Seminars & Conferences

Thursday, Feb. 16. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds. Bridging public health, community and health care systems: a new reality in 2017
12:15 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Indu Gupta, MD, commissioner, Onondaga County Health Department, will discuss the value of collaboration between clinical care, the role of DSRIP, and primary versus secondary care. Registration is not required. Email Laura Schad,, for more information.
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Friday, Feb. 17. Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) 2017 Visiting Professorship Lecture
Noon to 1 p.m. Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Mark Pearlman, MD, University of Michigan, will present “Shared decision making: providing expert clinical guidance when ‘experts’ don’t agree.” Pearlman is a clinician, surgeon and teacher with clinical expertise in the gynecologic management of women with breast cancer and BRCA gene mutations and advanced endoscopic surgery. Open to the public. For more information, email Patty Gooden,
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Monday, Feb. 20. HealthLink seminar. Women and stroke: are you at risk?
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Michelle F. Vallelunga, RN, MS, CNRN, Upstate Comprehensive Stroke Center, will discuss the signs of stroke in women and ways to reduce the risk, what to do if you think someone is having a stroke and a stroke support group. Free. Register at 464-8668.
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HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid
• Tues., Feb, 21, Wed., Feb. 22. Noon to 4:30 p.m. (for those who did not attend the Feb. 7 session). HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. 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. Presented in collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Hutchings Psychiatric Center. Call 464-8668.
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Wednesday, Feb. 22. Seminar. Neighborhood violence and trauma in Syracuse: an inter-professional/community workshop
1 to 3 p.m. 4414 B/C Academic Building. The Upstate community can offer its perspective on how health care and inter-professional teams can work with the community to address neighborhood violence and historical trauma. The program, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Consortium for Culture and Medicine, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Inter-professional Education at Upstate. To R.S.V.P, contact Kathy Szczech,, 464-5404 or Rebecca Garden, PhD,, 464-8451.
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Feb. 22; March 1, 8, 10, 15, 22, 29 31. HealthLink seminar. Quit smoking for good and for free
Noon to 1 p.m. HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Theresa Hankin, RRT, Upstate Medical University. Learn how to quit smoking for good. Receive a personalized quit plan; learn about medications, the New York State Smoker’s Quitline, stress management and relapse prevention. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, Feb. 23. HealthLink seminar. “The” men’s health issue
5 to 6 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by JC Trussell, MD, Upstate Medical University. Learn about causes and treatment options for erectile dysfunction. Presented in collaboration with the Upstate Men to Men Prostate Cancer support group. Free. Register at 464-8668.
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Thursday, Feb. 23. HealthLink seminar. Label reading for your health
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Maureen Franklin, RDN, CDN, Upstate Medical University, offers tips on label reading and how to use the information to your advantage. Bring a food label to discuss. Free. Register at 464-8668.
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Monday, Feb. 27. HealthLink seminar. Advances in total knee replacements
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Robert Sherman, MD, Upstate Medical University, discusses the newest advances in knee replacement surgery, including Makoplasty robotics. 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. Free. Register at 464-8668.
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Tuesday, Feb. 28.  Faculty Educator Development seminar. Pre-matriculation remediation
Noon to 1 p.m. 318 Health Sciences Library, Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Maryann Grandinetta, Upstate Medical University. Open to Upstate faculty. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 21 to Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
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March 1, 2. Upstate Stars: the value of recognition and appreciation
• Downtown Campus. March 1. 9 to 11 a.m. 10405A, East Tower.
• Community Campus. March 2. 1 to 2:30 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, March 2. Employee Retirement System pre-retirement planning sessions
9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. State Employee Retirement System (ERS) employees are welcome to attend one of two pre-retirement planning information sessions. Experts in retirement benefits host this interactive discussion and will answer questions regarding pensions, and other retiree benefits, such as health insurance and social security. ERS employees who are within five years of retirement are welcome. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 24.  Register at Human Resources.
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HealthLink seminar. Living healthy with a chronic condition
• Class one: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Class two: Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12. 5:30 to 8 p.m.
HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. A peer-led health program for adults with ongoing health conditions. Each session complements the health care already being received. The program will enhance a person’s ability to manage his/her health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Participants receive a free book and CD. Space is limited. Registration required. Register at 464-8668.
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Friday, March 3. Traumatic Brain Symposium
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. or 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (same content at each session). Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Speakers are Ann McKee, MD, director of Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, and former professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury while training for the Olympic Games. Subs provided courtesy of Upstate Student Government for this student-led event. The symposium is free and open to the public. Note: A screening of The Crash Reel, a documentary about Pearce’s snowboard accident and recovery, will be screened Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ninth Floor Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. The screening is open to the Upstate community only. Desserts and fruit provided courtesy of Upstate Student Government.
For more information, email Monique Arvisais-Anhalt,
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Friday, March 10. NYS SoCRA Chapter Program
Welch Allyn Lodge in Skanteateles Falls. Robert Corona, DO, will present “First breath to death sensing and analytics.” Ann Botash, MD, Jennifer Nead, MD, Julia Parus and Rosemarie Mastropolo will present “Student peer feedback: development of a method to improve student oral presentations.” Additional presentations include: “Real world applications for clinical research,” David Rider, Welch Allyn; “Updates to the ICH E6,” Athena Thomas-Visel, CliQ Solutions; “Living room to clinical trials,” Kelsey Moody, Ichor Therapeutics; and “Building blocks for targeted therapy”: “Implementing biomarker strategy for a global clinical trial,” Archana Narsana, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. To request a schedule and attendee form, contact Kathi Durdon, A  $40 fee covers breaks, beverages, and lunch during this daylong program.
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Wednesday, March 15. Hot Topics in Research lecture
Noon to 1 p.m. 3109 Weiskotten Hall. Danielle Doll, Upstate Medical University, will present “Introduction to pre-awards compliance system (PACS) – agreements module: the new web-based system for submission of research contracts.” The lecture is open to principal investigators, research managers and clinical research associates. R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 10 to
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Thursday, March 16. National Patient Safety Week with Grand Rounds
4414 Academic Building (select sessions to be streamed live to Binghamton and Community campuses. The program features a variety of speakers who will discuss quality and patient safety in a health care setting. Open to the Upstate community. For more information, contact Julie Briggs,
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March 30, 31. 2nd Presidential Symposium. Social determinants of health
• Thursday, March 30. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse. (includes lunch and reception). Presenters: Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, director, Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health, professor, Family Medicine and Population Health, Virginia Commonwealth University; New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, chair, Regional Economic-Development Councils, co-chair, New York State Heroin and Opioid Abuse Task Force; Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, president, Upstate Medical University. Expert panel presentations will be followed by question and answer sessions and include the following topics: heroin-opioid epidemic, community violence, place-based determinants of health.
• Friday, March 31. 9 a.m. to noon. CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse. (includes continental breakfast). Welcome by Woolf; an address on “Emerging disparities in women’s health; and expert panel sessions on refugee health and preparing health care practitioners to address the social determinants of health.
For more information, visit Symposium.
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