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February 13, 2017

MONTEFIORE EINSTEIN RESEARCHERS JOIN INTERNATIONAL HUNT FOR EPILEPSY BIOMARKERS

“INDIVIDUALS WITH EPILEPSY AND THEIR FAMILIES HAVE PERSPECTIVES AND INSIGHTS THAT ARE CRITICAL FOR US TO DETERMINE THE BEST POSSIBLE TREATMENTS AND OUTCOMES.”

—Solomon L. Moshé, MD

An international effort to discover better ways to prevent the onset of epilepsy following traumatic brain injury is underway, funded by a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Montefiore and Einstein are key members of a worldwide network that includes 13 centers for traumatic brain injury and seven preclinical research centers.

Solomon L. Moshé, MD

Solomon L. Moshé, MD, Vice Chair, Neurology; Director, Child Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Aristea S. Galanopoulou, MD, PhD, Professor, Neurology and Neuroscience, are leading the Montefiore and Einstein team in the search for biomarkers associated with the occurrence of epilepsy. The objective is to develop novel therapies to prevent or modify this currently incurable condition.

Aristea S. Galanopoulou, MD, PhD

The Epilepsy Bioinformatics Study for Antiepileptogenic Therapy, or EpiBioS4Rx, is tapping into Montefiore’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, where Dr. Moshé will recruit patients as advisors to help determine the direction, scope and measurable outcomes for any future clinical trials developed as a result of the drugs identified during this study.

FACES OF RESPECT: A CELEBRATION OF OUR STANDARDS

Members of the CHAM PCCU team

The FACES of Respect program recognizes associates who exemplify the Montefiore Standards of Behavior, showing what respect looks like every day. On January 26, the FACES program held its 20th gathering to celebrate over 200 associates nominated by their peers and leaders. Hosted by Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Moses Campus, those honored included Sgt. Ernest Cooper, author of Montefiore’s RESPECT song, and Branmattie Droopad, CNA, who has

Peter Semczuk, DDS, MPH, and members of the Phlebotomy Team

been nominated as a FACE of Respect recipient at every celebration since the program’s inception. Also honored was the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore’s PCCU team for their exceptional clinical care, teamwork and performance. FACES of Respect will be transformed, so watch for information on Montefiore’s new and exciting recognition program for the Moses Campus.

EINSTEIN MEDICAL SCHOOL GAME CHANGERS

From left: Mohammod Arafat, Dinesh Rai, Kevin Fernandes and Melvin Joice

“WE PLAN TO KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM. WE BELIEVE THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF USING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE MEDICAL EDUCATION.”

—Melvin Joice

Einstein third-years Mohammod Arafat, Kevin Fernandes, Melvin Joice and Dinesh Rai have created a novel web-based platform for medical students to share study materials, collaborate on assignments and study more efficiently. Named eiShare, the site features study guides, YouTube videos and flash cards, along with interactive discussion forums and a rating system for resources, establishing an exclusive Einstein community centered on class collaboration and improved medical education. Based on the success of eiShare, Joan Unger, Director, Student Services, Einstein, spearheaded the development of eiResidency as a place to aggregate student feedback from residency program interviews, helping students prepare for their own interviews.

Discover more about eiShare and eiResidency here


NEWS

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Lisse-Anne Pirofski, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Montefiore, and Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology & Immunology, and Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, Einstein, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Barry Zingman, MD, Medical Director, AIDS Center at Montefiore, Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases, Montefiore, and Professor, Clinical Medicine, Einstein, was selected by media company City & State as an Annual Corporate Responsibility Award honoree for his work in HIV/AIDS care and prevention in New York. Dr. Zingman will be recognized at a ceremony on February 23 at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Jake Tinsley, RN, Administrative Nurse Manager, and Jeremy Fagan, PhD, Research Coordinator at the Oval Center at Montefiore, were recently selected for the New York City HIV Planning Group (NYC HPG). As members of the HPG, they will work collaboratively with community representatives, affected individuals, clinicians and The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to ensure community participation in the development of HIV prevention strategies for New York City.

Montefiore has achieved Gold Star Status in the Tobacco-Free Hospital Campaign of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Gold Star designation recognizes Montefiore for providing a wide range of services for employees and patients, including pharmacotherapy discussions, free nicotine replacement therapies, self-hypnosis and relaxation training.

MONTEFIORE SUPPORTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Healthy relationships make life sweet – and there’s no time better than now to nurture them. Montefiore’s Psychiatry Department is offering free relationship workshops where you’ll meet new couples from the community while spending quality time with your partner. Weekly workshop topics include preventing harmful fights, staying close, managing stress and mastering the art of compromise.

You may be eligible to participate if:
  • You and your partner are 18 or older
  • You are in a committed relationship
  • You have at least one child under 18 living in the home, or are expecting a child together

To find out if you are eligible for the Supporting Healthy Relationships program, call 718-401-5050 or 877-401-UBA1.

THE OFFICE OF CLINICAL TRIALS PRESENTS: AN INVESTIGATOR TRAINING PROGRAM

Join us for a course outlining industry sponsored clinical trial processes from planning to closeout.

April 5 and 6 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Grand Hall, Moses Campus

This two-day symposium will provide practical recommendations for activating, conducting and completing an industry-sponsored clinical trial successfully and efficiently.

Target Audience: Clinical Trialists, Investigators and their Research Teams

Registration opens in March.

For more information contact jayala@montefiore.org or 718-920-8411.

MONTEFIORE TOASTS BETTER PUBLIC SPEAKING SKILLS

Do you need help improving your public speaking, communication and leadership skills? The Montefiore Toastmasters Club offers its members the opportunity to develop their public speaking and presentation skills in a supportive “learn by doing” fun and safe environment. Improve your leadership skills by serving in meeting roles and learn how to give and receive valuable feedback in impromptu speaking and effective communication.

Join us 12:00 – 1:00 PM (1st & 3rd Wednesdays) or 5:30 – 6:30 PM (2nd & 4th Wednesdays) at the Moses Campus. Please visit our website at http://4080286.toastmastersclubs.org for meeting dates, locations and to learn more about the Montefiore Toastmasters Club, or contact Yolanda Padilla at ypadilla@montefiore.org.


EVENTS

 

MONTEFIORE SCHOOL OF NURSING – UPCOMING ACCREDITATION MEETING

MSON will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Associate Degree in Nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). All associates are invited to participate.

Tuesday, February 21 | 5:30 PM
Montefiore School of Nursing
Belsky Auditorium, 1st floor
53 Valentine Street, Mount Vernon, New York 10550


WELLNESS WORKSHOP SERIES: THE 7 S’s OF WELLNESS

Drop in to participate in an informative session on ergonomic strategies to lessen stress.

Wednesday, February 15 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Moses Campus
3514 DeKalb Avenue, Large Conference Room

Friday, February 17 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Einstein Campus
1825 Eastchester Road, 1st floor Auditorium

 
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