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Ethics of contraception legislation

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Susan WoodSusan Wood, PhD, former Assistant Commissioner for Women’s Health at the Food and Drug Administration, reviews the history of the approval of Plan B emergency contraception as an over-the-counter product for all women in need of it. Wood resigned her position when the Bush administration chose to delay indefinitely a decision on whether emergency contraceptives should be sold over the counter. She is now Executive Director of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at George Washington University’s School of Public Health.


Should nurse practitioners be permitted to practice independently?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Joyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN Upstate’s David Duggan, MDJoyce Griffin-Sobel, PhD, RN, dean of the College of Nursing, and David Duggan, MD, dean of the College of Medicine at Upstate Medical University, discuss the controversial issue of allowing nurse practitioners to break free from doctors and working independently.  Read the story: Take our poll: Should NY allow nurse practitioners to break free from doctors?


Preparing for the Corporate Challenge championship race in London

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Upstate CC winners

Upstate's Corporate Challenge mixed team winners (l-r): Chris Loughlin, Kristy Kmack, Cara Lavier, John Kolh

Team Upstate’s winning 2013 J.P.Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge mixed team, comprised of Chris Loughlin, Kristy Kmack, John Kolh and Cara Lavier, will soon be heading to London to compete in the 2014 championship race. Kmack and Loughlin share their team’s excitement and preparations as they prepare to compete with 156 of the best corporate runners in the world.  Read the story: London is selection for 31st Championship; Field of 39 teams announced for July 9 race


Upstate’s new community partnership

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Maxine ThompsonMozart GuerrierMaxine Thompson, LCSW-R, and Mozart Guerrier, MSW, talk about Upstate’s new community partnership, the Resident Health Advocates program – how the partnership was built and the role of peer leaders in community health. The leadership program was developed by the Healthy Neighbors Partnership, a collaboration between Upstate and the Syracuse Housing Authority. Thompson is Assistant Vice President in Upstate’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Guerrier is the Healthy Neighbors Partnership coordinator. Read the story: Graduates of Upstate resident health program advocate for community health


Heroin use on the rise in Central New York

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Michele CalivaNicholas E Nacca, MD Michele Caliva, RN, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center at Upstate Medical University, is joined by medical toxicology fellow Nicholas Nacca, MD, to discuss the alarming increase in heroin use and heroin-related deaths. They also talk about the use of naloxone, a life-saving nasal spray that immediately reverses the effects of heroin.  Read the story: Heroin in CNY: Firefighters put out users’ high    


How technology will change health care delivery

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Kent Bottles, MDDr. Kent Bottles is a physician executive who has held leadership positions in academia, biotechnology and community health systems, and shares some ideas about what the future holds for medicine.  Encore presentation from February 2011. 


Research findings will help in the fight against dengue fever

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Anna M Stewart, PhD, MPAAnna Stewart-Ibarra PhD, MPA will talk about a study by an international team of researchers she led, on dengue fever. The research provided public health officials with information that will help decrease the risk of dengue, a life-threatening mosquito-borne viral disease that is now one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases globally. Stewart-Ibarra team discovered that certain household risk factors, combined with changes in rainfall and minimum temperature, could be used to predict the presence and abundance of the mosquito that transmits dengue fever. Stewart-Ibarra works in the Center for Global Health and Translational Science (CGHATS) at Upstate Medical University.
Read the story: Research findings will help in the fight against dengue, one of the fastest spreading tropical diseases
Learn more: Dengue fever research at Upstate
Upstate Active Clinical Trials Seeking Participants – Dengue Fever vaccine
For more information, call (315) 459-303


Confidence boost from teachers can help improve student performance

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Richard O'Neill, PhD Sharon ContrerasUpstate psychologist Richard O’Neill PhD is joined by Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras, to discuss a study that shows how a confidence boost from teachers can help improve student performance. 
Read the study: Breaking the Cycle of Mistrust: Wise Interventions to Provide Critical


The benefits of pre-kindergarten education

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Retired Syracuse University psychology professor Peter Knoblock, PhDPeter Knoblock, PhD, is a leading authority on autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Forty years ago, he founded the Jowonio School to serve students with special needs and advocate for inclusive classrooms. Knoblock shares his perspective on the value of a pre-kindergarten education, and his views on full-day versus half-day kindergarten.  Read the story.


An overview of adaptive physical education

Friday, October 11th, 2013

James Rimmer, PhDJames Rimmer, PhD, the Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences, was the keynote speaker for a recent conference on adaptive physical education. He shares a broad overview of where we are nationally with adaptive physical education in terms of policy and practice. Dr. Rimmer also directs the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability. For more information, call 1-800-900-8086.


How health care provider’s cultural competency can influence their outcomes

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Luis Castro, MDLuis Castro, MD, medical director of the Westside Family Health Center in Syracuse, and clinical associate professor in the department of Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University, will share his perspective on how health care providers’ cultural competency can influence their outcomes. 


Organizing a medical mission to Ghana

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Lauri Rupracht, RNUpstate pediatric nurse Lauri Rupracht, RN, will be embarking on her third trip to Ghana, Africa for a two week medical mission.  She shares her past experiences working in rural medical clinics and orphanages, and learning about the culture and their healthcare delivery system.  Anyone wishing to participate or donate to a future volunteer trip should contact Lauri Rupracht at ruprachl@upstate.edu.