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 Moffitt alliance
 New veterinary center
 Weight-loss surgery
 Research
 Two of a kind
 A new vision
 Education
 Safe tobacco?
 In the name of love
 Frisky seniors
 Jacksonville
 Around the HSC
 Administration
 Distinctions
 Under the sea
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    Table of Contents
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    Post it
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    Moffitt alliance
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    New veterinary center
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    Weight-loss surgery
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    Research
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    Two of a kind
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    A new vision
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    Education
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    Safe tobacco?
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    In the name of love
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    Frisky seniors
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    Jacksonville
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    Around the HSC
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    Administration
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    Distinctions
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    Under the sea
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On the Cover


What's love got to do with it, you ask? Well, check your
calendar. It's February, the month when cupid's arrows
pierce even the hardest hearts. This month we take a few
pages -four, actually to tell the tales of some of our
favorite HSC couples. Photo by Sarah Kiewel.


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0 POST-it
0 Administration: Moffitt alliance
SAdministration: New veterinary center
O Patient care: Weight-loss surgery
O Education: Two of a kind
0 Education: A new vision
G Research: Safe tobacco?
0 Cover Story: In the name of love
0 Research: Frisky seniors
0 Jacksonville: African leaders visit
* Grants: Librarians get grant
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Profile: Under the sea


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ForwardThinkin g!
The future of health care was the focus of the 3rd Dorothy M. Smith Leadership Conference, held Jan.17-18 at the College of Nursing. The college
brought together national experts and leaders in nursing and health-care administration to discuss issues affecting health care's future, specifically
patient safety and the quality of patient outcomes, two of the most significant topics in nursing and health care today. In addition, the conference
focused on the future of health professions education and how innovation in education can influence patient care. About 400 people attended the
conference. Shown here are some of the attendees (left), as well as College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, M.D., and College of Nursing Dean Kathleen
Long, Ph.D., R.N., (right) during a joint presentation on challenging the status quo in health professions education. Tracy Brown Wright


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Technology for seniors
Hundreds of experts on aging will gather to discuss the use of
technology to maintain independence and quality of life for seniors
atthe 2008 International Conference on Aging, Disability and
independence Feb. 20-23 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The conference is
open to the public and participants will include a mix of people
involved in research and development, professional practice,
business, government and policy, as well as seniors who will benefit
from the research, services and policies. For more details, including
registration information, visit www.icadi.phhp.ufl.edu. The College
of Public Health and Health Professions' department of occupational
therapy is holding the conference.


Accoilding to a Chinese proverb, "The beginning of
wisdom is to call things by their right names." In keeping
with the proverb and the times the College of
Pharmacy's department of health care administration has
changed its name to better define its mission. The new
name, pharmaceutical outcomes and policy, recently got
the thumbs up after a yearlong approval process. Rich
Segal, Ph.D., the department's chair, says the name change
reflects how pharmacy administration has evolved from
focusing on drugstore business and accounting issues to
studying patient medication outcomes. UF research has
yielded findings related to medication errors, the risks of
stimulant drugs in children and the costs and effectiveness of
immunizations, Segal said. "Our research is cutting-edge and
we need a department name that accurately describes our
mission in order to attract the best faculty, researchers and
students," he added.


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UF, Shands partner with
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William S. Dalton, president/CEO and director of Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center (left, seated); UF President J. Bernard Machen and Shands
HealthCare CEO Tim Goldfarb sign documents sealing a new cooperative agreement between their organizations. Watching the process are, from
left, UF College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone; H. Lee Moffitt, a former state senator and founder of Moffitt Cancer Center; and former U.S. Sen.
Connie Mack, chair of the Moffitt board of directors.


By Tom Fortner


M offitt Cancer Center, Shands
HealthCare and UF have teamed
to develop world-class programs
in cancer care, research and prevention.
Announced in January, the partnership
will extend Moffitt's innovative model of
comprehensive patient care to UF and Shands
cancer programs.
"As a statewide resource for cancer research and treatment, Moffitt
seeks to foster relationships such as these to maximize the state's
investment in addressing cancer," said William S. Dalton, M.D.,
president/CEO and center director of Tampa-based Moffitt. "We feel this
partnership will enhance Florida's national and international reputation
in cancer care and research, and ultimately contribute to improving the
overall standard of cancer care in Florida and increase the state's profile
in cancer care and research in the state and beyond."
Under the arrangement, crafted through extensive discussions between
Dalton, UF College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, Shands HealthCare
CEO Tim Goldfarb and other leaders, the parties will look for
opportunities to collaborate across the spectrum of patient care, research
and educational activities.
"We're looking for synergies," Kone said. "Our efforts will leverage
their best assets and our best assets to deliver world-class care and
discovery."
As part of this collaboration, Moffitt's Total Cancer Care, or TCC,
model and approach to a cancer patient's life journey will be integrated
with the cancer program at Shands at UF, renowned for its pioneering
work in such areas as bone marrow transplantation and radiosurgery.


The TCC model is widely admired for its emphasis on quality
improvement, the needs of surviving family members, and tissue and data
collection for the purpose of tailoring therapies for individual patients,
Kone said.
This alliance comes 18 months after of the opening of the Cancer-
Genetics Research Complex on the UF campus. Additionally, Shands at
UF is preparing for the completion of its $388-million, 500,000-square-
foot cancer hospital in 2009. Cancer patients treated there will gain access
to state-of-the-art therapies in a comfortable, healing environment.
Goldfarb said he especially likes the arrangement because it is
"additive, not exclusive."
"This partnership doesn't disturb any relationship that our
organizations have with other parties, in fact we welcome others to join
us," Goldfarb said. "Through this alliance, we are uniting our
intellectual, technological and scientific resources to truly lead cancer
care for the benefit of Florida residents. Our impact together will be
outstanding. This is an exciting day for people throughout our region."
In addition to implementing the TCC initiative, initial collaborations
will include joint research, co-authored scientific publications, joint
recruitment and philanthropy.
Working with the National Cancer Institute, Moffitt will seek to
integrate the UF and Shands cancer program into Moffitt's NCI
comprehensive cancer center designation, held by only 39 cancer centers
nationwide. Inclusion should give UF scientists more opportunities at
garnering NCI grants for collaborative projects with Moffitt investigators,
Kone said. It also will give UF and Shands patients' better access to
large-scale clinical trials of new therapies.
UF President Bernie Machen expressed his optimism about the
progress made thus far.
"This collaboration has the real potential to have a major impact on
every Florida citizen, because cancer touches all of us," he said. "Clearly
this is just the beginning and a great deal of work is ahead of us, but the
spirit of collaboration that has gotten us to this point is practically
unheard of and it bodes well for the future of these efforts."


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ADMINISTRATION





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Animal house

Architects zero in on plans for UF's new small animal hospital

By Sarah Carey

e UF College of Veterinary Medicine's new Veterinary Research and Education Center will not

only contain additional space for a new small animal hospital with all of the "bells and whistles"
S-it also will represent a new face for the south end of the UF campus.


Representatives from FWAJDB/Zeidler Partnership
Architects, which was awarded the architectural
contract to design the $58 million, 90,000-square-foot
facility in August, presented their ideas during several
"town hall" meetings for CVM faculty, staff and
students in November.
The design team's initial concept involves opening
up the front of the new building so people can see into
it, which means "lots of glass and natural daylight,"
said spokesman Roy Abernathy, a principal in the
FWAJDB firm.
"This is envisioned as a building that is kind of
inside out to some extent; that is, the outside will reflect
what is going on inside," he said.
A sustainable, "green" building design will be used
along with a learning-centered approach that includes
having "rounds rooms" associated with every hospital
service. These rooms would enable students to be more
centralized, architects said.
"It's like turning the learning process inside out,"
Abernathy said. "In the focus group we did with
students, they said one of the hardest things they
currently face is having to track someone down to ask
a question. The rounds room concept puts everyone in
that service in the same learning area. Today that
happens in the hallway."
The existing hospital will continue to house
dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, zoo medicine,
alternative/holistic medicine and a blood donor ward.
A physical therapy service will also be added and the
pharmacy and radiology programs will expand.
Among the new features of the hospital will be a
linear accelerator, an emergency and critical care
clinic, a physical therapy area and expanded capacity
and capability for chemotherapy, all of which will be
located on the first floor.
The second floor will house surgery, including both
a sterile quarter and an animal quarter outside with
anesthesia, endoscopy and a cardiac catheterization
laboratory close by. The third floor will serve primarily
as office space but also will include a conference room
capable of seating 120 people.
"This building will become the public face of
academic veterinary medicine in Florida," Abernathy
said. "If you are going to grow to where you're seeing
30,000 clients a year, this will be where that interaction
happens.


