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Wake Forest Baptist Neurologists Speak at Free Seminar

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 17, 2011 – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center neurologists will speak at a special, free International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) education seminar on essential tremor (ET) on Friday, October 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn Greensboro and Saturday, October 22, at the Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center.

Mustafa Siddiqui, M.D., Ihtsham Haq, M.D. and Thomas Ellis, M.D., will discuss ET, the most common of all movement disorders, affecting approximately 10 million Americans. At this seminar, you will learn about the latest ET research, commonly prescribed medications, surgical options, support groups and more.

Call the International Essential Tremor Foundation at 888.387.3667 or visit http://www.essentialtremor.org/630 to register. The IETF does incur expenses offering these seminars to the public at no cost. Please cancel your reservation if you cannot attend. Also, please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to the seminar start time, in order to get signed-in and find a good seat. Refreshments will be provided.

Wake Forest Baptist Faculty to Lead CVRG Research

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 17, 2011 –Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty Jeffrey Carr, M.D., director of the Translational Science Institute’s Biomedical Informatics Center and Yaorong Ge, Ph.D., associate professor of medical engineering, will lead research for the CardioVascular Research Grid Project (CVRG).

As key contributors to the CVRG Project, Carr and Ge will focus on cardiovascular imaging informatics research and development, including efforts to apply the eXtensible Neuroimaging Archive Toolkit for use in cardiovascular imaging applications.

“Yaorong and I are excited about this opportunity to expand our ongoing collaborations with the CVRG team,” said Carr. “The focus of the Wake Forest component will be to develop a set of tools for cardiovascular researchers that will be deployed as part of a national biomedical resource on the CVRG.”

The CVRG Project, supported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, is an inter-disciplinary and collaborative effort of researchers to create software tools and applications that enable sharing and the analysis of cardiovascular data.

For more information visit http://www.cvrgrid.org/

Wake Forest Baptist Palliative Care Program Receives Grant

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 17, 2011 – The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Palliative Care Program has recently been awarded the 2011 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The three-year HRSA grant will assist in the project’s goal to improve access to coordinated care for children with complex chronic conditions (CCC) in North Carolina by providing comprehensive care coordination and emotional support. It will also strive to increase the capacity of medical homes and other agencies to provide family-centered, coordinated care to children with CCC.

This project, which will be developed in five rural counties served by the Northwest Community Care Network, will replicate the Brenner Children’s Hospital program called Community-Based Pediatric Enhanced Team (CPECT).

Wake Forest Baptist Faculty Receives North Carolina Pediatric Society Award

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – October 17, 2011 – Robert Schwartz, M.D., professor emeritus of pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the 2011 Honorary Membership Award from The North Carolina Pediatric Society.

This award recognizes Schwartz’s career accomplishments and his service to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the pediatric profession and the youth of North Carolina.

Schwartz retired in June 2011 after working at the School of Medicine for 19 years. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrinology.

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