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Archive for the ‘ research-biomedical/clinical’ Category

An overview of autism

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Psychologist Henry S Roane, PhDHenry Roane, PhD gives an overview of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – the possible causes, diagnosis, and treatment protocols – and a new study from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that shows a significant increase in autism rates.  Roane is the G. S. Liptak Professor of Child Development in the Department of Pediatrics at Upstate Medical University. Read the story: Autism rates now 1 in 68 U.S. children: CDCFamily Behavior Analysis Clinic at Upstate.  For more information, call 464-3950.


New technique for kidney cancer surgery

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Gennady Bratslavsky, MDMichael Daugherty, MD, PGY1Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, chair of Urology at Upstate, is joined by urology resident Michael Daugherty, MD, to help us understand the diagnosis and treatment of kidney cancer. They explain the results of a study comparing surgical techniques to address this type of cancer, and the importance of protecting your kidneys as people age.  Read the story: “NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys”.  Read more about:  Upstate’s Prostate Cancer Program,

Read the study: “Compared with radical nephrectomy, nephron-sparing surgery offers a long-term survival advantage in patients between the ages of 20 and 44 years with renal cell carcinomas (≤4cm): An analysis of the SEER database”


How sexual lubricants can affect fertility

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Renee E Mestad, MDKazim R Chohan, PhD, HCLD Upstate family planning expert Renee Mestad, MD is joined by Kazim Chohan, PhD, director of Upstate’s Andrology Laboratory, to discuss the findings of Chohan’s recent study on common sexual lubricants and their impact on conception. They also talk about other things that may impede a couples’ chances of conceiving.

Read the study: In vitro effects of coital lubricants and synthetic and natural oils on sperm motility, and read the story: Study warns some lubricants could block conception


Developing a career in cancer research

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Chris LucchesiChris Lucchesi, a pharmacology graduate student at Upstate, shares his personal experience with cancer, and what led him into his particular field of cancer research. Read more: Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies Pharmacology Program.


Exploring why the urge to smoke begins in utero

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Steven L Youngentob, PhDSteven Youngentob, PhD, professor in Upstate’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, explains the fascinating results of his recently published study on the effects of nicotine exposure in utero.  Read the study: Fetal Nicotine Exposure Increases Preference for Nicotine Odor in Early Postnatal and Adolescent, but Not Adult, Rats

Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center 


What’s going on with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research?

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Jeremy M Shefner, MD, PhDJeremy Shefner, MD, PhD, professor and chair of Neurology at Upstate Medical University, talks about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Upstate’s Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Research and Treatment Center, which works closely with the Association’s Upstate New York Chapter, provides multidisciplinary care for people with ALS and conducts clinical trials on experimental therapies for ALS.  Upstate Medical University is one of the country’s leading clinical research sites for ALS, and is currently participating in several national and international trials.


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


Determining your “fitness age”

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Carol SamesExercise physiologist Carol Sames PhD, discusses a recent study out of Norway that has shown you can determine your “fitness age” and overall health using some simple parameters, including waist circumference, resting heart rate and frequency and intensity of exercise.
How fit are you, really? – try out the Fitness Calculator.
Read the study: Estimating V·O 2peak from a non-exercise prediction model: the HUNT Study, Norway


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


Building a better ankle brace for flat feet

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Christopher G Neville, PT, PhDChristopher Neville, PT, PhD, talks about flatfoot due to Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD), one of the most common problems of the foot and ankle.  Neville describes a new clinical trial underway at Upstate to help determine the most appropriate, conservative treatment for PTTD.  
Read more: Upstate study to help determine best conservative treatment for common foot disorder. 
Read about the study: Effect of Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Specific Braces on Foot. 
For more information, call 315-464-9966


Unveiling Upstate’s new Neuroscience Research Building

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Rosemary Rochford, PhDRosemary Rochford, PhD, vice president for research at Upstate Medical University, describes Upstate’s new state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research Building.  She talks about what this building means to Upstate and the community of Syracuse, and to neurosciences research in general.

 Learn about the exciting ongoing research at Upstate – Upstate Research Matters


An update on prostate cancer research

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Leszek Kotula, MD/PhDUpstate urologist and researcher Leszek Kotula, MD, PhD, explains how basic science research done in his lab will one day benefit prostate cancer patients with better diagnostic and treatment options. Watch Dr. Kotula’s video: Research Matters.