"We are going to be doing a lot to improve the client
experience and making lots of considerations for
animal and human comfort everything from the
landscaping to the hardscaping," he added.
Among other things, that means animal-friendly tile
floors that pets won't slip on and that will be easy to
clean. Even the airy and bright qualities of the building
will serve more of a purpose than mere aesthetics.
"A lot of research has been done as to how daylight
helps improve the healing cycle in animals as well as
the health and comfort of the people who work in the
hospital," Abernathy said. "That's why we want to
bring a lot of natural light into the building."
Abernathy said his group has worked on several
academic veterinary hospitals throughout the country
and partnered with Zeidler to offer "a broader and
more team-oriented approach" to the project.
"Academic veterinary hospitals are really unique
and have a contribution that a lot of people don't
understand, to both human and animal health,"
Abernathy said.
The group hopes to finalize design plans by early
2008.


The College of Veterinary Medicine's
new building will feature a new
hospital for patients such as this kitty.


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Lap-Band surgery. She had researched weight loss surgeries and knew

that this was the "jump-start" she needed to lose weight.


"I just waited it out," said Kozak, 53.
Just a few months ago, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
was the only type of weight loss surgery available at
Shands at UF. But Kozak said she wasn't willing to
undergo this surgery, which she felt was more extreme.
During the gastric bypass procedure, surgeons create a
small stomach pouch that is separated from the rest of
the stomach, allowing food to bypass the small
intestines. The Lap-Band surgery uses a band near the
upper end of the stomach to create a small pouch with a
narrow opening that leads to the rest of the stomach.
Kozak's luck changed when Kfir Ben-David, M.D., a
surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive bariatric
procedures, joined the UF College of Medicine seven
months ago. She received the Lab-Band surgery on Nov.
16. As of Jan. 10, she had lost 41 pounds.
"I feel a lot better about myself," she said.
Ben-David not only brought different surgical skills
to UF, he also brought a new approach to weight loss
surgery. As UF's director of bariatric surgery, Ben-
David has formed a multidisciplinary team, bringing
all the experts a patient needs to one area. This


separates Shands at UF from some other hospitals that
offer bariatric surgeries, explained Kevin Behrns,
M.D., chief of general and gastrointestinal surgery at
UF's College of Medicine.
"I want the experts in the other fields to have input,"
Ben-David said.
Calling Ben-David a "unique talent," Behrns said
adding the surgeon to the faculty moved up their plans
to develop a specialization in weight loss surgeries.
"We knew we needed to build a bariatric center at
some point," Behrns said.
To get the word out about the new bariatric surgery
options at UF, Ben-David began holding informational
sessions at Shands at UF this year. Most of the
information is on the bariatric surgery program's Web
site, but Ben-David also shares some statistics with his
audiences.
"I think that the morbid obesity epidemic in the U.S.
is increasing at rates that are very alarming," he said.
During his sessions, Ben-David said there are about
15 million morbidly obese Americans, but only 1
percent of the clinically eligible population is being


treated though bariatric surgery, a statistic from the
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
He also explained that the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
surgery is considered the "gold standard" in weight
loss surgeries because it is performed the most often
and is consistently the most successful overall. For
instance, the average patient will lose 20 percent more
weight with gastric bypass surgery than with Lap-
Band surgery.
Each patient's eligibility is evaluated on an individual
basis at Shands at UF. In general, most patients are at
least 100 pounds overweight or struggling with health
problems related to obesity. But perhaps most
importantly, patients must agree to cooperate in the
surgery's follow-up sessions to be eligible.
Kozak credits much of the success of her surgery to
the last qualification on the list. She said that she
followed every post-surgery instruction "to the letter."
"I have had no problems at all," she said. "I mean
nothing."
However, Kozak concedes that it may be easier for
her to attend the follow-up sessions than others. She
works as an internal review board coordinator at the
hospital's pediatric oncology clinical trials office.
She said that she hopes the bariatrics program at
Shands at UF is successful.
"I think (Ben-David) can help a lot of people," she
said.


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By April Frawley Birdwell


Here's one tip for how to eat right this
Valentine's Day: Don't take your cues from
the heart-shaped box your significant other
gives you. Chocolate truffle, cherry cordial and
coconut cream do not a balanced diet make. But,
chocolates aside, you don't have to go no-carb to
stay fit, either, UF researchers say.

In fact, many dieters may actually be cutting r
out the wrong foods altogether, according to
findings from a UF paper published recently in
the European Journal of Nutrition. Dieters should
focus on limiting the amount of the sugar fructose
they eat instead of cutting out starchy foods such
as bread, rice and potatoes, report the researchers,
who propose using new dietary guidelines based
on fructose to gauge how healthy foods are.
"There's a fair amount of evidence that
starch-based foods don't cause weight gain like
sugar-based foods and don't cause the metabolic
syndrome like sugar-based foods," said Richard RICHARD JOHNSON, M.D.
Johnson, M.D., the senior author of the report,
which reviewed several recent studies on fructose and obesity. "Potatoes, pasta,
rice may be relatively safe compared to table sugar. A fructose index may be a
better way to assess the risk of carbohydrates related to obesity."
Many diets including the low-carb variety are based on the glycemic
index, which measures how foods affect blood glucose levels. Because starches
convert to glucose in the body, these diets tend to limit foods such as rice and
potatoes as well as sweets, which contain both glucose and fructose.
While table sugar is composed of both glucose and fructose, fructose see-r,
to be the more dangerous part of the equation, UF researchers say. Eating t....
much fructose causes uric acid levels to spike, which can block the ability c I
insulin to regulate how body cells use and store sugar and other nutrients f .
energy, leading to obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, said
Johnson, the division chief of nephrology and the J. Robert Cade professor .. I
nephrology in the UF College of Medicine. UF researchers first detailed thL
role of uric acid on insulin resistance and obesity in a 2005 study in rats.


"Certainly we don't think fructose is the only cause of the obesity epidemic,"
Johnson said. "Too many calories, too much junk food and too much high-fat
food are also part of the problem. But we think that fructose may have the
unique ability to induce insulin resistance and features of the metabolic
syndrome that other foods don't do so easily."
About 33 percent of adults in the United States are overweight or obese,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Studies at other institutions have shown that following a low-glycemic diet
can reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease, but the effect could occur
because these dieters often are unintentionally limiting fructose as well by
cutting out table sugar, Johnson said.
"Processed foods have a lot of sugar," Johnson said. "Probably the biggest
source (of fructose) is soft drinks."
In another UF paper, published in October in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, Johnson and his collaborators tracked the rise of obesity and diseases
such as diabetes with the rise in sugar consumption. The rates of hypertension,
diabetes and childhood obesity have risen steadily over the years.
"One of the things we have learned is this whole epidemic brought on by
Western diet and culture tracks back to the 1800s," he said. "Nowadays,
fructose and high-fructose corn syrup are in everything."
Aside from soft drinks, fructose can be found in pastries, ketchup, fruits,
table sugar and jellies and in many processed foods, including the sugar
substitute high fructose corn syrup.
UF researchers plan to test a low-fructose diet in patients soon, Johnson said.
Kathleen Melanson, Ph.D., R.D., an associate professor of nutrition and food
sciences at the University of Rhode Island, said establishing a fructose index for
foods could "be an appropriate approach," depending on how foods are
classified. It makes sense to limit foods prepared with high fructose corn syrup
and table sugar, which often contain empty calories, but fruits are an important
part of a person's diet, she added.
"One concern I have always had with the glycemic index is the potential to
pigeonhole foods as good or bad," she said.


