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College News features stories about the scientific and health care work of the Medical College's research and physician faculty.

Vascular Access Symposium planned for May 15

April 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Department of Surgery is hosting the fourth annual Vascular Access Symposium on Thursday, May 15, in the MCW Alumni Center. The event targets medical professionals who work with end-stage renal disease patients to improve aspects of care related to patients’ dialysis access.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day offers chance to safely dispose of unwanted or unused pills

April 23 - Saturday, April 26, is National Drug Take-Back Day, which is a great opportunity to anonymously turn in unwanted or unused pills for safe disposal. The event is coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and offers drop-off sites throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Presentation to focus on using research to stop the heroin epidemic in Wisconsin

April 22 - The Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) is hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, May 6, on heroin use in Wisconsin and how research could play a role in stopping the epidemic. The event will run from 1-3:30 p.m. and include presentations from five experts as well as the panel discussion.

This day in MCW history – April 22

April 22 - On April 22, 1999, dedication ceremonies were held for the Medical College’s $36 million Health Research Center, a five-story structure that serves as the Medical College’s front door. It opened on Sept. 28, 1998.

Rock concert on May 10 to benefit MCW cancer research

April 22 - On Saturday, May 10, Shattered, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and Substitute, a tribute to The Who, will perform in a concert to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Tickets are $10, payable at the door the night of the event. Guests must be 21 years of age or older or accompanied by a legal guardian. The concert will take place at Shank Hall in Milwaukee.

This day in MCW history – April 18

April 18 - On April 18, 1991, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin dedicated its new Blood Research Institute, located next to the Medical College.

Lane closures around campus during the week of April 21

April 18 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of April 21, 2014. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

High school student mentored by Dr. Bosnjak and Jessica Olson honored for her research project

April 17 - Karina Schmidt, a junior from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Wauwatosa, won the Best in Fair award at the Badger State Science and Engineering Fair for a project she conducted under the guidance of Dr. Zeljko Bosnjak, Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, and Jessica Olson, a graduate student. As part of the award, Schmidt received a paid trip to Los Angeles to compete in an international science fair.

Fox Valley family medicine residency program restructured

April 16 - The Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program will transition from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health to a consortium of healthcare institutions consisting of ThedaCare, Ministry Health Care (which includes Affinity Health System) and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Reporter who wrote series on MCW anatomy course nominated for Pulitzer Prize

April 16 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in the feature writing category for his series, The Course of Their Lives, which follows students participating in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s gross anatomy course.

Dr. Raymond to speak at St. Norbert College CEO breakfast

April 16 - John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), will present “Growing the Health Care Workforce Through Partnership and Innovation” as part of St. Norbert College’s CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series on Tuesday, April 29, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at F.K. Bemis International Center, on the St. Norbert College campus. Dr. Raymond is the last speaker in the 2013-14 series.

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 16 - The month of April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 was Autism Awareness Day. It is a good time to share general information about autism as well as information about MCW’s research and clinical efforts focused on autism.

Dr. Yvonne Chiu receives Dermatology Foundation Career Development Award

April 15 - Yvonne Chiu, MD, Assistant Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was awarded a three-year Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award by the Dermatology Foundation at its annual meeting in Denver. She is one of only two people nationwide to receive that particular award, and it will be applied towards her project, Clinical and Genetic Investigations of Pediatric Morphea.

Dr. Colleen Lawton represents national organization at ESTRO 33 meeting in Vienna, Austria

April 15 - In her role as Chairman of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Colleen Lawton, MD, presented a Best of ASTRO symposium at the ESTRO 33 (European Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology) Conference held in Vienna, Austria, on April 4-8.

Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin recognized as a Level 4 center

April 15 - The MCW Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Event to honor 10th anniversary of the AHW endowment

April 14 - The Medical College of Wisconsin is hosting an event on Thursday, May 8, to honor the 10th anniversary of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment. Looking Back, Moving Forward runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Milwaukee Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield.

Dr. Frank Pintar selected to be a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers

April 14 - Frank A Pintar, PhD, Professor of Neurosurgery, was selected to be a Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) at the April SAE Congress meeting. SAE Fellowship is the highest level of membership bestowed by SAE International and is awarded to recognize outstanding engineering and scientific accomplishments by an individual that have resulted in meaningful advances in automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle technology.

Nationally renowned cancer disparities researcher Dr. Terrance Albrecht to speak on campus April 17

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is hosting a special talk by Teri Albrecht, PhD, on Thursday, April 17, from 3-4 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Auditorium. Dr. Albrecht, who is Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Leader of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, will give a presentation titled, Reducing Cancer Health Disparities through Community-Engaged Research.

Lane closures around campus during the week of April 14

April 11 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of April 14, 2014. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

MCW hosts “Our Community Commitment to the Next Generation of Physician Education” at UWGB

April 11 - On Wednesday, April 9, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) hosted a reception at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Weidner Center to celebrate “Our Community Commitment to the Next Generation of Physician Education.” Several members of MCW’s Board of Trustees attended the event, and Mary Ellen Stanek, the incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees presented Governor Scott Walker and State Representative John Nygren with awards.

