Seminars & Conferences

Sept. 14, 15; Oct. 12, 13. Concept to Commercialization workshops
All workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MIND theater, CNY Biotech Accelerator, 841 E. Fayette St., Syracuse.
• Workshop 2, Sept. 14 and 15
Sept. 14: Design & development, software design, cybersecurity, supplier management, manufacturing and engineering panel.
Sept. 15: LLCs and corporations, IP, patents and licensing, start up finance/legal considerations, developing a business plan.
• Workshop 3, Oct. 12 and 13
Oct. 12: Investment and funding panel I, NYS Innovation Tax programs, LaunchNY, insurance, risk management, developing your pitch presentation.
Oct. 13: Marketing and clinical evidence, statistics, GCP, exports, SBIR/STTR, NYS Science+Technology Law Center, MedStartr Crowdfunding, Investment Panel II.
The CNY Biotech Accelerator is offering discounted registration fee of $10 per workshop for Upstate faculty, students and staff for the remaining Concept to Commercialization Workshops. Already registered for the upcoming workshops?  Contact Kathy Gancarz for a refund ( Lunch and break food/beverages are provided to all registered attendees. Programs and Registration form are available at Biotech.
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Thursday, Sept 14. Webinar. Child Abuse Medical Provider Program
2 to 4 p.m. The Child Abuse Medical Provider Program (CHAMP) is cosponsoring this webinar-based child maltreatment workshop. David Pelcovitz will discuss the unique impact of trauma in adolescence, with a focus on how chronic trauma can impact psychological, social, and neurological functioning. Treatment techniques will be presented through a discussion of case studies and research. Two continuing education contact hours for LMSW and LCSW will be provided. The webinar is presented in conjunction with the Vincent Fontana Center for Child Protection and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children-New York. To register, contact JoAnne Race,, 315-883-5615.
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Sept. 14, 19, 27. HealthLink ICare classes
• Thursday, Sept. 14. Chair Yoga: Take care of yourself. 4:30 to 6 p.m. McHarrie Town Center, 7740 Meigs Rd., Baldwinsville.
• Tuesday, Sept. 19. Hospice and Palliative care. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hearth at Greenpoint, 150 Old Liverpool Rd., Liverpool.
• Wednesday, Sept. 27. Navigating life after caregiving. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Hospice CNY Education Room, 990 7th North St., Liverpool.
Free. ICare classes are free and are held in collaboration with Office for Aging. Call 315-435-2362 x4993 to register or for more information.
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Friday, Sept. 15. Upstate Cancer Center Grand Rounds
7:30 to 8:30 a.m. C1076 A/B/C Upstate Cancer Center. Matthew Vander Heiden, MD, PhD, associate professor of biology at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, will present “Determinants for how tumors use metabolism to support proliferation. The objectives for the grand rounds are: to appreciate how altered metabolism support cancer; to understand the role of tumor genetics, tissue environment and cancer site-of-origin in defining metabolic phenotypes; and to appreciate the factors that go into patient selection for drugs targeting metabolism. This grand rounds is intended for faculty, staff and primary care providers who have an interest in cancer or public health. For more information or to RSVP, contact Jamie Mellone, 315-464-8235.
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Monday, Sept. 18. HealthLink seminar. Living with arthritis
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Beth Colbert, OTR, CHT, and Kathy Rake, OTR, CHT, Upstate Medical University, will discuss nonsurgical techniques and exercises to help manage pain; and  equipment to improve quality of life. Free. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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Sept. 19, 25 Workshop. Upstate Stars: The value of recognition and appreciation
• Downtown Campus. Sept. 19. 12:30 to 2 p.m. 8405B East Tower
• Community Campus. Sept. 25. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Community Room.
Topics include a review of the 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 Upstate Stars.
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Tuesday, Sept. 19. Nursing Grand Rounds
1:30-2:30 p.m. Kinney Foundation Performance Center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Streamed live to Classroom A & B at Community Campus. Michele Caliva, RN, MA, administrative director of the Upstate New York Poison Center, will present “Emerging Drugs of Abuse—An Update.” Targeted to all nursing and interprofessional staff to increase knowledge of current trends in drugs of abuse, including opioids and synthetic drugs as well as how to advise patients and families on available resources in the community to address the problems of addiction. Registration is not required. 1.0 contact hour will be awarded by the ICNE. For more information, contact Barbara LaCasse at or 315-492-3612.
