Events & Activities
Attention students enrolled in MD, DO, pre-med or health sciences program: Applications are now being accepted for the 1st Annual Global Leadership Conference. Enhance your leadership, professionalism and community service! See flyer for details and application. Deadline June 15, 2015
1st Scientific Meeting Public Health Program
The Public Health Program is pleased to invite you to its first Scientific Meeting to be held May 4 to 7, 2015, in the Carolina Rosaly de Ferran's Auditorium at Hospital Damas. The posters of the Practicum activity and oral presentations of the Capstones of our graduating class will be presented there. In addition we will have distinguished speakers who will speak on the topic of “Access to Health Services in Puerto Rico.” We hope to see you all.
PHSU will be hosting its 11th Annual Research Conference
PHSU will be hosting its 11th Annual Research Conference on Saturday, May 30th, 2015. The purpose of this conference is to increase awareness of the research that is conducted at our Institution in the Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Psychology, and Public Health Programs and to stimulate further research endeavors, particularly in the Clinical Sciences.
Oral and poster presentations in Clinical, Basic, Behavioral, and Public Health research will be accepted. Abstract submission deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015.
Click here to submit: http://220.127.116.11/psmscientificconference/form.htm
Prizes will be awarded to the best presentations in each category.
Continued Medical Education credits will be awarded to attendees.
Frontiers in Stem Cells in Cancer Advanced Training Course
Ponce Health and Science University (PHSU) hosted for the 2nd time this past February 9th through the 13th the Frontiers in Stem Cells in Cancer Advanced Training Course
This advanced training course, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, brought to our campus an impressive and remarkable list of scientific leaders who have pioneered emerging conceptual and technological breakthroughs in the field of stem cells. Students and participants obtained comprehensive and sophisticated training in research strategies and state-of-the-art methods on cellular, developmental, immunological, imaging and molecular biological approaches for advancing the frontiers of stem cells and cancer.
Dr. Kenira Thompson on Tu Salud Informa
Be sure to watch this Saturday February 21 at 12:30 p.m. our very own Dr. Kenira Thompson, President of PHSU’s Ponce Research Institute and Dean of Research, on Telemundo’s “Tu Salud Informa”. Dr. Thompson will be providing an overview on PHSU-PRI’s current research activities and the importance of community participation in clinical trials as a way to enhance science and address health disparities in the Puerto Rican population. #PHSU
Ponce Researchers are presented with the Merck Innovator Award
Dr. Caroline Appleyard, Dr. Idhaliz Flores, Dr. Annelyn Torres and Dr. Kenira Thompson, along with Siomara Hernandez (student in Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Sciences) and Myrella Cruz, lab technician, were honored the Merck Innovator award in Research in Carolina, Puerto Rico on October 28, 2014. This team was recognized for their project examining the role of stress on the progression of endometriosis. During the same event, the Health Education Award was bestowed to the team led by Dr. Saylisse Davila (UPR-Mayaguez), Dr. Idhaliz Flores (PHSU-PRI), and students from both institutions for developing an endometriosis risk assessment application.
Joint Seminar Series PHSU & UCC
"Impaired function of Mutant Kir4.1 channel restored by co-expression with Kir5.1 subunit"
Miguel P. Méndez González
PHD Student, UCC
Held at PHSU
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 pm
PPE Guidelines Introductions
CDC creates Web-based Personal and Protective Equipment (PPE) Training for Health Workers. To access the web-based PPE training click here
The HITECH ACT
The deadline to select and implement Electronic Health Records is fast approaching. Ponce Research Institute, through a grant funded program, can assist you in selection and implementation today! Call 787-840-2573 or email us at: email@example.com
News & Notices
Dr. David Lenihan, President of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), met with Major Maria “Mayita” Meléndez on Thursday October 8, 2015 to sign a contract allowing the Head Start centers of the Ponce Autonomous Municipality to become clinical training sites for students of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (SBBS). Through this collaboration the SBBS expands its training sites to include clinical activities with pre-schoolers and their relatives, and to provide consultation and training to Head Start’s faculty and employees. Two of the supervisors providing mentoring and supervision to SBBS students are PHSU graduates specializing in working with children and their families. These are Dr. Jormar Miranda and Dr. Mariam Santiago. This collaboration strengthen PHSU ties to the Ponce Autonomous Municipality and prepares the SBBS for the beginning of the School Psychology Masters program. Dr. Lenihan expressed his satisfaction with the manner in which the institution addresses the training needs of its students while collaborating with government agencies in providing quality services to the community, especially, to children of families with limited income. Dr. María Garrido, Assistant Dean for Clinical Training and Dr. Stephanie Vega, Clinical Practicum Coordinator of the SBBS participated in the ceremony with Dr. Lenihan.
