Brian Thompson, MD recently attended the first United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples as a representative of Upstate Medical University. The conference was held to share perspectives and best practices on the realization of the basic civil rights of indigenous peoples. Thompson talks about programs at Upstate designed to attract diverse young people to careers in healthcare.
Thompson is director of obstetrics at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus and medical director of the Upstate Midwifery Program, and assistant dean for diversity at Upstate Medical University.
Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Carolyn Jones talks about The American Nurse, a project she conceived with the hope of elevating the voice of nurses through their personal stories and photographs. She explains how the idea was conceived, and how it came to be a book and film. Read more: The American Nurse Project, Watch the trailer
Jeremy Joslin, MD, new medical director of the emergency department at Upstate Medical University, tells what to expect when you visit a level 1 trauma center, the specialty services available, and his vision and goals for emergency medicine at Upstate. Joslin is assistant professor and fellowship program director of Emergency Medicine at Upstate.
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Neurologist Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, talks about the increase in prevalence of epilepsy among older adults, and how symptoms in the elderly are often not recognized as seizures and thus treated incorrectly. O’Dwyer is a clinical instructor and epilepsy fellow in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. For more information, call 315 464-4243 and ask for Dr. O’Dwyer.
A family of molecules known as the Wave Complex interact within our cells. Which molecular family members are present at any given time in the life of a cell determines how that cell will behave: how it gets nutrition, whether and how it moves, whether it remains stationery.
This complex appears to play a major role in the invasive types of breast cancer, says Leszek Kotula, PhD, associate professor of urology and biochemistry and molecular biology. Working on the theory that the Wave Complex could be a target for therapy are Kotula and two colleagues, Steve Landas, MD, professor of pathology and urology, and Mira Krendel, PhD, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology.
When they increase some specific molecules in the complex, the cancer spreads, Kotula says. He adds that by decreasing certain molecules, “we may actually stop metastasis, or greatly affect it.”
The next step will be to test the effects of existing cancer drugs on these molecules. Landas, a diagnostic pathologist for 35 years, sees the potential. “Wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we find ourselves in a situation where we can look at certain members of this family of molecules and know with a high degree of certainty which drugs will work and which will not?”
Microbiologist Gary Chan, PhD discusses his research into the effects of human cytomegalovirus infection, also known as HCMV – a herpes virus, on monocyte cell survival. Chan is assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate Medical University, and recently received a $402,500 grant from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the project.