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Before Robert T. Watson, M.D., accepted
the job as senior associate dean for
educational affairs in the College of
Medicine, there was a call he had to make.
"When Dr. Watson was asked if he would join the dean's office, he
literally called me that night and said, 'I won't do it unless you
continue,'" remembers Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., director of the college's
Office Of Medical Education.
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other as well as faculty, students, staff and donors. With them it's always been a team-first approach.
"The thing I am most proud of accomplishing is we built a great team of educators who were
passionate about helping each other and everyone else learn," Watson says. "We developed students
who were competent, who were compassionate, who understood the importance of diversity, who
understood the importance of caring for everyone."
Sitting in his office, a telltale spreadsheet open on his computer, Romrell recalls the changes that
have occurred in the college over the past 30 years. When he started working in the Office of Medical
Education, there were four staff members and no desktop computers. It took hours to do simple tasks
such as calculating class ranks, he said.
"We used ledger sheets and pencils with big erasers because you made a lot of mistakes," he said.
"There was no database. We just had hard copies of records."
Now, UF has an office devoted to medical informatics, a vast online database to track student
performance and an online testing center, among other things.


Dr. Robert Watson (left) recently retired from his position as senior associate dean of educational affairs in the College of Medicine.
January that he was stepping down as associate dean of medical education. The pair worked closely for nearly 20 years.


on committees and other projects, and Watson knew he needed Romrell
if UF was going to have one of the best medical education programs in
the country. They complemented each other. Watson was the idea guy,
who could talk at length about the merits of an idea. Romrell was
detail-oriented. Basically, he could back those ideas up with facts.
"He and I work like clockwork together," Watson said. "I think a lot
of people saw us a team, a linked-at-the-hip team."
For the better part of two decades under the direction of four
different deans, Watson and Romrell were a linked-at-the-hip team,
presiding over medical education at UF. But all eras eventually end.
Now a professor emeritus, Watson retired Dec. 31. In January, Romrell
announced he was stepping down as associate dean for medical
education and as director of the Chapman Education Center.
"They elevated medical education at UF to national prominence,"
said Bruce Kone, dean of the College of Medicine. "They've
established a tradition of recruiting the top talent and molding them
into exceptional physicians."
Together, Watson and Romrell developed a concept called mission-
based budgeting that revolutionized how many medical schools budget
for education. They established programs such as medical humanities
and expanded the use of standardized patients, actors who pose as
patients to help students learn. Student test scores rose and
accreditation results soared during their tenure.
Neither takes solo credit for these accomplishments, citing each


Lynn Romrell announced in


"Part of our success is we were just ready to take advantage of technology as it changed," Romrell
said. "By hiring the right people we were really able to take advantage of all these things and excel."
When Watson was appointed senior associate dean of medical education, one of the first goals the
education team tackled was creating a continuum of educational experiences for students. The college
established a preceptorship to give first-year medical students clinic experience and opened the Harrell
Center for Professional Development and Assessment. The Harrell Center allows students to gain
clinical skills by working with standardized patients and then watching video of their interactions.
With donations from the late Thomas Maren, M.D., one of the college's founding faculty members,
and Annie Lou Chapman, the college established a medical humanities program. This has allowed the
college to instill in students the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, Watson said.
The idea of humanism in medicine that relationships are key to healing is one of Watson's
overriding philosophies and part of what he and Romrell may be remembered for most: creating an
atmosphere where students felt supported.
Heather Harrell, M.D., an associate professor of internal medicine and alumna of the college, still
remembers how Watson stood up for her and her classmates after a young faculty member booted
them, rudely, out of a room where they had been studying.
"(Watson) was outraged when I told him," Harrell said. "I had never felt so strongly supported as a
student ... They set up such a family, warm environment."
To Watson, the success he and Romrell have had together comes down to one word: people.
"The trick is to find the right people, whether students, faculty or staff, and let them do what they
love," he said.
And although the partnership of Watson and Romrell has evolved, they are still a team and
they're still friends.
"I think of Dr. Romrell like a brother," Watson says. "He's one of the best people I have ever met."


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A new vision

College of Medicine dean has

big plans for education program


By April Frawley Birdwell

op quiz: Can a medical school with one
of the most highly touted education
programs in the country raise the bar even
higher? OK, it's a trick question. The answer is
undoubtedly yes. The interesting part is how to
do it.
College of Medicine Dean Bruce Kone, M.D., has more than a few ideas
for building on the legacy left by past administrators, namely newly retired
Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Robert Watson, M.D., and
Lynn Romrell, Ph.D., who recently announced he was stepping down as
associate dean of medical education.
"I think their legacy is that they have done so well at producing
outstanding physicians that this should be in our DNA. That's a baseline
standard," Kone said. "On top of that we are really going to emphasize
developing the real leaders, the real
scholars, the real investigators that will
help lead the state and the nation in AI w ant ev
medicine." I w a IL eV
To do this, Kone is planning with the O U -
year 2020 in mind. In short, he's focusing COm e out o
on how to prepare students, residents and d
fellows to meet the challenges they face in w e d ever
the ever-changing world of health care.
"The information explosion that is to help th
going to occur between now and then is fu
phenomenal," Kone said. "Being able to her fulle
help students capture and manage
information and make good clinical Bruce
decisions from a vast array of information
sources is going to be important."
He's also restructuring the hierarchy of
the college administration to put more emphasis on the education of
graduate students, residents and fellows. Over the years, as the college grew,
the dean's office had divided in such a way that could make it difficult for
some students, residents and fellows to access services they needed, said
Kone, who took over as dean last May.
Under Kone's plan, the education program for medical students,
graduate students, residents and fellows will be divided under different
deans more suited to the needs of each particular group. For example, the
medical education dean will focus on medical education, whereas the
research dean will oversee graduate student education.


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The college is currently conducting national searches for medical
education and research deans.
"Education has become very specialized; medical education requires a
different skill set than graduate education or residency education, or
continuing education," Kone said. "Our goal is to achieve the success we
have had with medical education with graduate student and resident
education."
Kone said he is working with his education team to establish a continuum
of education, from medical student
education through residency and
-isnt to fellowship. The idea is to make residency
stu t to training at UF as attractive as it can be to
r kn ow in keep top trainees in state.
re kn ow in "People who complete their residencies
w e c uld in state tend to stay here and contribute to
ng w e cou d the workforce," Kone said.
Shis Another keyword for the doctors of
each his or tomorrow? Teamwork, Kone said. The
ot enti college is collaborating with other health
Potential. colleges to find innovative ways to teach
future health professionals how to work
e, M .D. together in multidisciplinary teams.
Teamwork and communication also are
emphasized in the clinical quality and
safety curriculum college leaders are


putting together for medical students.
"Poor communication is the basis for most medical errors," Kone said.
The task of preparing the college's students to be "masters and creative
innovators" is more than just a job to Kone. As an alumnus of the college,
he has a personal stake in it. And, as a product of the college, he also knows
current and future students are up to the challenges ahead.
"Drs. Watson and Romrell were very innovative in finding ways to
connect to how students learn. This will continue to be a challenge for us,"
Kone said. "I want every student to come out of here knowing we did
everything we could to help them reach his or her fullest potential."


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Overachieving undergrads


{to present research at conference}

By Christa Wagers
xceeding the required 40 hours to spend on a class research project has paid off for
Claire Lewis and Elida Benitez.
The research partners are two of 12 UF undergraduate nursing students who
will present their findings at a regional conference in Alabama this month.
"It's going to be a great exposure and experience," Lewis said.
When the pair was looking for a topic, Lewis' adviser introduced her to Maude
Rittman, Ph.D., R.N., the chief nurse for research at the North Florida/South Georgia
Veterans Affairs Health System. Rittman allowed the UF students to analyze some of
her survey about caregiving of post-stroke veterans for their project. Lewis and Benitez
chose to focus on the relationship between the amount of time a caregiver spends with a
patient, and how that patient views his or her caregiving experience.
The 22nd Annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference takes place Feb.
22-24 in Birmingham.
The regional conference is primarily an opportunity for nurses in academic and
clinical settings to present their research and network, said David Stumph, executive
director of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Undergraduate participation in
research presentations is unusual, but Stumph said he hopes it becomes more common.
S..The project that Lewis and Benitez are presenting is one of a choice of requirements
for their honors nursing course.
Undergraduate nursing students Elida Benitez (left) and Claire Lewis
Undergraduate nursing students Elida Benitez (left) and Claire Lewis "(The research project) really lets them know the kinds of things beyond what you
spent months working on a research project they will present this learn in the classroom," said Josephine Snider, Ed.D., who has been the coordinator of
month at a conference in Alabama. the honors program for 35 years.
However, attending and presenting at conferences is not required.
"It is a little bit nerve-racking, but at the same time it's an honor," Benitez said.





