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JUNE 2010
June 30 - Second Breast Cancer Grant Awarded -- A physician at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a second federal grant from the National Cancer Institute.

June 29 - 25th Camp COCO Set for July -- The 25th annual Camp COCO will host 130-plus campers with cancer and other blood disorders during its one-week session July 11 through 16. 

June 28 - Diabetes Education Night Set -- Treating diabetes is the topic of a public education program presented by the endocrinology division at the School of Medicine.

June 24 - Carbondale Employee Honored -- SIU School of Medicine has honored a civil service employee from Carbondale.

June 23 - Endoscopy Ultrasonography Now Available -- A new procedure is now available from gastroenterologists at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

June 22 - Internships Begin at Cancer Institute -- Area students participate in Simmons Cancer Institute intern program.

June 18 - Pharmacology Awards Announced -- Three researchers receive awards from SIU department of pharmacology.

June 18 - Cancer Institute Holds Butterfly Release -- The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine will hold its second Butterfly Release in the Thomas Garden of Hope at the Institute.

June 9 - Carbondale Physician Recognized as Mentor -- A surgeon from Carbondale is the Carbondale Mentor of the Year.

June 3 - Trainee Research Winners Announced -- Seventeen medical and graduate students and resident physicians received top awards in the 20th annual Trainee Research Symposium at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. 

MAY 2010
May 26 - COCO Golf Scramble Set -- Annual charity golf scramble benefits the Camp COCO Children’s Cancer Fund at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

May 25 - Two Employees Honored -- The Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year were given this spring. [Portrait of Carol Barnstable and Angela Brooks, both with Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost]

May 19 - IDPH Awards Cancer Screening Grant -- The IDPH is teaming with SIU School of Medicine and Simmons Cancer Institute to provide outreach, education and screenings on colorectal cancer.

May 13 - Volunteers Needed For Cancer Building -- Volunteers are being recruited to serve as hosts in the new Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

May 12 - Distinguished Alumna Named -- A director of the pathology residency training program and professor of pathology is the recipient of the medical school's distinguished alumni award for 2010. (Portrait of Dr. Rebecca Johnson)

May 12 - Hertwick Scholarship Awarded -- A first-year medical student has received the Virginia J. Hertweck Memorial Endowment Scholarship at SIU School of Medicine.

May 11 - SCOPE Magazine Published -- The seventeenth annual edition of SCOPE, the literary magazine of the School of Medicine, is published.

May 5 - Sixty-Eight Physicians to Graduate -- Commencement for the 36th graduating class of SIU School of Medicine will be held at noon Saturday, May 22.

May 4 - Faculty Members Promoted -- Academic promotions are awarded to 10 faculty members at the medical school in Springfield and Carbondale.

May 3 - Women's Power Lunch Set -- The first Women’s Power Lunch Against Cancer, sponsored by Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, will be held at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield. 

APRIL 2010
April 30 - Women in Medicine Program Announced -- Women in medicine is the focus of a public program in at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

April 29 - Alzheimer Conference Set -- Risk and protective factors and early intervention are the topics of a conference on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. 

April 28 - Two Receive Profesional Honors -- A faculty member from internal medicine and one from psychiatry receive professional honors.

April 22 - Osteoarthritis Seminar Set -- A free educational seminar, sponsored by St. John’s Hospital and SIU School of Medicine, will be held
5:30 -
7 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Dove Conference Center, 619 E. Mason St., Springfield.

April 22 - The School Receives Recognition for Military Support -- An Employer Statement of Support fo the Guard and Reserve by Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, dean and provost at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

April 20 - Car Seat Inspections Offered -- A free car seat inspection and health fair event, “Spring into Safety,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at the Simmons Cancer Institute parking lot, corner of Carpenter and Rutledge Streets, Springfield.  

April 20 - Alumni Board Members Elected -- Officers and four new board members have been named to SIU School of Medicine’s Alumni Society Board of Governors. 

April 14 - Sangamon Students Exhibit Art -- Ninety pieces of artwork created by Sangamon County elementary, middle and high school students is on display in May at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

April 14 -- SCOPE Readings, Exhibits Set -- The seventeenth annual edition of SCOPE, the literary magazine of the School of Medicine, will be published in May.

