2014 News from Boonshoft School of Medicine

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine seminar to focus on Alzheimer’s disease
(August 14, 2014) Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. And African-Americans are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and less likely to have a diagnosis than whites, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Boonshoft School of Medicine students named to the board of the Student National Medical Association
(Aug. 14, 2014) Two Boonshoft School of Medicine students have joined the board of directors of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Topaz Sampson, a fourth-year medical student, was installed as national president of SNMA, and third-year student Jasmin Scott-Hawkins was appointed cochair of the SNMA publications committee. SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The two WSU students were selected for their positions at the 2014 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine associate dean honored as Family Medicine Educator of the Year
(Aug. 11, 2014) The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is the recipient of its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. LeRoy has been practicing medicine for 22 years. The associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, LeRoy is also an associate professor of family medicine and a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.

Center for Healthy Communities to host community forums about Medicaid, Affordable Care Act
(Aug. 4, 2014) The Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium will host several community forums to help the public better understand Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Free and open to the public, the forums will be held in August, September, October and November in the cafeteria at the Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., in Dayton.

Public Health Grand Rounds event to focus on One Health approach to responding to public health emergencies
(Aug. 1, 2014) The WSU Master of Public Health Program will offer a Public Health Grand Rounds event on “Responding to Public Health Emergencies Using a One Health Approach,” at Wright State University–Lake Campus, on Thursday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in James F. Dicke Hall in Celina. During the four-hour exercise, public health professionals, educators, emergency personnel and veterinarians will walk through a mock investigation and work collaboratively using a One Health approach.

Family medicine resident receives training award in substance abuse, addiction
(July 31, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two one-year training awards of $22,000 each to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction.

Family medicine residents win grant to immunize those 65 & older against flu, pneumonia
(July 31, 2014) The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June. The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season.

Founding chair of biochemistry department remembered
(July 18, 2014) Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State University family. For more than 30 years, as biochemistry chair, associate dean, interim dean and consummate faculty member, his contributions helped to establish the fabric of who we are today. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and who benefitted, knowingly or unknowingly, from his leadership and advice.

Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children’s Hospital, pediatric research to neuroscience venture
(July 10, 2014) The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children's Hospital, announced today the affiliation of Dayton Children's with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the members of the Neuroscience Institute.

Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium to discuss Medicaid & the ACA Marketplace
(July 8, 2014) Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace will be discussed at a Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium presentation on Friday, Aug. 1. The presentation will address the differences between Medicaid expansion and the ACA Marketplace.

New M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology leadership/administration offered
(June 27, 2014) To better prepare students for a career in pharmacology and toxicology, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine now offers a leadership/administration master of science program. The one-year program is for students who want to become lab managers, leaders or higher education administrators in the pharmacology and toxicology field.

Students gain insights into cardiac function by testing revolutionary heart pump
(June 25, 2014) A revolutionary heart pump is providing a rare learning opportunity for Wright State University students. The pump is attached to a mock human circulatory system — a student-designed plumbing marvel of clear plastic piping that simulates the flow of life-giving blood. “They’re using the same tools we’re using clinically,” said Mark Anstadt, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor of surgery.

Student researchers discover new ways to help diabetes patients
(June 12, 2014) Master’s degree students in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are making discoveries that have the potential to save limbs and reduce kidney failure in diabetes patients. Led by Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, and Nadja Grobe, Ph.D., a research assistant professor, several master’s students in the department have published their findings in well-known journals and presented their research results at national conferences. Their research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiovascular and renal complications of diabetes.

CITAR director says increase in overdose deaths is worse he's seen in 25 years
(May 27, 2014) There was a dramatic increase in the overall number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County, from 162 deaths in 2012 to 226 in 2013, according to officials from Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC) and the Preventing Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project. The group released its annual Poisoning Death Review (PDR) report at a press conference on Tuesday, May 27. “In my 25 years of doing substance abuse research here I’ve seen nothing like this in terms of the increases,” said Robert Carlson, Ph.D., director of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), who helped prepare the report.

Boonshoft School of Medicine holds 34th commencement May 23
(May 23, 2014) After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 105 medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2014 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 23. Pediatrician Gregory Toussaint, M.D., physician and associate professor, delivered the commencement address.

