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BU/VA Thank Veterans on Anniversary of Gulf War

April 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized

n April 6, 1991, Iraq accepted the provisions of United National Security Council Resolution 687, thus ending the Gulf War. On April 9, 2016, Boston University joined with the VA Boston Healthcare System to host an event to thank those who served.

COM GW Anniversary Event Keane IntroDr. Terence Keane, Associate Chief of Staff, Research and Development at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Assistant Dean for Research at BU School of Medicine, gave the opening remarks. “We take this opportunity, on the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War, to offer you our sincere thanks,” Keane told the approximately 100 Gulf War Veterans in attendance.

Dr. Anna Hohler, Director for the Center for Military and Post Deployment Health at BU, and associate professor of Neurology, thanked the Veterans for their continued service. “Not only did you serve in the Gulf, but you have continued to serve through your participation in research studies that will ultimately improve the health of your fellow soldiers and of the population in general,” Hohler said.

COM GW Anniversary Event Color GuardThe Color Guard of the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine presented the Colors while The Newtones of Newton South High School sang the National Anthem.

Dr. Roberta White, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the BU School of Public Health, gave an overview of research conducted over the past quarter century. White, who told the Veterans of her personal connection having lost her own father to a war-related illness, has been involved in extensive research that has led to acceptance of Gulf War Illness (GWI) as a physical illness. White presented a summary of studies that have identified chemical exposures associated with GWI and neuroimaging evidence of structural brain damage associated with GWI.

Event organizers (l to r) Barbara Niles, PhD, DeAnna Mori, PhD, Maxine Krenge, PhD and Carole Palumbo, PhD.

Event organizers (l to r) Barbara Niles, PhD, DeAnna Mori, PhD, Maxine Krenge, PhD and Carole Palumbo, PhD.

Veterans also heard from several BU and VA researchers who continue to conduct ground-breaking studies related to Gulf War Illness. Drs. Barbara Niles, Margaret Naeser, Kimberly Sullivan, Rosemary Toomey, Maxine Krengel, Neil Kowall (represented by Ms. Tranijit Singh) and Scott Kinlay presented information on current studies aimed at increasing our understanding of and improving treatment for GWI.

Mr. Anthony Hardie, a Veteran advocate and Director of Veterans for Common Sense, urged audience members to take part in ongoing research at BU and the VA. “These studies are only as good as our participation,” Mr. Hardie told his fellow Gulf War Veterans.

In addition to providing important information on Gulf War Illness and services available to Veterans, the event provided a forum for Veterans to talk with one another about their shared experiences. Most important, the gathering gave researchers and clinicians an opportunity to say thank you to the men and women who have served and continue to give through their study participation.

Submitted by Monica Parker-James.

Medical Campus Employees Receive Service Awards

March 31st, 2016 in Uncategorized

Each year Boston University holds recognition events to honor employees who have reached service milestones in their careers at BU.

A luncheon was held March 31 to honor faculty and staff who have completed 10 and 25 years of service. In total, there were 87 people honored for 25 years and 238 honored for 10-year service milestones.

“Your dedicated service has been and continues to be a key factor in realizing the University’s mission. We are delighted to honor you and, in doing so, to celebrate the diversity of talent and expertise that makes this University great. Your service is the foundation of our institution,” said President Robert A. Brown.

“We are proud to honor these employees who have made a significant career commitment to the Boston University,” said BU Medical Campus Provost and BUSM Dean Karen Antman, MD. “We appreciate your ongoing dedication to the continuing success of the Medical Campus.

