Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 Post it
 Prayer and healing
 A working break
 New dental technology
 High schoolers in medicine
 Quonset Hut dream
 Health disparities
 Bullied kids avoid playground
 New hypertension treatment
 An adventurous new Chair
 Biotech training facility
 A champion for the cause
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Table of Contents
        Page 2
    Post it
        Page 3
    Prayer and healing
        Page 4
    A working break
        Page 5
    New dental technology
        Page 6
    High schoolers in medicine
        Page 7
    Quonset Hut dream
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Health disparities
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Bullied kids avoid playground
        Page 12
    New hypertension treatment
        Page 13
    An adventurous new Chair
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Biotech training facility
        Page 18
    A champion for the cause
        Page 19
    Back Cover
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Dental students

give sole for March of Dimes

Giving families of prematurely born babies a reason to smile, the
College of Dentistry's team UF Smile raised thousands of dollars for
the March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2006, which took place March 26.
Nearly 60 dental students made the trek to set a new college record for
number of participants and contributions. They raised $2,400 $800
more than last year and for the first time achieved "Battered Boot"
status, which requires teams raise more than $2,000.
"It was really neat," said Stephanie Dexter, 26, a fourth-year dental
student and captain of UF Smile. "I think it's fun." Dexter has
participated in the Gainesville March of Dimes event since her freshman
undergraduate year.
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Team UF Smile traversed the 9-mile course in about four hours,
hotfooting it through Gainesville beginning at Westwood Middle School
before touching base at Santa Fe Community College, heading on to
Gainesville Regional Airport and sliding into home back at Westwood.
Dental senior and UF Smile member Justin Chisari, 24, said he became
interested in the March of Dimes after learning about the link between
periodontal disease and premature delivery. He has participated in the
walk throughout his four years of dental school.
"I can make a difference not only by raising money to help conquer
the battle against prematurity but also, as a future dentist, to advise
pregnant women on the risks of periodontal disease and help promote
their oral health," Chisari said.
Adrianna C. Rodriguez

UF dental sophomore and March of Dimes dental coordinator Stephanie Dexter (center)
takes an ice cream break with husband Rick Dexter (left) and classmate Justin Chisari to
refresh after the four-hour, 9-mile March of Dimes walk-a-thon held March 26.


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After a student revolt led by Alberta, the HSC Library responded to popular
demand and has returned to its former closing time. In January the HSC
Library started closing at 10 p.m. instead of midnight. After receiving a
large number of complaints about the policy, the library administration
made the change. Now students can once again burn the up-to-midnight
oil from Sunday through Thursday. For the complete schedule, visit www.
library.health.ufl.edu/tempnote_hours_ .html.

The UF Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville has launched a Web site,
www.floridaproton.org to offer a detailed description of what proton therapy is and
how it works.
The therapy, a precise radiation treatment that destroys cancer cells and
minimizes damage to healthy tissue, helps reduce cancer treatment side effects and
decreases patients' risk of developing complications from the treatment later in life.
The 98,000-square-foot facility houses both conventional radiation and proton
therapy. Scheduled to begin accepting patients in July, the facility can, once it
reaches full capacity, deliver proton therapy to up to 200 patients a day.
Florida Proton, located on the Jacksonville campus of the UF Health Science
Center and Shands Jacksonville, is the only proton therapy center in the Southeast
and one of only four nationwide.

In Florida, about 3,000 new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
The UF College of Medicine department of surgical oncology's upcoming Skin
Care Symposium will be a forum to discuss current approaches to dealing with this
dangerous illness. The May 6 symposium at the Ocala Hilton will provide an up-
to-date, comprehensive analysis of the advances that are improving the diagnosis,
treatment and prevention of skin cancer. For more information, call (352) 265-0169.

Its bubbled, faulty old surface has been removed, but the Sun Terrace will likely be
under renovation through the summer, according to A. Miles Albertson, associate
director of facilities planning and construction for UF's Health Science Center.
Facilities is taking bids to find the best new waterproofing material, one that
will be durable for years to come, Albertson said. He added that the project's
completion date is dependent on finding the right coating.
The company that put the old surface down in early 2000 completed the recent
stripping process free of charge because the material began to crack and bubble
almost immediately after it was first applied.

As part of the project, Albertson said the concrete may be stained to reduce the
glare, and a Physical Plant Department landscape architect will reconfigure the
layout of planters and walkways to complete the area's whole new look.

Thinking caps were firmly in place at the first-ever College of Public Health and
Health Professions Trivia Night held April 7. Teams of faculty, staff and students
representing the college's departments squared off to see who knows the most
about Florida history, pop culture, science, sports and geography. Ultimately, the
department of clinical and health psychology team took home first prize -food
and drink vouchers donated by the Swamp Restaurant.
Through entry fees, Trivia Night helped the graduating class of 2006 raise
$750 toward a class gift, which the students plan to present to the college at
commencement on May 4.
Below is a sampling of Trivia Night questions for all the trivia buffs out there.
Answers appear on the back page of this issue.

1. Which Florida river flows north instead of south?
2. In the board game Monopoly, what space is landed on most frequently?
3. Name that phobia: latrophobia.
4. What nation produces more major league baseball players per capital than
any other on Earth?
5. Which Midwestern state led the United States in wine production before

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Science, prayer and healing

On the frontier of science lie the questions only the most adventurous of medical explorers
undertake to answer. One such question perpetually on the horizon is whether prayer can
heal. A study conducted by Harvard researchers recently published in the American Heart
Journal used scientific methods to learn whether a group of Christian strangers praying for
heart bypass surgery patients could help the patients heal. The answer, in this case, was no.
Other studies have had varied results. For insight on the efficacy of the scientific study of prayer
and healing, The POST turns to Allen Neims, M.D., Ph.D., director of UF's Center for Spirituality
and Health. He has answers, too, only many of them are in the form of a question.

Can you be healed by prayer?
I would have to say, what do you mean by heal? What do
you mean by prayer? If you asked five different people you'd
get five different answers. You'd get answers that range from
physical to emotional. We as a society don't spend enough
time with these differences. Western science means cure,
not heal. I'm a firm believer in "Thy will be done." For one
thing, how are we to know what is the "right" outcome from
a medical treatment?

How would you define prayer?
Prayer to different people means different things. It could be
called spirituality, meditation, intentionalityy," or distance
intentionality, such as in this case. People in this study were
directed to single-mindedly focus on an intention for a
certain period of time, such as "help this person have a
successful surgery with no complications." That could be
praying or using intentionality. In this case, all participants
were Christian, but that doesn't mean their intentions were
all delivered in the same manner. In science in all this
the word prayer in itself can lead to emotional responses.
A study must try to get away from the word.

Can prayer be studied scientifically and should it be?
I trust life, and that we are supposed to ask and answer
questions. It is doable scientifically. From a technical point
of view, you can set up a study and measure the result.
From a critical perspective, we could raise questions about
any scientific study and its methods. But it can be done. This
particular study measured an outcome. And it came out to
show virtually nothing. There have been many studies on
the topic; this is one of the best, from a scientific standpoint.
But the results only apply to their context. The key is not to
extrapolate the results too far.
The scientist is an explorer, and, as an explorer, how
can you not explore this mystery? As scientists, do we have
the right tools? Who knows? But we move toward a deeper
understanding. The draw to do this kind of research is the

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same as the draw to learn about what is on the other side
of the ocean. This is at the edge of hard science. This is
much harder than studying drugs. You don't know if you are
going on a stupid voyage, or will discover the world is not
flat. Should this get funding from the government? I support
people taking these journeys into risky waters.

