RSSArchive for March, 2011

AMEC 2011: “Bringing Medicine Full Circle in the Circle City”

AMEC 2011: “Bringing Medicine Full Circle in the Circle City”

There’s a lot to explore within the Circle City. Upon flying into the city, you’ll be impressed by the ease of airport navigation, check-in/baggage delivery, security check, and terminal facilities at the number one ranked small international airport by J.D. Power Associates in the 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Within walking distance of the hotels in the downtown area, you’ll find plenty to do and see no matter your budget. Convenient local site attractions include the Indianapolis Zoo (rated in the top ten zoo list by TripAdvisor in 2008), the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indiana and Western Art, and the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation, the Indiana Medical History Museum.

The New Generation of Osteopaths: Are we Growing, or Simply Blending In?

Osteopathic medical education has changed significantly since the days of our esteemed founder, Dr. A.T. Still. In recent decades, the increasing integration of osteopathic and allopathic training programs caused the two professions to be more alike than ever before. There are osteopathic physicians working in every medical specialty there is, and an increasing trend to step away from the very thing that makes us different: manipulation. The future of osteopathic medicine as we know it is in question: do we embrace it, or seek to change it?

The Future of International Health and U.S. Foreign Aid

In September of 2010, President Obama signed a Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development. The directive was designed to define a U.S. commitment to diplomacy and international relations. The establishment of the directive was followed by a response from the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The organizations identified global health as one of the six imperative areas to be tackled in addressing foreign relations during the current administration. These programs collectively created the platform for the Global Health Initiative (GHI). The GHI is a 5.7 billion dollar foreign aid program; a six year commitment to improving health care in 73 different countries. The initiative places a special emphasis on HIV/AIDS; TB; malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and nutrition.

Mother’s Obesity May Lead to Infertility in the Next Generation

Levels of the hormone ghrelin are low in obese women and a recent study accepted for publication in Endocrinology, a publication of The Endocrine Society, reports that mice whose mothers had low ghrelin levels were less fertile due to a defect in implantation.

Gene Therapy Reverses Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

A gene therapy called NLX-P101 dramatically reduces movement impairment in Parkinson’s patients, according to results of a Phase 2 study published today in the journal Lancet Neurology. The approach introduces a gene into the brain to normalize chemical signaling.

NIDDK Funding Opportunity to attend the NMA’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in conjunction with the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Medical Association (NMA) are pleased to announce the 2011 NIH-NMA Travel Awards Program. The program provides an opportunity for selected residents and fellows who are interested in careers in academic medicine to attend the 109th NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly. This year’s Convention will take place at the Walter E. Washington National Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from July 23 to July 27, 2011.