AAMC News and Leadership Announcements, 2012 September 24

Here are the highlights from the current issue:

The New York Times, in an article scheduled to appear in Monday’s print edition, reports, “In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers. These discoveries are expected to lead to new treatments with drugs already approved for cancers in other parts of the body and new ideas for more precise treatments aimed at genetic aberrations that now have no known treatment.” The study was released by Nature on Sunday and “…is the first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer, which kills more than 35,000 women a year in the United States. The new paper, and several smaller recent studies, are electrifying the field.”

http://tinyurl.com/9urfelh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859417:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11412.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859418:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

Sunday’s issue of the Baltimore Sun featured a lengthy article about recent litigation involving gene patents and whether the decision will limit the promise of personalized medicine.

http://tinyurl.com/9kjodfy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859421:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

NIH on Friday announced the launch a new “Proactive Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Compliance Program” to assess institutional implementation and compliance with the 2011 Revised Federal FCOI regulatory requirements pertaining to NIH grants and cooperative agreements. According to the notice, “In addition to providing oversight, the FCOI Compliance Program will assist grantees in fully developing and implementing their FCOI policies by providing assistance in the form of constructive feedback. The objective of this initial phase of the FCOI Compliance Program is to obtain and evaluate publicly accessible FCOI policies for a sample of NIH grantee institutions; however, the identity of participating institutions and correspondence with NIH will remain confidential. As with other compliance programs, if deficient areas are noted, institutions will be expected to formally address and resolve all identified issues.”

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-159.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859422:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, wrote an essay in last week’s issue of Nature asserting that predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Mr. Beall writes that predatory publishers are those “which publish counterfeit journals to exploit the open-access model in which the author pays. These predatory publishers are dishonest and lack transparency. They aim to dupe researchers, especially those inexperienced in scholarly communication. They set up websites that closely resemble those of legitimate online publishers, and publish journals of questionable and downright low quality. Many purport to be headquartered in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia but really hail from Pakistan, India or Nigeria.” He reports that some of these sham journals list reputable researchers “as members of editorial boards without their knowledge or permission.”

http://tinyurl.com/8htsoql <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859426:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

And finally…Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appeared on Saturday’s episode of National Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” Dr. Frieden played “Try to Stop These Viruses!” While he officially lost, he was a good sport.

http://tinyurl.com/kxht8 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859437:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

The full list of announcements is below.

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The New York Times, in an article scheduled to appear in Monday’s print edition, reports, “In findings that are fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of breast cancer, researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the cancer. And within those types, they found hallmark genetic changes that are driving many cancers. These discoveries are expected to lead to new treatments with drugs already approved for cancers in other parts of the body and new ideas for more precise treatments aimed at genetic aberrations that now have no known treatment.” The study was released by Nature on Sunday and “…is the first comprehensive genetic analysis of breast cancer, which kills more than 35,000 women a year in the United States. The new paper, and several smaller recent studies, are electrifying the field.”

http://tinyurl.com/9urfelh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859417:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11412.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859418:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Dr. Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University since 2001, announced on Saturday that she will step down as Princeton’s 19th president at the end of this academic year. Dr. Tilghman is a molecular biologist and recently co-chaired an important NIH working group on the biomedical workforce.

http://tinyurl.com/9w4xqdh <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859419:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Saturday’s issue of the Washington Post reported that Dr. Frances Collins, director of the NIH, said Friday that the NIH “will retire 110 of its 563 research chimpanzees over the next year…” The chimps will move from the New Iberia Research Center, affiliated with the University of Louisville, Lafayette to Chimp Haven (10 chimps) and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (100 chimps). New Iberia will maintain a colony of about 240 chimps not owned by NIH, according to the article.

http://tinyurl.com/8e8wq58 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859420:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Sunday’s issue of the Baltimore Sun featured a lengthy article about recent litigation involving gene patents and whether the decision will limit the promise of personalized medicine.

http://tinyurl.com/9kjodfy <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859421:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

NIH on Friday announced the launch a new “Proactive Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Compliance Program” to assess institutional implementation and compliance with the 2011 Revised Federal FCOI regulatory requirements pertaining to NIH grants and cooperative agreements. According to the notice, “In addition to providing oversight, the FCOI Compliance Program will assist grantees in fully developing and implementing their FCOI policies by providing assistance in the form of constructive feedback. The objective of this initial phase of the FCOI Compliance Program is to obtain and evaluate publicly accessible FCOI policies for a sample of NIH grantee institutions; however, the identity of participating institutions and correspondence with NIH will remain confidential. As with other compliance programs, if deficient areas are noted, institutions will be expected to formally address and resolve all identified issues.”

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-159.html <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859422:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Sunday’s St. Louis Post Dispatch highlighted BJC HealthCare’s commitment to life-learn learning. The paper reported, “With more than 105,000 beds at 13 hospitals throughout the region, St. Louis recognizes BJC primarily as the region’s preeminent provider of medical services. Less known is the system’s role as an educational institution that offers its 28,000 employees a total of 1,898 college-level courses, training seminars and clinical classes — all at minimal or no cost. So far this year, nearly 24,000 participants availed themselves of the BJC Center for LifeLong Learning. More than 1,800 BJC employees have earned high school diplomas, certificates and degrees from various programs in 2012.” In addition to promoting employee excellence, the program has assisted in retention.

http://tinyurl.com/8npfsao <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859423:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Sunday began a four-part series on UPMC’s expanding real estate portfolio. The initial installment was accompanied by several side-bar articles and on-line resources.

