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 Table of Contents
 Post it
 Top grad
 Mexican exchange program
 Business of pharmacy
 Dean search
 Carb-loving virus
 Research briefs
 Arts in Medicine goes global
 Women in medicine
 Charting dentistry
 Wilmot Gardens
 Behavior sleep clinic


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    Front Cover
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    Table of Contents
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    Post it
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    Top grad
        Page 4
    Mexican exchange program
        Page 5
    Business of pharmacy
        Page 6
    Dean search
        Page 7
    Carb-loving virus
        Page 8
    Research briefs
        Page 9
    Arts in Medicine goes global
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        Page 11
    Women in medicine
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        Page 13
        Page 14
    Charting dentistry
        Page 15
    Wilmot Gardens
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        Page 17
    Behavior sleep clinic
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On the Cover

Female students outnumber their male peers in all of the Health Science
Center's colleges except the College of Dentistry, where the percentage
of women is just under 50 percent. Unlike women in the past, female
students today have successful female mentors, dozens of female peers
and unlimited opportunities in their chosen fields. Representing each of
the HSC's colleges on the cover are (from bottom row, from left)
students Amanda Mosrie (public health and health professions),
Barbara Veloc (dentistry), (middle row, from left) Teneisha Williams
(nursing), Courtney Riley (veterinary medicine), (top row, from left)
Nathalie Toussaint (pharmacy) and Ashley Christman (medicine).

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Research Carb-loving virus
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(Extra)ordinary people Charting dentistry
Administration Wilmot Gardens
Patient Care Behavior sleep clinic
Jacksonville Dr. Arshag Mooradian

Veterinary technician Elijah Rooney, left, assists University of Florida zoo medicine veterinarian James Wellehan, center, in preparing this subadult
Loggerhead sea turtle for surgery Sept. 13 to remove a stingray barb that had become embedded in its left rear flipper. The turtle, nicknamed Soto, was
snared along with a stingray in a trawling net that was part of a dredging project near Egmont Key. Clearwater Marine Aquarium personnel, who
rescued the animal, referred the turtle to UF for additional care when the wound did not heal properly. A second barb was found in the abdomen during
the exam and was surgically removed. Veterinary student Brian Harris, far right, monitors the turtle's anesthesia.

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One Million and

Two Can Happen

With You!

2006 UF Community


The 2006 UF Community Campaign is under way and with HSC staff
help can meet the goal of raising $1.2 million for charity. The UF
Community Campaign is an opportunity for all UF employees to join
together and contribute to the well-being of thousands of people in the
community who will benefit from 79 participating charitable agencies.
Donations of just $1 each week through payroll deduction can provide
the following:

* 156 new books for a children's reading program offered by
Child Care Resources.
* 52 medication prescriptions filled by Gainesville Community
Ministries for a person who would otherwise go without.
* Five kidney patients with one month of discounted medication
through the National Kidney Foundation.
* Five abandoned kittens or puppies with homes and spaying or
neutering through Gainesville Pet Rescue.
* Two mental health therapy sessions for an abused child at the
Child Advocacy Center.
* 40 hours of certified after-school care or athletic activity for
children in a safe, caring environment at the North Central
Florida YMCA.
* 13 hours of dental or medical care at the Alachua County
Organization for Rural Needs Clinic for a child or adult who
cannot afford appropriate care or is uninsured.
* 100 hours of supervised computer-assisted learning at the Boys
and Girls Club for young people who do not have access to a
computer at home.

The UF Community Campaign runs from Sept. 25 to Oct. 6. For
more information, visit www.ufcc.ufl.edu.

Time capsule ceremony

set for November
Activities surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Health Science
Center will culminate with the planting of a time capsule at 3 p.m.
Nov. 9 in the courtyard of the Academic Research Building.
The capsule, slated to be unearthed again in another 50 years, will
contain the contents of the original time capsule buried in 1956 as well
as items that represent what life is like today. The capsule will be
covered with a stone and an engraved plaque.
During a short ceremony, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs
Doug Barrett will speak and an HSC student singer will perform.
The original capsule was encased in the foundation of the Stetson
Medical Science Building.

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The College of Dentistry launched its
redesigned Web presence in August.
The college's online home, located at
www.dental.ufl.edu, is now a sleek and
attractive site featuring an interactive
Web calendar, faculty/staff directory
and enhanced interactivity designed to
provide top-of-the-hour news and
information for patients, students,
alumni and friends.
Following the general look and feel
of the UF Web template, dentistry's
new design uses a content
management database for the
directory and other pages with high-
volume content needs.
Now that the redesigned site is up
and running, dentistry's next step is
to begin posting interactive content,
such as videos, flash presentations and other
visually dynamic features.
Check it out at www.dental.ufl.edu.

College of Nursing to commemorate 50th anniversary
with upcoming Gala and Reunion Weekend

The UF College of
Nursing will conclude a yearlong
commemoration of its 50th anniversary at a
Gala and Reunion Weekend. Scheduled events
include a celebration of guests' fondest memories of
nursing and their time at UF on the afternoon of Nov. 17,
and a celebratory gala that evening at Emerson Alumni
Hall. A tailgate party will be held Nov. 18 before the Gators
take on Western Carolina. For more information and to
register, visit www.nursing.ufl.edu/50galareunion or call

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U.S. Air Force captain stationed in Asia

earns UF master's degree

Captain Knute Adcock (right) trains the Japanese Air Self Defense Force at Komatsu Air Base under supervision by Major General Ogada (left), wing commander.
(Photos courtesy of Knute Adcock.)

By Linda Homewood

forces of nature and the threat of
terrorism are all in a day's work
for UF forensic science gradu-
ate Capt. Sean Knute Wade Adcock,
who had hopes of traveling to UF's
August commencement from his ac-
tive duty service in Okinawa, Japan.
Instead, the "Top Grad" pilot found
himself moving Air Force planes out
of harm's way and delivering patients
to destinations worldwide.
"It was easily one of the busiest weeks of my career:
37 hours in the air, six patients in six days all
critical or needing urgent care," Adcock said.
Typhoons skirting the Okinawa Islands on the
heels of a heightened U.S. terrorist alert played roles

in keeping Adcock from attending his August
graduation, but luckily did not detain him from
passing with flying colors. In July, after completing
two years of studies, Adcock had been able to make an
important journey to the College of Pharmacy for
three days of final exams to earn his master's degree
in forensic serology and DNA analysis.
Adcock worked on his education through distance
learning while serving in the U.S. Air Force in
Okinawa, flying medical evacuation missions for
service personnel and their dependents. The missions
involve transporting patients to any hospital that
specializes in the particular medical emergency in
Asia, Hawaii or the continental United States,
Adcock said.
UF aerospace engineering alumnus Cmdr.
Christopher A. Comeau, of the 909th Air Refueling
Squadron at Kadena Air Force Base, acknowledged
Adcock's eligibility for a promotion with the
completion of his master's degree, crediting UF
faculty for maintaining a high-quality distance ed
"As you might expect, he is one of my finest officers,
distinguished recently among 500 of his peer officers

as being the best in the entire 18th Wing for the
second quarter in 2006," Comeau said. "That helps
me walk a bit prouder and rib my spouse an FSU
grad a little harder."
Reared in Alaska, Adcock graduated in 1998 from
the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado with a
bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in Japanese.
For the next five years, he was stationed at MacDill Air
Force Base in Tampa. After the Sept. 11 disaster,
Adcock's unit worked on rotation, staying in a
recreational vehicle at the airstrip for emergency
response to homeland security. On one mission,
Adcock recalled circling the Gator Bowl during a game
that was only months after the national disaster.
In 2004, one year after his transfer to Okinawa,
Adcock entered the UF forensic science program. In
addition to flying the medical missions, Adcock is
part of a unit that is responsible for mid-air refueling
of U.S. and Japanese military jets. Never being in one
place for long made finding quality education with
distance access a necessity, Adcock said.
"UF and its easily accessible Web sites are what
made it possible for me to continue my education from
literally everywhere in the world," Adcock said.

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Finding common ground

By Lindy McCollum-Brounley

For three years, UF dental students
have spent spring break in Mexico's
Yucatan Peninsula, but it hasn't
been for vacation. The emphasis dur-
ing these trips has been service to un-
derprivileged Mayan children and cul-
tural growth through foreign exchange
with Mexican dental students from
the Universidad Autbnoma de Yucatan
Facultad de Odontologid, or UADY.
"The personal and educational impact of the exchange
on the students and faculty of both institutions is amazing,"
said Enrique Bimstein, a UF professor of pediatric dentistry
and director of the college's International Education
Program. "When the students go together to the treatment
locations, they share information, share experiences, teach
each other and come back good friends."
UF and UADY dental students pair up to become
partners in care during the humanitarian and educational
exchange, delivering free dental care to hundreds of Mayan
school children in several Yucatan villages who would not
otherwise have access to it.
"It is something truly magnificent that language has not
been a barrier for the work and friendship between students
in the exchange," said UADY fourth-year dental student
Victor Manuel Martinez Aguilar. "And, working with
communities like this changes everything about dentistry.
Before, I saw dentistry as a career to make a living. Now, I
see it as a way to have a career while helping others."
Student connections were clear during the UADY
September visit to UF. The weeklong visit reunited UF and
UADY dental students and provided an opportunity for
the Americans to return the Mexicans' generous hospitality.
Students from both institutions enjoyed daily lectures,
clinical experiences and evening dinner gatherings in the
homes of UF faculty and Dean Teresa Dolan. Recreational
activities included a trip to Busch Gardens and a shopping
junket, topped off by Gator football in the Swamp.
"This is a most important program for the communities
that receive the services and for the students who
participate," said Fernando Rivas Gamboa, a UADY
professor of periodontics and faculty sponsor for the
exchange. "The different visions of patient care, different
techniques of treatment and how to implement them to
better serve patients has had a great impact on the students
and the populations they have helped. It's not a competition.
The students complement each other.
"This is a precious program with great professional and
personal value, and should be continued for as long as
possible," he said.


