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West Nile vaccine for horses
Eye on the goal
A woman's heart
A step toward independence
A 50th anniversary finale
Cancer & Genetics opens
A gift of healing
Jax health care heroes
Alba Amaya Burns
Health Science Center
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Bertis Mackey, 18, has been dancing since she was 6. She
loves the creativity of it, but mostly she loves how it makes her
feel. Mackey, who has sickle cell anemia, uses dance to
distract herself from the pain she feels because of her
disease. She's now part of a new Shands Arts in Medicine
dance group with other sickle cell patients. Hers is just one
story of healing that unfold every year at the HSC. Full story
on page 12.
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Student profile E,i- i:in riil- I:.il
Research A woman's heart
Research A step toward independence
Education A 50th anniversary finale
Administration Cancer & Genetics opens
Cover Story A gift of healing
Photo Essay -Treating Ismael
Jacksonville Kirkpatrick leads
Profile Alba Amaya Burns
ee youw u 50 yeau!
Health Science Center leaders put a wrap
on a year's worth of 50th anniversary
activities with the burial of a time capsule
Nov. 9 in the Academic Research Building
courtyard. The capsule, slated to be
reopened in 2056, included the contents of
the original time capsule from 1956, many
items intended to depict contemporary life
and letters from the six HSC deans and
Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
The capsule is marked with a granite
marker and plaque. Pictured (left to right)
are College of Public Health and Health
Professions Dean Robert Frank, College
of Nursing Dean Kathleen Ann Long,
College of Pharmacy Executive Associate
Dean William Millard, College of
Veterinary Medicine Associate Dean
Charles Courtney, College of Dentistry
Dean Teresa Dolan, HSC Library
Director Faith Meakin, College of
Medicine Dean Craig Tisher and Barrett.
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Semester break parking
From Dec. 7 to Jan. 5 parking restrictions
will be lifted for commuter, all decal and
motorcycle zones. From Dec. 18 through
Jan. 5, the red zone restrictions will also
be lifted. Restrictions to lots designated as
brown and gated will not be lifted.
All reserved spaces, service drives,
handicapped and no parking zones will be
enforced at all times.
Visit www.parking.ufl.edu for more info.
National consortium takes
note of UF HSC distance
The American Distance Education Consortium
is holding its national strategic committee
meeting from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13 in Gainesville
to showcase UF Health Science Center distance
education degree programs to its members. The
College of Pharmacy's forensic science master's
program received the ADEC 2006 National
Award for Excellence in Distance Education.
William Riffee, Ph.D., dean of the College of
Pharmacy, will welcome ADEC members to UF
with a keynote address at the opening reception.
At the meeting, UF educators from the colleges
of Public Health and Health Professions and
Pharmacy will present their distance programs
and technologies used to offer UF professional
and master's degrees worldwide. A tour of the
HPNP Complex distance teaching facilities will
also be given.
A nonprofit organization with membership
representing more than 60 state universities
and land-grant colleges, ADEC was developed
to promote high-quality, economical distance
education programs to diverse audiences through
the most appropriate information technologies
For more information or to attend the UF
presentation or reception/tour, call 273-6873 or
The ASDA Mighty Molar field
Pre-dental American Student Dental Association member Cody Reynolds winds up his best shot to dunk A.E.
"Buddy" Clark, a professor and chair of prosthodontics during the ASDA 2006 Mighty Molar field day, held
at Lake Wauburg on Oct. 21. Clark, who fought back with squirts from a high-powered water cannon, was
eventually unseated from his precarious perch for a wet splash into the dunk tank.
The ASDA Mighty Molar field day has been a dental school tradition for more than 32 years as a way for dental
students, faculty and staff to have fun while competing in field games, including tug-of-war, wheelbarrow races
and a balloon toss. Billed as "The Mightiest Molar Ever," this year's newest additions -the dunk tank, featuring
dental professors and staff, and the hot dog eating contest -stole the show as students and faculty left their
scrubs and textbooks at home to enjoy a day of food, games and fun in the sun.
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Horse owners can still vaccinate
animals against West Nile virus
By Sarah Carey
AIthough cooler temperatures have
arrived in Florida, horses in the
Sunshine State are still at risk for
contracting potentially fatal mosquito-
borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, UF
veterinarians and state officials warn.
"The National Weather Service is projecting a warmer than
normal winter, so horse owners should not become complacent and
should make sure they vaccinate their horse," said Michael Short,
D.V.M., equine programs manager for the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Services' Division of Animal Industry.
While state officials report no equine cases yet this year, a new
single-dose vaccine recently tested in horses by a UF infectious
disease specialist may reduce the overall occurrence of the cyclical
virus because the product can be administered any time of year, with
almost immediate protection. Known as PreveNile, the vaccine
began reaching veterinarians in late September.
"Horse owners who have not vaccinated their animals already
should do so as soon as possible," said Maureen Long, D.V.M., an
associate professor of equine medicine at UF's College of Veterinary
Medicine and a nationally recognized expert on West Nile virus.
"We want horse owners to vaccinate if they haven't, because since
there is no cure for West Nile Virus, prevention is really the only tool
we have for controlling this ongoing threat."
As of Oct. 31, the disease has been reported in 3,752 people
nationwide and in 939 horses this year. In its most serious
manifestation, West Nile virus causes fatal inflammation of the brain,
and it also occurs in a variety of domestic and wild birds, including
crows. Nationwide, more than 23,000 cases have been reported in
horses since its initial appearance in 1999, with more than a third of
these animals dying, including more than 1,000 in Florida.
West Nile virus cycles between birds and mosquitoes, and
mosquito bites are the only way a horse can become infected. Horses
and humans infected with the disease cannot infect other horses and
humans, experts say. Compared with most states, Florida has a year-
round mosquito season, but the insects are most active in the summer
"Vaccination is a very important component of horses' health, and
the arboviruses West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis
- are two diseases we strongly urge horse owners to have their
horses vaccinated for," Short said. "Many horses die every year from
these two diseases and those we report are just confirmed cases.
There probably are a lot more out there that we don't hear about."
PreveNile is marketed by Intervet Inc. and received approval from
the U.S. Department of Agriculture for commercial use in July. Long
and her staff provided immune protection studies for the product,
the first live-virus vaccine to prevent West Nile virus in horses.
PreveNile provides 12 months of immunity and may be used even
if other products have been administered within the past year. Other
vaccines previously on the market required two doses before
Dr. Maureen Long, an infectious disease specialist and equine
veterinarian, examines a mare and foal at UF's Veterinary Medical
Center in 2005.
"The other vaccines are labeled only for protection against
viremia, or the presence of virus in the blood," Long said. "This is
the only market vaccine that is labeled for protection against disease
itself because of the way in which we tested the product in horses."
Some 19,000 humans have been infected with the virus, and nearly
800 people have died from it, according to the USDA's animal and
plant health industry surveillance program.
"There is intense interest in developing vaccination strategies for
humans," Long said. "A similar product is currently being tested in
humans by Acambis Inc., the human vaccine company that
constructed this product originally. Work in horses is invaluable for
assessment of this type of vaccine for use in humans."
Horse owners with questions about vaccination protocols and
options should contact their veterinarian. Q
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Keeping her eye on the goal:
UF CON recognizes future Gator nurse and UF soccer player
By Lori Spicer
As a goalkeeper on Florida's
15th-ranked soccer team
and a UF College of Nursing
BSN student, Brittni Goodwin
juggles more than soccer balls in
her very busy life.
Goodwin began her soccer and academic career at
the University of Washington. Because she was so far
from her family, the Fort Lauderdale native decided
to move closer to home. In May, she received her
bachelor of science in psychology from UF.
