Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jennifer Otten and Dr. Oz

TV docs Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD picked up the wonderful research Jenifer Otten did when she was a PhD student here. Here it is on their blog YOU Docs Daily.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Oct 21, 2010

Present: Abby Crocker, Ben Littenberg, Connie van Eeghen, and three guests from our affiliate hospital in Danbury, CT

1. Round Table: Welcome to our guests; introductions all around.

2. Connie’s Presentation

a. Connie provided a two page overview of a 90 minute presentation she has been invited to give to the Northern New England American Healthcare Executives annual regional conference over lunch during their last conference day in November. She presented the first third of that presentation; excellent feedback followed including:

i. Move presentation to more visual images; fewer words. This includes images of where the listeners imagination should be welcome to go, like a real “battlefield.” Find images that represent the “fact,” not the words that explain the fact.

ii. Don’t make a story longer than necessary; “visiting professor” is sufficient rather than the full background of the source of a story. Do add details that fill out the story: did the staff have high school diplomas?

iii. Move more quickly to the “after” message: what difference did “Lean” make? What changed? Get to the conclusion.

iv. Acknowledge the questions in the listener’s mind: what’s the staff time? The investment? How is this different that FMEA or PDSA or TQM?

v. Consider a case study with a well documented outcome.

b. Many thanks to all for your time and input!

3. Next Workshop Meeting(s): Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at Given Courtyard Level 4

a. Oct 29: Rodger: data presentation issues for a paper

b. Nov 5: Abby?

c. Future agenda to consider:

i. Rodger: Mixed methods article; article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished)

ii. Future: Review of different types of journal articles (lit review, case study, original article, letter to editor…), when each is appropriate, tips on planning/writing (Abby)

iii. Future: Informed consent QI: Connie to follow up with Nancy Stalnaker, Alan Rubin will follow up with Alan Wortheimer or Rob McCauly

iv. Kairn will ask a librarian to join us for selected issues

4. Fellows document – to be reviewed in the future. We trialed Wednesday meeting times, which started May 5, 2010 and continued until August 25, 2010. We returned to Friday meetings on Sept 3, 2010

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Fwd: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Update

BRFSS logo 

BRFSS 28th Annual Conference


March 19-23, 2011

Grand Hyatt Buckhead

Atlanta, Georgia


This year's theme:

BRFSS: State-Based Health Surveillance Meeting Local Data Needs


Please contact Judith Wellen at (404) 498-0521 or with questions


You are subscribed to Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This information has recently been updated, and is now available.


The Global Health Student Interest Group
Invites you to
A Screening of the Documentary Film

Friday, November 5, 2010
12:00noon ~ Sullivan Classroom - MedEd200

This is the remarkable story of how Robert Fleming, a Burlington native,
fell into establishing an orphanage, Malayaka House,  in Uganda, and its
current status.   Nick Phillips, a first year medical student is
developing a project through the Global Health Student Interest Group to
help improve the health and health care for a network of orphanages in

All are welcome, bagels and juice will be served.  Please RSVP to Nick
Phillips '14 for his food ordering.


If you have been using STATA version 10 on the FAHC shared drive, you should now be able to access STATA 11 at S:\Apps\Stata\Stata11.

Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future of Behavioral Health Services - Call for Abstracts

Drug and alcohol addiction and mental health disorders are prevalent, often go untreated, and if treated, the process of care for these conditions often does not meet basic quality standards. Receiving adequate service for behavioral health disorders is especially acute in the most vulnerable and needy groups, including older populations, racial/ethnic minorities, persons with lower educational levels, and those with early onset of behavioral health disorders. These groups often delay seeking care, or seek care in the general healthcare sector rather than in specialty mental health service settings.

The lack of attention to behavioral healthcare conditions contributes to global disease burden and is a significant cause of disability. It is now well-recognized that the co-occurrence of DAAMH and general medical disorders is high, and comorbidity and mortality increase when conditions co-occur, often resulting in the utilization of acute medical services. A focus on disparities in service access and delivery has increased over the past decade, even predating the IOM’s 2003 report entitled Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care.

Emphasizing the need for a coordinated focus in research addressing healthcare disparities, The National Institutes of Health recently (September, 2010) announced the transition of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The NIMHD will plan, coordinate, review, and evaluate minority health and health disparities research activities conducted and supported by the NIH institutes and centers.

