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Upstate Announcements for July 19, 2023

Blood drive is July 24

A blood drive will be held July 24 from noon to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community. To schedule an appointment, visit www.Upstate.edu/blood.



HealthLink on financial resources for prostate cancer costs is July 27

HealthLink will host a virtual session on financial resources for prostate cancer costs July 27 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Linda Naples, financial counselor at Upstate Cancer Center, will provide tools and resources that can lighten some of the financial stress associated with a prostate cancer diagnosis. To register, visit: https://upstate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcumorjMjHdd9iJgo_py_H57-OHGbsAMU.



Parking and traffic at Nappi

The Nappi Wellness Institute will be fully operational beginning July 21. There will be an increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic. As a reminder, the following floors are reserved for patients and visitors only in the Upstate Garages: 

  • Garage East: Ground level, ramp to first floor, second floor. 
  • Garage West: Valet parking only on south side of first floor, all of second floor. 

Tickets may be given to staff who park in these areas and University Police will be heavily enforcing parking in these spaces. 

The entrance to Nappi from E. Adams St. is for drop-off only, not as a passage to Garage West. Staff using this as a pass through are subject to ticketing or possible revocation of parking privileges. The left only lane for this entrance is a driving lane, therefore traffic is not authorized to stop or park on this section of pavement. Tickets may be issued to those in violation. 

The parking spaces between Nappi and Garage West are reserved for emergency personnel only. Unauthorized vehicles in that lot may be subject to ticketing and/or towing.

Questions about parking? Email [email protected]



Save the date: Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit

Healthcare practitioners and researchers are invited to attend the Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Summit Sept. 28 and 29 at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. The summit will be hosted by Upstate’s Institute for Global Health and Translational Science, and the Central New York Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. The summit is free and CME is available. To register, visit: https://2023lymeandtickbornedisease.sched.com/. For more information, email [email protected].



Pathway to Wellness events for July

To join all Pathway to Wellness events, use the following link (unless otherwise noted in an entry): https://upstate.webex.com/meet/brisks.

  • Walk with Dr. Kohman July 24 at noon. Meet by the main entrance of Upstate University Hospital, indoors if bad weather. 
  • Walk with Beth Sellers July 24 at noon at Community. Meet at the main entrance by the gift shop at Community. Rain or shine. 
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of addiction in yourself and others is July 25 at noon for 20 minutes. Janet Price-Kurta, Statewide Peer Assistance for Nurses (SPAN), will discuss what addition is, how to recognize addiction, and where to seek help. Open to everyone with an Upstate ID. 
  • Volunteers sought for watering and weeding the Upstate community garden. The garden crops help support Upstate’s student pantry. For more information and to volunteer, email Anna Maria Hinman at [email protected]



VOYA retirement representatives visit campus in July and August

Local VOYA representatives will host in-person meetings to assist with retirement investment options and planning. The schedule is as follows:

  • July 19 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria at Community
  • July 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 31 in 122 Campus Activities Building

To reserve a time online, visit: https://boblaferriere.timetap.com/#/. For more information, email Robert Laferriere at [email protected].



Easy for You is Aug. 8

Easy for You, Upstate's tobacco treatment program, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in C3068 on the third floor of Upstate Cancer Center. Everyone with an Upstate ID is 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 [email protected].



Philosopher Daniel Berthold speaks Aug. 9

Upstate’s Center for Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry will host philosopher Daniel Berthold Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of TU3. Berthold will present Talking Cures: A Lacanian Reading of Hegel and Kierkegaard on Language and Madness. To R.S.V.P. and for more information, email [email protected].



Portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan set for Aug. 31; RSVP by Aug. 18

The Upstate community is invited to a portrait unveiling and reception for Dr. David Duggan Thursday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Eastwood Atrium of the Setnor Academic Building. Please R.S.V.P. by Aug. 18 to [email protected].



Upstate seeks volunteers for CMV infection study

Upstate seeks volunteers for a clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of a new Moderna mRNA CMV vaccine in healthy adolescents and adult females 16 to 40 years of age. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) causes asymptomatic infection and mononucleosis-like illness in healthy adults. Congenital CMV occurs in 30-35 percent of mothers who acquire primary CMV infection during pregnancy. Maternal infection in the first half of pregnancy is associated with the highest risk for severe manifestations of congenital CMV in the infant. Currently, no vaccine is available to prevent CMV infection.

All visits take place at the Physician's Office Building, and include 14 in-person visits over a 30-month period with safety phone contacts between visits. Direct exposure to a child 5 and under for at least 8 hours per week is required. Visits include vaccinations, blood draws, urine pregnancy tests. Participants are required to keep an e-Diary on a smartphone app to track any adverse effects throughout the study; Devices are provided to those who do not have one. Participants will be compensated for scheduled and unscheduled completed visits.

To learn more about participating in the clinical trial, contact the study coordinator at 315-802-1105 or [email protected].



The Informed Patient podcast 

The Informed Patient podcast recently featured interviews about a study of germs on ATM machines , a new surgical tool and an information source for patients with cancer and their families.

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, including YouTube. 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 upstate.edu/informed.

To suggest an Upstate expert or topic for a possible podcast, email Amber Smith at [email protected].