New York Times Article Predicts Lucrative Future for Health Care Data Industry
On February 19 an article by Julie Creswell "A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry" appeared in the New York Times describing a lucrative future for Digital Health Care Data companies in the wake of recent legislation. The Department of Nuerology's Dr. Vivek Reddy is featured.
Sasa Zivkovic Interviewed on KDKA
Sasa Zivkovic was interviewed by Maria simbra on KDKA and broadcast on 12/31 re veterans with ALS.
SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE ANNOUNCES ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - 10/13/2012
Awards recognize contributions to early promise, career achievement, and the advancement of women
NEW ORLEANS — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) announced the winners of major achievement awards during Neuroscience 2012, SfN’s annual meeting and the world’s largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.
“Achievement awards offer the neuroscience community the opportunity to recognize the promise of early career scientists, the accomplishments of senior researchers, and the important role of mentorship in promoting the professional advancement of women in neuroscience,” said Moses V. Chao, PhD, president of SfN.
Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award: Michael Zigmond, PhD
Established in 2000, the Mika Salpeter Award recognizes individuals with outstanding career achievements in neuroscience who have also actively promoted the professional advancement of women in neuroscience. The award includes a $5,000 prize.
Michael Zigmond, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh. Zigmond’s research using cellular and animal models of Parkinson’s disease has helped to reveal the intricacies of the relationship between stress, exercise, and trophic factors on the survival of dopamine neurons. He is particularly interested in the strategies dopamine neurons use to reduce their vulnerability to intracellular stress. Zigmond earned his PhD in 1968 from the University of Chicago.
Zigmond is also well known for his “Survival Skills and Ethics” workshops and publications, which offer professional skill development and ethical issue training for early career scientists. Through these workshops and extensive mentoring activities, he has encouraged many female scientists who have gone on to lead distinguished careers in neuroscience.
AAN Grassroots Alliance Spotlight: Pennsylvania member standing up against audiologists
Pittsburgh neurologist Partha Thirumala, MD is learning (and showing) that a few phone calls can go a long way.
A bill in the Pennsylvania State Senate (SB 1352), titled the Speech-Language and Hearing Act, would expand the scope of audiology and allow them to perform Intraoperative Monitoring. When the bill started moving forward Dr. Thirumala took the initiative to contact and educate legislators and legislative staff on this broad skill set as well as the dangers that occur if they are performed insufficiently.
Thankfully the PA legislature came to an end without final passage of this legislation. However this bill will most certainly come up again in 2013. Thanks to Dr. Thirumala’s educational and relationship building efforts neurology is in a good position to get our concerns addressed.
WPXI Story on Telemedicine
Dr. Valerie Suski appeared on WPXI news on October 8, 2012. She told about the new technology that allows UPMC doctors in the Department of Neurology to deliver healthcare to patients anywhere. Dr. Lawrence Wechsler, Chairman, Department of Neurology, also spoke on the advantage of this new technology. You can track the story about telemedicine here.
ABEM Congratulates New Diplomat
The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)is pleased to announce that Ahmed M. El-Dokla, MD has successfully passed the 2012 Certification Examination and is now recognized a board-certified physician in electrodiagnostic medicine, which is the medical subspecialty that applies neurophysiologic techniques to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients with impairments of the neurologic, neuromuscular, and/or muscular systems. Dr. El-Dokla finished in the top 10%.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Institute
The Department of Neurology is pleased to announce it is now home to the Pittsburgh Institute for Multiple Sclerosis Care and Research. The core of the center is located in the newly remodeled Department of Neurology on the 8th floor of the Kaufmann Medical Building. The center has been recognized by the National MS Society (NMSS) as a comprehensive care center and works closely with the NMSS and many departments at UPMC and Pitt to collaborate in both care and research of multiple sclerosis and related disorders. The Institute boasts a state-of-the-art infusion center and a staff dedicated to improving the health and function of people with multiple sclerosis.Over 2000 patients currently receive care through this expanding program. The center is involved in multicenter trials of novel agents to control multiple sclerosis and collaborates in research with the UPMC departments of Gastroenterology, Urology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital white matter disorders clinic as well as the University of Pittsburgh department of Human Genetics.
PARKINSON’S ACTION NETWORK AWARDS $12,500
TO UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR AND
RESEARCHER-ADVOCATE, LAURIE SANDERS, PH.D.
GREENAMYRE LAB, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
WASHINGTON, D.C.; AUGUST 8, 2012 – The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) announced today that Laurie Sanders, Ph.D., is the recipient of a Parkinson’s Action Network Postdoctoral Advocacy Prize, supported by Teva Pharmaceuticals. The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) established this prize as part of an effort to recognize members of the scientific community for their advocacy and community outreach work.
