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Event Title:  Medical School for an Evening: Prevention, Wellness and Research
Mini Med School
Date:   May 2, 2013
Time:   5:30PM - 8:30PM ET
Location:   Saunders Research Building Crittenden Avenue
Description:   Join us for a Mini Medical School and discover how world-renowned experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center are researching and making discoveries about the human body, and translating those discoveries into ways to improve health in our community and around the world.

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Session 1

Transforming Wellness Globally

Presented by: Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D. and Stephen Kates, M.D.

Serious, drug-resistant staph infections are a growing problem in health care in the United States and across the globe. In a coordinated effort to stop these superbugs, investigators from the University of Rochester Medical Center have been selected to lead an ambitious, five-year project, with an emphasis on infections from complex orthopaedic surgeries. Scientists are highly motivated to find ways to make game-changing improvements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic infections.

Session 1

New Directions in High Blood Pressure Management

Presented by: John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D.

Hypertension is an important risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Yet it's possible to have hypertension—also known as high blood pressure—for many years without ever having a symptom. Dr. Bisognano, director of the Hypertension Clinic, is the region's leading authority on controlling hypertension. Learn how patients are helped to control hypertension through advanced technology, like the Rheos blood pressure implant, and how each patient gets a tailored treatment to help achieve lower blood pressure with fewer medications.


Session 2

Glaucoma Risk and Prevention

Presented by: Regina Smolyak, M.D.

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. It is a silent thief of vision which can slowly and painlessly decrease vision. There are several types of glaucoma, much of which can be detected during a routine eye exam and prevented by a simple laser procedure. Dr. Regina Smolyak is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, Flaum Eye Institute, at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a skilled clinician and educator who utilizes all of the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and surgical resources to protect the vision of patients who suffer from this progressive and incurable disease. Dr. Smolyak is also dedicated to the training of residents, medical students, and furthering the understanding of glaucoma through clinical trials and research.

Session 2

Stroke Treatment Alliance of Rochester (STAR)

Presented by: Babak Jahromi, M.D., Ph.D.

The Stroke Treatment Alliance of Rochester (STAR), a University of Rochester Medical Center led community-wide initiative, was formed to decrease the physical, psychosocial, and economic burden of stroke in our community and to create a model program that can be replicated for other disease processes and in other communities.

With support from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, STAR is working to standardize stroke patient evaluation, treatment, and transfer to ensure the delivery of immediate, comprehensive, and cost effective care across multiple health care systems for stroke patients. With the creation of a community-wide data registry to share outcomes and practices, STAR is helping to redefine stroke care as we know it.

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