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Featured News - May 2016

Swipe Right to Connect Young People to HIV Testing
“Ten thousand people ages 13 to 24 are given HIV diagnoses every year in the United States,” writes Tim Lahey, associate professor of medicine at Geisel, in an opinion piece on the New York Times’ Well blog, yet only 22 percent of sexually active high school students are tested for HIV. Late diagnoses, he adds, “can undermine the life-saving benefits of antiviral medications, leading to greater risk of AIDS and death.”

Emeritus Professor Allan Munck, PhD Passes Away
Allan Munck, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Physiology and Neurobiology, passed away on Friday, April 29 at his home in Hanover. Professor Munck was noted for his “excitement for science, dedication to teaching, and . . . example of impeccable intellectual honesty, collegiality, and thoughtful mentoring,” according to the prize that was established in his name in 2000. This much loved colleague, teacher, and friend leaves an incredible and indelible legacy here at Dartmouth. A full obituary will be posted on the Geisel website soon.

Students Work to Ease the Stigma Faced by LGBTQ Youth
Schweitzer Fellows Ana Rodriguez-Villa ’18 and Brendin Beaulieu-Jones ’18, both second-year students at Geisel, are working to address stigma and prejudice against LGBTQ youth in the Upper Valley. Their efforts include a weekly youth support group in White River Junction and developing a curriculum aimed at preparing medical students to provide informed and supportive care to the LGBTQ community.

Restructuring Positions Geisel and Dartmouth-Hitchcock for the Future
The Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system (D-H) have embarked on a linked restructuring process that builds on a commitment to align their clinical, educational, and research activities. The changes will strengthen the clinical academic enterprise at D-H and promote enhanced collaboration between the two institutions.

Kristen Delwiche ’19: Thinking Beyond the Individual
As a biochemistry major in college, Kristen Delwiche, ’19 “was accustomed to thinking about health from a molecular level up.” But an experience in Tanzania piqued her interest in the intersection between environment and population health and shifted her perspective to thinking about health “from the community level down.”

Students Help Others Through Hockey
For the ninth time, students from the Geisel School of Medicine and the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine met on the ice in a friendly competition to honor Bruce Fonda, a beloved UVM anatomy instructor, who started the school's first intramural hockey team and who died of brain cancer in 2005. The event also raised funds for hospice care. “It’s been a great opportunity for all four classes to interact and for faculty to get involved and support the team,” says Alex Orfanos ’18. “It’s just one more example of how community-oriented we are here at Geisel.”

Every Cell has a Story
There comes a defining moment for many scientists that divides their lives into before and after. Neil Ganem PhD ’06 remembers that moment. He was an aspiring PhD candidate at Dartmouth Medical School, with vague ideas of studying “some sort of neuroscience.” He thought he might pursue Parkinson’s disease, which had killed his father. But then came Duane Compton’s black and white movie.

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