http://tinyurl.com/92mbt4o <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859424:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Vanderbilt University and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced on Friday that they have signed a collaboration agreement for the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies acting on the mGluR4 glutamate receptor, known as positive allosteric modulators or PAMs, for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Under the collaboration, the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD) will identify drug candidates from their existing program, which obtained major support from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Bristol-Myers Squibb will have the right to develop and commercialize products resulting from the collaborative research program. Under the terms of the agreement, Vanderbilt University will receive an upfront payment and multi-year research funding to continue to discover additional compounds. Vanderbilt is eligible to receive milestones and royalties based on developmental success and worldwide sales of the drugs emerging from the collaboration.

http://tinyurl.com/8pe7gt2 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859425:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Jeffrey Beall, Scholarly Initiatives Librarian at the University of Colorado Denver, wrote an essay in last week’s issue of Nature asserting that predatory publishers are corrupting open access. Mr. Beall writes that predatory publishers are those “which publish counterfeit journals to exploit the open-access model in which the author pays. These predatory publishers are dishonest and lack transparency. They aim to dupe researchers, especially those inexperienced in scholarly communication. They set up websites that closely resemble those of legitimate online publishers, and publish journals of questionable and downright low quality. Many purport to be headquartered in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada or Australia but really hail from Pakistan, India or Nigeria.” He reports that some of these sham journals list reputable researchers “as members of editorial boards without their knowledge or permission.”

http://tinyurl.com/8htsoql <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859426:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The recent Project to Rebalance and Integrate Medical Education (PRIME) Conference has spurred the creation of a new organization devoted to health care education in medical ethics and humanities, particularly as these efforts promote professionalism. The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC) has as its mission “to support the development and maintenance of educational programs that promote professionalism in health care. The overriding goal of the Academy’s work is to serve patients’ best interests by advancing accountable educational programs, policies, and methodologies that exhort current and future health care providers to provide care consistent with the highest ethical and professional standards.” David J. Doukas, MD, is serving as founding president, and Howard Brody, MD, PhD, has been named chairman of the academy’s board of directors. Membership information is available on-line, along with links to presentations at the recent PRIME meeting, which are now available on iTunes.

http://tinyurl.com/8b89bvn <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859427:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

An article in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune profiled Dr. Tim Mulcahy, University of Minnesota vice president for research and development.  He is stepping down at the end of the calendar year.

http://tinyurl.com/9uwd8jm <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859428:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

An article in Saturday’s New York Times discussed “the vectors of faith and science” that have influenced Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the care of children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome and other afflictions. Dr. Dutkowsky is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital and Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. He holds a faculty appointment at Columbia.

http://tinyurl.com/9qel7z6 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859429:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” ran a segment on Sunday asserting that “elite medical schools” are increasingly interested in producing primary care physicians. The new Mount Sinai Department of Family Medicine was highlighted, and school officials said it represented a change in the school’s mission.

http://tinyurl.com/8fxz4uq <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859430:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The federal government’s incentives pushing physicians and hospitals to adopt electronic medical and billing record systems was intended to improve care and reduce health care costs. Saturday’s New York Times reported, “But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care.” The article highlighted a recent HHS Office of Inspector General Report on coding trends.

http://tinyurl.com/8sjcx3v <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859431:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-04-10-00180.pdf <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859432:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The New York Times on Sunday reported that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking regulatory approval to create a system to allow “consumers to report medical mistakes and unsafe practices by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and others who provide treatment.” The article reports that some hospital officials are receptive to the concept.

http://tinyurl.com/8lncfxm <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859433:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center and its Department of Pediatrics, have announced several leadership appointments. Howard Seiden, MD, has been named Associate Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and will also serve as Medical Director of the hospital’s Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and director of all inpatient and critical care pediatric cardiology patients. In addition, he will serve as the Department of Pediatrics as Vice Chair for Mentorship (Clinician and/or Educator track). He most recently has been at North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine at Hofstra University. Robert Wright, MD, MPH, has been named Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Director of the Division of Environmental Health, Deputy Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center, and member of the Child Health and Development Institute, where he will establish a new molecular-exposure biology laboratory. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Wright was the overall principal investigator of the Harvard Superfund Research Program. Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH, was named Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Research. She was most recently on the faculty at Harvard. Alfin G. Vicencio, MD, has been named Chief of the Division of Pulmonology in the Dept. of Pediatrics. He was most recently at North Shore-LIJ.

http://tinyurl.com/8dlxvcg <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859434:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

An Associated Press article distributed this weekend profiled UNMC Chancellor Harold Maurer. He announced last week that he will step down next year to join the University of Nebraska Foundation. The article noted that Dr. Maurer is a visionary and building. It also notes that he is a rainmaker – having raised more than $400 million for construction projects on the UNMC campus. In his new position next year he will lead efforts to raise funds for a new cancer research and treatment center.

http://tinyurl.com/9e8anv6 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859435:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

The University of Chicago Medicine has named Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, former head of the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, as its new vice president for care delivery innovation and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion. According to the school, “Her mission is to lead the ongoing efforts to enhance culturally sensitive patient care throughout the medical campus, while building on the University of Chicago Medicine’s guiding principles of diversity and inclusion.”

http://tinyurl.com/9ogyups <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859436:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

And finally…Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appeared on Saturday’s episode of National Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!” Dr. Frieden played “Try to Stop These Viruses!” While he officially lost, he was a good sport.

http://tinyurl.com/kxht8 <http://echo4.bluehornet.com/ct/17859437:20473413305:m:1:1612442508:A29BB80FDF76E0052A0F6556947063E3:r>

 

Tony Mazzaschi

AAMC

 

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