Celebrating 10 Years of Service

Edith Ablavsky School of Public Health
Sandhya Agnihotri Alumni Medical Library
David Ananian National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories
Kimberly Avila Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Markus Bachschmid School of Medicine
Marco Basta Information Services & Technology
Jennifer Beard School of Public Health
Alexander Bendayan Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Shalender Bhasin School of Medicine
Steven Bookless Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Lisa Brown School of Medicine
Ci-Di Chen School of Medicine
Clara Chen School of Public Health
Ilia Jorgji Coka School of Medicine
Sharon Coleman School of Public Health
Tasha Coughlin School of Public Health
Yolanda Cuevas Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Kathie Davis-Dottin Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Richard Dinnocenzo Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Melissa Dipetrillo School of Medicine
Gheorghe Doros School of Public Health
Denise Eckstrom School of Medicine
Margaret Errante Dental Health Center
Stephanie Ettinger De Cuba School of Public Health
Alik Farber School of Medicine
Jesuina Fernandes Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Anne Fidler School of Public Health
Fausta Freire School of Medicine
Shahnaz Gharib Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Avneesh Gupta School of Medicine
Selim Hascelik Alumni Medical Library
Lori Henault School of Medicine
Ronald Iverson School of Medicine
Scharukh Jalisi School of Medicine
Rinat Jonas School of Medicine
Joanne Kayden Dental Health Center
Bruce Larson School of Public Health
Ana Lemus School of Medicine
Karin Leschly School of Medicine
Gang Liu School of Medicine
Donna Magnanti School of Medicine
Keith McDonald BUMC Facilities Management
Raquel McDonald School of Medicine
Hans Meier-Ewert School of Medicine
Asim Mian School of Medicine
Linda Ng School of Medicine
Jingbo Niu School of Medicine
Sheree Norquist Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Maria Ober School of Medicine
Mikel Panajoti Public Safety
Christopher Pellegrino Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Aeisha Pringle Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Fuzhong Qin School of Medicine
John Reilly Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Catherine Rich School of Medicine
Linda Rosen Graduate Medical Science
Jennifer E Rosen School of Medicine
Amy Rubin School of Medicine
Kelley Saia School of Medicine
Erdjan Salih Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Sepehr Sekhavat School of Medicine
Kimberly Shea School of Public Health
Dhurata Shosho Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Elizabeth Stier School of Medicine
Tony Tannoury School of Medicine
Gloria Vachino City Lab
Alexander Walley School of Medicine
Mary Walsh School of Medicine
Jennifer Ward School of Medicine
Rebecca Washburn School of Medicine
Justyna Wells Public Safety
Elizabeth Whitney School of Medicine
Mary Wienke School of Medicine
James Wolff School of Public Health
Weining Zhao Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Celebrating 25 Years of Service

Ildiko Akey School of Medicine
Thomas Barber School of Medicine
Willie Barker Public Safety
Edward Bernstein School of Medicine
Pelly Chang Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Wendy Cheney Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Lora Forman School of Medicine
Haiyan Gong School of Medicine
Joseph Kahn School of Medicine
Vasken Kroshian School of Medicine
Harold Lazar School of Medicine
Birgitta Lehman School of Medicine
Luigi Martiniello Public Safety
Christine Paal School of Public Health
John Palfrey School of Medicine
Hee-Young Park Graduate Medical Science
Nicole Prudent School of Medicine
Richard Rabbett Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
N. Paul Rosman School of Medicine
Shelley Russek School of Medicine
Florina Tynyanova Medical Library
Eugene Uzogara School of Medicine

GSDM Makes Waves at 2016 Yankee Dental Congress

February 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Megan Sullivan DMD 18 at her winning research poster with Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Assistant Director of Pre-doctoral Research Ms. Afaf Hourani.

Megan Sullivan DMD 18 at her winning research poster with Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Assistant Director of Pre-doctoral Research Ms. Afaf Hourani.

From Jan. 28-31, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center was abuzz during the 41st annual Yankee Dental Congress (YDC), the largest dental meeting in New England, and the third largest meeting in the United States. The convention drew thousands of dental professionals from around the region, and featured hundreds of dental continuing education courses, lectures and events. Representatives of Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) joined the hundreds of exhibitors in the center.

During the three days of the 41st Annual YDC, hundreds of alumni, students, residents, faculty and staff visited the GSDM booth, which featured the always popular alumni lounge—a place for alumni to sit, relax and enjoy refreshments. “I’m always excited to see the alumni who stop by year after year and help make our booth so much fun,” said Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Ms. Stacey McNamee.

Descriptions of some of the many activities and events members of the GSDM community participated in are below.

Pre-doctoral Research Poster Presentations

Three GSDM students presented posters during YDC’s pre-doctoral research poster session, which took place on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The three student presenters were:

  • Megan Sullivan DMD 18,The Root of the Problem: Occurrence of Typical and Atypical Periapical Pathologies,” with Dr. Vikki Noonan, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the Division of Oral Pathology; and Dr. George Gallagher, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and Head of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology.
  • Jasmine Khedkar AS 17, Introducing the Next Level in Ethics: Understanding Cultural Diversity,” with Dr. Larry Dunham, Director of Diversity & Multicultural Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry.
  • Manisha Pradhan AS 17,Oral and Dental Healthcare among Children in Foster Care and Out-of-Home Placements: Exploring the Practice and Perspectives of Child Protection Workers,” with Mona C. S. Schatz of the University of Wyoming.

Sullivan was declared the winner of the pre-doctoral research poster session, which featured posters from several other students from regional dental schools.

