Lunchtime Seminar Series


seminar

FOCUS sponsors a Lunchtime Seminar Series that covers topics related to:

  • women's health research
  • professional development for academic physicians
  • current medical issues ("hot topics" in health care)

This interactive one-hour format provides School of Medicine faculty with diverse perspectives on a variety of medical and career development topics; offers opportunities for faculty presentations to Penn colleagues from multiple departments and with various areas of academic expertise; and promotes networking within the School of Medicine, the Hospital, and across the University. The Seminar Series is popular and well-attended by men and women faculty.

Afaf and facultySessions on women's health research are presented by multidisciplinary speakers with expertise in a variety of women's health issues including, e.g., breast cancer, hormone replacement, osteoporosis, depression, obesity, lung cancer, and multiple sclerosis. The portion of the Series devoted to professional development includes such topics as time management, conflict resolution, negotiation, managing a laboratory, balancing work and family, presentation skills, financial planning, mentoring, writing for publication, and "promotion 101." Finally, a host of timely, controversial medical topics are presented in what is essentially a "Grand Rounds" for the Medical School. These sessions include such topics as concerns about the avian flu epidemic; the complexities of coping with medical malpractice; how to reduce the number of uninsured while balancing cost issues; the effects of sleep deficit; and autism spectrum disorder, to list a few.

Presenters generally include faculty from the School of Medicine as well as from other Schools across the University. Speakers may include anthropologists, bioethicists, economists, lawyers, medical historians, sociologists, psychologists, as well as physicians and researchers, all of whom offer fresh perspective to a broad range of medical and professional development topics.

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2015 - 2016 Current Seminar Series

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*Note: FOCUS is in the process of planning additional presentations for the Seminar Series so please check here for updates.


OCTOBER 19, 2015 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Judith A. Long, MD
Sol Katz Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Co-Director, Penn Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Supporting Behavior Change: Peer Mentors, Financial Incentives, and More

Dr. Long will talk about her work testing interventions to support behavioral change in low-income patients with chronic diseases.

BIO: Judith A. Long, MD is Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine as well as a core faculty member in VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion and Co-Director of the Philadelphia VA Patient Aligned Care Team Demo Lab. Dr. Long’s current work focuses on interventions to support behavioral change in low-income patients with chronic diseases. She recently completed two studies funded by NIH evaluating the effectiveness of peer mentoring and financial incentives to improve glucose control in African Americans with poorly controlled diabetes. Both studies were randomized controlled trials (RCT). She is also the PI of a RCT evaluating how best to create sustainable peer mentor models for the VA. This study is being funded by VA HSR&D. Most recently she received a PCORI grant to evaluate the effectiveness of using Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help low income patients with multiple chronic diseases improve their health. Dr. Long is also actively engaged in the training of Health Services and Policy Researchers at Penn, until July 2015, she was the Director of Penn’s Master of Science in Health Policy Research (MSHP) and PI of Penn’s NRSA Generalist Training Grant. Currently she Co-Directs the Penn Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and will be a co-Director of the new National Clinician Scholars Program.



NOVEMBER 16, 2015 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, PhD
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)
Secondary Appointment in Computer and Information Science (CIS)
School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Pennsylvania

Adding a Sense of Touch to Robotics in Medicine

Although commercial robotic surgery systems such as the Intuitive da Vinci are approved for use on human patients, they provide the surgeon with very little haptic (touch) feedback. My team at Penn has invented and studied two methods for adding haptic feedback to such systems, one through instrument vibrations and the other through fingertip deformations. We are also studying how haptic feedback affects resident learning and whether surgical skill can be estimated from recorded haptic signals alone.

BIO: Professor Kuchenbecker's research leverages scientific knowledge about the sense of touch to create robotic systems that enable a user to interact with virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. These haptic interfaces combine electromechanical sensors and actuators with high-speed computer control, enabling applications such as robot-assisted surgery, medical simulation, stroke rehabilitation, and personal computing. Professor Kuchenbecker directs the Penn Haptics Group, which is part of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. She has received several honors for her research, including an NSF CAREER Award in 2009, Popular Science Brilliant 10 in 2010, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award in 2012, and many best paper and best demonstration awards. She teaches courses in dynamics and robotics, and she serves as Undergraduate Curriculum Chair in her department. Her influence on students has been recognized with a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2014 and a TCPW Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising in 2015. Prior to becoming a professor, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2006.