Student National Medical Association hosts its first Mini-Med School Day for high school students

April 11 - The Student National Medical Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, Family Medicine Student Association, and Wilderness Medical Society, hosted its first ever Mini-Med School Day for high school students on Friday, March 28. Approximately 40 high school students from the Milwaukee Academy of Science and Riverside University High School were invited to MCW to experience an afternoon of activities organized by the medical students.

National Public Health Week: Be the healthiest nation in one generation

April 11 - The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and communities. The MCW Global Health Program is pleased to share a common interest to “strengthen the profession of public health; foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues; and directly influence public policy to improve global health.”

Cascadia MediSpa Spring Educational Event planned for April 30

April 11 - Cascadia MediSpa is hosting a Spring Educational Event on Wednesday, April 30, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. A variety of classes will be offered during two educational sessions, and participants can choose which classes they want to attend.

Can a cell phone app help women reduce their osteoporosis risk?

April 10 - Approximately one in two women over age 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis. Research shows that women can improve their bone health by having good nutrition, improving their balance, and regularly doing exercises that result in stronger bones, yet very few women regularly eat nutritious meals and do the types of activities that build bone. Much more needs to be learned about how to help people make and maintain health behavior change.

National Public Health Week: Eat Well

April 10 - The Mission of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Wellness at Work Program is to create and maintain a workplace environment that encourages a healthy lifestyle and individual wellness of all employees. This is accomplished through an ongoing program involving health and fitness assessments, employee needs surveys, and customized educational programs and activities.

National Public Health Week: get out ahead

April 09 - Prevention is now a nationwide priority, and as the public health system evolves, there are more options than ever when it comes to preventive health measures. Public health and clinical health professionals must work collaboratively to help individuals identify and pursue the best preventative health options.

The 16th annual Women’s Health Conference planned for May 2

April 09 - The 16th annual Women’s Health Conference will be held on Friday May 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Rd. in Brookfield. This activity is intended for practitioners who provide care for women. This includes obstetricians, gynecologists, internists, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, certified nurse midwives and registered nurses.

Ride for the Arts with the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center on Sunday, June 1!

April 09 - The Milwaukee Regional Medical Center is the Volunteer Sponsor for this year’s UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite. The Ride for the Arts is not only a worthwhile fundraising event; it is also an iconic Milwaukee experience! We are very enthusiastic about getting people motivated to participate through riding or volunteering.

Dr. Beth Erickson receives Ulrich Henschke Award from American Brachytherapy Society

April 08 - Beth Erickson, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, received the Ulrich Henschke Award at the 2014 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) annual meeting in San Diego. The Ulrich Henschke Award is the highest honor the American Brachytherapy Society can bestow on a practitioner of brachytherapy, awarded for contributions to the field of brachytherapy, the radiation therapy community, and to the ABS.

VPI joins local groups in recognizing National Youth Violence Prevention Week

The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Violence Prevention Initiative aims to raise awareness of the issue of youth violence in local communities during National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which runs from April 7-13.

Complex abdominal hernia symposium planned for April 25

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery is hosting the Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Inguinal Hernia Symposium on Friday, April 25, in Health Research Center room H1210. The event targets general surgeons, plastic surgeons and allied health professionals involved in the care of patients who require abdominal wall reconstruction.

Inaugural E. James Aiman, MD Endowed Lectureship to be held April 30

April 08 - The inaugural E. James Aiman, MD Endowed Lectureship is planned for Wednesday, April 30, in the MCW Health Research Center Auditorium. Helain Landy, MD, Chairman and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University, will give a presentation titled, Twin Pregnancies: An Update.

National Public Health Week - Don't Panic

April 08 - Public health professionals help communities withstand the impact of a natural or man-made disaster by planning ahead, acting as a source of information during the crisis and helping to mitigate the long- and short-term effects. Visit Be Ready ( to learn more about preparing for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.

Governor Walker signs Cancer Treatment Fairness Act at Clinical Cancer Center

April 07 - On Thursday, April 4, with more than 300 patients, advocates, and members of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin communities in attendance at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, Governor Scott Walker signed the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, Senate Bill 300, into law.

National Public Health Week: Be Healthy from the Start

April 07 - Public health starts at home. From family nutrition and maternal health to safety precautions and disaster preparedness, the first steps the community takes toward public health are in the comfort of their own home.

Deadline extended to submit posters for the June 6 MCW Cancer Center scientific retreat

April 07 - The MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat will focus on creating connections and partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 2014, at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee.

Emergency Medicine Research Forum planned for April 10

April 01 - The Department of Emergency Medicine is hosting the 22nd annual Emergency Medicine Research Forum on Thursday, April 10. The forum will be held in Kerrigan Auditorium and run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lane closures around campus during the week of April 7

April 04 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of April 7, 2014. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Dr. Carl Junkerman, long-time faculty member and former Senior VP of Academic Affairs, dies March 2

April 02 - Charles Lee Junkerman, MD, a 44-year faculty member who served as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Froedtert Hospital and Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Bioethics, died March 26. He was 89 years old.

Wine dinner at The Capital Grille to benefit Medical College Cancer Center

April 02 -The Capital Grille in Milwaukee will host a wine dinner Sunday, April 27, to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center and the Peter K. Antaramian Fund for Cancer Research at MCW.

Two General Internal Medicine faculty receive awards

April 02 - Drs. Jeffrey Jackson and James Sebastian, both Professors of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), were recently honored by national organizations.

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