Letter From the Chair
Ruth O'Regan

I would like to take a moment to reflect on the tragedy and loss that our neighbors in Buffalo are enduring, and the shockwaves it has sent out to friends, family, and community members. Still reeling from one shooting, our country saw another school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. My deepest condolences go to everyone affected by this, whether directly or indirectly, as I believe we all are. We all condemn hatred and acts of violence.

The weight of these incidents is tremendous, and we have compiled ways that you can help others, and ways that you can find support for yourself. In these dark moments, we can find light in each other.

Now more than ever, acceptance of all people should be at the forefront of every aspect of life. For us as a medical center, this means a focus of DEI in medical education, career development, patient care, and research. To this end, I would like to offer a hearty congratulations to Marie Laryea and Laura Stamm for hosting a successful DEI & Healthcare Equity Symposium. The event was a great success, and we hope that all who attended could walk away with new perspectives and a greater spirit of collaboration. There will be a wrap-up available soon to share more information.

On a final note: congratulations to the graduating Class of 2022. These medical students have faced unprecedented challenges in the last two years during the pandemic, and I believe it has made our future doctors, APPs, and nurses more resilient, more creative, and they will truly make our world a better place. Meliora.

Be well,
Ruth O'Regan, M.D.

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Funding: Brian McGarry, Ph.D., from the division of Geriatrics & Aging, has been awarded the Valerie and Frank Furth Fund, a program that assists with research activities in natural and biological sciences. McGarry's project is "The Impact of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias on Older Adults' Medicare Coverage Choices, Financial Well-Being, and Health."

Research: Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D., from the division of Infectious Diseases, is a senior author of the research paper "Genomic Analysis of Clostridioides difficile in 2 Regions of the United States Reveals a Diversity of Strains and Limited Transmission" in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

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