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter remarked, “I would like to congratulate Ms. Megan Sullivan for winning the YDC pre-doctoral research poster session. Her research certainly required her to go above and beyond, and I am happy to see her rewarded as the winner of the session.”

She will again present her poster at the 2016 Annual Session of the American Association of Dental Research in March 2016 in Denver.

GSDM Student Debate Team

Two GSDM DMD students participated in a student debate on Saturday, January 30 that involved all five schools from District One of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) as well as one team consisting of pre-dental students.

The GSDM debate team consisted of Asia Yip DMD 19 and Ashish Agarwal AS 17. Also assisting with the coordination of the GSDM debate team were Monica Schmidt DMD 17, John Barrett DMD 17, and McAllister Castelaz DMD 17.

The GSDM team debated a team from the University of New England (UNE) about whether affordability or access is the greatest barrier to receiving care in underserved and rural communities. While the GSDM debate team took home the top prize in 2015, the team in 2016 was not able to move into the final round of this year’s debate which was won by the UNE team.

ACD Student Leadership Award

On Saturday, Jan. 30, GSDM DMD 16 student Matt Mara received a special award at the 41st annual YDC. Mara received the American College of Dentists New England Section’s Outstanding Student Leader Award. While Mara was not able to attend because he was in Guatemala on a dental service externship, his parents accepted the award from Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter on his behalf.

Both Dean Hutter and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Geriatric Dental Medicine Dr. Joseph Calabrese congratulated Mara’s parents on his accomplishments.

Student Volunteers

From Jan. 28-30 a total of 19 DMD students, AS students, and students in the Preceptor Program, volunteered their time at a special booth in the exhibit hall to provide information to conference-goers about HIV. The GSDM student volunteers joined students from other Boston-area dental and dental hygiene schools as well as staff from GSDM and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

The event was coordinated by the BPHC HIV Dental Program, which offers education, dental referrals, and advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS.  In addition, the BPHC HIV Dental Program gives students an opportunity to learn more about issues related to HIV/AIDS. The program has provided an educational exhibit on HIV/AIDS oral health issues and infection control at YDC for 18 years.

GSDM Volunteers handed out information packets, talked to visitors, and assisted in collecting consumables to donate to programs for people living with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts.

Clinical Instructor Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Oral Health Promotion Director Ms. Kathy Lituri Ms. Kathy Lituri said, “The students had a great on-site experience and left knowing a little more about HIV and oral health. They were able to spend time with people living with HIV/AIDS, and learn firsthand about the oral health issues they encounter. Thank you for all of your efforts.”

The GSDM volunteers were Chiho Ahn, DMD 17; Chiyoon Ahn, AS 17; Ali Alrubaye, Preceptor Program 16; John Barrett, DMD 17; Aashima Chopra, Preceptor Program 16; Jaehyuk Choi, DMD 18; Tamara Gordon, DMD 18; Tripti Gupta, AS 17; Syed Iqba, Preceptor Program 16; Navtej Kang, AS 16; Jin K Lee, DMD 16; Pooja Palaksha, AS 17; Krupa Patel, Preceptor Program 16; Paulomi Salvi, Preceptor Program 16; Mansi Shah, AS 17; Kushan Shah, AS 17; Chandini Shaikh, DMD 19; Priyanka Sheshagri, Preceptor Program 16; Bhandal Sukhmandeep, AS 17; Parnian Paymozd Yazdi, DMD 17; Moaz Zarbarakji GPH volunteer.

Team Smile Volunteering & Leadership Institute Graduation

Team Smile and the MDS Foundation (The charitable arm of the Massachusetts Dental Society) joined forces to host a free dental clinic on Jan. 28 and 29 at the 41st Annual YDC. The Team Smile Clinic offered free dental services including triage, X-ray, filling, sealant, prophylaxis and oral health education to underserved Boston area children. A total of 24 members of the GSDM community volunteered at this special dental clinic.

The free dental clinic was set up at the YDC exhibit hall. It contained multiple dental chairs and a large supply of dental instruments that allowed volunteers to perform dental work under OSHA, HIPAA and Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry guidelines.

The goal of Team Smile is to communicate the idea that oral health care is vitally important to long-term health by developing a bond between children’s organizations, oral health professionals, surrounding communities, and professional sports organizations.

Boston Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and New England Patriots mascot, Pat Patriot, along with New England Patriots cheerleaders were there to cheer up the children receiving oral health care.

While the event was organized by Team Smile and the MDS, three GSDM community members had a large role in planning the School’s involvement in the Team Smile event. They are Dr. Pelly Chang, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Eleni Kanasi, Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and the Department of Periodontology, and Practice Leader in the Pre-doctoral Patient Treatment Center; and Dr. Annetty Soto, Geriatric Dental Medicine Fellow PGY2.