Sanders serves as a leader in PAN’s grassroots advocacy program and reaches out to her Senators and Representative about issues important to the Parkinson’s community. She has spoken to local Pittsburgh-area support group meetings and regularly does community outreach to help educate the general public about Parkinson’s disease and the need for federal research funding. Not only does she incorporate her advocacy experiences in the courses she teaches, she also works within the university to encourage other postdoctoral researchers to make advocacy and public outreach an integral component of their work.
PAN believes Sanders is helping pioneer a whole new level of advocacy and engagement on behalf of the Parkinson’s community.
“This prize is not about rewarding promising research, but rather, commending scientific researchers for the important role they play in the fight for federal funding and policy support for the 500,000 to 1.5 million Americans living with Parkinson’s disease,” said Parkinson’s Action Network CEO Amy Comstock Rick. “In our advocacy work here in Washington, D.C., we’ve learned that researchers working in the lab and with patients bring a unique perspective and powerful voice to discussions with policymakers. We hope this prize encourages more researchers like Laurie to participate in advocacy and community outreach efforts because, almost more than anyone else, they understand the critical role of NIH and other federal funding at their universities and institutions,” Rick added.
"PAN brings the scientific community and patients together so that both sides have a better understanding of one another -- and for many researchers, doing advocacy and outreach work is the first time they actually meet people with the disease they're researching," said Kevin Wilson, Director of Public Policy for the American Society for Cell Biology. "This prize is the most significant single effort I've ever seen in breaking down the silos and encouraging the scientific community to work with patient groups to educate around why research funding is so important," Wilson added.
The Parkinson’s Action Network Postdoctoral Advocacy Prize will be presented at PAN’s annual Morris K. Udall Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on October 3, 2012.
About the Parkinson’s Action Network
The Parkinson’s Action Network is the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and its powerful grassroots network, PAN educates the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. For more information about PAN, go to parkinsonsaction.org.
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Zigmond Featured in Neurology Today
Michael Zigmond, PhD, Professor of Neurology, has studied the protective effects that exercise might provide against Parkinson’s disease as well as other means of neuroprotection. A new article in Neurology Today focuses on animal models of exercise and its possible neuroprotective benefit for patients with PD. The entire article can be accessed here. (6/2012)
Massaro wins Excellence Award
Lori Massaro, CRNP, Clinical Supervisor of the UPMC Stroke Institute, has received the American Heart Association’s Great Rivers Affiliate Award of Excellence, the highest award given within the Great Rivers Affiliate. It honors an individual for exceptional and outstanding contributions to the advancement of the AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in Delaware, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The award, officially called the Lynn Smaha Award of Excellence, was named in honor of a passionate and pioneering physician and AHA volunteer who died in 2006. Lori received her recognition on June 14th (6/2012).
McAlister wins Mientus Award
Jennifer McAlister, Patient Service Coordinator for the Department of Neurology, has been selected as a 2012 winner of the “Robert Mientus Award for Staff Excellence in Service to the UPMC Physician Services Division,” the highest award the PSD grants for service to the Physician Services Division. The award is named for a much respected senior human resources director who died unexpectedly and whose example is the inspiration for the award. Jennifer and two other award recipients will be honored at the Employee Recognition Luncheon on June 13 at the University Club. Her name will also be added to a permanent plaque in the Physician Services Division's corporate offices honoring previous recipients. (4/2012)
Zigmond Interviewed for Washington Post Article
Michael Zigmond, PhD, Professor of Neurology was recently interviewed for an article in the Washington Post about the emerging evidence of the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease. Read the whole article here. (1/2012)
PIND Designated as United Way Agency
The Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND) has been designated a United Way agency for donations. The mission of the PIND is to transform cutting-edge science into novel therapies and diagnostics that directly benefit individuals affected by neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS and other movement disorders. Please consider giving a gift to PIND through the United Way or making a donation in memory of or in honor of someone who has been touched by these terrible diseases. For your convenience, you can now make your gift online by visiting: www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org. Once registered, you can select Agency #10536316 for donations to go to PIND research. If you prefer, you can write a check to PIND by clicking here for information. Thank you for your support.
Zigmond to Co-Direct New Pitt Center
Michael Zigmond, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences will co-direct the newly formed Center for Health Equity of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with Dr. Angela Ford of the GSPH. The new undertaking aims to understand and reduce health disparities in underserved populations, particularly those in western Pennsylvania. Read the whole article here. (1/2012)
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