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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Jan. 18, 2013 | Archived Issues

FDA lowers recommended dose of zolpidem products

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is notifying the public of new information about zolpidem, a widely prescribed insomnia drug. FDA recommends that the bedtime dose be lowered because new data show that blood levels in some patients may be high enough the morning after use to impair activities that require alertness, including driving.

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Grand rounds

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Upcoming CME conferences

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

Medical Staff CME Newsletter - January 2013 (PDF)

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Meetings and events

Cancer Biology Work-In-Progress Seminar – Jan. 21

Rosalyn M. Adam, PhD, David E. Retik Chair and director of Urology Research at Boston Children’s Hospital and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, will present "Signaling Networks in Cancer and Hollow Organs." The event is at 4 p.m. on Jan. 21 in Conference Room AC1100 at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. For more information, please contact Patricia.France@cshs.org, (310) 967-0622.

Cancer Biology Work-In-Progress Seminar - Jan. 21 (PDF)

Heart Disease and Pregnancy – Jan. 22

Uri Elkayam, MD, a Cedars-Sinai alumnus, will discuss the 10 points to remember about heart disease and pregnancy. Elkayam is a cardiologist and a professor of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine. He is a well-known international authority on heart problems in pregnancy. He is the editor of a classic textbook on the topic, the chair of an international congress on cardiac problems in pregnancy and a prolific researcher and writer on aspects of pregnancy related to heart disease. The talk, presented by the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association, begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It is open to the public. Admission is $15 for the general public, and $5 for paid alumni members, in-training and volunteers. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to 310/423-8047 or email martin@cshs.org.

Alumni Association - Jan. 22 (PDF)

Innate Intestinal Defenses Against Clostridium Difficile Infection – Jan. 24

David B. Haslam MD, associate professor of pediatrics and molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine, will present "Innate Intestinal Defenses Against Clostridium Difficile Infection." The lecture is from 10 to 11 a.m. Jan. 24 in the Davis Conference Room, D-1004.

David Haslam, MD, lecture on intestinal infection - Jan. 24 (PDF)

30 on Thursdays – Jan. 24

The weekly half-hour program, starting at noon on Thursdays in the chapel, offers caregivers at the medical center a spiritual safe haven to talk about and reflect on their work. It is sponsored by the Spiritual Care Department. The sessions began Jan. 10.

Immunology and Cancer Biology Seminar – Jan. 24

Steven Ziegler, PhD, director of the immunology program at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, will present "Foxp3, TSLP and the Regulation of Immunity and Inflammation." The seminar starts at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Conference Room AC1100, Lower Level, North Plaza. For more information, please contact Zachary Lindsey, ext. 8-6709.

Immunology and Cancer Biology seminar - Jan. 24 (PDF)

Web of Science and EndNote Web Classes – Jan. 25

The Medical Library is offering classes in Web of Science and EndNote Web. Web of Science classes run from 11 a.m. to noon, or from 2 to 3 p.m. EndNote Web classes run from noon to 1 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. Attendance in each classes is limited to 36. To reserve a seat, email library@cshs.org or call the library at ext. 33751.

Medical Library classes - Jan. 25 (PDF)

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

This teaching conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-27 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. Click here for more information and to register.

Symposium on Neurovascular Disease – Jan. 26

Neurosurgeons and vascular surgeons are among those who might benefit from this one-day conference highlighting new treatments and developing options to provide the best care for patients with neurovascular disease. The conference is scheduled for Jan. 26, from 8 a.m. to 5:05 p.m. at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Click here for more information and to register.

Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders – Jan. 31-Feb. 2

The 12th annual symposium - scheduled Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas - will focus on current treatment methodology, new and emerging technologies and controversies in spine care management. The conference will include lectures focused on healthcare reform, innovations in spine surgeries, biologics and stem cells, minimally invasive surgeries, motion preservation, complications and controversies, and deformities and pain management. Click here for more information and to register.

Wear Red Day for Women – Feb. 1

Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute invites the Cedars-Sinai community to the 7th annual Wear Red Day for Women on Friday, Feb. 1, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. A group photo is scheduled for 11 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. Puja Mehta, MD, director, Vascular Function Research Laboratory, will speak at 11:45 a.m.

Wear Red Day - Feb. 1 (PDF)

An Overnight at the Museum – Feb. 8

This event for Medical Staff members and their families includes dinner, an overnight adventure and buffet breakfast at the Natural History Museum. It begins the evening of Feb. 8. Cost is $60 per adult, $40 per child under 12; for dinner and evening events only, cost is $50 per adult, $20 per child under 12. For more information and reservations, please contact Cheryl Verne at ext. 3-2681.

Museum Sleepover - Feb. 8, 2013 (PDF)

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Feb. 12

Everyone interested in promoting women in science is invited to this monthly coffee meeting, which takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in Davis 1004.

No ethics? Bioethics in the age of William Osler – Feb. 20

Michael Bliss, university professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, will speak to this topic at the Ethics Noon Conference from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. Bliss is also an honorary fellow in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada. For more information, contact The Center for Healthcare Ethics, which sponsors the conference series, at ext. 3-9636.

Ethics Noon Conference - Feb. 20 (PDF)

13th Annual Educational Meeting in Gastroenterology – March 1-2

Presented by the Center for Digestive Disease at Cedars-Sinai, the 13th annual program updates attendees on new developments in gastroenterology. It will be held March 1-2 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information and to register.

Success With Failure: An Advanced Heart Disease Symposium – March 7

This symposium will enable practitioners to gain insight in to the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advances for patients with advanced cardiac disease. This continuing medical education program is designed for physicians and allied health professionals, including nurse practitioners, transplant coordinators, physician assistants, RNs and case managers interested in the prevention and management of heart failure, heart transplant evaluation, posttransplant care and surgical options in heart failure. It runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the Hilton Universal City. It is sponsored by California Heart Center Foundation, an affiliate of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Success With Failure - An Advanced Heart Disease Symposium - March 7 (PDF)

Nanomedicine for Imaging and Treatment Conference – March 15-16 (Feb. 1 is last day to submit abstracts)

The second annual conference is aimed at bringing together a multidisciplinary group of nationally and internationally renowned academic researchers, clinicians, NIH and private industry for a compelling discussion on identified issues and emerging aspects in the field of nanomedicine. The conference will emphasize recent achievements in drug delivery, nanomedicine and imaging, the role of the National Institutes of Health in nanodrug development, and the latest preclinical and clinical advances in the treatment of cancer, neurodegenerative disorders and other pathological conditions. It will take place March 15 and 16 in Harvey Morse Auditorium. It is sponsored by the Department of Neurosurgery and the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. Register at nanomedtech.org. For more information, call the Department of Neurosurgery at ext. 39522.

Nanomedicine Conference - March 15-16 (PDF)

Hollywood Bowl Fireworks – July 3

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and Josh Groban. Open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $125 per adult and $60 per child younger than 12. To reserve tickets, call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681.

Sand 'N' Snore – July 19

The dinner, sleepover and breakfast starts Friday, July 19, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. Those who don't want to sleep on the sand are welcome to enjoy dinner and the evening with colleagues and their families. There's a limit of one tent per physician. Tickets for the whole event are $65 per adult and $40 for each child 12 and younger. Tickets for Friday's dinner only are $50 per adult and $20 for each child younger than 12. Call Cheryl Verne (in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson) at (310) 423-2681 to reserve your spot.