The three GSDM community members helped recruit the 24 GSDM volunteers who were stationed at the Team Smile clinic. They did this as part of the requirements of the two-year-long MDS Leadership Institute, which requires participants to attend four half-day meetings, and serve on a special ad hoc committee in which they work toward resolving an issue affecting the dental profession.

At YDC, Dr Chang, Dr. Kanasi and Dr. Soto all received plaques honoring their completion of the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Leadership Institute, and their dedication to the profession.

Dr. Chang said she is especially thankful to Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Dr. Celeste Kong for their presence at both the Team Smile Clinic and the Leadership Institute Graduation Ceremony.

Dr. Chang also praised the assistance of Dr. Celeste Kong, Professor and Chair Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Joseph Calabrese, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Geriatric Dental Medicine; and Dr. David Russell, Assistant Dean for Patient Care, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry.

Student volunteers at Team Smile:

Sultan Basha, AS 17; Grace Hannawi, AS 17; Vaibhav Jagad, AS 17. Mohammad Khan, AS 17;  Jasmine Khedkar, AS 17; Bart Knowles, DMD 19;  Bhoomi Kotak, AS 17;  Jignesh Rudani, AS 17;  Maedeh Sedaghati, AS 17;  Megha Shah, Preceptor Program 16; Rohan Shah, AS 17.

Faculty volunteers at Team Smile:

Dr. Pelly Chang, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. David Dano, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Practice Leader in the Pre-doctoral Patient Treatment Center; Dr. Simran Grover, Clinical Instructor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Roxana Hashemian, Clinical Instructor in the Department of General Dentistry; Antoine Hraiz, Clinical Instructor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Eleni Kanasi, Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and the Department of Periodontology, and Practice Leader in the Pre-doctoral Patient Treatment Center; Dr. Waleerat Kaweevisaltrakul, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, and Practice Leader in the Pre-doctoral Patient Treatment Center; Dr. Theodore Markos, Clinical Associate in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Dmitry Merzon, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Debra Pan, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, and Director of the Pre-Doctoral Preclinical Remediation Program; Dr. Parvis Sadooghi, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Cameron Shahbazian, Clinical Instructor in the Department of General Dentistry; Dr. Athanasios Zavras, Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry.

Continuing Education

Representatives of Continuing Education (CE) at GSDM were also present on the YCD exhibit floor throughout the conference.

“Attending Yankee Dental Congress was very beneficial for CE. We had the opportunity to promote our Continuing Education program and conduct a short survey to gauge what kind of courses dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff are looking for,” said Business Manager of Continuing Education Ms. Stephanie Grignet.

“We plan to incorporate the results into our future course offerings,” she said.

In addition, members of CE utilized the conference to learn more about the dental market, and meet potential speakers for courses. They also built relationships with dental companies and local dental associations, along with GSDM alumni.

John Golden Award

On Wednesday, Jan. 27,  Dr. John Carl McManama, Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, received the John Golden Award at the 41st Annual YDC Presidential Awards Ceremony and Reception, which took place at the Plaza Ballroom in the Seaport Hotel. This award is in recognition of Dr. McManama’s extraordinary service to the Yankee Dental Congress organization over the past 15 years most recently serving as Yankee Dental Congress General Chair.

The following GSDM faculty and alumni played a large role in organizing and arranging this year’s YDC, Dr. Kathy Alikhani, DMD 88, Endo 90; Dr. Charles Badaoui, DMD 89; Dr. Nathan Birnbaum Pros 74; Dr. Courtney Brady DMD 11; Dr. Gennaro Cataldo; Dr. Pelly Chang, DMD 89; Dr. Nicholas Dello Russo, Perio 72; Dr. Mark Doherty, Jr., Endo 05; Dr. Gerard Dorato; Dr. Debbie Eisen, CAS 84, DMD 88; Dr. Mark Ferriero; Dr. John Fiore, DMD 89, AEGD 90; Dr. Paula Friedman, DPH 88, MPH 00; Dr. John Guarente, DMD 89; Dr. Harish Gulati, PGOE 05; Dr. Deedee Gurin, DMD 97; Dr. Dennis Jodoin, DMD 95, Perio 98; Dr. Suneel Kandru, Endo 07; Dr. Zachary Kano, DMD 96; Samer Khayat, Pros 04, Endo 08; Dr. Iman Labib, DMD 96; Endo 01; Dr. David Lustbader, CAS 86, DMD 86; Dr. Carl McManama; Dr. Debra Pan, MsC 86, DMD 01; Dr. Mina Paul, SPH 97; Dr. Gustavo Perdomo, Pros 85, DMD 99; Dr. Sean Rayment, DMD 97, DSc 00; Dr. Jared Reid, DMD 04; Ms. Leila Joy Rosenthal; Dr. Ronni Schnell, DMD 81; D. Maryam Shomali, CAS 87, Endo 93; Dr. Richard Short, CAS 76, DMD 82; Dr. Lakshmi Thalanki, DMD 88, Ortho 02; Dr. Mark Wang, DMD 94; and Dr. Howard Zolot, Perio 85.

