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Faculty, staff, students and residents are encouraged to attend the Inaugural BU Neurology Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 12 on the BU Medical Campus. Sponsored by the Boston University School of Medicine department of Neurology, the program will include updates on “Dementia Research from the Framingham Heart Study” and “ Research in Parkinson’s Disease.” There will be presentations by senior residents, time to view posters and opportunities to speak informally with peers during the morning symposium.
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
Inaugural BU Neurology Research Symposium
May 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
BUSM Instructional Building, Hiebert Lounge
- 8-8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Dr. Carlos S. Kase
- 8:15-9:45 Senior Resident Presentations
- 9:45-10:15 Update: Dementia Research from the Framingham Heart Study
Dr. Sudha Seshadri
- 10:15-10:45 Poster Viewing
- 10:45-11 Dedication of Top Research Award and Presentation
Dr. Carlos S. Kase
- 11-11:30 Update: Research in Parkinson’s Disease
Dr. Marie Saint-Hilaire
- 11:30-11:45 Closing Remarks
Drs. Anna Hohler and Rafael Zuzuarregui
- 11:45a.m.-1 p.m. Poster Session and Refreshments
RSVP by email to email@example.com, if you plan on attending.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, Boston University School of Medicine faculty members Eric Hardt, MD, and Thea James, MD, will be participating in the 19th annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace. They welcome students, academic colleagues, BMC staff and friends to join them.
Thousands of people will walk 3.6 miles through Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood in support of creating a more peaceful and violence-free community. Funds raised through this event support the efforts of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and other community organizations working to stop the violence.
James, associate professor of Emergency Medicine and assistant dean in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, also serves as director of Boston Medical Center’s Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), which provides support services for victims of trauma that are treated at BMC.
“The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace represents a collaborative effort to raise awareness about a topic that affects all citizens of Massachusetts. The loss of young lives is missed opportunities to make positive contributions to communities, society and to the Commonwealth,” said James.
Founded in 1996 by parents still grieving the loss of their son to violence, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute has been a healing center, training resource and an educational program for the city of Boston and surrounding communities. The Institute is a resource for families, crisis management protocol for professionals and curriculum development for children.
Learn more about the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace.
The BUSM+ Medical Education Digital Badge Program that is targeted to healthcare professionals provides the opportunity to learn the fundamentals about teaching and learning that they may have missed in their professional careers or now want to review to enhance their teaching. The online, open admissions, asynchronous program is conveniently offered 24/7 during your selected time. Take a session or sign up for a competency badge with CME credit and join the global BUSM+ learning community. The 10 sessions include video chats with teaching tips from the Boston University School of Medicine faculty and zipinars on the latest technologies and pedagogies. Registration is open now until May 30, 2015 and the first session starts June 14, 2015. Free for all BU/BUMC/BUSM faculty, staff and students who teach at BUSM.
Do you have your badge? A digital badge is an electronic symbol embedded with your accomplishments in completing a project, mastering a skill, or documenting an experience in Blackboard that is distributed through Mozilla Open Badge to your CV, social networking sites, ePortfolio, or signature line.
For more information and to register, please go to http://www.bu.edu/busmplus . The Teaching and Learning course begins June 14, 2015 and registration is open until May 30, 2015.
James Feldman, MD, a Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) professor and physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Committee Chair Service Award, an honor recognizing exceptional leadership and service to the Society, the statewide professional association of physicians. He will receive the award at the Society’s annual meeting in Boston on April 30.
Feldman is being honored for his six years of chairing the Society’s Committee on Quality of Medical Practice, which provides consultation to the Society’s Board of Trustees and its House of Delegates on the improvement of the quality of health care provided by physicians. It is the second award he has received from the Society in two years; in 2014, he was presented with the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students.
Feldman and has held many clinical, academic, and administrative posts at BUSM and BMC for more than 30 years. He was named a full professor at the school in 2009, and, in addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, was appointed to the administrative post of Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine Research in 2002. He has been an attending physician at BMC since 1983.
