Seminars & Conferences

Feb. 6, 13. Workshop. Upstate Stars: the value of recognition and appreciation
• Upstate University Hospital Downtown Campus. Feb. 6. 9 to 10:30 a.m. 11405A, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
• Upstate University Hospital Community Campus. Feb. 13. 10 o 11:30 a.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.
Return to top>

Monday, Feb. 6. HealthLink seminar. Exercise and core strength
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Core muscles stabilize and protect the spine and can lead to better balance and stability. Carol Sames, PhD, Upstate Medical University, will teach simple exercises that can be done anywhere and that will enhance core strength. Limited space. Free. Register at 464-8668.
Return to top>

Tuesday, Feb. 7. The 2017 College of Graduate Studies’ Distinguished Alumni Lecture. HIV-1 immune correlates protection
7 to 11 a.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Georgia Tomaras, PhD, professor of surgery, immunology and molecular genetics and microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, For more information, visit College of Graduate Studies.
Return to top>

HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid
• Tues., Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or
• Tues., Feb, 21 and Wed., Feb. 22. Noon to 4:30 p.m.
HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. 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 464-8668.
Return to top>

Wednesday, Feb. 8. Robert B. Barlow Vision Research seminar
4 to 5 p.m. 4709 Neuroscience Research Building. Wallace B. Thoreson, PhD, will present “Release at ribbon synapses of rods and cones in the vertebrate retina.” Thoreson is Gilmore Professor, vice chair, and research director, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Truhlsen Eye Institute and professor of pharmacology & experimental neuroscience, University of Nebraska Medical Center. Sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology.
Return to top>

Thursday, Feb. 9. Lunch Innovation Program
Noon to 1:30 p.m. CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St. Syracuse. Presenters and topics:
•  Linda Kniebel, business development manager, Novatek Communications, will present “Documentation and costs preparation to satisfy regulatory compliance.”
•  Rami Katz, chief operating officer, Excell Partners, advisory board member, CNYBAC, will present “Start-up funding.”
• Mary Pat Cottengim, manager, User Experience, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, will present “Human factors engineering/usability.”
• Ross Kraft, vice president, Gilroy, Kernan and Gilroy, will present “Risk management concerns for startups.”
Hosted by Novatek Communications, Inc. Free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the lot behind the CNYBAC. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. to
Return to top>

Friday, Feb. 10. 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, 464-2614.
Return to top>

Saturday, Feb. 11. Symposium. Upstate Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Symposium
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. This conference is intended for a wide audience including wound care providers, hyperbaric medicine physicians, nurses, and technicians who are involved in advanced wound care management. Conference faculty includes well-known speakers, authors, and experts in their field and the lectures presented will improve the scientific and practical knowledge in the areas of wound medicine and hyperbaric medicine. To register or for more information, visit Symposium.
Return to top>

Monday, Feb. 13. HealthLink seminar. Tips to age well
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Christopher J. Norman, MSN, RN, Upstate University Geriatricians, will offer tips to age well and advice about things to avoid to get the most of the golden years. Free. Register at 464-8668.
Return to top>

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.
Return to top>

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 all students, faculty, staff, and the public. For more information, email Patty Gooden,
Return to top>

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, what to do if you think someone is having a stroke and ways to reduce the risk. Learn about a stroke support group. Free. Register at 464-8668.
Return to top>

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. Part of a series.
Return to top>

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. In the U.S. alone, 18-million men are affected by erectile dysfunction (ED), and 90 percent don’t discuss effective treatment options with their doctor. Learn about causes and treatment options for ED. Presented in collaboration with the Upstate Men to Men Prostate Cancer support group. Free. Register at 464-8668.
Return to top>

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.
Return to top>

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 464-866.
Return to top>

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, Academic Support Services, Upstate Medical University. Open to Upstate faculty. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. by Feb. 21 to Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
Return to top>

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.
Return to top>

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.
Return to top>

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 seven years ago 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 of 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 at
Return to top>

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 day-long program.
Return to top>