April 13 - ThinkFirst Program Set -- ThinkFirst, an injury prevention program offered by SIU School of Medicine, will present a mock crash reenactment to students at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield.

April 6 - Parkinson's Disease Educational Forum -- Parkinson’s disease is the topic of a public educational forum to be held in April.

April 1 - Students Host Annual 5K Race -- Proceeds from the 16th annual American Medical Association 5K Run will go to M.E.R.C.Y. Communities.

MARCH 2010
March 31 - Head and Neck Screenings Set -- Free head and neck cancer screenings in the SIU otolaryngology clinic (room 5B) on the fifth floor of St. John's Pavilion, 301 N. 8th Street, Springfield as part of National Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.

March 26 - NIH Grant Will Study Health Records -- A medical educator at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a two-year grant from the National Library of Medicine for the study of language characteristics of electronic records. 

March 25 - Borkon Scholarship Awarded -- A first-year medical student has received the Dr. Eli and Claire Borkon Scholarship at SIU School of Medicine.

March 18 - SIU Seniors and Residency Programs Get Match News -- Senior medical students learned their matches to postgraduate training programs.

March 16 - Women Physicians Featured in Exhibit -- Women physicians are the focus of a traveling exhibit opening at SIU School of Medicine March 31 – May 12 in the SIU medical library (fourth floor), 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield. 

March 15 - Open Access Offered For Colon Cancer Screenings -- Five physicians in SIU’s gastroenterology division are providing open accress screenings to encourage more people to be checked for the cancer.

March 12 - RCPIL Announces Colorectal Awareness Events -- Colorectal cancer screening kits will be available in March in several central Illinois locations.

March 9 - Cancer Institute Receives Library Subcontract -- The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU was awarded a a $36,000 grant from The National Library of Medicine to develop online resources about cancer prevention, education and awareness to consumers.

March 5 - Two Receive Administrative Appointments -- A faculty member from obstetrics and gynecology and one from internal medicine receive appointments.

March 5 - Huggins Scholarship Awarded -- A second-year medical student has received the Eleanor R. Huggins Memorial Scholarship at SIU School of Medicine.

March 4 - Breast Center Receives VFW Donation -- The Breast Center at SIU has received a gift of more than $12,000 from the Department of Illinois Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for breast cancer research. Check Presentation to SIU Breast Center

March 3 - Cancer Institute To Begin Move In -- SIU staff will begin the move into the building laster this month.

FEBRUARY 2010
Feburary 24 - Enos Art Exhibit Set -- Selected artwork by Enos students is displayed at Medical School.

February 15 - NIH Funds Diabetes Research -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield was awarded a four-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

February 11 - SIU Campuses Offer Technology and Innovation Expo -- The Southern Illinois Unviersity Systems will showcase current research and inventions.

February 11 - Healthy Living Program Offered -- A six-week healthy living program, sponsored by Department of Internal Medicine, is offered in March.

February 10 - Two Receive Professional Honors -- A faculty member from family and community medicine and a nurse educator in education and curriculum receive professional recognition.

February 9 - Breast Cancer Patients Being Recruited for Research Study -- Women who have had breast cancer are being recruited by SIU School of Medicine for a study to determine the effectiveness of a program designed to help breast cancer patients exercise regularly.  

February 3 - SCCI Sets Program on Communication -- Public event for cancer patients, their families and caregivers that will provide advice to enhance patient communication with physicians.

JANUARY 2010
January 27 - Black History Month Activities Set -- Two public events will be held at the School to celebrate Black History Month.

January 25 - Researchers Study Alzheimer's Disease -- Research scientists at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield were awarded a total of $3.5 million to further study Alzheimer’s disease and explore new treatments.

January 22 - New Coalition to Address Childhood Obesity -- A new coalition to battle the problem of overweight and obese children in central Illinois has been awarded a $100,000 community engagement grant by Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois.

January 20 - NIH Grant Awarded for Digestive Study -- A faculty member at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a five-year federal grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health to study the digestive process.

January 11 - Summer Internships Offered by Cancer Institute -- Three qualified college students who plan a career in cancer medicine or research will be chosen to complete a summer internship program at the Cancer Institute.

January 8 - Mini Med School Returns -- SIU Mini Medical School is a five-week series of 10 lectures for the public on various medical and health care topics.

