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July 20, 2021: UToledo hosts Sixth COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

In the latest of our virtual town hall series, experts share recent findings about how COVID-19 and its vaccines affect cardiovascular health.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and Dr. Matthew Hepburn explore the impact and outlook for the virus in northwest Ohio and nationally. Panelists field questions from community members in attendance.

Panelists
  • Christopher J. Cooper, M.D. Dean, The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Matthew Hepburn, M.D. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Biological Technologies Office
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Wade Kapszukiewicz Mayor, City of Toledo

June 16, 2021: Transform the Table – UToledo Diversity in Action

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Affiliate recently hosted a second webinar in its series, