Seminars & Conferences

Thursday, March 31. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds. Health & health promotion for people with disability
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Margaret A. Turk, MD. Upstate Medical University, will address epidemiologic challenges in research about disability, the definitions and trends of disability and the present known status of health and health promotion as they relate to disability. Free. Open to the public. Registration is not required. For information, contact Cindy Paikin,
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Monday, April 4; Thursday, April 7. Workshop. Upstate Stars: the value of recognition and appreciation
• Downtown Campus. 9 to 10:30 a.m. 11405 A/B, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.
• Community Campus. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Classroom A/B, Community Campus.
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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Tuesday, April 5. Hot Topics in Research lecture
3 to 4 p.m. 3113 Weiskotten Hall. Maureen Simon, principal trainer, IMT, will present “Epic ‘slicer dicer:’ identify your research populations.” The lecture is open to CRAs, investigators and Research staff. R.S.V.P. is not required.
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Tuesday, April 5. Schwartz Compassionate Interdisciplinary Rounds. Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should (or does it)?
3:45 to 4:45 p.m. 11405 A & B, East Tower, Downtown Campus. Panelists: Gene Latorre, MD; Colleen O’Leary, MD; Emily Weston, RN, BSN, Upstate University Hospital. A multidisciplinary forum for Upstate caregivers to discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients. Following the program, participants should be able to identify their own behaviors that may block communication with patients, families and other staff; recognize ways to share the felt stress or isolation within and between disciplines; and recognize stress-release of sharing stories/concerns in a safe environment of Rounds. For more information, contact Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD,, 464-5596.
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Wednesday, April 6. Annual Contemporary Issues in Emergency Medicine: highlights of 2015-2016 academic year
12:15 to 5 p.m. Genesee Grande Hotel, 1060 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Topics include Wilderness Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, Medical Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, EMS and Disaster Medicine, International Emergency Medicine, and the patient experience. Registration deadline is Monday, April 4. Visit Brochure to register or for more information or contact Rose More,, 464-6197.
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Wednesday, April 6. Lecture: Health information on Wikipedia
2:30 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Lane Rasberry, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Consumer Reports, will discuss Wikipedia’s health content and its impact and potential for distributing accurate and up-to-date information to a worldwide audience. The discussion will be followed by a one-hour hands-on edit-a-thon. The Upstate community is welcome. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Amy Slutzky, Health Sciences Library,, 464-7104.
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Wednesday, April 6. HealthLink seminar. Strategies for families
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Nicole M. DeRosa, PsyD, BCBA-D, LBA, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital,
will discuss effective strategies for increasing appropriate, functional skills and preventing challenging behavior in children with
developmental disabilities and autism. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Friday, April 8. Neuro Research Day 2016
7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Upstate faculty and residents will showcase their basic and clinical neuroscience research. Invited speakers and their presentations include:
• 10:40 a.m. Lee E. Goldstein, MD, PhD, associate professor of psychiatry, neurology, ophthalmology, pathology & laboratory medicine, biomedical engineering, electrical & computer engineering, Boston University School of Medicine, College of Engineering, Photonics Center, NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Center. (Mechanisims of Traumatic Brain Injury and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy:  Insights from Human Neuropathology, Animal Models, and Computational Analysis of Blast and Impact Neurotrauma),
• 11:50 a.m. Randy H. Kardon, MD, PhD, 2016 Jacobsen Lecturer in Neuroscience, professor and director of neuro-ophthalmology, director of Iowa City VA Center for Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (Ocular Biomarkers in Traumatic Brain Injury).
Sponsored by Upstate’s Neurosurgery Department.
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Friday, April 8. Healthy Pet Project. The prepared pet owner: the basics
4 to 6 p.m. 3508 Setnor Academic Building. Topics include: pet basics; how to be a prepared pet owner, maximize your pet’s potential for good health, assess your pet’s health, avoid common hazards and prepare for an emergency. The presentation parallels pet concerns with people concerns, and explores how to improve health for everyone. Participants will receive a pet first-aid kit. The two-hour course is a required prerequisite for the Advanced First Aid Course that teaches important skills such as CPR, and mouth-to-snout breathing. To register, contact Cristina Pope at or 464-7086.
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April 11, 13, 20, 27; May 17, 25; June 1, 14, 28. Course for managers and supervisors. Navigating transitions in the workplace
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. First floor conference room, HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Managers and supervisors will examine their own experiences and attitudes about change and learn concepts and models for thinking about change. To register, visit Human Resources. Presented by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations.