JANUARY 8, 2016 (Friday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 11th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 11-146A (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Michael L. Platt, PhD
James S. Riepe University Professor
Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine
Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences
Marketing Department, the Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Friendship and Your Brain

Friendship, charity and empathy: How do these profoundly human feelings arise from the coordinated actions of our brains, bodies and genes? What are the roots of the social emotions in other animals? How does our social environment get “under our skin” to shape our lives and livelihood? Using his decades of experience studying the behavior and biology of rhesus macaques, Penn Integrates Knowledge professor Michael Platt will discuss the new science of friendship and what these monkeys can teach us about ourselves.

BIO: Michael Platt studies how we make decisions, using a combination of neural recordings, pharmacology, brain imaging, genetics, and computation, in humans, monkeys, and other animals. He received his B.A from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, both in biological anthropology, and did a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience at New York University. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Klingenstein Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation, the EJLB Foundation, Autism Speaks, the Broad Foundation, the Klarman Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the Department of Defense, among others. He is a winner of the Ruth and A. Morris Williams Faculty Research Prize in the Duke University School of Medicine, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. He has given the Sage Lecture at UC Santa Barbara and has received the Astor Visiting Professor award at Oxford University (deferred). Michael has authored over 90 peer-reviewed papers and over 40 review and opinion papers. Michael is an editor of major textbooks in neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience, and he is a former president of the Society for Neuroeconomics. He is the former Director of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and former Director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University. Michael’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and National Geographic, as well as on ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR, CBC, BBC, and MTV. Michael values teaching, and was a recipient of the Master Clinician/Teacher Award from the Duke University School of Medicine. He has also served as a consultant on several films, including The Fountain (Warner Bros, Darren Aronofsky, director) and as a scientific advisor to NOVA.



FEBRUARY 24, 2016 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room --SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Anjan Chatterjee, MD, FAAN
Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology
Pennsylvania Hospital
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

The Biology of Beauty

People are drawn to beauty. What constitutes beauty and why does it exist? Dr. Chatterjee will discuss beauty in different forms, its biological basis, as well as its dark side.

BIO: Anjan Chatterjee is the Frank A. and Gwladys H. Elliott Professor and Chair of Neurology at Pennsylvania Hospital. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA in Philosophy from Haverford College, MD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his neurology residency at the University of Chicago. His clinical practice focuses on patients with cognitive disorders. His research addresses questions about spatial cognition and language, attention, neuroethics, and neuroaesthetics. He wrote The Aesthetic Brain: How we evolved to desire beauty and enjoy art and co-edited: Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, medicine, and society, and The Roots of Cognitive Neuroscience: behavioral neurology and neuropsychology. He is or has been on the editorial boards of: American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, Behavioural Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, Neuropsychology, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, European Neurology, Empirical Studies of the Arts, The Open Ethics Journal and Policy Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology. He was awarded the 2002 Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology by the American Academy of Neurology. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the Neuroethics Society, the President of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, and the President of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology Society. He serves on the Boards of Haverford College, The College of Physicians, the Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and Universal Promise and is on the Advisory Board of Cognitive Dynamics.



MARCH 15, 2016 (Tuesday), 5:30 - 8:00 PM, Room 516EW, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard (#1 of a three-session program- see April 20th and May 17th)

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Using the Past to Inform the Future –Taking a Proactive Approach to Your Next Life Phase (#1 of 3)

Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing. FOCUS is offering a 3-session program for senior women faculty (in all four fulltime tracks) to provide an opportunity to reimagine and plan your career/life pathway for the next ten years. The program combines self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for this final stage of career

NOTE: This 3-part workshop required pre-registration for all three sessions soon after it was announced and has already been filled with a waiting list.

BIOS:

Stephanie Abbuhl MD
is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2004-2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine at Penn Med for over 30 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating gender issues surrounding career advancement in medicine and science. She has also done research in Emergency Medicine, primarily on operational issues. She has over 100 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for emergency medicine and internal medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003); and the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003, 2010, 2012). In addition, Dr. Abbuhl received the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on faculty development and promoting women’s biomedical careers. She also won the 2013 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Abbuhl was honored to receive the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, one of the annual Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to a joint-PI collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a team of multidisciplinary Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed a Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields at the request of the Penn Vice-Provost for the Faculty.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.



APRIL 4, 2016 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room -- SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Hillary R. Bogner, MD MSCE
Director of Research Programs, FOCUS
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Associate Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Finding and Keeping Collaborations in the Age of Team Science

An interactive session designed to craft a concrete plan for the development and sustainability of a professional collaboration.

