Seminars & Conferences

Monday, Sept. 25  Workshop. Upstate Stars: The value of recognition and appreciation
9 to 10:30 a.m. Community Room, Community Campus. 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. Visit Upstate Stars 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, Upstate Medical University. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, developing 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. 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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Wednesday, Sept. 27. HealthLink ICare class. Navigating life after caregiving
5:30 to 7 p.m. Hospice CNY Education Room, 990 7th North St., Liverpool. ICare classes are free and held in collaboration with the Office for Aging. Call 315-435-2362 x4993 to register or for more information.
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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. The talk is also provided free via webinar. 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, 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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Sept. 30, Oct. 1. Introduction to simple sign language
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Academic Building. Upstate’s Department of Physical Therapy will host this evidenced-based introduction to simple sign language. Participants will learn more than 100 key words that can be incorporated into their child and adult interactions to improve both expressive and receptive language skills. Skills are appropriate for use in pediatric clinical practice, and in the school and home environments. Course cost is $175. A discounted rate of $150 is available for Upstate employees and a discounted rate of $100 is available for students at any institution. Registration is available online at Sign Language. For more information, email Erin Wentz, PT, PhD, PCS,
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Oct. 3, 24. HealthLink seminar. Project AWARE: Mental health first aid (two date and location options)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Oct. 3. Education and Training Building, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, 545 Cedar St., Syracuse.
• Oct. 24. 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. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Oct. 3, 10, 11, 17, 26, 30; Nov. 2. HealthLink ICare classes
• Oct. 3, 10. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Brain Fitness: Fact or Fiction. Manlius Library, 1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius.
• Oct. 11. 5:30 to 7 P.m. Medicare overview and 2018 changes. Cicero Public Library, 5225 West Cermak Rd., Cicero.
• Oct. 17. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Older Adult Medicine Safety. Upstate Oasis Studio, HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse.
• Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Legal & financial issues in health care planning. UCC Bayberry.
• Oct. 30. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Caregiving like a man. Natur-Tyme, 3160 Erie Blvd., E. DeWitt.
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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Oct. 5 (Parts 1 and 2); Oct. 11 (Parts 3 & 4). Workshops. BEST (Building Excellent Skills for Teaching)
4 to 6 p.m. 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 Michele Henderson,, 464-1681.
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Oct. 22 through Nov. 15; Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. HealthLink seminar. Living healthy with a chronic condition (two date and location options, part of a series)
• Class one: Wednesdays, Oct. 22 through Nov. 15. 5:30 to 8 p.m. HealthLink, 6333 Rt. 298, East Syracuse, or
• Class two: Thursdays, Oct. 26 through Dec. 7. Noon to 2:30 p.m. Magnarelli Community Center at McChesney Park, 2308 Grant Blvd., 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. To register, call 315-464-8668.
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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 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, Oct. 12. HealthLink seminar. Living an active life with Parkinson’s Disease
8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Drumlins Country Club, 800 Nottingham Rd., Syracuse. Presenters: Christopher Morley, PhD, Becky Auyer, PT, CMC, Fahed Saada, MD and Heather Zwickey, PhD, Upstate Medical University. A day on Parkinson’s care and treatment, movement for healthy aging, chronic disease management, strategies for improving daily activities, and community resources
•  9 a.m. Sleep issues and chronic fatigue with Parkinson’s Disease (Saada);
• 10:10 a.m. Good decision-making for medical/health care issues (Morley);
• 11:30 a.m. Role of nutrition and Parkinson’s Symptoms (Zwickey);
• 1:15 p.m.-Health care at home (Auyer).
Refreshments and lunch. Registration deadline: Oct. 6. Free. Registration is required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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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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Monday, Oct. 16. HealthLink seminar. Balance screening event
6 to 7 p.m. Liverpool Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Presented by Maureen Mancuso, PT, DPT, Upstate Medical University. Join Upstate physical therapists in a screening of balance and mobility. Learn exercises to improve movement and keep your spine healthy. Space is limited. Free. Registration is required (315- 464-8668).
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Thursday, Oct. 19. 18th annual Critical Care Nursing Symposium
Breakfast and lunch are included. A total of 5.5 contact hours will be provided. Registration by Oct. 1 is $75; $85 after Oct. 1. For a full agenda, speaker bios and online registration, visit Symposium.
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Monday, Oct. 23. HealthLink seminar. Stop the bleed
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/Oasis Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presenters: Jolene Kittle, MS, RN, Jerome Morrison, RN, Upstate University Hospital. Learn simple steps so you can save a life. No matter how fast the emergency response, bystanders are likely first on the scene of an accident and a person can die from blood loss in five minutes. “Stop the Bleed” training is useful for car accidents, camping injuries or any time there is an injury and bleeding. Free. Limited space, registration required. Call 315-464-8668 to register.
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Thursday, Oct. 24. HealthLink seminar. Passport to health: Senior Medication Safety Fair
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Upstate University Hospital, Community Campus Cafeteria, 4900 Broad Rd., Syracuse. Presenter: James Ciaccio, MD, GEM Care, Upstate Medical University. Learn how to take medications safely and about services for seniors.
• 4:45 p.m.-Speaker (Ciaccio);
•5:15 p.m.-Health and safety fair. Speak with pharmacists about medications and side effects (bring pill bottles for discussion). Turn in unused medications safely. Learn about fall prevention, Medicare Part D and more. Light refreshments and free parking (follow signs). Caregivers and family welcome. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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Wednesday, Oct. 25. HealthLink seminar. Balance and core strength
6 to 7 p.m. HealthLink/OASIS Learning Center, 6333 NY Rt. 298, East Syracuse. Presented by Carol Sames, PhD, Vitality Fitness Program, Upstate Medical University. Learn how improving core strength impacts balance and may prevent falls. Free. Register at 315-464-8668.
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