In her pursuit to gain some clinical experience
and prepare for graduate school in psychology,
Goodwin worked at Shands VISTA alongside the
nurses. During her experience at Shands,
Goodwin realized she was pursuing the wrong
profession. She admired the dedication of the
nursing staff so much that it inspired her to go
"I fell in love with what they do, because there
was so much compassion behind it," Goodwin said.
Goodwin enrolled in the prerequisites for the
nursing program and this fall she was accepted
into the college. She admits that a large factor in
her decision to attend UF was the soccer team, but
she was also very impressed with what the nursing
program had to offer.
Currently enrolled in the accelerated BSN
program, Goodwin confesses that her experience
at the college has been difficult. The accelerated
program requires her to learn a great deal of
information in a short amount of time, and she
also has to incorporate her rigorous soccer
"I know that I have to make a temporary
sacrifice for now, but in the end the payoff will be
rewarding," Goodwin said.
"I have learned a lot about myself while being
here, and I never cease to amaze myself in my
capabilities," she added.
Goodwin credits the faculty for her academic
achievement and for giving her the opportunity to
pursue nursing. Goodwin's classmates have also
been a great help, as she has to miss a lot of class
time due to her soccer schedule.
"My adviser, Sharon Bradley, has worked
extremely hard to enable me to complete this
journey," Goodwin said. "She is also an excellent
professor and I enjoy her teaching style."
Her family also has been a big inspiration in her
success, she said.
"My family places value on academics, but they
never pressure me," Goodwin said. "They honor
my efforts and are satisfied as long as I do the best
that I can."
After graduation, Goodwin plans to work a year
to develop a good platform in her field, hopefully
enter a certified registered nurse anesthetist
program and then work as a CRNA in a critical
care unit. In addition, Goodwin said she would
also love to coach soccer someday.
"Being a Gator nurse encompasses possibility,
potential and growth," said Goodwin. "The
nursing profession in itself is rewarding. It is a
selfless profession." O
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RHONDA COOPER-DEHOFF, PHAR M.D.I-
Women with chest
pain risk serious
complications even in
absence of blockages
By Melanie Fridl Ross
omen who have chest pain but
no evidence of clogged arteries
on conventional imaging tests are
nonetheless four times more likely to eventually be
hospitalized for heart failure, suffer a heart attack
or stroke, or die than women without heart disease
symptoms, University of Florida researchers report.
The findings, described recently at the American Heart Association's 2006
Scientific Sessions in Chicago, stem from the National Institutes of Health-
sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation and the St. James Women
Take Heart study and add to a growing body of evidence that suggests while
heart disease is an equal opportunity killer, it frequently manifests itself much
differently in women than in men.
"The message here is you do not want to tell a woman who comes to you and
says 'I have chest pain' not to worry," said Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D.,
a research assistant professor and associate director of the clinical research
program in cardiovascular medicine at UF's College of Medicine. "Often when
women present with chest pain or atypical signs of reduced blood flow to the
heart they are told it's probably heartburn and they should go home and lie
down and it'll go away. What our data show is that although women who
present with different signs and symptoms don't always have obstructive
disease, they do have increased risk compared with women who do not have
these signs and symptoms.
"Also, our data suggest that these women should be aggressively treated to
manage diabetes and lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and should be told
to exercise and lose weight when appropriate, because having these risk factors
significantly increases the risk in these women," Cooper-DeHoff said.
The multicenter WISE study seeks to define the prevalence, extent, severity
and complexity of heart disease in women and aims to identify ways to predict
heart disease, which according to the American Heart Association kills nearly
half a million women each year.
Researchers studied 564 women with chest pain who underwent coronary
angiography to track blood flow through key arteries and were found to have
no visible obstructive coronary artery disease. They compared them with
1,000 Chicago-area women of similar age and race who were free of
documented heart disease and were participating in the St. James Women
Take Heart Project.
Women enrolled in WISE had a four-fold increased risk of developing
serious cardiac complications or dying within the study's five-year follow-up
period, independent of the influence of age, race, history of hypertension or
diabetes, and other factors. Nearly 12 percent experienced problems, compared
with nearly 3 percent in the Women Take Heart study.
Physicians suspect smaller arteries become glazed with plaque, triggering
symptoms. But because these vessels are much tinier than the heart's major
arteries, the build-up is not detectable using standard coronary angiography.
The phenomenon, coined coronary microvascular syndrome, is thought to be
much more common in women than in men, and it is raising questions about
how best to diagnose and treat these patients.
"You can't explain the differences (in the two study groups) by their baseline
risk factors. Something else is going on that's increasing their risk and we
think it's at the microvascular level," Cooper-DeHoff said. "Future studies are
warranted to further assess what to do with these women." 0
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TERENCE FLOTTE, M.D.
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Gene therapy shows
hereditary lung disease
An experimental gene therapy to combat alpha-1 antitrypsin
deficiency, a common hereditary disorder that causes lung and
liver disease, has caused no harmful effects in patients and shows
signs of being effective, UF researchers say.
In a clinical trial, researchers evaluated the safety of using a so-called
gene vector in this case an adeno-associated virus to deliver a
corrective gene to 12 patients who are unable to produce a protein
essential for health called alpha-1 antitrypsin.
"The primary end point in the trial was to see whether it was safe to
give patients this gene transfer vector and then to try to begin to see if we
could get the dose into a range where we would begin to replace the
missing protein in the blood," said Terence Flotte, M.D., a pediatrician,
geneticist and microbiologist with UF's College of Medicine and a
member of the Powell Gene Therapy Center and the UF Genetics
Institute. "We found that we can use this agent safely and we also saw
evidence in the patients' blood that the higher doses successfully
introduced the vector DNA. In one patient we saw evidence for a very
brief period that some of the alpha-1 protein was being produced, but not
at a high enough level to be beneficial."
The findings appeared in the journal Human Gene Therapy.
Physicians injected doses of the virus containing copies of the gene for
alpha-1 antitrypsin into the patients' upper arms. Essentially, the virus
is intended to "infect" patients' cells with replacement genes that will do
the necessary work to produce alpha-1 protein. UF scientists have
successfully developed the technique in animal models.
The next step is to test the therapy with a different and possibly more
effective version of the adeno-associated virus; about 200 variations of the
virus exist in nature.
The trial is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant, and the
alpha-1 Foundation played a crucial role in helping to build the
infrastructure to support the research, Flotte said. UF holds an equity
interest in Applied Genetic Technologies Corp., a company formed by
UF researchers to develop gene therapies. Q
With exercise, elders can
By Denise Trunk
With a prescription of regular structured exercise, sedentary elderly are able
to safely improve their physical function and may reduce the likelihood
they will experience difficulty walking a quarter mile, according to findings
from a multicenter pilot study led by the University of Florida Institute on Aging.
UFresearchers announced the results of the Lifestyle Interventions andIndependence
For Elders pilot study, or LIFE, in November at the Gerontological Society of America's
annual meeting in Dallas. The study also appears in the November issue of the Journal
of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
The findings confirm the feasibility of a full-scale clinical trial using physical
activity in older people, said Marco Pahor, director of the UF Institute on Aging and
the study's principal investigator.
"This pilot demonstrates that the physical activity was extremely safe for the study
participants elderly people at a high risk of becoming disabled," Pahor said.
The pilot study was the first to gather evidence that physical activity can improve the
score on a standardized test of lower extremity physical mobility called the Short
Physical Performance Battery, or SPPB, the researchers said. Even a small improvement
of a half point on the test score's scale of 0 to 12 translates as a major improvement in
an elder person's ability to perform activities of daily living, such as walking across a
room, dressing, eating or bathing.
During the testing period, participants in the physical activity group increased their
score from a baseline average of about 7.5 to about 8.5.
