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Dr. Peter Sheehan to lecture for Barry University's Paul and Margaret Brand Research Center

Miami Shores, Fla. – Barry University's Paul and Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University recently launched its new national lecture series highlighting vital topics in podiatric medical research. The second lecture in The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center Distinguished Lecture Series will feature on January 12, 2012, Peter Sheehan, MD, a widely known and acclaimed specialist in the field of diabetes. Dr. Sheehan's practice has focused on the cardiovascular and lower extremity complications of the disease. He has a particular research interest in peripheral neuropathy, wound healing, Charcot osteoarthropathy and peripheral arterial disease.

The lecture will begin at 6:30 pm at Barry University's Andreas Hall, Room 111, 11300 NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida, 33161. There will be no cost for the two-hour lecture. Two (2) CME credits will be offered to licensed podiatric physicians.

Beverages and a light snack will be served during a short lecture break.

Dr. Sheehan is a graduate of the SUNY-Downstate School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He continued his training at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven where Dr. Sheehan completed a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Sheehan is actively involved in numerous clinical trials dealing with cardiovascular disease, wound healing, diabetic neuropathy, and peripheral arterial disease, most recently as Senior Faculty, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He has worked on both the local and national level with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) where he has served as Chairman of the Council on Foot Care. Dr. Sheehan led a consensus panel on peripheral arterial disease and diabetes sponsored by the ADA and the American College of Cardiology (ACC).

Currently, Dr. Sheehan is on the Board of Directors and Chairman of their Medical Advisory Board at Regenesis Biomedical, serves as president at Sheehan Health Management Consulting, LLP, and is a consultant at Sanford Health USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD.

The mission of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center is to create a world class research site utilizing the collaborative efforts of basic and clinical sciences. The School of Podiatric Medicine is emphasizing endeavors to spur student research in the areas of vascular medicine of the lower extremity, podiatric sports medicine, diabetic limb preservation, podopediatrics, and neuropathy prevention. Providing the CMEs at no cost, the School encourages lecture attendees to make a contribution to the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center to help fund the various areas of student research.

For more information on the lecture please contact, Bob McKinlay, assistant dean at 305-899-3283. This event is sponsored by Stryker South Florida Agency, and the South Florida Learning Center.


Dr. Frykberg National ADA Honoree to Lecture on The Charcot Foot at Barry

Frykberg

The Charcot Foot 2011
Speaker: Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH
November 7, 2011 6:30-7:30pm
no cost

Barry University
Broad Auditorium
11300 NE Second Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
1 CME offered to licensed podiatrists


MIAMI FLORIDA - The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is pleased to present the first in a series of national lectures focusing on diabetes and its complications, including diabetic ulcers and amputation prevention.

Dr. Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH, chief of the Podiatry Section in the Department of Surgery at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona will present a lecture on The Charcot Foot 2011 at the Barry University Broad Center for the Performing Arts on November 7 at 6:30pm. The lecture will discuss the most current information on the cause, natural history, and management of the diabetic Charcot Foot. This often misunderstood complication of peripheral neuropathy, places the limb at risk of amputation. Dr. Frykberg will present findings from world experts and offer his assessment of what we have learned about Charcot, and what remains to be discovered.

The lecture is being offered to healthcare professionals and healthcare professional students at no cost. Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education to offer recognized continuing podiatric medical education programs. The Charcot Foot 2011 lecture offers 1 Continuing Education Contact hour for Florida licensed podiatrists.
Refreshments will be served directly after the lecture at 7:30pm.

Dr. Frykberg is also an adjunct professor of podiatric medicine at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona. In his 35-year career, Dr. Frykberg has seen a shift in attitude on the diabetic foot. Complications that used to be seen as inevitable are now viewed as largely preventable. Dr. Frykberg's research and writing interests are in diabetic foot ulcers and disorders, venous leg ulcers, diabetic limb salvage and the Charcot foot. He edited two of the most widely circulated textbooks on the subject of diabetic foot care, and is the editor of the 2010 book Diabetic Charcot Foot: Principles and Management. Dr. Frykberg will be available after the lecture to sign books purchased at the lecture.

Dr. Frykberg is the former chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes Association and a past president of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Frykberg recently received the American Diabetes Association's prestigious 2011 Roger Pecoraro Lecture Award. The award recognizes a researcher who has made scientific contributions and demonstrates an untiring commitment to improving the understanding, treatment, and prevention of diabetic foot complications.

