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Caduceus Newsletter Spring 2016.14:  Week of April 18   

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

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Q:  How do you handle a squirmy snake?

A:  Just “swim with it”.

 

 

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Table of Contents:

1.  Events coming up. 
2. 
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, NJ), (RowanSOM) is hosting an Annual Open House Event!!!! 
3.  NIH sequences genome of Pneumocystis spp., a fungus that causes life-threatening pneumonia.  
4.  New York Medical College Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences offers a Professional Science Master’s program.  
5. 
Students interested in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine are cordially invited to attend an Open House at any one of the three locations of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM):  Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Bradenton, Florida on Friday, June 24, 2016 
6.  The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD-PhD Program.  
7.  Join the Student Conservation Association for Earth Day Service.   

8.  Marginalia:  News Flash!  ZTA members get a lesson in handling snakes.(!)  

 

1.  Events coming up.    

Saturday, April 23, 2016:  Impressions Program 2016, offered by the Student National Dental Association chapter of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.   

 

2.  Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford, NJ), (RowanSOM) is hosting an Annual Open House Event!!!! 

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, (RowanSOM) is hosting an Annual Open House Event!!!!

 

WHERE:           RowanSOM’s Stratford New Jersey Campus

WHEN:                        Friday, April 22, 2016, 12 to 5pm

WHO:              Anyone interested in applying to medical school

WHY:               Find out How to Be a Competitive Applicant!!!

WHAT:                        Learn more about our curricular tracks:  Systems Based and Expanded Problem Based Learning Curriculum (PBLC)

REGISTER:       www.rowan.edu/som/education/admissions/openHouse_form.php

 

See Attached Flyer!  We hope to see there!

 

Best,

 

Paula Watkins, MAS

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

One Medical Center Drive, Suite 210

PO Box 1011

Stratford, NJ 08084

(856) 566-7050

fennerpa@rowan.edu

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3.  NIH sequences genome of Pneumocystis spp., a fungus that causes life-threatening pneumonia.  

For Immediate Release
April 11, 2016

Contact:
Molly Freimuth
301-549-5789

NIH sequences genome of a fungus that causes life-threatening pneumonia

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, in collaboration with extramural organizations, have sequenced nearly the entire genome of human, mouse and rat Pneumocystis. This organism causes a life-threatening pneumonia in immunosuppressed hosts. Pneumocystis was one of the first infections that led to the initial recognition of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has been responsible for thousands of deaths over the past 30 years and remains a significant risk in the HIV/AIDS population as well as in transplant recipients and other immunosuppressed patients. Findings were published in Nature Communications. NIH scientists collaborated with investigators from the Broad Institute and Leidos, Inc.

Through analysis of the genomes, researchers now better understand where the organism lives and how it avoids elimination by its hosts’ immune system. The high quality of the genomes allowed not only identification of metabolic pathways that are critical to the growth and survival of the organism, but also recognition that a large number of pathways that are present in other closely related fungi are absent from Pneumocystis. These pathways likely disappeared as Pneumocystis evolved to become highly dependent on its mammalian host to stay alive. 

“Our long term goal is to learn more about human Pneumocystis infection and to decrease its impact on immunosuppressed humans. This study is an important step in that direction” said Joseph Kovacs, M.D., senior investigator and head of the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Section for the NIH Clinical Center Critical Care Medicine Department.

“Having the genome information helped us recognize the unusual biology of Pneumocystis and how it co-exists with its mammalian hosts. It also gives researchers insight into why they’ve been unable to reproducibly grow the organism in lab cultures thus far,” said Liang Ma, M.D., staff scientist in the NIH Clinical Center Critical Care Medicine Department and first author of the paper.

The research has mapped out a clearer picture of these genomes than any prior studies. The team’s effort has resulted in high-quality, near chromosomal draft genomes, which is the highest level of genomic mapping. This detailed description of the genes that are present or missing should facilitate attempts to culture the organism, a critical milestone in Pneumocystis research. Culturing could allow for screening of a large number of drugs to speed up identification of new treatments for Pneumocystis pneumonia, and potentially allow for genetic manipulation to modify individual genes and see what impact they have on organism growth and on its harmful impact to the host.


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4.  New York Medical College Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences offers a Professional Science Master’s program.  

 

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Dear Colleague,

 

As your students begin the process of researching graduate schools, I hope they will consider our exciting new Professional Science Master's (PSM) program as an option if they are looking for a career path in the sciences. This exciting new program offers innovative strategies for preparing students for careers in one of our basic medical science disciplines in either academia or in the private or not-for-profit sectors. The PSM track prepares students for such careers by including: (1) course work related to business, management, communication skills, regulatory affairs and other topics important to career success but not specifically related to the scientific content of the chosen discipline and (2) an internship experience that will provide practical, hands-on exposure to career opportunities in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or health care industries or related placements in the private sector. Click here for a printable flyer.

 

Details about the general format of the program, application process and admission criteria can be found here.

 

The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences (GSBMS) offers additional programs leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in:

  • Basic Medical Sciences Interdisciplinary Program - Accelerated and Traditional (M.S. only)
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

The Integrated Ph.D. program allows students to rotate through various departments before choosing their area of concentration.