What is the value of these results?
The results are only what they are, and should be looked
at in that sense. The study is meaningful only in its context.
The argument about this study comes because its results
step on people's belief systems. Some critics could say we
wasted $2.4 million and shouldn't do it again. Others think
something else. What does it mean? Let's say this study
had come out with positive results. Leaving God out of it
that is an astounding finding and even more astounding
than Einstein's Theory of Relativity. If you could do this with
your brain ... Wow! Now there is something to study for
the next 5 million years. We wouldn't know how to begin
to study that!
There is an inner journey that every human, even
scientists, make as they go through life. The awe, mystery
and that inner journey is part of being a human being -that
is not lessened by this study. Becoming aware of our own
inner beliefs and how they influence us will make it easierfor
people to talk about emotionally charged topics. Diversity
of thought and experience, appreciating everyone's inner
journey, is what makes this fun. If we can't figure out how
to talk about this without killing each other or calling each
other names, then we are in trouble. Prayer did not heal
people in this circumstance, and that should help people
examine what they believe.

Does this study answer the question once and for all?
Does it speak to whether there is a God? No. Does it
answer whether this works? Not really. For example, this
study doesn't look at personal prayer, if a relative or loved
one is praying for the sick person. It doesn't look at other
illnesses. There are many ways to look at the question. 0

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Spring cleaning:

Medical students spend break helping in New Orleans

By April Frawley Birdwell

he side of the highway stretched out into pitch-black nothingness.
Probably just trees blocking the light, the students guessed as
they drove into the city of New Orleans last month. It was pretty
late, after all.
The UF medical students didn't get a good look at the hurricane-
battered city until the next morning, when the sun rose. They didn't see
any trees along the highway.
"It was miles and miles of empty homes," remembers Mike Shapiro,
a second-year medical student. "And all the damaged cars were lined up
under the highway."
While other medical students traveled to needy countries to work in
clinics or enjoyed a week away from medicine, Shapiro and 14 other UF
medical students spent Spring Break gutting and cleaning homes
damaged in the floods that followed Hurricane Katrina in New
Orleans. "I just kept thinking it could have been us," said Nicole
Sammons, a second-year medical student who organized the trip. "Most
people have put it out of their minds that it actually occurred."
Originally, the students had hoped to use their budding medical
skills in the area, but when that didn't pan out, they decided to
contribute in any way they could, Sammons said.
The United Methodist Church gave the UF students assignments
each day, sending them to a damaged church and several local homes.
With little experience in gutting homes, the first day was tough, the
students said. But they quickly developed a rhythm.
"By the end we were a well-oiled machine," Shapiro said. "We were
all working efficiently."
Second-year student Shawn Patterson added, "A job that was supposed
to take two days was only taking us a day. You learn as you go along."
In some of the houses where they worked, pots and pans still lay in
the kitchen, filled with floodwater from the storm. Shapiro said it was
surreal shoveling out closets stuffed with clothes and objects once
considered precious. But the students salvaged what they could, setting
aside children's drawings, birth certificates and other objects as they
hauled out moldy carpet, warped furniture and rotten refrigerators.
The students even helped one family get its angel back. The New
Orleans family had a large collection of angels they were hunting for in
their house. The UF students were able to recover one of them.
"It was a little touch of humanity," Shapiro said.
But with as much work as they accomplished in the week, working on
a church and clearing out homes, the students say they still can't believe
how much still needs to be done in the city, or how desolate it was.
In neighborhoods filled with hundreds of homes, they were often the
only people on the street. That's why they were surprised one hot day
when they heard the familiar chiming of an ice cream truck.
So will they be switching their career plans to construction? Probably
not. But Patterson said he does plan to return to the city to help out this
summer with other medical students.
The students also plan to continue helping people in need in the
United States next year. They have dubbed their new mission trip
"Project Friend," Sammons said.
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1. Shown Patterson, Nicole Sammons and Mike Shapiro were among the 15 UF
medical students who spent Spring Break working on damaged houses in New
Orleans. Sammons organized the trip. 2. Shapiro stands amid the debris still left in
the city. 3. Medical students worked all week in the city, gutting and clearing out a
church and several homes while they were there. 4. Students wore masks to protect
themselves from toxic substances, such as mold and insulation. 5. A student wheels
trash out of a New Orleans home.

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This isn't your father's dentistry anymore ... or is it?

By Lindy McCollum-Brounley

Chances are you've seen television shows like "Extreme Makeover"
and "The Swan," and have been amazed by the transformations
people experience when their smiles are made over. Men and women
who haven't smiled in years-embarrassed by teeth made unsightly due to
decay, crookedness, or discoloration-suddenly can't keep themselves from
grinning ear to ear, flashing beautiful, pearly whites at the camera for the
viewing pleasure of the folks at home.

Dr. AmerAbu-Hanna snaps digital intraoral photos of dental junior Esmeralda
Chiang's tooth, which has had an old amalgam filling removed in preparation
to receive a CEREC-milled ceramic inlay. Chiang's classmate and the student
dentist performing her inlay procedure, Charbel Klaib, holds a mirror to the
tooth forAbu-Hanna to photograph.

These shows, regardless of whether they give shallow treatment to the
complex dental procedures completed to make those smiles happen, have
gone a long way to highlight just how much dentistry has changed. A
profession once perceived as not having evolved much since the era of

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automotive tail fins and "Look ma! No cavities!" has suddenly caught the
public's fancy and is increasingly known for delivering good oral health and
appealing aesthetics through the use of cutting-edge equipment, materials
and procedures.
Makeover wannabees are not the only ones who have taken note.
"Our students are extremely aware of aesthetic dentistry," said Amer Abu-
Hanna, D.D.S., M.S., an assistant professor of operative dentistry at the UF
College of Dentistry. "The demand from students to do aesthetic procedures
has increased dramatically. They are very aware this is something current in
dental practice and that they will be doing it after they graduate."
Ironically, many high-tech aesthetic dentistry techniques have been
around for years, and, despite the recent public interest, these methods aren't
necessarily at odds with established dental practice, where maintaining
healthy teeth naturally results in a more attractive smile.
For instance, restoring teeth using tooth-colored composite for filling
cavities, gaps and fractured teeth has been routine dental practice for decades.
The composite is long-lived, comes in different shades to match most any
tooth color and leaves teeth looking completely natural.
"We teach our students how to do direct composite veneers (in the
Preclinical Simulation Laboratory), including how to prepare the tooth and
fabricate the veneer themselves," said Abu-Hanna. "The posterior composites
(restorations in back teeth) are also considered aesthetic restoration, and our
students are doing more and more of them because many patients are electing
not to use amalgams (silver fillings). It takes a lot of artistry to build the tooth
up to match the shade and anatomy of the natural tooth... It takes practice."
Dental students are also learning to use the two CEREC 3D computerized
milling systems recently installed in college clinics. The CEREC 3D has
become common in dental practice, which uses its sophisticated imaging
capture and modeling software and diamond milling burs to fabricate
ceramic crowns, inlays and onlays.
"Whatever is missing, you can design a filling for it and the machine will
mill it," said Abu-Hanna. "CEREC uses a digital camera to capture an optical
impression, a multidimensional picture of the tooth structure that is accurate
within microns."
The optical impression is displayed on the CEREC screen, and the
practitioner uses the cursor to define the tooth margins. Next, appropriate
tooth anatomy for the crown, inlay or only is selected from the CEREC
databases to match the anatomy of the teeth surrounding the placement.
Width, height and size can be fine-tuned on screen.
Once satisfied with the restoration design, the dentist transmits the digital
file to the self-contained milling unit. A perfect, customized restoration is
milled from a block of ceramic or composite resin in about 10 minutes, and the
patient can go home with a permanent crown in one visit of a couple of hours.
"Currently, we have three faculty teaching CEREC; myself, Dr. Mark
Davis and Dr. Marc Ottenga," said Abu-Hanna.
Time with these faculty members for personal instruction in clinic can be
reserved by students, and a sign-up sheet is posted to reserve two half-day
slots available during the week. The sign-up sheet is full through summer.
"I think aesthetic dentistry will become a core, important part of our
curriculum as the demand from students to learn these procedures grows,"
said Abu-Hanna. "They want to learn it here in school because they know it's
used out there very successfully in private practice." 0