The mission of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center is to create a world class research site utilizing the collaborative efforts of basic and clinical sciences. The research will result in publications in peer-reviewed journals, enhancing Barry University's academic and scholarly reputation as well as the resident and student experience at Barry. The "Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center" enables Barry University professors and students to conduct research studies to identify the best treatment to promote wound healing, reduce amputations and educate the public on prevention.

For more information on the lecture contact, Bob McKinlay, Assistant Dean at 305-899-3283. Donations for the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center will be gratefully accepted after the lecture.

Click here to download the Pre-registration form.



Barry University Dedicates Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center


Ninety-one-year-old, medical pioneer, Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Brand, recaptured history for a moment when she recounted memories she and husband, the late Dr. Paul Brand, shared from the more than four decades the Brands treated countless leprosy patients from Vellore, India to Carville, Louisiana. Their groundbreaking work made it possible for insensate patients, including those with leprosy and diabetes, to function normally despite enormous handicaps. Both Paul and Margaret traveled the world to teach others about their research and treatment successes and served as advocates for their patients.

In tribute to their life's mission, Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM) honored the Brands by officially naming Barry's first research hub; the "Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center." On April 29th, Dr. Margaret Brand joined renowned wound care and diabetic limb salvage physicians as well as Barry faculty, staff, students, and alumni for a celebration of the medical pioneers' work and the center's dedication.

Dr. Margaret Brand was a medical pioneer on leprosy's effects on the eye. Inside eye camps, in rural India, Brand would perform more cataract surgeries in one day - up to one hundred - than many American ophthalmologists perform in a month. Brand continues to play violin at church events, participates in Bible studies, and continues her advocacy for her patients.

"The dedication of the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University will continue the Brand's legacy by conducting collaborative research to reduce diabetic complications including ulcers and amputations. Our work here has already started as Dr. Gerhild Packert, professor of biology and associate dean for the Barry University College of Nursing and Health Sciences and I are collaborating on a US Department of Defense $1.9 million research grant that will study if Nitric Oxide can safely penetrate tissues and eradicate bacteria to benefit soldiers wounded in the field." said Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, dean and professor for the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine.

Philip Yancey, author of three books with Paul Brand served as host and keynote speaker for the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center Dedication, Yancey indicated that, "Earlier on April 29, 2011 more than a billion people tuned in to watch a lavish royal wedding in London. Later that same day, a much smaller crowd gathered in Miami Shores, Florida to honor two humble missionary doctors, Paul and Margaret Brand, who worked with some of the most neglected people on the planet, yet whose work led to treatments that improved the lives of millions."

Distinguished guests attending the dedication included Dr. Desmond Bell, co-founder and executive director of the Save a Leg, Save a Live Foundation; Dr. Lee Rogers, associate medical director of the Amputation Prevention Center at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Las Angeles; Dr. William Todd, former dean of Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine; Dr. Gary Rothenberg, residency director and attending podiatrist for the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Miami; and Dr. David Armstrong, professor of surgery and director of University of Arizona's, Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, and keynote speaker for commencement.

Dr. Robert Snyder, professor and director of clinical research for the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University stated, "The messages and lessons learned in Dr. Paul Brand's book The Gift of Pain and Dr. Margaret Brand's work entitled Vision for God: The Story of Margaret Brand will stay with me for the rest of my life."

Several world leaders in diabetic wound salvage, wound care, and diabetes who were unable to attend paid tribute to Drs. Paul and Margaret Brand in recollections published in the dedication's keepsake program. According to Dr. Marvin Levin, a world authority on the diabetic foot and professor emeritus of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, "All the surgeons, podiatrists, diabetologists and other specialists who care for the patient with peripheral neuropathy and foot ulcers, and especially the patients who have benefitted from Paul's expertise and lifetime dedication to making their lives better, owe him a big thank you."

Dr. Andrew Boulton, renowned professor of medicine with a special interest in diabetic complications at the University of Manchester stated, "I regarded Dr. Paul Brand as probably the most important contributor to our understanding of mechanisms of foot ulceration in patients with lack of sensation."

Dr. Robert Warriner, chief medical officer of Diversified Clinical Services indicated, "All of us who work with neuropathic patients owe a debt to Dr. Brand that we can only repay by applying all that he has taught to us each and every patient we care for."

Dr. Glenn Gastwirth, executive director of the America Podiatric Medical Association, spoke at the dedication and offered congratulations to BUSPM on establishing the new Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center as a legacy to the pioneering work of Drs. Paul and Margaret Brand as medical missionaries.