New epidemiology, biostatistics doctoral programs approved


ByJill Pease
he Florida Board of Governors approved new UF College of
I'Pblic Health and Health Professions doctoral programs in -
,pidemiology and biostatistics at its meeting Dec. 6.
"This is an important achievement for the college and was
especially significant given the fact that some members of the Board
of Governors were concerned about going forward with new doctoral
programs because of state budget issues," said Elena Andresen, Ph.D.,
chair of the college's department of epidemiology and biostatistics.
The two new programs join the college's existing Ph.D. in health
services research to meet the Council on Education for Public
Health's requirement that schools of public health offer three
doctoral programs in public health disciplines, Andresen said. The
college is in the process of seeking accreditation, which will
culminate in a site visit by council accreditors in September.
"The approval of our Ph.D. programs in epidemiology and
biostatistics represents an important milestone in the development of
our college," said Michael G. Perri, Ph.D., interim dean of the
college. "We now stand fully prepared to carry out the exciting
opportunity of educating doctoral students in these important public
health disciplines."
The new programs will begin admitting students for the fall 2008
academic year. For more information, contact the department of More students in the College of Public Health and Health Professions, shown here during
epidemiology and biostatistics at 352-273-5468. a guest lecturer's talk, will be able to pursue doctoral degrees now that the state Board of
Governors has approved doctoral programs in epidemiology and biostatistics.


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Saferthan of I


Dental researcher snuffs out notion that smokeless tobacco is lesser of two evils


By Ann Griswold


Millions of Americans make the New Year's
resolution to stop smoking, but far too
many break ranks before Jan. 2. Their
dismal success rate has health officials scrambling
to come up with easier ways to quit, and many
have toyed with the idea that smokeless tobacco
could ease the transition off cigarettes. But a recent
study by Scott Tomar, D.M.D., Dr. P.H., chair of the
department of community dentistry and behavioral
science, suggests that tactic would be a catch-22,
especially in younger smokers.

More than 40 million Americans smoke,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and about 70 percent of them are
trying to kick the habit. The CDC estimates that
the long-term health problems associated with
smoking particularly lung cancer, chronic lung
disease and heart disease result in 438,000
deaths every year. Public health officials are
unanimous in the belief that something must be
done. But what?
"There have been a number of papers saying
that the health community should tell the public
that smokeless tobacco is 'safer' than smoking SCOTT TOMAR. D.M.D.
but not 'safe' per se," Tomar said.
That theory, called "tobacco harm reduction," aims to wean smokers off
cigarettes by advising them to switch to smokeless products, such as snuff and
chewing tobacco. Tomar's research suggests few smokers seem interested in
switching and he worries that promoting smokeless tobacco could encourage
nonsmokers to pick up a dangerous habit.
"I don't think there's any doubt among members of the scientific community
that smokeless tobacco carries a lower risk of death than does cigarette smoking,"
Tomar said. "On the other hand, that alone doesn't necessarily make it an
appropriate recommendation coming from the health community."
Smokeless tobacco products contain almost 30 ingredients known to cause
cancer. A recent study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer linked
smokeless tobacco to cancers of the mouth and pancreas, as well as oral problems
such as recessed gums and bone loss.
Nonetheless, supporters insist that smokers might show a greater interest in
switching to smokeless tobacco if they knew about the reduced health risks.
"There have been claims by proponents of smokeless tobacco that the public
can't separate the risks of smoking from the risks of other types of tobacco use,"


Tomar said.
Younger smokers are especially worrisome. Experts warn that lighting up at a
young age sets the stage for a lifetime of dependence. More than 80 percent of older
smokers lit up for the first time before they turned 18, according to the CDC. And
every day, about 3,900 youth are doing just that.
To find out if younger smokers could differentiate between health risks
associated with various tobacco products, Tomar analyzed data from more than
11,000 high school seniors over a five-year period. The data were collected through
the Monitoring the Future project conducted by the University of Michigan's
Institute for Social Research.
Tomar's study, which was published in the November issue of Nicotine & Tobacco
Research, revealed that high school seniors who smoke greatly underestimate the
risks associated with tobacco use. Fewer than half of those interviewed perceived a
great risk of harm from cigarettes. In contrast, more than 80 percent of
nonsmokers regarded smoking as hazardous to their health.
"Very few smokers in 12th grade perceive that what they're doing is harmful,"
Tomar said. "That's really what makes this whole idea so challenging. Advocates
are saying you should tell these young smokers, 'We're not saying smokeless
tobacco is safe, but it's safer than cigarettes.' But you're telling that to a population
who already tremendously underestimates their own risk."
But would the advice work?
"We've seen almost no smokers moving toward smokeless tobacco. If anything, it
tends to be in the other direction," Tomar said.
Many experts agree the marketing strategy could do more harm than good.
"There is concern that a major advertising campaign of smokeless tobacco as less
harmful than cigarettes may threaten the major reduction in adolescent initiation
that we have seen in recent years," said John Pierce, Ph.D., the Sam M. Walton
professor for cancer research at the University of California at San Diego Cancer
Center. "There is plenty of evidence that advertising influences younger people."
Tomar's findings suggest advertising money might be better spent on educating
younger smokers about the hazards of tobacco use.
"People will only take steps to change if they perceive that their current
behavior is harmful," Tomar said. "With young people, what they're reporting is
that they don't think they're at risk for harm. Why would they want to switch to
something that's less harmful?"


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If this introduction were a love poem, you would be reading about how your eyes remind one of a golden summer's day or perhaps a
stray moonbeam flecked with silver light. The words "starshine," and "sweet nothingness" would be used, at least three times. Alas,
this is not a love poem. But, seeing that love is inescapable this time of year, even in the hallowed halls of the Health Science Center,
we've dedicated the next few pages to some of our favorite HSC couples. Given that about 38 percent of couples say they met at
school or work, according to a 2006 Pew Internet & American Life survey, these folks weren't too hard to find.



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student in [lie Interdisc plinary Program in Bioinedical Scienr es. Ro-lyn Franlk ~vasn Iattending the End ut Year Picnic
to nleet guys. hut a [all. 11usL Iilr upperclassnian VCept catr hing her eye. He wvvs evervyviere. it setined cheering
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Ihel[h dtpar[nitn[ tliey bl1i te.lI [lie si1116 IAray aBulu[ e3: Ih [ller.
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have [L marry reiimnibers Bill proltssor oi pj[hologvy I [ihe UF
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clinI: iat S it-I n[ Jl prOlessor in l[t Collegje ol i urs,.ng. LIu i1an [ .: il.i
up w[ilh a ny [ypt'pe t 5'iin[ilit r3[tiunale for why.
Seven ionthll,1 atl[r t116t[ing [hevy ovre mnirried. Tivn-. Anna and
kieti[lh lullited in Dt:enlibtr 1984.
ThIe I fa ily i:anie to G jintsville in 1991 I ell n Bill aic tp[ed a posi [ion
as i:liar il tihe College of Vt[trinmry Medrini -n dpari[nitni ot
compara[ive and t .,perniltntal p3 [hloOyv. A vear I3[er Juan [loo. 3
pO Sition l1th [he College ot lur:,ing.
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c no ple[ely dilltrtn[ enviro niiii n[ in [he i 1l[lih :tn[er. Bill ay;.
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brave [ [e .:llher I haI v ever s:,ten I[ help:, mt [ate nore ri:,; t nihen I
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ohn and Karine tend to many an expectant mother, often guiding
them through infertility issues until the moment they hear those
first little mews, those squeaky woof-woofs, those tentative
neighs ..
Yes, even dogs and cats need ob/gyns sometimes. As do bats,
manatees and the other animals seen or studied atthe UF College of
Veterinary Medicine, where John Verstegen, D.V.M.,MSc.,
Ph.D.,diplomate ECAR, and wife Karine Onclin-Verstegen, D.V.M.,
Ph.D., diplomat ECAR, run the small animal reproduction program.
The program, which the couple established when they came to UF
from Belgium in 2004, was the first full-time university-run specialized
clinic for small animal reproduction in the country.
"We do exactly what your ob/gyn would do," John says.
"C-sections ... treating infertile males."
"We even did a reproductive surgery on a bear once," adds Karine.
Buttheir combined knowledge of animal reproduction couldn't help
their own struggles with infertility. They decided if parenthood was
meant to happen it would happen. About 10 years later it did ... right
after they decided to move to the United States.
"It was a lot of change at once," Karine says.
The couple, who met on the job, have worked together forthe
better part of two decades, butthe addition of Hannasha, now3, and
Pauline, 16 months, has changed the waythey work in one big way:
No more work talk at home.
"We know each other so well," John says. "We share the same
way of thinking, the same way of working."
"A lot of his temperament is a complement to my temperament,"
Karine adds. "That's why we complete each other very well."
- April Frawley Birdwell



















