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October 4, 2013

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Message from Paul Ramsey

Paul G. Ramsey

School of Medicine begins process of designing a new curriculum

Dear Colleagues:

Our medical school curriculum renewal process is beginning the important phase of mapping and design of the new curriculum. This work will move us closer to the goal of implementing a new curriculum for our medical students in fall 2015. Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs, and I charged three short-term task forces for the phase that begins this month. We have asked for recommendations from the task forces for presentation to the Medical School Executive Committee in February 2014.

The current phase follows a comprehensive, multi-year preparation process that has involved hundreds of individuals throughout UW Medicine on committees and in discussions. Read more about the process in the article, Curriculum renewal enters new phase after extensive preparation, in the Education and Training section below. 

In the current phase, Tom Montine, chair of pathology, and Robert Steiner, professor of physiology & biophysics and obstetrics & gynecology, will co-chair the Foundations Design Task Force to establish integrated courses for the shortened scientific foundations phase of the curriculum.  

Richard Veith, chair of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, and Mark Whipple, associate professor of otolaryngology, will co-chair the Patient Care Design Task Force that will develop recommendations for a new model for clerkships and for an expanded longitudinal integrated clerkship experience. 

Norm Beauchamp, chair of radiology, and Conrad Liles, associate chair and professor of medicine, will co-chair the Immersion, Transitions and Scholarship Design Task Force that will develop the structure and plans for intersessions, transitions to clerkships and residency experiences, and a meaningful scientific scholarship experience. 

In keeping with an increased focus on integration, the three task forces will share their discussions with one another and in some cases, collaborate on development of recommendations.

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Once this phase is completed and recommendations are reviewed and approved, committees will be convened for specific content development for the courses, clerkships, intersessions and other experiences developed in the current phase. This work is designed to support implementation of the new curriculum in fall 2015.

I am very pleased with the high level of care devoted to this multi-stage curriculum renewal. I greatly appreciate Ellen Cosgrove’s leadership in moving the process forward and ensuring that the committees at each stage include representation from diverse areas across the medical school.  Every committee has included basic and clinical sciences, faculty from throughout the WWAMI region, and students. Collaboration throughout this process has been outstanding. 

Thank you to the many members of our community who have participated in this process that prepares our medical school to develop, refine and  continuously improve the best possible curriculum for our medical students. Thank you as well to the members of the new task forces for agreeing to assume a vitally important role. I look forward to hearing about the discussions and recommendations that result.

Sincerely,

PGRamsey Signature2

 

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and
Dean of the School of Medicine,
University of Washington

  


 

Research  

Three UW professors honored by NIH for innovative biomedical research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded nearly 80 grants to scientists working in biomedical research as part of this year’s High Risk-High Reward program. Three University of Washington faculty members are among those honored with a grant.

The High Risk-High Reward program encourages scientists to pursue creative and innovative ideas to address the major challenges in the fields of  biomedical and behavioral research. Total funding for the awards is about $123 million and comes from the NIH Common Fund, and a number of institutes and centers.

The 2013 UW recipients:

Houra Merrikh
Houra Merrikh

Houra Merrikh, assistant professor of microbiology, studies how head-on collisions between DNA-code reading machineries accelerate evolution. Her work on harmless bacteria shows that they appear to speed up their evolution by positioning genes along the route of expected traffic jams in DNA-encoding.

Jay Shendure
Jay Shendure

Jay Shendure, associate professor of genome sciences, and his laboratory have created rapid, cost-effective methods to study subtle differences in DNA codes among people. His group is interested in how these genetic variations might affect susceptibility or resistance to disease, or response to treatment.

Ying Zheng
Zheng Ying

Ying Zheng, assistant professor of bioengineering, works on creating new organ-specific microenvironments for both regenerative medicine and therapeutic development. Zheng and her group are developing 3-D systems in vitro that display the complex architecture of bone marrow and function to generate blood cells. These systems could allow for the preclinical testing for therapies to increase blood cell counts in diseases where they are low.

Read more in UW Today.

 

UW Medicine faculty receive Life Sciences Discovery Fund grants

David Baker
David Baker

The Life Sciences Discovery Fund has announced that two UW faculty members have been selected to receive Proof of Concept funding to accelerate the translation of promising health-related technologies from concept to commercialization, and an opportunity grant for research and development. LSDF awarded a total of $1.25 million in proof of concept grant funding and $2.4 million in opportunity grant funding.

