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Bullet Green TB and Diabetes: Of Mice & Men, a presentation by Office of Global Health’s 2009 Pilot Project Grant recipient Hardy Kornfeld, MD, professor of medicine, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from noon 1 p.m. in the Michelson Conference Room in the LRB. Sponsored by the Office of Global Health, which holds seminars the first Wednesday of every month. For information, visit umassmed.edu/globalhealth or contact Kiger Lau via global e-mail.

Bullet Green The Center for Mindfulness invites all UMMS employees to participate in two upcoming sessions.

  • Mindfulness Tools for Living the Full Catastrophe being offered in Worcester January 8–13. This five-day intensive training program in mindfulness-based stress reduction is based on the 8-week Stress Reduction Program, founded in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical School. The program supports health enhancement and wellness focused on prevention and learning the “how” of taking good care of yourself, as well as feeling a greater sense of balance. To learn more about the Mindfulness Tools program, visit www.umassmed.edu/cfm; send an e-mail to mindfulness@umassmed.edu or call x6-2656.
  • The nationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Program is being offered to UMMS employees for a deeply discounted fee of $150. If you are interested in increasing your concentration and focus, learning to respond to stress more effectively, increasing your resiliency, and enhancing your sense of creativity, then call x 6-2656 to enroll in a required, free, pre-program orientation session. This is a wonderful way to take care of yourself. Classes start the week of Jan. 25. Bring your UMMS ID badge to orientation to receive your employee discount.

Bullet Green The 22nd Annual Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Faculty Conference Room at noon; doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. The featured speaker is Darnell L. Williams, President/CEO of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

Bullet Green  A View into the Elegant, Dramatic and Comedic Worlds of Anatomical Art, a presentation by Anne M. Gilroy, MA, associate professor of surgery and cell biology, will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Lamar Soutter Library. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine Committee.

Bullet Green Fotografia: An Eclectic Collection, the latest installment of the Lamar Soutter Library’s Artist in Residence Series, features the photography of Alberto Mercado, an outreach phlebotomist at UMass Memorial. His From Ashes to Dreams: My Life, My Story will also be presented. The exhibit runs through Friday, Jan. 15.


Bullet Green A conference on multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease will be held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge. The goal of this program is to increase awareness among primary care physicians regarding early diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The conference will improve knowledge of these chronic and often disabling diseases so that physicians will recognize symptoms early enough to impact their treatment and subsequent course. Participants will get an overview of pathogenesis, diagnostic criteria, and therapy options for these disorders. Registration and dinner will be from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., with lectures from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register please visit umassmed.edu/cme/MS_Parkinson_01202010

Bullet Green The Massachusetts Health Care Training Forum (MTF) meeting schedule for January is available online at mahealthcaretrainingforum.ehs.state.ma.us. These meetings provide important information to health care and community agency staff who work with MassHealth members, the underinsured or uninsured. January meeting highlights include updates from MassHealth, Health Care For All and Virtual Gateway. There will also be information on the Prescription Advantage 2010 benefits, Medical Security Program changes and Work Incentives Programs for SSA Beneficiaries. Running from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with complimentary lunch provided during roundtable discussions with presenters, meetings are held in Taunton, Holyoke, Tewksbury, Boston and Shrewsbury. The Worcester-area meeting is Friday, Jan. 22, at the Hoagland Pincus Conference Center. Registration is required. The Massachusetts Health Care Training Forum is a program of the Office of Medicaid (MassHealth) and the Office of Community Programs, a division of Commonwealth Medicine.