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Local high school students sample medical school

By April Frawley Birdwell

Jaclyn Goodson already knows she wants to be a forensic anthropologist, just like
the main character on the TV show "Bones," although the 18-year-old is quick to
point out she had the idea before the show made the profession popular.
The academic path to her goal will be rigorous, she knows. That's why the
Buchholz High School senior tries to get as much exposure to science and medicine
as she can now, just to make sure she's headed on the right track.
Luckily for Goodson and other local science-minded high school students, UF
medical students had the same idea.
In March, the medical students gave 24 local high school students a sneak peek
into the world of medicine and health care. The teens took part in information
sessions on medical school, a pig's foot suturing clinic, art activities and other
events at the College of Medicine.
"The entire experience was helpful because it confirmed what I want to do,"
Goodson said after one of the sessions. "You got a taste for a lot of different parts of
The medical students chose to work with the teens as part of a service project for
the Chapman Society, UF's chapter of the Gold Humanism Society, a national
organization that honors medical students, residents and faculty for their
compassion and caring on-the-job behavior.
Most kids don't know anything about medical school or what it's like to be a
doctor, said Matt Eadens, a senior medical student and member of the Chapman
Society. Bringing the teens to the college exposes them to a career they may not
have otherwise considered, he added.
"It could spark something," he said.
The project also fits in with the goals of the Chapman Society, said Alex Cuenca,
a medical student and Chapman member who ran the art part of the program,
where the teens learned the role of writing and art in medicine.
"A lot of us get into this field to help people," Cuenca said. "This is one of the
ways we can do that." 0

Jaclyn Goodson, a Buchholz High School senior, sutures a pig's foot under the
tutelage of a fourth-year medical student Neeli Nadella.

Fat-fighting doc speaks at UF

By April Frawley Birdwell

Arthur Agatston, M.D., loved his SnackWell's low-
fat cookies as sugary sweet as a regular cookie
with none of the chocolate chip cookie guilt.
But eating them wasn't helping the Miami
cardiologist's waistline. Like many of the fat-
free foods that proliferated on supermarket
shelves in the 1990s, the cookies were also high
in refined sugar.
"Not only was I developing a belly, in the late
afternoon when I was seeing patients I'd be ready
to pass out," Agatston explained to a roomful of
UF College of Medicine faculty, residents and
students at a special Grand Rounds lecture last
month. "It was happening to me. It was
happening to the country."
Tired of watching his heart patients struggle,
Agatston developed a diet to cut cholesterol and
control insulin levels, which can lead to excess
weight when high. The diet worked and before
long the word had spread: The South Beach Diet
was born.

Arthur Agatston, a Miami cardiologist who invented the South
Beach Diet, explained why low-fat food doesn't always help
people lose weight when he spoke to UF physicians last month.

The South Beach Diet has become a
worldwide phenomenon, with its own books,
frozen meals, nutrition bars and snacks. Even
former President Bill Clinton famously used the
diet to slim down.
In the United States, 61 percent of the
population is overweight, and part of the
problem is Americans have received so many
mixed messages about food, Agatston said.
Humans have an intrinsic urge to eat sweet,
fatty foods, he added, noting that if Coke or
Pepsi grew on trees instead of peaches,
humankind might not have made it very far.
For Agatston, the success has "oiled a lot of
wheels," he said. He still practices cardiology in
Miami, but he can now work at his own pace and
do the type of research he wants to do.
He also spends a lot of time speaking to
doctors and health professionals.
"I think it's important to get the word out," he
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The Founding of the

College of Nursing

E---- A Dream is Born...

By Tracy Brown Wright
She year was 1956. The war had been over for a decade and its refuse of
S.. .. "temporary huts dotted the University of Florida campus. The founders of
S,: the J. Hillis Miller Health Center were assembling in those huts to lay the
foundation for what would be the state's first interdisciplinary health center.
The quarters were ramshackle, the beginnings humble. And yet the promise
of what was to come was there the Quonset Hut dream the underlying
S philosophy of the College of Nursing, one of the first two colleges to be built at
the Health Center.
SAs construction progressed, the College of Nursing took shape. In November
Si1955, Dorothy M. Smith, M.Ed., a professor at Duke University, was hired to
serve as the college's first dean. Smith was an idealist, with progressive notions
S -on how best to educate students.
But those were not the only reasons Smith was an ideal dean, said Jodi
1 1 Irving, M.S., A.R.N.P., a UF assistant professor of nursing who arrived at the
college in 1970.

S"Our unspoken curriculum encouraged the
attitudes and values of personal power,

especially for women. Dean Smith
demonstrated this through her behaviors

and ability to think outside the box."

Gloria Weber Calhoun, D.S.N.

"She already had the clinical perspective from her previous work, plus she had
administrative talent," Irving said. "Her association with the National League
for Nursing gave her a national view of nursing and the state of nursing
education for the times. Additionally, she had the right mix of intellect, courage,
assertiveness and 'brashness' to move nursing education into academia."
In the 1950s, nursing had reached a critical point, in part because of the rapid
advance of medicine and technology and the development of countless new
health professions designed to offset the shortage of nurses during World War
II. Salaries were similar for nurses no matter which academic degree they
attained. Few baccalaureate nursing programs, meanwhile, were fortunate
enough to have all the clinical facilities located on the university campus.
Many programs offered the B.S.N. degree without having a nursing major in
the upper division. Most hung onto the antiquated apprenticeship model.
Dorothy Smith envisioned UF's College of Nursing offering a new kind of
nursing program one where nursing education, research and practice were
fully integrated, so that nursing would assume its responsibilities of meeting

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the health needs of society. The philosophy was that nursing was an intellectual,
scientific process designed to humanistically care for people.
Smith believed that those who teach nursing should be directly involved in it,
and while dean of the college, she also served as chief of nursing practice at what
was then called Shands Teaching Hospital, now Shands at UF. Staff nurses there
served as able role models for students. Smith was a leader in launching a huge
effort focused on nursing assessment and worked to develop a new technology
known as the clinical assessment database.
The inauguration of the Unit Manager System in the Teaching Hospital and
Clinics drew the attention of the hospital and nursing world and allowed the
nurse to give more time to patient care.
The legacy of the College of Nursing laid the groundwork for advanced nursing
practice and the shift in nursing research to clinical effectiveness and outcomes.
"This quiet, unassuming woman demonstrated great courage and the ability
to change the outdated traditions of professional nursing," said Gloria Weber
Calhoun, D.S.N., A.P.R.N., a graduate of the College of Nursing's first class and
a clinical associate professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University.
"Our unspoken curriculum encouraged the attitudes and values of personal
power, especially for women. Dean Smith demonstrated this through her
behaviors and ability to think outside the box."
Groundbreaking for the Teaching Hospital took place in April 1956, as the
opening date for the Health Center approached. Twenty-five applicants were
accepted to the College of Nursing's first class.
"The J. Hillis Miller Medical Center was built while we were students and
much of our 'practical' learning took place at Alachua County Hospital," said
Liz Segal Williams, a member of the first class. "I remember choosing our
uniforms and caps with pins and designing our UF College of Nursing Pin. The
caps were actually detachable collars from another uniform we rejected."
The College of Nursing graduated its first class June 5, 1960, awarding
Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to 25 students.
"Our graduates were strong women who did not let people walk all over
them," said Carol Hayes-Christiansen, M.S.N., a professor emeritus who served
on the faculty from 1957 to 1987, in her oral history. "They did not go into any
institution or agency with the idea that they were going to just do what
everybody had always done before."
Early in 1959, planning was begun for the development of a graduate program
in nursing. In May 1964, the college received approval to offer a program of
graduate study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing degree. Students
were admitted to this program in fall 1964. By 1967, the program had grown
from one graduate to 30.
In the 1960s, the Joint Appointment/Unification model evolved as the director
of nursing for Shands Teaching Hospital was appointed the assistant dean for
the College of Nursing.
By 1967 the College of Nursing's budget had grown from $160,000 (with $1 of
each $30 coming from federal grant funds) to almost $500,000, with
approximately $1 in every $4 coming from federal grant funds for the primary
support of research.
"Basically everybody who started here wanted this place to succeed," said
Professor Emeritus Jennet Wilson, who served on faculty from 1957 to 1981.
"There was nobody dragging their feet or throwing stumbling blocks in the way.
I think one of the biggest things we did was to work through things as a group.
Not everybody gets a chance to start a new program. It really was very exciting
- to work with a group of people that were interested in what you had to say. "
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By Patricia Bates McGhee