W ho S9S r.oisnIltiee wol. buat g? ilot Linda 3,,d Fred EdlaoidS.
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Jacksonvlle arulty l ca'diolttolu 3,:c IC slm el y. atile 20 years m tlle U.S.
Armi. Baot wvee well established In the' cdsiee's.
L nda was hair o I tie Medictal Per tlo' n-marc e impi ovemeirit Committee Iil
what was theta, tie UIniversitI Mfedii al Center. Fred was a nevi, t appointee.
ThIe to la t I o ilat dd soin to' fned an ",n itaili 31 sube: oam lttee whilii
iesuiltr d 11 a Sept. 14. 1996 wedding it Jacksonville.
Today. the b's. ph'siciantas value their inma Iage and owork hard to place
then relationship at trie top ot then agenda. f ,
We i 3e iitentoI it l abou Our pei soI l elat3 onship ni d make time fot
eachlothei says Fled Edwards 3l .D.. clhelolt aidltoiiui icic suilel uy III
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Ja1 kSOnville.
They do tils Ub scheduling. iell. siibcominittee n-ieetings.
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share aud talk. says Liida Edi3ids, t.D. di'visiLion ch.et oa gene al internal
iredicine. We also think it's ex'reinely i po' tlnt 10 mI ake time foi out 1/i
loved ones not ionl.- tor e3ach other but also lo 0111 parents. eterinded
amiitly and I ommnuilr.it,.
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,ie veily ditei enlt Fred s the su geon uand I in the trimaivy are do .' ,
L ida says. A,
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w.iell JS 3 ai emendoiiS responsibhliy. "OuiI patients have entrusted us iuth c H
tlhet health and their lives we Lcan ievei target that. Fied says.
In short. it's at the top ot tlhet agenda. PaRricia Bates AlcGhee



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headed-into-a-storm-almost-dying-in-the-Indian-Ocean part- r1,,1, v '..
Sheps, Dr. P.H., wasn't really thinking about its tale-worthiness.
She, her husband, David Sheps, M.D., and their sons, Daniel and Jacob, were
traveling in Thailand, staying in a thatched hut on an island about an hour's boat ride
from the mainland. But when Daniel developed a fever, they decided to head backto
seek medical help.
Mary noticed the dark, threatening clouds, rolling in over Phuket. She figured the
boaters carrying them to shore would seek shelter on an island nearby while the storm
passed. They didn't. The boat headed into the storm. Mary grew frantic.
"We were in a wooden boat ... there were no life jackets," remembers Mary,
associate dean for public health development and practice in the College of Public
Health and Health Professions. "We were in that storm for half an hour."
The family, of course, made itto shore safely, and the story eventually became
another part ofthe tale of their trip to Thailand, along with the elephant rides and
thatched hut. It was a family adventure, another memory.
"Things like that (trip) are special," says David, a UF professor of cardiovascular
medicine in the College of Medicine. "More recently, we went skiing. We had never
skied as a family before."
The couple, who married in 1984, met while both were faculty members at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They had similar values, similar thoughts on
education and interests in public health.
"We just had a lot in common," Mary says. -AprilFrawleyBirdwell











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W A while behind her desk at her office in the McKnight Brain Institute,
Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., jokes that she spends more
time with her husband, Robert McKenna, Ph.D., of 19 years than
most couples married three times as long. This is partly because Robert's
office is next door. It's also because both are associate professors in the
UF College of Medicine who spend most of every day together researching,
teaching and parenting.
Although Mavis says the proximity has its ups and downs, the McKennas
can still laugh about all the time they spend together and how what their
friends call a "model" relationship functions.
The McKennas didn't end up working together by accident or luck,
Robert says. Mavis switched fields to be able to work with her husband. As
a post doctoral fellow Robert says he simply would not have accepted a
position if there had not been an opening for his wife as well.
Their careers have been parallel since then.
For couples in a similar situation, Mavis says: "Knowyour boundaries.
Don't undermine the other person."
If there is a disagreement, both yield to the other's expertise. And
although Mavis says she could solve most problems on her own, she first
consults her husband for advice when she faces a question.
"In a way it's independent dependence," she says. -Christa Wagers


"I took my troubles down to Madame Rue/You know
thatgypsy with the gold-capped tooth/She's gota pad
down on 34th and Vine/Selling little bottles of Love Potion
No. 9..."
Most of us have heard this old tune and smiled. "Love
Potion No. 9" is the song about a chap searching for a
magic elixir to fix his woes with women. It may sound
silly, but many of us wonder: Could there be such a
concoction out there?
College of Pharmacy professor Paul Doering, M.S.,
says pheromones, chemicals that trip behavioral triggers
when humans and animals interact with others in their
species, are likely as close as it comes.
Pheromone research got its start with insects, Doering
said. The USDA has been studying these chemicals for
years in an effort to control bugs.
Trying to apply what's known about insects to human
behavior may be another story.


"There's always someone trying to extrapolate animal
research to humans," Doering says. "But people
extrapolating what we know about insects to humans and
human mating behavior is a pretty new idea."
At any rate, Doering says it makes one think about
attraction, both human and animal.
"It causes you to explore what attracts people to
people," Doering says. "I always thought it was
personality, common interests ... but in the insect world,
the love bugs don't seem to have a problem finding
(another bug) to pair up with -they do this mainly
through (the use of) pheromones."
As far as the "Love Potion No. 9" tune, Doering says
the lyrics are very interesting.
"We've all chuckled (atthat), but I bet people wish
there was such a thing," he says. "But, (science) may be
getting closer ... I don't know." -Lauren Edwards


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By Ann Griswold
ome people assume a single sexual act in their parents' lives brought them into being, but a
survey published last year in The New England Journal of Medicine puts that childhood fairy
tale to bed. The study revealed that most Americans not only have sex more than once in
their lives, but they continue to have sex well into their golden years.


The U. S. Census Bureau estimates that more than 300 baby boomers turn 60 every hour. If the
prospect of sexual abstinence among America's free-spirited flower children seems unlikely, it is.
The study finds that 73 percent of men and women in their late 50s and early 60s engage in sexual
contact more than once a year. And 26 percent of the oldest age group studied -75- to 85-year-olds
- were still at it as well.
But sex after 60 isn't without challenges. Sexually transmitted diseases in the elderly population
have become increasingly problematic in recent years, thanks in part to performance-enhancing
drugs such as Viagra.
"Certainly at that age, pregnancy is not considered to be an issue," says Bradley Bender, M.D., a
professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases and chief of staff at the Malcom Randall
Veterans Affairs Medical Center. "So the usual precautions such as condoms often aren't used."
Because older couples often forgo contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases spread quickly.
HIV/AIDS is an especially troubling problem: About 19 percent of infected Americans are over 50,
according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that number is expected to rise
dramatically over the next few years. The CDC estimates that older Americans will comprise half
of all AIDS cases by 2015.
These numbers also include older people who were infected at a young age.
"With new therapies, many AIDS patients reach an advanced age, and they face special
challenges regarding physical and cognitive independence," said Marco Pahor, M.D., director of
UF's Institute on Aging and chair of the College of Medicine's department of aging and
geriatrics.
The problem is especially noticeable in Florida, where more than 4 million residents are over
the age of 60.
"Here in Florida, we see a lot of cases because older people with HIV move to Florida for the
same reason other older people do," Bender says. "They should remember that it's a dangerous
world out there, no matter what your age."
Growing older doesn't mean growing numb to basic human cravings like hunger, thirst and
sexual desire. Au contraire, sexual satisfaction can extend well into the twilight years. Consulting
a physician can help older couples ensure that sex keeps getting better with age.


