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Questions about the Zika Virus?

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Did you know the Upstate Health Sciences Library has a guide to information about infectious diseases, including the Zika virus?

Click below for resources on infectious diseases such as:





Zika and more!

The National Library of Medicine Disaster Management Information Research Center also has gathered resource lists for Public Health emergencies.  See the Library blog:


New Inclusion and Diversity Guide- send us your resources

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The Center for Bioethics & Humanities has initiated the Inclusion & Diversity guide ( to promote inclusion and diversity in the classroom.

We invite you to share your ideas and research.

Faculty, staff, students and others are invited to share their expertise. Please send us selected readings, articles, and websites you rely on to address disparities and bias — whether in healthcare practice, the classroom or when considering how to develop a more diverse university.

The Inclusion & Diversity guide is a crowd-sourced guide. The current guide is a starting point, and we’re looking to the Upstate community to contribute.

The basis for this guide is cultural humility, recognizing our own privilege and biases as we commit to learning about marginalized groups. It also involves a commitment to community engagement and collaboration.  We hope to work collaboratively with you on this guide. To submit references or resources, please contact Rebecca Garden, PhD ( or Kate Ghezzi-Kopel ( February Book of the Month

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

PsychOnline Book of the Month: February 2016

Title: The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression
By Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.

You can access the Book of the Month from the home page at

In The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression,Kernberg demonstrates his belief that the collaboration of psychoanalysis and neurobiology has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of the human mind. This volume collects his recent work in several areas: severe personality disorders, couples in conflict, and religious experience. In addition, the book addresses the challenges that psychoanalysis faces in the current medical environment, and the need to strengthen its ties with academic institutions.

Otto Kernberg is a towering figure in the field of psychoanalysis and has accomplished seminal work in object relations and the treatment of borderline and narcissistic patients. The full spectrum of mental health clinicians, as well as educated general readers, will find this to be a work of creativity and substance.

You’ll have access to The Inseparable Nature of Love and Aggression as a PDF download for the month of February at

Upstate celebrates National Wear Red Day February 5th

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Wear something red on Friday, Feb. 5 to show your support for National Go Red For Women Day and take advantage of free heart-healthy activities that Upstate Medical University’s Go Red committee has planned, including exercise and dance classes, a “reduce your stress” activity and health screenings. – See more at:

Check out the Go Red activities on Feb. 5:

Community Campus (all activities will be held in the Community Room).
• 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employee health screenings. (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, TC/HDL ratio, glucose, blood pressure, weight and BMI). Take 10 minutes and receive your results. Clinical staff and a registered dietitian will review your results with you. Call 464-8668 to schedule a time that fits your schedule.
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening.
• 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Pilates with Chris Rieger, PT, certified Pilates instructor.
• 1:30 p.m. Introduction to Yoga with Deb Delaney.
Downtown Campus (all activities will be held in the 11th floor Kinney Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Note: blood pressure screenings will also take place outside the small cafeteria.)
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Blood pressure screening by medical students and staff from Upstate’s Keuka Learning Community,
• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make a card for your valentine.
• Exercise activities:
- 11-11:15 a.m. Work Day Work Out (Suzanne Brisk)
- 11:15-11:30 a.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)
- 11:30-11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to noon. Belly dancing (Robin Grabowski)
– Noon to 12:15 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)
- 12:15 to 12:30 p.m. NIA (Cindy Paikin)
- 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)
- 12:45 to 1 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)
- 1 to 1:15 p.m. Work Day Work Out
- 1:15-1:30 p.m. Saturday Night Fever, Macarena, Electric Slide (Suzanne Brisk)
- 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. Cupid Shuffle, Whip, Nae Nae and Wobble (Kristin Thompson)
-1:45 to 2 p.m. Stretching (Suzanne Brisk)

Follow on Twitter @upstatenews for Go Red.
- See more at:

Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

February 10

Damon Tweedy, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” will discuss his memoir at two public lectures Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of Upstate Medical University’s Black History Month celebration.

Two lectures:

Noon in 9295 Weiskotten
5 p.m. in 1159 Weiskotten

Read more at news from Upstate.

Feb. 17, 18 and 19

The movie Selma will be shown Feb. 17, 18 and 19 at 6 p.m. in 103 Weiskotten Hall. This event is part of Upstate’s celebration of Black History Month.

February 24

Elizabeth Blackwell Day is Feb. 24

Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, will speak at Elizabeth Blackwell Day celebrations Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium. For more information, contact Margaret Maimone at or 464-8526.

NLM Resource Lists for Public Health Emergencies

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated.  Links to these lists are included below and also can be found on our NLM Disaster Health home page.

Please share these resources freely!

