June 17, 2011 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA Vol. 29, No. 42 8 4 DR.UFLACKER REMEMBERED MUSC was selected to participate in a pivotal sleep disorder clinical study. 2 11 5 Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology director passes away June 12. Applause Meet Sarah Classifieds INSIDE T HE C ATALYST ONLINE http://www. musc.edu/ catalyst SLEEP APNEA STUDY VETERAN ADVICE “Remember, mothers have a bond. Fathers have to create a bond. A happy child comes from a daddy who knows how to take care of him or her. At the first opportunity you get, take your shirt off and feel your baby against your chest. Feel the heart beat. Make that bond.” Rodney Covington, Environmental Services vvv “You have what it takes to be a good dad. You may have never held a baby. You may not have had a father in your life, but you can still be a good dad. Your child needs you.” Tom Dalik, S.C. Parenting Opportunity Program vvv “Find your method of contribution to the family team. Trust yourself to be the caregiver.” Johnny Mole, Bioengineering Boot Camp for new dads Boot Camp Sessions Advance registration is needed for MUSC’s free, three-hour course. Morning sessions will be June 25, July 30, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10. To register, call 792-5300. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit http://www.bootcampfornewdads.org. MUSC volunteer Dr. Can E. Senkal, with son Emre Nicholas, enjoys working with the program. MUSC volunteer and “drool sergeant” Rodney Covington holds up a safety kit used in training. He loves sharing his parenting experience during camp. W ith plans for expansion, MUSC’s Boot Camp for New Dads (BCND) will be teaching even more new fathers the fine art of parenthood—from a male-only perspective. Program director Kimberly Harris-Eaton, Ph.D. (c), R.N., said that veteran fathers with MUSC’s program recently received advanced training in Denver that will enable MUSC to provide trainings in the community and across the state. The concept of the Denver program, dads- to-be learning the ropes from men who have successfully made the transition to fatherhood, began in Irvine, Calif., on Father’s Day 1990. The three-hour boot camp is an interactive time where men learn everything from how diapers work to how to maintain a couple’s sex life after the birth of a child. Fathers providing training bring their babies for paricipants to hold. “Many times it’s the first time a dad has held a baby,” she said.“We want to make sure we’re arming our dads with the right information.” Volunteer Tom Dalik said the program lets men gain confidence about parenthood. “You realize that you do have what it takes. You realize how much your child needs you.”

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June 17, 2011 MEDICAL UNIVERSITY of SOUTH CAROLINA Vol. 29, No. 42


4Dr. UflackerremembereD

MUSC wasselected toparticipatein a pivotal

sleep disorderclinical study.




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director passesaway June 12.


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“Remember, mothershave a bond. Fathershave to create a bond.A happy child comesfrom a daddy whoknows how to takecare of him or her. Atthe first opportunityyou get, take your shirtoff and feel your babyagainst your chest. Feelthe heart beat. Makethat bond.”Rodney Covington,EnvironmentalServices

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“You have what ittakes to be a good dad.You may have neverheld a baby. You maynot have had a fatherin your life, but youcan still be a good dad.Your child needs you.”Tom Dalik, S.C.Parenting OpportunityProgram

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“Find your method ofcontribution to thefamily team. Trustyourself to be thecaregiver.”Johnny Mole,Bioengineering

Boot Campfor new dads

Boot Camp Sessions

Advance registration is needed for MUSC’sfree, three-hour course. Morning sessions willbe June 25, July 30, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8,Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.

To register, call 792-5300. For moreinformation, e-mail [email protected] orvisit http://www.bootcampfornewdads.org.

MUSC volunteer Dr. Can E. Senkal, withson Emre Nicholas, enjoys working withthe program.

MUSC volunteer and “drool sergeant” RodneyCovington holds up a safety kit used in training. Heloves sharing his parenting experience during camp.

With plans for expansion, MUSC’s BootCamp for New Dads (BCND) will be

teaching even more new fathers the fine art ofparenthood—from a male-only perspective.

Program director Kimberly Harris-Eaton,Ph.D. (c), R.N., said that veteran fathers withMUSC’s program recently received advancedtraining in Denver that will enable MUSC toprovide trainings in the community and acrossthe state.

The concept of the Denver program, dads-to-be learning the ropes from men who havesuccessfully made the transition to fatherhood,began in Irvine, Calif., on Father’s Day 1990.The three-hour boot camp is an interactive timewhere men learn everything from how diaperswork to how to maintain a couple’s sex life afterthe birth of a child. Fathers providing trainingbring their babies for paricipants to hold.