David Baker, professor of biochemistry, has been selected to receive a $1.4 Opportunity Grant to launch the Institute for Protein Design. The institute will translate protein design discoveries and projects into commercial products. The second Opportunity Grant of $1 million was awarded to Michael Jensen, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute, to conduct studies of a T cell therapy that is in clinical trials for cancer to identify characteristics of the T cells and the tumors that correlate with treatment effectiveness. The LSDF grants will be used to leverage other sources of funding as described in their proposals.

“These Opportunity Grants, to two of our state’s top research institutions, will help Washington maintain its leadership position in cancer research and treatment and capitalize on the outputs of some of our most innovative and productive investigators,” said LSDF Board Chair Carol Dahl.

Deok-Ho Kim
Deok-Ho Kim

Deok-Ho Kim, assistant professor of bioengineering, was selected to receive a $250,000 Proof of Concept Grant to create an assay for drug developers to use to identify therapies that are potentially harmful to the heart, before those therapies are used in humans. The five Proof of Concept grants will advance products to improve the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, brain cancer, and tooth decay. Funding will also support technology to increase biomedical research productivity and enable development of safer drugs.

The LSDF Board of Trustees made the final award selections following review of proposals for scientific and technical merit, potential impact on health and health care in Washington, and future economic and commercial returns to the state.

LSDF, a Washington state agency established in May 2005, makes grant investments in innovative life sciences research and development to benefit Washington and its citizens.

For more details, visit the LSDF website, email programs@lsdfa.org, or call 206-456-9577.

Initial positive results reported on vaccine to treat genital herpes

Anna Wald
Anna Wald

Initial positive results have been reported for a therapeutic vaccine candidate for treating patients with genital herpes. This first-in-class, investigational, protein subunit vaccine, GEN-003, is under development by Genocea Biosciences Inc.

Anna Wald, UW professor of medicine and laboratory medicine in the School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, is among those leading clinical studies of GEN-003. The trials are also taking place at six other centers in the United States.

One of several components of the vaccine was designed in the lab of David Koelle, UW professor of medicine in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Genocea, located near Boston, is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops T cell vaccines to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

T cells, a type of white blood cell, generate immune responses to pathogens and are important in controlling infections. T cell vaccine research is trying to find safe, effective ways to spur this protective reaction.

Wald and her team presented the initial findings of the first-in-human clinical trial of the novel GEN- 003 T cell vaccine Sept. 12 at a session of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobials Agents and Chemotherapy in Denver.

The team reported results from the Phase 1/2A clinical study. The ongoing Phase 1/2A clinical trial of GEN-0300 is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose escalation study to evaluate safety and measure the immune response generated by the candidate vaccine. The study enrolled 143 volunteers with moderate-to-severe recurrent genital herpes.

Genocea plans to move into Phase 2 of this trial in 2014 to further evaluate GEN 003’s safety and effectiveness in a larger group of patients.

To learn more about the study, visit the UW Virology Research Clinic site.

Read more in UW Today.

 


 

Clinical Care 

UW Medicine helps first patients sign up for Health Benefit Exchange

Washington state has set up the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange and Expanded Medicaid website to help consumers find a health plan that is right for them. 

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange began Oct. 1, which also marked the day UW Medicine launched its enrollment assistance plan to help patients enroll in either newly expanded Medicaid, called Apple Health or in one of the plans through the Exchange.

The Exchange is part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law March 23, 2010, by President Obama. Under the new law, many previously uninsured people now quality for health insurance. Medicaid has also expanded to accommodate more people. Coverage will begin Jan. 1 nationwide.

UW Medicine created a plan for guiding patients at Harborview Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, Northwest Hospital, and Valley Medical Center in signing up for health insurance. Financial counselors, social workers and other staff at each hospital are trained to help patients from all backgrounds learn what coverage they’re eligible for, work through the registration, and choose the plan that is best for them.

Read more in UW Today.

A roadmap for healthcare reform: eHealth and Pay-for-Performance

eHealth Roadmap
eHealth Roadmap

UW Medicine has many information technology projects underway in our hospitals and clinics that are changing workflows and improving how we capture, report and exchange electronic health data. If your work is impacted by these changes, you may wonder why so many projects are happening at the same time and how they will improve patient care.