Epidemiologist joins Scientific Reports editorial board
(May 22, 2014) John D. Bullock, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., F.I.D.S.A., F.A.C.E., F.R.S.M., an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Center for Global Health, has been invited to serve on the editorial board for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature magazine. Scientific Reports launched in 2011 as a multidisciplinary, online-only, open access publication covering all areas of the natural sciences. It does not set a threshold of perceived importance to the papers that it publishes; rather, it publishes all papers that are judged to be technically valid. Bullock will review manuscripts in the area of public health.

Boonshoft School of Medicine to hold commencement ceremony on May 23
(May 21, 2014) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will hold its annual graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. The graduating class includes 105 medical students. Each student has a different story about his or her medical school journey — here are just a few.

Medical students and 5-year-olds learn lessons from one another
(May 16, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine students in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course practiced their physical exam skills with kindergarteners from Kiser Elemmentary on Friday, May 16, as part of a partnership between the medical school, Dayton Public Schools (DPS) and DPS school nurses. Videographers from WKEF TV Channel 2 were there to capture some of the fun.

Grant from Jeremiah’s Letter assists kinship families supported by the Center for Healthy Communities
(May 13, 2014) Several low-income families served by the Kinship Caregiver Coalition of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities will have the funds to file for custody of kinship children, thanks to a grant from Jeremiah’s Letter, a nonprofit organization that provides community outreach ministries to people in the greater Miami Valley area. The organization gave the Kinship Caregiver Coalition a $1,000 grant in March to provide assistance to kinship families.

Family medicine chief resident selected for health policy fellowship in Washington, D.C.
(May 13, 2014) Melanie Raffoul, M.D., the chief resident of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, is one of two people nationwide who have been selected for the 2014-15 Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University.

Emergency medicine professor discusses the ethics of responding to a hospital shooting
(May 8, 2014) Catherine Marco, M.D., director of scholarly works and professor of emergency medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was interviewed for a story and video, How to Survive a Hospital Shooting, posted in the online publication Medpagetoday on May 1. She was asked, "What is the priority in cases of violent patients?" Marco said healthcare providers need to remember the goal is to provide the "most good for the most people."

Boonshoft School of Medicine wins Top 10 Award for working to meet the nation’s need for family physicians
(May 7, 2014) For the second consecutive year, Boonshoft School of Medicine received an American Academy of Family Physicians Top 10 Award for consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce. Each year, the AAFP presents its Family Medicine Top 10 Awards to honor medical schools that — during a three-year period — graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.

Beetle mania: Wright State researcher investigates insect’s secret to long life
(May 6, 2014) They sound like a rock band. But blue beetles are very much insects — and they may hold the secret to the fountain of youth. Dean Rider, Ph.D., research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular miology, is working to unlock the mystery of these mysterious bugs. He wants to sequence the blue beetle's DNA to see why it lives so long.

President and CEO of Wright State Physicians elected to American College of Physician Executives board
(May 2, 2014) Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE, president and CEO of Wright State Physicians, was one of three new members to be elected to the 2014-2015 board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). Marco also serves as associate dean for faculty and clinical affairs at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Department of Psychiatry assistant professor recognized with highest award in aerospace medicine
(April 30, 2014) The Aerospace Medical Association named Col. Kent McDonald, M.D., the recipient of the Raymond F. Longacre Award, the highest award in aerospace medicine, for advancing the understanding of aviator personality, unique environmental stressors and their impact on optimal performance.

Wright State community to celebrate NEC Building construction milestone with topping out ceremony
(April 30, 2014) Wright State University will celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration (NEC) Building on Friday, May 2, at 1 p.m. at the NEC Building site. Before the final steel support beam is put into place, members of the administration, campus leadership and special guests will sign the beam for posterity during a topping out ceremony. Construction of the building is on schedule for an opening in February 2015.

Grant provides educational resources for grandparents, children supported by Kinship Caregiver Coalition
(April 29, 2014) A $10,000 People’s Choice Grant from the CareSource Foundation has made a difference in the lives of the 535 families and 1,200 children helped annually by the Kinship Caregiver Coalition, a program of the Center for Healthy Communities in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. That grant, which was given to the coalition in July 2012, has helped the coalition provide resources and education to grandparents who are parenting for the second time.