“Many times it’s the first time a dad has helda baby,” she said.“We want to make sure we’rearming our dads with the right information.”

Volunteer Tom Dalik said the program letsmen gain confidence about parenthood. “Yourealize that you do have what it takes. You realizehow much your child needs you.”

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Department of Neurosciences staff and faculty collected $1,740 forRed Cross efforts in Japan. MUSC’s Dondra Rodd, from left, BethWhitaker, Dr. David Bachman and Tracy Bonamo present a check andreceive a plague from the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the RedCross’ Gordon Roberts on May 11.

Helping Japan

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MUSC investigators now have additional resourcesto compete for institutional dollars through several newcontinual funding opportunities available through theSouth Carolina Clinical and Translational ResearchInstitute’s (SCTR) Pilot Project Program.

The SCTR Program Office announced the DiscoveryGrant pilots in May as part of a newer 12-month rollingfunding cycle. These grants provide seed funding andsupport to investigators including junior faculty andtrainees who want to:q collect new pilot data;q initiate collaborations among others; andq accelerate discovery and innovation that cancontribute to improved patient care.

The program lays the foundation for larger, federally-supported research projects. Pre-applications for thesegrants are required and due by noon, June 20.

The program has one cycle for Discovery grants in2011-2012, is exclusive of Matching Fund Pilot Projects,which are accepted monthly for all SCTR Pilot Projectgrant categories. Previously, investigators submittedtheir grant applications once a year competing for singlepilot project funding.

In addition to the Discovery grants, SCTR’s otherPilot Project grants include:q Community-University Partnership Pilots (budgets

accepted up to $20,000);q Health Disparities Pilots (up to $10,000); andq Fast-Forward Seed Grant Pilots (up to $10,000).

Applications for each of these pilots are accepted on acontinual basis with an application cut-off on the 20thday of every month. Matching Fund Pilot Projects areaccepted monthly for all SCTR Pilot Grant categories:Community-University Partnership—address communityhealth issue; Health Disparities—laboratory, clinical orpopulation-based study addressing questions related toS.C. health disparities and Fast-Forward Seed GrantPilots—tests potential translational hypothesis andaccumulate preliminary data for planned grant proposal(within six months). Budgets for these grants can alsobe matched 50/50 with funds from the principalinvestigator up to the categorical dollar limits.

For the 2011-2012 funding cycle, SCTR has securedapproximately $1.2 million, with $500,000 committedby the College of Medicine and $500,000 from theUniversity of South Carolina as annual institutionalcost-share support for pilot project funding. Earlier,College of Medicine Dean Etta Pisano, M.D.,announced a $500,000 a year commitment (50/50matching funds) from the college and principalinvestigators to spur funding of additional pilot projectsthroughout fiscal year 2011-2012.

More information about the program can be foundat https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/programs/pilot-projects.

Perry V. Halushka, M.D., Ph.D., College of GraduateStudies dean, SCTR co-principal investigator anddirector of the Pilot Project Program, is enthusiasticabout these new funding mechanisms availablethrough SCTR. “Once-a-year funding is not sufficientand available often enough for junior investigatorswho want to advance their ideas and gain the properfunding. These new, fast forward grants are availableoften enough for researchers to get answers quickly andproceed with their experiments that lead to extramuralfunding.”

College of Nursing researcher Susan Newman, Ph.D.,

SCTR funding opportunities promote discoveries

See sCTR on page 8

SCTR Pilot Project Program—Discovery GrantsApply at https://sctr.musc.edu/index.php/programs/pilot-projectsq Pre-application due date: noon, June 20q Pre-app review date: July 20q Full applications due: noon, Aug. 24q SRC full application review: Sept. 21q Earliest anticipated start date: Nov. 1


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employee Wellnessq Wellness Wednesday: EmployeeHealth Services will be administeringtuberculin skin tests to employees from11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22at the MUSC Family Medicine HealthFair.q Mobile mammograms: The HollingsCancer Center Mobile Van will offermammograms from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. onJune 22 in the MUSC Family Medicineparking lot. Call 792-0878 to schedule anappointment.q Worksite screening: The nextscreening will be held June 22 at MUSCFamily Medicine. The screening is $15with the State Health Plan and $42without. Register at http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/ health1st.q Free bone density screening:The MUSC Osteoporosis and BoneHealth Center and MUSC EmployeeWellness are offering a bone mineraldensity screening, free of charge, to anyemployee who is at risk including anypostmenopausal woman (not currentlytaking prescription medications forosteoporosis) who has not had a DXAscan in the last two years. The nextscreening is from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. July 7in the MUSC Wellness Center Board

Room. For more information or toschedule an appointment, e-mail [email protected] Farmers market: Fresh fruits andvegetables are available from localfarmers from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. everyFriday in the Horseshoe and in the grassyarea next to Ashley River Tower behindCharleston Memorial Hospital.q Chair massages: Free massages areoffered to employees on Tuesday nightsand midday Wednesdays. Look forbroadcast messages for locations andtimes.q Discounted state park annual passes:Ranger John Phelps from Charles TowneLanding State Historic Site will be in theChildren’s Hospital Lobby from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. on June 22 selling park passes toemployees at a 20 percent discount. Visithttp://www.charlestowne.org/ or http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/ to learnmore about the natural and historicsettings in our community and state.