The following GSDM faculty and alumni gave courses at YCD, Dr. Neal Fleisher, DMD 84, Perio 86; Dr. Ronald Fried, DMD 83; Dr. Anita Gohel; Dr. Sheldon Itzkowitz, Perio 92, AEGD 94; Dr. Judith Jones, DPH 00, DSc 02; Dr. Elliot Kronstein, Pros 77; Dr. Bing Liu DMD ’03, DSC ’90; Dr. Carl McManama; Dr. Gigi Meinecke, DMD 88; Dr. Ronni Schnell, DMD 81; Ms. Mary Ellen Sholes, MET 78; Dr. Richard Short, CAS 76, DMD 82; and Dr. Linda Vidone, DMD 93, AEGD 94, Perio 97.

Photos are available on Facebook and Flickr.

Story submitted by GSDM Communications.

NEJM Perspective Focuses on Role of Prescriber Education for Opioids

January 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized

In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. That growth has been associated with increasing misuse of these medications, leading to alarming increases in unintentional opioid overdose deaths.

In a perspective in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, Daniel Alford, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and assistant dean of Continuing Medical Education and director of the Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), recommends that prescriber education is the best approach to addressing the prescription opioid-misuse epidemic, allowing for individualized care on the basis of a patient’s needs after a careful benefit–risk assessment.

According to Alford, a key problem is that clinician education around pain management and safe opioid prescribing has been lacking. As opposed to blunt regulatory solutions that decrease access to opioids in an indiscriminant way, education is a more finely tuned approach that can empower clinicians to make appropriate, well-informed treatment decisions for every patient at each clinical encounter. “Education has the potential to both reduce overprescribing and ensure that patients in need retain access to opioids,” explained Alford, who is also medical director of Boston Medical Center’s Office-based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) program.

Alford points out clinicians have limited tools at their disposal to help patients with severe chronic pain and the reimbursement system favors the use of medications alone, despite evidence supporting multimodal pain management. Moreover, whereas clinicians can use objective measures to guide their management of other chronic diseases, here they must rely solely on the patient’s (or family’s) reports of benefits (such as improved function) and harms (such as loss of control).

Alford believes voluntary prescriber education may be insufficient to address this problem and that mandatory education may be required. “If so, it will be important to link mandated education to medical licensure to avoid having clinicians opt out — since that could lead to reduced treatment access, as well as burnout among the clinicians who opt in,” he added.

Alford believes that the medical profession is compassionate enough and bright enough to learn how to prescribe opioids, when they are indicated, in ways that maximize benefit and minimize harm. “Though managing chronic pain is complicated and time consuming and carries risk, we owe it to our patients to ensure access to comprehensive pain management, including the medically appropriate use of opioids.”

 

SPH Dean Sandro Galea Appointed Robert A. Knox Professor

January 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Leading expert on health consequences of mass trauma, conflict

SPH Dean Sandro Galea has studied the health impacts of the trauma of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by Dan Aguirre

SPH Dean Sandro Galea has studied the health impacts of the trauma of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Photo by Dan Aguirre

Sandro Galea, dean of the School of Public Health, has been appointed Boston University’s Robert A. Knox Professor. The professorship supports a BU faculty member who demonstrates excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching, as well as impact on society.

“Professor Galea’s energetic leadership and foundational research in the health of urban populations are sparking important new conversations and producing tangible results in communities across the globe,” says Jean Morrison, University provost and chief academic officer. “His work exemplifies the impactful, multidisciplinary approach at the core of this distinguished professorship.”

Galea says he is honored by the professorship. “I am thrilled that this professorship joins other endowed professorships held by scholars who are part of our school community,” he says.

Galea’s current research interests focus on the social production of health in urban populations. He examines the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He is also a leading expert on the health consequences of mass trauma and conflict, and has studied the health impacts of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. His most recent book, Population Health Science, coauthored with Katherine Keyes, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several foundations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which gave him a 2006 Investigator Award in Health Policy Research. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Epidemiological Society.

