Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New publication from Emily Tarleton and friends

Congratulations to Emily Tarleton and her collaborators Ben Littenberg, Charlie MacLean, Amanda Kennedy and Chris Daley on the publication of this study in PLOS One:

Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial 
Tarleton EK, Littenberg B, MacLean CD, Kennedy AG, Daley C (2017) Role of magnesium supplementation in the treatment of depression: A randomized clinical trial. PLOS ONE 12(6): e0180067. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180067

Monday, June 19, 2017

Peter Durda, PhD

Congratulations to Peter Durda on the successful defense of his thesis today. Peter made a fine presentation and handled himself very well in the question period. He may now rightly style himself "Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Translational Science."

I, and all our faculty, are very proud of him - good work, Dr. Durda!

Ben Littenberg

Thursday, June 15, 2017

2017 UVM Health Network Safety & Value Grant Awards

This new award comes with $50,000 over two years to cover project costs, in addition to in-kind support from the Jeffords Institute for Quality in the form of project management, research and data analytics expertise. Two awards were announced this week, including:

Opioids at Discharge – Assessing and Improving Opioid Prescribing Practices, led by surgical resident Mayo Fujii, MD, MS, and including Charles MacLean, MDCM, Professor of Medicine.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Make an Appointment with the Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center is pleased to announce summer writing consultations by appointment for UVM graduate students. To request an appointment contact Stuart or Vanesa (contact information is below). Be sure to include your degree program, the project you're working on, and a selection of days and times when you would be available to meet. Graduate Writing Center consultants meet with UVM graduate students on a full range of writing projects at any stage in the process, from brainstorming and drafting to revision and editing. Funding is provided by the UVM Graduate College and there is no charge for an appointment.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: May 5, 2017

Present:   Marianne Burke, Juvena Hitt, Kairn Kelley, Ben Littenberg, Jennifer Oshita, Gail Rose, Adam Sprouse-Blum, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up: It’s Friday

1.                   Grand Rounds OB/G: test run – Adam Sprouse-Blum
a.       Goal: improve quality of care for women with headaches
b.       Title: Headache in Women (Headache in OB/GYN Practice or Headache Management for the OB/G Practice)
c.       Overview: This is about reproductive women, who have additional life stages (menarche, menopause)
d.       Contraception section
                                                   i.      Migraine prevalence: limited ability to explain the “menopausal” bump for men, who don’t go through menopause
                                                 ii.      Phases of Migraine:
1.       Set the context: how to talk about migraines
2.       Specifics about contraceptives for patients with aura prior to migraine           
                                               iii.      Physiological representation of aura: informational; is it connected to the message?
1.       Alternative approach
a.       Classic migraine
b.       Why aura is interesting; physiology; why interesting
                                               iv.      Literature on Migraine aura and stroke: focus on the RR related to contraceptives
                                                 v.      Estrogen dose matters: contraceptives and stroke (not about migraines)
                                               vi.      Relationship of estrogen and migraine (not about strokes)
1.       To not rile up migraine, low estrogen and few steps
a.       A fall in estrogen produces headache
b.       “In my practice, non-variable estrogen…” tell the story
                                              vii.      Progestin alternatives, including analysis of serum progesterone levels
1.       For patients who need an oral contraceptive but have migraine and aura, an IUD will limit the progesterone delivered to the brain which is related to migraine
e.       Pregnancy section
                                                   i.      Red flags: final dx for headache in pregnant women who presented emergently
1.       Kinds of secondary headaches
2.       History indicators
3.       Physical indicators
4.       Green Lights: psychiatric comorbidity – but a psychiatric condition does not rule out an emergency headache
                                                 ii.      Management of migraine during pregnancy
1.       Risk of triptans: talk about the complications of migraines
a.       Babies probably won’t have problems, but there may be the following problems…
f.        Post-Dural Puncture Headache
                                                   i.      What kind of needle to use/not use
g.       Lactation
                                                   i.      Pumping and discarding
h.       Menopause
                                                   i.      Add back therapy
i.         Notes:
                                                   i.      Avoid “abortive therapy;” use “acute therapy”
                                                 ii.      Pick three stories; tell them coherently with matching data/slides
                                               iii.      Eliminate excess material/words; watch for inconsistencies
                                               iv.      Be yourself; it will be excellent.

2.                   Next Workshop Meeting(s): Fridays, 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4 until end of Dec.   
a.       May 12: Ross Colgate
b.       May 19: open
c.       May 26:
d.       Future topics:
a.       Juvena: protocol development
b.       LaMantia: predictors of successful R01 applications: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0155060

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UVM Student Research Day...

...is tomorrow, Thursday April 27 at the Davis Center.

Special features: 

Emily Tarleton's poster on "Role of Magnesium in the Treatment of Depression: A Randomized Clinical Trial" in the Maple Ballroom from 1 to 2:30 and

Brennen Caveney's platform talk on "Developing a Measure of Patient Experience of Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care" at 2:00 in the Chittenden Room.

- Ben Littenberg

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dr. Michael LaMantia on VPR'S Vermont Edition tomorrow 2/28/17

For anyone who has access to a radio tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb 28) at noon (or can catch the rebroadcast at 7pm), Dr. Michael LaMantia, Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Head of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine is going to be a guest on VPR’s Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm.  He will be talking about difficult conversations that adult children face with their aging parents and will be offering advice on how these conversations can be handled better.  Please tune in if you have the time --- this is part of an effort, supported by UVM, for the geriatrics team to do outreach to people across the state around issues in aging.