.m.
2002 courses, to be held Jan. 14 through May 9. SCCFM              to 4:30 p.m. at the Carousel Center/Skydeck.
is a cooperative program of Upstate Medical University,               The program covers how antidepressants work; antide-
LeMoyne College and Syracuse University. The courses are:          pressant side effects and how to manage them; antidepres-
    • Culture and Mental Disorder, to be taught by John            sant augmentation and combination therapy; differential
Townsend, PhD in 5301 Weiskotten Hall on Wednesdays                diagnosis of delirium, dementia and depression; diagnosis
from 7 to 10 p.m.                                                  and treatment of depression and anxiety; and post-trau-
    • Healing Practices, to be taught by Fred Frohock,             matic stress disorder.
PhD, in 100A Eggers Hall Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.                   The fee is $85 per person. A reduced rate of $60 is
    SCCFM courses are open to upper division under-                available to full-time and clinical faculty members of
graduate, graduate students, and faculty from the coop-            Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry. Pre-registration is
erating institutions and to members of the public who              required; the deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 2. To
hold a bachelor’s degree. Registration for Upstate                 register or for more information, contact Darlene Black at
Medical University individuals will be held in 203                 315-464-3141 or e-mail
Campus Activities Building for College of Medicine and
Health Professions students and in 1162 Weiskotten Hall
for Graduate Studies students. For more information,
contact Linda Chow, SCCFM coordinator at 464-8449.

     Unique cards bring holiday cheer...and support for a wonderful cause
     CARD SALE                                                          University Hospital’s Center for Children’s
                                                                        Cancer and Blood Disorders continues the tradi-
     Wednesday, Nov. 7
     10 a.m. - 2 p.m.                                                   tion of selling beautiful Christmas cards designed
     2nd floor of University Hospital outside the cafeteria.            by young patients, their family members and
                                                                        friends. Proceeds from the sale of the cards
     Brochures for this year’s cards and sales of last year’s
     cards will be available.                                           benefit the Center.
                                                                        Brochures showing this year’s selection of cards
                                                                        are available by contacting Mandy Trudell at
                                                                        464-6133 or
                                                                        Your generosity made last year’s card sales our
                                                                        best ever! Thank you for your continued support.

                                                                    This card was designed
                                                                    by Clarissa, age 9

    Prizes Abound!
$1000!                               Bed & Breakfast
                                                                          Silk Floral
                                                                                                               Two Tickets
                                                                                                               to Mystery
donated jointly by Labor and
                                     donated by Dickenson House on
                                                                          donated by Linda Gleason, Fiscal
                                                                                                               & Merlot
Management (PEF CSEA, UUP
                  ,          ,                                                                                 donated by Advocates
                                                                                                               for SUNY Upstate
Campus Administration). Must         Upstate Medical                      $60 Certificates
contribute through payroll
                                     University                           donated by La Fleur de Beaute        SEFA Coffee
deduction to be eligible.
                                     Sweatshirt                                                                Mugs
                                     $30 value                            $8 Tanning                           donated by CNY S.E.F.A.

Four Gala                            donated by Upstate’s Barnes and
                                     Noble Campus Bookstore
                                                                          donated by Hair Trends               Deluxe
Tickets                              $25 Dish                             30 minute
                                                                                                               Car Wash
                                                                                                               donated by Sparkle City
donated by Upstate                   Garden                               Massage                              Car Wash
Foundation Office                    donated by Creative Florist          value: $30
                                                                          donated by the Art of Massage        One month
                                     Gift Package                                                              memberships to
Two 2002                             donated by Montana Mills Bread Co.   $15 Gift                             Gold's Gym
CNY Skins                            Pizza Party                          donated by Apropos
                                                                                                               Three memberships donated by
                                                                                                               Gold's Gym

                                     donated by Upstate
Game                                 Nutritional Services                 Plainville Farms                     Leather-bound
                                                                          Dinner for Two                       Writing Journal
Tickets                              One Month Free
                                     Garage Parking
                                                                          donated by Plainville
                                                                          Farms Restaurant
                                                                                                               donated by Carol Ceraldi, Medical
                                                                                                               Illustration & Graphics
donated by Upstate
                                     value: $25
Foundation Office                                                                                              $25 Gift
                                     donated by Upstate
                                     Parking Office
                                                                          Family Passes to
                                                                          Rosamond Gifford                     Certificates
$100 Gift                            $25 cash                             Zoo
                                                                          value: $12
                                                                                                               Three certificates donated by
                                                                                                               Tree Haven Café

Certificate                          donated by Howe Chiropractic
                                                                          donated by Rosamond Gifford Zoo
                                                                                                               $25 Carousel Mall
to Carousel                          Pizza Baking
                                     Stone & Cutter
                                                                          Tote Bags
                                                                          value: $10 ea.
                                                                                                               Gift Certificate
                                                                                                               donated by Diane Conklin, Custom
Mall                                 donated by Judy Runfola, Pampered
                                     Chef representative
                                                                          donated by the Nursing Recruitment
                                                                                                               Business Services

donated by University Radiology                                                                                T-shirts,
Associates Imaging Centers, LLP      Product or                           Fudge &                              Water Bottles,
                                     Certificate                          Promotional Items                    Portfolios
Two                                  donated by Follett's
                                     Orange Bookstore
                                                                          donated by Community
                                                                          Health Charities                     & Tuition
                                                                                                               Enrollment Fees
Vintastic                            $25 Gift                             Upstate T-shirts                     Two sets donated by OASIS,
                                                                                                               a program for people 55+
Tickets                              Certificate
                                     donated by Syra-juice
                                                                          donated by Upstate Public &
                                                                          Governmental Affairs

donated by Upstate
Foundation Office
                                       Turn in your pledge cards by       December 1 to be eligible for these great prizes!
                                       (Remember, the earlier you turn in your card, the better your chances!)