Udit Singhal is first WSU medical student selected for HHMI fellowship
(April 28, 2014) Udit Singhal, a third-year medical student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is one of 70 of the nation&39;s top medical and veterinary students from schools including Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California San Francisco, Duke and Yale, who have been selected for the 2014-2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program.

Student researcher Ellen Ricker’s work in the lab points to answers on respiration
(April 28, 2014) A man with a limp. A woman in a wheelchair. These images of human frailty and courage fascinated Ellen Ricker when she was a young girl walking with her physician father on the streets of Toledo.“There was always that little part of me that wanted to know more.” Ricker is a student neuroscience researcher investigating how opiates such as morphine can affect the carotid bodies and stop a person from breathing.

Harald W. Sontheimer, Ph.D., to be keynote speaker at Neuroscience Day 2014
(April 28, 2014) The Ohio Miami Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience will host Neuroscience Day 2014 at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine on Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the WSU Student Union Apollo Room. Registration is 8 to 9 a.m.

Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program to celebrate 200 graduates
(April 25, 2014) Wright State's Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Ph.D. Program will celebrate a milestone this fall: having graduated 200 students. Largely populated by faculty from the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the program was the university's first Ph.D. program. Today its alumni hold high-ranking faculty positions at major U.S. universities such as the University of California-San Francisco and Case Western Reserve. They populate industrial giants like Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly. And they work in research labs at the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

Major construction work on Colonel Glenn Highway next to Wright State to begin May 5
(April 24, 2014) A major resurfacing and road-improvement project by the City of Fairborn that will result in traffic restrictions on a stretch of Colonel Glenn Highway in front of Wright State University is scheduled to begin May 5. While traffic will be maintained at all times in both directions during the months-long project, dedicated turn lanes on Colonel Glenn will be eliminated.

Local dermatologists to offer free skin cancer screenings May 12-16
(April 23, 2014) Dermatologists are offering free skin cancer screenings to promote early detection and prevention of skin cancers during the week of May 12-16. Morning and afternoon appointments will be available at several locations throughout the region. Because space is limited, appointments are required.

J.R. Martinez to be keynote speaker at Academy of Medicine Annual Dinner April 23
(April 21, 2014) Motivational speaker, U.S. Army veteran, Dancing With The Stars winner, actor and best-selling author J.R. Martinez will speak at the Wright State University Academy of Medicine annual dinner and distinguished guest lecture on Wednesday, April 23. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students to hold marrow donor registry drive at White Hall on April 23
(April 18, 2014) When Neil Knight, a first-year medical student, heard about the plight of a 9-year-old boy named Cruz, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease, he knew he could help by bringing a marrow donor registry drive to Wright State University.

Students to hold canned food drive April 18-26 to support the Dayton Foodbank
(April 18, 2014) Medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society are sponsoring a canned food drive on Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All food collected will be given to the Dayton Foodbank, which distributes food to the hungry throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.  

Boonshoft School of Medicine to host tribute to Robert Peter Turk, M.D., professor emeritus
(April 15, 2014) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a tribute to the late Dr. Robert P. Turk on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m., in White Hall on the Wright State University campus. Robert P. Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82.

Award-winning film “The House I Live In” to be shown at Boonshoft School of Medicine
(April 9, 2014) Student groups from Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a screening and discussion of the film “The House I Live In,” on Thursday, April 24, 4 to 7 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall on the WSU campus. The film addresses the War on Drugs, which began more than 40 years ago and has cost more than $1 trillion. The event is free and open to the public.

Orthopaedic symposium to focus on upper extremity musculoskeletal care
(April 2, 2014) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, is hosting a symposium, “Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Care,” on Friday, May 2, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Wright State University.

Ph.D. student Renee Albers conducting key pregnancy research from agricultural launching pad
(March 28, 2014) She grew up on her family’s hog farm near the small northwestern Ohio village of St. Henry. Today, Renee Albers is working on her doctorate in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Wright State University and is a key researcher in the lab of Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D. She is helping him investigate the causes of pregnancy-associated disorders that lead to premature births.