Feldman was twice named Outstanding Faculty and twice cited with the Chair Award in Emergency Medicine at BUSM. He has received four top honors from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians: Distinguished Service Award, Vanguard Award, President’s Award, and Pinnacle Award. He was named a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine in 1990.
Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Jean E. Ramsey, MD, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with its Committee Chair Service Award, an honor recognizing exceptional leadership and service to the Society, the statewide professional association of physicians. She will receive the award at the Society’s Annual Meeting in Boston on April 30.
Ramsey is being honored for her years of service on the MMS Committee on Interspecialty, which facilitates communication, cooperation, and coordination between and among the medical specialty societies of Massachusetts, their members and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Ramsey joined the committee in May 2004 and has served as its chair for the last 10 years.
Ramsey is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Education and Residency Program Director for the BMC Department of Ophthalmology, and a BMC physician. Board-certified in ophthalmology, she specializes in pediatric ophthalmology and the vision disorder of strabismus.
A 1990 magna cum laude graduate of BUSM, Ramsey completed her ophthalmology residency, chief residency and pediatric fellowship at Tufts New England Medical Center Hospital. In 2008, she received her Master’s in Public Health with honors from Boston University School of Public Health.
Dr. Ramsey has served as Vice President of the BUSM medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha and is a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Her previous honors include the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award and the Alan Crocker, MD Health Services Award from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Disabilities, presented for her advocacy on behalf of patients with disabilities.
Elizabeth Klings, MD, an associate professor in the department of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and an attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Pulmonary Consultation Service at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been named director of the Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) at BUSM and BMC. The Center supports the highest quality of patient care and promotes interactive basic and clinical research and patient and professional educational activities. It also coordinates teaching for fellows, house staff and medical students in the care of patients with SCD.
Regarded as a leader in the care and treatment of patients with sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension, Klings chaired a committee of 25 hematologists, pulmonologists and cardiologists to develop clinical guidelines sponsored by the American Thoracic Society for the care and treatment of these patients, which were published in 2014.
Klings’ research focused is the pathogenesis of pulmonary vascular complications of SCD. She is a National Institutes of Health-funded principal investigator in the Pulmonary Center collaborating with the Boston Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, Sickle Cell Genetics Research group and the Cardiovascular Proteomics Center at Boston University. She has phenotypically screened close to 200 sickle cell patients at BMC for the presence of pulmonary hypertension and has begun to study the role that genetic polymorphisms play in the pathogenesis of this disease process.
Klings is also the medical director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and has a clinic in the Pulmonary Hypertension Center at BMC where she is involved in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with pulmonary hypertension and has a special interest in the management of patients with chronic dyspnea.
Klings succeeds Dr. Martin Steinberg, who will remain a member of the Section of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Medicine.
A creative and effective interdisciplinary team represented Boston University at the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition in March. The five women representing the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Business won the “Innovation Award” for their presentation, “Un Cuerpo Unido: Transforming the Judicial System in Honduras to Improve Effectiveness and Access.”
Ariel Falconer, SPH ‘15; Liz Nerad, QSB/SPH ’15; Kim Principe, QSB ‘15; Tess Timmes, BUSM ’17; and Karen Foo, MMSc, BUSM ’17, joined 24 teams representing academic institutions from Denmark, Australia and the US to develop recommendations for the President of Honduras to reduce rates of gun violence in that country by 2020.
The Global Health competition is designed to raise awareness of and develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. Teams receive a global health-related case that requires an interdisciplinary approach to formulate recommendations that may involve issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership/investment, medical research, logistics management, faith/cultural understanding, and international law.
Physician honored with Grant V. Rodkey Award for Contributions to Medical Education
Robert C. Lowe, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2015 recipient of the Grant V. Rodkey Award, an honor recognizing a Massachusetts physician for outstanding contributions to medical education and medical students. He will receive the award, one of the Society’s most prestigious, at the organization’s annual meeting in Boston April 30.
