Archive Posts

Archive for the ‘ genetics’ Category

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the benefit of support groups

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Joseph G Sorbello, MSEd, RRT, RTRoy VanOrderJoseph Sorbello, RT, chair of the Respiratory Therapy Program in Upstate’s College of Health Professions, talks about emphysema and chronic bronchitis, together referred to as Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, or COPD.  Sorbello is joined by Roy VanOrder, PhD, who started a COPD and Alpha-1 support group in Syracuse called ZephyrCuse, funded through the American Lung Association and the Alpha-1 Anti-trypsin Foundation. For more information on the support group call (315) 299-4367, or email


What you should know about genetic testing

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Bonnie BraddockUpstate certified genetic counselor Bonnie Braddock, MPH, CGC, explains genetic testing — what it is, when to consider getting tested, and the importance of seeking professional genetic counseling.  Learn more about: The Breast Cancer Program at Upstate Medical University.



Ongoing challenges of families touched by mental illness

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

LLoyd Sederer, MDSpecial guest Lloyd Sederer, MD, medical director of the NY State Office of Mental Health, talks about the ongoing challenges of families touched by mental illness, and his new book The Family Guide to Mental Health Care.   What’s Up At Upstate: How to recognize mental illness in a loved one




‘Peds to Parents’ – Ballet therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Nienke P Dosa, MD, MPHLisa Neville OTRUpstate developmental pediatrician Nienka Dosa, MD, talks about a new guidebook written by dancers for dancers, using ballet therapy for children with cerebral palsy. She is joined by occupational therapist and ballet instructor Lisa Neville, OT, who is collaborating to put the program into practice at Jowonio preschool, with the help of Syracuse Nottingham high school dancer students.  View the guidebook: Ballet for Children with Cerebral Palsy
The Center for Development, Behavior, and Genetics at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers

To donate to the Madeline Cote Endowment, a fund to support pediatric patients with cerebral palsy and their families during treatment at Upstate Medical University, go to the Foundation for Upstate Medical Universityand search for ‘Cote’.  For more information: 315-464-7561.


Eye specialist at Upstate hopes to offer artificial retina surgery

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Anthony Andrews, MD

Upstate ophthalmologist Anthony Andrews, MD, describes a newly-approved retinal implant for adults with rare genetic eye disease, including retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration.  
Read What’s Up At Upstate blog: Eye specialist at Upstate hopes to offer artificial retina surgery
Read: FDA news release about retinal implant
Read: FDA overview of Argus II retinal prosthesis system 
Read/watch: YNN coverage of Argus II


What is 22q deletion syndrome?

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Robert Roger Lebel, MD,Robert Roger Lebel, MD, professor and chief of medical genetics at Upstate Medical University, will describe a genetic disorder called the chromosome 22q deletion, also known as velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS).  The syndrome may cause a variety of health problems, ranging from heart defects and cleft palate to feeding difficulties, immune problems, a unique pattern of learning disabilities and more.  

More information: The Center for Developmental Behavior and Genetics at Upstate Medical University, or call 315-464-6395 or 315-464-6395.   The 22q Foundation


Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

William G Kerr, PhDUpstate Medical University professor William Kerr PhD discusses Crohn’s disease, a major type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Dr. Kerr is involved in a research study that shows promise as a possible link to the cause of this disease. If correct, the finding could lead to novel ways to treat the disease, including cell transplantation. 

Read the story: Upstate researchers look for new treatments for Crohn’s disease


2/19/12 F.D.A. approves new Cystic Fibrosis drug

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Ran D Anbar, MDPulmonologist Ran Anbar talks about cystic fibrosis – what it is and how we have treated it up until now -  and reveals an exiting new drug that treats its underlying cause, rather than just the symptoms.

A Breath of Fresh Air: New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis Treatment [Preview], The Scientific American

The Pediatric Pulmonology Center at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital


10/30/11 Sickle Cell Disease

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Sharon Bauer, RNNurse Manager Sharon Bauer from Upstate’s Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders talks about Sickle Cell disease — what it is, and how it is treated.

Read More About: Sickle Cell Disease