Seminars & Conferences

Thursday, April 13. Cultivate Innovation Program
3 to 4:30 p.m. CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. Syracuse. Matthew Mroz, director of Enterprise Technology Transfer, Office of Innovation and Partnerships at Research Foundation, SUNY, will present “Innovation and partnerships, intellectual property and patents.” Free parking is available in the lot behind the building.
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Thursday, April 13. HealthLink seminar. The aging spine: Care for common issues
6 to 7 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Denise Karsten, RN, MS, CNS, DC, Upstate Brain and Spine Center. If your back is aching, should you see a chiropractor, go to physical therapy, or seek surgery? Learn how to find the correct care options for your issue. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.<
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Monday, April 17. HealthLink seminar. Total knee replacements
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St. Liverpool. Upstate University Hospital is the first hospital in New York state to receive designation as a Center of Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement by DNV GL-Healthcare, a national hospital-accrediting agency. Learn how advances in knee replacement surgery, including Makoplasty robotics, may help you or a loved one. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18, 19. Autism Symposium: Where we are, where we are going
Free. 4th floor, Academic Building.
• April 18. 3 to 6:30 p.m. (general public). Speakers: John Donvan, ABC News, New York Times bestselling author, “In a Different Key;” John Spiro, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative; Stephan Sanders, UC San Francisco.
• April 19. 8:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (scientific community). Speakers: Joseph Dougherty, Washington University in St. Louis; Arthur Beaudet, Baylor College of Medicine; Gahan Pandina, Johnson & Johnson R&D; Janine LaSalle, UC Davis Genome Center; Randall Carpenter, Rett Syndrome Research Trust.
To register, visit Neurosymposium. For more information, contact Wendi Burnette, 315-464-7752.
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Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18, 19. Free, public lecture by author, geneticist, ergonomist Karen Messing
• Tuesday, April 18. 7 p.m. Bundy Museum Annex, 129 Main St., Binghamton.
• Wednesday. April 19. 7 p.m. ArtRage – the Norton Putter Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse.
Presented by Karen Messing, M.Sc., PhD, a geneticist turned ergonomist. Findings from Messing’s decades-long research into women’s occupational health hazards has transformed the attitudes of European researchers and trade unionists to gender issues. She is the author of “Pain and Prejudice: What Science Can Learn about Work from the People Who Do It” and co-author of “One-Eyed Science: Occupational Health and Women Workers.” Through her books, she illustrates the pain and suffering of women workers in vivid case studies of research into health risks for women in the workplace. Co-presented by Upstate’s Occupational Health Clinical Centers is recognition of Workers’ Memorial Week. For more information, email Dorothy Wigmore,
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Tuesday, April 18. Nursing Grand Rounds
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Kinney Foundation Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Catherine Narcavage-Bradley, MSN, RN, LCCE, APHN-BC, SANE-P and Anne Galloway, RN, SANE-A, SANE-P, NYSDOH SAFE, will present “Trauma-informed care of the sexual assault patient.” Nursing and health care providers will learn the history, benefits, and effectiveness of SANE/SAFE/FNE caring for acute sexual assault patients, three components of the acute forensic rape examination, community resources/referrals for sexual assault patients to integrate into practice, and the trauma-informed care approach for caring for acute sexual assault patients throughout the continuum of care. Streamlined live to Classroom A & B, Community Campus. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Ellen Albanese,, 315-464-9443.
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Wednesday, April 19. Interprofessional workshop. Disability and collective access
1 to 3 p.m. Location: TBA. Presented by Aimi Hamraie, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Center for Medicine, Health & Society. Free and open to the public. RSVP to Kathy Szczech,, 315-464-5404 or Rebecca Garden, PhD,, 315-464-8451.
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Wednesday, April 19. Hot Topics in Research lecture
Noon to 1 p.m. 3109 Weiskotten Hall. Danielle Doll, clinical trials administrator, will present “Introduction to pre-awards compliance system (PACS)—agreements module: The new web-based system for submission of research contracts.” Open to investigators, research managers and clinical research associates. R.S.V.P. by April 17 to
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Thursday, April 20. Public Health Grand Rounds. Heritage, voices, and health: How the Black Barbershop improves wellness
12:15 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Joyce E. Balls-Berry, PhD, MPE, assistant professor of epidemiology and co-founder of the Office for Community Engagement in Research at Mayo Clinic, MN.
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Friday, April 21. Naomi Chernoff, MD, Creativity Conference
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Archbold Theater, Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Conference title is Creativity in the clinic: the poetry of mourning and healing. Online registration is open at CME. Select “event registration,” find creativity conference in the Activity Catalog and click Register. For more information and conference brochure contact Linette Thorp, 315-464-3104,
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Saturday, April 22. Buprenorphine waiver training for clinicians
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3509/3510 Setnor Academic Building, Upstate Medical University. Ross Sullivan, MD, Upstate University Hospital and Upstate New York Poison Center, and Laura Martin, DO, MyCare Syracuse Family Practice, will present the class. In response to the opioid overdose deaths in New York State, increased access to buprenorphine treatment for opioid overdose disorder is urgently needed. Physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are encouraged to attend this training. Under current regulations, physicians are required to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. Physicians can acquire this waiver by attending and completing a standardized and required eight-hour training. Upon completion, physicians will meet the requirement of DATA 2000 to be qualified to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid-dependent patients. NPs and PAs are required to do an additional 16 hours of training before applying for a waiver. This live activity is accredited for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. For more information and to register, visit Waiver Training.  Questions? Email Gail Banach at
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April 24, 25. HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. East Area YMCA, 200 Towne Centre Drive, Fayetteville. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Hutchings Psychiatric Center. Project AWARE is a comprehensive mental health first aid training that will discuss risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns; information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use; five-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or crisis; and available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources. Focus is on training crisis first aid skills for traumatic events, acute psychosis, overdose and withdrawal. This program will improve the mental health literacy of adults who interact with transition-aged youths (16-25 years), reduce stigma and promote early help-seeking behavior with the goal of reducing rates of suicide, substance use and homelessness. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668.
