Archive for February, 2011

USF physicians receive Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Medical Hero Awards

February 15, 2011

Two USF Health physicians were among the recipients of the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce’s first annual Medical Hero Awards. Richard F. Lockey, MD, Distinguished University Health Professor and director of Allergy and Immunology at USF and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, won in the Specialist category.  David L. Vesely,  MD, PhD, a professor of medicine and molecular pharmacology and physiology at USF Health and research scientist at USF and the James A. Haley Veterans’  Hospital in Tampa, won in the Researcher category.       USF Health’s Dr. Richard Lockey, left, and Dr. David Vesely […]

USF Nursing adds clinical partner in Sarasota

February 15, 2011

Tampa, FL (February 15, 2011) – The University of South Florida College of Nursing announced today that it will add Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as a new Clinical Collaborative partner. This expansion supports the USF Sarasota/Manatee “Blueprint for Health Professions Education at USF Sarasota/Manatee,” a project funded by the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assess how best to serve the local community’s health professions education needs and lay the groundwork for future academic programming. In summer 2011, a new team of 12 undergraduate nursing students will […]

Futuristic Medical Education Program to be led by Dr. Alan Otsuki

February 11, 2011

J. Alan Otsuki, M.D., MBA, a recognized leader in medical education, has been chosen to help lead the innovative program in medical education jointly created by the University of South Florida (USF) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Dr. Otsuki will be the founding associate dean of educational affairs of the USF College of Medicine at the LVHN Campus and chief of the Division of Education, LVHN. He will also serve as an associate professor of internal medicine at USF Health. He starts his new position March 14, joining USF […]

USF medical students debate future of health care

February 11, 2011

L to R: USF medical student panelists who led the debate were Michael Perrone, MS1; Alicia Billington, MS2; Nick DeVito, MS3; and Matthew Assing, MS4. Does the current admissions system to medical schools ensure the best doctors for the future? What do you do if your patient “friends” you on facebook; what role will social media play in health care in the next few years? What about the advantages and disadvantages of at-home screening tests? These are among the issues that USF medical students — the next generation of doctors […]

Preladenant reduces motor fluctuations in patients with Parkinson’s disease

February 10, 2011

The USF-led study reports the non-dopaminergic drug lessens “off time” in patients receiving standard dopamine therapy Tampa, FL (Feb. 10, 2011) – Preladenant, a non-dopaminergic medication, reduces off time in patients with Parkinson’s disease receiving standard dopamine therapy, an international study led by the University of South Florida found. Results of the double-blind, randomized clinical trial are reported online today in the journal Lancet Neurology. The findings suggest that preladenant may offer a new supplemental treatment for Parkinson’s disease without some of the complications of levodopa and other standard dopamine […]

Naturally-occurring brain chemical may help in understanding Parkinson's disease

February 10, 2011

Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2011) – Targeting the neuroinflammatory causes of Parkinson’s disease with a naturally present brain chemical signal could offer a better understanding of the clinical mechanisms of the disease and open a future therapeutic window, reports a team of researchers from the University of South Florida Department Neurosurgery and Brain Repair and the James A. Haley Veterans’ Administration Hospital, Tampa. Their findings were published online Jan. 25 in the Journal of Neuroinflammation Brain inflammation has been clearly shown in Parkinson’s disease, and the brain’s microglia — small […]

Dr. Alan Otsuki to lead futuristic USF-LVHN medical education program

February 10, 2011

First class to begin fall 2011 at the USF College of Medicine Tampa campus and matriculate to LVHN campus in Allentown, PA, by summer 2013 Tampa, FL (Feb. 10, 2011) – J. Alan Otsuki, M.D., MBA, a recognized leader in medical education, has been chosen to help lead the innovative program in medical education jointly created by the University of South Florida (USF) and Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Dr. Otsuki will be the founding associate dean of educational affairs of the USF College of Medicine at the LVHN Campus […]

College of Medicine awarded grant to foster teaching professionalism

February 9, 2011

The USF College of Medicine, in collaboration with partners at Lehigh Valley Health Network, has been awarded a grant focused on educating for professionalism by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The college’s proposal was one of only five grants to be funded out of 73 proposals evaluated by the groups’ Education and Training to Professionalism Initiative.  Under the grant, USF will receive $25,000 each year for two years. USF and LVHN will match that $50,000 in grant funding, bringing the program’s total […]

USF, UF hope to combat mosquito-borne diseases by joining Florida universities, private industry

February 8, 2011

Project’s long-term goal is to create new drugs for vector-borne diseases and get them to consumers faster, while tapping into economic opportunities If you think tropical diseases like malaria are no cause for concern in the United States, think again. In October a Jacksonville woman contracted malaria, despite not having traveled out of the country in a decade. Cases of dengue fever began appearing among tourists and residents in Key West in 2009 and continue to increase — the first reported dengue outbreaks since 1934. Health officials worry that more […]

USF and Draper collaborate to create advanced devices for testing malaria drugs

February 8, 2011

Gates Foundation awards two grants totaling $5.45 M  for cutting-edge laboratory research Tampa, FL (Feb. 8, 2011) – The University of South Florida received $5.45 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first grant is to create advanced devices that mimic the human liver to better study the life cycle of the malaria parasite – particularly the elusive liver stage where the disease may be most vulnerable to attack. Such human models could help accelerate the discovery of new drugs or even vaccines for Plasmodium vivax and […]

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