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Volunteer outing at urban farm March 17

Get your hands dirty and learn how urban, sustainable food systems are sowing the seeds for healthy, local communities during the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s volunteer outing at Growing Power. Foundation staff members and other volunteers will come together from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 17 at Growing Power’s urban farm at 5500 W. Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee.

All interested medical students, physicians and other medical professionals are invited to take a tour of Growing Power and participate in hands-on farming projects. The urban farm has six greenhouses with more than 12,000 pots of herbs, greens and seedlings as well as six hydroponic systems growing tilapia and perch. Other farm highlights include:

• An apiary with five beehives
• Three poultry hoop houses with laying hens and ducks
• Outdoor pens for livestock (goats, rabbits, turkeys, etc.)
• A sophisticated composting operation
• An anaerobic digester that produces energy from the farm’s food waste
• A small retail store that sells produce, meat, worm casting and compost to the community

This is a volunteer opportunity not to miss, so “go green” and get Down to Earth with the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation on March 17. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Sheba McCants or call 608.442.3756 or 866.442.3800.

Recent CTSI Grants Awarded

Several Department of Medicine Faculty have recently been awarded the Following CTSI Grants:

General Internal Medicine Dr. Joan Neuner CTSI Pilot Development and Pilot Testing of Patient Decision Aids
Geriatrics Dr. Edith Burns (with Dr. J Urban from MSOE CTSI Pilot Development of a Prototype, Fuzzy Logic-based Mobile Application and Web Interface for Self-Management of T2DM
Hematology and Oncology Dr. Carolyn Taylor CTSI Pilot Multi-viral CTLs for recipients of grafts rigorously depleted of T Cells
Infectious Diseases Dr. Peter Sohnle CTSI Pilot Phenothiazines as New Antibiotics
 Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs (with Ann Clough from Marquette) CTSI Pilot Non-invasive detection and assessment of two common lung injuries

Congratulations to all recipients!

12th Annual Liver Disease Update

April 8, 2011
Milwaukee, WI

The Medical College of Wisconsin's 12th Annual Liver Disease Update will be held Friday, April 8, 2011 at the InterContinental Hotel, 139 East Kilbourne Avenue. The event is sponsored by the Department of Medicine's Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

The event is intended for gastroenterologists, primary physicians, internists and family physicians, as well as physician assistants and nurses. Upon completion of the course, participants should:

  • Be able to recognize common liver problems encountered in general practice. 
  •  Become familiar with the standard of care in patients with liver disease. 
  •  Be able to recognize advanced liver disease and when consultation with a hepatologist should be considered.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 7:00am, welcoming remarks are at 8:00am and the course runs until 4:00pm. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch, course materials and CME credits.
Jose Franco, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Hepatology) and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation is the course director.

The cost is $100 for physicians and $50 for residents, fellows, physician assistants, nurses and medical assistants.

If you would like additional information, please contact Kari Solar, course coordinator, at 414-955-6850.

World Kidney Day: Protect Your Kidneys and Save Your Heart

In 2011, the sixth World Kidney Day will use this theme to inform the global population about the connection between the kidney and your heart. More than 5% of the adult population has some form of kidney damage, and every year millions die prematurely of cardiovascular diseases linked to Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD).

The link between kidney disease and high blood pressure indicates that 80% of those with kidney failure suffer from high blood pressure. With 40 Australians daily dying of kidney related disease, Kidney Health Australia urges Australians to “keep the pressure down!”

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of our kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide and is celebrated annually on the second Thursday of March. The objectives of World Kidney Day are to:

  • Raise awareness about our “amazing kidneys”
  • Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for CKD
  • Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD
  • Encourage preventive behaviors
  • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations
  • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. Health authorities worldwide will have to deal with high and escalating costs if no action is taken to treat the growing number of people with CKD. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening.
  • The importance of the role of CKD in causing cardiovascular disease
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