The country’s patchwork legislative approach to healthcare reform is one factor in the large number of current projects. Despite all of the political and media focus on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, this legislation is not the only driver of healthcare change. Since the 1990s, the U.S. Congress and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have implemented many federal programs in support of better care and payment reform, including the use of electronic health records.

These programs also represent various approaches to lower the cost of healthcare. While the U.S. healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, the U.S. ranks well below most developed countries in important outcomes such as life-expectancy and infant mortality. As a result, public and private payers are supporting changes to reward healthcare providers for delivering better care instead of more care through a pay-for-performance rather than a fee-for-service model.

CMS recently launched a new initiative to demonstrate how electronic health technology and pay-for- performance programs will lead to a common destination. By following the eHealth roadmap (pictured and described below), U.S. healthcare organizations will achieve the three National Quality Strategy goals for healthcare reform, or the Triple Aim: 1) improve quality of care, 2) improve health outcomes, and 3) reduce costs without compromising quality.

Read more about the implementation of Meaningful Use, Pay-for-Performance and other IT projects that will help UW Medicine achieve the goals of the Triple Aim.

American Cancer Society honors UW Medicine

Paul Ramsey accepts the American Cancer Society's Stay Well Award.
PGR Leadership Award

Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine, executive vice president for medical affairs, and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Washington, accepted the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Stay Well Award, and UW Medicine was named one of the 2013 CEO Gold Standard Companies at the 9th ceremony at the UW’s Kane Hall, Sept. 12.

The event celebrates and recognizes local researchers, donors, volunteers and community partners who have shown a commitment to eliminating cancer as a major health issue in Puget Sound.

UW Medicine, led by Ramsey, was recognized for its dedication to reducing the risk of cancer, detecting it at its earliest possible stage, and ensuring that every employee has access to high-quality treatment after a diagnosis has been made.

Through the efforts of its leadership, UW Medicine has established and enforced tobacco-free worksite polices; sustained a culture that supports healthy food choices by providing access to nutrition and weight control programs; promotes physical activity; and promotes appropriate cancer-screening behaviors.

For these efforts, the Society also honored UW Medicine as one of the 2013 CEO Gold Standard Companies that are recognized for their continual progress toward the elimination of cancer as a disease and public health problem.

USA Football names Stanley Herring and Jonathan Drezner to new Medical Advisory Committee

Two UW Medicine faculty members have been named to USA Football’s newly established Medical Advisory Committee. Stanley Herring, clinical professor of rehabilitation medicine, orthopedics and sports medicine and director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health at the UW, has been named chair of the new 10-member committee, which also includes Jonathan Drezner, professor of family medicine and director of the Sports Cardiology Program at the UW.

USA Football, based in Indianapolis, has spearheaded a national plan to make football safer for youth players. The Medical Advisory Committee will guide the continued development of USA Football’s education resources and player safety initiatives. The committee will examine player safety, injury prevention and health issues related to football. It will collaborate with other USA Football committees, national governing bodies and medical organizations to determine best practices and recommendations for safer play.

Herring and Drezner join a diverse group of medical experts with backgrounds and expertise, including orthopedics, sports medicine, neurological injury, rehabilitation medicine, athletic training, sports cardiology, hydration and environmental issues and exercise science.

“The health and safety of every young football player is our No. 1 priority,” Herring said. “Rooted in medical research, USA Football programs are raising standards in how coaches are prepared to teach and how player safety is addressed by coaches, players and parents.”

Herring is a team physician for the Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks. Herring specializes in the diagnosis and management of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries, including spinal disorders and sports-related concussions. He is credited as being the leading medical progenitor of Washington’s Lystedt Law, which has served as the standard for return-to-play policies across the U.S.

Drezner,a family medicine physician, holds a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. He is the associate director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the UW and past-president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Drezner is a team physician for the UW Huskies and the Seattle Seahawks.

Read more on the USA Football website.