BIOS:

Hillary R. Bogner MD MSCE
is an Associate Professor in Family Medicine and a Senior Scholar in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Bogner earned her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology with honors from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University where she was Chief Resident in her third year. In 2001, she earned the Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bogner investigates the integration of care for depression and medical co-morbidity in primary health care settings – a problem with high public health significance. She has chosen to focus on cardiovascular disease as a model for integration of care with depression. Her work in depression and CVD has focused on adherence to depression treatment as a serious problem limiting the public health impact of available effective treatment. In addition, she has contributed to materials directed at practicing physicians. Her work shows that early patterns of non-adherence to depression medication may be related to patient-level factors, setting the stage for targeted interventions. She has examined the role of medical co-morbidity in the recognition and treatment of depression among older adults, finding that depression is a significant contributor to mortality among persons with medical co-morbidity such as diabetes that can be mitigated with practice-based interventions. In other work, she studied how medical co-morbidity -- such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic medical conditions -- modifies response to depression treatment. Based on findings from patient interviews, Dr. Bogner developed an intervention integrating depression treatment with medical treatment for cardiovascular disease and has published the results of pilot studies testing its effectiveness. The intervention was informed by the findings of the K23 Award and the RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award. To further examine the effectiveness of integrated interventions for depression and cardiovascular disease she was awarded a Grant-in-Aid Award from the American Heart Association and a Clinical Research Award from the American Diabetes Association. She has obtained funding from the Institute on Aging, Minority and Aging Research Center (MARCH), and FOCUS on Health Leadership for Women. She has a funded R34 to assess the feasibility of an intervention trial to improve adherence to depression and hypertension treatment. She was also awarded an R21(NIMH) to assess how different primary care practices approach implementation of the chronic care model for depression and diabetes with the ultimate goal of developing a tool kit to facilitate implementation. She recently completed an RO1(NIMH) study to examine the course of depressive symptoms and medical comorbidity, studying the risk factors for the onset of major depression and suicidal ideation.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr. Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.


APRIL 8, 2016 (Friday), 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Location: Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium & Lobby, Smilow Center for Translational Research

FOCUS is one of many co-sponsors of this special event:

SYMPOSIUM ON GENDER BIAS IN SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING [link]

Details about the organizers, program and guest speakers are available on the symposium homepage where you may also REGISTER.


APRIL 20, 2016 (Wednesday), 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 505EW, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard (#2 of a three-session program- May 17th)

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Using the Past to Inform the Future –Taking a Proactive Approach to Your Next Life Phase (#2 of 3)

Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing. FOCUS is offering a 3-session program for senior women faculty (in all four fulltime tracks) to provide an opportunity to reimagine and plan your career/life pathway for the next ten years. The program combines self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for this final stage of career

NOTE: This 3-part workshop required pre-registration for all three sessions soon after it was announced and has already been filled with a waiting list.

BIOS:

Stephanie Abbuhl MD
is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2004-2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine at Penn Med for over 30 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating gender issues surrounding career advancement in medicine and science. She has also done research in Emergency Medicine, primarily on operational issues. She has over 100 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for emergency medicine and internal medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003); and the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003, 2010, 2012). In addition, Dr. Abbuhl received the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on faculty development and promoting women’s biomedical careers. She also won the 2013 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Abbuhl was honored to receive the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, one of the annual Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to a joint-PI collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a team of multidisciplinary Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed a Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields at the request of the Penn Vice-Provost for the Faculty.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.


APRIL 28, 2016 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 9th Floor South Tower Seminar Room -- SCTR 09-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

(This presentation will be recorded for those unable to attend- see details for access following Dr. Epstein's bio)

Jonathan A. Epstein, MD
William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Challenges and Opportunities in a Modern Academic Medical Center

BIO: Dr. Epstein graduated from Harvard College in 1983, Harvard Medical School in 1988 and completed his Residency and Fellowship in Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he also completed an HHMI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics. In 1996 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine, and former Chairman of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Scientific Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Epstein has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award from the Interurban Club (2001) and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research (2006). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association of Physicians, Past President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on several editorial boards, and is a past Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Epstein was a founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2007. Dr. Epstein’s research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular development and implications for understanding and treating human disease. His group has been at the forefront of utilizing animal models of congenital heart disease to determine genetic and molecular pathways required for cardiac morphogenesis, with implications for pediatric and adult cardiovascular disease. Stem cell, angiogenesis and epigenetic studies have had direct implications for the development of new therapeutic agents for heart failure and myocardial infarction. Dr. Epstein is a practicing cardiologist at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital.