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Wednesday, Sept. 20. Hot Topics in Research lecture
Noon to 2 p.m. (Note: extended time). 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building. Britt Flaherty, PhD, sequencing specialist, Illumina, will present “The new state of the art: Affordable high-quality single cell RNA-sequencing.” Open to investigators and graduate students. RSVP by Sept. 18 to
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Wednesday, Sept. 20. HealthLink seminar. The Opioid epidemic: How we got here and what we can do
6 to 7p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by William Eggleston, PharmD, DABAT, clinical toxicologist, Upstate Medical University, Department of Emergency Medicine, Upstate New York Poison Center. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health and social and economic welfare. Learn what’s being done, what resources are available locally, and what to do if you witness an overdose. Includes hands-on demonstration and training on the use of Narcan. Free. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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Monday, Sept. 25. HealthLink seminar. Parkinson’s disease: Current treatment approaches
6 to 7 pm. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St. Liverpool Presenter: Dragos Mihaila, MD, assistant professor of neurology, Upstate Medical University. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually with clinical motor behaviors that may be indicators of future disease. Learn about other symptoms that may be precursors, how a Parkinson’s diagnosis is made, and treatments options. Free. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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Tuesday, Sept. 26. HealthLink seminar. National Women’s Day of Health and Fitness
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Clinton Square Farmer’s Market, 100 S. Salina St. (rain location: Federal Building Plaza). Join Upstate Women’s Health and friends for a fun way to celebrate women’s health and fitness. Enjoy healthy food tastings and recipes, demonstrations on preserving garden fresh food, outdoor fitness and Tai Chi demonstrations and health screenings.
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Wednesday, Sept. 27. Workshop. Office ergonomics
9 to 10 a.m. Community Room 0124, Community Campus. Open to all employees. Topics include ergonomics, neutral body postures, how to adjust work area and computer components, and essential ergonomically correct work practices. Register at Human Resources, keyword Ergo.
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Wednesday, Sept. 27. Workshop. Ergonomics for managers
10:30-11:30 a.m. Community Room 0124, Community Campus. Open to managers/supervisors. This session provides an overview of the basics of ergonomics and ergonomic injury prevention in health care facilities, including causes of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in health care, ergonomic hazards and risk factors specific to health care services, strategies for recognizing and controlling ergonomic issues in work areas, the importance of early detection and thorough reporting, and the ergonomics program specific to Upstate University Hospital. Register at Human Resources, keyword Ergo.
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Thursday, Sept. 28. Public Health and Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.  2231 Weiskotten Hall. Matthew Potteiger, PhD, will present “Food, environment and public health: A community based food systems approach for improving Syracuse’s food environments.  Potteiger is professor of landscape architecture, ESF and co-director, FoodPlan CNY Project, Free, open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Laura Schad,
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Thursday, Sept. 28. Hot Topics in Research lecture
Noon to 1 p.m. 103 Weiskotten Hall. Gina McMahon and Stephen Rusinko, Upstate Medical University, will present “Clinical trial post award management: What do we do now?” Open to clinical investigators and research staff. RSVP by Sept. 25 to
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Thursday, Sept. 28. HealthLink seminar. Diagnostic and treatment: Updates for Prostate Cancer
5 to 6 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presenter: Gennady Bratslavsky, MD, professor and chair, Department of Urology, Upstate Medical University. September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. See what’s new in 2017 relating to diagnosis and treatment options. Presented in collaboration with Upstate Men to Men prostate cancer support group. Light refreshments. Free. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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Oct. 5 (Parts 1 and 2); Oct. 11 (Parts 3 & 4). Workshops. BEST (Building Excellent Skills for Teaching)
4 to 6 p.m. in 1507/1508 Setnor Academic Building. Topics include how to: create a positive learning environment, actively engage the learner, provide effective feedback, and deliver an effective presentation. Classes are scheduled for two dates; both workshops must be attended for credit. College of Medicine faculty are required to participate in the BEST course within the first two years of hire. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Sept. 27. To RSVP or for more information, contact Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
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Friday, Oct. 13. Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar for state employees
9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m. 2231 Weiskotten Hall. This New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) and Medicare Pre-Retirement Planning seminar is for state employees who are enrolled in the New York State Employees Retirement System (ERS) and the SUNY Optional Retirement Program (ORP). Medicare eligibility, Medicare types and costs, when to sign up for Medicare, information about NYSHIP retiree health insurance benefits and the coordination of those benefits will be discussed. The seminar is for those close to retirement. To attend, preregister online by Oct. 10 at Training. Secure supervisory approval prior to registration to attend the full session.
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