 

Two academic enhancer programs are offered for students interested in pursuing professional schools: the one-year Accelerated Master's program and the two-year Traditional Master's program in the basic medical sciences.

 

Master's degrees can be earned on a full or part-time basis; classes are held in the evening. Federal and state loan programs are available for U.S. Master's students.

 

On-campus housing is available for full-time students.

 

Ph.D. students receive a stipend, a full tuition scholarship, medical insurance (premiums paid by the Graduate School), and a combination of college fellowships and research assistantships.

 

The Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences offers a vibrant academic environment on an attractive 54-acre campus 25 miles north of the vast cultural resources of New York City. Please feel free to have your students contact us directly for more information about the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences.

 

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Carolyn Chiarieri, M.S.

Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Advisement
Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
carolyn_chiarieri@nymc.edu
914.594.3484

Valerie Romeo-Messana

Director of Admissions

Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences
v_romeomessana@nymc.edu
914.594.4110

 

 

 

5.  Students interested in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine are cordially invited to attend an Open House at any one of the three locations of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM):  Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Bradenton, Florida on Friday, June 24, 2016.  

Students interested in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine are cordially invited to attend an Open House at one of the three locations of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM):  Erie, Pennsylvania; Greensburg, Pennsylvania; and Bradenton, Florida.  The event will take place on Friday, June 24, 2016, at all three campus locations.

 

At this event you will have the opportunity to learn more about LECOM and all that it has to offer.  In addition to demonstrations and tours, there will be plenty of time to speak directly with our students, faculty, and staff.  Families and friends are welcome.  We ask that you choose a location and then RSVP as instructed through the link below:

 

http://lecom.edu/open-house/

 

If you have any questions or cannot attend the event but would still like information regarding LECOM, please contact me or visit our website at www.lecom.edu.  For additional information, you may also search for LECOM in the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad or download the LECOM app through Google plan on your Android smartphone or tablet.

 

We appreciate the work that you do on behalf of your students.

 

Sincerely,

Debbie A. Bisbee
Admissions Recruiter
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
1858 W. Grandview Blvd.
Erie, PA  16509
Phone:  814-860-5172
Fax:  814-866-8123
E-mail:  dbisbee@lecom.edu

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6.  The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine offers a VMD-PhD Program.  



 

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Thank you!

 

Over 60% of all infectious diseases of animals can also affect humans, and incidences of new, emerging zoonotic infectious diseases are on the rise. Veterinarian-scientists, by virtue of their broad experience in multiple species and extensive training in both molecular and whole animal contexts, are uniquely qualified to address the complex problems presented in modern biomedical research.

 

For over 40 years, the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine has provided an outstanding environment for the training of future veterinarian-scientists through its VMD-PhD Program. Find out more about how you can impact tomorrow ’s medicine for all species at www.PennVetPhD.org.

 

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7.  Join the Student Conservation Association for Earth Day Service.   

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Dear Stan,

At SCA we believe every day is Earth Day. But there's no better time to join the cause than this month, when millions worldwide will be celebrating our planet.

This April, show the world how rewarding it is to treat the planet right, conserve our public lands, and protect the green spaces in our own communities. Join SCA in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, or one of the 10 other cities across the country as we serve together in honor of Earth Day 2016!

Be a part of the movement and SERVE this Earth Day!

SERVE with SCA
From coastal cleanups to tree plantings to water quality monitoring, SCA has a whole menu of service projects to choose from in cities across the country.

Find other ways to serve
Don’t see an opportunity with SCA in your area? Head to www.serve.gov to connect with other local opportunities.

Join the Twitter Chat
Join SCA for an exclusive online Twitter party on Thursday April 14th at 1pm EDT. Contribute your unique perspectives to this public forum on America’s national parks and share with the Twitter world why you think protecting and preserving parks for the next generation is so important.

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For live updates from our Earth Day service projects all over the nation, follow @the_sca on Twitter and don’t forget to tag SCA in your Earth Day photos! Tag @the_sca in the month of April or use hashtag #EarthDaySCA to share with us how YOU serve the planet..

SCA’s Earth Day service projects are part of a yearlong series of National Service Days that include National Trails Day, 9/11, and Veterans Day. Head to www.thesca.org/events to sign up for emails about single day service opportunities in your area of the country!

Sincerely,

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Online Communications Director

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8.  Marginalia:  News Flash!  ZTA members get a lesson in handling snakes.(!)  

On Tuesday, April 12, members of the CBU chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha visited the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium.  Upon arrival, they were met by Chris Baker, one of the curators of the Herpetarium, who gave us a behind-the-scenes tour of the Herpetarium.  (I told them that if they were interested in a behind-the-scenes tour, they would have to be cool with being close to snakes, alligators, crocodiles, turtles and frogs…)

Team ZTA at the Memphis Zoo:

Q:  How do you hold a squirming snake?
A:  Just “swim with it.”

 

Chris Baker talking about “Jeff”, or maybe it’s “Geoff”, the Kimodo monitor dragon.

 

Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html