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MAY 9, 2016 (Monday), 12:00 - 1:30 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room -- SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Dennis R. Durbin, MD, MSCE
Professor of Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Office of Clinical and Translational Research
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Affirming Personal Priorities in the Midst of a Professional Career

An interactive session for men and women faculty to develop strategies for attaining personal goals

BIOS:

Dr. Durbin is an internationally recognized injury epidemiologist whose research has focused on the prevention of motor vehicle occupant injuries to children and the prevention of teen driver crashes. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and his research has contributed to enhancements in public policy and safety technology that have led to substantial reductions in the number of children killed in automobile crashes each year. Dr. Durbin spends a significant portion of his current role as Director of Clinical and Translational Research at CHOP devoted to faculty development. Over the past two decades, he has mentored over 30 trainees and junior faculty to become physician-scientists, with many now thriving in independent research careers. He has facilitated the implementation of a research mentor training curriculum for faculty and developed new training materials specifically focused on work-life integration. Over 75 faculty have participated in this training program over the past 4 years, and it has been uniformly well-evaluated by participants. The concept of work- life integration is one that is deeply personal for Dr. Durbin. Soon after the passing of his late wife, Dr. Joanne Decker, in 2007, and with three small children to raise, Dr. Durbin created the Joanne Decker Memorial Work/Family Mentoring Award to annually honor a female CHOP faculty member committed to academic success and work-life balance. He also recently organized the inaugural Joanne Decker Memorial Work-Life Integration Symposium to provide a prominent platform for evidence-based presentations that inform best practices for work-life integration. Dr. Durbin’s own experience and commitment to home life, in combination with his research mentoring expertise, have provided him a unique and powerful voice at Penn Medicine. Dr. Durbin’s remarkable impact on women, and all faculty - truly exemplifies the purpose and spirit of the FOCUS Award, of which he was the 2015 recipient.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.


MAY 17, 2016 (Tuesday), 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Room 516EW, 5th floor, Jordan Medical Education Center (JMEC), 3400 Civic Center Boulevard (#3 of a three-session program)

Stephanie Abbuhl, MD
Executive Director, FOCUS
Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD
Director of Professional Development, FOCUS
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Prevention and Population Health Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program
Executive Director, Bridging the Gaps

Using the Past to Inform the Future –Taking a Proactive Approach to Your Next Life Phase (#3 of 3)

Approaching the last ~ten years of a career in academic medicine offers an opportunity to develop a future with new rewards and fulfillment. It can, however, be challenging to allow yourself the time to pause and focus on developing a vision that takes full advantage of your accomplishments while pruning responsibilities that are no longer energizing. FOCUS is offering a 3-session program for senior women faculty (in all four fulltime tracks) to provide an opportunity to reimagine and plan your career/life pathway for the next ten years. The program combines self-reflection and peer group work to advance each participant’s unique vision for this final stage of career.

NOTE: This 3-part workshop required pre-registration for all three sessions soon after it was announced and has been filled.

BIOS:

Stephanie Abbuhl MD
is Professor and Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs in the department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She is board certified in both emergency medicine and internal medicine and completed the ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellowship in 2004-2005. Dr. Abbuhl played a key role in the evolution of Emergency Medicine into a full academic department at Penn and, over the years, has served in several leadership positions including Interim Chair, Medical Director for 14 years, Fellowship Director, and Vice Chair since 2004. She has continued to actively practice and teach emergency medicine at Penn Med for over 30 years. Dr. Abbuhl’s primary research interests include establishing evidence-based best practices for faculty development (men and women) and investigating gender issues surrounding career advancement in medicine and science. She has also done research in Emergency Medicine, primarily on operational issues. She has over 100 publications to her credit and serves as a peer reviewer for emergency medicine and internal medicine journals. Dr. Abbuhl’s honors include: AOA (1980); the Bryce Collier Prize for Compassion in Medicine (1980); the American Medical Women’s Association Award (1980); Excellence in Teaching Award (1992); Philadelphia Magazine’s "Top Doc" award (1994, 1996); the Lenore Rowe Williams Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003); and the Emergency Medicine Residency Mentorship Award (2003, 2010, 2012). In addition, Dr. Abbuhl received the 2012 AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award, a national honor in recognition of her research and programmatic work on faculty development and promoting women’s biomedical careers. She also won the 2013 Trustees’ Council of Penn Women-Provost Award at Penn for her leadership in advancing women faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, in 2015, Dr. Abbuhl was honored to receive the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, one of the annual Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has been the Executive Director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a unique faculty development program funded by the Dean to recruit, retain and advance women faculty and to promote women’s health research. In 2004, the FOCUS program received the AAMC’s Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Abbuhl’s experience with numerous innovative FOCUS initiatives led to a joint-PI collaboration with Dr. Jeane Ann Grisso on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Since 2013, along with a team of multidisciplinary Penn colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has developed a Penn Pathways career-leadership program for men and women assistant professors in the STEM fields at the request of the Penn Vice-Provost for the Faculty.