The second faculty member to receive the professorship, Galea is also the second from SPH. The previous Robert A. Knox Professor was Jonathon Simon, former director of the BU Center for Global Health & Development.

The Robert A. Knox Professorship was established through a 2012 $2.5 million gift from the Robert and Jeanne Knox Foundation, a philanthropic entity cofounded by Robert Knox (CAS’74, Questrom’75), chair of the BU Board of Trustees, and his wife, Jeanne, who heads the BU Parents Leadership Council.

This BU Today story was written by Michelle Samuels.

Jan. 20 Celebrate the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized

MLK & Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Spirit of Inclusion

Wednesday, Jan. 20, Noon-1 p.m., Hiebert Lounge
Open to Medical Campus students, faculty and staff
Refreshments will be provided.

Winston Langley

Winston Langley

Winston E. Langley
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Political Science and International Relations
University of Massachusetts Boston

Kazi Nazrul Islam is the national poet of Bangladesh. His writings explore themes such as love and freedom. He opposed all bigotry and assailed fanaticism in religion. Many of his works were devoted to the principle of human equality, vigorously assaulting religious extremism and the mistreatment of women, provoking condemnation from Muslim and Hindu fundamentalists.

Professor Langley is the author of “Kazi Nazrul Islam: The Voice of Poetry and the Struggle for Human Wholeness.” He is considered the first Western scholar to study Nazrul and will explore features of the poet’s thinking with that of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This event is brought to you by BUSM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with the BMC Events Committee, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine Office of Diversity, BU School of Public Health and the BMC Minority Recruitment Program.

Medical Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Nazi Doctors, Racial Hygiene, Murder and Genocide

January 13th, 2016 in Featured, Uncategorized

Students, faculty and staff are invited to

“Medical Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust: The Nazi Doctors, Racial Hygiene, Murder and Genocide”

Wednesday, Jan. 20
Noon-1:20 p.m.
BUSM Instructional Building, L109 A/B

This talk is being given in memory of Robert Berger, MD, BUSM ’56, Distinguished Alumni Award recipient 1982, former Chief of Cardiac Surgery at BUSM and Director of Cardiovascular Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Berger was a holocaust survivor who analyzed the science behind the hypothermia experiments that took place in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. His paper, which was published in the May 1990 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, found that the methods used by Nazi researchers were unsound, their approach erratic, the resulting reports “riddled with inconsistencies.” Dr. Berger found evidence of data falsification and suggestions of fabrication.

Michael A. Grodin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry; Family Medicine; Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights, Boston University
Co-director, Joint Project in Jewish Legal Bioethics of the Institute of Jewish Law
Professor, Jewish Studies, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies
Director, Project on Ethics and the Holocaust

An internationally recognized expert on the Holocaust, Grodin received a special citation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in recognition of his “profound contributions – through original and creative research – to the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance.” Grodin was the 2000 Julius Silberger Scholar studying Holocaust Survivors and was granted the 2014 Kravitz Humanitarian award of the Psychoanalytic Institute. He has delivered more than 400 invited national and international addresses, written more than 200 scholarly papers, and edited or co-edited seven books including ” Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation” and “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust.” He has just completed a first draft of a new book “Jewish Spiritual Resistance in the Ghettos During the Holocaust.”

This presentation is sponsored by three student groups: the Maimonides Society, the BUSM Student Historical Society and the Student Internal Medicine Group.

Nov. 17 Resilience and Mindfulness Workshop

November 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Life is full of challenges. While we often have no choice over the challenges we encounter, we do have some control over how we respond. BUMC faculty and staff are invited to a free wellness workshop, Tuesday, Nov. 17. (Register at fitness@bu.edu)

This presentation will focus on cultivating psychological resilience – the ability to cope effectively with crises and bounce back quickly from setbacks.

In this interactive workshop participants will:

  • Explore the concepts of resilience and of mindfulness and the ways in which mindfulness boosts resilience
  • Sample mindfulness practices including mindful eating, meditation, and mindful stretching
  • Learn about other simple activities demonstrated to boost resilience
  • Identify free resources available for use in cultivating mindfulness and resilience

Nov. 17 Resilience and Mindfulness Workshop

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Noon-1 p.m.
BUSM Instructional Building, Room L209
Please register at fitness@bu.edu.

