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Galina Bogatkevich
Galina Bogatkevich, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, has been awarded a research grant by the Scleroderma Foundation’s Peer Review Committee. Bogatkevich’s grant is titled, “Role of IQ Motif Containing GTPase Activating Protein 1 in Scleroderma Interstitial Lung Disease.”

Monique Hill
Monique Hill, program manager of Hands on Health-SC (Library), received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award-Benedict College from the National Alumni Council of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Hands on Health’s goal is to be an informational source on issues affecting the health and wellness of South Carolinians. She will receive her award at the 2011 Annual UNCF National Alumni Council Leadership Conference on Feb. 4.

Mona Schaalan, Rania Rahmo

Guest faculty members, Drs. Mona Schaalan and Rania Rahmo are visiting the College of Pharmacy (COP) from Misr International University in Egypt. Schaalan is an assistant professor and acting head of the department of clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice in the College of Pharmacy at Misr. Rahmo is an assistant professor in the professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the College of Pharmacy at Misr. They are working with Sarah Shrader and Shannon Drayton in COP.

Autism Fundraiser
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences will hold a fundraiser benefiting autism research and treatment  from 1 to 5 p.m. March 27 at the James Island County Park. The event will include BBQ, a free-throw competition, live music, silent auction, jump castles and more.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit programs focused on treatment and research of autism spectrum disorders. Visit or call 792-7267.

Cystic Fibrosis Talk
The Boomer Esiason Foundation will host a talk on cystic fibrosis from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at the South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf. The event is hosted by Patrick Flume, M.D., director of the MUSC Cystic Fibrosis Center. For information and to register, call 516-746-0077 or e-mail Michael Buscemi at

“My Grandfather’s Blessings” by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., explores the art of medicine in this book that captures the wisdom she gleaned from her Jewish grandfather, a scholar of the Kabbalah, who saw life as a web of connection where our duty is to find ways to bless one another. Remen found ways to make this work in her practice as a cancer physician and reveals through her powerful talent of storytelling how potently this can play out in the lives of patients who have health-care providers willing to see that web. This is a must read for anyone in the health care profession or for anyone looking for ways to open the soul to the powers of healing.
Reviewer: Dawn Brazell, Public Relations

The Health Care Blog ( encourages discussion about the challenges facing the health care system. Some of the submissions, such as a recent one from Robert Wachter, M.D., highlight the basics to remind health care professionals about patient safety issues.

MUSC’s Mark George, M.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was featured in the PBS show “NOVA scienceNOW,” about his work in treating depression and pain. Visit

Your Reflections?
If you have a book or website you’d like to review or recommend to colleagues, send in your reflections to: Dawn Brazell at

Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

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