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FDA conducting ongoing safety review of Mirapex

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about a possible increased risk of heart failure with Mirapex (pramipexole), which is used to treat the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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Meetings and events

Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - November 2012 (PDF)

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Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Meetings and events

Donate Blood or Platelets - November

This month, donors will be entered to win a turkey dinner for six from Whole Foods (three drawings for four lucky winners during the first three weeks) and a $75 gift  card (one drawing the last week) plus a movie or meal ticket with donation. Individuals who donate platelets from Nov. 19 to Nov. 24 will receive a $30 gas card plus two movie tickets. To donate blood, contact John Barr at barrjx@cshs.org or ext. 3-2637. To donate platelets, contact Nina Vinick at vinickn@cshs.org or ext. 3-2414. The blood donor facility is in the South Tower, Street Level, Room 1690.

Genetic Research: Is Everyone Vulnerable? - Nov. 9

This IRB Grand Rounds session will be led by guest speaker Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MPH, a professor of pediatrics and medical ethics at the University of Utah. Boxed lunches are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees will receive one unit of IRB continuing education credit. The session runs from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. To attend, RSVP to irb@cshs.org.

IRB Grand Rounds Flyer - Nov. 9 (PDF)

run for her® - Nov. 11

Registration is now open for the eighth annual run for her® 5K Friendship Walk and Run on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Pan Pacific Park. This event supports ovarian cancer research at Cedars-Sinai and awareness. To register, go to www.runforher.com.

Recent Failures of Anti-IGFIR Cancer Therapies - Nov. 12

Adrian Lee, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and director, Womens Cancer Research Center, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Magee Womens Research Institute, will speak at this Women's Cancer Program Lecture Series event. The topic is "Recent Failures of Anti-IGRIR Cancer Therapies: A Teaching Moment for Personalized Biomarker Directed Clinical Trials." The lecture will be held Monday, Nov. 12, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Davis Building, Room 1004. For information, call (310) 423-5800.

Women in Science Coffee Hour - Nov. 13

Come get your afternoon caffeine fix, have a snack, and enjoy interesting conversation at the Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour. Everyone is invited who is interested in promoting women in science. From 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in ECC-A.

Let Us Help You Have a Baby - Nov. 13

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, Carolyn Alexander, MD, and Erica T. Wang, MD, MAS, from the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, will host a patient fertility seminar sponsored by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology on Tuesday, Nov.13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in HMCC 4 & 5. Light refreshments will be provided.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Matt Saracusa at SaracusaM@cshs.org or (310) 423-4887.

Genomes Beyond Hype: Where is Genomics Taking Us? - Nov. 14

Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, director of Genome Ethics, Law & Policy at the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Duke University, will deliver the Weinberger-Vermut Lecture in Genetics and Ethics at the Ethics Noon Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Ethics. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Genomes Beyond the Hype - Nov. 14 (PDF)

Principles of Statistics for Experimental and Clinical Research – Nov. 14

Mourad Tighiouart, PhD, will speak to this topic as part of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute's Statistics in Medical Research Lecture Series. "Principles of Statistics for Experimental and Clinical Research" will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click the following PDF for information on other lectures in the series.

Statistics in Medical Research lecture - Nov. 14 (PDF)

Immunology and Cancer Biology Seminar - Nov. 15

"Cytokine Signaling: Basic and Applied" will be presented by John O'Shea, MD, chief of the Molecular Immunology and Inflammation Branch and scientific director of NIAMS at the National Institutes of Health. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Thalians Auditorium. For questions, please contact Zachary Lindsey, ext. 8-6709.

Immunology and Cancer Biology seminar - Nov. 15 (PDF)

Lecture by Yoshiki Sugimura, MD, PhD - Nov. 19

Yoshiki Sugimura, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Nephro‐Urologic Surgery and Andrology at Mie University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan, will present  "Mechanism of Normal and Abnormal Prostatic Growth: Role of Steroid Hormone and Growth Factors." 9 to 10 a.m.  Nov. 19 in the Atrium Conference Room. For more information, contact Bentsi‐Barnes, Ikuko at ext. 35992.

Arrhythmia Symposium at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute: Focus On Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Dec. 7

The goal of this program is to provide clinically relevant, state-of-the-art information to healthcare providers regarding the management of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) with a particular emphasis on risk-stratification techniques. The event will be held on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:15 to 9:15 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information and to register.

Cedars-Sinai Research Day IV - Jan. 11

Joan S. Brugge, PhD, of the Harvard Medical School be the featured speaker at Cedars-Sinai Research Day IV. She will present  "Adaptive Responses to Targeted Therapies Regulate Drug Sensitivity of Cancer Cells" at noon Jan. 11 in the Harvey Morse Auditorium. A poster session showcasing Cedars-Sinai research will follow. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by clicking here. For more information, please contact Brian Taylor at ext. 3-3527.

Cedars-Sinai Research Day IV - Jan. 11 (PDF)

20th International Symposium on Pancreatic & Biliary Endoscopy Conference - Jan. 25-27

This teaching conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-27, 2013, in Harvey Morse Auditorium, will be held in cooperation with three major endoscopy centers in North America and Asia. It will be an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. Balanced viewpoints, special techniques and practical clinical approaches will be presented throughout the program. Our renowned international faculty members bring unique knowledge and excitement from Asia and North America. Click here for more information and to register.