UF and UADY students and faculty line up for a group photo in front of the great pyramid
in the ancient Mayan city of Chichen-ltza.


UADY and UF dental students administer oral prophylaxis and fluoride treatments to
schoolchildren in the town of Chacksinkin, Yucatan, during UF's March visit.

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The Business of Pharmacy

By Linda Homewood
harmacy students are thoroughly educated in areas of patient care, drug
discovery, drug interactions and the latest research, but how much do
they know about the business of pharmacy?
That was the question Earlene Lipowski, Ph.D., an associate professor at
UF's College of Pharmacy, set out to answer as she consulted business and
financial advisers in developing a continuing education curriculum for the

Robert Buchanan, J.D., (standing) founding shareholder of business
valuations group PCE/Stratus Valuations, coaches workshop participants
as they strategize during a mock pharmacy buying-selling negotiation.

Institute for Pharmacy Entrepreneurs.
The three-day business and entrepreneurship workshop, held this August at
UF Emerson Alumni Hall, drew more than 40 attendees, including working
pharmacy professionals from across Florida and UF pharmacy students seeking
practical business knowledge vital to community pharmacy ownership.
Workshop attendees Mathew Stanley, Pharm.D., and Amy Stanley, Pharm.
D., work for competing retail chain pharmacies in Tampa, but have dreams of
working together someday in their own business. The couple, interested in
compounding and long-term care consulting services, graduated in 2004 from
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. The Stanleys said the
workshop inspired them about the feasibility of business ownership.
"It sparked a lot of questions and gave us direction about where to find those
answers," Stanley said.
Allen Deaver, Pharm.D., a 1985 UF College of Pharmacy alumnus who has
owned Taylor's Pharmacy in Winter Park since 1988, said the workshop presenters
helped him explore relevant business questions he is facing, such as expanding
his business, bringing in partners and thinking about his succession plan.
Topics Deaver found helpful at the workshop related to discussions about
Small Business Administration loan guidelines, real-estate financing and a
business plan for compounding.
The workshop was developed to divide participants into groups of buyers and
sellers who could put into practice the business skills learned and apply them to
negotiating real-life business opportunities. The weekend included evening
social events to facilitate networking among pharmacy owners, like Deaver, and
those interested in ownership, like the Stanleys.

Craniofacial Camp receives

Lucy Gooding grant

By Lindy McCollum-Brounley
children with craniofacial malformations will always have a safe place
for summer fun thanks to a generous donation from the Lucy Gooding
Charitable Foundation Trust.
The donation of $400,000 over the next four years will fund in perpetuity
the UF Craniofacial Center's Craniofacial Camp, which has been held at the
Montgomery Conference Center on Lake Emerald near Starke for the past 12
This three-day summer camp provides a haven for children with craniofacial
malformations and their families.
At Craniofacial Camp, children work on skills needed to help them cope with
their disability in an environment free from stares or teasing. The camp also
gives parents a chance to share resources and insights about the psychological
issues their children may experience as they face surgeries and therapies.
The camp, held this July for the 13th year, is one of the Craniofacial Center's
most important family outreach programs.
"We are so very grateful to the Lucy Gooding Trust for its partnership with
us in this important activity," said William Williams, Ph.D., center director
and a professor of oral biology. "We've learned that bringing children with
facial differences, who often feel alone and isolated, together with their families
adds so significantly to the whole habilitation process."
Begun in 1981, the Craniofacial Center is an interdisciplinary clinic housed
in UF's College of Dentistry that serves patients with craniofacial malformations
and their families, conducting research to improve diagnosis and treatment of
craniofacial malformations, and educating students and professionals in
craniofacial science.
The Lucy Gooding Charitable Foundation Trust has been a supporter of the
Craniofacial Center and its many programs since 1991. Added to the foundation's
previous gifts to the endowment, this $400,000 donation raised the Craniofacial
Camp's endowment to just over $1 million.

Children participating in the Craniofacial Camp enjoy all the sun-'n'-fun
camp experiences you'd expect, including water sports, high ropes, rock
wall climbing, field games, arts and crafts and the carefree pleasure of just
being kids. (Photo courtesy of the UF Craniofacial Center)

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Committee kicks off search for

College of Medicine dean

By Tom Fortner

The quest to find the next dean of the College of Medicine
began Sept. 11 with the first meeting of a 20-member search
committee. The panel's work is expected to continue into
2007 and conclude sometime next spring with the naming of the
new dean.

Committee Chair Kathleen
Ann Long, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., the
Sdean of the College of Nursing,
has conducted several other high-
i c 1 level searches and said that
experience should prove helpful.
"I'm honored to do it," she said.
"I have a genuine appreciation for
Sf how important this is to the
College of Medicine and the
Entire Health Science Center."
The committee will identify a
successor to Craig Tisher, M.D.,
I, who announced in June that he
will step down as dean when a
Snew one takes over.
SIn his charge to the committee,
Nursing dean Kathleen Ann Long is chairing the College of Medicine UF Senior Vice President of
search committee. Health Affairs Douglas Barrett,
M.D., said he expected the group
to find at least three people who
could be considered to be "the best dean on the planet." The committee will submit the unranked
names of those candidates to Barrett for final consideration.
Barrett said as far as he is concerned, the No. 1 qualification for the job is personal integrity.
Beyond that, the ability to continue to advance the college's research programs will be crucial to
helping UF achieve its ambitions to become a top 10 public university. From 1980 to 2006, he said,
the college moved from 65th to 50th place among all 123 medical schools in terms of its research
funding from the National Institutes of Health.
"There's no university in the top 10 that doesn't have a school of medicine in the upper
quartile," he said.
In response to a question, Barrett said there were no preconceived notions about what type of
candidate would make the best dean, whether internal or external, or from a public or private
"The playing field is wide open and flat, and that is very important," he said.
Long added that the committee will be working hard to diversify the pool, seeking minority,
women and nontraditional applicants. She encouraged search committee members and, in a later
meeting, the department chairs of the College of Medicine to help identify worthy candidates.
The university has retained the Atlanta-based search firm of Spencer Stuart to assist the
committee. Arthur J. Isaacson, M.D., who formerly practiced as an anesthesiologist and helped
administer the group practice at Emory University's medical school, will be working closely with
the committee to identify and screen applicants.
A Web site with information about the search, including the position description and public
information about meetings, can be found at www.med.ufl.edu/deansearch/.

Kathleen Ann Long, Ph.D., APRN
Chair, Search Committee and Dean, College of Nursing

Win Phillips, D.Sc.
Vice Chair, Search Committee and UF Vice President
for Research

Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology

Karl Altenburger, M.D.
Florida Medical Association

Kenneth Berns, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Genetics Institute

Edward Block, M.D.
Chair, Department of Medicine
Karen Bodnar
Medical Student, Class of 2007

Kendall Campbell, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health and Family
Medicine and Assistant Dean, Minority Affairs

William Cance, M.D.
Chair, Department of Surgery

Fonda Eyler, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics

William Friedman, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery

Susan Frost, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology

Tim Goldfarb
CEO, Shands HealthCare

Heather Harrell, M.D
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Richard Johnson, M.D.
Professor of Medicine

Lucia Notterpek, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Robert Nuss, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean, Jacksonville and
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs

Marco Pahor, M.D.
Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric
Research and Director, Institute on Aging

Johannes Vieweg, M.D.
Chair, Department of Urology

Charles Wood, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Physiology and
Functional Genomics

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The sweet science:

MavisAgbandje-McKenna (left), a structural biologist
at UF's McKnight Brain Institute, and UF research
scientist Hyun-Joo Nam hold models of viruses. The
researchers found that by changing their surface
structure to attach to different carbohydrates, viruses
are able to infect cells more efficiently a finding
that may prove valuable to scientists seeking ways to
fight cancer or brain diseases.

Viruses switch grip to gain upper hand

ByJohn Pastor

can be College of Medicine and senior author of the paper.
"It seems structural juxtapositions of amino acids

attractive, especially when

They come packaged in
candy bars or never-ending bowls
of pasta.

