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2.  Olden’s Contributions 
Environmental Health Perspectives  2004;112(15):A866-A867.
PMCID: PMC1247647  PMID: 15531418
7.  The International ‘Balint’ Award – a rising opportunity for Romanian Medical Students  
Journal of Medicine and Life  2010;3(1):106-109.
The International ‘Balint’ Award for students, instituted by the Foundation for Psychosomatic and Social Medicine in honor of Michael and Enid Balint, has been a rising opportunity for Romanian medical and psychology students to achieve international fame. Romanian students have been among the winners of this award for the last 10 years, in competition with students from Ivy League and other illustrious universities.
The ‘Ascona model’ case presentation debates the psychological side of a medical case, while keeping in focus the diagnostic, pathology and treatment issues. This article focuses on explaining this type of case presentation in correlation with one of the papers submitted in the contest that has received this award in the 15th International Balint Congress.
The exposed case is that of a 17–year–old boy presenting with apparent stupor encountered by an emergency mobile unit. The patient was suspected of substance abuse and overdose but these suspicions were denied by the clinical exam. Further encounters led to the conclusion that both the boy and his whole family needed psychotherapy counseling and were referred there with great success.
PMCID: PMC3019028  PMID: 20302207
psychotherapy; Balint method; , Ascona model case presentation
8.  Presentation of the 2009 Morris F Collen Award to Betsy L Humphreys, with remarks from the recipient 
The American College of Medical Informatics is an honorary society established to recognize those who have made sustained contributions to the field. Its highest award, for lifetime achievement and contributions to the discipline of medical informatics, is the Morris F Collen Award. Dr Collen's own efforts as a pioneer in the field stand out as the embodiment of creativity, intellectual rigor, perseverance, and personal integrity. The Collen Award, given once a year, honors an individual whose attainments have, throughout a whole career, substantially advanced the science and art of biomedical informatics. In 2009, the college was proud to present the Collen Award to Betsy Humphreys, MLS, deputy director of the National Library of Medicine. Ms Humphreys has dedicated her career to enabling more effective integration and exchange of electronic information. Her work has involved new knowledge sources and innovative strategies for advancing health data standards to accomplish these goals. Ms Humphreys becomes the first librarian to receive the Collen Award. Dr Collen, on the occasion of his 96th birthday, personally presented the award to Ms Humphreys.
PMCID: PMC2995660  PMID: 20595319
9.  Excellence in cell signaling research recognized with major new award 
The newly installed Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize (, which comes with more than double the financial reward of the Nobel Prize, has been awarded to several world-leaders in the field of cancer-related cell signaling and therapy research: Lewis C. Cantley (PI3 kinase), Hans Clevers (Wnt signaling), Charles L. Sawyers (signaling-targeted cancer therapy), Bert Vogelstein (colorectal cancer signaling) and Robert Weinberg (Ras & other cancer-relevant genes). They have all made remarkable contributions to our understanding of cell communication and malignancies over the last decades. Needless to say that virtually all other awardees of the 11 scientists honored in 2013 have also, in one way or another, touched upon signaling molecules, highlighting the fundamental interdisciplinarity and significance of signal transduction for living cells in general. For example, Shinya Yamanaka’s exciting work was built on the four transcriptional signaling proteins, Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc.
PMCID: PMC3599230  PMID: 23497077
10.  Lewis Sheiner ISoP/UCSF Lecturer Award: From Drug Use to Statistical Models and Vice Versa 
I was very honored to receive the University of California, San Francisco, and the International Society of Pharmacometrics Lewis Sheiner lecturer award in May 2013. In the present perspective, I outline the main points of my lecture at the American Conference of Pharmacometrics (slides in Supplementary Material 1). I first emphasize the scientific contributions of Lewis Sheiner as a quantitative pharmacologist toward the better use of drugs. I then focus on three statistical topics in pharmacometrics, describing Lewis Sheiner's impact and my own contributions and interactions with him.
PMCID: PMC4288004  PMID: 25545685
12.  The U.S. Presidential Election and Health Care Workforce Policy 
The candidates for the 2008 presidential election have offered a range of proposals that could bring significant changes in health care. Although few are aimed directly at the nurse and physician workforce, nearly all of the proposals have the potential to affect the health care workforce. Furthermore, the success of the proposed initiatives is dependent on a robust nurse and physician workforce. The purpose of this article is to outline the current needs and challenges for the nurse and physician workforce and highlight how candidates’ proposals intersect with the adequacy of the health care workforce. Three general themes are highlighted for their implications on the physician and nurse workforce supply, including (a) expansion of health care coverage, (b) workforce investment, and (c) cost control and quality improvement.
PMCID: PMC2681088  PMID: 18436702
nursing; health care workforce issues; regulation of nursing practice; electoral/campaign activity; coverage/access
13.  Awareness of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the US Presidential Apology and Their Influence on Minority Participation in Biomedical Research 
American journal of public health  2007;98(6):1137-1142.
We compared the influence of awareness of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the presidential apology for that study on the willingness of Blacks, non-Hispanic Whites, and Hispanics to participate in biomedical research.
The Tuskegee Legacy Project Questionnaire was administered to 1133 adults in 4 US cities. This 60-item questionnaire addressed issues related to the recruitment of minorities into biomedical studies.
Adjusted multivariate analysis showed that, compared with Whites, Blacks were nearly 4 times as likely to have heard of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, more than twice as likely to have correctly named Clinton as the president who made the apology, and 2 to 3 times more likely to have been willing to participate in biomedical studies despite having heard about the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (odds ratio [OR]=2.9; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.4, 6.2) or the presidential apology (OR=2.3; 95% CI=1.4, 3.9).
These marked differences likely reflect the cultural reality in the Black community, which has been accustomed to increased risks in many activities. For Whites, this type of information may have been more shocking and at odds with their expectations and, thus, led to a stronger negative impact.
PMCID: PMC2377291  PMID: 17901437
14.  Newborn Screening: After the Thrill Is Gone The Donough O’Brien Presidential Lecture Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for Inherited Metabolic Disorders Nashville, TN 
Expanded newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism by tandem mass spectrometry has raised the stakes for specialists in metabolic medicine. New disorders and a broader clinical spectrum of disease call for new paradigms in approaching inborn errors of metabolism. The Society for Inherited Disorders has been at the forefront of advances in newborn screening for many years and faces new challenges in meeting new needs.
PMCID: PMC2768350  PMID: 17604202
15.  American Pediatric Society Presidential Address 2008: Research in Early Life: Benefit and Promise 
Pediatric research  2009;65(1):117-122.
PMCID: PMC2694512  PMID: 18787504
16.  Presidential address 
PMCID: PMC2858879  PMID: 20419018
17.  Presidential symposium on low-grade glioma. 
Neuro-Oncology  2003;5(3):151-152.
PMCID: PMC1920690  PMID: 12838951
18.  Presidential address: Ahmedabad, 23rd January 2010 
PMCID: PMC2890930  PMID: 20607014
21.  Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC2002759  PMID: 19978121
22.  Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC2003188  PMID: 19978854
23.  Presidential Address 
PMCID: PMC2005428

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