Find us on Facebook! Like our pageand keep up with all the wellness eventsat MUSC. Contact Susan Johnson [email protected] to become involvedin employee wellness at MUSC. Events,speakers or any other ideas are welcome.

Interventional radiology director passes away June 12Renan P. Uflacker, M.D., 62,

professor of medicine and directorof the Division of Vascular andInterventional Radiology, died onJune 12.

A physician, teacher and researcher,Uflacker practiced vascular andinterventional radiology medicinefor 34 years. He was born in PortoAlegre, Brazil, in 1949 and finishedmedical school and his residency at the Universityof Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and completed hisfellowship training in interventional radiology in Oslo,Norway and Pittsburgh, Pa. He did extensive work inperipheral vascular diseases and gastrointestinal diseasesbefore completing his Master of Science degree inmedicine-gastroenterology.

He joined MUSC as a vascular radiologist anddirector of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in1993, transforming the division into a major national

center for interventional radiology. Uflacker didpioneering work in the areas of liver disease, portalhypertension, peripheral vascular disease, aneurysmsand interventional oncology. In research, he was theowner of multiple patents for innovative medicaldevices.

Department of Radiology chair Phillip Costello,M.D., commended Uflacker for his leadership andvision in the field of vascular and interventionalradiology as an essential component of modern medicalcare. Costello also praised his colleague for his passionfor medicine, work ethic and intellect.

"Dr. Uflacker was a lot more to those who workedmost closely with him, he also was a friend," saidCostello.

Interventional radiologist Bayne Selby, M.D.,added, "In academic medicine we often categorize ourassociates by their scientific and medical achievementsand the weight of their CV, but the true measure of aman is found elsewhere. Renan was a loving husband

and father to one of the nicest families you couldever hope to meet. Our thoughts and prayers arewith them."

Uflacker was a long-standing member of theRadiological Society of North America, the Societyof Interventional Radiology and a fellow of theCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology of Europe.He was an active speaker and lecturer at national andinternational meetings and conferences. He wrote andco-authored multiple textbooks, contributed chaptersto books and wrote more than 100 articles for scientificjournals.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Helena BeckerUflacker; son and his wife, Dr. Andre and Curry H.Uflacker; and daughter and her husband, Dr. AliceUflacker and Bryant Mesereau and other family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospiceof Charleston Foundation, 676 Wando Blvd., MountPleasant, S.C., 29464 or Lutheran Hospice, 1885 RifleRange Road, Mount Pleasant, S.C., 29464.


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Their formal names are methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae

and Streptococcus pneumoniae. In the ongoing battlebetween deadly infectious organisms and powerfulantibiotic drugs, organisms such as these are winning.

Antimicrobial agents are drugs that have been used inthe past 70 years to treat people with infectious disease;however, some bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites haveevolved to become resistant or have adapted to specificdrugs making those drugs less effective. According tothe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),when a drug of choice is ineffective, a second or thirddrug choice may be less productive and toxic. Hospitalsand medical care settings also are challenged withmanaging drug-resistant infections due to the risk ofspreading these infections causing longer hospital staysfor patients and sometimes resulting in death.

South Carolina College of Pharmacy's RogerWhite, PharmD, professor in the Department ofPharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, is part ofan interdisciplinary team that's focused on this andunderstanding the usefulness of antimicrobials anddisease.

"Drug resistance is one of the hottest topics ininfectious disease now. We need to use antimicrobialsthat are currently available in effective ways so thatthey will continue to be useful well into the future.By doing this we improve patient safety, optimizeclinical outcomes and reduce health care costs withoutimpacting quality patient care."

FIndIng new soluTIons

This is referred to as antimicrobial stewardship and isdriven by multiple factors including the development ofresistance to current antimicrobials as well as the slowdevelopment of new antimicrobials by the pharmacyindustry. White and others realize the seriousness ofthis and are focused on exploring and finding newsolutions.