 


 

Education and Training 

Curriculum renewal enters new phase after extensive preparation

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The UW School of Medicine curriculum renewal for the medical student program began a new phase in September.  Three new task forces have been charged to move the curriculum development forward. The task forces—the Foundations Task Force, the Patient Care Design Task Force, and the Immersion, Transitions and Scholarship Design Task Force—are charged with making recommendations concerning the design of the new curriculum, including timing, order and structure. 

Tom Montine, chair of pathology, and Robert Steiner, professor of physiology & biophysics and obstetrics & gynecology, will co-chair the Foundations Design Task Force to define integrated courses for the shortened scientific foundations phase. Richard Veith, chair of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, and Mark Whipple, associate professor of otolaryngology, will co-chair the Patient Care Design Task Force charged with developing recommendations for a new clerkship model and for an expanded longitudinal integrated clerkship experience that up to half of each class will undertake.  Norm Beauchamp, chair of radiology, and Conrad Liles, associate chair and professor of medicine, will co-chair the Immersion, Transitions and Scholarship Design Task Force to develop the intersessions, transitions to clerkships and residency experiences, and a scientific scholarship experience. 

This new stage follows a comprehensive multi-year process:  a curriculum pre-review in 2010-11 that assessed our existing curriculum and curricular changes occurring nationally; a visioning process in 2012 that developed principles for a renewed curriculum; and the first stage of development of a new curricular structure through the work of 14 committees involving over 300 members of the UW Medicine community.  Robert Steiner and Mark Whipple co-chaired the steering committee for the last phase and will again co-chair the steering committee for the current phase. 

Recommendations for the pre-clinical phase resulting from this intensive multi-step process  include: overall greater integration and more active learning opportunities; a shortened scientific foundations curriculum;  a 2-4 week immersion experience at the entry to medical school; meaningful integration of early clinical care experience and service learning opportunities beginning at the start of medical school; transition periods (intersessions) between blocked courses;  and a standardized curriculum across the WWAMI region. 

Recommendations for students’ clinical phase include:  starting the patient care phase in early spring of students’ second academic year; clinical experiences in a combination of primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary care settings, both in and outside Seattle; participation by up to half of each class in a longitudinal integrated clerkship, offered in both rural and urban settings; revisiting basic science concepts in the integrated medical science curriculum at deepening levels; and transition periods (intersessions) between groups of clerkships. 

Recommendations were also made for an exploration and focus phase that gives students greater flexibility in achieving their goals, pursuit of in-depth scholarship, and a transition to residency that is tailored to students’ individual needs. 

The new curriculum is expected to begin in September 2015.

For more information, contact the task force chairs, Ellen Cosgrove, vice dean for academic affairs, at ellencos@uw.edu, Michael Ryan, associate dean for curriculum, at mjryan@uw.edu, or visit the curriculum renewal website.

15 UW faculty members named to state Academy of Sciences

The Washington State Academy of Sciences has added 25 new members to its ranks, and 15 of the new members are from the University of Washington.

The academy provides expert scientific and engineering analysis for policy makers, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the state. The new members, elected based on their achievements, were inducted during the academy’s sixth-annual meeting in Seattle and bring the academy’s total membership to 206.

Two UW faculty members—Thomas Fleming, professor of biostatistics, and Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology and global health, were elected based on their earlier selection to the national Institute of Medicine.

For a complete list of inductees, visit the Washington State Academy of Sciences web site or read more in UW Today.

Hogness Symposium, Slim by Design: Scientific Approaches to Eating, Oct. 14

Brian Wansink
Brian Wansink

Brian Wansink, the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing at Cornell University, has spent much of his life thinking about food and wondering about Americans’ relationship to it.

“I grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. Like a lot of people in the Midwest, I spent a lot of my early years around food. I spent my summers walking the bean fields, selling vegetables, and later delivering pizza,” Wansink said in a phone interview. “I always found it puzzling that so much of the world has a very different view towards food than we Americans do.  In most of our environment, food is incredibly affordable, incredibly attractive—incredibly available.”

A keen observer of human behavior, Wansink’s early curiosity led him to study behavior that affects food choices.

Wansink will give the 21st John R. Hogness Symposium on HealthCare, entitled Slim by Design: Scientific Approaches to Eating, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Hogness Auditorium, Health Sciences Center, Monday, Oct. 14.  Wansink is director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and a pioneer of the Small Plate Movement. He holds a doctoral degree in consumer behavior from Stanford University, founded the Food and Brand Lab at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1997 and moved the lab to the Department of Applied Economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.,  in 2005. From 2007 to 2009, he was executive director of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the federal agency that developed the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and promoted the Food Guide Pyramid.