Here in the United States we call them "health
disparities." Elsewhere around the globe, the
terms "health inequality" or "health inequity"
are commonly used.
Whatever the label, the National Institutes of Health
defines them as "differences in the incidence, prevalence,
mortality and burden of diseases and other adverse health
conditions that exist among specific population groups."
In some way they affect every ethnic, racial, gender and
socioeconomic group. That means they affect all of us.
Finding out why health disparities exist is challenging.
There is no quick fix or "magic bullet," Health Science
Center scientists conducting research in the Southeast
concede, because the problems associated with health
disparities are complex and interconnected. All they can
do is share what they're learning in an effort to better
understand what one calls "a complex web of causalities."

R. Paul Duncan, Ph.D., chair of health services research,
management and policy at the College of Public Health
and Health Professions, is best known for his studies of
access to various forms of medical and dental care.
"Two things are germane to health disparities -
health insurance coverage and health care," said Duncan,

who has been the principal investigator on a series of
surveys focused on health care and health insurance
coverage in Florida. "Disparities in health insurance
lead to disparities in access to health care, which lead to
disparities in health. What we can do about health
disparities and what a lot of people see as inequalities are
really about access to insurance."
Duncan said even the employed struggle with obtaining
health insurance coverage. Seventy-five percent of people
without health insurance are either employed themselves
or in a family unit where at least one person is employed.
"It's another disparity right in our face, and it's a
double whammy!" he explained. "They have a connection
to the work force that should allow them to get health
insurance coverage, but they don't because employers
don't offer it at all or the employee's share is so expensive
that they can't afford to pick it up."
Ultimately, lack of insurance also leads to lost
productivity and wages because people don't have access
to the health care they need, Duncan said, a problem the
marketplace will have to resolve.

Allyson Hall, Ph.D., research director of the UF
Center for Medicaid and the Uninsured, said she doesn't

look at disparities per se but rather access to care and the
need for a strong community base.
Hall, also a research associate professor of health
services research, management and policy, worked for
the Commonwealth Fund and the United Hospital Fund
of New York before joining the UF faculty in 2003.
"I'm fearful that as a nation we're not tackling this
problem holistically," she said. "We're not really
addressing day-to-day poverty what it means and how
it affects people. Poverty itself involves a myriad of issues
like substandard housing, not having access to good food
and being depressed. These problems are real, but we're
not addressing them and how they, too, affect health."
Florida has to think about tackling health disparities
from the local level, Hall said, and factor in regional sets
of circumstances.
Immigrants to this country also face particular
challenges as they assimilate into the local culture, Hall
said, a situation that often creates the so-called immigrant
paradox. Ironically, even though many immigrants are
poor, they may have had a healthier lifestyle in their
home countries than in the United States.
"After living in the U.S. for awhile, their health may
start to deteriorate; for example, their cholesterol levels
start creeping up probably because they're eating

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The group awarded a $1.4 million NIH grant to conduct a study on
women transitioning from welfare to work comprises co-investigator
Allyson Hall, (back row, left to right), consultant Joan Flocks,
consultant Barb Lutz, and co-investigator Shawn Kneipp. In the front
row are (from left) co-investigator Deirdre Pereira, research assistant
Deirdra Means and project coordinator Linda Villalaz.

more hamburgers," Hall said. "That means that we're
not supporting the good health practices that these
immigrants bring with them when they move here."

Health disparities are not just a matter of who gets
care. They're also linked to when patients get care. How
far a disease has spread or advanced when it's diagnosed
is a widely accepted predictor of how patients will do
over the long term, especially for those with cancer.
A report on the oral health of Americans, published in
2000 by the Office of the Surgeon General, showed there
are socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups that face
disparities in terms of health status and access to care in
almost every domain of oral health, said Scott Tomar,
D.M.D., Dr.P.H., chair of the department of community
dentistry and behavioral science and an associate
professor in the College of Dentistry.
"These disparities are huge and they're just the nature
of dental public health at this point in time, where we're
seeing both large gains and persistent disparities in oral
health status throughout most of the country," he said.
One of Tomar's research studies focuses on oral cancer,
and he notes that nationwide, the incidence of oral cancer
is slightly higher among blacks than among whites. In
Florida, the rate of new cases of oral cancer is actually
about the same for blacks and whites, he said. But at
diagnosis, UF researchers have found, black men are twice
as likely as white men to be in advanced stages of cancer.
"Because of that, survival rates for these men are about
half those of whites," Tomar said. "So here we have
groups experiencing about the same cancer incidence
rate but huge disparities in outcomes."
Similar stage-of-disease disparities in cancer outcomes
surfaced in a study led by Charles Rosser, M.D., an
assistant professor of urology in the UF College of

"Even though prostate cancer mortality rates
nationwide have been steadily declining during the past
10 years, that's not the case for inner-city men here," said
Rosser. "We found that inner-city black men are almost
twice as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as
whites and are four times more likely to be in advanced
stages of the disease at diagnosis."
The usual chance of presenting with advanced disease
is maybe 5 percent nationwide, Rosser said.
"Our study sample showed 16 percent for blacks and
3.8 percent for whites a statistically significant
finding," he said. "Once the cancer has spread beyond
the prostate, we're not looking to cure the disease -

from receiving breast cancer care. A main concern: a
lack of access to screening.
"We have effective screening methods, such as
mammograms and breast exams, to detect breast cancer
at early stages," said Khoury, an associate professor of
health services research, management and policy. "But
not everyone has access to them."
Black, Native American and Hispanic women face a
greater risk of dying after a breast cancer diagnosis than
white women. Through focus group interviews with
black women aged 40 or older who have low incomes, UF
researchers have identified several obstacles for these
women, including the fear of finding cancer, the cost of
screening and treatment and the lack of awareness of
screening benefits and guidelines.
"We're also studying the referral behaviors of primary
care physicians, as a doctor's recommendation is a key
factor in whether or not a woman gets breast cancer
screening," said Khoury.
Uninsured women and those who miss annual
checkups are less likely to be referred to screening. Other
barriers to making referrals include physicians' time
constraints and reliance on other providers to deliver
primary care.
"Everything about health disparities is
interconnected," Khoury added. "A complex web of
causalities leads to disparities."
Single-mothers and women moving from the safety
net of welfare to working world are especially vulnerable
to becoming caught in that web.
Shawn Kneipp, Ph.D., A.R.N.P., an associate professor
in the College of Nursing, investigates how health
disparities may be exacerbated or alleviated by welfare
policy. She has found that women on welfare often
contend with health issues that, if not addressed while in
social programs, make it difficult for them to transition
to a full-time job.