January 7 - Staff Receive Professional Recognition -- A faculty member from the surgery department and a group of nurses from the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute receive professional recognition.

January 10 - $40,000 Awarded For Lung Disease Research -- A faculty member at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a grant from the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest for the study of lung disease. 

DECEMBER 2009
December 17 - Med Students Organize Donations for Marines -- Thirty-eight boxes have been sent to the Marines of the 2nd combat engineering battalion in Afghanistan. 

December 16 - $1.1 Million Awarded in Federal Cancer Grants -- Five basic science researchers at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield have been awarded grants by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

December 14 - Two Receive National Honors -- An administrator from the SIU HealthCare and a nurse practitioner from neurology receive national honors.

December 10 - Cancer Institute to Provide Cancer Care in SW Illinois -- SIU Cancer Institute in Springfield and SIU School of Dental Medicine in Alton are partnering to provide care for head and neck cancer patients closer to home.

December 1 - Cancer Institute Offers Emotional Support -- SIU's Side-by-Side program is part of SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute's patient-center approach to cancer care.

NOVEMBER 2009
November 24 - Two Receive Professional Honors -- A faculty member from the internal medicine department and an emeritus faculty member from medicine/psychiatry division receive professional honors.

November 20 - Class Officers Elected -- SIU medical students elect officers, representatives and committee members from each class.

November 18 - Student Receives NAMME Award -- A third-year student received an award from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.

November 9 - Students Named to Physician Prep Program --Twenty-four ninth-grade students in Springfield have been selected for a pilot program to encourage local high school students interested in becoming physicians.

November 9 - Employees Honored for Service -- SIU School of Medicine honors 136 employees in Springfield, Carbondale and Quincy for their years of service.

November 6 - Surgery Seminar Offered -- An SIU surgeon in Springfield is offering a free seminar on lumbar spinal stenosis treatment options.

November 5 - GI Specialist Treats Pediatric Conditions -- An SIU pediatric gastroenterologist treats a variety of medical conditions involving the esophagus, stomach, bowel, pancreas, liver and gallbladder. 

November 3 - SIU Researcher Studies Chronic Pain Treatment -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a five-year federal grant from National Institute of Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

OCTOBER 2009
October 30 - Folse Chair Awarded to Surgery Chair -- Gary Dunnington, M.D., professor and chair of surgery, has been named recipient of the J. Roland Folse, M.D. Endowed Chair in Surgery at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield. 

October 29 - Cancer Institute Research Targets Breast Cancer -- Researchers at SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU have generated awards of grants totaling $6,946,964 for breast cancer research in the past three years. 

October 28 - Med School Makes Speakers Bureau Available -- The Speakers Bureau at the School is providing speakers to community groups for programs about up-to-date medical information.

October 28 - Three Receive Professional Honors -- A faculty member from the surgery department and two faculty members from family and community medicine department receive professional honors.

October 26 - Med School Sponsors Diabetes Education Night -- Treating diabetes is the topic of a public education program presented by the endocrinology division at the School of Medicine.

October 21 - Federal Stimulus Grants Fund SIU Research -- Fourteen faculty members at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield and Carbondale have been awarded grants by the National Institutes of Health through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 16 - Southern Illinois Trauma Center Marks 10th Year -- Southern Illinois Trauma Center is a designated Level I trauma center that teats patients from throughout an 18-county service area as well as some from other trauma centers.

October 13 - Child Psychiatrist Confronts Bullying -- Bullying can have harmful emotional, psychological and academic effects for children and teens in Illinois regardless of where they live says a child psychiatrist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

October 9 - Breast Center Gets NAPBC Accreditation -- The Breast Center at SIU School of Medicine received a full-three year accreditation from the national Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

October 8 - NIH To Fund Herpes Vaccine Study -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a two-year federal grant from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health. 

October 6 - New Treatment for Adult Depression Available - Psychiatrists at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield are the first in downstate Illinois to use a new non-invasive treatment device for treating depression. 

October 5 - SIU Med Students Complete Mentored Research Experiences -- Sophomore medical students from the School of Medicine recently completed their Mentored Professional Enrichment Experiences (MPEE) with formal presentations to the medical school community.

