Seminars & Conferences

April 6. Workshop. Upstate Stars: The value of recognition and appreciation
Community Campus. April 6. 1:30 to 3 p.m. 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, April 6. HealthLink seminar. New treatments for chronic sinusitis
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Jesse Ryan, MD, Upstate Medical University, will discuss  how minimally invasive treatments can help. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Friday, April 7. Neuro Research Day 2017
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall.  Sponsored by Upstate Department of Neurosurgery. Presented by various Upstate faculty and residents on basic and clinical neuroscience research.
Invited speakers and their presentations include:
• 10:20 a.m. “Repair of the retina and visual pathways:  From mice to humans.” 2017 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience Andrew Huberman, PhD, associate professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology, Stanford University School of Medicine.
• 11:50 a.m.  ”An innate immune checkpoint in cancer immunotherapy.” 2017 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience Sourav Ghosh, PhD. assistant professor of neurology, Yale University School of Medicine.
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Saturday, April 8. HealthLink seminar. Plant the seeds of good health
1 to 4 p.m The Ranch at Wolf Oak Acres, 6470 Creek Rd., Oneida. Special Speaker at 2 p.m.: Kaushal Nanavati, MD, Upstate Medical University. Learn how balancing nutrition, physical exercise, stress and spirituality can improve your overall health. Guided meditation sessions at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Activities: healthful herbs and spices, crafts, teas and other treats. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Monday, April 10. HealthLink seminar. Balance screening
5:45 to 7 p.m.  HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Maureen Mancuso, PT, DPT, Upstate Medical University. Join Upstate physical therapists in a screening for balance and mobility. Find out how you perform compared to community standards for aging adults and learn exercises to improve how you move. Limited space. Registration required: 315-464-8668.Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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April 12 or April 24, 25. HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid
• Wednesday, April 12. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hutchings Psychiatric Center, 545 Cedar St., Syracuse.
• Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25.  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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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, 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. The presentation will be streamed 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 at or 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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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 at 464-3104 or
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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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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. 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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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. No RSVP 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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