Also providing words of praise in tribute of Paul and Margaret Brand were Dr. John Steinberg, BUSPM '95; Dr. Ace Anglin, BUSPM '96; Drs. Terence and Cynthia McDonald, BUSPM '92; and Dr. Bradley Haves, BUSPM '90.

More than $55,000 in gifts, pledges, and in-kind contributions have already been made. The new "Paul & Margaret Research Center" will make it possible for Barry professors and students to conduct research studies to identify the best treatment to promote wound healing, reduce amputations and educate the public on prevention.

Sponsors for the dedication ceremony included Bako Podiatric Pathology Services, NB Therapeutics, MedEfficiency, Inc, Organogenesis, Inc, and Advanced BioHealing., while Koven Technology donated reduced cost vascular equipment and Tekscan donated reduced cost biomechanics equipment.

On behalf of the Barry faculty and staff, Barry Board of Trustees, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, president of Barry University unveiled the dedication plaque and read the inscription, "Dedicated on this day, April 29, 2011 The Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University. The Profession of podiatric medicine and humankind has greatly benefited from the committed research and patient care of these dedicated individuals."


Barry School of Podiatric Medicine Honors Drs. Paul and Margaret Brand during Historic Graduation

Fifty-four students received the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree (DPM) from the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (BUSPM) at a commencement ceremony held on Saturday, April 30, 2011. The ceremony which took place at the Broad Center for the Performing Arts on the Barry University Miami Shores campus was attended by more than 900 family, friends, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests of the School of Podiatric Medicine.

The commencement not only recognized the accomplishments of the BUSPM class of 2011, but also marked the honoring of two remarkable medical pioneers Dr. Margaret Elizabeth Brand and Dr. Paul Wilson Brand who for four decades treated countless leprosy patients from Vellore, India to Carville, Louisiana. Dr. Margaret Brand accepted an honorary Doctor of Science degree for herself and she also accepted a posthumous honorary Doctor of Science degree on behalf of her late husband Dr. Paul Brand.

The Brands groundbreaking work with leprosy patients made it possible for insensate patients, including those with leprosy and diabetes, to function normally despite enormous handicaps. Both the Brands traveled the world to teach others about their research and treatment successes and served as advocates for their patients.

David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), was the keynote speaker at this year's commencement. The speech capped off a busy weekend which also included the historic dedication of the Dr. Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University. Dr. Armstrong noted, "To be part of this event with Barry University President Sister Linda Bevilacqua and Barry University Dean Jeffrey Jensen, to honor not only the students for their efforts, but to highlight the lives of two very special clinicians in Paul and Margaret Brand, is an honor that is impossible to articulate." His lecture, entitled "From Proto- to Pro-fessional" focused on themes of service, humility and compassion. Dr. Armstrong added, "To know that these young doctors are going to go out into the rest of their careers with role models that they've collected here at Barry bodes well for the future of medicine in general and for podiatric medicine specifically."

David Auguste, president of the class of 2011 at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine indicated, "beginning with the experience of seeing our first patient to this our commencement day, the many sacrifices we have made will enable us the unique privilege of caring for our fellow man. During our clinical experiences we have developed relationships with our classmates and professors that we will cherish for the rest of our lives."

Many awards were presented to the class of 2011: The President's Award went to Jonathan Selbst, sponsored by Podiatric Billing Services and Bako Labs; Dean's Award went to Annabelle Santos-Dookie, sponsored by Dr. Comfort, Dade County Podiatric Medical Association, and FootcareXpress; Raymond D. Ibañez, Jr., DPM Memorial Awardwent to Hana Finn, sponsored by the Ibañez Family and private donations; Civic Service Award went to Pauline Seymour, sponsored by Gordon's Labs; Dr. Debra Kalfas Memorial Award went to Kelli Ashe sponsored by Falk, Waas, Hernandez, Cortina, Solomon, and Bonner, PA; Dr. William Delavari Memorial Award went to Kristina Barreiro, sponsored by Vilex, Incorporated; Excellence in Clinical Sciences Award went to Luis Rodriguez, sponsored by Amerx Corporation; Dr. Irving & Muriel Block Memorial Award went to Sidharth Reddy, sponsored by Florida Podiatric Medical Society; Leadership Award went to David Auguste, sponsored by Pedinol Pharmacal, Gill Podiatry Supply, andBioPro;Excellence in Biomedical Sciences went to Annabelle Santos-Dookie, sponsored by BioPro; Scholarly Development Awardwent to Joshua Britt, sponsored by Gill Podiatry Supply and Vilex, Incorporated;Michael L. Stone, DPM, Outstanding Professional Conduct Award, Memorialwent to Peter Highlander, sponsored by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery; Outstanding Biomechanics/Orthopedics went to Aldo Gonzalez sponsored by Northwest Podiatric Labs; Dr. Timothy Holbrook Award of Excellence went to Mary Zavada, sponsored by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. Faculty awards presented by the Class of 2011 were: Best Basic Science faculty, Dr. Ramjeet Pemsingh; Best Clinical Science Faculty, Dr. Albert Armstrong; Best Podiatry Clinic, Hialeah Barry Foot & Ankle Institute; The Dr. Marvin Steinberg Award, Dr. Bradley Bakotic; Outstanding Administrative Staff, Ms. Annick DeBruyne; Appreciation of Counsel, Dr. Bradley Haves.