Best known for his work on consumer behavior and food, and for popularizing such terms as “mindless eating,” Wansink studies how microenvironments influence what and how much people eat and how much they enjoy it.

“We study the ways the cues in our environment lead us to eat too much and too much of the wrong food. There are powerful, very small changes that can help us to mindlessly eat less than mindlessly overeat.”

Wansink believes the solution to changing eating behaviors is not through traditional education, but by changing our food environments.

“We all know that eating an apple is better for you than eating a cookie. But, what do most of us want 70 percent of the time? It is certainly not the apple.  What can we do to nudge ourselves to eat better?

“There are five places in our food environment where we virtually purchase and eat all of our food. Those places are our homes, workplaces, schools, grocery stores and restaurants.  If each of us made a couple of personal changes in those areas and encouraged those places to make one or two changes to help us, our lives and those of most of our neighbors would be better.”

To illustrate how small environmental changes can make a difference in food consumption, Wansink cited some research findings from his lab.

“For example, portion size. The better determinant of how much we are going to eat today than yesterday, is what size of a plate we’re going to serve our dinner on. If we serve off of a 10-inch plate rather than a 12-inch plate, we will serve ourselves 22 percent less food,” Wansink said. “Our research finds that if a person eats off of a 10-inch plate instead of a 12-inch and is then asked if they’re still hungry, they will say, ‘No, I ate a full plate of food.’

“The biggest determinant of whether you are going to go for seconds is whether the serving bowl is on the table or six or more feet away from you. The average person eats 19 percent less food when the food is six or more feet away. “

Wansink said changing the way Americans eat will take a collective effort of individuals, the food industry and governments working together to change the environments in which Americans purchase and consume their food.

Wanskink is the best-selling author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think (Bantam Dell, 2006). He writes Chew on This, a column on food behavior, for MSNBC, and Food Think with Wansink, a column on nutrition for Prevention.com. His latest book, Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, will be published by William Morrow in March 2014.

 


  

WWAMI Regional News  

Western Washington WWAMI celebrates one-year anniversary

Michelle Pelt
Pelt M.

The Western Washington WWAMI office opened in July 2012. Over the past year, Ki Shin, Western Washington assistant clinical dean, has established five new third-year and one fourth-year medical student clerkships. A clerkship in psychiatry has been established in Olympia. George Chappell, medical director of psychiatry and chemical dependence at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, is the clerkship director.

Rob Epstein, a family medicine physician in Port Angeles, is the clerkship director for the new family medicine clerkship in Port Angeles. Epstein has been involved in the WWAMI Rural Integrated Training Experience (WRITE) and Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) programs in Port Angeles for several years.

An internal medicine clerkship has started in Port Townsend, under the supervision of clerkship director Gemma O'Keefe and her colleagues, at Jefferson Healthcare Internal Medicine.

A fourth-year medical student neurology clerkship started in Tacoma. Lissa Brod of Franciscan Neurology is the clerkship director.

In 2014-2015, pediatrics clerkships in Olympia and Centralia will host third-year medical students. Rebecca Jennings, of Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, and Lilly Lo, of Northwest Pediatric Center in Centralia, will co-direct the clerkship sites. Obstetrics and gynecology is opening a clerkship in Bellingham, directed by Chad Thomas of PeaceHealth OB.

The Western Washington WWAMI office which has been located on the UW campus since July 2012 will relocate to Montesano, Wash., in October.

Western Washington WWAMI has also seen support staff changes in recent weeks. Michelle Pelt has replaced Todd Carey as program operations administrator for Western Washington WWAMI. Prior to joining the Western Washington WWAMI office, Pelt managed separate internal medicine physician practices in Grays Harbor County. She can be reached at 360.249.4111 or peltm@uw.edu.

