Seminars & Conferences

Friday, Feb. 7. Sickle Cell Disease Seminar. Please Don’t Call Me Sickler: Putting a Face on a Misunderstood Disease
Noon-1 p.m. 3509 Setnor Academic Building. Presented by Kristi L. Griffin, MD, Ed, and Karen Leshko, MSW, of the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Children with sickle cell disease face inordinate challenges across multiple domains. The discussion will address the impact of sickle cell disease on both the child who has the disease and the child’s family as well as ethical issues involved in the care of patients with sickle cell disease. A Black History Month program.
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Saturday, Feb. 8. HealthLink Program. Strong Women, Strong Hearts
Registration and refreshments: 9 a.m. Program: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. OASIS/HealthLink Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. The event includes free health screenings, nutritional information, heart-healthy snacks, exercise information, information on stress management and a more holistic approach to health and wellness. Demonstrations include massage therapy, reiki, yoga, and zumba.  Vendors with specialty and fun items (jewelry, food, fitness, etc.).
Presentations are scheduled at 10 a.m., repeating at noon, and 2 p.m. They include:
• Women and Heart Disease–A Comprehensive Review.
• Vulnerability and Strength:  Learning the Mind-Body Cues that May Keep You Healthy.
• Stress Management and Non-Traditional Health and Healing with Food, Music and Yoga.
 (NOTE: Stress management discussion only at 10 a.m. program; Whole Food nutrition, Hatha yoga, and music demonstration only at noon and 2 p.m. programs).
Advanced registration is encouraged. Call 464-8668 to register. Walk-ins welcome.
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Tuesday, Feb. 11. College of Graduate Studies annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture. Engaging in Multidisciplinary Research: From Imaging Oxidative Stress In Vivo to Nutritional Sensors
Noon. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Jack (Matt) Webster, PhD, senior scientist and project leader of Diagnostics & Biomedical Technology, GE Global Research, will present. Webster received his PhD in 2004 from the Pharmacology Program at Upstate. Presented by the Graduate Student Association and the College of graduate Studies. All are welcome. For more information, contact Terri Brown at
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Feb. 11, 25, March 4, 6, 11, 18, 25 (two class series are held on the same dates). HealthLink Seminar. Quit Smoking for Good and For Free
• Class one: Noon to 1 p.m. at OASIS/HealthLink Learning Center, 6333 Rt 298, East Syracuse.
• Class two: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sixth Floor SkyDeck, Destiny USA, 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse.
Presented by Cynthia Cary, RRT, CPFT, CTTS, Upstate Medical University. Learn how to set yourself up for success. Get a personalized quit plan; learn about medications, the New York Smoker’s Quitline, stress management, and relapse prevention. Space is limited. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Feb., March, April. Chronic Disease Self Management Program
• Tuesdays, Feb. 11 through March 18: 2 to 4:30 pm. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St. Liverpool.
• Tuesdays, Feb. 18 through March 25: 1 to 3:30 p.m. OASIS /HealthLink Learning Center, 6333 State Rte 298, East Syracuse.
• Wednesdays, Feb. 19 through March 26: 12:30 to 3 p.m., Fayetteville Free Library 300 Orchard St. Fayetteville.
• Tuesdays, Feb. 26 through April 9. 1:30 – 4 p.m. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.
Peer-led by individuals who are certified in CDSMP by Stanford University, the program is for people with any type of ongoing health condition who wish to enhance their ability to manage their health and maintain an active and fulfilling lifestyle.  Class participants will receive a free Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions book. Individuals do not need to have a chronic illness to attend. The workshops use the CDSMP curriculum developed at Stanford University’s Patient Education Center and are made possible through a collaborative effort of Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth, The Centers at St. Camillus, the Advocates for Upstate and Upstate’s OASIS. Free.  To register, call 464.6555 or visit OASIS for other times and locations of this program.
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Wednesday, Feb. 12. Elizabeth Blackwell Day Lecture
Noon. Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall (presentation); atrium, Setnor Academic Building (reception). Keynote address by Yvonne Maddox, PhD, deputy director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A Black History Month event.
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Wednesday, Feb. 12. HealthLink Seminar. Knee Pain
6 to 7 p.m. Marcellus Free Library, 32 Maple St., Marcellus. Dale Avers, PT, DPT, PhD, of Upstate Medical University, will discuss common causes of knee pain across the age span; tips to relieve knee pain; and what to expect should your knee require surgery. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, Feb. 13. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds. Mapping Risk & Outcomes for Public Health Practice and Research: We’ve Got An App For That
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Donald Cibula, PhD, will explain the added value of a geographic information system (GIS) over older mapping methods for analyzing relationships between population health and the geographic and temporal distribution of health determinates. Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For information, contact Cindy Paikin,
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Wednesday, Feb. 19. Hot Topics in Research Program. Collaboration and Team Science: Beyond the Buzzwords
10 to 11 a.m. 2507/2508 Setnor Academic Building. Presented by Holly Chanatry of Upstate Medical University. Targeted to clinical and basic science investigators and faculty. Sponsored by Research Administration.
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Wednesday, Feb. 19. HealthLink Seminar. Lower Back Pain and Spinal Stenosis
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 10 Tulip St., Liverpool. William F Lavelle, MD, of Upstate Medical University, will discuss lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back, known as the lumbar area.  Spinal stenosis may cause pain, numbness, or weakness, most often in the legs, feet, and buttocks, its causes and treatment options in the lower back. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, Feb. 20. HealthLink Seminar. Healthy Aging
6 to 7 p.m. The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Rd, Liverpool (in the Community Room). Sharon A. Brangman, MD, of Upstate Medical University, will discuss ways you can help yourself age well and get the most out of your golden years. Free. Registration is required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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