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Researchers trigger insulin

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By Melanie Fridl Ross
F researchers have coaxed liver
and pancreatic cells within
diabetic mice into churning out
insulin by injecting the animals with a
naturally occurring protein called Pdxl,
opening up a new research avenue that
someday could lead to safer treatments for
type 1 diabetes. Pdxl activates the genes
controlling the development of the
pancreas cells that make and release
insulin to maintain safe levels of glucose LI-JUN YANG, IV
in the body. The UF research team's novel
approach is described online in the journal Diabetes.
"Pdxl is so special because it possesses a unique amino acid
sequence that acts as a sort of molecular passport, allowing it to pass
freely into cells, enter the nucleus and activate insulin production and
release," said lead scientist Li-Jun Yang, M.D., an associate professor
of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine at UF's College of
Medicine.
Earlier research has shown that inserting the Pdxl gene into liver
or pancreas cells can induce insulin production, but most gene
therapy methods use viruses to introduce a piece of genetically
engineered DNA into cells. The disadvantage of such approaches is
that researchers can never be certain the viruses are entirely
harmless, Yang said.
The idea with protein therapy is that eventually a person's own
cells could be reprogrammed to naturally produce the hormone,
restoring the body's ability to properly regulate blood sugar levels
without having to use a potentially hazardous virus to slip corrective
genes into the body or having to transplant pancreatic cells from
someone else.
That could eliminate the adverse effects sometimes associated with
gene therapy and the need for lifelong suppression of the immune
system so transplanted cells are not rejected, Yang said.
The researchers injected the mice with the protein for 10 days.
Within two weeks of the first injection, their blood glucose levels had
normalized, Yang said.
"We repeated the experiment six times, and we got the reproducible
result every time," said Yang, who is also a founder and head of the
scientific advisory board for Transgeneron Therapeutics Inc., which
seeks to develop Pdxl as a treatment for diabetes.
UF holds a provisional patent on Pdxl protein therapy.


ByJohn Pastor
J I u .I to protect astronauts from health risks
Su1uLJ by space radiation will be important
dJu! rng extended missions to the moon or
Mars, say researchers in a paper recently published
online in Experimental Neurology.
Using a mouse model designed to reveal even slight
changes in brain cell populations, scientists found
radiation appeared to target a type of stem cell in an area
of the brain believed to be important for learning and
mood control.
The findings from a team of researchers from the
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Brookhaven National
Laboratory, NASA's Kennedy Space Center and the UF DE D P.D.
DENNIS A. STEINDLER, PH.D.
McKnight Brain Institute suggest that identifying
medications or physical shielding to protect astronauts from cosmic and solar radiation
will be important for the success of human space missions beyond low Earth orbit.
"Our discovery does not present any adverse issues for the astronaut program because
the ground-based dose and application of radiation we used were not comparable to that
seen for existing space travel," said Dennis A. Steindler, Ph.D., executive director of
UF's McKnight Brain Institute, a professor of neuroscience at the UF College of
Medicine and co-investigator in the study. "But the exceptional sensitivity of these
neural stem cells suggests that we are going to have to rethink our understanding of
stem cell susceptibility to radiation, including cosmic radiation encountered during
space travel, as well as radiation doses that accompany different medical procedures."
Stem cells are important because they have the remarkable ability to renew
themselves and produce many different cell types.
Scientists at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at the Brookhaven National
Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., administered a single dose of radiation to the mice about
equal to the amount astronauts would receive after a three-year space voyage to Mars.
Whether certain brain cells are at risk more than others is vital information for
scientists planning lengthy lunar expeditions or deep space missions.
"Space radiation has not been a serious problem for NASA human missions because
they have been short in duration or have occurred in low Earth orbit, within the
protective magnetic field of the Earth," said Philip Scarpa, M.D., a NASA flight surgeon
at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and a study co-investigator. "We currently
know very little about the effects of space radiation, especially heavy element cosmic
radiation, which is expected on future space missions and was the type of radiation used
in this study."


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United by a mission

UF, African leaders meet to discuss HIV/AIDS

By Patricia Bates McGhee

Fourteen medical, government and business
leaders from Africa visited with UF College of
Medicine-Jacksonville pediatrics faculty members
and staff in December to discuss global HIV/AIDS
awareness strategies.
The group was invited to the United States under the auspices of the U.S.
Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. U.S. government
officials select IVLP participants, who then travel to the United States to meet and
learn from American colleagues.
The meeting between UF faculty and the African delegation had a fourfold purpose:
To review U.S. policies on HIV/AIDS, underscoring the U.S. commitment to
assist other countries in combating infectious diseases
To examine the global impact of infectious disease and the pandemic of HIV/
AIDS on economic growth and development, political stability, social cohesion
and national regional security
To explore education and prevention programs, research and development, and
treatment and care, with particular focus on innovative techniques and
strategies at the community and grassroots level; and
To provide a forum for participants to form comprehensive relationships and
develop prevention and awareness strategies commensurate with Africa's
diverse cultures and tradition.


Hosted by UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville pediatrics faculty members
and Shands Jacksonville staff, 14 medical, government and business leaders
from Africa visited the Jacksonville campus in December to discuss global
HIV/AIDS awareness strategies.

Mobeen Rathore, M.D., chief of pediatric infectious diseases in Jacksonville,
coordinated a presentation for the visitors and led them on a tour of UF's Rainbow
Center. The center is the only facility offering comprehensive pediatric infectious
diseases services in Northeast Florida and has an innovative approach to prevent,
detect, treat and research pediatric HIV/AIDS.
"This was an excellent opportunity for us to develop international relationships as
our department, the Jacksonville campus and the Rainbow Center move toward more
international work," said Rathore, who recently received a $5 million grant to fund an
international group focused on studying HIV/AIDS.
The visitors hailed from 11 African nations, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote
d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.
The International Visitor Corps of Jacksonville coordinated the event. IVCJ is a
nonprofit, nonpartisan volunteer organization that promotes multicultural awareness
and understanding between people of other nations and the United States by helping
IVLP and other international exchange programs for business and professional
leaders.


UF, Brooks announce research agreement

Funding to support research at both facilities


A Brooks Kehabilitation Lenter
intervention therapist works with a
study participant. (Photo courtesy
of Brooks Rehabilitation)


By Patricia Bates McGhee
F and Brooks Rehabilitation have reached a new five-year agreement that will support research
collaborations at both Brooks and UF facilities.
The agreement increases funding for the UF Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies in
Jacksonville by more than $5 million over five years. As part of its Community Benefit Initiative, Brooks will
provide $4 million in funding, and the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville will supply more than $1
million.
"We are pleased to further develop our relationship with the University of Florida and look forward to the
increased research capabilities we will share," said Doug Baer, Brooks CEO and president. "Our investment
in the center's growth will bring the latest innovations to our patients."
Robert C. Nuss, M.D., dean of the regional campus at the UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville, cited the
excellent opportunity the expanded relationship offers Brooks and UF.
"The benefits are tremendous for both parties, with the center's research projects focusing primarily on
stroke and other neurological conditions, thereby relating to the population served by both Brooks and UF,"
Nuss said. "In addition, this arrangement provides an excellent opportunity for us to maximize collaboration
between our own Gainesville and Jacksonville campuses."
The funds will allow UF and Brooks to hire six full-time, doctoral-level researchers as well as support staff
to work at the Brooks Center for Rehabilitation Studies and at the UF Health Science Center-Jacksonville.
The center, which has facilities in both Gainesville and Jacksonville, has more than 20 research trials
currently under way, including 10 stroke-related studies.