Even viruses those bits of occasionally
harmful genetic material enclosed in shells of
protein and fat crave carbs. Except viruses
aren't seeking a taste treat. They want to latch onto
the carbohydrates that protrude from the surface
of our cells and mount an invasion.
By changing which carbohydrates they attach
to, viruses are able to infect cells more efficiently
- a finding that may prove valuable to scientists
seeking ways to fight cancer or brain diseases, say
University of Florida researchers writing in the
current Journal of Biological Chemistry. The
discovery also helps explain how flu and other
viruses are able to stay a step ahead of our body's
own versatile immune system.
"If you think about the flu virus, a few simple
amino acid changes can be the difference between
a virus your body can defend against and one that
will make you sick," said Mavis Agbandje-
McKenna, Ph.D., an associate professor of
biochemistry and molecular biology in the UF

play a role in determining how viruses recognize
cells and whether the viruses are harmful."
The idea that proteins on a virus' outer shell
mutate to get a more lethal grip on a cell's sugary
coat of carbohydrates, or glycans, became apparent
when UF scientists studied the Minute Virus of
Mice, or MVM.
One strain of the virus, MVMp, is harmless and
causes no ill effects, even in mice without a
functioning immune system. However, a different
version of the virus, MVMi, can be fatal to these
Then, a few years ago, the normally mild MVMp
virus mutated slightly, becoming harmful to the
defenseless mice.
"One or two changes in amino acids made the
difference between a virus that kills and one that
does not kill mice," said Agbandje-McKenna, who
is associated with both UF's McKnight Brain
Institute and the UF Genetic Institute. "We
wanted to know how such a slight change could
make this virus become lethal."
Working with the Consortium for Functional
Glycomics, an international team of more than 230
scientists under the National Institute of General
Medical Sciences, UF researchers became the first
to use a new technique called a glycan array to

study how a whole, intact virus interacts with
Scientists exposed 189 glycans mounted on a 3-by
5-inch plastic plate to dangerous MVMi, harmless
MVMp and three potentially dangerous, mutant
strains of MVMp. It turned out that one of the mutant
MVMp viruses bound to a glycan associated with the
more dangerous MVMi strain.
"A single amino-acid change in the virus'
protein shell changes how it can grip the cell,
making it more deadly," she said.
In terms of medical treatments, the finding
helps explain why a virus would be able to home in
on a cancer or brain cell by recognizing sugars
on the cell's surface, according to Hyun-Joo Nam,
Ph.D., an assistant scientist in department of
biochemistry and molecular biology and the
paper's first author.
"Scientists want to use viruses they know to be
nonpathogenic as vehicles for either gene and
cancer therapies, and they also want to know how
viruses target cancer and other differentiated
cells," said Peter Tattersall, Ph.D., a professor of
laboratory medicine and genetics at Yale University
who was not involved in the research. "The most
likely medical significance of this finding is for
fine-tuning viruses and vectors to target cancer
and other differentiated cell types. This is a major
field that is advancing rapidly."

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PHHP investigators to evaluate experiences of minority patients

ByJill Pease

he U.S. Office of Minority Health has
developed national standards on cultural
competence for health-care providers, but no
research has been done to measure how well the new
standards are meeting the needs of patients from
racial and ethnic minority groups.
Now, with $236,225 in support from the
Commonwealth Fund, researchers in the College of
Public Health and Health Professions will evaluate
whether the standards -which address issues such
as availability of translation services, staff training
and diversity of staff are actually improving
patients' experiences.
"National studies have revealed that minority
patients rate their health-care experiences less
positively than do white patients, particularly with
regard to communication with clinicians, staff
responsiveness and receipt of treatment information,"
said Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., principal
investigator and an associate professor in the
department of health services research, management
and policy.
By analyzing data from 300 California hospitals,
the team will assess minority patients' experiences
regarding communication with doctors and nurses,
responsiveness of staff, cleanliness, noise level, pain

control and discharge information. The researchers
will also look at what organizational and market
characteristics are associated with providers'
adherence to the cultural competency standards
and whether adherence improves patients'
experiences with inpatient care.
In a related study, Weech-Maldonado is
collaborating with Allyson Hall, Ph.D., an associate
professor in the department of health services
research, management and policy, and Carolyn
Tucker, Ph.D., a professor in the department of
psychology, to examine perceptions of discrimination
and access to language services for patients receiving
care through Florida's Medicaid program.
"Every year we survey Medicaid beneficiaries
about their experiences with the program," Hall
said. "This year we have included additional
questions that specifically address cultural
competency and issues that might be related to
recipients who are racial and ethnic minorities."
The two studies complement each other, Weech-
Maldonado said, because together they look at
cultural competency from both the health-care
organizational level and the individual patient's
"If project findings demonstrate that adherence

to standards for culturally and linguistically
appropriate care makes a difference in patients'
experiences, they could spur hospitals across the
country to adopt the practices of successful
providers," he said.

UF study shows how cigarette smoke blocks cell repair

Cigarette smoke can turn normal breast cells cancerous by blocking their ability to repair
themselves, eventually triggering tumor development, UF scientists report.
While some cells nonetheless rally and are able to fix their damaged DNA, many others
become unable to access their own cellular first aid kit, according to findings from a UF
study published in the journal Oncogene. If they survive long enough to divide and multiply,
they pass along their mutations, acquiring malignant properties.
Past research has been controversial. Tobacco smoke contains dozens of cancer-causing
chemicals, but until more recently many studies found only weak correlations between
smoking and breast cancer risk, or none at all. Those findings are increasingly being
challenged by newer studies that are focusing on more than just single chemical components
of tobacco, as past research often has done. In the UF study, researchers instead used a tar
that contains all of the 4,000 chemicals found in cigarette smoke.
"Ourstudy suggests the mechanism by which this may be happening," said Satya Narayan,
Ph.D., an associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at UF's College of Medicine.
"This is basically the important finding in our case: We are now describing how cigarette
smoke condensate, which is a surrogate for cigarette smoke, can cause DNA damage and
can block the DNA repair of a cell or compromise the DNA repair capacity of a cell. That
can be detrimental for the cell and can lead to transformation or carcinogenesis."
In their study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Miami-based Flight
Attendant Medical Research Institute, UF researchers exposed normal breast epithelial
cells to cigarette smoke condensate -a tar derived from a machine that literally "smokes"
a cigarette in the laboratory -and found the cells acquired mutations characteristic of
malignant cells.
-Melanie Fridl Ross

Leptin could combat type 2 diabetes
UF researchers have discovered the appetite-controlling hormone
leptin could also combat type 2 diabetes, a disease that has become
a growing problem in the United States as more Americans gain
excess weight.
Using a novel gene therapy technique, UF researchers were able
to reverse type 2 diabetes in mice. The researchers found that in
diabetic mice, leptin acts in the hypothalamus to keep the body
from producing too much insulin even after constant exposure to a
high-fat diet, which over time can lead to or worsen type 2 diabetes,
according to findings published in the online edition of the journal
Although more tests are needed, these findings may lead to better
treatments for patients with type 2 diabetes, said Satya Kalra, Ph.D.,
a UF professor of neuroscience and the senior author of the article.
"We found that we were successful in keeping the blood levels of
insulin low at the same time keeping blood glucose levels at a normal
range," Kalra said. "In other words, we were able to correct diabetes
in these animals under various challenges."
The researchers injected a gene embedded in a harmless virus
into the brains of the mice to increase leptin production in the
hypothalamus, which regulates the hormone. While past studies have
shown leptin acts in the brain to regulate weight and appetite, this is
the first time researchers have shown that leptin can independently
affect insulin secretion as well, Kalra said.
April Frawley Birdwell

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Story By April Frawley Birdwell Photo By Sarah Kiewel

The patient lay still in his hospital bed

as Suzzanna Owiyo stepped into
the room with her guitar. Her fingers
grazed the strings, and as she strummed,
she opened her mouth to sing.

Reporters and curious onlookers gathered around the room
to watch, studying the man's reaction as the Kenyan chanteuse
began her song.
Finally, he lifted his head.
"You could see the energy at that moment," Owiyo said of the
day she demonstrated for reporters how an Arts in Medicine
program would help patients at the Nairobi hospital. "This
program will change people's attitudes about going to the
Although the arts are ingrained in Kenyan culture, using art
as a tool to help patients in modern hospitals is a novel concept.
There, hospital walls tend to be bare and sterile and patients and
visitors often fear going there. But Owiyo and leaders at the
Mater Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, are trying to change that
perception. Owiyo and the hospital have teamed with the Shands
Arts in Medicine program and the University of Florida Center
for the Arts in Healthcare to establish a formal Arts in Medicine
program in Kenya, called AIM for Africa.
Owiyo spent part of the summer in Gainesville learning
about Arts in Medicine and performing at Shands. This month,
Jill Sonke-Henderson, co-director of the UF Center for Arts in
Healthcare and a dancer, will travel to Kenya to continue
training the hospital staff and artists and to perform.
The idea took root after a Kenyan graduate student working
with the Arts in Medicine program suggested it to Sonke-
Henderson, who formed a joint program in Japan a few years ago.
"He just kept saying, 'We must bring Arts in Medicine to
Africa, to Kenya,'" Sonke-Henderson said.
Sonke-Henderson contacted the Mater hospital and Owiyo, a
famous singer in Kenya whose afro-fusion music often focuses
on social issues. Owiyo had also helped build an orphanage in

the Kenyan village of Kisumu, so Sonke-Henderson suspected
she would be open to helping patients with her art.
"When this opportunity came up, we were like, 'Wow, what
is this,"' recalled Philip Oketch, Owiyo's manager. "In my
country you can't use the words together in a sentence: arts
and medicine. When you walk into a hospital there, you know
you are walking into a hospital. It's not like (Shands). My
country really needs this."
The concept of a structured Arts in Medicine program in
the hospital is new in Africa, but the idea of arts in healing is
part of African heritage, Oketch said. African ancestors used
drumming, music and herbs to heal, and the program is all
about getting back to that, Oketch added.
Eventually, Oketch said he would like to see a total change
in the culture of hospitals in Kenya, from their architecture to
the way doctors and nurses treat patients. With AIDS patients,
families usually provide most of the care even in hospitals,
with health workers stopping by occasionally to give medicine,
he said.
Leaders at the Mater Hospital also support the program.
The hospital's chief executive officer visited Shands at UF in
April, and someone has already been appointed to oversee the
program in Kenya.
"They've asked us to create a cultural bridge there," said
Sonke-Henderson, who received enough grant funding to
launch for the program in Kenya.
Aside from the benefits to Kenyan patients, the AIM for
Africa program will also provide new opportunities to medical
students, residents and hospital staff members, she said. A
course on health and the arts in Africa and the United States
is being offered to students, and an exchange program has
been set up for artists, medical students and faculty from both
UF and the Mater Hospital.
Owiyo doesn't know how long it will take to change people's
minds about the value of art in medicine in Kenya, but after
her impromptu performance for reporters, she has hope. After
the segment aired on TV, people passing her in the street told
her how much they liked it, she said.
"However long it takes, I'm ready," she said. "This is one of
the programs that I think will change my life."