Previous research has found that the score on this performance test is highly
predictive of future health problems. People with lower scores on the SPPB assessment
are more likely than others to die earlier, have health problems, be institutionalized
and become less able to get around.
"I think the result is promising for a full-scale study," said Pahor, a professor and
chairman of the department of aging and geriatric research in UF's College of Medicine.
"(Previously) we had no definitive empirical evidence that the score on the SPPB test
could be modified."
The LIFE study was conducted at four centers the Cooper Institute, Stanford
University, the University of Pittsburgh and Wake Forest University and was funded
by the National Institute on Aging. O
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Dean Kathleen Ann Long and her husband David Soloman kick off the first dance with special guests Albert and Alberta at the
College of Nursing 50th Anniversary Gala.
College of Nursing culminates its 50th
anniversary with a weekend celebration
By Tracy Brown Wright
The College of Nursing recently capped
off its 50th anniversary celebration with
a Gala and Reunion Weekend.
Alumni and friends set offon student-led tours featuring demonstrations
of the Nursing Resource Center, a trip to the College's History Alcove
and a chance to view historical displays throughout the building.
Jodi Irving, an assistant professor and co-chair of the 50th
Anniversary Committee who dedicated her time to preserving the
college's heritage during its 50th year, led a "Remember When" session,
and alumni and friends recounted memories of their time in school.
At the 50th Anniversary Gala, held in Emerson Alumni Hall's
Presidential Ballroom, Dean Kathleen Ann Long spoke about the
college's heritage, citing its long tradition of nursing leadership and
pioneering spirit. Attendees also were able to view the premiere of the
50th anniversary video.
The next morning, Gator Nurses were up early for a tailgate brunch
that helped everyone get ready to cheer on the Gators! Alberta the
Alligator entertained the crowd, and guests bid on silent auction
items, raising more than $1,700 to benefit the Alumni Council Book
Awards. Alumni Council Board President BarBee Geiger presented
the following 2006 awardees with certificates: Katharine Book,
Larissa Galante, Christy Givens, Jocelyn Kirk, Arminda Mathews,
Mihn-Nguyet Nguyen, Nicholas Rodgers, Danielle Secor, Jacqueline
Urquiaga and Megan Wester.
In addition to Irving's work on the college's History Alcove, she
also put together a College of Nursing time capsule, which was sealed
during the reunion with the assistance of Dean Long and professor
emeritus and committee Co-Chair Myrna Courage. The capsule will be
kept in a wooden case on the fourth floor by the Dean's office. The hope
is to open it on the college's 100th anniversary.
Mother and daughter legacy honored
The College of Nursing was able to honor two of its biggest supporters
at the Alumni Council Board meeting held during Reunion Weekend.
Annette Argenti was a dear friend of the college who passed away in
August. Argenti, the mother of Rita Kobb, an active alumna who served
on the CON Alumni Council, spent countless hours handcrafting favors
and gifts for alumni events. Donations to the Alumni Council Fund
totaling $5,500 were made on her behalf. A portion of these proceeds was
designated for two students to receive the Annette Argenti Alumni
Council Book Awards.
Kobb also was recognized for her dedication to the college and to
the profession of nursing through her work in informatics and
technology for the Veterans Affairs system and beyond. Her sister and
brother-in-law, Patti and Bill Alcorn, made a tribute gift in her honor,
establishing the Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics and Technology
Lectureship. The lectureship is designed to attract visiting experts in
nursing informatics and technology who will help UF faculty continue
to explore and educate others on this very critical topic.
"Rita is a Gator Nurse in the truest sense of the word," said Dean
Kathleen Ann Long. "She is a stellar example of the type of Gator
Nurse that we hope each of our students will emulate." 0
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room to relax
By April Frawley Birdwell
he old student lounge wasn't exactly the place
There was a tattered couch, a 10-inch TV
and a microwave in the less-than-sparkling room on
the ground floor of the Communicore Building. The
only highlight was the pingpong table and even it was
broken, propped up with two-by-fours so students
could still use it.
Last year, students and faculty on the College of
Medicine's Student Advocacy Committee devised a
plan to turn the dingy lounge into a place Health
Science Center students would want to be.
"People came in and trashed (the room) because it
looked trashy," said Irving Zamora, a second-year --
medical student on the committee. "We really wanted Students in the Health
to make it something nice." lounge, shown above,
Unveiled during a grand opening in October, the donations from faculty
new student lounge boasts a fresh coat of paint, new Building in CG-18.
floors, exercise equipment, a flat-screen TV, a new
futon and a new pingpong table, sans two-by-fours.
"(Students) need a place where they can blow off steam if they have a few minutes,"
said Eloise Harman, M.D., a UF professor of medicine and chairwoman of the
committee. "All the Health Science Center students are in very pressured
Committee members spent months gathering donations from faculty members,
UF departments and even themselves. Zamora donated the pingpong table, which
has already been used for a tournament to raise money for the Dr. Salud medical
mission trip, he said. Harman donated an elliptical machine.
"I think as a health center we should have (a place) for students to focus on their
health," said Viviane Barry, a first-year student in the College of Pharmacy. "If this
is successful, I hope we have more rooms like this."
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Science Center's six colleges now have a revamped space to call their own. The new
features a widescreen TV, a new pingpong table and exercise equipment, all
, staff and students. The lounge is located on the ground floor of the Communicore
The exercise equipment is particularly important for students in demanding
programs like medicine because they never feel "caught up" with their studies,
which makes them feel guilty about doing anything but study, said Beverly
Viddaureta, Ph.D., director of the College of Medicine student counseling program.
Often, a trip to the Southwest Student Recreation and Fitness Center seems out of
the question. Having exercise equipment nearby should help some students feel less
guilty about taking a few minutes to exercise each day, she said.
Aside from being a place to take a breather, the space will also offer students
from different Health Science Center colleges a chance to get to know each other,
"It's a place for all the HSC students to interact," he said. "That's one of the coolest
parts about this." 0
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Governor urges UF cancer, genetics
scientists to spread excitement
Story by John Pastor Photos by Sarah Kiewel __ -
excitement of their work to the people
of Florida, Gov. Jeb Bush and university
leaders cut a ribbon to officially open
the $84.5 million Cancer & Genetics Research
Complex on the Health Science Center campus
"The prospects of how our state will benefit from the great work being done
here just blow me away," Bush said. "I could never explain any of the science
that is going on here. I urge the scientists, and the scientists-to-be who are
gathered here today, that you describe what you do in plain-spoken English. '"
"You may think that is not important, but the work that you do here is so Gov. Jeb Bush is greeted by well-wishers at the official opening of the UF
critical, so exciting, so mind-boggling, that I want the rest of the 18 million Cancer & Genetics Research Complex in November. More than two years
people in the state to understand it," Bush continued. "I want them to buy ago, the governor was on hand to break ground for the 280,000-square-
into it, so that they can say to the senator-elect from this district, or their foot structure, currently the largest biotechnology research building
state House member, that we need to continue to fund research at our great in Florida.
universities. We need to lure the next generation of scientists to our state.
We need to continue this progress so Florida becomes the envy of the rest
of the world. That's my hope and dream."
About 350 people attended the opening, including a group of executives
in Gainesville for the annual conference of BioFlorida, Florida's
independent statewide bioscience organization. Bush noted the opening of
the 280,000-square-foot Cancer & Genetics Research Complex marked not
only the arrival of the largest research building on campus, but the largest
research building currently in Florida.
"In many ways this research complex reflects the bold spirit and
ambitious agenda the governor has set for the state of Florida," said
Douglas Barrett, M.D., senior vice president for health affairs. "This is the
focal point for our collective efforts to find cures for cancer, and to invent
new genetic solutions to pressing human, plant, animal and biomedical
problems facing Florida and facing the world. We fully expect this place to
serve as an example to all of the way it ought to be done. And that way is
the collaborative way."
