USF Health In the News – for the week of December 5, 2011

For the week of December 5, 2011 – a snapshot of our colleagues making news across the country and around the world

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USF’s receives biggest gift ever–$20M for College of Medicine–$20m-for-college-of-medicine


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USF to rename medical school after Frank and Carol Morsani donate

St. Petersburg Times
The University Of South Florida plans to rename its medical school today after philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani, whose $20 million donation to construct a new college of medicine is the largest in USF‘s history.


Morsanis give $20 million for new USF medical school

Tampa Tribune

The University of South Florida is receiving $20 million, the biggest single gift in its history, from Tampa philanthropists Frank and Carol Morsani to help build a new medical school bearing the couple’s name.  It “signals what I think is going to become a bonanza of philanthropy for USF Health,” said USF College of Medicine Dean Stephen Klasko.


USF College of Medicine Takes Name of $20 Million Donor


The Morsani College of Medicine will advance the vision that university president Judy Genshaft and USF Health CEO Stephen Klasko have for the school’s medical program specifically and the teaching and practice of medicine in general.


Morsanis to USF Health: $37 million and new moniker

Tampa Bay Business Journal

“We believe it will bring in new companies and new ideas. We hope to have spin-offs,” Klasko said. “It’s exactly what Frank wanted to support. He has built his career around new ideas.”


A historic moment: Morsanis donate $20 million to USF College of Medicine
Frank and Carol Morsani made history when they donated $20 million to the USF Health College of Medicine — the biggest gift to the University of South Florida to date. The money will be used to help build a new educational facility for the college and to start the Stephen K. Klasko Institute for an Optimistic Future for Healthcare.

When Shopping For Holiday Toys, Watch Age Guidelines

While experts say screens won’t necessarily harm a child’s eyes, Blue was right to be concerned about her young son’s love of video games, says Professor Kathleen Armstrong, director of pediatric psychology at the University of South Florida.


Mike Curtis strives for Canton facing new foe

Fox Sports

“I think he went into a tailspin a little bit,” Clay said. By November of last year, the family’s concern had grown strong enough to arrange for a full evaluation of Curtis — made possible by the “88 Plan” — at the University of South Florida’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Medicine.


Angelman Syndrome Community Finds Hope in Local Group’s Gala with Colin Farrell
Darien Patch

A little more than three years ago, researchers at the University Of South Florida successfully restored the missing gene in mice.
“If we can do this in a mouse, there is no reason we can’t do it in humans,” said Edwin Weeber, a leading AS researcher and the gala’s keynote speaker.


Mobile phone radiation may reverse Alzheimer’s: Study
The Times of India

“Frankly, I started this work a few years ago with a hypothesis that the electromagnetic fields from a mobile phone would be deleterious to Alzheimer’s mice,” said lead author Gary Arendash, a professor at the University of Southern Florida.


How to Combat Alcohol Cravings During the Holidays
“It’s considered a high risk situation around the holidays just in general but even more specifically around family members because that’s typically the place where people drink.” says University Of South Florida College of Medicine professor Dr. Ryan Estevez.

After endoscopic lumen restoration, St. Petersburg throat cancer survivor can swallow again
St. Petersburg Times
Dr. Worth Boyce started offering the procedure in 1987. Although he retired from active medical practice in September, his colleague, Dr. David Estores, continues the work at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders at USF.


Researchers find smoking is strongly associated with squamous cell carcinoma among women
Science Codex (Blog)
“Observations from the lung cancer literature may provide possible explanations for why smoking was a higher risk factor for SCC in women,” wrote Rollison and co-authoring colleagues both at Moffitt and across USF’s College of Medicine. “