Kenyan musician Suzzanna Owiyo, seen performing
recently at Shands at UF, wanted to help start an Arts
in Medicine program in Kenya because she said she
thinks it will "change people's attitudes about going to
the hospital."

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Story by April Frawley Birdwell Photography by Sarah Kiewel

(From left) Vivian Filer, one of the UF College of
Nursing's first black graduates, speaks at the
reception for the Changing the Face of Medicine
exhibit in August. Alice Pauly, 12, reads about
Virginia Apgar, a female obstetrician who developed
the test used to determine a newborn baby's health
and responses after birth. Pauly's mother, Dr.
Rebecca Pauly, is the chief of the College of
Medicine's internal medicine division and was
honored at the reception as one of two female
"local legends" in medicine in Florida. UF oral
surgeon Dr. Franci Stavropoulos checks on patient
Lizmarie Sanchez, 16, in her office. Despite old
stereotypes that dentists are all men, more and more
women continue to enter dentistry and demanding
specialties, such as oral surgery.

Both were encouraged to become doctors, actually Ashley was in a high school premedical
program and Emily studied neuroscience over the summer as a teen. And both women, who are in
their early 20s, grew up at a time when women are not only doctors, but also governors, Supreme
Court justices and CEOs of major corporations. Even Barbie is more than a fashion plate now. She's
been an astronaut and a veterinarian, too.
"I think we're past that stage where it's going into a man's field," said Tanzler, a second-year medical
student in UF's College of Medicine.
If the percentages of female students continue to rise in the UF Health Science Center's colleges,
women actually may one day dominate traditionally male professions such as medicine, dentistry and
pharmacy. Just over half of UF's medical students are women and just under half of UF dental
students are. In the College of Pharmacy, more than 60 percent of students are female. Women
comprise 80 percent of veterinary medicine students and more than 70 percent of students in the
College of Public Health and Health Professions.
"The women are (generally) just more motivated and more goal-oriented," said William H. Riffee,
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August. "They do better on our exams to get into school and they're better prepared
when they come into school."
Now the National Library of Medicine celebrates women doctors, honoring women
whose accomplishments have earned them the title "local legend," including UF's
own Rebecca Pauly, M.D. But just 50 years ago, female doctors, dentists, pharmacists,
psychologists and researchers were still a rarity, a full 100 years after the first woman
was admitted into medical school in the United States.

When Anita Thompson graduated in 1954, there were nine women in the College of
Pharmacy. The college had been the first at UF to award a bachelor's degree to a
woman in 1939, eight years before the university officially became "co-educational,"
and most of the male students and faculty accepted the women, Thompson says.
"They expected the same from us as they did the guys," she said.
But not everyone felt the same. When she was a senior, one professor always avoided
speaking to her directly. One day, after she'd asked a question, he told the class, "A
woman's place is in the home."
"Some of the professors were resentful, as if they were wasting their time on us
because we would probably get married and never practice pharmacy again,"
Thompson said. "I'm in my 51st year."
There were a few female faculty members in the late 1950s, but none of the first four
female medical professors stayed at UF for more than a few years. Because women had
to work harder to gain credibility in their fields, some women started at UF but left

for more established medical schools to build their reputations, said Nina Stoyan-
Rosenzweig, the Health Science Center's archivist.
At the same time, new fields such as physical therapy and occupational therapy
were offering women opportunities to be leaders in their fields. The College of Health-
Related Services (now PHHP) hired a woman with an established reputation to head
its new occupational therapy department.
After the civil rights and women's liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s,
more and more women felt free to pursue careers once thought to be masculine.
But change doesn't happen overnight. The career choices offered to Teresa Dolan,
D.D.S., at her all-girl's Catholic high school in the 1970s were still pretty slim. Dolan,
now the first female dean of the College of Dentistry, was advised to pursue nursing,
teaching or religious instruction, all noble but traditionally female professions.
Only one-fifth of the students in her dental school were women and there were few
female faculty members, but neither that nor the stereotype that dentists are supposed
to be men stopped Dolan from pursuing a career as a dentist and college
"It's not too long ago I've had people come up to me and say, 'I didn't know a woman
could be a dentist,'" Dolan said. "I think you're always aware that some eyes are on you.
It always motivates me so that the issue of gender never comes into question."
Although more women are entering the health professions, in many fields there are
still few in positions of authority. This could be because it will take time for the larger
number of female students to increase the pool of women who are qualified for and
want to pursue leadership positions, Stoyan-Rosenzweig said.
"Also, part of it is they have to be interested in administration," she said. "The
women who have gone through have tended to want to be doctors and have families.

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They just have less time for administration."
The College of Pharmacy is an exception. There
were only two women on the faculty in 1980. Now,
three of the five departments in the college have female
leaders, including Margaret James, Ph.D., who was
the first chairwoman in the college.
"Things have changed," James said. "Women have,
especially in pharmacy, gone from being the minority
to the majority."
Rebecca Pauly, M.D., has been the only woman in
medical meetings before. Although she says it never
makes her feel like her opinion means less, she does
feel a drive to be at her best to ensure the next
generation of female physicians has the same
opportunities she has had.
"I think the barriers I faced are minimal compared
to what some women faced (in the past)," she said.

Women have always been nurses. Dorothy Smith,
M.Ed., didn't have to fight for that.
Nursing was one of the first disciplines to give
women the chance to rise into leadership positions.
But nurses haven't always been recognized as scientists
or valued for their contributions to patient care. That's
what Smith was fighting for when she became the UF
College of Nursing dean in 1956. She was the first
female dean of a UF college.
Smith saw nurses not as helpers in the hospital, but
as clinicians and scientists. Smith wanted to establish
a college where all of the facets of nursing were
addressed: patient care, research and education.
Smith fought to make graduate degrees possible for
nurses; a master's degree in nursing was established in
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practice as nurses, and she inspired students and
faculty to achieve research and educational goals.
"Dorothy Smith was maybe described as a rogue,
certainly a risk-taker, a pioneer, someone who believed
very passionately that nursing was an intellectually
challenging discipline," said Kathleen Long, the
college's current dean, at the deans' roundtable
discussion. "In the mid-1950s, that was a provocative
approach to take to nursing education."
Smith's ideals stayed with the college, and Long said
she thinks the college's students, faculty and alumni
have always refused to let stereotypes define them.
Unfortunately, some of these stereotypes still exist.
"To this day, I often have people say to me, 'You do
research in nursing? What is that?'" Long said.
The college was the first to begin a nurse practitioner
program and to offer doctorates in nursing in Florida.
UF nursing faculty members also run the only nurse-
managed family practice in the state.
And nursing isn't just for women, anymore. About 6
percent of UF nursing students are men.
"We want to make sure every man who wants to
enter nursing feels supported in that career choice,"
Long said.

There weren't as many women in clinical psychology
yet when Eileen Fennell, Ph.D., was a graduate
student. But that was never her biggest concern. As
the only mother in her class, she was too busy juggling
her studies with making dinner, folding laundry and
spending time with her children.
Fennell, now a professor of clinical and health
psychology, even carried a bag of nickels with her to
make copies of books she needed to study in the library
so she could be home at night.
"The challenge was to balance motherhood,

The National Library of Medicine recently
selected Rebecca Pauly as one of two female
local legends in medicine for the state of Florida.
Pauly is the chief of internal medicine in the
College of Medicine's department of medicine
and is course director of one of the core classes
for medical students in the college. Even with her
hectic schedule as a doctor, teacher and mother,
Pauly still manages to spend a little extra time
with patients such as Earl Troup, her neighbor.

wifehood and studenthood," Fennell said. "That's
something women still experience."
Today, many female students say balancing career
and motherhood is still one of their biggest worries.
Several students have come to Pauly's office just to
pose that question: How did she balance a career, two
kids and a husband?
Pauly didn't have many roles models for how to
manage this balancing act. She remembers five female
faculty members at her medical school and three had
foregone family life for their careers, a choice many
female physicians and scientists made in the past. She
didn't know then if a family was in her future, but she
knew she didn't want to be one-dimensional.
"I started thinking about that," Pauly said. "Is that
the only way it can be done? Is there a way to create a
Even when she was a student, Pauly said she always
tried to be efficient, focusing on each task like a laser
so she could still carve out time for herself. Instead of
spending 18 hours in anatomy lab goofing off part of
the time, Pauly would focus in lab for four and go
home. Now, a mother of two teenagers, Pauly uses the
same focus and organization to carve out family time
with her kids and husband.
Pauly tells her students a balance in life is important,
but that the way she did it isn't the only path students
can take. Each student can carve his or her own path.
That's becoming especially true today as more women
enter science and health care. Whereas family and
career didn't always mesh in the past, women today
are finding new ways to fit them together, from
working part time to starting group practices, Stoyan-
Rosenzweig said.
But Dolan said she still thinks women need female
role models and groups in school to help each other
navigate the uncertainties.
"We're all trying to figure out how to make this
work," Dolan said. "These are still unwritten chapters
in most people's lives."
Christman and Tanzler, president and vice president
of the UF chapter of the American Medical Women's
Association, actually convened a panel of women
doctors last month to answer students' questions about
being women in medicine. Both say they can't imagine
what it was like for female medical students 50 years
ago, not to have the same kind of input, not to be able
to look up to a Nancy Mendenhall or a Rebecca Pauly.
"I think we definitely have to thank them for paving
the way," Christman said. "They're successful and
they were still able to be wives and mothers."
Tanzler nodded and added, "It's pretty inspiring."

