Jefferson Researchers Awarded
$3.7 Million NIH Grant to Probe Genetic Causes of Osteoarthritis
An interdisciplinary team of Jefferson researchers has been awarded a 4-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate possible genetic causes of osteoarthritis.
Many of the 87 Jefferson employees who volunteered for The Presidents' Summit for America's Future pose on Scott Plaza steps before boarding buses transporting them to help clean up a six-mile stretch of historic Germantown Ave. The successful Sunday cleanup kicked off the three-day Summit, a wide-reaching, long-term effort to galvanize citizen involvement in community service geared to children and youth. Patricia Wallace, Manager, Volunteer Services and Patient Information, who coordinated Jefferson's Summit involvement, reports a dramatic surge in phone calls from citizens wanting to volunteer at Jefferson. "We've sent out about 100 applications in response to calls we received after the Summit. From this number, we expect to get at least 40 new volunteers," says Ms. Wallace.
As part of Jefferson's outreach to the Asian American community, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Chinese Community Partnership for Health provided a Chinese Medical Practices training workshop for staff and employees. At left, trainer Le-Linh Diep-Hoang of the Intercultural Family Services converses with three participants at the beginning of the workshop. From left are Huan Qin Ye, Chinatown Community Liaison, Nursing Service; Janice Wan, a University of Pennsylvania social work student; and Yen Trinh, RN, Chinatown Community Liaison, Nursing Service. The workshop was supported by a grant from the Family Planning Council. Jefferson's Chinese Community Partnership for Health is developing a community-based partnership program to provide health education, outreach, prenatal care and case management services to Philadelphia's Chinese population, many of whom reside near Jefferson. Related activities include an obstetrics/gynecologic clinic for Chinese women held every Wednesday evening at Jefferson, and a five-session series of childbirth classes starting June 3. Huan Qin Ye will teach those classes at Jefferson in both Mandarin and Cantonese. Says Joan U. Bretschneider, RN, PhD, Director of Special Projects, "Our goal is to provide outreach to all Asian communities. From these current activities we hope to develop a model for the future."
Legend and Lore Favorably Reviewed
Jefferson Medical College: Legend and Lore, the third volume in Jefferson's historical trilogy, received praise from Howard Spiro, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, who reviewed it in the January 15, 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Gift to Jefferson Honors Blanche
Marcia Perlmutter has donated $7,000 to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in memory of her aunt, Blanche Margolis, a longtime volunteer at the Ford Road Campus gift shop.
There have been several recent major developments broadening the geographic reach of Jefferson Health System.
Floyd E. Bloom, MD, J. Wallace
Davis, MD, Receive Honorary Doctorates at JMC Commencement
University President Paul C. Brucker, MD, conferred honorary doctorate degrees on Floyd E. Bloom, MD, Editor, Science magazine, and J. Wallace Davis, MD, JMC '42, at Jefferson Medical College's 173rd Annual Commencement at the Academy of Music.
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1996 ANNUAL REPORT
Thomas Jefferson University's 1996 Annual Report is also available through the publications office at 215-955-6204.