In nominating him for the award, Dr. Lowe’s colleagues cited his “great passion for and visible excellence in teaching medical students. His enthusiasm for teaching is infectious and he goes above and beyond in reaching out to students to give them opportunities for learning…and reform medical education to make it more patient friendly and integrated with other health care disciplines.”
Dr. Lowe received his BA in biology summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1992. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center (BMC). Board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, he has been an attending physician at BMC since 2001, when he was also appointed an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University Medical School (BUSM). He was named an Associate Professor in 2007.
Dr. Lowe has long been active in medical education at the local and national level. He currently serves as a member of BMC’s Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Competency Committees and is a member of BUSM’s Medical Education and Preclinical Curriculum Committees. Since 2004, he has been a member of the BUSM’s Academy of Advisors, providing academic and career advice for students.
His efforts in medical education have extended to the regional and national levels. Dr. Lowe has been a member of the Education and Training Committee of the American Gastroenterological Association since 2011, with responsibilities for improving and maintaining the national curriculum for trainees in gastroenterology and approving continuing medical education courses for practicing gastroenterologists. From 2007-2001, he chaired the Medical Advisory Board of the New England Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, which devised and implemented educational programs for physicians and patients with liver disorders.
The Medical Society’s Grant V. Rodkey Award is the latest in a long list of honors that Dr. Lowe has received. Among them are the Excellence in Inpatient Teaching Award, the Excellence in Subspecialty Teaching Award, and the Robert Dawson Evans Teaching Award, all from BMC; the Faculty Award for Teaching in the Preclinical Sciences, the Faculty Award for Teaching in the Clinical Sciences, and the Stanley L. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching, all from BUSM. From 2001-2013, he was voted one of the Best of Boston Doctors by Boston Magazine, and from 2008-2013 was elected to Top Doctors in the U.S. by Castle Connolly Publications.
A published author of textbooks and journal articles on various aspect of gastroenterology, Dr. Lowe is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and its Academy of Educators, the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Boston University’s (BU) Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) Program and the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) were awarded grants from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center as part of a $17M package targeted for capital projects, equipment and supplies.
“We are delighted that both the Center for Regenerative Medicine (CReM) at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine as well as the Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences (BLCS) Program have received this honor from the Massachusetts Life Science Center,” said Karen Antman, MD, dean of Boston University School of Medicine and provost of Boston University Medical Campus. “Their investments in these programs will help patients with pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and acute lung injury as well as provide students with the necessary equipment as they train for careers in the biotechnology field,” she added.
CReM was awarded $1.7 M to launch an expansive Lung Regeneration Initiative (LRI) as part of their Center for Regenerative Medicine. The goal of the LRI is the clinical application of recent BU-led discoveries in stem cell research, such as the treatment of lung diseases with personalized therapeutics, as well as the ultimate reconstitution of diseased lung epithelia in patients with emphysema. The LRI also aims to define and launch treatments for pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis and acute lung injury from inhaled pathogens.
The BLCS Program, which is offered by BU’s Metropolitan College in collaboration with the School of Medicine, received $180,000 in funding to enhance the quality of the training and add to the competencies of the students. The funding from MLSC will enable the BLCS program to obtain essential equipment: a small bioreactor, an HPLC protein chromatography unit and a small bench top fluorescence activated cell analyzer, as well as to implement an electronic laboratory information and management system to train students for the changing environment for record keeping in the biotech industry.
Boston University Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics Jean E. Ramsey, MD, MPH has been named a recipient of the 2015 Dr. Allen Crocker Health Services Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Developmental Services. Presented annually, the award recognizes an individual or organization that mirrors the life of Dr. Crocker and his respect for and value of individuals with a disability.
Dr. Ramsey, BUSM ‘90, BUSPH ’08 who also serves as BUSM Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Vice Chair of Education and Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology, was selected because she excels in including individuals with disabilities in her clinical practice, increasing the cadre of people who joyfully and compassionately care for individuals with disability, focusing on individuals’ capabilities rather than their disabilities, and advocating for equity and social justice.