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Shannon Durham and Gregg Pelfrey perform the crucial
Services in the College of Dentistry's "Chart Room" of
answering patients' questions and handling their records.

Dental duo takes on all callers

By Adrianna C. Rodriguez

of floor-to-ceiling chart
cabinets in the College of
Dentistry chart room, two dentistry
staff members act as information
gatekeepers, peacekeepers and
telephone traffic controllers as they
juggle three phone lines and a
steady stream of patient calls.

Working with patients who are often frustrated,
in pain and desperate for help, Gregg Pelfrey, 47,
and Shannon Durham, 32, the college's main
switchboard operators, muster all their customer
service and deductive powers to identify what kind

of care they need, then quickly connect them with
the dental clinic best able to help.
Tag-team telephone answering throughout the
day, the duo handles an average of 180 to 200 calls
weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The two have
been known to answer as many as 400 calls on really
crazy-busy days that's one call every 80 seconds
- but they take it all in stride.
"There's nothing that we can't handle on that
switchboard," said Pelfrey, who has been an operator
for more than three years. "If we don't know an
answer, we'll find it."
For Pelfrey, the job is all about "triaging a phone
call," figuring out what's wrong and how to help the
caller on the other end of the line.
For a college that serves Floridians during 90,000
dental visits each year, Pelfrey and Durham are a
crucial link between callers needing dental care and
the college's many clinics and departments.
"The main thing about being a switchboard
operator is you have to know everything," said Leslie

McManus-Ferrelli, program assistant and supervisor
of the switchboard operators in the chart room.
But being the first in line to help people who are
often desperate to find low-cost dental care to treat
painful conditions also requires extending patience
and understanding.
"It's hard when people are in pain," said Durham,
who has been an operator for a year and a half.
"Sometimes people are frustrated and just want
somebody they can blame so I just sit and listen ...
In a way you have to have an open and closed ear."
When helping an extremely upset person, both
Durham and Pelfrey agree that the key to calming
them down is to have the right mix of professionalism
and understanding to show the person that the
switchboard operators are here to help.
"The switchboard has a lot of rewards and a few
setbacks," Pelfrey said.
Both he and Durham agree a simple "thank
you" from callers they've helped is the best reward
of all.

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PHOTOBYSARAHKIEWEL restore Wilmot Gardens to its former glory, tor the
enjoyment of patients and Health Science Center staff.

By Tom Fortner

Compared with the rest of UF's campus, which
boasts expansive lawns, wooded areas and even
a good-sized lake, the Health Science Center is
mostly designed for life indoors. Buildings are densely
packed, so patients, staff and students can move easily
between them. The few patches of green that remain
seem to be living on borrowed time until the next con-
struction project.

Which is why Wilmot Gardens could be so important.
If you're not familiar with Wilmot Gardens, that wouldn't necessarily be a
surprise. The roughly four-acre patch of woods bordered by Mowry Road, Gale
Lemerand Drive, the Shands at UF Medical Plaza and a parking deck shows up
on some university maps, but no signs point it out to passers-by.
Indeed, the term "gardens" is a bit of a misnomer. The spot is more like a jungle
of thick woods, rotting hulks of fallen trees and impenetrable vines.
But a jungle is not what Craig Tisher sees, at least in his mind's eye. The dean of
the College of Medicine envisions a garden, with walking paths, a gazebo, perhaps
a small pond and a carefully tended lawn in the center. He sees a place where,
despite the surrounding whine of air handling systems and diesel engines, you can
hear birds singing. And where the thick canopy of trees makes it seem cool, even
in the middle of a Florida summer.

"I've been driving past here for 26 years," said Tisher, who's mounting an effort
to rehabilitate Wilmot Gardens as a natural resource for the enjoyment of the
denizens of the Health Science Center. "It has the potential to be a beautiful area
of green space."
Rehabilitate is the right word, because Wilmot Gardens once put Gainesville on
the map as ground zero for camellia culture in the United States. The graceful
shrubs with the dark green leaves and lush, colorful blooms were grown in
abundance at UF, which 60 years ago possessed what was thought to be the largest
publicly owned collection of camellias in the country.
That was in large part due to Royal James "Roy" Wilmot, a horticulturalist with
the Agricultural Experiment Station at UF back in the 1940s. Known as the
"Camellia Man," Wilmot was such an authority on the subject he was given the
daunting job of classifying the 3,000 known varieties of camellias, some of which
had as many as eight names at the time.
Wilmot also was a founder of the American Camellia Society, which was based
in Gainesville in its early years. When he died in 1950 at age 52, he was held in
such esteem by ACS members that two years later many of them donated 300 rare
varieties of camellia representing every section of the country. These became the
centerpiece of Wilmot Gardens.
At that time, four years before the HSC was founded, Wilmot Gardens was on
the sparsely occupied fringe of the campus. Loblolly pine trees towered over the
site, providing the filtered sunlight that camellias adore. The collection of
camellias and azaleas grew to an estimated 500 plants.
Then some 20 or 30 years ago, according to UF landscape experts, a decision
was made to stop actively managing the garden. Invasive species like kudzu and
air potato vines gradually took hold and spread. In 2001, the Southern pine beetle

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campus is growing to the

west. This land is going to be

in the middle of things. It's

next to our ambulatory cancer

center. We can make it more

visible for cancer patients and

for the rest of the campus."

Craig Tisher, M.D.

Mrs. Gladys Wilmot and Royal James Wilmot Jr. stand by the
monument honoring their late husband and father when it was
unveiled in 1954. Like the garden itself, the monument today
reflects the ravages of time and neglect (upper right).

killed 80 percent of the overstory pines, which were toppled by the hurricanes of the
last two years. The camellias that didn't die were eking out a hardscrabble existence.
The place was a mess.
The tide finally turned this year, ironically because of a building project. The
clearing of land for a new ambulatory surgery center adjacent to the Orthopedics and
Sports Medicine Institute required that $40,000 be set aside to mitigate the
environmental impact of the project. Tisher recognized that Wilmot Gardens, because
of its central location, provided the perfect opportunity to put the money to use.
"The Health Science Center campus is growing to the west," he said. "This land is
going to be in the middle of things. It's next to our ambulatory cancer center. We can
make it more visible for cancer patients and for the rest of the campus."
With help from landscape and forestry experts in UF's Physical Plant Division, the
rebirth of Wilmot Gardens began.
Phase I involves cleaning up the site. About 60 or 70 downed pine trees have been
removed and the first round of spraying the invasive species has been completed.
Last January, before the cleanup got under way, Tisher's wife, Audrae, and a number
of her fellow gardeners carefully inspected the site and marked about 70 camellia and
azalea specimens to protect them from the heavy equipment. Some of these shrubs still
bear the original metal tags, nearly 60 years old, detailing their botanical heritage.
"I think the bulk of the camellias survived the first assault," said Tisher.
The cleanup continues, with an emphasis on making the garden safe for users in its
undeveloped state. Phase II entails creating a design for the garden that will expand
access to it and bring in new plantings and more intensive management.
All that will take money, which is Tisher's principal focus now. There's a little
mitigation money left, and he expects to earmark some college funds "just to keep the
cleanup going." He's hoping other groups will adopt the garden as a project and devote
some sweat equity to it.

Ultimately he'd like to identify private donors who are interested in keeping the
legacy of the garden alive and in creating a healing retreat where cancer patients and
their loved ones might find some peace amid their personal storm.
Erick Smith, an urban forester with PPD, says there's a lot of natural beauty to work
with. The tract has an interesting terrain, with more variation in height than you'd
expect. There are still a few majestic pines a century old and 100 feet tall. There are
other tree species, magnolia, sweetgum, liveoak, mulberry, sugarberry, red maple,
holly and dogwood. And those camellias, gritty survivors, are making their own
Smith congratulated medical center leaders for investing in an urban forest that
might otherwise be at risk for development, and, once that decision was made, for
resisting the "temptation to bulldoze it and start over."
Said Smith: "It would be a wonderful resource for campus."

