Wake Forest Baptist February Awards and Recognitions

February 26, 2013

Wake Forest Baptist Researcher Receives Fellowship

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 – Sean Murphy, Ph.D., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship from the American Australian Association.

Murphy is a post-doctoral fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's Institute for Regenerative Medicine and works on a project to develop a cell therapy for cystic fibrosis.

The American Australian Association awards individual fellowships for advanced study in the United States of up to $30,000 each year. The fellowships build on existing strong social and economic partnerships and foster intellectual exchange between the United States and Australia.

To date, more than 100 Fellows have received awards totaling more than $4 million to pursue post-graduate studies in critical fields, from medical research to sustainability, at leading academic and research institutions in the United States and Australia.


Wake Forest Baptist Center Recognized by CAT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 – The North Carolina Center for Cleft & Craniofacial Deformities at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been approved by the Commission on Approval of Teams (CAT) as a Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team.

The CAT approval status will cover a period of five years, which began Jan. 1, 2013. This recognition shows the Center’s dedication to ensuring that patients and their families receive the highest standard of care set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and Cleft Palate Foundation.

Learn more about CAT and the North Carolina Center for Cleft & Craniofacial Deformities.


Wake Forest Baptist Provides Dispatcher Course

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center provided a 911 dispatcher class on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 to teach dispatchers more effective techniques to start CPR over the phone more rapidly.

The goal of this course was to assist the Regional Approach to Cardiovascular Emergencies Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation System (RACE CARS) project that aims to increase out-of-hospital-cardiac arrest survival by 50 percent within the next five years in North Carolina.

Dispatchers from Davie, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin learned about the current science behind resuscitation, the importance of recognizing cardiac arrest and providing instruction to callers, the barriers to CPR from a bystander’s perspective and their role as “The First, First Responder.”

The class was developed by R. Darrell Nelson, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist and was sponsored by RACE CARS.


Wake Forest Baptist to Host “A Day of Caring” Event

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in conjunction with the AARP®, the Winston-Salem Urban League and Gdavis Productions, will hold “A Day of Caring” event in celebration of Black History Month.

This public event will take place on Feb. 28 at Biotech Place and will offer free health screenings for the community. Following the screenings, there will be a showing of “Mamma’s Girls,” a play that portrays the struggles of an African-American family when five sisters are forced to assume the role of caregivers.

For more information, visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Community/A-Day-of-Caring.htm. To purchase tickets, please call the Winston-Salem Urban League at 336-725-5614.


Wake Forest Baptist Faculty to Participate in HerStories Symposium

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 –Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center faculty, Richard McQuellon, M.D., hematology and oncology, Doris Brown, M.D., radiation oncology, and Edward Levine, M.D., surgical sciences-oncology, will participate in a roundtable discussion during the HerStories Symposium.

The symposium’s roundtable discussion, scheduled for March 2, will focus on two perspectives: a physician’s experience of treating patients with breast cancer and a Wake Forest University journalism professor’s battle with this disease.

For more information on the interdisciplinary symposium on breast cancer, March 1-2, please visit http://humanitiesinstitute.wfu.edu/events/herstories.


Wake Forest Baptist Provides Transgender Health Symposium

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Feb. 26, 2013 – On Jan. 31, 2013, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center held a Transgender Health Symposium to educate medical professionals.

This symposium focused on transgender individuals with HIV, discussed terminology, healthcare disparities and strategies to promote a transgender affirming environment in the health care setting.

Medical directors and study coordinators from Vallen-Lorde Health Center, The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health at the University of California, San Francisco, and The Fenway Institute spoke at the event. 

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