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Tuesday, April 25. Faculty Education Development seminar
Noon-1 p.m. 318 Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. William Grant, EdD, associate dean, Graduate Medical Education and professor, Emergency Medicine, and Amit Dhamoon, MD, assistant professor, Medicine, will present “Quality improvement as part of the medical mission.” Lunch will be provided. RSVP by April 18 to Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681.
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Thursday, April 27. HealthLink seminar. Pelvic floor physical therapy for men
5 to 6 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Tania Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT; Jamie McCleary PT, DPT; and Jillian Cardinali PT, DPT, Upstate Medical University. Learn how physical therapy treatments can help manage issues related to prostate cancer and/or prostate surgery, including incontinence and pelvic pain. In collaboration with the Upstate Men to Men prostate cancer support group. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Thursday, April 27. HealthLink seminar. Tips to age well
6 to 7 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Christopher J. Norman, MSN, RN-BC, Upstate University Geriatricians, who discuss ways to age well and get advice about things to avoid in order to get the most of your golden years. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Monday, May 1. Free, public artist’s talk by photographer Earl Dotter
7 p.m. ArtRage – the Norton Putter Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave. Syracuse. Dotter has photographed American workers for more than 40 years. Beginning in the Appalachian coalfields in the early 1970’s and continuing to the present, he puts a human face on those who labor, often in dangerous and unhealthy conditions. In 2007, his Coal Mining series was added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Co-presented by Upstate’s Occupational Health Clinical Centers in recognition of Workers’ Memorial Week. For more information, email Dorothy Wigmore,
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Tuesday, May 9. Dean’s Distinguished Researcher seminar
Noon to1 p.m. 4414A Academic Building. Seth Kalichman, PhD, is professor of psychology, University of Connecticut, director, Southeast HIV and AIDS Research and Evaluation (SHARE) Project, He will present “Forget about forgetting – going beyond individual factors in HIV treatment adherence interventions.” Kalichman dedicates his research to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS and caring for those affected by the HIV epidemic. His research is focused in the southern United States and South Africa and his work has been continuously and exclusively funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1992. Lunch will be provided. Presented by the Office of the Dean, College of Medicine and Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. RSVP to Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681.
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May 11, 19. Workshop. Upstate Stars: The value of recognition and appreciation
• Downtown Campus. May 11. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 11405A, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
• Community Campus. May 19. 9:30 to 11 a.m. 01244 Community Room.
Topics include benefits and impact of recognition; types of informal recognition; techniques for providing effective recognition and appreciation; recognition tools for immediate application; innovative ways to recognize employees/co-workers; and Upstate Stars website information. To register, visit Human Resources, keyword: stars, click search.
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Thursday, May 11. Hot Topics in Research lecture
4 to 5 p.m. 103 Weiskotten Hall. David C. Amberg, PhD, vice president for Research, will give an update on the initiatives of his office. Open to faculty, investigators and research staff. RSVP not required.
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Fridays, May 12, 19. Workshop. Build Excellent Skills for Teaching (BEST) program
• May 12. Part 1 & 2. 8 to 10 a.m.
• May 19, Part 3 & 4) 8 to 10 a.m.
3507 & 3508 Setnor Academic Building. The four topics include how to: create a positive learning environment; actively engage the learner; provide effective feedback; and deliver an effective presentation. Assistant professors who joined the faculty on or after July 1, 2015, are required to participate in the BEST course within the first 2 years on the faculty. The workshop is an activity of The Academy of Upstate Educators, Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development. For more information, contact Michele Henderson,, 315-464-1681.
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Friday, May 19. Advanced Burn Life Support Provider course
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. The hands-on course is for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists, EMT’s, and paramedics. The course will provide the how-to of emergency care for the burn patient through the first 24-hour critical time period. Following a series of lectures, case studies are presented for group discussion. An opportunity to work with a simulated burn patient to reinforce the assessment, stabilization, and the American Burn Association transfer criteria to a burn center will be provided. Testing consists of a written exam and a practical assessment. The registration fee covers the course tuition, the ABLS Handbook and continuing education credits. The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) for 7 contact hours, Synergy CERP Category A, File 00017581. For fees or more information, contact Rebecca Willison, 315-464-2614. Registration deadline is May 12.
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Wednesday, May 24. Faculty Toolbox workshop
Noon to 2 p.m. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Eric J. Smith, CPA, MBA, senior vice president, Finance and Administration, Upstate Medical University, and Stuart Wright, CPA, BA, chief financial officer, Upstate University Hospital, will present “The business of academic medicine – Where are we now?” Learn about how finances affect the present and future of Upstate in this interactive session.  Open to Upstate faculty. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by May 17 to Michele Henderson, or 464-1681.