To further emphasize the need to prioritize research examining behavioral healthcare disparities, this conference seeks to examine investigative efforts focused on

 *   Disparities in behavioral healthcare service access and delivery
 *   Innovative strategies to decrease disparities in diverse populations (gender-based, racial/ethnic minorities) and settings (rural vs. urban; primary and mental healthcare)
 *   Disparities in general health care access occurring as the result of the presence of a behavioral healthcare condition
 *   Issues of stigma and cultural salience as they impact service access and delivery, and
 *   Healthcare policy and legislative changes impacting behavioral health service disparities.

This scientific conference will encourage linkages between the often separate areas of behavioral services research into a more integrative behavioral health services research (BHSR) platform and will emphasize the a ‘key theme’ of the National Healthcare Disparities Report (AHRQ, 2009) related to service disparities experienced by persons with mental health and substance use disorders.

In this third year of a 3-year NIDA R13 scientific conference grant (with additional support provided by NIMH and NIAAA), conference organizers will continue their effort to 1) develop a collaborative and strategic research agenda to improve access to and the quality of behavioral healthcare to people (across the life span) who suffer from drug abuse, problematic alcohol use, and mental health problems, and, 2) engage and partner researchers and other key stakeholders such as afflicted individuals, families, providers, policymakers, and communities to contribute to and implement a quality improvement agenda. A ‘virtual collaboratory’ will also be used to connect conference participants and to encourage and support the development of new research teams.

Currently there is no one place for addictions, mental health and alcohol services researchers to meet exclusively and at one time on shared priority topics germane to behavioral health services research (BHSR). No professional group or association for BHSR exists. Common problems abound and often work does not cross the disciplines, so this 2011 scientific conference will highlight innovative strategies that explore and address the issue of services disparities in the delivery of behavioral healthcare focusing on a broad range of research examining

 *   ‘State of the Art’ interventions developed to close the gap in disparities
 *   The roles different settings, including homes, schools, and workplaces, can play in creating and changing disparities
 *   Patient-provider interactions as they contribute to or ameliorate disparities
 *   Community-based participatory research on service disparities
 *   The role of cultural competence in addressing disparities
 *   Improvements in the measurement of service disparities and impacts, and,
 *   Healthcare financing, legislation, and policy changes as they influence service disparities.

The conference will be held in Arlington, VA on April 6-7, 2011 with post-conference methods workshops on morning of April 8th. The Ritz Carlton Pentagon City (Arlington, VA) will be the setting for this year’s meeting. Individual paper, poster, think tank and symposia abstracts are being solicited. Significant networking opportunities will be available and students may apply for a limited pool of travel stipends. Please consider submitting an abstract to the conference through our website at<>

All abstract submissions MUST be received by December 3, 2010 at 5pm EST.


Margarita Alegría, PhD
Scientific Conference Chair,
Director, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Junius Gonzales, MD, MBA
University of South Florida, R13 Principal Investigator

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Trawling the brain

Tim Tourville found this very interesting article in ScienceNews and sent it along for our consideration. It points out that the functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), the spectacular imaging tool that has revealed so much about the connections between neural activity, neuroanatomy, and behavior, is prone to some very serious problems of interpretation.

That is a great little article. It pretty much has the whole of inferential statistics in there, including the the ecological fallacy ("Mass Effects" in the article), trade-offs between sensitivity and specificity ("arguing that these protections shouldn’t be so strong that the real results are tossed too, like a significant baby with the statistical bathwater"), and simple Type 1 error.



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fwd: Mary Ann Handel, PhD, Jackson Laboratory Senior Research Scientist ~ Lecture November 3 - 6:00pm

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Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D.

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

"Mutagenesis:  An Unbiased Strategy for Identification of Novel
Fertility Genes"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010,

Medical Education Center 200, Sullivan Classroom

Lecture  ~  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poster Viewing & Reception  ~   7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences is
pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Ann Handel, Senior Research Scientist
from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, will be presenting at
the College of Medicine.

Immediately following Dr. Handel's presentation there will be a
reception and viewing of posters by OB/GYN faculty and staff focusing on
many related areas of research interest.

