March 11, 2005 Table of Contents
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  • MIND study identifies potential Alzheimer's risk gene
    Researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders (MIND) have identified a gene variant that may increase the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease. In the March 3 New England Journal of Medicine, they reported that specific changes in the gene for a protein called ubiquilin-1 are associated with an increased incidence of Alzheimer's in two large study samples.
  • Be Fit: Human Resources team gets fit for different reasons
    Cheryl Coss of MGH Human Resources (HR) doesn't look like she needs to lose weight. At 5 foot 9 inches with a slender frame, Coss looks like she doesn't need to watch the grams of fat, keep track of carbohydrates or monitor her sugar intake in every meal she eats.
  • First MGH Leadership Academy course held
    T he MGH Leadership Academy — a new program to help managers refine their skills to become even more successful leaders — held its first class, a strategic planning seminar, Feb. 10. Led by Allison Rimm, vice president for Strategic Planning and Information Management, the first class focused on what strategic planning entails.
  • BPHC commissioner visits MGH Charlestown
    John Auerbach, commissioner of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), visited the MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center Feb. 16 and presented the Charlestown BPHC Health Status Report to residents of the community. The report analyzed the five major health threats to Charlestown residents — asthma, cancer, maternal/infant care, obesity and substance abuse — and compared the data to the rest of Boston.
  • William Crowley, MD, receives honor
    William F. Crowley, MD, chief of the MGH Reproductive Endocrine Unit and director of the Clinical Research Program (CRP), recently received the Fred Conrad Koch Medal. This award is the highest honor given by the Endocrine Society in recognition of exceptional contributions to endocrinology.
  • In memoriam
    Austin L. Vickery, MD, of MGH Pathology, died March 2. He joined the MGH in 1949, was a pillar of the MGH Pathology Department for more than 50 years and was recognized worldwide for his work in thyroid, prostate and GI pathology and in other areas of surgical pathology.

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