Art show features family members of WUSM ophthalmologist

An art show starting Nov. 20, 2009 at the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center atrium features two painters who are mother and daughter. The artists, Leona Kremen and her daughter Paula Smith, trained at the Maryland Institute of Art and studied with prominent Baltimore modernist Herman Maril.

Hope Center explores the common threads among neurological disorders

Robert Willson, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, with neurologist Timothy M. Miller, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, at the Center for Advanced Medicine.The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders helps ensure forward motion through groundbreaking research and treatments. Physician-scientists are studying the similarities among neurological disorders to speed the application of basic research to treatment.

St. Louis Movie Premier: Sons of Lwala

Join Milton Ochieng, a medical resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the School of Medicine, and his brother Fred, a medical student at Vanderbilt, at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Tues., Nov. 3, for the St. Louis premier of Sons of Lwala. The documentary film details how the Ochieng brothers built a legacy to their father—the first medical clinic in Lwala, Kenya.

Seasonal flu vaccines still available at WUSM

The 2009 seasonal flu vaccination program for School of Medicine employees has been a tremendous success. Given the high and early participation rate by WUSM faculty and staff, the originally published flu vaccination schedule has been shortened. If you have already received your free flu shot, thank you! If not, please protect yourself, your family, co-workers and patients by taking advantage of remaining vaccination offerings.

Health Happening wellness fair to be held Oct. 28

School of Medicine employees will have a chance to test their fitness and learn about smoking cessation at the Health Happening wellness fair Oct. 28 from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.The fall Health Happening event, “Form, Fitness and Function,” is sponsored by the University’s Wellness Council.

Free, confidential HIV testing at WU’s Infectious Diseases Clinic

The School of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Clinic offers free, confidential HIV testing Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary. Individuals will receive a rapid HIV test using a finger-prick blood sample, with results available 20 minutes after testing. Testing is offered Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 – 3 p.m., and on Friday from 9 – 11 a.m. The clinic is located at 4570 Children’s Place, on the medical school campus.

Applications available for Bear Cub Fund grants

The University’s Bear Cub Fund is soliciting grant applications from University researchers who want to move inventions from their laboratories toward commercialization. The fund supports innovative translational research not normally backed by federal grants. Any WUSTL faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, graduate student or employee may apply.

StoryCorps captures stories from cancer survivors and their children

Cancer survivor Kathy Ferrara and daughter Natalie continue their dialogue after participating in StoryCorps, a national oral history and research project.Cancer is a difficult diagnosis to acknowledge — especially what a parent with can-cer must explain. A StoryCorps project captures the emotional stories of survivors and may help others to say what must be said.

Washington University surgeon is also inventor

Richard Chole, a surgeon and chairman of otolaryngology, is also an inventor whose garage creations include a wristband warning system to prevent wrong-site surgeries and a surgical device that allows less invasive surgery on pituitary tumors.
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