Lucy Wolf Tuton, PhD is Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Prevention and Population Health in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Tuton serves as Executive Director of Bridging the Gaps, a program linking the training of health professionals with the provision of health related service for vulnerable populations. The program is jointly administered by eight academic health centers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey who partner each year with over 100 community organizations serving vulnerable populations. In addition to the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program in all locations, the Philadelphia Bridging the Gaps Program has developed  two additional program components, the Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series and the Bridging the Gaps Clinical Program. Dr. Tuton is an Associate Director of the Perelman School of Medicine's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and in this capacity she is co-leader of both the Community and Leadership curricular components.  Dr. Tuton is also Director of Professional Development for FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a program which promotes advocacy, education and research in women’s health and the advancement of women in academic medicine. Recently she was a co-investigator on a unique RO1-funded study, the NIH-TAC (Transforming Academic Culture) Trial, to examine causal factors and interventions that promote women’s careers in science and medicine. This 4-year trial, the first of its kind, implemented a 3-tiered intervention in a cluster-randomized design across an entire school of medicine, aimed at improving the academic productivity and job satisfaction of women faculty. Dr Tuton is also one of four faculty leaders for the Provost initiated Penn Faculty Pathways program which is designed to enhance the personal and professional development of STEM faculty in the first phase of their careers at the University of Pennsylvania.


MAY 18, 2016 (Wednesday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 8th Floor South Tower Seminar Room -- SCTR 08-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD
Scientific Director, Imagination Institute
Positive Psychology Center
University of Pennsylvania

Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

Is it possible to make sense of something as elusive as creativity?
Based on his groundbreaking research, psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people. Revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history, he will shine a light on the practices and habits of mind that promote creative thinking. Kaufman will untangle a series of paradoxes- like mindfulness and daydreaming, seriousness and play, openness and sensitivity, and solitude and collaboration - to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we are able to tap into our deepest creativity.

BIO: Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducts research on the measurement and development of intelligence, imagination, and creativity, and teaches the popular undergraduate course Introduction to Positive Psychology. Kaufman is author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author of the upcoming book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire). He is also host of The Psychology Podcast, co-founder of The Creativity Post, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American. Kaufman completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his masters degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar.



JUNE 2, 2016 (Thursday), 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Location: Smilow Center for Translational Research Building, 10th Floor South Tower Seminar Room -- SCTR 10-146AB (3400 Civic Center Blvd.)

Donita C. Brady, PhD
Presidential Professor of Cancer Biology
Assistant Professor
Department of Cancer Biology
Assistant Investigator
Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Making Every Penny Count in BRAF Mutation-Positive Melanoma- Targeting MEK1/2 Kinases

The price tag for development of a new drug is typically 1 billion dollars. Nearly half of melanoma patients have an alteration in the BRAF gene leads to continuous and uncontrolled cell proliferation. Fortunately, BRAF and its crucial binding partners, the MEK proteins, are ‘druggable”. Specifically, mutant BRAF and the MEK1/2 kinases are clinically validated drug targets for the treatment of metastatic BRAFV600E-positive melanoma. Despite promising responses to mutant BRAF and MEK1/2 inhibitors, resistance nevertheless arises and limited durable responses. In terms of developing novel approaches to target these critical enzymes, we discovered that the MEK1/2 enzymes require copper for their kinase activity, and genetically perturbing MEK1/2- cooper interaction inhibits BRAFV600E-driven tumorigenesis (Brady et al., Nature, 2014). These findings suggest the intriguing possibility that pharmacologically targeting the dependency of MEK1/2 on copper may be a completely different approach to inhibit these kinases. Importantly, copper chelating drugs have been used for decades to reduce the high copper levels in patients with Wilson disease. Thus, we set out to test whether one such drug, tetrathiomolybdate (TTM), could be a safe, economically favorable approach to treat melanoma.

BIO: Donita C. Brady, PhD joined the department of Cancer Biology as of July 1, 2015 as an Assistant Professor. Donita came to Penn from the laboratory of Christopher Counter, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Duke University School of Medicine, where she was a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to her time at Duke, Donita earned her doctoral degree in Pharmacology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the laboratory of Adrienne D. Cox. Ph.D. Dr. Brady was recently named the seventh Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the highest honor for newly recruited faculty with outstanding qualifications who contribute to diversity and inclusion.

 

 

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