A five-story research wing of the UF Shands Cancer Center and a six-
story Genetics Institute wing are contained in the facility. Also included
are the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, which
provides support services to scientists, and the C.A. Pound Human
Identification Laboratory, a premiere forensic anthropology laboratory.
"We are truly in the midst of a renaissance of our research building
infrastructure," said Win Phillips, UF's vice president for research, prior
to the ribbon-cutting. Planning is under way for three buildings devoted
to research in nanotechnology, biomedical sciences and emerging
pathogens. "We expect that by around the summer 2009 we will have
added about 600,000 square feet of research space to our campus."
Scientists began to occupy the building in June, working on practical
problems in medicine, agriculture and environmental management.
"We're bringing together all kinds of scientists who work on plants and
animals and people," said Kenneth Berns, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UF
Genetics Institute. "Between the two sides of the building, we're going to
have about 60 to 70 faculty. It is an incredible aggregation of intellectual
About $30 million to help pay for the building came from the university's
sale of stock that it owned in a biotechnology company called Regeneration
Technologies Inc., which was spun off from UF research. UF officials tout
the research complex as a tangible example of how money that is invested
in research pays dividends.
W. Stratford May, M.D., director of the UF Shands Cancer Center, is
counting on the research complex to fuel the momentum that has caused,
for the first time since the 1930s, the death rate from all cancers to decrease
in proportion to the growth and aging of the population.
"This building is bricks and mortar, but it's much more than that,
because it really provides hope for cancer patients, who know that we're
going to do the research, we're going to find the answers, we're going to
help them," May said. "That is what I think this building means to our
region and nationally. The UF Shands Cancer Center is a major player in
the fight against cancer and this will help us synergize and amplify what
we are doing." 0
With the assistance of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, UF Vice President for
Research Win Phillips (second from right) prepares to cut the ribbon
commemorating the new, $84.5 million Cancer & Genetics
Research Complex on the HSC campus on Nov. 15. Featured
speakers at the event were (from left) UF Genetics Institute Director
Kenneth Berns, UF Shands Cancer Center Director W. Stratford
May, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research Director
Robert Ferl, Bush, Phillips and Senior Vice President for Health
Affairs Douglas Barrett.
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PHHP PROGRAM HELPS BOY
LEARN TO WALK AGAIN
There was no way to know if it was going to work.
The boy was only 4, and he couldn't move. Not an inch. Kyle
Bartolini hadn't been able to wiggle his toes or move his legs since 2003,
when he found an unlocked gun in the bathroom at a Labor Day party and
accidentally shot himself in the chest. Forget walking Kyle's spinal cord
was so damaged he almost didn't live.
In the 10 years assistant professor Andrea Behrman, Ph.D., had been
researching locomotor training as a rehabilitation strategy, she and her staff
and students in the department of physical therapy at the College of Public
Health and Health Professions had never treated a patient so young, so
severely injured. The therapy, which relies on an instinct in the spinal cord
to learn patterns, over time helps people with spinal cord injuries re-learn
how to walk but requires hours of walking with assistance on a treadmill
and over ground. A 4-year-old might not be able to handle it.
But the risk was worth it. Now 6, Kyle can walk with the aid of a walker,
a vast improvement for a boy who was never supposed to walk again.
"There was not a good reason not to attempt this with this child," said
Behrman, sitting in her office, where pictures of Kyle and other patients are
taped to the cabinets above her desk. "It's not 100 percent recovery, but it
changes the trajectory of his life."
Jamie Bartolini said it wasn't just the locomotor training that helped her
son, a quadriplegic. It was everything else Behrman did, too. For starters,
Behrman was the only one who agreed to help Kyle. Other institutions
Bartolini called had turned her away because her son was so young and his
injuries were so severe.
"He couldn't move at all," Bartolini said. "He was like a noodle."
Behrman gathered a special team of physical therapists to work with
Kyle, and together they devised creative ways to make his therapy fun.
"She took a chance on Kyle because of his age, and she gave him the
chance of a lifetime," Bartolini said. "She just opened up her heart to him.
It was so much more than just therapy. We feel so unbelievably fortunate."
Kyle Bartolini, shown during testing at the Brooks Rehabilitation
Center, couldn't walk after he was accidentally shot and paralyzed. But
after spending weeks in a locomotor training research program in the
UF College of Public Health and Health Professions physical therapy
department, Kyle made progress. Over time, the therapy can help
people with spinal cord injuries relearn to walk by relying on the spinal
cord's instinct to learn patterns. Now 6, Kyle can walk using a walker.
Bertis Mackey, 18, has been dancing since she was 6. She loves the
creativity of it, but mostly she loves how it makes her feel. Mackey,
who has sickle cell anemia, uses dance to distract herself from the pain
she feels because of her disease. She's now part of a new Shands Arts in
Medicine dance group with other sickle cell patients.
DANCING THROUGH THE PAIN
Bertis Mackey never knows how long the stabbing pain pulsing through
her legs and back will last. Sometimes it's gone in two days. Sometimes
she's in the hospital for two weeks.
There's no way to stop the pain Mackey feels from sickle cell anemia, an
inherited disease that causes blood cells to form into rigid, sickle shapes that
can block tiny blood vessels and don't live as long as normal, round cells.
But when she dances, Mackey, 18, isn't the teenager in pain anymore. Her
mind takes her somewhere else, a place where all she can feel is the dance,
at least for a little while.
"It helps me to concentrate, to get my mind off (the pain)," Mackey said.
"It helps my legs too. I can feel the difference when I dance."
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Mackey, a high school senior, discovered dancing when she was a patient
at Shands at UF 12 years ago. Jill Sonke-Henderson, a dancer-in-residence
with the Shands Arts in Medicine program, came to Mackey's hospital room
armed with music and a bag of scarves.
Mackey stayed in bed watching while Sonke-Henderson danced. She was
too shy to dance at first, but she liked the scarves and draped them over her
head. Eventually, still under the scarves, Mackey began singing and swaying
to the music, Sonke-Henderson remembers.
"It energized her," she said. "She went from just lying in bed to moving."
After that, Sonke-Henderson visited Mackey whenever she was in the
hospital. At first, her dancing was mostly about movement. But as Mackey
grew older, Sonke-Henderson taught her different types of dance, like
modern and ballet, in her hospital room. But something changed four years
ago when she brought a Chopin CD for Mackey to listen to in the hospital.
"She was so inspired (by the music) and connected that she went to this
new place with her dancing, this creative space (in the mind) that artists
strive to get to," Sonke-Henderson said. "Now, she has developed a really
sophisticated way of dancing to relieve pain. She focuses on how good the
When she feels pain, Mackey dances in her room, sometimes gliding
across the floor like a ballerina, other times bouncing to a hip-hop beat.
"It's like an art, you can have your own movements and be creative," Mackey
said. "I try to do everything I can (to relieve pain) at home. I really don't want
to go to the hospital. I just like to live a normal life like everyone else."
Sonke-Henderson was so inspired by Mackey she started the Traffic Art and
Dance Exchange program, a group for teens and adults with sickle cell disease.
On Friday, Mackey and four other sickle cell patients meet with Sonke-
Henderson and UF dance students and work on choreographed moves.
"I thought she was teasing," Mackey said of when Jill told her about the
program. "I was so excited. I couldn't wait to go."
NURSING STUDENTS HELP
PATIENT 'GET HER EYES BACK'
K aye Eaddy is blind. She has a condition that sometimes causes her to
have seizures, too. But she still holds a paying job, lives independently
in her own apartment and takes a class to study for her GED.
Eaddy may need help with housework and daily chores from time to time,
but she cherishes her independence. That's why students from UF's College
of Nursing helped her get Sophie, a black Labrador retriever that now acts
as Eaddy's eyes.
