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Town Hall Meeting – Cultural Sensitivity | March 31

DLB Student Union , Room 265 | Noon - 12:50 PM 

In light of the recent events that took place on OU Norman Campus the week before last, the HSC Student Government Association (SGA) Executive Board has decided to make our Tuesday, March 31, 2015 SGA Senate meeting a town hall meeting to facilitate a discussion regarding culture sensitivity among our student body.  As part of the OU community, we feel that cultural awareness and exposure are both important aspects for all HSC students to experience, especially for the patients we all will serve in the future.  We plan for the meeting to provide a safe and useful platform to generate ideas on how we can increase cultural diversity/awareness on our campus.  We would also like to hear your thoughts on what we currently do well and on areas that you feel could use some improvement.  We hope you are able to join us for the discussion.  The meeting will be in the David L. Boren Student Union , Room 265 from Noon - 12:50 PM with refreshments provided.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact me at jevon-oliver@ouhsc.edu.


Holi Fest! | March 28

DLB Student Union Pavilion (at the end of the intramural soccer field) | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join the Indian Student Association (ISA), International Student Organization (ISO)

and American Organization for Physician of Indian Origin (AAPI)

Celebrate the Indian Festival of Colors see flyer

Saturday,  March 28, 2015

Free Indian Food, Powdered Colors, Water, Music, Games and Prizes!!

Wear old clothing as they might get colored during the fun!

For more information contact: Anja Bastian (anja-bastiani@ouhsc.edu)

Promising New Treatment Targets Deadly Brain Cancer

Patients with a deadly form of brain cancer now have access to a promising new treatment at the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide offering the novel treatment, which utilizes alternating electrical fields to target glioblastoma.

Although rare compared to cancers in other parts of the body, glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer. It is also a very aggressive one. There are about 20,000 new cases each year of glioblastoma. Last year, 68-year-old Warren Henry became one of them. 

“I was in the elevator at work and I kept getting confused about where I was and one of the guys noticed something was wrong and took me to the hospital in Tulsa right away,” Henry said. “I was in complete shock when they told me the diagnosis.”

Current treatments for glioblastoma – including brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy – often are not successful at eliminating all of the cancer from the brain.  Without treatment, survival is typically just a few months. With standard treatments, the median survival climbs to more than a year. Now, doctors at the Stephenson Cancer Center hope to boost survival even more with the addition of a new weapon in the fight against this deadly cancer. It’s a completely novel approach using a new treatment delivery system.

“It is not a surgery. It is not chemotherapy. It is not radiation. It is actually a device that delivers low-intensity electrical fields to the tumor site through electrical transducers placed on the head,” said James D. Battiste, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-oncologist with Stephenson Cancer Center and the OU College of Medicine’s Department of Neurology.

The electrical transducers are attached to the front, back and sides of the scalp with pads much like a giant bandage, connected by wires to a portable battery or power supply. Cancer cells thrive through rapid replication and division. The transducers are placed in such a way that they essentially scramble the tumor cell’s internal messaging, causing it to self-destruct.   

“So those proteins get messed up and they cannot divide their DNA between the two cells. When that happens, each cell gets a different amount of DNA than it really should. That confuses the cells and the cells usually either die or become dormant,” Battiste said. “If the tumor cells die, then the tumor can start to shrink.”

When first diagnosed, Henry was not very hopeful about his own survival.

“The first hospital I went to told me there was nothing they could do, but then I came to the Stephenson Cancer Center, and they said they could remove the tumor. Now, I am undergoing chemotherapy in conjunction with this new treatment, which is supposed to help keep the tumor from returning.” Henry said.

The treatment, which is worn more than 18 hours a day for best results, is already FDA approved for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma. Recently, though, researchers discovered that patients using the device, in combination with standard chemotherapy and radiation, lived longer than those offered standard treatments alone.  There also are few side effects.

“Mainly there is just a little bit of skin irritation, but we watch for that,” Battiste explained.

The treatment also offers new hope for patients who are not candidates for standard cancer therapies.

“One of the most exciting aspects of this new treatment is that we are going to be able to go to our patients who may be having trouble with traditional chemotherapy and offer them this new treatment that has very minimal side effects,” Battiste said.

He cautioned that patients with a pacemaker and some surgery patients are not candidates for the new therapy. However, research is ongoing to try to find ways to make it available to those patients, too. 

While the new system is not a cure for glioblastoma, specialists at Stephenson Cancer Center say it could well mark the beginning of something extraordinary in the realm of cancer treatment overall. 

“The hope is that in future research we may be able to apply this treatment to other types of brain tumors and even to other cancer sites outside of the brain. So in the future, it could be used on cancer in the lungs, the pancreas or even the ovaries,” Battiste said.

[Image: 68-year-old Warren Henry is fitted with a device that targets brain cancer in an entirely new way - utilizing low-intensity electrical fields to essentially short-circuit cancer cells’ ability to replicate. The Stephenson Cancer Center is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide offering the novel treatment for glioblastoma.]


