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WHSC News Releases for May

May 30, 2003 Atlanta to Athens bike ride to benefit AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center
A group of philanthropically-minded cycling enthusiasts will ride this weekend from Atlanta to Athens and back to raise money for AIDS vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center of Emory University.
May 29, 2003 American College Of Physicians Confers Masters Status On Two Emory University Physicians
Jeffrey P. Koplan, MD, MPH, vice president for academic health affairs at Emory University, and John Stone, MD, professor of medicine emeritus at Emory University School of Medicine, have been designated Masters of the American College of Physicians (MACP). The mastership was conferred on 38 physicians at the ACP annual convocation in San Diego in April.
May 29, 2003 Blue Ridge Woman First in North Georgia To Receive New Drug-Eluting Stent After FDA Approval: Device Called a Breakthrough In Heart Disease Treatment
Antiques dealer Maureen Magoon says she has a lot to be thankful for these days. Although she has heart disease, it was discovered in l999 by her Blairsville physician, Richard Sarrell, MD, and treated in time to prevent a heart attack. And when she was recently found to have another artery partially blocked by atherosclerotic plaque, Mrs. Magoon received a new treatment that is being hailed as a major breakthrough in the treatment of heart disease -- a drug eluting stent just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
May 27, 2003 Emory/Georgia Tech Scientists Find Genetic Link Between Blood Flow Patterns and Cardiovascular Disease
A team of scientists at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has found a genetic link between mechanical changes in blood flow patterns and the development of atherosclerotic plaques. The discovery could help explain how increasing blood flow through physical activity helps prevent atherosclerosis.
May 27, 2003 Emory Psychologist Starts Intensive Reading Program For Four-Year-Olds
Ann Hazzard, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine and clinical psychologist at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital of the Grady Health System, is leading an effort to better prepare children at Hughes Spalding for preschool. The literacy intervention program, known as "Focus On Four," is designed to introduce four-year-old children to letters, sounds and books while also pairing them and their families with volunteers for eight weeks. The program will target 30 families with pre-literacy activities and is scheduled to start in June.
May 23, 2003 Woodruff Health Sciences Center Exhibits Strong Showing In Health Care Heroes Awards Competition
Administrators and faculty from throughout Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center were recognized in five categories of achievement by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in this year’s Health Care Heroes Awards competition. Emory Hospitals CEO John Henry was the winner of the "Lifetime Achievement Award," presented on May 15 at an awards dinner at the Atlanta History Center. Vaccine researcher Harriet Robinson was the "Hero" in the "Health-Care Innovations" category.
May 23, 2003 Emory University School of Medicine Chooses New Chair of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley has announced the appointment of Sarah L. Berga, MD as chair and James Robert McCord Professor of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Dr. Berga comes to Emory from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where she was professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences and director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She had a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.
May 22, 2003 Emory Study Links Depression In Men to Increased Levels of C-Reactive Protein --- A Marker of Heart Disease Risk
Serious depression can cause feelings of heartbreaking sadness. Depression can also, literally, contribute to a damaged heart. In fact, a host of studies have shown that depression is linked to a higher incidence of cardiovascular events and mortality in patients with cardiac disease as well as to a higher incidence of both fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events in individuals initially free of coronary heart disease (CHD).
May 22, 2003 Emory University School of Medicine Names Tristram G. Parslow As Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas J. Lawley, M.D., has named Tristram G. Parslow, MD, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
May 15, 2003 Emory Physician Receives Grant To Provide Care for Women With Poor Pregnancy Outcomes
Neonatologist Alfred W. Brann, Jr., MD, professor of pediatrics with the Emory University School of Medicine working in association with Grady Memorial Hospital, has received a $385,000 grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation to initiate the Interpregnancy Care Project. The project will provide primary and specialized care, as well as social care, during the interpregnancy period (time between birth of a woman's infant and her next conception) to 300 women in Fulton and DeKalb counties who have delivered a very low-birth-weight infant (<3.3 lbs) at Grady Hospital. The project will be implemented by nurse case managers and resource mothers at Grady and at several of the Grady Health System neighborhood health centers.
