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UF and UF Health announce gift and new initiative to expand Norman Fixel Institute

UF and UF Health recently announced an additional $25 million gift from the Lauren and Lee Fixel Family Foundation aimed at improving the lives of patients across the globe through the continued expansion of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at UF Health. The new investment will spur growth in the areas of national and international telemedicine, Alzheimer’s disease clinical research, mental health, traumatic brain injury and ALS and will help cultivate the next generation of expert researchers tackling these challenging diseases.

The gift will be part of a new $75 million initiative that will combine contributions from UF, UF Health and additional private donors to build on the momentum following the institute’s founding just two years ago.

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Charting the future of the College of Medicine

Dean Colleen Koch, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., outlines her approach to building the strategic plan to take the College of Medicine into the next five years in the latest issue of Florida Physician. 

“We are going to the front lines and asking, ‘What do we need to do to get to where we want to go?’ and using that feedback to shape the discussion and our path forward,” she says.

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Neurology department focuses on diversity initiatives

Faculty, residents and students at the UF College of Medicine are making great strides toward equal access to care for underserved patients. The UF College of Medicine Department of Neurology recently established a Diversity and Inclusion Council dedicated to making all physicians, researchers and patients feel welcome when they give and receive care. The council, which comprises faculty, residents and an undergraduate student, has four project areas: diversity education, clinical care, mentorship and community outreach. 

“Every staff, trainee and faculty member have signed on to the four core values of our department: integrity above all, strength through diversity, compassion and respect and team and service before self,” said department chair Michael Okun, M.D. “It is not an accident that diversity is listed just after integrity.”

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UFIT to host virtual Fall 2021 HiPerGator Symposium Oct. 21
The HiPerGator Symposium will include lightning talks from postdoctoral fellows and students discussing their research using HiPerGator and HiPerGator AI, poster sessions and a keynote address by Jiang Bian, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of health outcomes and biomedical informatics.
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Mentor-Match Celebration to take place next month
Doctoral students in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences will reveal their faculty mentor and chosen concentration in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7.
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The Science Coalition launches third-annual Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge
The Fund It Forward Student Video Challenge, which runs through Oct. 18, is a great opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to get involved in science advocacy, with an opportunity to earn prizes.
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» Gather a team of colleagues, friends and family and vie for first place while getting your steps in with the Fall 2021 Walking Challenge, “Walktoberfest: Soles Rise Again,” which runs from Oct. 4-31.
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Medical students recognized at Honors Convocation

At an intimate ceremony attended both in person and virtually, medical students from the classes of 2022, 2023 and 2024 were lauded by their peers and faculty at the 2021 Honors Convocation Sept. 13. The awards and scholarships recognize students with a variety of experiences and strengths, including those who have overcome adversity, have a background in military service or education and who are committed to supporting the mental well-being of their patients.

“These awards celebrate the students who exemplify the best among us,” said Shelley Collins, M.D., associate dean for student affairs. 

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Celebrating women in medicine

September is Women in Medicine Month, an annual event to honor female physicians and clinicians who’ve used their time to help advance the health care careers of other women. The UF College of Medicine's Women in Medicine and Science, or WIMS, group is dedicated to this task, as well as to recognizing the accomplishments of college educators, clinicians, researchers and leaders. WIMS hosts events and seminars and participates in fundraising efforts to facilitate professional growth for all women in the College of Medicine. Read about Stacy Beal, M.D., a UF clinical associate professor of pathology, who is the current chair of the advisory board for WIMS.

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UF launches annual Campaign for Charities

Join the College of Medicine community in getting involved with UF's annual employee giving initiative, Campaign for Charities, which runs through Oct. 15 and supports nonprofits that address health, social service, diversity, relief, development or environmental issues of local importance. Two fun initiatives for the college are Penny Wars, where members of all departments can drop spare change in jars at reception desks in admin areas throughout campus; and Jeans Day, where members of participating departments can contact their department admins to purchase coupons to wear denim for a day. The college aims to raise $2,000 through these two events and a total of $200,000 for this year’s campaign.

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