Barry University President, Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD conferred the degrees and Dr. Jeffrey Jensen serving as dean for the first time led the recitation of the Oath of Hippocrates with the new doctors of podiatric medicine.


US Department of Defense Awards Barry University $1.9 Million Congressionally-directed Grant By Gladys Amador

The United States Department of Defense has awarded Barry University a $1.9 million congressionally-directed grant. These funds from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will allow researchers to conduct studies that could lead to the reduction of bacteria in wound infections for soldiers in combat.

The two-year project will be guided by Dr. Gerhild Packert, associate dean and professor in Barry's College of Nursing and Health Sciences in conjunction with its School of Podiatric Medicine Dean, Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, and Dr. Evelio Velis, health services administration program director.

Dr. Jensen, a surgeon and wound healing expert, will assist in oversight of the project and supervise graduate students.

"Enabling nitric oxide to penetrate tissues and eradicate bacteria would certainly benefit soldiers in the field," said Dr. Jensen, who has clinical experience with nitric oxide in healing chronic wounds."But there is also a tremendous need for addressing bacterial infections in chronic wounds secondary to diabetes, venous insufficiency, and pressure areas in elderly patients."Nitric oxide could assist in the healing process by addressing bacterial burden in wounds without"drug resistance" so commonly seen with systemic antibiotics."

Included in the grant - the largest research grant the university has received - are funds to support a team of six researchers, 12 graduate and undergraduate students and more than $450,000 for laboratory equipment and supplies.

This innovative research project titled, "Identify parameters for the optimal delivery of pressurized nitric oxide to reduce bioburden in wound infections," will specifically study how to deliver nitric oxide to deeper layers of skin in order to reduce the presence of pathogens. Researchers will examine how much pressure is safe to use by testing on human skin models in the laboratory at the Paul & Margaret Brand Research Center at Barry University.

This is the second DARPA grant awarded to Barry University. Last year, Dr. Packert and Dr. Velis received $1.2 million to assist military and humanitarian needs by testing water quality for safe use during emergency conditions. The team is currently examining the reliability of water test kits in finding bacteria and parasites in fresh water.

Findings could potentially result in the manufacturing of emergency medical equipment to treat soldiers hurt on the battle field. These results can also lead to further funding for clinical studies.


Dr. Robert J. Snyder joins the faculty at Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine

Dr. Robert J. Snyder, a podiatric physician and surgeon for more than 30 years and leading wound care specialist, joins the faculty at Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine. Snyder begins his new role as a professor and director of clinical research this January.

Snyder joins Barry from private practice at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida, where he is director of the Wound Healing Center. Snyder, who serves on the editorial advisory boards of Ostomy Wound Management and WOUNDS and reviews articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, will teach student doctors about wound management, limb preservation and research at Barry.

"I am delighted to work with podiatry students at Barry University," said Snyder. "I have many goals I would like to achieve; one of them is to create a post-doctoral fellowship in wound management and limb preservation."

A published author of more than 100 peer reviewed and trade journals, manuscripts, and book chapters concerning topics ranging from malignancies to wound care, Snyder will head the school's research division. For 15 years, he has been involved in clinical research and has performed several randomized-controlled trials as principal investigator and is founder of both the South Florida Wound Care Group and Snyder Wound Research Institute.

Snyder earned his DPM from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and is currently earning his Master of Science in Wound Management and Tissue Science, from Cardiff University, University of Wales College of Medicine in the UK. He completed his residency training in podiatric medicine and surgery at the Jewish Memorial Hospital, New York and his second year residency at the Metro-Plaza Surgical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

An active researcher, Snyder is a Diplomat of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. In addition, he is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Wound Management, (Certified Wound Specialist) and sits on the Board of Directors as president. Snyder also serves on the Executive Board of Directors as president-elect of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.

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