March 28, 2008
What's Happening

Senior HealthWISE events
MGH Senior HealthWISE will host the following events for seniors age 60 and older: a lecture series, "Macular Degeneration," April 3, from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room and hypertension screenings April 7, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at the Hill House, 127 Mt. Vernon St. For more information, call (617) 724-6756.

Complex trait genetics seminar
The MGH Clinical Research Program, the Center for Human Genetic Research and the Broad Institute at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are co-sponsoring "A Primer on Complex Trait Genetics: Basic Principles for the Beginning Investigator" April 7, from 8 am to 4:30 pm in the Simches Research Center, Room 3110. The presenters will be David Altshuler, MD, PhD; Paul de Bakker, PhD; Jose Florez, MD, PhD; Joel Hirschhorn, MD, PhD; Steve Carroll; Christopher Newton-Cheh, MD, MPH; Jordan Smoller, MD, ScD; and Mark Daly, PhD. Registration is required. To register, visit For more information, e-mail Suzanne Guerette at

LMR training program
The MGH Longitudinal Medical Record (LMR) training program has expanded and now is available to all MGH staff with access to the LMR. The classes provide hands-on, practical training and are available for students at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. To register, visit For more information, e-mail mgpolmrtrainingprogram@

P & S versus B & G Blood Drive Challenge
All members of MGH Police and Security and Buildings and Grounds are invited to participate in the "Put 'em Up" versus "Fix 'er Up" Blood Drive Challenge taking place at the MGH Blood Donor Center through April 30. The team with the highest percentage of blood donors will win a trophy. The center is located in the Gray Lobby and open for whole blood donations Tuesday through Thursday, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; and Friday, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, call Meredith Wentworth at (617) 724-9699.

Melanoma Lecture Series
As part of its Melanoma Lecture Series, the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine will host "Melanoma as an Example of Evidence-Based Medicine" April 1, from 9 to 10 am in the Simches Research Center, Room 3110. Charles Balch, MD, of Johns Hopkins Medical School, will be the guest speaker. For more information, contact Nicole DeVoe at

Lunch-n-Learn Series
As part of its Brown Bag Lunch-n-Learn Series, the Blum Center will offer "Be Med Smart: Learn to Take Your Medicines Safely" April 4, from noon to 1 pm at the center. For more information, call Sara Foy at (617) 724-7352.

LGBT Health Awareness Week
In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, the Patient Care Services Diversity Committee will host the following events: an LGBT Aging Panel/Kick-Off Reception April 7, from 4 to 6:30 pm in the Thier Conference Room; a film screening of "Cancer in Two Voices" April 8, with showings from 8 to 9 am in Jackson 412 and from 6 to 7 pm in the Haber Conference Room; an LGBT health awareness information table April 9, from 8 am to 5 pm in the Main Corridor; a transgender health issues discussion April 10, from 4 to 6:30 pm in the Thier Conference Room; and free workouts for MGH employees April 11 at the Clubs at Charles River Park. For more information, e-mail

Sexual assault awareness information tables
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the MGH Domestic Violence Working Group, MGH Men Against Abuse, the Employee Assistance Program, HAVEN, the Emergency Department Sexual Assault Program and Police and Security will host information tables April 3, from 11 am to 1 pm and 10 pm to midnight in the Main Lobby.

Collins Lecture Series
As part of the 2008 Collins Lecture Series, MGH Radiation Oncology will host "Protonic Concerns" April 1, from 5 to 6 pm in the Bigelow Conference Room, White 5. Michael Goitein, PhD, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Julie Finn at (617) 724-1155.

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