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College of Medicine in the News: April 7, 2020

Apr 03, 2020


In case you missed them, here are some recent news items about the College of Medicine and its faculty and students.

Associate Professor Christie Alexander
Associate Professor Christie Alexander
  • With COVID-19 making headlines worldwide, the College of Medicine’s students, professors and alumni have contributed to numerous news stories, both locally and nationally.
    • Fourth-year med student Jordan Carbono and College of Medicine Dean John P. Fogarty were interviewed on WFLA in Tampa about graduating students’ preparedness to enter the workforce in the face of a pandemic.

WFLA: Florida’s medical and nursing students ready for coronavirus fight


    • Associate Professor Christie Alexander has appeared on WCTV five times to answer viewers’ coronavirus questions.

WCTV: part 1part 2part 3part 4 - part 5



    • Gene Posca, a College of Medicine faculty member at the Fort Pierce Regional Campus, was credited with helping to save the life of a COVID-19 patent. “If he had not made that decision, I wouldn’t have made it,” the patient said. “I was too sick. He is somebody I will never forget.”

TC Palm: FSU College of Medicine doctor credited with life-saving decision


Tallahassee Democrat: Four Tallahassee doctors reflect on local coronavirus fight before expected 'surge'


Fox News: Former NFL player turned doctor fighting coronavirus on the frontlines

USA Today: Former NFL player Myron Rolle on front lines of coronavirus battle


    • The Tampa Bay Times published an article about the impacts of the coronavirus on Match Day ceremonies across the state.

Tampa Bay Times: Florida med schools cancel 'Match Day' due to coronavirus


FSU News: FSU College of Medicine announces Match Day results


  • Throughout February, FSU’s Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards celebrated Black History Month by highlighting the research and work of graduate students. Second-year med student Adrianna Tilton was featured and spoke of her passion for mentoring and her commitment to patient-centered care in minority and disadvantaged populations.

    Adrianna Tilton - FSU Medical School Student (MD) - Digital Narratives


  • For the 25th consecutive year, hundreds of FSU students danced the night away in the name of charity during Dance Marathon in early March. Dancers raised over $1.9 million this year. Proceeds are split evenly between the FSU College of Medicine and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

    FSU News: Dance Marathon at FSU 2020 recap (video)

FSU News: Dance Marathon at FSU raises $1,941,368.54 for Children’s Miracle Network

FSU News: Student volunteers ready to ‘get down’ in the name of charity at FSU Dance Marathon


  • Researchers from FSU suggest practicing the Argentine tango could provide useful relief for Parkinson's patients. A College of Medicine Summer Research Fellowship helped the research team complete its project.

    FSU News: Let’s Dance: FSU researchers investigate how tango may help Parkinson’s patients

  • FSU researchers, including Associate Professor Gregg Stanwood, developed an online intervention that combines mindfulness practices, art therapy and the simple act of manipulating clay to reduce stress and anxiety in college students.

WTXL: FSU researchers aim to reduce student stress with art therapy



  • College of Medicine researcher Zucai Suo and his team made headlines for a discovery expected to open the door for new and more potent treatment options for people infected with the HIV virus and for others chronically ill with hepatitis B. He talked to FSU Headlines in February about the research.

FSU Headlines: FSU study opens new chemical possibilities in fight against HIV


  • In late February, Florida senators discussed creating state rules for clinics that offer stem-cell products and treatments. A proposal from Sen. Travis Hutson (R-Palm Coast) would require clinics to be licensed by the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA). College of Medicine Professor Cathy Levenson commented on the importance of such regulations.

    WFSU: Stem cell clinics could face crackdown

  • In a paper published in the journal Nature Cell Biology, Associate Professor Timothy Megraw and colleagues provide an understanding of how microtubules - information highways in a cell - are assembled and organized. They also identify a mechanism that keeps them flowing smoothly. Study underscores importance of molecular highways for organ health

FSU News: FSU study underscores importance of molecular highways for organ health


  • Dementia cafés are a relatively new concept gaining popularity in areas such as Japan. The cafés are venues where people with dementia, their families, community members and others can meet, interact and discuss experiences. An article about them cited Sutin’s research on the link between loneliness and dementia risk.

Home Health Care News: Dementia cafés booming abroad; can help combat loneliness


  • Tallahassee Community College President Jim Murdaugh agreed to designate three acres on campus for a new Dale Mabry Air Field Museum. TCC's Appleyard Drive campus is situated on the former Army airfield. Chuck Wells, program director for science and research development in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine, is a key player.

    Tallahassee Democrat: Wells helps lead effort to establish Dale Mabry Air Field Museum