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PHHP psychologist helps patients

put an end to restless nights

ByJill Pease
or 40 million Americans, a good night's sleep is little more than an impossible
dream. But there are a number of effective therapies for insomnia, and
frequently the best treatments do not come in a pill, says assistant professor
Christina McCrae, Ph.D.
McCrae recently launched a behavioral sleep medicine clinic in the College of
Public Health and Health Professions' department of clinical and health
psychology. As a board-certified specialist, she uses psychological interventions to
help people change their thinking about sleep and put an end to counterproductive
bedtime habits.
"Six months or more of insomnia is termed chronic, and some people have had
sleep problems for years," said McCrae, adding that the average bout of chronic
insomnia lasts seven years.
The most common prescribed treatment for insomnia is sleep medications, but
they can present their own set of problems, McCrae said.
"Over the long term, people develop a tolerance to the medication and their
sleep problems go back to baseline," she said. "And when patients go off the
medication, they can suffer from withdrawal symptoms."
One of the first steps in behavioral therapy is helping patients re-establish the
connection between bedroom and sleep.
"Insomniacs do things in the bedroom that have nothing to do with sleep,"
McCrae said. "So the bedroom becomes associated with arousing activities such as
reading or watching television."
Another behavioral therapy technique requires patients to get out of bed when
the tossing and turning starts.
"Insomniacs spend a lot of time in bed, but for much of that time they are not

sleeping," McCrae said. "They may spend 10 hours in bed, but only get five hours
of sleep. If you can't sleep, don't lie in bed get up and only come back to bed
when you feel sleepy."
The gold standard of eight hours of sleep a night is a myth, McCrae said, and
over the life span, the amount of sleep a person needs decreases.
"The amount of sleep you need varies from person to person," McCrae said.
"The key is, how do you feel the next day? If you feel well-rested and have no
difficulties functioning, then you have found the right amount of sleep for you."
For more information on the insomnia and behavioral sleep medicine clinic,
call 265-0294.

Surgical training facility opens

he UF&Shands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute recently
dedicated the Edward S. Bittar Arthroscopy Instructor Station in the new
Psychomotor and Surgical Skills Lab. Within the state-of-the-science lab,
the instructor's teaching station has been named in Ed Bittar's honor. This lab
serves as surgical training facility, providing multiple opportunities for the
dissemination of surgical knowledge and techniques to the greater orthopaedic
and surgical communities.
Edward S. Bittar, M.D., Ph.D., was a clinician, surgeon and mentor to orthopaedic
residents and served as an affiliate faculty member with the UF department of
orthopaedics and rehabilitation for 20 years. To honor Dr. Bittar, who died in May
2004, alumni residents, friends and family created the Ed Bittar Orthopaedic
Education Endowment as testimony to his legacy in the field of orthopaedics.
Pictured standing are, from left, Dr. Peter F. Gearen, chair of the department of
orthopaedics and rehabilitation; Donald Bittar, brother to Dr. Edward Bittar; Dr.
Paul C. Dell, a professor of hand, upper extremity and microsurgery; Dr. Peter
Indelicato, the Huizenga professor of sports medicine; Dr. Jon Kimball, a fifth-
year orthopaedic resident, and Chris Koenig, coordinator, arthroscopy and surgical
skills lab. Pictured sitting is Rose Bittar (Dr. Bittar's mother), presenting a $75,000
check to the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation to establish the Ed
Bittar Orthopaedic Education Endowment.

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On a quest to solve

a mystery and grow

a department

By Patricia Bates McGhee

When he was in his teens, Arshag D.
Mooradian, M.D., the first chairman of
medicine in the College of Medicine-
Jacksonville, knew that he wanted to be a doctor ...
and then some. He even knew what specialty he
wanted to pursue.

"Early in high school I had a good friend who had diabetes but was healthy,
and I never thought of him as a sick person," he said. "One day we heard he was
in the hospital and then he passed away just like that."
Mooradian said he never thought diabetes could kill someone, especially a
healthy teenager. To this day he remembers the circumstances and says the
pain and range of feelings he felt are still crystal-clear to him.
"That had a big impact on me, and dealing with my friend's death was very
tough," he said. "I decided then and there that we needed to do something
about this disease and that it needed to be stopped."
This passion defined his life's path. Ethnically Armenian, Mooradian grew
up in the Middle East. He earned an undergraduate degree in biology and
chemistry in Lebanon and attended medical school and completed an internal
medicine residency at American University of Beirut. He first visited the States
in 1979 and moved here permanently in 1982. He completed a fellowship in
endocrinology and diabetes and metabolism at the University of Minnesota
and became board-certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and
internal medicine.
Mooradian is committed to solving the mysteries of diabetes. He has
published more than 300 papers about the disease as well as vascular biology,
dyslipidemias, nutrition and thyroid disease. Not surprisingly, his clinical
specialty is diabetes.
"I feel very gratified to talk to persons with diabetes and manage and discuss
their problems with them," he said. "It's a joy and privilege to help in their care
and drives me to want to continue to research the disease."
He also developed an interest in aging and took additional certification in
geriatric medicine.
"A lot of my work, research-wise, focuses on changes with age and age-
related conditions, and some of us believe that diabetes can be looked upon as
a premature aging syndrome and an isolated aging process," he said. "It's very
common in people over age 60, and one out of five of them 18.9 percent, to
be exact has diabetes."
Mooradian is also committed to the opportunities and challenges that a new
chairmanship offers. That's what brought him here.
"This is a growing place that's developing at a very fast rate, and it's part of
a university that is nationally well-recognized," said Mooradian, who served as
director of endocrinology at St. Louis University School of Medicine from
1991 until he joined the UF staff this year. "It was time to take on a bigger
challenge and try to develop and lead a department the size of the department
here in Jacksonville, where we can make a real impact in enhancing our service
to the community and in enhancing our visibility nationally."
The department, one of Jacksonville's largest, has 66 faculty members, 45
residents, 27 fellows, 90 support staff members and 10 divisions hospital


... ...... .....

Dr. Arshag D. Mooradian, the first chair of the department of medicine in
Jacksonville, has known since high school that he wanted to study medicine so
he could help solve the mystery of diabetes.

medicine, cardiology, endocrinology and diabetes, gastroenterology, general
internal medicine, infectious and communicable diseases, medical oncology,
nephrology and hypertension, and pulmonary and critical medicine. The
department is responsible for close to 38 percent of admissions to Shands
Mooradian has several goals. He wants to enhance medicine's three
fundamental missions to provide clinical service for the community, educate
both health-care providers and the public, and conduct cutting-edge research.
"Specifically, we want to enhance our training program by initiating
subspecialty training in each of our 10 divisions," he said. "Currently we
provide subspecialty training in cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology and
infectious disease."
When he's not busy with UF duties, Mooradian enjoys time with his family.
He and his wife, Deborah Miles Mooradian, have two children. Twenty-year-
old son Arshag Mooradian Jr., a talented clarinetist who's also interested in
science, attends Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. Seventeen-year-old
daughter Ariana, a talented pianist, is a junior in high school.
Music is important to the Mooradians. "Our family has always emphasized
the importance of music," he said. "My mother is a first-rate pianist, my sister
is a recital-quality pianist and my wife is an accomplished pianist, too."
Mooradian plays the guitar.
Mooradian's other hobbies include international travel, historical sightseeing
and another quest to see the wonders of the world.
"I've seen practically all of them and find them impossible to compare," he
said. "They're all fascinating."

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Susan G. Komen Foundation grant

funds study of breast cancer spread

By Patricia Bates McGhee

hanks to improvements in diagnosis and
screening, breast cancer is being detected
earlier. Still, most deaths resulting from the
disease are due to its subsequent spread or
metastasis and secondary tumors tend to become
drug-resistant, which makes them doubly difficult to
UF researcher Steve Goodison, Ph.D., an associate
professor in the department of surgery in the College of
Medicine-Jacksonville, recently received a $250,000
grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to study
the biological mechanisms of how breast cancer
During the course of the study, Goodison will use a
comparative proteomic approach to identify factors
required for tumor cells to spread. Goodison proposes
that there are definitive patterns of change in protein
expression in tumor cells that are capable of metastatic
spread. New techniques allow relatively large-scale
screening of cell-surface proteins, which means now it's
feasible to compare the complete protein profile of cells

Ph.D., was named the
Florida Heart Research
Institute's "Stop Heart
Disease Researcher of
the Year" at the annual
meeting of the Florida
chapter of the American Angiolillo
College of Cardiology.
Angiolillo, associate director of cardiovascular
research and a postdoctoral associate in the
College of Medicine-Jacksonville department
of medicine's cardiology division, was
recognized for his groundbreaking efforts in
both the clinical and basic science arenas
in particular, his work on physiology and
genetics of platelet function as well as on the
mechanisms of atherosclerotic inflammation.
For his achievements in cardiovascular research,
he received $25,000 to be applied toward
future cardiac research in Florida.
The award is granted to the individual within
Florida whose research is thought to have had
the broadest impact on the advancement of
knowledge in the diagnosis and/or treatment
of cardiovascular disease. To be considered for
the award, the researcher must be nominated
by a colleague, conduct research within and be
a resident of Florida, be active in the arena of
clinical and/or basic science and have reported
the results at scientific meetings or in peer-

with differing abilities to metastasize.
"Proteomics also involves the definition and analysis
of the many protein-protein interactions responsible for
biological processes that are regulated by multiple
proteins," Goodison said. "Once we better understand
the physiological role of these processes, we can better
understand the pathological changes that breast cells
and tissues undergo during cancer progression."
The new grant extends Goodison's ongoing studies on
breast cancer, funded by the National Institutes of
Health, which aim to identify the genetic characteristics
ofmetastatic breast tumors. To establish an experimental
framework for the study of molecular mechanisms
involved in metastasis, Goodison's laboratory has
developed a system in which the role of genes involved
in the disease process can be screened and tested. The
team has isolated pairs of breast tumor cell lines that are
derived from a single breast tumor source, but only one
of which is capable of spreading from the breast to other
organs of the body.
The molecular and cell biology aspects of the study

reviewed publications.
The award is given in conjunction with the
Florida Heart Research Foundation, an FHRI
subsidiary, to promote Florida's Stop Heart
Disease license plate. Proceeds from the sale
of the specialty license plate are used for heart
disease research, education and prevention
programs throughout the state.