 


 

Upcoming Events

The following events may be of interest to the UW Medicine community:    

Free Influenza Immunizations for UW Medicine Staff and Faculty, Oct. 7 - Nov. 8

UW Medicine Employee Health Centers are offering influenza vaccine free of charge to healthcare workers beginning Oct. 7. UW Medicine employees and volunteers may contact any UW Medicine Employee Health Center or contact emhealth@uw.edu or 206.598.4848 for more information. For a summary of recommendations for the 2013-2014 influenza vaccine, visit the Centers for Disease Control website

27th Annual Hans Neurath Lecture: Save the Date, Oct. 10

Lewis C. Cantley, the Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor and Director of the Weill Cornell Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College will give the annual lecture at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, Health Sciences Building, T-625. The lecture is sponsored by the UW Department of Biochemistry. Contact Tonya Skuse at 206.221.7975 or skuse@uw.edu for more information.

21st John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care, Oct. 14

Slim by Design: Scientific Approaches to Eating, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14, Health Sciences Center, Hogness Auditorium, A-420. Brian Wansink, pioneer of the Small Plate Movement, will present research conducted at the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University and share his scientific approach to confronting obesity. Wansink is the John S. Dyson Professor of Marketing at Cornell University, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and co-founder of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement. A reception follows in the Health Sciences Lobby. For more information, call 206.543.3620.

2013 Allan S. Hoffman Lecture, Oct. 14

Hydrogels, Intelligence and Therapeutic Systems: Is There a Future?, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct.  14, South Foege Bldg.,  William H. Foege Auditorium, S-060, UW campus. Nicholas A. Peppas,  the  Fletcher S. Pratt Chaired Professor in Chemical, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacy at the University  of Texas at Austin,  will give the lecture. Peppas’ work in biomaterials, polymer physics, drug delivery  and bionanotechnology follows a multidisciplinary approach by blending modern molecular and cellular  Contact Shirley Nollette at 206.685.2002 or nolletts@uw.edu for more information.

UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center Open House, Oct. 19

The new Sports Medicine Center flagship location at Husky Stadium will host a community open house from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at 3752 Montlake Blvd., NE, the south entrance of Husky Stadium. The open house will give the public an opportunity to meet the sports medicine providers, tour the state-of-the art 30,000-square-foot clinic; and join the Passport to Health event that will feature interactive demonstrations of the latest sports medicine treatments. Free parking will be available in E-12 lot and the underground parking garage. Visit the Sports Medicine Center’s web site for more information.

Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, Oct. 26

Join the UW Medicine team at the 2013 Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, Saturday, Oct. 26, at Seattle Center. Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. A three-mile walk through downtown Seattle and a one-mile Survivor Walk will begin at 9 a.m. In support of UW Medicine’s mission to improve the health of the public, the American Heart Association will fund nearly $4 million in research at UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital this year. The UW Medicine goal is to have at least 400 walkers and raise $50,000 in contributions at the event. Visit the UW Medicine Heart and Stroke Walk website to join a team or to become a team captain.

Medical team volunteers needed for Seattle Marathon, Dec. 1

UW Medicine is looking for medical and administrative volunteers for the Seattle Marathon, Sunday, Dec. 1. Led by Mark Harrast, Seattle Marathon medical director, medical teams will manage seven stations along the course and two at the finish line. More than 10,000 runners are expected to participate in the Marathon and Half-Marathon races during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Visit Seattle Marathon Medical Team Volunteer Registration to volunteer. For more information, contact Mia Coleman at miac@uw.edu.

Colin Powell to give keynote address at Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast, Dec. 5 

Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast, which supports the Institute for Prostate Cancer Research, a collaboration between UW Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The 2013 Prostate Cancer Survivors Celebration Breakfast will take place at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Thursday,  Dec. 5. For more information, visit the Prostate Cancer Survivors Breakfast site.

Continuing Medical Education 

Visit Continuing Medical Education for information on upcoming classes.

 


In the News

Paul Allen backs UW project to overcome hand, arm paralysis

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is providing $1.5 million to a team of UW Washington researchers to develop brain-computer-spine interface intended to restore hand and arm function in people with spinal cord injuries. The Seattle Times, Sept. 24, 2013

Synthetic biology and designer proteins featured in Science

The News and Analysis section of Science highlights the specificity of proteins as binders of small molecules in an article titled Fluorine-Adding Bacteria May Transform Natural Product Medicines and features the work of David Baker, professor of biochemistry and the director of the Institute for Protein Design at the UW. Read the article published in Science, Sept. 6, 2013.

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