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) selected Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine as one of ten new teams to participate in the 2015 Inter-professional Student Hot Spotting Mini-Grant Project learning collaborative. PHSU will join a collaborative network from a wide range of health professions, which includes monthly webinars and case conferences, mentoring, and a curriculum learning guide. Congratulations to MD student Kimberly Feliberti who was instrumental in submitting the application.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 Selected Professions Fellowship to Elisa Quiroz, a Senior Medical Student of Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded a 2015–16 Selected Professions Fellowship to Elisa Quiroz of Ponce, Puerto Rico. She is an MD candidate at Ponce Health Sciences University.
“This fellowship will make a huge difference in my future as a physician. Taking care of my children financially while finishing my medical education has been a truly daunting task. With the help of AAUW this last year of medical school will be a smooth transition into residency.”
Elisa Quiroz is currently in her fourth year of medical school at Ponce Health Sciences University and also pursuing an MBA in health care administration. Her futures plans are to enter a residency in internal medicine and continue working as an advocate for minority and women’s rights. Quiroz is also a devoted mother to her two children, Jaiyana and Matheus.
For the 2015–16 academic year, AAUW awarded a total of $3.7 million through six categories of fellowships and grants to 241 scholars, research projects, and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls. Established in 1970 with a $25,000 grant from the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation, AAUW’s Selected Professions Fellowships originally focused on opening doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine. The program has since expanded to include science and technology, because while the demand for a technologically skilled workforce has grown, women remain underrepresented in these professions.
Former Selected Professions Fellows have made significant contributions to women’s lives in many areas, from mass-producing a low-cost incubator for infants in the developing world to researching new ways to detect breast cancer.
“We’re proud that life-saving research has been funded through our prestigious fellowships,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “When research on preventing skin cancer was released a few years ago, an AAUW fellow was behind that breakthrough study. We’re supporting the next generation of prominent scholars and researchers to advance health and equality for women and girls.”
AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education, having awarded more than $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to 12,000 women from more than 140 countries since 1888. The AAUW Fellowships and Grants program is one of the oldest and largest in the world exclusively for women.
To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory and read AAUW’s announcement. To reach an award recipient, call 202.728.7602 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university partners. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.
Ponce Health Sciences University, one of the Academic Medical Centers in Puerto Rico contributing to Diversity and Community Health.
PHSU Professor Accepted into CRECD Program
Dr. Eida Castro, Assistant Professor (Psychology Program and Psychiatry Department), was accepted into the prestigious Continued Mentoring and Career Development Program (CRECD Phase II) of the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSc) at UPR-MSC.
11th Annual Scientific Conference
With the purpose of increasing awareness of research conducted at Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) and to promote further research endeavors, the Ponce Research Institute at PHSU hosted its 11th Annual Scientific Conference on May 30, 2015 .
Students, faculty and residents from the PHSU academic community and partner institutions presented over 90 projects in oral and poster formats in the areas of biomedical sciences, clinical sciences/medicine, behavioral sciences and public health. Awards were given to the top three poster and oral presentations in each category.
The research presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges from institutions such as the Medical Sciences Campus (RCM), the Catholic University of Ponce (PUCPR), University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Ponce and Mayagüez, among others.
Congratulations to everyone!
Congratulations to Dr. Idhaliz Flores and Dr. Lynnette Ruiz of our Endometriosis Research Program for their recent publication in Reproductive Sciences. Renowned reproductive endocrinologists Dr. Nabal Bracero and Dr. Pedro Beauchamp also collaborated in the study, which is entitled “Dysregulation of lysyl oxidase expression in lesions and endometrium of women with endometriosis”. The study documents that lesions and endometrium of women with endometriosis have an increased expression of Lysyl oxidase (LOX), an important molecule in the collagen synthesis pathway.
A better understanding of the mechanisms of LOX action in the endometrium of women with endometriosis who are infertile and in the lesions of women with endometriosis will lead to better treatment modalities for this enigmatic disease.
Dr Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
From the humblest beginnings in Mexico, Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa literally jumped the border fence into the United States for a better future. With a drive and passion unparalleled, he went from migrant farm worker, to cum laude Harvard graduate, to internationally renowned neuroscientist and neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Ponce Health Sciences University is honored to announce Dr. Q as the keynote speaker at this year’s commencement ceremony on June 5th, 2015.
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Beyond the GRE
We are pleased to announce that the manuscript titled “Beyond the GRE: Using a composite score to predict the success of Puerto Rican students in a biomedical Ph.D. program”, submitted by Wendy I. Pacheco (President’s Office/RISE), Richard J. Noel (Biochemistry), James T. Porter (Pharmacology/RISE) and Caroline B. Appleyard (Physiology/RISE), has been accepted for publication in Life Sciences Education. This represents a significant contribution that justifies the use of holistic evaluation methods to better identify highly qualified individuals that will excel in graduate STEM programs.