Zika Virus Health Information Resources:

Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak:

Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System:

These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as:

  • Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
  • Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
  • Social media resources for situational awareness

To keep up-to-date on these and other Disaster Health resources, please sign-up for our email updates:

Ted Talk Speaker: Zak Ebrahim

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

In the 2014 Ted Talk “I Am the Son of a terrorist. Here’s How I Chose Peace,” Zak Ebrahim candidly opens up about his father’s involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people and injured many others. At a very young age, Ebrahim was exposed to the violent side of a radical Islam and it wasn’t until later in life that he realized that the environment he grew up in was filled with dogma and taught him intolerance towards others.

After his father was sentenced to prison, when Ebrahim was just seven years old, his family was forced to move around frequently in order to protect their family’s identity. Constantly moving from city to city meant that Ebrahim became accustomed to being the new kid and was therefore a target for bullying. It was exactly in this isolation where Ebrahim developed his character and realized he didn’t want to make others feel the way he felt.  In his TED Talk he explains, “Being bullied as a kid created a sense of empathy in me toward the suffering of others, and it comes very unnaturally to me to treat people who are kind in any other way than how I would want to be treated.” Expected to follow in his father’s footsteps, Ebrahim was faced with a hard decision on how he wanted to live his life; would he continue to condemn those who were different from him or learn to let his old ideologies go and learn how to respect others.

In 2000, Ebrahim participated in the National Youth Convention in Philadelphia where his world view began to change. For the first time he was exposed to a diversity of students, and he realized that the people who he was taught were immoral because of their differing beliefs, were actually nice people. He found out that one of the friends he made during the convention happened to be Jewish. Finding out this information didn’t change his view of his friend and it was then where he realized that there was no natural animosity between each other, where he was taught there should be.

After Ebrahim’s father went to jail, he and his family decided to stop the dogma and end connections with him. Ebrahim changed his name and decided to live a life of tolerance and love. He chose to share his story to hopefully set an example for other people who are faced with similar situations and show them that there is always an alternative. Ebrahim ends the talk with a powerful statement: “ I stand here as proof that violence isn’t inherent in one’s religion or race, and the son does not have to follow the ways of his father. I am not my father.”

Watch the Talk

Check out Ebrahim’s 2014 Ted Talk “I Am the Son of a terrorist. Here’s How I Chose Peace.”

Read the Book

To read more about his inspirational journey check out The Terrorist’ Son, a TED book original, in the Health Sciences Library today!

Black History Month opening ceremony is Feb. 3

Monday, February 1st, 2016

When: Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Campus Activities Building (the program will be streamed live to conference rooms A and B at the Community Campus)

Welcome: President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP
Keynote: Wanda Thompson, PhD, Senior Vice President of Operations

Upstate’s opening ceremony in honor of Black History Month, including a welcome from Upstate President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Campus Activities Building. Senior Vice President of Operations Wanda Thompson, PhD, is the keynote speaker. Honorees are Sharon Contreras, PhD, superintendent of the Syracuse City School District, and Susan Keeter, assistant director of creative services with Upstate’s Marketing Communications department. The program will be streamed live to conference rooms A and B at the Community Campus. A heart-healthy soul food lunch will be available at the CAB and desserts will be available at Community.

Come meet our therapy dogs at Therapy Thursdays

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Pet Partners welcomes you to “Therapy Thursdays” at the Health Sciences Library.

When: 1/28, 2/25 & 3/31

Time: 11:30-1:00pm

and Bonus Friday

2/19 2:30-4:00pm

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that positively influences the health and well-being of both. Learn more, and join us for some canine bonding!


HS Talks: Future Directions in Therapeutic Intervention, Diagnostics and Prophylactics

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

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New series: Future Directions in Therapeutic Intervention, Diagnostics and Prophylactics

Targeting microRNAs in cancer
Dr. Molly Taylor – AstraZeneca, UK
Antisense oligonucleotides: the promise and the problems
Dr. Kendall S. Frazier – GlaxoSmithKline, USA
Genetics of monogenic obesity: part 1 of 2
Genetics of monogenic obesity: part 2 of 2
Prof. Dr. Johannes Hebebrand – University Hospital Essen, Germany
Prof. Dr. Anke Hinney – University Hospital Essen, Germany
New talk in Cancer Genetics:
The genetics of glioblastoma
Dr. Hai Yan – Duke University School of Medicine, USA
New talk in Vaccines:
Back pain: are we measuring the right things?
Prof. Rob Froud – Warwick Medical School, UK
Legal and ethical aspects of using animals in research in the EU
Dr. Judy A. MacArthur Clark – Animals in Science Regulation Unit (ASRU), Home Office, UK
A new independent talk:
Immune checkpoint blockade and head and neck cancer
Dr. Jonathan Schoenfeld – Harvard University