GSDM Hosts Students And Faculty From Three Chinese Dental Schools

November 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) hosted students and faculty from three Schools of Stomatology in China this summer, during three separate 14-day visits. The visits were part of an ongoing Global Externship Exchange with three Chinese institutions that began in October 2013. The exchange allows fourth-year DMD students to spend three weeks—guided by a GSDM faculty member—at three Chinese dental schools, gaining clinical and cultural experience as well as course credit. The exchange also allows for students and faculty from the Chinese schools to visit GSDM. These corresponding visits have been taking place each year since 2013.

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Dr. Laisheng Chou with Dr. Yumei Zhang, Dr. Jing Gao, and Dr. Lingzhou Zhao from FMMUSS

Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter and Dr. Laisheng Chou with Dr. Yumei Zhang, Dr. Jing Gao, and Dr. Lingzhou Zhao from FMMUSS

The three groups of Chinese students and faculty that visited GSDM this summer were from Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Stomatology (SJUSS), Peking University School of Stomatology (PKUSS) and the Fourth Military Medical University School of Stomatology (FMMUSS). The visitors were each in Boston for 14 days this summer, touring GSDM and the city of Boston while observation all of GSDM’s academic and clinical programs, as well as the school’s other various scholarly and research activities.

The Chinese visitors participating in this cultural exchange program all specialize in postdoctoral programs, and many of the visiting Chinese students had specific interest in rotations of GSDM’s postdoctoral clinic such as Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontology, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery and Pediatric Dentistry. Therefore, each 14-day schedule was tailored to the interests of the visitors.

Visiting first, from June 25 to July 7, were Dr. Ming Cai, Ying Chen (student), and ZhouXi Ye (student) from SJUSS in Shanghai.

Visiting second, from July 8 to July 19, were Dr. Yumei Zhang, Dr. Jing Gao, and Dr. Lingzhou Zhao from FMMUSS in Xi’an.

Visiting third, from August 24 to September 3, were Meili Dong, Keang Fan (student), Donghao Wei (student), and Jihao Zhang (student) from PKUSS in Beijing.

“I am delighted to see that this important cultural and academic exchange between GSDM and our partner institutions continues to be both immensely beneficial as well as enjoyable for everyone involved” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “It was a pleasure to get to know all of the visitors from SJUSS, FMMUSS, and PKUSS during their visits.”

The exchange program is overseen by GSDM’s Office of Global & Population Health. Dr. Laisheng Chou, Professor and Director of Oral Medicine and Professor of Biomaterials, and Consultant to the Dean on Far Easter Programs serves as the Program Director.

The exchange program started with SJUSS and FMMUSS in 2013 and expanded quickly to include PKUSS in 2014. In 2015, the program continues to grow. Both Tokyo Medical and Dental University in Tokyo, Japan, and Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Dentistry, in Bangkok, Thailand were recently added to the exchange program, with students from GSDM visiting those schools in September 2015, and students from the respective schools set to visit GSDM in the summer of 2016.

This means that visiting international students—from five schools—will be on GSDM’s campus for a combined length of nearly two months in the summer of 2016.  At the same time, GSDM will continue to send its fourth year DMD students to five dental schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Tokyo and Bangkok for their global externship program.

The rapidly growing program is incredibly beneficial to GSDM students. The students who are selected to participate—only eight students can be selected into the program each year from a very competitive pool of applicants—receive fantastic exposure to the workings of international dental schools while also experiencing different cultures.

“The quantity and variety of the cases our students are exposed to at the dental schools in China, Japan and Thailand are remarkable,” said Dr. Chou. “It would certainly be unlikely for the students to experience the same type of cases in their short four-year DMD program in the United States.”

The schedules of the 14-day visits for this year’s incoming visitors from SJUSS, PKUSS and FMMUSS were jam-packed with events and activities designed to fully expose the Chinese faculty and students to the workings of GSDM, and help them explore any curiosities they may have about GSDM’s programs.

Each visit included a special dinner at Dean Hutter’s home, at which Dean Hutter personally welcomed the scholars and students from China to Boston, and thanked them for their continued support of the exchange program.

The Saturday and Sunday of each visit was reserved for sightseeing around Boston and the greater Boston area. DMD students were tasks with touring the Chinese visitors around the city. The DMD students who took part in these city tours were: Wenyu Qu DMD 17, Annie Xiaomeng DMD 17, Sen Wang DMD 17, Nic Branshaw DMD 16, Mohamed Bayoumy DMD 16, Kayla Cuddy DMD 16.

While the weekends of each of the visits this year were filled with laid-back, fun activities, the weekdays were packed tight with presentations and events designed to showcase GSDM to the Chinese visitors. Each group of Chinese scholars and students was given a tour of GSDM and the Medical Campus before immersing in their dense schedule of presentations and other activities.