                                     For more information, call Diane Conklin, 4-6562.

U   P   S   T   A   T   E   update                                                                                                                 11
 in the spotlight...                                                                                                        6th Annual Holiday
                                                                                                                            Shoppes to benefit CARE
                                      S U N Y       U p s t a t e        M e d i c a l         U n i v e r s i t y               Be sure to attend the Junior
                                                                                                                            League of Syracuse’s 6th Annual
                                                                                                                            Holiday Shoppes, Nov. 9 through 11
 Article by Dr. Gilbert                   to the Association. Pede                 University Foundation,                   at the Price Chopper Horticulture
 featured in Science                      has served the association               MedBest and Sodexho to                   Building of the New York State
                                          for over 20 years, currently             thank the vendors for their              Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the
      A scientific review                 as vice president.                       support of the University
 written by David M. Gilbert,                                                                                               event benefit University
                                                                                   and the Foundation.
 PhD, associate professor of                                                                                                Hospital’s Child Abuse Referral
                                          Carol Anne Kozik, RN,                        Upstate’s Dr. Sheila
 biochemistry and molecular                                                                                                 and Evaluation Program (CARE)
                                          MSN named nurse                          Lemke and Dr. Bernard
 biology, is featured in the                                                       Poiesz made special presen-
                                                                                                                                 The event features
 October issue of Science.                educator                                                                          merchants from across the
                                                                                   tations during the
                       The review             Carol Anne Kozik, RN,                luncheon. Joan Brooks of                 northeast who sell distinct hand-
                       “Making            MSN has joined University                Upstate Medical University               crafted gifts and ornaments,
                       Sense of           Hospital’s Department of                 Foundation and Vendor                    gourmet foods, clothing, artwork
                       Eukaryotic         Organizational Training                  Committee Chair Darren                   and other unique items. Several
                       DNA                and Development as nurse                 Petragnani presented                     events and workshops, as well
                       Replication        educator. Prior to Upstate,              “Partners in Success”                    as wine and cheese tastings,
                       Origins,”          Kozik was clinical nurse                 awards to Ansun Graphics,                and other entertaining activities,
 David M. Gilbert, PhD
                       discusses          specialist and clinical infor-           Cortland Glass Company                   including a visit from Santa, will
                       DNA replica-       matics coordinator at                    Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, and               be featured.
 tion (the process by which               Cortland Memorial                        Park Outdoor Advertising.                     Advanced tickets may be
 cells make a complete copy               Hospital. Carol Anne has                     (Suggestions for poten-              purchased at participating
 of their genetic information             extensive experience in the              tial sponsors or corporate               Peter’s Groceries, M & T Bank or
 before a cell divides). The              development of training                  donors to the Foundation                 by contacting the Junior League
 article offers an explana-               materials and programs for               should by forwarded to                   of Syracuse at 423-9773. Tickets
 tion for why even our most               clinical departments,                    John Zacharek, director of               will also be sold at the door.
 modern textbooks still do                including both orientation               endowment campaigns and
 not contain information on               and ongoing staff educa-                                                          Upstate faculty present at
                                                                                   corporate development at
 the replication origins in               tion. Kozik’s office is in                                                        meeting
                                                                                   the Upstate Foundation,
 humans except for a single               415 Jacobsen Hall, Room                                                               Dr. Donald C. Blair of
 crude experiment done in                 (464-6124).                                                                       Infectious Diseases and Drs. Roy
 1968 that proves they exist.                                                                                               Guharoy and Kelly West of
                                          Upstate Medical                                                                   Pharmacy presented “Stability of
 Michael Pede awarded for                 University Foundation                                                             Blood Pressure and Serum
 outstanding service                      thanks vendors                                                                    Creatinine in Patients Receiving
                                                                                                                            Highly Active Antiretroviral
     Michael Pede, associate                  One hundred fifty
 director of financial aid at                                                                                               Therapy,” at the 30th annual
                                          vendors attended the 6th
 Upstate, received the Father                                                                                               meeting of the American College
                                          Annual Vendor Luncheon,
 Dunne Service Award by                                                                                                     of Clinical Pharmacology.
                                          recently held in the Institute
 the New York State                       for Human Performance.
 Financial Aid Administrators             The event was co-spon-
 for his outstanding service              sored by Upstate Medical                                                          Upstate Update is published by
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                                                                                                                            for the 11/21–12/5 issue is
                                                                                                                            Monday, Nov. 12, 2001.

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