Several MUSC faculty members are involved inboth regional and local efforts in antimicrobialstewardship. White, Lisa L. Steed, Ph.D., director ofDiagnostic Microbiology in Pathology and LaboratoryMedicine, and Kelly Goodson, PharmD, AntimicrobialStewardship Pharmacist are involved in the effortto fight antimicrobial resistance and improper usethrough the Carolinas Antimicrobial Stewardship Effort(CASE).

White and Christopher Ohm, M.D., from WakeForest University, founded this grassroots organizationin 2000 to share knowledge and institutional practices

in antimicrobial stewardship.Today, CASE is an organization comprised of

infectious disease health care practitioners and publichealth leaders from North and South Carolinahospitals and institutions including MUSC, WakeForest University, Duke University, the University ofNorth Carolina and the University of South Carolina.Looking ahead, White and his colleagues anticipateseeing CASE evolve beyond its role as an educationalresource to a service-oriented organization allowing formore interaction between institutions, hospitals andhealth care facilities.

Recently, CASE held its annual workshop andconference in Charleston. The three-day event gathereda multidisciplinary audience of infectious diseasepractitioners, pharmacists, nurses, microbiologists,hospital epidemiologists, public health specialists andMUSC pharmacy students as well as representativesfrom academic medical centers and communityhospitals to share information and practices. White,Goodson and Steed served on the planning committeeto organize this event. CASE's success and reputationin the Carolinas has expanded its potential to growas a resource for stewardship with colleagues in theMidwest and other national locations. CASE regularlycollaborates with the CDC and North and SouthCarolina's Departments of Health and EnvironmentalControl programs.

Speakers presented on a variety of topics includinga literature review on key antimicrobial stewardshipstrategies, data collection, antimicrobial use andpharmacodynamics (individual dosages), telemedicineand other CASE-specific projects and workshops.

a MulTIdIsCIplInaRy appRoaCh

At MUSC, White is among a multidisciplinary teamof pharmacists, physicians and microbiologists who arefocused on using their knowledge and skills to changehospital practices to more effectively treat complicatedand multi-drug resistant infections within the hospitaland other health care settings.

MUSC established the Antimicrobial Stewardshipservice in 2009 to manage the institution's use andpreservation of antimicrobial agents. The serviceis delivered by Goodson and two physicians fromMUSC's Infectious Disease Division, JuanmanuelGomez, M.D. and Sean M. Boger, M.D. In the last fewyears, many hospitals and other health care facilitieshave learned to value the principles and objectivesof antimicrobial stewardship and have formed moreinstitutionwide teams to address these issues andmake recommendations to implement more effectivestrategies to patient care teams,according to White.

Communication and establishinga change in attitude amonghospital clinicians, practitionersand administrators is important,according to Steed, who is oneof several advisors on MUSC'sstewardship team. "Pathology needsto receive good quality specimensto conduct tests and manage data.Staff need to feel that they're partof a team effort that's working together to advance ourknowledge, find solutions and provide the best care tobenefit our patients."

White also thinks interprofessional collaboration iskey to successful stewardship programs at the local levelas well as in organizations such as CASE that provideeducation at the regional or national level.

Professionals collaborate on new drugs for diseaseBy CIndy aBole

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MUSC was selected to participate in a pivotal clinicalstudy to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a newtherapy for patients with moderate to severe obstructivesleep apnea (OSA).

The STAR trial (Stimulation Therapy for ApneaReduction) will be conducted at leading medical centersacross the United States and Europe and will evaluatethe efficacy of Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS)therapy, an implantable therapy that works with thebody's natural physiology to prevent airway obstructionduring sleep.

More than 18 million Americans suffer from OSA,which is characterized by repeated episodes of upperairway collapse during sleep. Patients with OSA stopbreathing frequently during sleep, often for a minuteor longer. Daytime sleepiness, depression and weightgain as well as an increase in industrial accidents anddiminished quality of life are all commonly observed inpeople who suffer from OSA as a result of fragmentedsleep patterns. Furthermore, OSA is associated with thedevelopment of systemic hypertension, cardiovasculardiseases (heart failure, heart rhythm disorders), strokeand diabetes.

Current treatment options for OSA include weightloss, CPAP, oral appliances and surgeries. CPAP(Continuous Positive Air Pressure) applied througha nasal mask is the current standard of treatment forOSA. However several recent studies show that CPAP

compliance can be as low as 50 percent because of thenasal mask constriction, discomfort and inconvenience.