"I love her so much," said Eaddy, who finally got Sophie in September
after months of waiting for her own guide dog. "She keeps me company and
understands when I am upset. But the best part is that I feel like I have been
given my eyes back. I am more free than I was before."
UF nursing students met Eaddy as a part of a clinical rotation. The
students and faculty members seek to help people live in regular housing,
socialize in the community and return to school or work.
A few years ago, one of the nursing students who worked with her applied
for a grant to get Eaddy a guide dog. It took months of intensive training and
waiting, but Eaddy and Sophie are finally together.
To celebrate and help Eaddy with the costs, the students also collected
donations for dog supplies and threw Eaddy a "dog shower."
Now, Eaddy said she is even eating better and smoking less so she can be
healthy for Sophie.
"Its been so rewarding to see how much joy and positivity that Sophie has
brought to Kaye's life, and the fact that we have had a small part in it feels
so good," said Carissa Stanley, one of the students who has visited Eaddy
regularly. "It helps you to understand why nurses do what we do."
LEVELING THE FIELD FOR
GAINESVILLE'S WORKING POOR
When was the last time you paid $2 for a tooth filling? At Gainesville
Community Ministry, private dentists and UF dental faculty and
students volunteer their time to keep dental treatment costs low for
Gainesville's working poor, providing dental services for $2 per procedure.
"Our clinic targets people who would not otherwise be able to afford the
services," said Cynthia Ramos, the clinic's office manager. "Seventy percent
of our clientele are single parents or grandparents with jobs but no insurance
and not enough income to afford dental services," she said.
Organizations like Gainesville Community Ministry serve as social safety
nets for the 30 million working-poor Americans laboring harder for less ....
Less in wages, less paid time off and less health insurance coverage. These
workers, with annual incomes of $18,800 or less, work full time in fields
such as child care, elder care, the restaurant industry and retail but still have
difficulty making ends meet and often are forced to sacrifice health
insurance and dental care to pay rent and buy groceries.
More than 700,000 Floridians are members of working poor families.
Florida's Medicaid program covers the cost of dental care for the children in
these families, but emergency extraction of painfully diseased teeth is the
only coverage extended to adults. The Gainesville Community Ministry
clinic offers an affordable alternative.
"We're here every Friday, usually all day," said Micaela Gibbs, D.D.S., an
associate clinical professor and director of the college's Community Based
Pictured with Lulu, a 4-month-old Miniature Jersey cow, on Oct. 11
prior to her release from UF's Veterinary Medical Center are her
owners Tracy Petres and Peter Petres, visiting veterinary student Bill
Crumley from Colorado State University, and UF veterinary
ophthalmology resident Sarah Blackwood, D.V.M. Lulu had successful
surgery at UF's VMC to remove cataracts in both eyes Oct. 10 and
continues to recuperate well at home in Sarasota.
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UF nursing students helped Kaye Eaddy get Sophie, a black
Labrador retriever who now acts as Eaddy's guide dog. Now, not
only does Eaddy have a canine companion, she's also able to be
Programs. "Our students have been rotating through the clinic under
faculty supervision for the past year and a half. Just about everything you
see here, all the equipment and supplies, has been donated and private
dentists also volunteer. It's a real community effort."
Local dentist Randall B. Caton, D.D.S., was the catalyst behind
establishing the dental clinic at Gainesville Community Ministry, a
nondenominational outreach ministry that for 30 years has served
Gainesville Community Ministry also offers a food pantry, school
supplies for children, utility assistance and a crisis management program
that helps individuals and families who have fallen on hard times because
of a crisis in their lives. For more information, visit www.betterday.org.
COW SEES CLEARLY AFTER
CATARACT SURGERY AT UF'S VMC
Calves like Lulu usually aren't the pick of the herd.
Peter Petres had been looking for a Miniature Jersey cow for the
ranchette he shares with his wife in Bradenton, Fla., for a while. He'd
checked on breeders, kept track of prices and stockpiled other information
on the breed, but when he saw the ad for Lulu, a calf born with cataracts, he
knew he'd found his cow. The blinding defect is rare and lowers a calf's
worth in the marketplace, which usually means it will be slaughtered.
"It tugged at my heartstrings, what the outlook might be for this calf, so
before I even spoke to the breeder, I contacted UF's Veterinary Medical
Center to see what might be done," Petres said.
In October, Petres brought his newly purchased cow Lulu to the UF
VMC, where the ophthalmology team performed surgery to remove her
cataracts, giving the 4-month-old calf a chance to see for the first time.
"We did cataract extraction by way of a procedure called
phacoemulsification, which involves making a small incision in the cornea
the same procedure that we use to remove cataracts in dogs and that
human ophthalmologists use to remove cataracts in humans," said Caryn
Plummer, D.V.M., an assistant professor of ophthalmology who served as
the attending veterinarian on the case along with Maria Kallberg, D.V.M.,
Ph.D. "The cow's lens is much larger, though."
Lulu stayed at the veterinary medical center for a week. Each day,
veterinary ophthalmology resident Sarah Blackwood, D.V.M., called the
Petreses to update them on the calf's progress.
These days, Lulu is "doing great," Plummer said.
"She's healing beautifully," Plummer said. "Her vision will never be
normal, because we do not have an intraocular lens available for use in
cows, since there is no commercial market for such things. Even so, her
vision will certainly be better than before the cataract removal."
Before surgery, Lulu's routine was limited when she was alone because of
her sight, Petres said. He walked her on a halter, though, and no one could
avoid paying attention to the cute calf.
"She was brushed and handled often and seemed to thrive," he said.
But the surgery at UF changed everything. Now, it's clear eyes and blue
skies for Lulu.
"The next morning (after she returned home) when I brought Lulu out
of the stall into the pasture, it was her turn to kick and run," Petres said.
"She ran around in circles, stopped to sniff poles, sniff me, and then went
back to running."
HALLOWEEN EVENT A TREAT FOR
CHILDREN WITH DIABETES
Nico Ditota still trick-or-treats on Halloween. Unlike most 10-year-old
children, he gives away most of the candy he collects.
He likes candy and usually keeps about 10 pieces. But Nico has diabetes,
and eating just one Reese's peanut butter cup causes his blood sugar to
skyrocket, said his mother, Kim Ditota.
"You want him to be a regular kid, but he can't eat all that candy," she said.
"Holidays like Easter and Halloween are really hard for a diabetic (child)."
At the Operation Diabetes October Bash held each year in Jacksonville,
where the family lives, Nico doesn't have to worry about eating too much
candy or fitting in with his peers. All the other kids there have diabetes too.
"They're like me," Nico said.
Each year, members of the Academy of Student Pharmacists at the UF
College of Pharmacy in Jacksonville organize the event with the local
chapter of the American Diabetes Association and volunteer there on the
big day. The students paint pint-sized faces, organize games and raffles,
pass out diabetes-friendly fare and give away glucose monitors. This year,
the kids even had a bounce house and pony rides, one of many activities UF
pharmacy student Jennifer Kim supervised.
"That was kind of scary because I'm not really good with ponies," she
joked. "(But) it felt great to help children in the community."
Kim, who helped organize the event, had already met with parents to
plan some of the activities. Listening to their struggles with managing
blood sugar and even dealing with schools, Kim said she realized how
much diabetes affects every facet of a child's life and how much she takes
her own health for granted.
It also made helping the children have a great Halloween seem even more
important, she said.
"That's their Halloween," she said. "That's what makes us happy about
the event, seeing the kids have fun."
