September 26, 2008
What's Happening

Senior HealthWISE lecture series
The MGH Senior HealthWISE lecture series will host "Staying Healthy in the Cold Weather: Vaccinations" Oct. 9, from 11 am to noon in the Haber Conference Room. Paula Wright, RN, director of the MGH Infection Control Unit, will be the guest speaker. The event is free for seniors age 60 years and older. For more information, call (617) 724-6756.

Smoking cessation programs
The MGH Tobacco Treatment Service will offer seven-week smoking cessation programs Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7 at noon; and Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 29 at 5:30 pm. Topics will include preparing to quit, coping with stress without cigarettes, preventing weight gain and maintaining a smoke-free life. Low-cost nicotine patches and/or gum will be available with approval from a primary care physician. Advance registration is required along with a registration fee, which is on a sliding scale. For more information or to register, call (617) 726-7443.

Basic genetics course
The MGH Clinical Research Program, the Center for Human Genetic Research and the Harvard Catalyst are co-sponsoring "Welcome to the Genetics Code: An Overview of Basic Genetics" Oct. 23, from noon to 2 pm in the Simches Research Center, third floor. Guest speakers Jordan Smoller, MD, and Susan Slaugenhaupt, PhD, will discuss fundamental language and concepts including DNA anatomy and genome organization, genotype-phenotype correlations, basic population genetics and genotyping. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions prior to the lecture. To register, visit For more information, contact Suzanne Guerette at (617) 724-2900.

Melanoma lecture series
As part of its melanoma lecture series, the MGH Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center will host "Lessons Learned from a Multidisciplinary Melanoma Program" Oct. 7, from 9 to 10 am in the Simches Research Center, Room 3110. Breakfast will begin at 8:30 am. Timothy Johnson, MD, of the University of Michigan, will be the guest speaker. For more information or to obtain a temporary ID badge for access to the Simches Research Center, contact Brie Trefrey at

Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur services
The MGH Chaplaincy will host an Erev Rosh Hashanah service Sept. 29 at 3 pm and an Erev Yom Kippur service Oct. 8 at 3 pm. Both services will be held in the MGH Chapel on Ellison 1. For more information, call (617) 726-2220.

Ethics forum
The MGH Ethics Task Force will host "Dancing Around the Truth: A Case Study of an Adolescent at the End of Life, with Discussion about Truth-Telling and Cultural Influences" Oct. 10, from noon to 1 pm in Gray/Bigelow, Sweet Conference Room. Panelists will be Linda Kimball, RN, MSN, of Ellison 18; Kathie Pazola, RN, MSN, CPON, of Ellison 18; and Kate Stakes, RN, MSN, CPON, of Ellison 17. Rev. Ann Haywood-Baxter, pediatric chaplain, will be the moderator. For more information, e-mail Alexandra Cist, MD, at or Ellen Robinson, RN, PhD, at

Energy conservation information table
The Partners Employee Assistance Program will host an energy conservation information table Oct. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 am, noon to 1 pm and 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Main Corridor. It will include tips on how to save money on winter heating bills and information about accessing fuel assistance. Energy conservation providers will be available. For more information, call (617) 726-6976 or visit

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