M.D., an assistant
professor of emergency
medicine in the College
of Medicine-Jacksonville,
was named an alternate
delegate to the American
Medical Association at
the recent Florida Medical
Association's annual Booth
meeting in Orlando.
"Dr. Booth completed a residency and
government affairs fellowship with us and
is now working her way through organized
medicine with impressive results," said David
J. Vukich, M.D., a professor and chairman
of emergency medicine in the College of
Medicine-Jacksonville and senior vice president
for medical affairs at Shands Jacksonville.
"AMA alternates and regular delegates
have essentially the same responsibilities in
representing Florida to the AMA," he said.
"These are prestigious and demanding positions

will be conducted in Jacksonville, and the project will
also involve collaborators at the University of Michigan
and UF colleagues in Gainesville in the department of
pathologyand in the core facilities ofthelnterdisciplinary
Center for Biotechnology Research.

not often given to young physicians."
The FMA represents more than 16,000
physicians on issues of legislation and
regulatory affairs, medical economics, public
health, education and ethical and legal issues.

M.D., a professor and
assistant chairman of
pediatrics at the College
of Medicine-Jacksonville,
was recently recognized by
the Health Resources and
Services Administration of
the U.S. Department of
Health & Human Services Rathore
for his exceptional contributions to caring for
medically underserved Americans living with
Rathore, who also serves as division chief for
pediatric infectious diseases and immunology
in Jacksonville and director of UF's Rainbow
Center, is one of seven awardees nationwide
who represent organizations funded under the
Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources
Emergency Act. He received the Rebecca
Denison Award for Family Care Services for his
commitment to research, providing high-quality
HIV primary health care and being a champion
of coordinated, comprehensive and family
focused care to ensure better health outcomes
for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Jacksonville employees recognized at annual

awards celebration

By Patricia Bates McGhee

n July 12, the University of Florida honored
Jacksonville employees who, through their ded-

ication and long-term commitment, have made

significant contributions to the organization, patients and

other employees.

Robert C. Nuss, M.D., associate vice president for health affairs and College of
Medicine senior associate dean, thanked the employees for their loyalty and
hard work.
"Our continuing growth and prominence in the market place is a direct result
of the individual and collective efforts of our employees," he said. "Your work
service has contributed significantly to the success of the University of Florida,
UF Jacksonville Healthcare Inc. and UF Jacksonville Physicians Inc."
Twenty-two employees named Star Employee of the Month throughout the
past year were recognized: Sabrina Ballard, Sheila Bobek, Bridget Britt, Kelly
Britt, Kristy Champion, Bonita Drayton, Queenie Escudero, Sarah Gladden,
Robbie Green, Cheran Henry, Farida Husein, Pam Ivey, Patricia Kendrick,
Margie Masters, Jessica Pafford, Maryann Palmeter, Adrian Peters, Stacey
Plummer, Kristi Rowland, Catrina Smith, Paulette Turgeon and Lois Walker.
In addition, 2005-06 was a banner year for service awards, with the following
employees earning commemorative lapel pins or pendants:

Photos By Nelson Keefer

Nancy Frashuer, Executive
Administration, 25 years

Jeanne Amante
David Bagley
Donneth Balom
Dawn Barata
Nancy Barry
Shaunna Batten
Robin Beattie
Jonnetta Benedict
Krystal Bennett
Tina Bottini
Jean Bowles
Sonya Bradshaw Jackson
Joy Broom
Antoinette Brown
Elizabeth Brown
Tanya Capehart
Felicia Cohen
Sheryl Coleman
Deborah Coleman
Elizabeth Cook
Stephanie Cox
Tracy Craig-Jaggers
Lisa Crews
Laura Cubbedge
Darlene Davis
Richard Davis
Jennifer Diana
Michael Diana
Joy Dorman
Leah Durant
Benedict Ebuen
Dzenan Elkaz
Ruby Ethridge
Paula Everett
Luis Feliciano
Robin Ferguson
Rodney Fils
Wendy Fox
Jeanine Freeman
Juana Gifford
Cynthia Gist
Mario Gomillion
Alisa Grant
Jeffrey Green
Gail Gullison
Tracy Hancock
Lisa Hariegel
Sandra Harper
Cynthia Harris
Josalyn Harris
Kay Haynes
Kelly Heatwole
Judi Hensley
Glenda Herndon
Laurel Herron
Troy Hesters
Elizabeth Jeffers
Rebel Jones
Patricia Kendrick
Shelia Kennedy
Gwendolyn Kibler
Sheryl Knight

Susan Lamb
Adrian Lane
Ronda Mackie
Deann Maginnis
Melinda Mann
Angela Mardany
Kristina Marrero
Taramarie McCormack
Brenda McCoy
Kathy Mclntyre
Crystal McLain
Robert Morrill
Kimberly Munday
Falesha Myhand
Wayne Newbern
Deborah Nightingale
Vivian North
Gregorio Orta
Sandra Pearson
Rhonda Poirier
Brenda Powell
Lelta Ragland
Valerie Redmon
Angelique Redmond
Rebecca Reese
Mary Rhoden
Vickie Ryan
Carmen Santillan
Alan Schnoering
Tiffany Seward
Broderick Smith
Stephanie Spann
James Starr
Deanna Stewart
Wendy Suckow
Matthew Thomas
Alethea Thompson
Tracie Thurman
Sondra Tragesser Thompson
Connie Townsend
Beth Tucker
Michelle Tucker
Phoebe Vercoe
Kathleen Watts
Susan Weeks
Mary Jane Wheeler
Suzanne Wheeler
Connie White
Makesha White
Elvisa Whitworth
Diana Williams
Jerline Williams
Sonya Williams
Linda Woll
M. Diane Wood
Heather Wright

Regie Aspillaga
Charles Benda
Lurreta Blackshear

Gail Bradford
Melissa Brown
Sharleene Carter
Wendy Chambers
Laurel Conderman
Tina Giacoma
Evelyn Hendrix
Barbara Jones-Brewer
Texanna Lowe
Saniyyah Mahmoudi
Isabell McClean
Karen McDonald
Dianne Morrison
Daisy Oakley
Barbara Osborne
Julie Ozan
Debra Parker
Annette Quiles
Susan Rayburn
Gladys Rivers
Kristi Rowland
Harri-Jane Seely
Diane Stallings
James Steele
James Thomas Jr.
Edeliza Valdres
Rebecca Wainwright
Linda Williams
Tina Works

Sharonda Aikens
Kim Bartley
Sonya Geis
Rogana Kendrick
Teresa Knowles
Juanita Kohn
Deloris McGee
Linda Quarterman

Loreto Alfaro
Myrtle Herrin
Pamela Ivey
Mary Ogburn

Marcia Patterson
Thomas Walz
Carolyn Williams

Nancy Frashuer
Donna Serrano
Patricia Williams

Nancy Melvin

Nancy Melvin, 30 years

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FAITH A. ME:AKIN, M.L.S., has announced she will retire in
March 2007 after almost 13 years as the HSC Libraries' Director.
Meakin has worked many jobs in several prestigious libraries
during her decades of service: a summer internship at Harvard's
medical library; a postgraduate fellowship at UCLA's Biomedical
Library; 14 years at the medical school at UC-San Diego, first
as a reference librarian and ending as head of Public Services,
with a one-year NLM fellowship at the University of Minnesota
during that time. In 1983, she took a position at the World Health
Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, as Head of Reference and
Readers' Services, where she coordinated the headquarters library and the reference services in the six regional
offices and played a large role in the training program for librarians in developing countries, traveling extensively
during her five years there. After five years as executive director with the Southeastern/Atlantic branch of the
Regional Medical Library Services (now the National Network of Libraries of Medicine), in May 1994 she became
director of the UF Health Science Center Libraries.
During her tenure here, Meakin has been awarded many competitive fellowships in the field of medical
librarianship and has a long career of service and scholarly contributions to the field. In 1997, she received the
prestigious Woods Hole Informatics Fellowship sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. In May 2004
she was awarded fellowship by the Medical Library Association in recognition of her outstanding and sustained
contributions to the field, and was elected to MLA's National Board of Directors the same year.
Meakin's post-retirement plans include traveling with her husband Skip, taking courses at the community
college (especially digital photography), and getting back to gardening (especially her herbs and flowers).
"I have always tried to promote the idea of librarians as integral members of the health-care team," she said.
"My joy has been to contribute to the health and well-being of people as a visible partner for the University
teachers, clinicians and researchers." Ned Davis


has been named to a
two-year term as chair of
the National Institutes of
Health's Skeletal Muscle
and Exercise Physiology
Study Section. Members
of NIH study sections'
review grant applications
for their scientific merit. Byrne, the Virginia
Root Sutherland professor of pediatrics and
director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center,
was selected on the basis of his scientific
achievements and leadership abilities.


professor of pharmacy
health care administration
and assistant dean for
curricular affairs and
accreditation, has been
appointed to a three-year
term as associate editor of Ried
the Journal of the American
Pharmacists Association. JAPhA publishes
peer-reviewed articles linking science with
contemporary pharmacy

Ph.D., an assistant professor
of pharmaceutics, has
been elected to the U.S.
Pharmacopeia Dietary
Supplements Botanicals
Expert Committee. She will Butterweck
help set USP standards for
dietary supplements and herbals over the next
five years.

