Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reminder: Healthy U-S-A Fair to be Held Friday

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The University of South Alabama Health System is hosting a Healthy U-S-A Fair this Friday, August 24th. Be sure to stop by and receive your free lunch (first 200) and back massage, and register to win prize drawings.

Healthy U-S-A Fair
August 24th
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
USA Faculty Club

The health fair will provide health screenings - measuring blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, and bone density - and USA Physician Group providers will be on hand to answer questions regarding your health. You'll also be able to determine your body mass index and receive cancer screenings and physical therapy screenings.

Take time to invest in your health. Come visit us! For more information, e-mail Kim Partridge at

First Distinguished Scientist Seminar of Academic Year Follows New Format

The Distinguished Scientist Seminar series at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine will follow a new format this academic year that puts a greater emphasis on translational research.

Speakers will deliver two presentations – one a clinically oriented Grand Rounds in a co-hosting clinical department and the second a scientific seminar hosted by one of the graduate training tracks.

When circumstances permit, a reception will be held for the speaker between the two presentations.


Dr. Fernandez
Update: Due to Tropical Storm Isaac, Dr. Fernandez's seminar scheduled for Aug. 30, 2012, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later time.

The first Distinguished Scientist Seminar for the 2012-13 academic year will be presented by Dr. Luis A. Fernandez, associate professor for the division of transplantation education and the department of surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecture, titled, “Islet Transplantation: What Have We Learned in the Past 10 Years?” will take place Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the USAMC Conference Room.

On Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, Dr. Fernandez will present a second talk during Surgery Grand Rounds titled “Evidence Based Practice in Kidney Transplantation” at 7 a.m. at the USAMC Conference Room.

Dr. Fernandez’s research interests include pancreas, liver, islet cell, and renal transplantation.

Dr. Fernandez earned a medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Jose Maria Vargas School of Medicine. He did a fellowship in transplant surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and served as chief resident and conducted his residency in general surgery at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fernandez did a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute.

For more information on his research, click here.

For more information on the lecture series, visit or call Natalie Kent at (251) 461-1548.

'Crib Notes Connect' - Text Messaging Service Helps Parents Connect With Newborns in NICU

The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital was recently featured in the Aug. 19, 2012, issue of the Press-Register. The hospital offers text messaging services to parents who can't stay overnight with underdeveloped newborns.

To view the full story, click here.

Mark Your Calendar: 5th Annual GO RUN for Women's Cancer

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The 5th Annual GO RUN (5K and 1 Mile fun run/walk) for gynecologic cancer research at the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute will be held Sept. 15, 2012, at 8 a.m. on USA's main campus - Mitchell Center Lawn/Moulton Tower. Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.

The event generates funding for an endowment for research in women's cancer, including ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and cervical cancer.
The morning will consist of free food, music, kids zone, and vendors. Performance shirts will be given to all participants, and youth shirts will also be available.

The GO RUN will have a team component. A team consists of six or more registered people in any combination of runners, walkers, kids and adults, who join together to run/walk for GYN cancer awareness and research. Some teams walk in honor of someone battling cancer, to support a survivor, or in memory of a loved one who lost their battle.

Teams can also be formed by co-workers, friends/family or students who want to come together to support a great cause.

Awards will be given for:

-Tillye Semple Spirit Award - Most Spirited Team
- Largest Corporate Team
- Largest Friends and Family Team
- Largest School Team
- Largest College/University Team
- Largest Greek Team
- Most Spirited Greek Team
- Best Team Shirt
- Best Dressed (Show your team spirit with funky outfits)

All team members must fill out a participant form. To register online and to download the participant form, click here.

If you would like to be a sponsor or if you need more information, contact Abbie McCullough at (251) 460-7032 or