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Upstate Announcements for August 3, 2022

Global Health seeks help with new flu vaccine study

Upstate’s Global Health seeks participants for an investigational flu vaccine study using mRNA technology. Participants should be 18 to 49 years of age and have not received a flu vaccine in the last six months. If chosen, participants will be in the study for about seven months. To learn more, call Global Health at 315-464-9869 or email Trials@Upstate.edu.

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Suite 1K ends Saturday Covid testing hours

Suite 1K (located at Community) has closed Saturday Covid testing hours. Suite 1K will remain open to the public and the Upstate community Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site closes for lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Scheduled appointments and walk-ins are welcome. Scheduled appointments take priority. Saliva and nasal PCR testing are available. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/coronavirus/testing/schedule.php.

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Team captains sought for Making Strides

Upstate seeks team captains for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, to be held Oct. 16. A team captain meeting will be held Aug. 30 at noon via Zoom. To register for the meeting, email Chris Benton at BentonCh@Upstate.edu.

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Upstate’s Emerging Leaders United seeks volunteers Aug. 4

Upstate’s Emerging Leaders United group seeks volunteers to participate in Day of Caring, an event to celebrate the United Way of CNY’s 100th anniversary. Days of Caring will be held Aug. 4. There are two volunteer opportunities that still need support:

—ACR Health from noon to 4 p.m.  https://www.volunteercny.org/need/detail/?need_id=700457

—Hopeprint party from 5 to 8 p.m.: https://www.volunteercny.org/need/detail/?need_id=699298

Use an Upstate email when registering. For questions or more information, email ELU@Upstate.edu.

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Low-impact workout to increase energy is Aug. 4

Join trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read as she leads a 10-minute low-impact workout Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. This is an offering of Upstate’s Pathway to Wellness program. To join, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

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Two opportunities to help Upstate’s Your Cause charity are Aug. 6 and 18

The Upstate community is invited to help Sarah’s Guest House, the university’s 2022 Your Cause partner, with two volunteer activities: 

—painting a shed and completing yard work Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

—interior painting Aug. 18 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Sarah’s Guest House

To volunteer, email Susan Bland at BLANDmeS@upstate.edu or Kelly Dolan at dolank@upstate.edu. Upstate volunteers should wear a Team Upstate shirt, if possible.

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Mindful Meditation is Aug. 8 and 10

Mindful Meditation will be held Aug. 8 and 10 at 10 a.m. via WebEx. Annemarie Cristino, LCSW, CEAP, Upstate’s Employee Assistance Program coordinator, will offer 30 minutes of mindful meditation instruction and information. Mindfulness centers on fostering connections between the brain, mind, body, and behavior. To join the session, visit: https://upstate.webex.com/meet/cristinA. Future sessions will be held every Monday and Wednesday.

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Easy for You is Aug. 9

Easy for you, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 7335B Upstate University Hospital. Those with an Upstate ID are welcome to receive help quitting tobacco, chew, and vape. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available. For more information, contact Theresa Hankin or Carolyn Walczyk at 315-464-3519 or walczykc@upstate.edu

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Upstate Foundation Walk/Run for Kids is Aug. 14

The Upstate Foundation’s second annual Walk/Run for Kids will be held Aug. 14 at Otsiningo Park in Binghamton. The event includes a 5K USATF-certified run, a two-mile walk, and a fun run for kids. The event benefits Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. More than 12,000 visits to the children’s hospital are made annually by Southern Tier families. To register, visit: https://upstate5k.itsyourrace.com/register/.

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Volunteers sought for Mary Nelson’s Youth Center 21st annual Back-To-School BBQ Aug. 20

The 21st annual Backpack and School Supply giveaway and BBQ event seeks volunteers to help set up, clean up, and hand out supplies Aug. 20 at the corner of S. Salina St. and Wood Ave.

Shifts run from 8 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 3 to 6 p.m. Upstate volunteers should wear an Upstate shirt whenever possible. To volunteer, complete the survey here: https://bit.ly/3cen64M. For more information, email Becca Pesci at pescir@upstate.edu.

