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Michael J. Fox surprises patients at Parkinson’s symposium

April 19, 2011

More than 80 Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers gathered in a Hyatt Tampa Bay conference room gasped when Michael J. Fox made an impromptu appearance at a symposium they were attending. The surprised crowd greeted the Emmy-award winning actor and outspoken advocate for Parkinson’s disease research with a standing ovation. The April 14 symposium was hosted by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) in partnership with the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. Michael J. Fox (center) with Dr. Robert Hauser and the staff of the […]

USF hopes to partner with China in seeking solutions to Alzheimer’s

April 5, 2011

At a signing ceremony April 1, Chinese health officials and leaders of USF Health and its Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute announced their intentions to forge collaborations in Alzheimer’s disease education and clinical research. The ceremony culminated a three-day visit to USF by the six-member Chinese delegation representing the Tianjin Public Health Bureau; the Tianjin Huanhu Hospital Neurological and Neurosurgical Disease Center and its Department of Neurology; and the Tianjin Infectious Disease Hospital. L to R:  USF Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klakso shakes hands with Dr. Changhong Shen, associate director of the Tianjin […]

Managing diabetes at 200 mph

March 24, 2011

USF Diabetes Center hosts Indy race car driver Charlie Kimball at a community event launching a national campaign for insulin delivery options Charlie Kimball doesn’t let Type 1 diabetes stand in the way of pushing his 1,600 pound, 700-horsepower race car to its 200-plus mph limit. Kimball, in town to compete in Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, swung by USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare this Wednesday to launch a national campaign on options for insulin delivery. The campaign is sponsored by Novo Nordisk, which sponsors the number 83 […]

USF sports medicine experts featured at concussion education summit

March 21, 2011

To view and listen to WUSF University Beat segments on the Central Florida Concussion Summit, click here. Concern about sports-related concussions is a major topic in the news today. One new study in the journal Neurosurgery reported that high school athletes who suffer two or more concussions may already experience early symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, including problems with sleep, memory and headaches. To help educate young athletes, their parents and coaches about the current state of concussion evaluation and management, the USF Health Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and […]

Florida ALS Association walk breaks records

March 15, 2011

A beautiful day and a great cause meant for a record-setting turnout this past weekend at the annual Florida ALS Association Walk. More than 1,100 walkers on foot and with the aid of wheelchairs made their way across USF’s sprawling campus in Tampa, a number that “shattered last year’s total of about 300,” said Clifton Gooch, MD, professor and chair of USF Department of Neurology and director of the USF Neuroscience Collaborative. USF opened a clinic last fall dedicated solely to treating patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS – […]

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 […]

WAO President Dr. Lockey: To help asthma patients, focus on comorbidities

December 13, 2010

At the World Allergy Organization’s inaugural International Scientific Conference in Dubai last week, USF Health’s Richard Lockey, MD, emphasized the importance of managing comorbidities like sinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, obesity, sleep apnea, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other conditions that may exacerbate asthma. Dr. Lockey, president of WAO, gave the keynote address that kicked off the Dec 5-8, 2010 conference, Asthma and Comorbid Conditions: Expanding the Practice of Allergy for Optimal Patient Care, attended by researchers, physicians and other healthcare professionals from across the world. “I don’t believe you can […]

Dr. Henry Rodriguez helps lead USF’s pursuit of T1 diabetes cure

December 1, 2010

Dr. Henry Rodriguez, an internationally recognized leader in the field of juvenile, or Type I, diabetes, did his homework before joining the USF Diabetes Center as medical director this summer. He was impressed by the leadership of Dr. Jeffrey Krischer, director of the USF Diabetes Center and the Pediatric Epidemiology Center, who has attracted millions of dollars in National Institutes of Health research funding and made USF a data and technology coordinating hub for nearly every major center worldwide conducting Type I diabetes research. He saw the potential to partner […]

USF Delta Omega public health honor society named Chapter of Year

November 23, 2010

The University of South Florida College of Public Health’s Tau Chapter has received the “Chapter of the Year” Award from Delta Omega, the honorary society for graduate studies in public health. The USF chapter was honored Nov. 8, 2010, during Delta Omega’s Annual Business Meeting at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. The only other chapter recognized by Delta Omega was the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services’ Omega Chapter, which was named Active Chapter of the Year. As “Chapter of the Year,” […]

PT students, faculty help amputee kids enjoy a day at the beach

November 10, 2010

About 30 kids from the Camp No Limits program enjoyed a day at the beach Nov. 6 when faculty and students from the USF School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences (SPTRS) hosted them at Sand Key Park on Clearwater Beach. Jason Kahle (green USF shirt) and Journey help lead a walk on the beach with Camp No Limits participants. Camp No Limits ( is a national non-profit camp that brings together children with limb loss between the ages of 3 and 17, parents and siblings to participate in activities, fellowship […]

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