Faculty, researchers, trainees and students interested in mutagenesis,
reproductive biology and health are invited to attend.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fwd: REMINDER-NIH Extramural LRP Application Deadline is November 15 - forwarded on behalf of Dr. Charles Irvin



Apply Online Now for Possible Awards of Up to $35,000 Annually


The NIH is accepting applications for its extramural Loan Repayment Programs now through 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on November 15, 2010.


These programs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the research workforce, achieve research independence and focus their efforts on advancing the health of the nation. Opportunities are available in clinical research, pediatric research, health disparities research, contraception and infertility research, and clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each year, some 1,600 research scientists benefit from the more than $70 million NIH invests in their careers through the extramural LRPs. 


Please share this e-mail with researchers in your organization who may benefit from the NIH LRPs. The November 15 deadline is quickly approaching. Health professionals who have started an online application should complete it now, and those who have not yet started should visit to learn more about the programs and apply.


BENEFITS: New LRP contracts are awarded for a two-year period and repay up to $35,000 of qualified educational debt each year. Tax offsets also are provided as an additional benefit. Participants may apply for competitive renewals, which are issued for one or two years. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. An NIH grant or other NIH funding is not required to apply for or participate in the LRPs. 


ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a domestic nonprofit, university, or government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.


For guidance on the application process and NIH Institute and Center (IC) research priorities, potential applicants should review "Tips for Completing a Competitive Application" at and contact an IC LRP liaison. The list of ICs and their liaisons can be found at


QUESTIONS? Visit the LRP website at for more information and to access the online application. For additional assistance, call or e-mail the LRP Information Center at (866) 849-4047 or Also, receive application cycle updates through Twitter @NIH_LRP or



Friday, October 15, 2010

Seminar: "The SpatioTemporal Epidemiological Modeler"

Dr. James H. Kaufman
IBM Almaden Research Center

October 20, 2010
Med Ed 300 Auditorium

The rise of global economies in the 21st century, the rapid national and international movement of people, and the increased reliance of developed countries on global trade all greatly increase the potential and possible magnitude of a pandemic. Global epidemics may result from global climate change, vector-borne diseases, food-borne illness, new naturally occurring pathogens, or bio-terrorist attacks. What can public health officials and scientists possibly do to protect populations from emerging disease or to implement better response measures?

While the speed of modern transportation amplifies the threat, the near real-time capability of modern information technology (I/T) can provide opportunities for great predictive capability and proactive containment. In one example, application of state-of-the-art information technology to public health, IBM Research recently contributed (and now supports) an open-source Java-based application development framework for building new models of infectious disease. The SpatioTemporal Epidemiological Modeler (STEM) is available through the Eclipse Foundation ( The Eclipse framework provides a modern "plug and play" software architecture that offers many advantages for software development. STEM uses the Eclipse framework by representing the world as "a graph." STEM offers basic toolsets for developing sophisticated simulations of disease spread. Data sets describing the geography, transportation systems, and population for the 244 countries and dependent areas, disease modeling mathematics, model comparison and validation tools. As an Eclipse application, STEM is also designed to support collaborative community efforts to rapidly develop new models of infectious disease.

In this talk we will discuss how public health can leverage STEM along with other open-source standards based tools to enable interoperable clinical health records. The world of public health, like the world of clinical care, requires its own "affinity domain." An affinity domain defines a group of organizations that work together and use a common set of policies and centralized services in pursuit of a shared mission. The need is global as evidenced by the recent H1N1 pandemic. IBM Research is working with organizations like the Middle Eastern Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS) and the Mexico City (GDF) Ministry of Health to develop and test standards-based systems to support public health disease reporting. Accurate public health data is critical to the development of new models for emerging infectious disease. Recent models of H1N1 and seasonal influenza will be discussed.

