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WHSC News Releases for January

January 31, 2003 Emory Psychologist Chosen To Serve On Women's Resource Center Board of Directors
Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, has been appointed to serve on the Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors. Dr. Kaslow was chosen to serve on the board because of her extensive research and clinical work at Grady Health System related to domestic violence within the African-American community.
January 31, 2003 Dr. Robert Harris Appointed New Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital
Robert M. Harris, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedics and former U.S. Army orthopaedic surgeon, is the new chief of orthopaedic surgery/trauma at Grady Memorial Hospital.
January 30, 2003 Neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás Will Deliver Breinin Lecture at Emory University
Rodolfo R. Llinás, MD, PhD, the neuroscientist who pioneered important concepts of neural circuitry and communication within the brain, will deliver the annual Goodwin and Rose Helen Breinin Lecture in Basic Sciences at Emory University. The lecture will take place Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. in the Whitehead Biomedical Research Building Auditorium, located off Clifton Rd. on the Emory University campus. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
January 28, 2003 Emory University Joins Metro Atlanta in Recognition of Third Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community has reached epidemic proportions – accounting for 38% of the AIDS reported cases in the country, while comprising only 12% of the U.S. population. In Georgia, African-Americans accounted for 61% of the total 21,477 AIDS cases from 1981 to December 1999. The Georgia Office of Minority Health also reports that almost 58% of AIDS cases in metro Atlanta were among African-Americans. It is the number one killer of African-American men and women, ages 25-44, in the U.S.
January 23, 2003 Two Emory Scientists Receive Biotechnology Industry Growth Award for AIDS Drug Research
The Georgia biotechnology industry has bestowed its top honor on two Emory scientists –– Dennis Liotta, PhD and Raymond Schinazi, PhD –– for their contributions to AIDS and cancer research that have been successfully translated into commercial opportunity. The Georgia Biomedical Partnership, a network of research institutions, government, and biotechnology corporations, presented Drs. Liotta and Schinazi the Biomedical Industry Growth Award on January 15.
January 23, 2003 AIDS Vaccine Developed at Emory University and the National Institutes of Health Moves to Clinical Trials
A vaccine aimed against AIDS, developed at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University, the Emory Vaccine Center, and the Laboratory of Viral Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will begin a Phase I clinical trial this week.
January 17, 2003 New Emory Group for Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors to Meet
The newly formed "Love and Courage Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors" organization will hold its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 21, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Helen S. Mills Multipurpose Facility at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE.
January 17, 2003 Emory Clinic Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2003
The year is 1953, and the air is ripe with change. Dwight Eisenhower is beginning his two terms in the White House. Edmund Hillary is preparing to conquer Mount Everest. James Watson and Francis Crick are unravelling the structure of DNA. And in Atlanta, with encouragement from Coca-Cola chairman and benefactor Robert W. Woodruff, Emory University launches a new entity known as The Emory Clinic.
January 16, 2003 Winship Bio-Ethicist Develops Research Guidelines for Terminal-Wean and Brain-Dead Patients
Research into any promising new drug therapy eventually reaches a point where the investigation moves from the laboratory to humans. As medical science reaches new heights, the ethical protocols that guide research on human subjects must keep pace.
January 15, 2003 Emory Vaccine Research Center Study in Nature Identifies Specific Gene Required for Long-term Immunity
In a study in the Jan. 16 issue of Nature, scientists at the Emory Vaccine Research Center show that a gene called SAP is required to generate long-term immunity.
January 15, 2003 Emory Researchers Find Gender Differences in Bypass Recovery: Social Factors Might Hold Key to Women's Elevated Risk
A study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concludes that women have a more difficult recovery compared with men after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) -- and severity of illness, pre-surgery health and other medical factors do not fully explain this gender difference.
January 13, 2003 Innovative Procedures Offer Hope for Patients with Severe Heart Disease
Medication, lifestyle changes and, when necessary, bypass surgery or angioplasty can help many people with heart disease. But for some people with severe cardiovascular disease, these options do not adequately relieve pain or help improve the quality of their lives. In fact, traditional bypass surgery and/or angioplasty may not even be attempted in some people with severe disease because blood vessels are too small or their disease is too widespread.
January 13, 2003 Winship Urologist First to Grow Cancer "Organoid" in Space
Researchers at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute will use the next NASA space shuttle as a "zero gravity" laboratory to learn more about prostate cancer and bone metastasis.
January 9, 2003 Rising Numbers of Patients Seeing Non-Physician Clinicians, Study Finds
In the decade between 1987 and 1997, the proportion of patients in the United States who visited non-physician clinicians rose from 30 percent to 36 percent, says a new study by an Emory University health policy professor and colleagues. This increase in treatment by health care providers such as nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists and optometrists reflected a growing number of patients receiving care from both physicians and non-physicians, rather than an increase in independent treatment by non-physicians, which declined during the study period.
January 8, 2003 Emory Psychologist Puts New Year's into Perspective
It seems to be human nature to begin the new year with good intentions and then to get sidetracked by life itself. Strategies developed by Emory University School of Medicine psychologist, Dr. Nadine Kaslow, have given her a formula for staying on track.
January 8, 2003 Emory Physician Named President and Board Chairman of the National Lipid Association
W. Virgil Brown, MD, Charles Howard professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Lipid Association (NLA). The board is composed of 30 members representing seven regional areas and related organizations. The NLA was organized in 2002 from its regional entity, the Southeast Lipid Association, for which Dr. Brown served as the first president from 1998 to1999.
January 8, 2003 Microculdoscopy: A New Procedure Used at Grady Memorial Hospital To Detect Ectopic Pregnancies
Emory University School of Medicine physicians working at Grady Memorial Hospital are among the first in the country to use a technique called microculdoscopy to diagnose ectopic pregnancies. More than 100 patients a year at Grady have ectopic pregnancies, which pose a disproportionate risk to the lives of African-American women.
January 6, 2003 Emory Study Links Risks of Death from Injury to Socioeconomic Status
Being a blue collar worker such as a trash collector or a maid, rather than a white collar professional such as a teacher or lawyer, doubles a person's odds of dying from violent injury, says a new study that analyzes causes of death and employment categories for more than a quarter-million Americans. And the effect is even stronger for men than it is for women.
January 6, 2003 Emory Physician Uses Botox Injections to Treat Spasticity Following Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury and Brain Injury
Botulinum toxin type A, better known as Botox, has been used for more than a decade to treat patients with conditions caused by overactive muscles. Now, an Emory University physician is using Botox injections to treat spasticity, or spastic paralysis, which often occurs following a stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury. Spasticity is usually caused by damage to the portion of the brain or spinal cord that controls voluntary movement.

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