Nico, who has attended the bash the past three years, said he doesn't even
miss all the candy at Halloween anymore. There are too many other things
"It's fun," he said. "You get to be like any other kid." O
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"No one knows what he's feeling inside, not even me. I can just guess," said Vanessa
Rincon of her son Ismael Cardona, who received a bone marrow transplant at Shands
at UF on his second birthday, Aug. 17. When she was pregnant with Ismael, Vanessa
and her husband, Rafael Cardona, moved to Orlando, Fla., from Colombia. In March
2006 they took Ismael to Florida Hospital because of a skin rash. He was later
diagnosed with leukemia.
"When we started the treatment, it was very hard for my family and me," Vanessa
said. "But we know that we have to do it, it's the best way to save his life. It gives him
another opportunity to live. The doctors are very special to him, they know what they
are doing with my baby."
Rafael asks Ismael if he
wants to play soccer, his
favorite sport. Rafael is the
supervisor of a building
construction crew and hopes
he is able to keep his job
even though he has taken
time off for his son's
treatment for leukemia. "It's
something that we never
expected to happen to us,"
Rafael said. Later Ismael
feels well enough to kick a
soccer ball around the
room, below right.
a rash that
occurs on her
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Relieved that her son's bone marrow transplant has finally taken place, Vanessa watches
Ismael sleep. Recalling the moment she first found out about his condition, Vanessa said,
"In that moment I was strong because everyone else was crying; I didn't want to let my baby
see me cry. When he sees me cry, he cries too. But the day after, I was crying a lot. I felt I
very depressed. Then I cleaned my tears and continued praying and praying."
Rafael, Vanessa and her mother, Maria Mondragon, pray together during Ismael's bone marrow transplant. "It's very hard," Vanessa said. "We are praying,
because for me, God is the only person that can help us. He gives us more faith to continue."
By Patricia Bates McGhee
or John Kirkpatrick, M.D., being an orthopaedics
resident was like being a kid in a candy store.
"Everything was absolutely fascinating, a lot of fun and just delightful,"
said Kirkpatrick, the first chair of the department of orthopaedics & rehabilitation
in the College of Medicine-Jacksonville. "Every subspecialty I did and everything
I saw I really enjoyed."
But just as when buying candy, he had to narrow his choices. He assessed his
peers and mentors and decided he clicked best with spine surgeons.
"I combined that with the fact that the spine was then and to a great extent still
is a poorly understood area of orthopaedics, with back pain being one of the most
common problems of adult life," he said.
Deciding on orthopaedics in the first place was an easy decision, Kirkpatrick
"I played football in ninth grade and broke my femur right at the area where
the femur grows toward the knee, so my leg didn't grow after I broke it,"
Kirkpatrick said. "So now I had a 6-foot-2-inch frame on a 5-foot-ll-inch leg."
He saw Harlan Amstutz, M.D., then a pre-eminent orthopaedic surgeon at
UCLA who became Kirkpatrick's surgeon and mentor. Amstutz was doing some
early experiments in leg length discrepancy and operated on Kirkpatrick's right
femur to lengthen it. But Amstutz did more than set the leg; he also helped set
Kirkpatrick's career path.
"Dr. Amstutz found out that I was interested in mathematics and how things
work, so he had the engineers who helped him with the surgery come by and talk
with me," he said. After high school Kirkpatrick went to Duke University to
study biomedical engineering. He wrote Amstutz to tell him how much he enjoyed
his freshman engineering courses and asked if he could work with the UCLA
engineers during summer breaks.
"Dr. Amstutz hired me, and I started doing some orthopaedic research at Duke in
concert with my engineering curriculum," said Kirkpatrick, who had every intention
of being an engineer until he noticed something about his engineering peers they
didn't stay on the front lines as engineers but ended up in management.
"For me, the fun part of engineering was the fixing or problem solving, and I
saw that the surgeons I worked with were solving problems every day," he said.
"So that's how I ended up choosing medicine."
Kirkpatrick graduated from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest
University and completed his orthopaedic residency at Duke University Medical
Center, followed by a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. Board-
certified, he was a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham School of Medicine before joining UF.
Kirkpatrick's people and problem-solving skills also led him to medical
education and administration, and to the new chairmanship in Jacksonville,
which he assumed Nov. 1.
"I wanted to be in a place where they were taking themselves to the next level,
and it sounds like not only the academic side is doing that here in Jacksonville but
the hospital side is trying to do that, too," he said.
Kirkpatrick said he sees a lot of potential growth in the next five to 10 years for
new clinical and research programs in Jacksonville.
"The program has grown under Dr. Hud Berrey's leadership quite well -
grown in respect as well as in the number of residents and just seeing all that
come together at the same time is part of the reason I came here," he said.
"Traditionally the orthopaedics program here has been trauma center-focused,"
he added. "I think the vision for the university is to gain more of a community
role and to perform more elective surgeries, which will transform our orthopaedic
residency as well." O
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By Patricia Bates McGhee
ree UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville
physicians were finalists and one of them a
I winner in the Jacksonville Business Journal's
2006 Health Care Heroes awards program.
In its third year, the program honors the professionals in Northeast Florida who
improve health care and save lives "the crusaders, lifesavers and ordinary people
doing extraordinary work," according to the weekly journal.
Since the program's inception in 2004, finalists have been selected from five
categories: Lifetime Achievement, Super Physician, Super Scientist, Community
Service and Super Nurse. This year a sixth category, Super Educator, was added. All
16 of this year's finalists were honored at a breakfast Nov. 2 at the Marriott-
Shahla Masood, M.D., a professor and associate chair of UF's department of
pathology in Jacksonville, was named the program's first Super Educator for her
"worldwide efforts to educate fellow physicians and patients about advances in breast
cancer diagnosis and treatment."
Masood is founder and editor of The Breast Journal and founding president of the
International Society of Breast Pathology. She also is a 2006 recipient of the Parker J.
Palmer "Courage to Teach" award, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Medical Education for advances in the field of pathology education and for her
efforts to advocate quality health care for all people.
For 24 years Joseph Tepas III, M.D., a UF professor of surgery and pediatrics, has
had two research passions defining and improving care of injured children and
investigating neonatal gastrointestinal physiology, especially the phenomenon of
adaptive hypertrophy, a thickening of organ walls. Tepas was named a finalist in the
Super Scientist category "for being a friend to sick and injured children and
conducting tireless research on their behalf."
JOSEPH TEPAS III
Tepas helped establish a national trauma databank that tracks information about
children's injuries and their outcomes, allowing users to conduct population-based
studies on certain types of injuries. He also received a Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation grant to study high-risk ZIP codes to see what types of interventions
might be useful in preventing death and injury from traumas.
A nationally recognized congenital heart disease expert, Jose Ettedgui, M.D., a UF
professor and division chief of pediatric cardiology, was named a finalist in the
Community Service category. He and his wife, Hilda, are the driving forces behind
the Patrons of the Hearts Foundation a partnership of the College of Medicine-
Jacksonville, Wolfson Children's Hospital and the arts community that brings
critically ill children to Jacksonville for lifesaving treatment.
In April the foundation brought the first six children to Jacksonville from
Morocco, Afghanistan, Africa, Grenada and Ecuador for successful surgeries. Each
operation costs about $40,000 and requires four to five weeks for evaluation, pre-
surgery preparation, surgery and recovery. Medical community partners provide
donations of medical, surgical and hospital care, and Patrons of the Hearts pays for
the family's living expenses and disposable medical supplies. O
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COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY
D.M.D., Ph.D., associate
dean for research and a
professor and chairman of
the department of dental
biomaterials, was honored
as the 24th recipient of
the Greater New York
Academy of Prosthodontics AnusavicE
Lecturer Award. Given to Anusavice Dec. 6
during the academy's annual meeting, held
at Lincoln Park Center in New York City, the
award recognizes Anusavice for his exceptional
didactic skills as a dental educator.
surgeon and researcher. His and co-investigator
Richard Katzberg's pioneering report on their
investigation of temporomandibular joint
disorders using magnetic resonance imaging
in the American Journal of Roentgenology has
become one of the journal's top 100 most-cited
articles of the past 100 years.