The STAR trial will enroll CPAP intolerant patients(patients unable or unwilling to make CPAP therapywork). To be eligible for screening and inclusion in theSTAR trial, patients must:q Have failed or not tolerated CPAPq Have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apneaq Have a body mass index of less than 32

"Studies have shown that sleep apnea is as prevalentas adult diabetes and asthma, and the consequencesof OSA range from disruptive to life-threatening.While CPAP can be very effective to treat OSA, formany patients it is simply too difficult to comply with,and thus ineffective," said Marion Boyd Gillespie,M.D., associate professor in the Department ofOtolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, MUSCCollege of Medicine. "MUSC was selected to participatein this study because of our extensive experience intreating patients who suffer from sleep apnea. We lookforward to contributing to this important research todetermine whether Inspire therapy can help the manypeople suffering from OSA with limited treatmentoptions."

Those who suffer from OSA who would like toreceive more information about enrolling in the STARtrial should contact 1-888-228-1396, or visit http://www.theSTARtrial.com.

oBsTRuCTIve sleep apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorderthat occurs when the tongue and other soft tissuesof the throat relax and obstruct the airway duringsleep. Apnea events can occur multiple times perhour throughout the night, disrupting normal sleep.People suffering from OSA report significant daytimesleepiness and impaired quality of life. OSA has beenlinked with increased risks for cardiovascular disease,weight gain and accidents resulting from daytimedrowsiness. It is estimated that one in 15 Americans hasmoderate to severe OSA.

InspIRe uppeR aIRway sTIMulaTIon TheRapy

Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapyis an implantable therapy that works with the body'snatural physiology to prevent airway obstruction duringsleep. While the OSA patient sleeps, Inspire therapyis designed to deliver physiologically timed, mildstimulation to the hypoglossal nerve on each breathingcycle. The stimulation is intended to restore tone tothe muscles that control the base of tongue, preventingthe tongue from collapsing and obstructing the airway.Patients control when the therapy is turned on andoff via a handheld programmer. In contrast to othersurgical procedures to treat sleep apnea, Inspire therapydoes not require removing or permanently altering anOSA patient's facial or airway anatomy.

Patient enrollment for OSA clinical trial begins

R.N., is among dozens of campuswideresearchers whose research benefittedfrom SCTR Pilot Project funding.Newman was awarded funding from2009-2010 for her clinical work in spinalcord injuries titled, “A Survey of UnmetNeeds after Spinal Cord Injury.”

“SCTR Pilot Project funding allowedme and my community partners to addanother strategy to our needs assessmentresearch. Our project consisted ofconducting a health and service needsassessment survey for individuals withspinal cord injury living in the Tri-county area. We are now using thisinformation to inform the developmentof an intervention funded by the NIHto address the identified needs,” saidNewman.

SCTR records report a total of 51funded projects since 2007, totalingmore than $3 million. It providedresearch support and established twocore facilities—synthetic chemistry and2D gel electrophoresis and resulted in 25

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extramural grants, 20 publications, and11 patent applications and intellectualproperty disclosures so far.

The program organizes two scientificretreats throughout the year providinga platform for investigators to developnew collaborations with scientists andcolleagues from MUSC and beyond toadvance research, knowledge and guidefunding opportunities. The SCTRSuccess (Support Center for Clinical andTranslational Science) Center providesguidance and many other researchsupports for investigators.

SCTR institutionsMUSC, Claflin University, ClemsonUniversity, Greenville HospitalSystem, Greenwood Genetic Center,Health Sciences South Carolina,Palmetto Health, the Ralph V.Johnson Veterans AdministrationMedical Center, South CarolinaResearch Authority, SpartanburgRegional Health System and theUniversity of South Carolina.

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Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s“Colbert Report” will visit CharlestonJuly 1 for a one-night appearance atGaillard Municipal Auditorium to raisemoney for an endowed chair named inhis father’s memory at MUSC.

Tickets may be purchased at http://www.TicketMaster.com. VIP tickets,also available through TicketMaster, willinclude premium seating and a receptionwith Stephen Colbert. Appearingwith Colbert will be guest interviewer,former Newsweek editor and NBC News

contributor Jonathan Alter.The James W. Colbert Endowed Chair

is named in memory of Stephen’s father,who served as the university’s first vicepresident for academic affairs, from1969 until his death in a plane crash inCharlotte, N.C., on Sept. 11, 1974.

When fully endowed, the Colbertchair will support the activities of theprovost and vice president of academicaffairs, a post currently held by MarkSothmann, Ph.D.

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The person in the above photo is a person of interest in regards totwo separate larcenies that occurred in the university hospital in thesixth floor MICU waiting room area. If you have any information,contact Sgt. Charles Davis in the MUSC Office of Public Safety at792-0334.





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