Ph.D., a professor and
chair of the department
of medicinal chemistry,
has been elected chair of
the American Association
for the Advancement
of Science's Section on
Pharmaceutical Sciences. James
During her three-year term,
James' responsibilities will include proposing
symposia and events related to pharmaceutical
science for the AAAS' annual national meeting;
communicating with the editor of Science, the
association's principal publication, to suggest
leading articles and authors; and suggesting
activities and initiatives for AAAS.

Pharm.D., a
professor and chair
of the department of
pharmacy practice,
has accepted an
appointment to the
editorial staff of the


journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Her responsibilities will include reviewing
scientific articles, commissioning special
reviews for the journal and acting as a primary
advocate for the journal among scientific and
professional colleagues.

LUIVANO, Ph.D., an
associate professor of
medicinal chemistry, has
been elected to the
Council of the American
Peptide Society, a nonprofit
scientific and educational
organization for advancing Haskell-Luevano
and promoting knowledge
of the chemistry and biology of peptides. She
will serve a six-year term.


Ph.D., chairman of the
department of clinical and
health psychology in the
College of Public Health
and Health Professions, has
resigned as department
chairman. After an 11-
month sabbatical, Rozensky Rozensky
will take the position of
associate dean for the college's international
Rozensky will also return to the faculty to
continue teaching and clinical supervision
responsibilities and focus on several research
Rozensky's leadership has been marked by
tremendous growth in research funding since
he accepted the position in 1998. Under his
guidance, department research support has
risen from less than a million dollars a year in
1998 to expenditures of close to $9.5 million
last year alone. In addition, the department
was named the American Psychological
Association's Graduate Students' Department
of the Year in 2001 for its outstanding
commitment to graduate students and excellent
faculty-student relations.


Teaching Scholars

Paul Doering, M.S.P., a distinguished service
professor of pharmacy at the College of
Pharmacy, and James W. Lynch, Jr., M.D.,
a professor of medicine in the College of Doering Lynch
Medicine's division of hematology and oncology, have been accepted into the University of
Florida Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Doering and Lynch, who is also a five-
time Clinical Teacher of the Year Award winner and a two-time Hippocratic Award winner, each
received $5,000. They earn the lifetime title of Distinguished Teaching Scholar and are two of
five members selected to serve for three years on the advisory board of the University Center
for Excellence in Teaching.

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In memorial:

Jay M. Whitworth, M.D., champion for

underserved and abused children

By Patricia Bates McGhee

ay M. Whitworth, M.D., a professor of
pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine -
Jacksonville and a champion for children
who are hurt and helpless, passed away suddenly
while in London in September on business.
Born May 11, 1938, in Pendleton, Ind., Dr.
Whitworth resided in Jacksonville since 1969. He
served for 27 years as director of Florida's first
multidisciplinary child abuse assessment team in
Jacksonville. He developed this concept into the
statewide Child Protection Team system and led
the program until 2004. He trained extensively
within Florida, the United States and
internationally on child abuse issues.
Dr. Whitworth also served on a number of
national child abuse committees and worked with
the American Academy of Pediatrics in helping to
develop the study and treatment of child abuse as
a pediatric subspecialty. He introduced child
abuse prevention to China and lectured in
Colombia, England and Ireland.
Dr. Whitworth was the author of nine textbook

chapters on child abuse and multiple other
publications and co-authored the national
guidelines for the evaluation of child physical and
sexual abuse for the American Medical Association
and the American Academy of Pediatrics. For the
past 10 years he was a national leader in the
development of telemedicine for child abuse
Dr. Whitworth was a graduate of the Indiana
University School of Medicine. He completed his
pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric
nephrology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in
Baltimore. He came to Jacksonville and was
initially in private practice, but then joined the
University of Florida-Jacksonville as chief of
pediatric nephrology. In the mid-1970s he
developed an interest in protecting children who
were sexually and physically abused, which became
his professional passion for the rest of his career.
He is survived byhis wife, Aggie, ofJacksonville;
a daughter, Megan, and her husband, Mark
Meisner, of Jacksonville and Gainesville; and a

son, Todd, and his wife, Elvisa Whitworth, of
Gainesville. He was predeceased by his first wife,
Karen Kerr Whitworth. He is also survived by his
nieces, Lisa Hartman and Sarah Morris, and a
beloved dog, Emma.
A memorial service was held Sept. 14 in
Fernandina Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested that donations be made to the J.M.
Whitworth Memorial Fund, 1650 Prudential
Drive, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32207. The
proceeds will be used to help underserved and
abused children.

Dental college awarded oral biology training grant

By Lindy McCollum-Brounley

he College of Dentistry has received a five-year, $3.5 million grant
from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to
continue the college's research training program in oral biology.
The National Research Service Award Institutional Training Grant in
Oral Biology helps support the college's efforts to satisfy the continuing
need for multidisciplinary oral health researchers and addresses the critical
shortage of patient-oriented oral health researchers.
Led by William P. McArthur, Ph.D., a professor of oral biology and
program director, the grant will support training in the latest biological
approaches to study the causes and develop treatments or cures for oral
diseases and conditions.
Shortly after the grant was funded, an additional supplementary training
position from NIDCR was added to train individuals to address the effects
of the interactions of behavior and biology in health and disease.
"The receipt of this award is a recognition of the excellent

interdisciplinary graduate training environment provided by the world-
class scientists and research programs at the College of Dentistry,"
McArthur said. "The NIDCR's financial support for the ongoing research
programs at the University of Florida will result in the training of a
multidisciplinary workforce to meet the future research needs of this
country and will help catalyze interdisciplinary investigations into current
oral health problems."
The program will produce basic biomedical researchers and clinical
scientists and help bridge the gap between basic science and clinical
"Research trainees at all levels provide a source of enthusiasm and
naivete that tends to fuel the enjoyment and excitement in doing research,"
McArthur said. "This award is a very positive addition on multiple fronts
to the academic research efforts in oral biology and related areas at the
University of Florida."

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S IFinding a cure for age-related
4 macular degeneration inspired
longtime university supporter
Charlie Mack Overstreet to donate
$3 million to the College of
o Medicine department of
ophthalmology. Overstreet is one of
the millions of Americans whose
sight is impaired by the condition.
Gathering recently to celebrate the
gift were (from right) Overstreet and
his son Mark (seated); interim
department Chairman Dr. William
Driebe; Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, whose
research the gift will support; former
department Chairman Dr. Melvin
Rubin; and college Dean Dr. C.
Craig Tisher.

UF receives $3 million from Florida rancher for eye research

By Chris Brazda

harlie Mack Overstreet may have trouble seeing straight ahead, but he
wants to make sure he sees a bright future for those who share his struggle
with macular degeneration. The Central Florida property owner and
rancher recently contributed $3 million to efforts being made at UF to find a cure
for the common eye disease.
The C.M. Overstreet Retinal Eye Disease Research Fund was established in
the College of Medicine's department of ophthalmology to support research in
macular degeneration, which affects the macula the central area of the retina
that allows "straight-ahead" vision. Age-related macular degeneration is a
leading cause of vision loss among Americans 60 years of age and older, according
to the National Eye Institute.
Shalesh Kaushal, M.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology and lead AMD
investigator at UF, said the Overstreet gift will enhance their existing programs,
boosting the department to the forefront of research into the treatment of AMD.
"We are grateful to Mr. Overstreet for his gift," he said. "Age-related macular
degeneration is a far-reaching problem. If we could come up with a cure for this
disorder it could potentially help millions of Americans."

Overstreet, whose blurred vision and blind spots prevent him from many daily
activities, including driving and reading, said the disease has cost him his
independence and disables millions of Americans.
"It is amazing to me to think of how many people are basically blind because
of macular degeneration," Overstreet said.
Approximately 1.8 million Americans age 40 and older have advanced AMD,
and another 7.3 million people with intermediate AMD are at substantial risk for
vision loss. The government estimates that by 2020 there will be 2.9 million
people with advanced AMD.
Overstreet's relationship with the College of Medicine goes back several decades.
In 1980, his family funded two chairs in the department of neurosurgery to support
spinal cord regeneration research. But it wasn't until two years ago when he began
being treated by Kaushal for his eye disorder that Overstreet became familiar with
the ophthalmology department's inroads into AMD research.
"Our plan is to develop novel drug therapies based on our understanding of
the cellular pathways affected by the disease," Kaushal said. "Mr. Overstreet's
gift allows us to accelerate the development process."

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