May 14, 2003 Emory Eye Center Physician Named American Neurological Association's Distinguished Teacher
Emory Eye Center physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman was recently awarded the American Neurological Association's (ANA) Distinguished Teacher Award. The award was established in order to recognize outstanding accomplishments in teaching neurology students. Its purpose is to encourage efforts to recognize and reward contributions by gifted and talented teachers in neurology. She will be recognized at the October 2003 ANA annual meeting in San Francisco.
May 14, 2003 International Research Promotion Council (IRPC) Selects Emory University Investigator as "Eminent Scientist of the Year"
The International Research Promotion Council (IRPC) has selected Emory University pathologist and biochemist J. David Lambeth, MD, PhD, as the Eminent Scientist of the Year in 2003 for his research excellence in enzymology and biochemistry.
May 13, 2003 Early-Life Environments Shape Development of Stress Behaviors and Learning Abilities in Genetically Identical Mice
Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) researchers have demonstrated that genetically identical mice placed in different environments both pre- and post-natally differ dramatically as adults in their stress responses and learning abilities. The finding, reported in the May issue of Nature Neuroscience, suggests that pre- and post-natal maternal environments, when taken together, play a strong role in determining the stress profile and cognitive development of genetically identical mice.
May 12, 2003 Emory Eye Center Nei Study Finds Reduced Daily Eye Patching Effectively Treats Childhood's Most Common Eye Disorder
A study conducted at Emory Eye Center and 35 other clinical sites found that patching the unaffected eye of children with moderate amblyopia for two hours daily works as well as patching the eye for six hours.
May 8, 2003 Emory University Breaks Ground On New Pediatrics Building
A tree-lined entrance boulevard, multilingual concierge service, and environmentally sensitive design -- all are distinguishing features of the new people-friendly Emory Pediatrics Building, housing more than 140 faculty researchers and clinicians.
May 7, 2003 Emory Eye Center To Perform First U.S. Artificial Corneal Transplant With Promising New Device
Doyle Stulting, MD, PhD, corneal specialist at Emory Eye Center, will perform the first artificial corneal transplant in the U.S. this week using a new device developed in Australia by Argus Biomedical. Both Emory Eye Center and the Cincinnati Eye Institute have been chosen as the first U.S. sites to use the new synthetic keratoprosthesis (artificial corneal device).
May 6, 2003 Emory University's Nursing School To Graduate Its First Doctoral Student
Emory University’s nursing school is approaching a historic milestone as this year’s commencement ceremony nears. The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will graduate its first doctoral student on Monday, May 12.
May 5, 2003 Uninformed Caregivers Treat Children With Herbal Therapies and Home Remedies, Emory Study Says
Nearly half of the caregivers surveyed in a large urban hospital reported giving their children herbal products or home remedies, even though they know little about potentially harmful side effects or adverse reactions with other medications, according to an Emory University study that will be published in the May issue of Pediatrics.
May 1, 2003 Emory Co-Hosts Conference on Meningococcal and Pneumococcal Disease
Scientists attending a conference at Emory University in May will explore the latest research and the public health importance of how genetic differences may influence individuals’ susceptibility to two major categories of bacterial infections. The conference, entitled "Evaluating Genetic Susceptibility to Meningococcal and Pneumococcal Disease," will explore the current scientific understanding of the immune response to bacterial infections; specific genes that influence infectious diseases, how genetic susceptibility should be evaluated and investigated, and the ongoing revolution in genomic techniques to detect genetic variations associated with disease outcomes.
May 1, 2003 SARS Presentation at Emory University Features Key Public Health Officials and Scientists from CDC, Emory and Vanderbilt
More than 500 Atlanta-area public health officials, clinicians, university researchers and students packed an Emory University auditorium on Wednesday evening, April 30 for a presentation by many of the key individuals involved in unraveling and controlling the global SARS outbreak. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, and infectious disease experts were joined by public health and medical colleagues from Emory University and Vanderbilt University as they presented their first-hand experiences, the current state of knowledge about SARS, and expectations for the future of the disease.

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