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Pediatric Covid-19 update is Aug. 24

Joseph Domachowske, MD, professor of pediatrics and microbiology/immunology and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, will present a pediatric Covid-19 update Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

This HealthLink seminar is live, free and open to the public.

Dr. Domachowske will discuss pediatric developments in Covid-19 including vaccinations, booster shots, therapeutics, and variants. To register for a Zoom link, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUodOurrz8oGdMdr0g-MlYLjKOXRJergqWG.

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Recovery-Based Suicide Prevention conference is Aug. 26 and 27

Recovery-Based Suicide Prevention: An Introduction to Life-Transforming Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy will be held Aug. 26 and 27. For more information on continuing education credits, the full program, and to register, visit: https://www.upstate.edu/cme/online-register.php. For more information, email Linette Thorp at thorpl@upstate.edu

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22nd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat is Sept. 7

The College of Graduate Studies will host the 22nd annual Biomedical Sciences Retreat Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Lodge in Skaneateles. Registration is required and closes Aug. 24. For more information, email BioSci@Upstate.edu or call 315-464-4538.

The event is free and features guest speakers, a poster session highlighting student research (abstracts due Aug. 17), and an introduction to the incoming class of graduate students.

Guest speaker is Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, Ph.D., executive director and chief scientific officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and a faculty member at The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

Alumni speaker is Peng Zhang, Ph.D., a former graduate of the Neuroscience Program and current assistant professor of Neurosciences at Case Western Reserve University. 

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Give Burns the Boot kickball tournament is Sept. 10

Upstate’s Clark Burn Center will hold the second annual Give Burns the Boot kickball tournament Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Syracuse Sports Association Syracuse Kickball Park, Liverpool. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jessica Summers, MD, Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Build your own team of 10 for $300 ($25 for each additional player). Teams must have a minimum of three female players. All players must be 14 years of age or older. Registration includes a T-shirt.

To register your team, become a sponsor or make a donation, visit https://www.upstatefoundation.org/kickball. Online Registration closes Sept. 7 at noon.

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Convocation is Sept. 14

Convocation will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. For more information, email Patty Gooden at GoodenPa@Upstate.edu.

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Pars for Stroke annual golf tournament is Sept. 17

Upstate’s Pars for Stroke annual golf tournament will be held Sept. 17 at Radisson Greens Golf Club. To register, visit: https://www.upstatefoundation.org/Pars-for-Stroke. Questions? Email Raisa Zhovklaya at ZhovklaR@Upstate.edu.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is Sept. 25

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike. To join the team ‘Upstate Strong,’ visit http://act.alz.org/goto/UpstateStrong.

The first 75 individuals to register and raise $35 will receive an Upstate runners hat. A team photo will be taken at the event. For more information, email Kelly Dolan at doalnk@upstate.edu.

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Events supporting Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

DiBella’s Subs is running Cups for a Cause during the month of August. With the purchase of a fountain drink, 50 cents will be donated to Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Create Change at JOANN in August: JOANN will partner with Children’s Miracle Network in August to raise money for local member hospitals, including Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, through customer donations.

Questions? Email Danielle LaTour, Upstate Foundation, at LaTourDa@Upstate.edu.

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The Informed Patient

Recent topics featured on The Informed Patient podcast include a medicine that appears to halt cancer, how insomnia relates to long COVID and what the IRB does. Guests include:

Oncologist Merima Ramovic, DO, on a checkpoint inhibitor treatment that appeared to arrest rectal cancer

Neurologist and sleep medicine specialist Antonio Culebras, MD, on insomnia and its relationship to long COVID

Michelle Saya, institutional review board administrator, on the IRB’s mission and duties

The Informed Patient podcast and HealthLink on Air radio show are produced by Upstate Marketing and University Communications. The Informed Patient interviews are available through various podcast platforms, and HealthLink on Air is broadcast on WRVO Public Media at 6 a.m. Sundays. Audio and transcripts of the podcasts and the radio shows are also available at www.upstate.edu/informed.

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