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Archive for the ‘ research-biomedical/clinical’ Category

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.


Understanding marijuana

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Gene Tinelli, MD, PhDAddiction psychiatrist Gene Tinelli, MD, PhD, helps us understand the medicinal value and risks of marijuana.  Read more: Why I changed my mind on weed, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent.


Boost your brainpower with regular exercise

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Carol SamesExercise physiologist Carol Sames, PhD discusses recent research that identifies numerous previously unknown ways in which regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps control diabetes and boosts brainpower. Sames is the Director of Upstate’s Vitality! program, which was conceived as a natural extension of the programs and activities offered through the traditional health care system. For more information or to enroll in the Vitality! program, call (315) 464-9992.
Read the story: Researchers Explain Why Exercise Works Magic, The Scientific American.


‘Peds to Parents’ – Improving immunization rates in low-income populations

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Joseph B Domachowske, MD

Manika D Suryadevara, MD,Infectious disease specialists Joseph Domachowske, MD and Manika Suryadevara, MD, will reveal the reason why immunization rates among our local low-income population are now way higher than other parts of the country.  The pair led an effort to provide free flu shots to parents and children who registered for the Salvation Army’s annual holiday toy distribution, as part of a program designed provide education to participating families about the flu vaccine. Read the story

Read the study abstract: Community-centered education improves vaccination rates in children from low-income households
Estimated human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage among adolescent girls aged 13–17 years, by number of doses— National Immunization Survey–Teen, United States, 2007–2012

Read the blog: Peds to Parents – Notes from Upstate Professionals to Parents and Caregivers


How weight loss coaching can prevent diabetes

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Paula Trief, PhDPaula Trief, PhD, discusses a study she is conducting in cooperation with Upstate’s Joslin Diabetes Center that is looking at the effectiveness of telephone weight loss coaching in pre-diabetics. This is a followup to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a major clinical research study that determined weight loss was more effective than medication in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes in study participants who were prediabetic.  Read more about clinical trials at Upstate.