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Jax cardiologists to raise
awareness about heart failure


By Patricia Bates McGhee
.I the sixth year in a row, UF College of Medicine-
I cksonville cardiologists and health caregivers will
Sh are the latest in diagnosing, treating and managing
patients with heart failure as part of National Heart Failure
Awareness Week.
The week, which the Heart Failure Society of America
holds annually to promote awareness, lasts from Feb.
11-17. The society aims to make more Americans aware of
the symptoms and risks of heart failure.
Heart failure is a progressive condition in which the
heart muscle weakens and gradually loses its ability to
pump enough blood to supply the body's needs, and more
and more Americans are developing it.
"Heart failure is the only major cardiovascular disease
on the rise," said Alan Miller, M.D., a UF professor of
cardiology and chair of a symposium being held in
Jacksonville on heart failure. "It affects nearly 5 million
Americans and, even though more and more patients
survive heart attacks, they're left with weakened hearts."
The Jacksonville symposium will include two case
presentations one discussing decompensated heart
failure and the other discussing heart failure patients who
require therapy with pacemakers or other devices.
Panelists include Miller and UF division of cardiology
faculty members Douglas Chapman, M.D., an assistant
professor and medical director of the UF heart failure
program and of The Cardiovascular Center for Inpatient
Services at Shands Jacksonville; Bharat Gummadi, M.D.,
a heart failure fellow; and physician assistant Erin James,
P.A.-C. Also participating are pharmacist Amber Chaki,
Pharm.D., and Susan Maurer, R.D., both of Shands
Jacksonville.
An event designed for Jacksonville-area primary care
and family practice physicians, nurse practitioners,
physician assistants, nurses and allied health professionals
to earn continuing medical education credits will be held
from 6:30-9 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Sterlings of Avondale, 3551
St. Johns Ave. Dinner will be provided, and reservations
are required.
For more information about the symposium and CME
registration, call 904-244-2380, e-mail barbara.jones@jax.
ufl.edu or register online at http://hscj.ufl.edu/cme.


Forum to feature leading


breast cancer experts


By Patricia Bates McGhee
jJirin. breast disease experts will discuss the latest information on breast
Srncer at a free public forum, "What Everyone Should Know About Breast
I 1,il h," slated for 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Jacksonville Marriott.
The event precedes the 13th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease,
UF's scientific meeting of international breast disease experts. Forum attendees will have
the opportunity to ask the experts questions about breast cancer diagnosis, monitoring
and treatment. Dinner will be provided, and reservations are required.
Forum panelists include Rachel Brem, M.D., of the George Washington University
Medical Center; Kevin Hughes, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital; Krystyna
Kiel, M.D., of Northwestern University; Marc Lippman, M.D., of the University of
Miami; David Winchester, M.D., of Northwestern University; and forum and symposium
founder, Shahla Masood, M.D., the interim chair of pathology at the UF College of
Medicine-Jacksonville.
Forum sponsors include the American Cancer Society, BlueCross BlueShield of
Florida, Shands Jacksonville, Precision Imaging Centers and UF.
The Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease runs from Feb. 14-17. Sponsored
by the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville, the program offers five sessions, with topics
ranging from diagnosis to contemporary issues in breast care.


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"The symposium is designed to provide a panoramic overview of the latest scientific
information surrounding breast disease," Masood said. "Twenty-one experts in breast
surgery, radiation, oncology and pathology from 21 universities and six research facilities
in the United States and Europe will be featured at the continuing education program."
To reserve a spot at the public forum, call 904-244-4387. For more information about
the symposium, registration and hotel accommodations, call the UF department of
pathology at 904-244-3430 or register online at http://cme.ufl.edu/conf/msbd.


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Ah, the new year. When the clock struck midnight Jan. 1, many of us had high hopes
that this year would be different from the last. We resolved to eat healthier foods,
keep our houses cleaner, go to the gym every day and generally be shining
examples of humanity. But many resolutions are easier made than kept, and we here
at The POST wanted to find out if people have stuck to or broken those vows they
made on New Year's Day. So we asked faculty, students and employees from around
the Health Science Center if they had made a New Year's resolution, and if they did, if
they've kept it thus far. Here is what we found:


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Nursing student Charlotte Symonds spends a moment with newborn Kylee while
the baby's mother, Melissa Hanna, watches from her hospital bed at Shands AGH.


By Melissa Thompson


he forces of magnetism are in full effect as the faculty and staff at Shands
Ji UF and the College of Nursing prepare to impress the American
Nurses Credentialing Center during its site visit Feb. 18-21, one of the
final steps in the hospital's redesignation as a Magnet facility for nurses.


"We're always looking at how to

improve our patient-care practices

based on new research."

Gale Danek, Ph.D., R.N.

The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes nursing excellence, quality
patient care and professional nursing innovations among top health-care
organizations in the United States by evaluating organizations based on "14
forces of magnetism," including quality care improvement and nursing
leadership.


"We're always looking at how to improve our patient-care practices based
on new research," said Gale Danek, Ph.D., R.N., an administrative director of
nursing quality at Shands at UF. "Research has indicated that mouth care
plays a vital role in reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. We've made
improvements by initiating small changes like treating patients' mouths
every four hours with an antiseptic."
Shands at UF, Shands HomeCare, Shands Rehab, The Florida Surgical
Center and Shands Vista have worked since the original designation in 2003
to strengthen Magnet standards for redesignation in 2008.
During the evaluation, a delegation of three appraisers and a Magnet fellow
will speak with staff nurses, physicians, employees and patients and will
interview College of Nursing faculty to evaluate each facility. After the visit,
appraisers make recommendations to the Magnet designation committee,
which will announce its decision in April.
"It's really a shared responsibility," said Maxine Hinze, Ph.D., R.N., a UF
clinical assistant professor and chair of adult and elderly nursing in the
College of Nursing. "We work closely with Shands to improve standards, and
in turn, we help create a Magnet institution that has the organizational
culture to attract students and retain nurses."


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Heard it through the grapevine?

HSC librarians help establish health information network for Floridians


By Lauren Edwards
F Health Science Center librarians Beth Layton and Linda Butson are helping to develop a Florida Consumer Health
Information Network that will give Florida residents easier access to accurate health information.
Layton, the Health Science Center Libraries' interim director, and Butson, the HSC Libraries' assistant director for access
and outreach services who also represents the UF Area Health Education Centers program, are part of the 18-member statewide
steering committee working on the project. The committee represents Florida medical schools, health-care organizations, the Florida
Health Sciences Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the State Library and Archives of Florida, the Florida AHEC
Network and the colleges of library and information science in Florida.
"This is a unique opportunity for the state's medical school libraries and hospital libraries to work together to promote the
availability of reliable health information for Florida residents," Butson said.
"We believe that improving access to health information will educate consumers and can improve health-care delivery and health
status in the state," Layton added.
The Florida Consumer Health Information Network will initially be developed through a $6,000, one-year Express Planning Award
provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region in October.
This award is funding a series of meetings with the steering committee and other stakeholders to develop a plan for the delivery of
consumer health information resources and services to Florida residents. The committee is exploring strategies, including partnering
with state and local health-care providers, state agencies and regional organizations.


LINDA BUTSON


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COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY

K. DAVID STILLWELL, D.D.S.,
a clinical associate professor
of operative dentistry, was
recently honored with the
2007 Lifelong Learning
and Service Recognition
award from the Academy of
General Dentistry. The award .
recognizes dentists who have K. David Stillwell
completed more than 1,600
hours of continuing dental education and more
than 100 hours of community service. Stillwell, a
graduate of the Louisiana State University School
of Dentistry, is currently serving as president of the
Florida Academy of General Dentistry.

COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

ADAM BRANK, M.D.,
Ph.D., a resident in internal
medicine, was given a $4,000
Trainee Research Award
by the American Society
of Hematology to pursue
research on blood-related
diseases. His current research
focuses on drugs for leukemia Adam Brank
patients. Brank will begin a
fellowship in hematology/oncology at UF in June.