October 2 - Med School and Practice Group Have New Logo and Name -- The new logo uses a stylized snake and staff with the letters “SIU” followed by “School of Medicine” or “HealthCare,” the new name for the physician practice. 

October 2 - Health Care Reform Public Talk -- Health care reform in the United Kingdom is the topic of a public lecture to be given by Lord Ara Darzi of Denham.

SEPTEMBER 2009
September 16 - Public Seminar Highlights Men's Urological Problems -- Erectile dysfunction and incontinence is the topic of a free evening seminar.

September 11 - SIU Researcher Continues Colon Cancer Research -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from American Cancer Society - Illinois Division.

September 10 - Senator Durbin Welcomes SIU Doctor -- A family practitioner was the guest of Senator Dick Durbin to attend a Joint Session of congress to discuss health care reform.

September 9 - Ethnic Heritage Day Set -- The medical school celebrates the Hispanic-Latino culture with speakers and an ethnic food tasting.

September 4 - SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute Holds Denim and Diamonds Fundraiser -- The SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University is hosting its ninth “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser on Friday, October 2. 

AUGUST 2009
August 26 - Joint Program to Encourage Physician Careers -- A pilot program, co-sponsored by SIU School of Medicine and Springfield Public Schools, has been developed to encourage local high school students interested in becoming physicians.

August 24 - Med School Receives NIH Grant -- A physician at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a five-year federal grant from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

August 20 - Stark Chair for Alzheimer's Research Named -- A faculty researcher has been named recipient of the Kenneth Stark Endowed Chair in Alzheimer’s Research at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield.

August 11 - Med School First Year Students Participate in Ceremony -- Medical students in the class of 2013 start their medical training in Carbondale and receive symbolic White Coat.

August 3 - Ethnic Heritage Day Set -- The medical school celebrates the Indian culture with speakers and an ethnic food tasting.

JULY 2009
July 24 - SIU Researcher Continues Tinnitus Research -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a three-year grant from the Tinnitus Research Consortium.

July 21 - Students' Cancer Research Internships Are Underway -- Area students participated in ACS intern program.

July 16 - Med School Recognizes Carbondale Mentor -- A family medicine physician from Murphysboro is the Carbondale Mentor of the Year.

July 9 - SCCI Researcher Awarded Breast Cancer Funds -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program.

July 8 - Eleven Faculty Members Promoted -- Academic promotions are awarded to 11 faculty members at the medical school in Springfield and Carbondale.

July 2 - SIU Receives NIH Grant -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a five-year federal grant to study Alzheimer Disease.

JUNE 2009
June 30 - SIU Organizes Camp COCO 2009 -- The 24th annual Camp COCO will host 130-plus campers with cancer and other blood disorders during its one-week session July 12 through 17. 

June 26 - SIU Surgeon Receives First Sumner Endowed Chair Award -- Dr. Kim Hodgson, professor and chair of the vascular division, has been named recipient of the David S. Sumner, M.D. Endowed Chair in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.

June 24 - Med School Awarded National Honor -- The Department of Family and Community Medicine received a "Top TenAward" from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

June 18 - Two Receive Honors -- Two faculty members from the psychiatry department receive national honors.

June 16 - Med School Receives Grant -- A research scientist at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

June 15 -SIU and Springfield Schools Announce Joint Pilot Program -- A pilot program for high school students will begin to introduce students to the field of medicine.

June 12 - SIU Med Student Receives National Honor -- A second-year student received the 2009 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.  Deena Chihade Deena Chihade portrait

June 11 - New Providers Join Network --Two providers join the Memory and Aging Network at SIU 's Center for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders in Springfield.

June 10 - Two Receive Awards -- Two student researchers receive awards from SIU department of pharmacology.

June 10 - SIU Voice Center Offers Voice Care Workshop -- A free workshop for area singers, actors and public speakers.

June 5 - SIU Med School Announces Commencement Awards -- Honors and Awards were announced as part of the 35th commencement held in May in Springfield.

June 5 - SIU Med School Announces Research Symposium Awards -- Eight medical and graduate students and resident physicians received top awards in the 19th annual Trainee Research Symposium at SIU School of Medicine. 

June 1 - SIU Med School Sponsors Talk with Chris Lowery -- Team building is the topic for an Internal Medicine Grand Rounds presentation.