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Mondays, April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23; June 6. HealthLink classes. Tai Chi for Arthritis program
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. The ancient discipline of sun style tai chi consists of a series of slow, joint safe movements combined with breathing to improve strength, mobility, balance and concentration.  Fee and preregistration are required. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Monday, April 11. HealthLink seminar. Oh, my aching back
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Adam Rufa, PT, DPT, Upstate Medical University, will discuss the “red flags” that may signal the need for immediate attention. Explore how pain is perceived, and conservative treatment options. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Monday, April 11. Lecture: Healing and meditation
6 to 7:30 p.m. Fitness Room, HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Maruti Seidman will lead a guided meditation and will discuss energy healing, how to heal yourself through diet, positive thinking, balancing emotional stress and reconnecting with spirit. Free and open to the public.
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HealthLink seminar. Learn to manage your chronic condition for free
• Class one: Tuesdays: April 12, 19; May 3, 10, 17, 24. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Tpk, Syracuse. Certified leaders: Linda Goodrich and Tammy Peck
• Class two: Thursdays, April 14, 21; May 5, 12, 19, 26. 4:30 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Certified leaders: Mike Ritter and Bob Coe.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a peer-led health program for adults with ongoing health conditions. Each session complements the health care participants may already be receiving. The purpose is to 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. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Tuesday, April 12. HealthLink seminar. Just for women: pelvic health series
6 to 8 p.m. NW Family UMCA, 8040 River Rd., Baldwinsville. Natasha Ginzburg, MD, Jillian Cardinali, DPT, and Janice Agen, MN, WHCNP-C, Upstate Medical University, discuss treatment options for urinary incontinence in women; strengthening and toning the pelvic core; gynecological care for young women and adolescents: and current recommendations and the best time to begin gynecologic care. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Wednesday, April 13. Distinguished Alumni Day lecture
Noon. Medical Alumni Aud., Weiskotten Hall. Dr. Daryll Dykes, 2016 MD/PhD Distinguished Alumni Day speaker and honored guest, will present “The meaning, methods, myths and magic of mentoring.” Dykes is a 1995 graduate of Upstate’s MD/PhD program and recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.
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Wednesday, April 13. Robert B. Barlow Vision Research seminar
4 to 5 p.m. 4709 Neuroscience Research Building. Deborah L. Stenkamp, PhD, University of Idaho, will present “Seeing double: regulation of tandemly-duplicated opsins in the zebrafish.” Sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology.
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Wednesday, April 13. Faculty Toolbox workshop. The Hunger Games: current state of the quality of health care delivery in the U.S.
4 to 6:30 p.m. 3507/3508 Setnor Academic Building. Presented by Anthony P. Weiss, MD, MBA, chief medical officer, associate dean for clinical affairs and Hans P. Cassagnol, MD, MMM, chief quality officer, assistant dean for clinical quality, Upstate Medical University. In this interactive workshop, Weiss and Cassagnol will examine the definition, and drivers of quality in health care and what defines a culture based on safety. They will use highly engaging exercises to explore effective communication and quality improvement skills. Open to Upstate faculty and residents. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. Register by April 6. Contact Michele Henderson, or 464-1681.
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Thursday, April 14. Employee retirement preparation workshop. New insights into volatility: when markets go crazy, what should you do about it
11:30 a.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Presented by Ren Cheng, senior research advisor, Fidelity Investments, will discuss how low oil prices, a slowdown of domestic and foreign economic growth, a loss of market value, high frequency trading may impact your financial planning towards a secure retirement. Complimentary lunch provided. Registration is required by visiting Human Resources, keyword: insights.
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Thursday, April 14. HealthLink seminar. Refugee health concerns
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Susan R Mahar, NP, and Theresa Morse, FNP, Upstate Medical University, discuss how being a refugee may impact a child’s ability to attend and progress in school. This program is especially intended for school nurses, educators, caregivers and providers who regularly work with children who are refugees in the CNY area. Refreshments. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, April 14. HealthLink seminar. Non-24 and other disorders of sleep rhythm
6 to 7 p.m. The Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Rd., Liverpool. Robert Westlake, MD, Upstate University Hospital, discusses reasons that might cause disordered sleep to occur and what it may mean to your health. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Monday, April 25. HealthLink seminar. Aortic Disease and Aneurysms
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presenter: Debanik Chaudhuri, MD, will discuss the risk factors for aneurysms and aortic disease and why screenings may be life saving for some. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, April 28. HealthLink seminar. Advances in the systemic treatment of prostate cancer
5 to 6 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Bernard J. Poiesz, MD, Upstate Medical University, will discuss the recent advances in the treatment of prostate cancer and what it may mean for you or a loved one. In collaboration with the Upstate Men to Men prostate cancer support group. Free. Call 464-8668 to register.
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