Speaker Bio
James H. Kaufman is manager of the Public Health Research project in the Department of Computer Science at the IBM Almaden Research Center. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Physics from U.C.S.B. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Distinguished Scientist of the ACM. During his career at IBM Research Dr. Kaufman has made contributions to several fields ranging from simulation science to magnetic device technology. His scientific contributions include work on pattern formation, conducting polymers, diamond like carbon, superconductivity, experimental studies of the Moon Illusion, and contributions to distributed computing, privacy protection, and grid middleware. His current research is focused on Public Health, Electronic Health Records, and epidemiological modeling. He is one of the creators of and contributors to the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler. His group, in collaboration with groups at IBM's Watson and Haifa Labs, is currently working with the Eclipse foundation to make technology for interoperability in healthcare and public health available as open source.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Re: HERC Health Economics Seminar - October 20 - REGISTER NOW!! - Untangling the Direct and Indirect Effects of Body Mass Dynamics on Earnings

On Oct 14, 2010 8:49 AM, "HSR&D Cyber Seminars" <> wrote:
> HERC Health Economics Seminar Wednesday, October 20 - Untangling the Direct and Indirect Effects of Body Mass Dynamics on Earnings
> By Donna Gilleskie, Wednesday, October 20, 2:00pm - 3:15pm ET In this study we aim to assess the effect of body mass on earnings. It has been shown that the body mass of white females is negatively correlated with wages (Cawley, 2004). We argue that this observed correlation may capture the influence of body mass on life-cycle decisions such as educational attainment, work experience, marital status, and fertility, which, in turn, determine wages. Similarly, these behaviors may impact body mass over the life cycle. Admittedly, body mass may still have an observed direct impact on wages if weight affects productivity on the job (which, in most data sets, is immeasurable) or if discrimination (also immeasurable) exists. To disentangle these direct and indirect effects we propose to model wages of individuals while jointly explaining accumulation of education and work experience,
> the decisions to work, to marry, and to have children, and the evolution of body mass over
> time.
> ........................................................
> Register for the session on October 20:
> Check your Live Meeting settings in advance:
> ........................................................
> Questions? Email
> This is a HERC Health Economics Seminar Presentation. For more information on these and other HSR&D Cyber Seminars go to

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fwd: Special Guest Speaker for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The UVM Educational and Research Technologies Committee asked that the
following information be shared about a presentation by Dr. Gary
Kessler as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 26th 2:30pm-4:00pm
Waterman 413

Musings About Information Security, Information Warfare, and Cybercrime

We live in an age where more and more intimate details about our lives
is stored in a multitude of digital devices -- not just databases of
information collected by businesses who want to target their marketing
efforts, but by us ourselves who race to put this information on our
social networking site, our Web pages, our Twitter pages, and devices
that reside on our hips or in our purses. This talk will discuss some
of the growing threats to the control of our private information, how
individuals add to their own risk, and how we professionals often
exacerbate the problem with our methods and processes.

Gary C. Kessler, Ph.D. is president and janitor of Gary Kessler
Associates, a consultancy providing information security and digital
forensics services and training. He is also a member of the Vermont
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and an associate
adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western
Australia). He is a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) and Certified
Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and is an associate
editor the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice and Journal of Digital
Forensics, Security and Law. More information about Gary can be found

For more information, contact the Information Security Office

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Re: FW: VCC Clinical & Translational Research Symposium ~ November 5, 2010

> 2010 Clinical & Translational Research Symposium
> Inflammation & Cancer
> Friday, November 5, 2010, 7:30 am-4:30 pm
> Grand Maple Ballroom
> Dudley H. Davis Center
> University of Vermont
> Burlington, VT
> Please join the Vermont Cancer Center (VCC), at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, for a free day-long research symposium during which we will discuss the present understanding of the role of inflammation in cancer initiation and progression, and identify areas of emphasis that might have an impact on research endeavors and clinical care at the VCC and elsewhere in the future.
> For symposium agenda, online registration, and poster submission details, visit
> Registration for this event is free, but required by October 22, 2010.
> *****
> Participants may present posters on any area of cancer-related research, not only those relating to the symposium topics. Posters may have been presented elsewhere. A $125 award will be given in each of two separate categories: (1) Pre-doc/Post-doc or (2) Faculty/Staff. Poster abstract submission deadline is October 22, 2010. Space is limited.
> This symposium is made possible with support from the Lake Champlain Cancer Research Organization.
> For more information, please contact: Kelly O'Malley, Vermont Cancer Center Events Coordinator, 802-656-2176 /<>.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Oct 7, 2010

Present: Abby Crocker, Martin Gregory (medical school candidate), Amanda Kennedy, Ben Littenberg, Charlie MacLean, Connie van Eeghen,