Ph.D., a professor of oral
biology, is the editor of a
new microbiology textbook,
Oral Microbiology and
Immunology, printed by
ASM Press. The book
is one of the first of its
kind to focus primarily Lamont
on the knowledge
Science for Life
The UF Science for Life program recently honored six graduate students from the College of Medicine and
the College of Pharmacy for their ability to mentor and collaborate with undergraduate students.
The six HSC students were among 11 UF graduate students to receive a Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Graduate Student Award this year. The students, who each received $500, will be honored at UF's fall
Among the six HSC award winners were Preeti Yadava, who studies pharmaceutics in the College of
Pharmacy; Vinayak Shenoy, who studies pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy; Laura Schroder, who
studies molecular cell biology in the College of Medicine; Brittney Gurda-Whitaker, who studies biochemistry
and molecular biology in the College of Medicine; Valerie J. Crusselle-Davis, who studies biochemistry and
molecular biology in the College of Medicine; and Erika Eksioglu, who studies immunology and microbiology
in the College of Medicine.
TIMOTHY C. FLYNN, M.D.,
the college's associate
dean for graduate medical
education and a professor
of surgery, has been
appointed to serve on the
Department of Veterans
Affairs Blue Ribbon Panel
on VA-Medical School
The 15-member panel was established to
help government officials create a plan that will
steer the VA's affiliations with medical schools
and academic health centers across the country.
The group will review the policies and principles
that guide the VA's medical school affiliations
and make recommendations to enhance these
Flynn is also the chairman of a panel
responsible for distributing new VA-funded
residency positions to institutions and is
currently the vice chairman of the American
Board of Surgery.
THE UF DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY PROGRAM
was one of two university programs to receive
the Audiology Foundation of America's Award
for Educational Excellence, its highest honor. The
foundation recognized the Doctor of Audiology
program for its world-class health-care facilities,
which allow students to gain clinical experience in a
wide range of areas, with a scope and complexity that
consistently prepares them for their careers.
PAUL BLASER, D.D.S.,
M.S.D., a clinical professor
of operative dentistry, has
been appointed chair of
operative dentistry after
serving nearly two years
in an interim capacity.
Blaser earned a master's
of science in dentistry from
Indiana University School of Blaser
Dentistry and a doctor of dental surgery degree
from Case Western Reserve University Dental
School. A retired U.S. Air Force colonel, Blaser
has been a faculty member at the college
since 1993 and brings notable expertise in
operative dentistry and course development to
M. FRANKLIN DOLWICK,
a professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery, f
received the 2006
Distinguished Alumni Award
from his dental alma mater, 7
the University of Kentucky
College of Dentistry. Dolwick
was tapped to receive the
distinguished alumni award Dolwick
because of his international
preeminence as an oral and maxillofacial
and understanding of the oral ecosystem
and its unique role in human health and
disease. Intended for dental students, dental
practitioners and health-care professionals, it
details the ecology, virulence, molecular biology
and immunogenicity of oral bacteria, viruses
and fungi and examines their interface with host
cells and secretions.
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
M.D., was named
Otolaryngologist of the
Year by the Network of
in recognition of his
service. Antonelli, chair
of the department of Antonelli
dean for clinical informatics and a professor
of neurotology, was honored at the Florida
Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck
Surgery's annual meeting in November in Boca
Raton. The two organizations of ear, nose and
throat physicians promote the advancement of
the practice of otolaryngology in Florida and
provide educational meetings in the medical
Communicative disorders faculty members Mary Anne
Pinner, Au.D., and Debra Shimon, Au.D., accept the
Award for Educational Excellence at the Academy of
Doctors of Audiology convention held in October in
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CARL J. PEPINE, M.D., has
won an APEX Award of
Excellence for a column he
published recently in Today s
His article, titled "From
Imaging Procedures In
House: Why It Makes Pepine
Sense," was selected from
among hundreds of entries in the 18th Annual
Awards for Publication Excellence competition,
sponsored annually by Communications
Concepts Inc. to recognize professional
Pepine is chief of cardiovascular medicine
at UF's College of Medicine and chief medical
editor of Today in Cardiology, a monthly
publication designed to provide timely clinical
news to practicing cardiologists.
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY
Pharm.D., a professor of
pharmacy and pediatrics in
the colleges of Pharmacy
and Medicine, is the
2007 recipient of the
Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime
Achievement Award. This
national award is given Hendeles
annually by the Pediatric
Pharmacy Advocacy Group in recognition
of significant and sustained contributions
toward the improvement of children's health
through the expansion of the field of pediatric
pharmacology and therapeutics.
JEFFREY HUGHES, Ph.D.,
an associate professor of
pharmaceutics, has received
a two-year Exploratory/
totaling $344,510 from
the National Institutes of
Neurological Disorders and
Stroke. Hughes will use the Hughes
funding to develop new gene
delivery systems based on infective microbes.
L. DOUGLAS RIED, Ph.D.,
a professor of pharmacy
health care administration
and an associate dean
for accreditation and
assessment at the College
of Pharmacy, has been
named the 2007 president-
elect of the Academy of
and Sciences section of the Ried
American Pharmacists Association, the largest
U.S. association of pharmacists.
After one year of service, Ried will assume the
role of president and APhA board of trustees
member for two years. Academy members are
a source of authoritative information on key
The goal of APhA-APRS is to foster learning
and achievement in the pharmaceutical
sciences and to stimulate the development and
application of outcomes research related to
pharmaceutical products and services.
administrative director of
the pediatrics department
in the College of Medicine
Jacksonville, has been
elected chair of the city
of Jacksonville Mayor's
Commission on the Status
of Women. In addition, she Bar
has been appointed to a
four-year term on the St. Johns County Health
& Human Services Advisory Council, a county
committee that reviews funding applications.
ERIC CONDE, M.S.A.,
assistant dean for
administrative affairs in
the College of Medicine-
Jacksonville, has been
named a diplomat of
the American Academy of
Open only to AAMA fellows,
the honor is conferred to Cor
health-care leaders of local
and national prominence who have superior
credentials and have made major contributions
to health-care delivery in North America.
With nearly 2,500 members in the United
States and abroad, AAMA is the parent
organization of seven specialty groups
the American colleges of Cardiovascular
Administrators, Contingency Planners, Federal
Healthcare Administrators, Healthcare
Information Administrators, Managed Care
Administrators, Oncology Administrators and
Small or Rural Healthcare Administrators.
MARK HUDAK, M.D., a
pediatrics professor, and
DAVID WOOD, M.D.,
M.P.H., an associate
professor, have been
accepted for membership in
the prestigious Society for
The primary purpose of Hudal
organization is to encourage
young investigators -from
all nations and all pediatric
disciplines who are
engaged in research that
benefits children. SPR
provides a forum for
exchanging ideas and an
opportunity for investigators Wooc
to share their work, sponsors
a student research-training program and
recognizes outstanding research in pediatrics
PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
CATHY DI LENA was named
the college's 2006 Employee
of the Year at the annual
dinner Oct. 13.
Di Lena, a human
from individuals in half the Di Lenc
college's departments, a
testament to her exemplary performance. She
was recognized for her accuracy, attention to
detail, patience, helpfulness and ability to go
above and beyond to resolve issues. Those
who nominated Di Lena commented that "she
always makes the person coming through her
door feel important" and "her positive attitude
RUSSELL BAUER, Ph.D., an internationally known neuropsychologist,
has been named chairman of the department of clinical and health
f psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Bauer
succeeds Ronald Rozensky Ph.D., who will serve as the associate dean for
the college's international programs after a sabbatical.