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we're just looking to slow its growth. The study identifies Kneipp recently received a $
a disparity in prostate cancer screening and detection conduct an innovative commu
among men of differing social strata that is especially research study intended to impr
worrisome at a time when the underserved especially transitioning from welfare
blacks stand to benefit most from such programs." employment duration.
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health program are working hard to close the gap in returning to welfare. Health iss
health disparities for underserved women who are in previous studies as a reason w
members of minority groups, have low income or live in maintaining employment after
rural areas. For example, the researchers hope to
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Bullying keeps overweight kids off the field

By April Frawley Birdwell

Playground taunts may seem like harmless
child's play, but bullying may keep overweight
children on the sidelines, making it more
difficult for them to shed pounds, UF researchers say.
Most kids are bullied at some point in their lives,
but overweight children are more often the targets of
bullies' slings and arrows. Now a new UF study
reveals this frequently leads them to avoid situations
where they have been picked on before, such as gym
class and sports. The findings appear in the online
edition of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
About one out of every five children is chronically
bullied, said Eric Storch, a UF assistant professor of
psychiatry and pediatrics at UF's College of Medicine
and the study's lead author. Aside from causing its
victims to avoid events where they might be teased,
bullying also is linked to depression and loneliness.
Either way, bullying spells serious trouble for

The problem clinically is if kids are avoiding PE class
or playing sports because of fears of negative peer
relationships, their health status is affected."
Storch and researchers from pediatrics, psychiatry
and the UF College of Public Health and Health

rates were low.
Bullying not only contributes to children avoiding
situations where they could be subject to ridicule,
such as sports or gym class, but also can lead to
depressed feelings that keep children from wanting to

"When you think about it, it makes intuitive sense, when you

consider the hallmark signs of depression sadness, fatigue,

lack of interest in things you used to like. When kids are

having a tough time with peers, and struggling with

depression, then this can translate to reduced rates of

physical activity." Eric Storch, Ph.D.

children's health, Storch said. Negative attitudes
toward exercise can last a lifetime, making it more
difficult for overweight children to lose weight and
making it easier for them to become obese adults,
he added.
"We found that as rates of peer victimization among
overweight kids went up, rates of physical activity
went down," he said.
"When you speak to overweight kids, one of the
things you often hear is just this," he added. "Kids are
targeting them. Kids are picking on them. You're
going to end up avoiding those types of situations.

Professions studied 100 overweight or at-risk-for-
being-overweight children between the ages of 8 and
18 to find out how bullying affected their exercise.
Several measures were used to assess how much of a
problem bullying was for children and determine
whether they were exhibiting signs of depression,
anxiety or even behavioral problems as a result.
About one-quarter of the children reported
significant problems with bullies during the two
weeks preceding the study. The researchers also found
links between bullying and depression, loneliness and
anxiety, further explaining why their physical activity

take part in activities.
"When you think about it, it makes intuitive sense,
when you consider the hallmark signs of depression
- sadness, fatigue, lack of interest in things you used
to like," Storch said. "When kids are having a tough
time with peers, and struggling with depression, then
this can translate to reduced rates of physical activity."
But bullying is just one of the issues that affects
how much exercise an overweight child gets. For
example, positive support from family and friends can
lessen the blows bullies inflict, and some parents
insist their children exercise at home when they don't
at school, Storch said.
The best thing parents, teachers and doctors can do
is to figure out what is causing the problem and find a
way to work around it so overweight children still get
exercise, he said.
Schools should create a zero-tolerance culture for
bullying and perhaps provide gym teachers with
training on how to recognize bullying and intervene,
the researchers say.
Doctors should keep peer problems in mind when
assessing overweight children and take not only a
medical history of the child but also a social history,
so they can pinpoint the underlying problem and
devise a solution, Storch said.
It's important to prevent the problem early before it
gets worse, he added.
"Childhood is a time when we form many of our
habits that we're going to hold over later," he said.
"When one has multiple negative experiences that are
centered around sports early on, this can often
translate into adulthood with decreased involvement
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Researchers use new technique to treat high blood pressure, kidney damage

By April Frawley Birdwell

Nearly one-third of American adults have high blood
pressure, a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and
kidney failure. But a new technique tested at UF could
prove to be a long-term way to treat the disorder in
humans, researchers say.
Cold weather can elevate blood pressure by
constricting blood vessels and overloading the kidneys
with hormones. Because of this, heart attacks and
strokes are often more common in winter. UF
researchers were able to keep blood pressure from
worsening and nearly eliminate kidney damage in rats
exposed to the cold, according to study findings
published online recently in the journal Gene Therapy.
Using a corrective gene, scientists were able to
block a protein in the kidneys that triggers high
blood pressure and kidney damage, said Zhongjie
Sun, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine,
physiology and functional genomics and the lead
author of the study.
The protein they blocked, called a
mineralocorticoid receptor, signals the body to absorb
sodium and water into the bloodstream. This
increases the amount of blood in the body and also
increases blood pressure. Some treatments already on
the market block the MR protein, but they can
interfere with other receptors and cause unwanted

side effects, Sun said.
"This new technique can specifically and efficiently
inhibit the protein and prevent the progression of
hypertension," Sun said. "I'm very optimistic this
gene complex will be used for human gene therapy to
treat hypertension."
To block the protein, researchers used a technique
called RNA interference. A harmless virus ferries
fragments of RNA into the body, where they infiltrate
cells and stop the protein. It's the first time scientists
have used the approach to treat hypertension and

kidney damage, he said.
The treatment kept blood pressure from escalating
but did not lower it to normal levels, most likely
because the researchers monitored the rats only for
three weeks after they were treated. Blood pressure
continued to rise in rats that did not receive the
The researchers plan to study what happens to the
rats when they are observed for a longer period of time
after therapy, which Sun said he suspects will give
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said. "In our current study we want to create a uniform intervention to address the
health needs of women in Welfare Transition Programs that could be implemented

Another UF study is the first to statistically relate region of residence to measures
of child health outcomes.
"Hurricane Katrina gave the world a glimpse of the disparities in the South," said
Jeffrey Goldhagen, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of community pediatrics at
the College of Medicine-Jacksonville. "Our research documents just how profoundly
these disparities impact the health of children in the region."
The research shows that children living in the South are up to three times more
likely to battle poor health and its consequences including obesity, teen pregnancy
and death than those in all other regions of the country, even if they receive the
same medical care.
"In fact, we now believe that where a child lives may be one of the most powerful
predictors of child health outcomes and disparities," Goldhagen said.
The poor health outcomes documented in the study included low birth weight,
teen pregnancy, death and other problems such as mental illness, asthma, obesity,
tooth decay and school performance.
Children who live in eight of the 10 states the researchers defined as the Deep South
(Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and
South Carolina), are two to three times more likely to die or have other health problems
compared with children living in some states in other regions of the country, Goldhagen
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other public policies in the South, he said.
"These policies, which consign 50 percent of
children to poverty, neglect quality early education,
generate huge income disparities, result in
homelessness and limit access to quality nutrition and
critical health services, may differentiate children in
the South from those in other regions," he said.