The visitors were also able to observe GSDM’s Grand Rounds presentations and enjoy a lunch with the Boston University Asian Dental Student Organization (ADSO).

Faculty members participating in the SJUSS visit (faculty previously mentioned in this article will not have titles in the following list):

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Hussam Batal
  • Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of General Dentistry, Assistant Dean of Students, and Director of Geriatric Dental Medicine Joseph Calabrese
  • Laisheng Chou
  • Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Health Services Research and Associate Dean for Global & Population Health Michelle Henshaw
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of the Preliminary Internship Program Timothy Osborn
  • Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Periodontology Dr. Mingfang Su

Faculty members participating in the FMMUSS visit (faculty previously mentioned in this article will not have titles in the following list):

  • Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials and Clinical Director of the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Prosthodontics Alexander Bendayan
  • Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Ishwar Bhatia
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Credentialing at Boston Medical Center Steven J. Bookless
  • Laisheng Chou
  • Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry John Guarente
  • Michelle Henshaw
  • Clinical Instructor in the Department of General Dentistry Eric Mandelbaum
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Endodontics Ramzi Sarkis

Faculty members participating in the PKUSS visit (faculty previously mentioned in this article will not have titles in the following list):

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Faculty Practice Clinical Services Hussam Batal
  • Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry Louis Brown
  • Joseph Calabrese
  • Associate Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Radhika Chigurupati
  • Laisheng Chou
  • Clinical Professor and Director of Pre-doctoral Education in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Vice Chairman of Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at Boston Medical Center Richard D’Innocenzo
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Yael Frydman
  • Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and Head of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology George Gallagher
  • John Guarente
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials Russell A. Giordano
  • Michelle Henshaw
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences & Biomaterials Ali Khiblil
  • Professor in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and Associate Dean for Research Maria A. Kukuruzinska
  • Eric Mandelbaum
  • Professor in the Department of General Dentistry Carl McManama
  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs Pushkar Mehra
  • Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Director of the Division of Pre-doctoral Removable Prosthodontics Ronni Schnell
  • Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Director of Quality Assurance and Ambulatory Operations at Boston Medical Center Bradford Towne

Other GSDM community members participating in the PKUSS visit:

  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Resident Gaby Bonilla
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Resident Natalia Lopez

Photos from the visits from SJUSS, FMMUSS and PKUSS visits can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Submitted by GSDM Communications.

The Power of Scholarships

October 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized

Gratitude, excitement and anticipation – these three words describe the 2015 BUSM Scholarship Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 24.

In a candle-lit room at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, 18 medical students gathered together to meet – for the first time – their scholarship donors.

Dean Antman with students Adam Johnson (Class of 2017) and Karanda Bowman (Class of 2016)

Dean Antman with students Adam Johnson (Class of 2017) and Karanda Bowman (Class of 2016)

“Today is really important,” said Nick Smith, BUSM Class of 2016. “Getting to meet the face behind who’s doing this for me – it’s really special.”

To his surprise, Smith’s donor was Aram Chobanian, MD, President Emeritus, Boston University and Dean Emeritus of the School of Medicine.

“It’s terrific,” said Smith. “The weight that I’ll have in terms of debt going forward is that much less. Every little bit counts.”

Thanks to scholarships established by generous donors, every year students who otherwise could not afford a BUSM education can pursue their dream of becoming a physician.

According to Emir Morais, co-interim director of BUSM’s Student Financial Services, the cost of medical education presents a high barrier for many applicants – and a significant burden for many graduates. In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges reports that 79 percent of medical students have debt of $100,000 or more after medical school.

“Scholarships help relieve some of the financial burden put on these students during and after their medical education,” said Morais. “These funds support their education and their intellectual, professional and personal development. It gives them the opportunity to attend a medical school that fits their passions and a chance to choose a field they care about.”

Over dinner and dessert, the students and donors were greeted by Dean Karen Antman, MD, who introduced Karanda Bowman, Class of 2016, and Adam Johnson, Class of 2017. Both students spoke about how their scholarships were a critical component in attending medical school.

“You haven’t just given me a gift,” said Johnson. “You’ve given my family a little more hope that everything really will be alright.”

As the students parted ways with their donors, handshakes and hugs were exchanged. Pleasantries and advice about medical school filled the room. But as this writer will attest, two common, contagious sentiments elevated this event – honor and gratefulness.

“We have to give kids the opportunity to be able to go to medical school without worrying about huge debts,” said Elaine Kirshenbaum, a BU donor since 1983. “It’s an honor to be able to support them.”

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