This Month at LDI

News and Announcements
Katrina Armstrong named LDI Research Director. We are delighted to welcome Katrina Armstrong, MD, as LDI's new Director of Research. She will oversee an expanding pilot projects program and enhance LDI's research support capability, including the development of proposals, programming and data management.

Cross-Cutting Research Funded. Hearty congratulations to two LDI Senior Fellows who have received funding for groundbreaking research centers that cross departments and disciplines: 

  • Caryn Lerman, PhD, Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, has received a second round of 5-year funding for the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center (TTURC). The Center's goal is to improve treatment for nicotine dependence through a research program that integrates basic neuroscience, pharmacology, genetics, and behavioral science. It also features an innovative program, led by LDI, to investigate ethics and policy issues in translating pharmacogenetic advances into clinical practice.
  • Stephen Kimmel, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, will lead an exploratory research center focused on gene-drug interactions. This innovative center will also launch a new interdisciplinary field called Human Pharmacogenomic Epidemiology. The 3-year award is one of 21 in the country that will support planning activities for groups of researchers to develop interdisciplinary strategies to solve significant biomedical or behavioral research problems (a.k.a. the "NIH Roadmap").
  • Upcoming Seminars
    Health Policy: LDI is cosponsoring ECRI's 12th Annual Conference on Using Evidence in Practice and in Public and Private Policymaking. This year's topic is, "Preventing and Treating Overweight and Obesity: How Effective are the Interventions?" The conference will be held on October 26-28, 2004, at ECRI's location in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Registration is required.

    Two upcoming talks provide a fascinating glimpse into the Japanese health care system. Robert Leflar, JD, Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas, will discuss "Patients Rights and Patient Safety in Japanese Health Care." Note the date and time: Thursday, October 14, 2004 at 4:30-6:00 in the CPC Auditorium.

    And we welcome back LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Naoki Ikegami, MD, Professor of Health Policy & Management at Keio University, Japan. He will discuss "Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan," on Monday, October 18, 2004 at 4:30-6:00 in the CPC Auditorium.

    Research: Our monthly research seminars return with David Holtgrave, PhD, Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education at Emory University. He will present ongoing work entitled, "Defining, Measuring and Ensuring HIV Prevention: Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness." This Robert C. Long Memorial Lecture is cosponsored by Penn's Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, and the Center for AIDS Research. Please join us on Friday, October 29, 2004 at 12:00 pm.
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    We are pleased to host Jon Chilingerian, PhD, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management of Health Care Organizations at Brandeis University. His talk, "Renewing Medical Strategies in Leuvan Medical Center: The Challenge of Internal and External Consistency," will focus on a case study of a Belgium Medical Center. Please note the date and location: Monday, November 1, 2004, at 12:00 pm in Hunstman Hall, Room 270.
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    Issue Brief
    Transitional Care for Older Adults: A Cost Effective Model
    by Mary Naylor, PhD, RN

    Executive Education
    Nurse-Fellows program to focus on inspirational, emotionally engaging leadership skills. The 2004 Advanced Management Education Conference (AMEC) is the alumni forum for graduates of the Johnson & Johnson - Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives. AMEC gives Fellows the opportunity to immerse themselves in management education surrounding a current topic in health care management, as well as reconnect with old friends and meet new colleagues. This year's theme is "Emotional Intelligence": the capacity to recognize our own feelings and the feelings of others, to effectively manage and optimize the most valuable resource in our systems--the people in them. AMEC will run from October 19-22, 2004 in Philadelphia.

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