The more tangled the web of causalities, the more
challenging health disparities become and the
more we learn that they're not necessarily what we
assume they are.
"They're insidious and they're everywhere, but there's an important distinction
between a health-care difference and a disparity," Duncan said.
He gave this example: There are huge differences in rates of mammography
between men and women, and no one would argue that that constitutes a disparity.
But, if there are differences in rates of mammography between black women and
white women, then that difference becomes a disparity.
How some differences are just differences and how others are disparities is an
important and fairly subtle question that deals with questions of fairness, social justice
and whether there is some reasonable medical explanation for the difference, he said.
"If there is a medical explanation, the difference is not necessarily a disparity,"
said Duncan. "That's where much of the discussion should take place, and it
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Anesthesiology's new chairman welcomes adventure

By Patricia Bates McGhee

adventure is his calling. From developing
the No. 1 liver transplant program in the
country to being named the first chairman
of the anesthesiology department in the UF College
of Medicine -Jacksonville, Wolf H. Stapelfeldt,
M.D., thrives on it.
"I've sought new adventures all my life," says
Stapelfeldt, who also serves as chief
anesthesiologist at Shands Jacksonville, "and every
one has been important to where I am today."
The latest adventure for the board-certified
anesthesiologist and professor of anesthesiology is
leading a department of 16 faculty members, 40
staff members and numerous residents and nurse
anesthesia students.
Prior to joining UF, Stapelfeldt worked from
1998 to 2005 at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville as chair of
the division of transplantation anesthesiology and
vice chair of anesthesiology education. Born and
raised in Germany, he graduated from the
University of Ulm School of Medicine and moved
to Rochester, Minn., in 1985 to pursue a fellowship
in physiology and biophysics and a residency in
anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic.
Stapelfeldt says today's anesthesiology is
charting new territory because the needs for
anesthesia services are accelerating.
"What we do now in anesthesiology will
determine what the specialty will become," he says,
"especially as the number of surgical procedures
continues to increase with the age of the Baby
Today's surgical patients are much more tuned
in to anesthesiology procedures, too, says
"When they're anticipating surgery, they follow
anesthesiology trends on the Internet," he says.
Stapelfeldt takes great pride in one of those
trends a fast-track care protocol he developed at
Mayo Jacksonville.
"Traditionally, liver transplant patients stay on
the ventilator and in the ICU for hours and
sometimes days after their surgeries," he says. "We
pioneered the idea of modifying care to allow
patients to be extubated sooner in fact, three out
of four were extubated on the table and then sent to
the recovery room and ward without ever going to
the ICU."
Developing best practices like this sets trends
but also creates challenges, he says.
"We have a huge opportunity here at UF, as a
major academic medical center, to lead the path
toward developing new models of care new

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Wolf Stapelfeldt, left, and Charisse Geslani, database administrator for the Centricity electronic
management system at UF Health Science Center- Jacksonville, review the system's real-time reports
of perioperative processes.

staffing models, safer drugs, new practices," he says.
"There's nothing more rewarding to me than that."
Educating anesthesiologists is an adventure, too.
Stapelfeldt looks forward to rolling out a new UF
anesthesiology residency program based in
Jacksonville. While at Mayo he helped build the
nation's first new residency program in
anesthesiology in more than 10 years.
"The ACGME (Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education) looks at an established
record of academic activities not just a sudden
flare," he says. "At the core of the Jacksonville
program will be cutting-edge clinical research and
training programs that leverage recent technological
advances such as anesthesia simulation and large-
scale, multi-center clinical databases."
UF's Health Science Center Jacksonville was
the first academic medical center in the nation to
implement the entire suite of General Electric's
Centricity electronic management system, which
integrates data capture across the entire

perioperative process, providing instant access to
patient history, test results and real-time
physiologic parameters as well as scheduling,
materials management and cost analysis.
"The result is a better understanding of our
processes, improved patient safety, greater
perioperative efficiency and, ultimately, new best
practices and outcomes," says Stapelfeldt.
Stapelfeldt seeks adventure even in his own
backyard. There he and his wife, Marlena, have
created a garden and wildlife haven.
"Jacksonville's natural beauty is phenomenal,"
he says. "Marlena and I feel a responsibility to its
natural inhabitants, including manatees, ducks,
geese, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, foxes and all
kinds of birds, including pairs of cardinals, doves,
a lonely heron and a very resolute mockingbird."
For Stapelfeldt, welcoming both high-tech and
natural adventures is logical.
"Both have places for our soul and spirit," he
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effort rewarded

he 2005-06 Superior Accomplishment Awards were presented
April 11 to those Division Five employees who were recognized
for their outstanding and meritorious service at the Savannah
Grande Reception and Conference Center. The winning employees were
nominated by their peers and each received cash awards of $200.
The universitywide winners were announced on April 25 and took
home $500 or $1,500 cash awards.

Division Five Winners

JENNIFER A. BROCK, senior accountant
AMY S. CORBITT, program assistant
LEONARD C. "BUTCH" DEES, senior teaching laboratory specialist
JAMES G. GREEN, clinical associate professor
LINDA ELAINE KENNAN, senior secretary
ERNEST A. LADO JR., associate professor
CHARLES A. LESCH JR., maintenance specialist
DANIEL S. MCCOY, coordinator, educ/media communication
BARRY V. NICHOLAS, senior dental technician
THOMAS C. PORTER, clinical associate professor
JULIE M. THOMPSON, assistant director, medical/hlth admin
JUSTUS P. WEBER, program assistant
LYUBOV YENATSKA, assistant in faculty service
JIAN ZUO, research assistant professor


DOUG R. PERKINSON JR., grants specialist
PAMELA M. RITTER, coordinator, clinical programs


KAREN M. BENDER, program assistant
KENNETH H. FOOTE, program assistant
SHAWN M. KNEIPP, associate professor
SAUN JOO YOON, associate professor

CHRISTOPHER A. ADIN, assistant professor
LINDA L. ARCHER, biological scientist
SARAH E. BEACHBOARD, senior laboratory technician

Two Division Five HSC employees won the universitywide Superior Accomplishment
Awards on April 25. Both winners, Sarah Beachboard (left) and Michael Porter, are
in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

CYNDA CRAWFORD, assistant scientist
AMARA H. ESTRADA, clinical assistant professor
JAY GILBREATH, lab animal tech supervisor
SHERI L. HOLLOWAY, coordinator, clinical programs
PAMELA P. HUMPHREY, biological scientist
ROSANNA MARSELLA, associate professor
MICHAEL B. PORTER, clinical assistant professor
CRYSTAL D. SCHUMAN, biological scientist
CAROL M. STEEGE, senior clerk
MATS H. TROEDSSON, professor
DANA N. ZIMMEL, assistant professor

PAULA D. DRAGUTSKY, program assistant
DRUCILLA E. TULIP-VALERIO, registered nurse specialist

KAVITA BRAUN, program assistant
CLIFFORD D. RICHMOND, coordinator, computer applications

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D.D.S., an associate professor
of oral and maxillofacial
surgery and a diplomat
of the American Board
of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery, will serve as an
examiner on the group's
Examination Committee, Stavropoulos
the certifying board for oral
and maxillofacial surgeons recognized by the
accrediting Council on Dental Education of the
American Dental Association. This achievement
follows her appointment as site visitor for the
ADA's Accreditation of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Residency Programs in 2005.


cardiac electrophysiologist
and an associate professor
of medicine, has been
elected to the Association of
University Cardiologists, an
organization of 125 of the
nation's top cardiologists.
In addition, the American Conti
Clinical and Climatological
Association has been selected the UF alumna
for provisional membership. Organized by a
group of physicians and scientists in 1884, the
ACCA promotes clinical and scientific excellence
in the study of disease. Active membership is
limited to 175 physicians nationwide. Conti
will present a general summary of her work,
which focuses on the study of heart arrhythmias
and their management, at the organization's
annual meeting in October, at which time her
membership will change to active status.