James Olson, Ph.D., to present at national science teacher's conference
(March 24, 2014) James E. Olson, Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine, and neuroscience, cell biology, and physiology, was invited by the Society for Neuroscience to present a workshop on neuroscience education for grades 6 through college at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education to be held in Boston. He is teaming up with Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom from the Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences to demonstrate how Next Generation Science Standards can be incorporated into classroom activities focusing on neuroscience. Olson will be describing brain mapping — how human sensory systems are represented in an orderly fashion in the brain. The workshop, "Neuroscience as a STEM Subject," will be on April 4.

Public Health Grand Rounds event to focus on a One Health approach to disease outbreak
(Feb. 25, 2014) A Public Health Grand Rounds event will provide multidisciplinary teams with an opportunity to practice their response plans by going through the steps of a disease investigation. The event, “A One Health Approach to Disease Outbreak: A Public Health Emergency Response,” will be held Friday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center (581 Olive Road) in Dayton.

New neuroscience researcher brings unique talents, perspective
(Feb. 12, 2014) Debra Mayes, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, was featured in a story posted in the online Wright State University Newsroom. A researcher who recently joined the WSU and Premier Neuroscience Institute, Mayes' research focuses on how to prevent and repair nerve damage from a disease that can cause behavior and developmental problems in children.

Boonshoft School of Medicine accepting applications for Horizons in Medicine
(Feb. 11, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine is now taking applications for its 2014 Horizons in Medicine program, which runs from June 9 through July 18. This unique program offers high school students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, the opportunity to see firsthand the science and delivery of health care that forms the foundation of a career in medicine. The application deadline is April 6.

Boonshoft School of Medicine students to host blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in atrium of White Hall
(Feb. 6, 2014) Medical students of the Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine are hosting a blood drive for the Community Blood Center on Tuesday, Feb. 11, noon to 4 p.m., in the atrium of White Hall on the WSU campus. Appointments are encouraged and may be scheduled by visiting www.donortime.com and entering the sponsor code of 228.

Center for Healthy Communities seminar examines health disparities in Montgomery County
(Feb. 7, 2014) To examine health disparities in Montgomery County, the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and the Ohio State Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Region IV will present four half-day seminars in 2014. The first seminar will be on Tuesday, March 11, 8 a.m.-12:20 p.m., at Madison Lakes Conference Center in Dayton.

Phi Rho Sigma to host a Day of Caring pancake brunch
(Feb. 6, 2014) Medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society are hosting a Day of Caring 2014 brunch site in White Hall on Sunday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the WSU campus. All proceeds from the pancake brunch will be donated to Greene County local housing and food coalitions, including Greene County Mobile Meals.

New Neurology Residency Program approved
(Jan. 21, 2014) The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved a new residency program in neurology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The ACGME is a private, nonprofit council that evaluates and accredits residency programs in the United States. The Neurology Residency Program will help expand the number of neurologists in the Dayton region by training the future leaders in neurology patient care, research and education. The new program, which will begin on July 1, 2014, was approved to accept up to 16 residents.

Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., named chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
(Jan. 21, 2014) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., FACOG, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served as acting chair since May 1, 2012. Yaklic has been an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2010, and serves as medical director for Wright State Physicians Women’s Health Care.

Robert P. Turk, M.D., professor emeritus at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passes away
(Jan. 17, 2014) Robert Peter Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82. Dr. Turk will be remembered as a committed physician, a scholar, and an outstanding educator. He served on the voluntary faculty at the medical school from 1976 through 2010.

Julie Gentile, M.D., appointed to Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees
(Jan.16, 2014) Julie Gentile, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of four people appointed to serve on the 28-member Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Part of WSU's Division of Advancement, the foundation manages gifts and some scholarship programs that support the university and its students.

Boonshoft School of Medicine professor organizes international conference on inflammation and cancer
(Jan. 15, 2014) Julian G. Cambronero, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, is chairing an international research conference sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The conference, “Phospholipid Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Inflammation and Cancer,” will take place June 1-6, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Cambronero is organizing the event along with George M. Carman, Ph.D., Board of Governors professor of food science and director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research.

Surgery resident receives inaugural Professionalism Award from American College of Surgeons
(Jan. 13, 2014) Justin P. Fox, M.D., chief resident in general surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has received the inaugural Jameson L. Chassin, M.D., FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The award was presented during the college’s business meeting at its annual Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. The Chassin Award recognizes a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion, technical skill and devotion to science and learning. The award is administered by the ACS Division of Education and will now be granted on an annual basis.


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