1. Round Table: Welcome to Martin, medical school candidate from D.C. Introductions all around.

2. Connie’s Topic

a. Connie reviewed her working document as an outline of her plan to conduct qualitative assessment on her first case study. Feedback was very helpful:

i. Restatement of her study question, as the dependent variables are now precisely defined and measured. The revised study question now reflects this.

ii. Confirmation that the expectations of a qualitative study focuses on context, not control. The qualitative assessment is intended to perform two functions:

1. Depth to the quantitative findings related to the dependent variables

2. Explanations related to rival theories as to why dependent variables provided a given result, as related to the independent variables

iii. Support for the future plan to conduct a cross case analysis, based on the selection of the case studies using a replication logic, not a sampling logic. The case studies are not intended to be representative of a larger universe but unique examples of subjects that were chosen because they followed a particular QI methodology (AA3).

b. The group discussed ways to make future studies more robust, such as studying cases that do not use the AA3 method and studying those that do over time to evaluate for repetition of AA3 and its results.

c. The group that was present agreed to serve as Connie’s critics for a future presentation in which the dependent or independent variables have been assessed through her prescribed qualitative analysis process.

d. Many thanks to all for your time and input!

3. Next Workshop Meeting(s): Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at Given Courtyard Level 4

a. Oct 15: Abby’s update

b. Oct 22: Kairn?

c. Oct 29: Rodger’s article on Behavior’s Influence on Medical Conditions (unpublished)

d. Future agenda to consider:

i. Rodger: Mixed methods article

ii. Future: Review of different types of journal articles (lit review, case study, original article, letter to editor…), when each is appropriate, tips on planning/writing (Abby)

iii. Future: Informed consent QI: Connie to follow up with Nancy Stalnaker, Alan Rubin will follow up with Alan Wortheimer or Rob McCauly

iv. Kairn will ask a librarian to join us for selected issues

4. Fellows document – to be reviewed in the future. We trialed Wednesday meeting times, which started May 5, 2010 and continued until August 25, 2010. We returned to Friday meetings on Sept 3, 2010

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Friday, October 8, 2010

Recognition for Vermont's Academic Detailing Program

The Alosa Foundation has been awarded a contract by the Veterans Administration to provide academic detailing training services to the pharmacy staff of the VA mental health program. Amanda Kennedy, PharmD, BCPS, Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of the University of Vermont Academic Detailing Program, has been  invited to serve as a faculty member, recognizing the pioneering achievements and national prominence of the Vermont Program.  

Congratulations, Amanda!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fwd: Informatics Grand Rounds - Tuesday, October 12th 4PM-5PM


Craig Jones, MD
Executive Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Medical Education Center Room 300 (Reardon Classroom)
(For remote attendees:

Informatics Grand Rounds is a joint initiative between the University
of Vermont (Center for Clinical and Translational Science –
Informatics Unit, Continuing Education, and Dana Medical Library),
Fletcher Allen Health Care, and the State of Vermont.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fwd: FW: Save the Dates for Burack Lecture Series from Fay Horak, PT, PhD

Please join us for two seminars provided by Fay B. Horak, PT, PhD as
part of the Dan and Carole Burack President's Distinguished Lecture

Public Talk: "Advances in the Understanding, Diagnosis, and Treatment
of Balance Disorders: Translating Science to Practice" Wednesday,
October 20th, 4PM-5PM, John Dewey Lounge in Old Mill (reception
immediately following)

Scientific Seminar: "Effects of Dopamine and Deep Brain Stimulation on
Posture and Balance with Parkinson's Disease"
Thursday, October 21st, Noon-1PM, Davis Auditorium

As a physical therapist and neurophysiologist at Oregon Health&
Science University, Dr. Horak is one of the world's experts in the
control of balance associated with aging, Parkinson's disease,
vestibular loss, diabetic neuropathy, cerebellar ataxia, multiple
sclerosis, ?bromyalgia, and back pain. Dr. Horak is translating her
expertise in the basic science of balance disorders to develop sensor
and biofeedback technology, as well as evidence-based clinical
assessments and exercise programs to identify and prevent mobility

Sharon M. Henry, PT, PhD, ATC
Professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science
305 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Drive
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
ph: (802) 656-8146
fax: (802) 656-6586