Ph.D., the Stephany W.
Holloway university chair in
AIDS research and co-director
of experimental pathology in
the department of pathology,
immunology and laboratory
medicine, has been selected
to serve as a member of Goodenow
the National Institutes of
Health AIDS Molecular and Cellular Biology
Study Section, part of the Center for Scientific
Review. Her four-year term begins in July. She
will work with the committee to review NIH grant
applications and survey research in the field of

clinical assistant professor
of rheumatology, received
a $50,000 educator grant
from the American College
of Rheumatology. Hahn,
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since 1998, is using the grant to formalize
the curriculum for residents during their
rheumatology rotations. The new curriculum will
give residents a more in-depth understanding of
rheumatology, she said.

M.D., an associate professor
of pediatrics, received a
$143,115 grant from the
Children's Heart Foundation.
Schowengerdt plans to use
the funding for his research
titled "The Role of Neutrophil- chowengerdt
derived Factors in the
Pathogenesis of Cardiac Allograft Vasculopathy."

dean of the College of Medicine,
was recognized among "10
Influential Florida Physicians" in
the March 28-April 10 issue
of Florida Medical Business,
a publication that tracks the
health care industry in the state.
Appointed dean in 2002, Tisher Tis
leads the college's more than
1,370 faculty members on campuses in Gainesville
and Jacksonville.



Med., Ph.D., a veterinary
administrator, has received
the 2006 World Small
Animal Medical Association/
Waltham International Award
for Service to the Profession.
Burrows, chair of the
UF College of Veterinary Burrows
Medicine's department of small animal clinical
sciences and chief of staff of the Small Animal
Hospital, served for many years as the North
American Veterinary Conference's program
director. He has spearheaded conference
activities as the group's executive director since
The award recognizes exemplary service and
acknowledges an individual who has fostered
and enhanced the exchange of scientific and
culture ideas throughout the veterinary small
animal word. It will be presented in October
during the 2006 WSAVA Congress in Prague.
In 1996, Burrows was awarded the WSAVA/
Waltham award for scientific achievement. He
is the only person ever to have received both
third-year surgery resident,
has received a Resident's
Award from the American
Association of Veterinary
"Dr. Sereda is blessed with

a rare combination of skill and compassion," said
Christopher Adin, D.V.M., an assistant professor
of small animal surgery. "He has given a lot of
his time and energy to our program and we are
pleased that he is getting something in return."
The AAVC presents two awards annually to
veterinarians in the last year of their residency.
Awards are given for excellence in academic or
institutional practice as well as for demonstrated
research accomplishments. Finalists are
nominated by faculty members at their respective
institutions. Winners, who receive $1,000 and
a plaque, are chosen by an AAVC judging


an assistant professor in
the department of physical
therapy, is the recipient
of the American Physical
Therapy Association's 2006
Margaret L. Moore Award for
Outstanding New Academic
Faculty Member. The award Bishop
is given to an outstanding
new faculty member who is pursuing a career
as an academician and has demonstrated
excellence in research and teaching. It will be
presented at the association's annual conference
in June in Orlando.

STACY DODD, a graduate
student in the department
of clinical and health
psychology, received
a $1,000 trainee
travel award from the
Research Society. The award
will cover Dodd's travel Dodd
costs to the society's annual
meeting in May in Miami, where she will present
research findings from her study of depression
and risk for cervical dysplasia.

MIN LIU, M.D., a doctoral
student in the rehabilitation
science program, has
received an educational
stipend from the International
Society for Magnetic
Resonance in Medicine. The
stipends help offset travel
expenses and offer support Liu
for students, postdoctoral
fellows and clinical trainees presenting abstracts
at the society's 14th Scientific Meeting and
Exhibition this May in Seattle.

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UF research professors named for 2006

he UF Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members, 10 of whom are in the HSC, UFRF Professors for 2006-09. They

were chosen for their distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to
continuing distinction in their fields. The three-year award carries with it a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a $3,000
grant. The professorships are funded from the university's share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.
The UFRF professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal
statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments.

The HSC's UFRF Professors:

Roger B. Fillingim

Frank J. Bova
Daniel J. Driscoll
Fonda D. Eyler
Westley H. Reeves
Elizabeth A. Shenkman

Meredeth A. Rowe

Gunther Hochhaus

Dawn Bowers

Richard Johnson

Making the game show grade

UF orthopaedic oncology fellows defeat Harvard

In front of a live audience, orthopaedic
oncologists who trained as fellows at UF
recently bested a group trained at the
Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
Medical School in a rousing game of
It wasn't Alex Trebek asking for the correct
questions in the showdown between UF and
Harvard alumni. This version of the popular
game show took place at the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting March 24-26
in Chicago.
After a slow start, the UF team, garbed in
Gator caps and ties, steadily pulled away from
the T-shirted Harvarders and led 10,400 to 5,800
entering the last round. In desperation, the
Crimson crew wagered all its points on the final
question, which team members answered

correctly for a final score of 11,600. Coolly the
Orange and Blue countered with a wager of only
1,300 points, enough to top the best the
opposition could possibly muster. They also
answered correctly and cemented the victory
with 11,700 points.
Representing UF were Drs. Ernest Conrad
(now at the University of Washington), Michael
Simon (chair, University of Chicago) and
Dempsey Springfield (chair, Mount Sinai School
of Medicine). Game categories included
radiologic and pathologic patterns in bone
tumors, genetics, historic figures in
musculoskeletal oncology, and persona in the
entertainment and sports fields affected by
musculokeletal diseases. Judges of the responses
were chosen from the membership of the
national Musculoskeletal Tumor Society.

Representing UF in JEOPARDY! were alumni Drs.
Ernest Conrad, left, Michael Simon, coach Bill
Enneking, a UF distinguished service professor in
orthopaedic oncology, and Dempsey Springfield.


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Mega-partnership lands biotech training grant

The Florida Partnership for Industrial Biotechnology Career Development and Training works to create
job opportunities and a skilled workforce, according to Richard Snyder, director of UF's Center of
Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology. The partnership will build training programs at the
CERHB's education center, at Santa Fe Community College and within the Alachua and Marion County
public school systems, with the expectation that these programs will eventually expand elsewhere.

By John Pastor

An effort to train workers for Florida's growing
biotechnology industry has received a boost
from the National Science Foundation.
The NSF awarded $599,997 to UF's Center of
Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology to
fund the Florida Partnership for Industrial
Biotechnology Career Development and Training -
an alliance of more than 40 partners in education,
government and industry.
"This will help students and workers get higher-
paying jobs and find better careers," said Richard
Snyder, director of UF's Center of Excellence for
Regenerative Health Biotechnology. "Likewise,
having state-of-the-art training for our workforce will
stimulate the creation of high-wage, high-skill jobs in
what is regarded as a clean industry. It's definitely a
win-win scenario."
Snyder and Win Phillips, UF's vice president for
research, say the partnership will create training
programs at the CERHB's education center, at Santa
Fe Community College and within the Alachua and
Marion County public school systems, with the
expectation that these programs will eventually be

reproduced throughout the state.
Work in the biotech field requires understanding
scientific principles involved in diverse areas such as
DNA research, genetic analysis, protein purification,
drug manufacturing and product testing.
Furthermore, workers need to know regulatory
and quality control procedures.
It's a unique set of skills, but once acquired,
students who have them will find themselves in
demand, according to Jackson Sasser, president of
Santa Fe Community College.
"Students have for a few years been filling every
opening in Santa Fe's Biotechnology Laboratory
Technology degree program, and employers have been
hiring them once they graduate," Sasser said. "This is
not surprising. SFCC and the UF Biotechnology
program are partners in this program, and its course
content is developed with advice and direction from
our partners in the biotechnology industry."
Beyond the Gainesville area, which includes UF's
$500 million research enterprise, area health-care
facilities and sprouting biotechnology companies, the
market for skilled employees in Florida is expected to