ALBERT L. RHOTON JR.,
M.D., a professor and
chairman emeritus of the
department of neurosurgery,
authored a 3-D supplement
to the October issue of the
journal Neurosurgery. The
250-page supplement is about
the temporal bone, a site of
the organs of hearing and Albert L. Rhoton Jr.
balance. Red and blue 3-D
glasses were included.


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

HARTMUT DERENDORF,
Ph.D., a distinguished professor
and chair of pharmaceutics,
was one of eight UF faculty
members chosen to receive
the Howard Hughes Medical
Institute Distinguished
Mentor award for fall 2007.
Derendorf is the college's Hartmut Derendorf
second faculty member to be
recognized for mentoring undergraduate students
in pharmaceutical research. He will receive a
$10,000 award over the next two years to further
support his research efforts.

CAROLE KIMBERLIN,
Ph.D., a professor, and
ALMUT WINTERSTEIN,
Ph.D., an assistant professor
in the department of
pharmaceutical outcomes
and policy, have received a
one-year $184,229 award
from the Food and Drug AlmutWinterstein (L)
Administration to conduct Carole Kimberlin
an evaluation of consumer
medication information leaflets on selected
prescription medications from community
pharmacies throughout the United States. The
study will include an expert evaluation by a
national panel of judges assessing both the
content and readability of the leaflets and a
consumer evaluation to assess readability and
comprehension.

COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE

DENNIS BROOKS, D.V.M., Ph.D., a professor
of veterinary ophthalmology, presented the
prestigious Sir Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture
in Warwickshire, England, kicking off the
annual meeting of the British Equine Veterinary


Association Dec. 13. Brooks
spoke to the association about
changing medical standards of
care for horses with ophthalmic
problems and about the use
of antiproteases in treating
infectious corneal ulcers in
horses. He was seated next to
Princess Anne, a member of the Dennis Brooks
British Royal Family, during the
association's awards presentation and received
a medal for his selection as the Smith Memorial
Lecturer.




JOSEPH ADRIAN
TYNDALL, M.D., a clinical
associate professor in the
department of emergency
medicine, was named
the college's new chair of
emergency medicine in
Gainesville effective Jan. 1.
He is the first black faculty
member in the college to
serve as a department chair. Tyndall, who has served as
interim chair since August, is responsible for emergency
medicine's clinical operations, residency program
and its student and faculty tenure and promotion
processes. "It's a privilege and an honor to serve the
University of Florida and the Gainesville community,"
he said. "It's truly a challenge, but I feel strong work
ethic and persistence yield accomplishment in the end.
For me, the work is just beginning." He plans to put
UF emergency medicine on the map with first-class
emergency care and a strong research-based residency
program that attracts outstanding candidates. Tyndall,
who joined UF in November 2006, graduated from the
University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he
completed residency training in emergency medicine
and served as chief resident. He also holds a master's
degree in public health from Columbia University.


THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, MANAGEMENT AND POLICY
The master's in health administration program in the College of Public Health and Health Professions' department of health services research, management and policy
is one of two recipients of the American College of Healthcare Executives Higher Education Network Awards, along with Army-Baylor University. The awards recognize
those Higher Education Network participants whose programs have demonstrated a commitment to promoting advancement in society. The UF program was honored for
having the greatest percentage of graduates who have advanced to member or fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Renowned neurologist passes away

ichard P. Schmidt, M.D., a charter faculty member of the UF College of Medicine and a nationally renowned
neurologist, passed away Jan. 11 in Gainesville, after an extended illness. He was 86.
Schmidt was an integral leader at the College of Medicine in its early years. He arrived at UF in 1958 as an
associate professor and chief of the division of neurology. He was promoted to chairman of the department of medicine in
1962 and later to associate dean of the College of Medicine in 1965. During his tenure at UF, Schmidt also served as chief
of staff of the teaching hospital, now Shands at UF, and as chief of staff at the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical
Center. After a stint at the State University of New York Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., Schmidt returned to UF in
1984 as a professor and clinician at the VA Medical Center.
Schmidt was not only an important administrator in the early days of UF's College of Medicine, but also a
distinguished neurologist. In 1967 he was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology. He was also president
of the American Epilepsy Society and the Florida Society of Neurology.
Schmidt was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, and is survived by his second wife, Eleanor, two children and
four stepchildren. -Anney Doucette


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By Melissa Thompson

Forget visions of frothy, bubbling beakers Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., calls the

ocean his laboratory, where marine organisms may hold the key to curing the
world's worst diseases.

An assistant professor of medicinal chemistry in the UF College of Pharmacy, Luesch
smiles briefly as he gazes at a poster of the Pacific island nation Palau hanging on his office
wall. Tiny, uninhabitable islands resembling broccoli florets peek out of the turquoise water.
"If you can imagine," he says, "it looks exactly like that even better. It has some of the
best places for diving in the entire world."
He knows because he has plunged into that crystal-clear, 80-degree water in search of
marine organisms such as cyanobacteria. Compounds extracted from these organisms could
be made into drugs with the potential to treat or cure cancer or other life-threatening
diseases.
SLuesch, 37, developed an appetite for marine organism exploration when he began his
Doctoral studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1997. There, the Stendal, Germany
native felt he had the best chances for making discoveries and getting published in scientific
journals.
"I had a great chance of discovering unprecedented chemical structures by investigating
largely unexplored organisms," he said. "I would say at least 50 percent of the compounds
we found were new."
In Hawaii, Luesch often worked with a collaborator in Guam who sent him marine
samples to study. As beautiful and varied as organisms off the coast of Hawaii were, the
diversity and quality of samples from Guam were even better.
"The downside of that situation is that I collected very little myself while I was in
Hawaii," he said. "But I did try to go to the beach for an hour a week or surf at 6 a.m. to be
in the lab an hour later when the tourists took over the beaches. It wasn't that hard. My
SSI apartment was right on the ocean."
Luesch could probably talk for hours about his marine research or his drug-discovery
efforts to combat neurodegenerative diseases. That's one of the reasons it's hard to believe he
initially shunned his curiosity for chemistry, even though it seemed to be part of his DNA.
Growing up in Communist-controlled East Germany in the '70s and '80s, Luesch attended Diesterweg Schule, a one-building
school that housed about 400 students. His father was his chemistry teacher from seventh to 10th grade and the only teacher in the
school who refused to join the Communist Party.
"It was obviously strange at times because if I wanted to ask a question I didn't want to call him, 'Dad,'" he recalled. "I think I
didn't want to admit that I loved chemistry for a while just to show my parents, but they never pushed me to do it."
Some of his earliest career aspirations were actually to become either a professional Russian translator or a long-distance runner.
In the seventh grade his athletic dream almost came true when coaches from an East Berlin sports academy tried to recruit the
lithe and lanky Luesch for their track program. He would have to leave his family and train for more than five hours a day, running
10K races and practicing the high jump and long jump with other athletes his age. He turned down the offer.
"I saw some of those guys get injured who spent many years of their lives training, get kicked to the curb, and then their dreams
were over," he said. "There was just something about it I knew was not for me."
Luesch stopped fighting his love for chemistry and math and excelled in high school and college, eventually earning a Diplom
a degree he says is equivalent to an American master's degree in chemistry from the University of Siegen in 1997.
After earning his doctoral degree and working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.,
Luesch applied for jobs at several academic institutions including UF, where he has been employed for two-and-a-half years.
"I could've gone back to Hawaii for a job there, but I saw the biggest potential here," he said. "I felt like there was a good mass of
people here who could help me move my projects forward."
Today, Luesch works with samples collected off the coast of the Florida Keys, Fort Pierce and Fort Lauderdale. He feels each
new discovery opens the door to new projects that will take his research into greater medical dimensions.
"My ultimate goal, like everyone else in this field, is putting a drug on the market that treats someone with a terrible disease," he
said. "In the end, I get up in the morning and look forward to what I do."


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This month, the UF College of Veterinary Medicine opens a new clinic geared toward diagnosing and treating horses after performance-limiting injuries. The Lameness
and Imaging Service at UF's Alec P. and Louise H. Courtelis Equine Teaching Hospital aims to integrate advanced imaging methods and treatment techniques to offer
the best care to injured horses. Dr. Matt Brokken, shown here working with a horse at the college, is heading up the new service. Photos by Sarah Kiewel.


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