A member of the department's faculty since 1980, Bauer is past
president of the American Psychological Association's Division of Clinical
Neuropsychology, and is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology
through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
In his research, Bauer focuses on acquired and age-related memory
and perceptual disorders. He is currently studying the role of the
hippocampus and other memory-related structures in relational and
spatial memory, and the detection of individuals at risk for developing
Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Bauer has also served as director of the department's doctoral
program in clinical psychology and as associate chair for academic
RUSSELL BAUER, PH.D. affairs, earning the UF Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award in 2003.
"My goals for the department include developing and implementing a
new clinical science program designed to produce academic researchers in clinical psychology, enhancing
mentoring programs for junior faculty, and strengthening interdisciplinary relationships between clinical
and health psychology and other academic and clinical units in the College of Public Health and Health
Professions, the Health Science Center and the UF campus," Bauer said.
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Ph.D., a distinguished
professor in the
department of clinical
and health psychology,
has been named co-
recipient of the 2007
Contributions to Education and Training
Award. Eyberg is being recognized for the
behavioral treatment program she designed,
Parent Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT.
The step-by-step coached behavioral parent
training model is designed to improve
parenting skills, decrease child behavior
problems and improve the quality of the
parent-child relationship. PCIT is used in
clinics all over the United States and in some
foreign countries, and there are national
conferences based on her work. Eyberg will
be honored at the APA's annual convention
next August in San Francisco.
DIANE JETT, a doctoral candidate in the
doctor of physical therapy program, received
the James W. Kynes Memorial Scholarship
at UF's homecoming
game Oct. 7. The
$5,000 scholarship is
awarded to five students
with an excellent UF
record and outstanding
leadership as an athlete in
an NCAA-sponsored sport.
Jett was recognized for her 3.97 grade point
average, community service and excellence in
track and cross country.
HARRISON JONES, a
doctoral candidate in
the rehabilitation science
program, received a New
Century Scholars Program
Doctoral Scholarship from
the American Speech-
Association. The $10,000 Jon,
doctoral candidates who plan to work in
higher education in the field of communication
sciences and disorders.
LISA MCTEAGUE, a doctoral student in the
department of clinical and health psychology,
won the Smadar Levin Award for best poster
presentation at the annual meeting of the
Society for Research in Psychopathology.
McTeague's poster, "Fearful Imagery:
Emotional Reflexes, Negative Affect and the
Anxiety Disorder Spectrum," was selected
from more than 100 entries. McTeague
works with Peter Lang, Ph.D., a professor in
the department and director of the National
Institute of Mental Health's Center for the
Study of Emotion and Attention.
The U.S. Secretary of Veterans
Affairs has appointed
associate professor LINDA
R. SHAW, Ph.D., associate
chair of the department
of behavioral science and
community health and
director of the division of
rehabilitation counseling, She
to serve on the Veterans'
Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation. The
committee provides advice and consultation
on the administration of all programs related
to the rehabilitation of veterans with disabilities.
Gift to UF medicine looks to future
By Chris Brazda
A gift from the Thomas H. Maren Foundation to UF's College of Medicine will enable
emerging scientists to conduct world-class research and provide for the development
of new cancer treatments.
The gift, eligible for dollar-for-dollar state matching funds, is for two major endowments:
the Thomas H. Maren, M.D., Junior Investigators Research Fund and the Thomas H. Maren,
M.D., Eminent Scholar Chair in Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
The eminent scholar chair will provide financial support for a faculty member to facilitate
research and development of new treatments in cancer. The other portion of the gift is
designated for a research fund that provides medical students with research support and
junior faculty with laboratory start-up funds and partially supports promising postdoctoral
and clinical research fellows during their early years of advanced research training.
"The University of Florida afforded the environment in which my husband and his work
were able to thrive," said Emily Sabah-Maren, Thomas Maren's widow. "The Maren
Foundation strongly feels that these endowments shall strengthen that type of environment
for scientists and students of all ages and in all stages of their careers."
Thomas Maren spent most of his career, much of it in basic scientific research, at the college,
where he was a founding faculty member, chair of the department of pharmacology and
therapeutics for 22 years, and a graduate research professor. He gained international
recognition for his pioneering investigation of an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase and its
role in fluid production and flow in the eyes, brain, spinal cord and lymph system. His research
led to the development of Trusopt, an important drug for the treatment of glaucoma. Q
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As an infectious disease specialist with
the U.S. Agency for International
Development, Alba Amaya-Burns,
M.D., directed a highly successful tuberculosis
program in her home country of El Salvador
that is recognized as an international model for
prevention and treatment.
Now Amaya-Burns is bringing her expertise to the University of
Florida, helping the colleges of Medicine and Public Health and
Health Professions forge relationships with other Latin American
countries to expand TB public health programs as an associate
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professor in the colleges and director of Latin American Training
Programs for the Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center, located
in the College of Medicine. Directed by Michael Lauzardo, M.D.,
the center is one of four Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
tuberculosis training centers in the United States.
During her five-year appointment with USAID, Amaya-Burns
managed the agency's multimillion-dollar programs in HIV/AIDS and
"Through her wise counsel and effective teamwork, she ensured
that USAID resources had an impact on all of El Salvador's health
districts, working closely with the Pan American Health Association,"
said Connie Johnson, chief of USAID's human investment office. "As a
result of Dr. Amaya-Burn's efforts, El Salvador's TB program became
exemplary in Latin America."
Amaya-Burns' leadership also led to El Salvador receiving a $27
million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
"In two years we were able to expand the tuberculosis program to
100 percent participation with the country's ministers of health and
we achieved an 85 percent curative rate, a critical criterion for the
World Health Organization to say that a country is cutting its
infection rate," Amaya-Burns said, adding that El Salvador currently
has a 92 percent curative rate.
But tuberculosis remains a significant problem worldwide. One-
third of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis, and there
are 2 million tuberculosis-related deaths every year, according to the
CDC. Tuberculosis is also the leading killer of people who are HIV
With Amaya-Burns' experience and contacts, the Southeastern
National Tuberculosis Center hopes to expand its efforts beyond U.S.
borders to the countries that are among the hardest hit for TB.
"We have proposed the development of a Latin American Regional
Center of Excellence for TB research and training in El Salvador to
help other countries reach that level of success in prevention and
treatment," Amaya-Burns said.
Plans call for collaboration between UF, the Pan American Health
Organization, the University of El Salvador and El Salvador's Minister
of Health to offer a TB regional diploma for health workers, advanced
training for laboratory technicians and exchange programs for
students and faculty, as well as implemention of new WHO
tuberculosis strategies. The center of excellence will roll out programs
in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic,
Honduras and Haiti, with more Latin American countries to come.
El Salvador recently recognized Amaya-Burns' commitment to
public health and her professional achievements by selecting her to
attend the International Convention of Salvadorans in the World. As
one of only a handful of conference attendees representing Salvadorans
living in the United States, Amaya-Burns took part in discussions on
the role of Salvadoran women in academia. She also received the key to
her hometown, San Miguel. Years of civil war in the 1980s and natural
disasters led to significant migration among Salvadorans an
estimated 30 percent of the population now lives abroad.
Amaya-Burns left El Salvador two years ago for an entirely different
reason, namely her husband Allan Burns, Ph.D., associate dean for
faculty affairs at UF's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The
couple met in Merida in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, where
Burns was conducting a summer program.
"My friends say, 'Oh, you met a gringo at the embassy in El
Salvador,'" Amaya-Burns said, laughing. "I say, 'No, I met him in a
third country.'" Q
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Physical Plant Division of the Health Science Center.
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as the assistant director of IT program development in the
department of academic information systems and support.
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