Oklahoma’s only comprehensive academic cancer center, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma is a nationally noted leader in research and patient care. The Stephenson Cancer Center annually ranks among the top five cancer centers in the nation for patients participating in National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, and it is one of 30 designated lead centers nationally in the Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network. In collaboration with the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, the Stephenson Cancer Center is decreasing the burden of cancer in Oklahoma by supporting innovative laboratory, clinical and populations-based research. The Stephenson Cancer Center has 180 research members who are conducting over 100 cancer research projects at institutions across Oklahoma. This research is supported by $28.7 million in annual funding from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and other sponsors.

https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1860Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
March Madness Events | March

DLB Student Union | 11:45 AM – 1 PM

March 27: Come join us for the third and final day of March Madness Sweet 16 Daily Predictions!!! We will choose one of the most entertaining games of the day for your chance to win a free lunch voucher from Beaker's Café. This will be an ongoing event so please do not forget to come make your daily picks!

April 1st Therapy Dogs w/Library: Come join us for a fun and relaxing event where you will be able to hold and play with our local Second Chance puppies!!! This is a time for you to forget about all of the tests and homework and just enjoy yourself with man's best friend!

April 3: Come join us for the March Madness Final Four Daily Predictions!!! We will choose one of the most entertaining games of the day for your chance to win a free lunch voucher from Beaker's Café. This will be an ongoing event so please do not forget to come make your daily picks!

April 6: Come join us for the March Madness Championship Game Predictions!!! We will choose one of the most entertaining games of the day for your chance to win a free lunch voucher from Beaker's Café. This will be an ongoing event so please do not forget to come make your daily picks!

For more information, contact Heath at Heath-Huffman@ouhsc.edu

Maternal Newborn Lunch and Learn: NICU Nurses Panel | April 2

College of Nursing, Room 138 | 12:15 PM- 1 PM

A panel of neonatal intensive care nurses will discuss the NICU environment, caring for fragile neonates, and working in the NICU.
Bring a brown bag and check out these hot topics! See flyer.
No need to RSVP, all are welcome!

Peoplesoft Campus Solutions Maintenance (Saturday, March 28, 2015)https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1286Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMTHSC Student Government Association Award for Staff Excellence - Nominations | by March 27

Nomination Form Linkhttps://ouhsc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_018X9hshqdSbirb

A new award has been designed to honor an exemplary OUHSC staff member. This award will be presented to someone who has gone above and beyond for students and served full-time at OUHSC for at least three years. Criteria: Full-time employment at OUHSC for at least three years as of March 27, 2015
Please take a brief moment to nominate a staff member by completing the information listed below. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, March 27th. The winner will be selected from the nominations by the HSC Student Government Association Executive Board and selected individuals from OU Medical Center. The selected staff member will be recognized at the annual HSC Campus Awards Ceremony in April 2015.  All nominators will be entered into a drawing for a new Barnes and Noble Nook as a token of appreciation for your time! For questions, please contact Jenna Geohagan at jenna-geohagan@ouhsc.edu. Please note the deadline for submissions is Friday, March 27, 2015.  

Nomination form linkhttps://ouhsc.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_018X9hshqdSbirb

Touchnet Maintenance Period (Friday, April 10, 2015)https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=383Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMTObstetrician-Gynecologist Joins OU PhysiciansObstetrician-Gynecologist Caroline Flint, M.D., has established her practice with OU Physicians. 
Flint completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, where she also earned her medical degree. She earned a bachelor's degree in zoology/biomedical sciences from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, graduating summa cum laude.
Flint is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Physicians.
For an appointment with any of the OU Physicians obstetrician-gynecologists, call (405) 271-9494.
With more than 600 doctors, OU Physicians is the state's largest physician group. The practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. 
OU Physicians see patients in their offices at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and at clinics in Edmond, Midwest City and other cities around Oklahoma. When hospitalization is necessary, they often admit patients to OU Medical Center. Many also care for their patients in other hospitals around the metro area. OU Physicians serve as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and train the region's future physicians.

https://news.ouhsc.edu/templates/?z=0&a=1849Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 GMT
Academic Integrity Workshop: Image vs. Integrity | March 30

Bird Library Auditorium, Room 299 | 12:15-1:15 PM

Presenters: Gregory M. Heiser, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Student Academic Integrity, The University of Oklahoma and Steve Ellis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, The University of Oklahoma.

Brought to you by the OUGSC Student Government Association in collaboration with the GREAT Symposium.

Pizza for the first 30 attendees. See flyer.

Save the Date for Big Event! | April 11

Various locations | all day

The Big Event is a student volunteer event uniting all seven OUHSC colleges in an effort to say "thank you" to the OU Health Sciences Center community. 
It will be held on Saturday, April 11. For more information or to volunteer, email bigevent@ouhsc.edu.