become even livelier because of Scripps Florida, a
major research center planned in south Florida.
Scripps is expected to employ more than 500 workers
and eventually create 200 new businesses and 16,000
new jobs.
Most current training programs are concentrated
in existing biotechnology clusters in states such as
California and Massachusetts, according to Harry
Orf, vice president for scientific operations and
professor of chemistry at Scripps Florida and
chairman of the education and community outreach
committee for BioFlorida, a statewide bioscience
"Addressing the need for a better-prepared
workforce improves the candidate pool for us," Orf
said. "Historically, the biotechnology industry hasn't
been in place here, so there hasn't been the need for
the workers. If we're going to build the industry, we
have to build the workforce."
In the biotechnology sector, job growth and
training opportunities have to occur at a similar
pace, according to J. Brent Christensen, president
and chief executive officer of the Gainesville Area
Chamber of Commerce and the Gainesville Council
for Economic Outreach.
"You can't let demand get too far out in front of the
supply of employees," said Christensen. "Our hope is
to grow a workforce to match the growing needs of
businesses. Along those lines, biotech companies will
look to this area to grow or expand if a ready-made
work force is in place."
The partnership will begin by training instructors
and developing coursework that is useful and
appealing to high school and college students, as well
as to workers interested in switching to entry and mid-
level careers in the biotechnology industry, according
to Bob Best, president and CEO of the International
Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, a key
collaborator in the effort. The goal is to create model
curricula and programs that can be reproduced
throughout the state and the nation.
ISPE will help develop the training program and
teach community college and high school instructors
the essentials of "Good Manufacturing Practices" -
inspection and certification standards enforced by the
Food and Drug Administration that are observed when
manufacturing and testing drugs, medical devices or
other agents that come in contact with people.
"The field of biotechnology is an emerging sector
of the health-care industry," Best said. "The
worldwide membership of ISPE and the society's
body of knowledge enable us to affect education,
training and career development and prepare strong
candidates to enter the biotechnology workforce.
ISPE is honored to support the University of Florida
in the attainment of this worthwhile goal." Q

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G enn6 McDonald had some trouble shaking
that "what am I doing here?" feeling at a
recognition ceremony in March, held at the
Conde Nast Building in New York's Times Square and
catered by Bon Appitit magazine.
As one of 25 leaders in the fight against breast cancer
selected by Yoplait Inc., McDonald was in good company.
Fellow honorees included Ethel Kessler, who designed
the first breast cancer postal stamp, and Heather Pick, a
TV news anchor who shares her battle with breast cancer
with her Columbus, Ohio area viewers.
But McDonald, a physical therapy affiliate faculty
member in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions, soon realized that the other Yoplait
Champions were a lot like her.
"They are ordinarypeople who are doingextraordinary
things," McDonald said. "Just regular Joes like me who
have made an impact in their communities. I realized
that one little person can make a big difference."
The Champions were named in conjunction with
Yoplait's "Save Lids to Save Lives" campaign, which
encourages consumers to mail in pink lids from their
yogurt containers. For each lid received between March
15 and May 15, Yoplait donates 10 cents to the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $1.5 million.
In addition to a trip to New York City, the Yoplait
Champions each received $1,000 for the charity of their


choice and were featured in special advertising sections
in the April issues of Allure, Bon Appitit, Glamour,
SELF and Vogue magazines.
It is well-deserved recognition for McDonald, who
has been working to improve the lives of cancer
survivors for 16 years. As a physical therapist, she treats
the special needs of patients recovering from breast
cancer. As a believer in exercise for improving recovery
and preventing cancer recurrence, McDonald founded
Team Survivor North Florida to encourage women who
have had cancer to be more physically active. And as a
survivor who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000
at age 34, McDonald is active in the Young Survival
Coalition, advocating for better screening tools for
women under 40 and educating patients on issues
unique to young women with cancer, such as fertility.
McDonald's connection to breast cancer began years
before her own diagnosis.
"I have two great-aunts and two grandmothers who
had radical mastectomies," she said. "I had genetic
testing for the breast cancer gene mutation and the test
was negative, but when you look at my family tree there
is no denying that there is a connection I even have
a male relative who has had breast cancer. Most likely,
researchers haven't yet discovered the particular gene
mutation that has caused cancer in my family."
Still, McDonald was surprised when she was

diagnosed with breast cancer at such a young age,
particularly since she had no other risk factors that
may contribute to the development of the disease. She
ate well, exercised regularly, did not smoke and gave
birth to her children at a young age.
McDonald's often bewildering and sometimes
frustrating experience with her diagnosis and treatment
strengthened her commitment to help other women
become their own health-care advocates and have the
courage to ask for what they need.
To offer support and empowerment to other women
with a past or present diagnosis of cancer, McDonald
launched Team Survivor North Florida, which features
free activities such as tai chi, yoga, walking, biking,
triathlons, 5K and 15K races, half marathons, dragon
boating, swimming and art classes.
McDonald also advocates for the needs of survivors
as an active member of the Lance Armstrong
Foundation and as a volunteer with the local chapter of
the American Cancer Society.
Her personal life, career and outside interests have
now come full circle into one awesome package,
McDonald said.
"Breast cancer has given me more than it has taken
away," she said. "I have had more of an impact as a physical
therapist than I would have, I've been able to do some
amazing things and I've met some great people." Q

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Glinda the Good Witch (Stacia Howard) keeps the Wicked Witch of the West
(Meera lyengar) and her minions away from the munchkins with her magical
wand during the White Coat Company's production of "The Wizard of Oz" last
month. The company, a troupe of thespian medical students, performed the play
for children on the pediatrics floor of Shands at UF and later for students and
faculty of the College of Medicine. First-year medical student Kyla Driest starred
as Dorothy. Rebecca Gomez, Tenessa McKenzie and Ryan Nail were the
Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, respectively, and Chad Mackman
performed the part of "The Wizard of Oz."

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"Humble" professor

wins Hippocratic


By April Frawley Birdwell
Dr. Robert Hatch remembers thinking how incredible it would be
to win the Hippocratic Award when he first joined the UF
College of Medicine faculty 15 years ago.
He never actually thought he would win, though.
The college's graduating class proved the UF associate professor of
community health and family medicine wrong last month when they
presented him with the 2006 Hippocratic Award, the highest honor the
senior class can bestow on one of its teachers.
The honor overwhelmed Hatch, who was lured into the ceremony
under false pretenses. He thought he was meeting with Dr. Whit Curry,
department chairman, to discuss student evaluations.

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Seniors from the College of Medicine chose Dr. Robert Hatch
to recieve the 2006 Hippocratic Award.

"Education is the most important thing to me," Hatch said after
receiving the award. "I put a lot of effort into it, but sometimes you don't
know if the things you do are getting across. It's nice to know I'm
making an impact."
Katie Kleiner, a senior medical student who presented Hatch with the
award, said he "has been the best role model for a physician I have
worked with here."
Aubrey Jolly Graham, a senior who helped organize the ceremony,
called Hatch one of the most sincere, humble professors she has had at
the college.
"It beams out of him, how much he loves to be a doctor and a teacher,"
she said. "He is somebody the vast majority of us hope to emulate."
The Hippocratic was established in 1969 to honor one teacher each
year who best models the qualities of a good physician and teacher. The
entire senior class votes on who should win.
Hatch, who also serves as director of medical education for community
health and family medicine, was one of seven nominees.
"When I heard the other nominees, what a group," Hatch said. "I was
humbled I could be one of them." O