Developmental K07 Award
Dr. Annelyn Torres-Reverón, Assistant Professor in Physiology and Clinical Psychology received a developmental K07 award entitled “Mechanism of HPA axis alterations during the development of endometriosis” from the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
The focus of the K07 is to provide empirical data leading towards the increased use of behavioral therapy for endometriosis treatment and to improve curriculum-building skills that will lead to the implementation of integrative health didactic offerings at Ponce Health and Science University.
Dr. Annelyn Torre’s research seeks to understand abnormal neurobiological processes in chronic diseases that are more prevalent in women, with the long- term goal of designing better and novel treatment approaches. This is the first time a K07 has been awarded to a PhD in Puerto Rico.
2015 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award
Elisa Quiroz, 3rd year medical student, received the 2015 Medical Student Service Leadership Project Award from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. This is the first time this award has been given in Puerto Rico. The $9,000 grant spans 3 years and supports leadership development for medical students. Elisa’s project will not only impact medical students with a special interest in global health and minority issues but also minority youth from local impoverished neighborhoods through a Youth in Action Program.
US-Latin America Cancer Research Network Annual Meeting
In November, two scientists from the Ponce Research Institute, Dr. Julie Dutil and Dr. Jaime Matta were invited as two of the four delegates from Puerto Rico to the "US-Latin America Cancer Research Network Annual Meeting" held in Santiago, Chile. This meeting was sponsored by the Center for Global Health (NCI) and co-sponsored by the Chile Ministry of Health. During three days, cancer investigators met to discuss the strategic development of collaborative research protocols across Latin America. Both scientists also presented research at a one day ancillary meeting sponsored by the Chilean Group for Oncologic Research (GOCCHI). Participants included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay as well as the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Areas of emphasis included breast cancer
genetics and gastric cancer. The objectives of the US-LACRN is to improve clinical practice and cancer management by providing a better understanding of the disease both in Latin America and in the United States. Participation in the US-LACRN initiative in our institution has been supported through two supplemental application to the U54 Partnership.
Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico signs agreement with University of Nicosia School of Medicine in Cyprus.
December 9, 2014. Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) and University of Nicosia Medical School in Cyprus signed a memorandum of understanding to establish collaborations and enhance academic and research activities between the two institutions.
The MOU commits the two institutions to: share knowledge and expertise relating research and academics, utilize and leverage existing resources, collaborate on research and dissemination of
research practices, provide policy guidance, boost collaboration with other entities, and jointly host seminars, symposia, workshops and training events to strengthen the capacities at both sites.
The MOU comes at a time when PHSU and University of Nicosia Medical School are achieving solid expansion, and follows a clearly delineated strategic plan to integrate and globalize medical education and research capabilities.
"The new Memorandum of Understanding marks an important step forward in our ongoing collaboration with the University of Nicosia Medical School,” said Dr. David Lenihan, President of PHSU. “We look forward to working more closely with University of Nicosia Medical School to support sustainable global practices in academic medicine, mental health, and research.”
This MOU is an excellent opportunity for both institutions, given that the agreement provides PHSU and University of Nicosia Medical School’s faculty and students with the type of experiences that will help broaden their scholarly horizons.
Following the signing ceremony at PHSU, Professor Andreas Charalombous, Executive Dean of the University of Nicosia Medical School had the opportunity to interact with academic and research leaders at Ponce, in order to establish the initial lines of communication within the agreement.
Physiology review by award-winning medical educator, Dr. Conrad Fischer
Award-winning medical educator Dr. Conrad Fischer gave a physiology review to our MDI, MDII and MSMS students on February 13-15, 2015 to prepare them for their physiology course, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) subject examination, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination Step I. Dr. Conrad Fischer is Founder and CEO of MedQuest, Associate Professor of Medicine at Touro College of Medicine in New York City and a public health advocate. He is also the author of numerous USMLE test preparation guides and textbooks.
CDC releases interim U.S. guidance for monitoring and movement of persons with potential ebola virus exposure update
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First Puerto Rico Cancer Research Meeting
Local and international investigators in the field of cancer research field were united at the 1st Puerto Rico Cancer Research Meeting held at the Verdanza Hotel in Isla Verde, PR on October 3, 2014. Students and faculty from Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) and Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) produced an outstanding scientific gathering to provide a forum on the island for promoting local scientific research, networking and collaborative opportunities in all areas of cancer research.
Flu Season is around the Corner
Per the CDC, everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. Get vaccinated now to protect yourself and your loved ones!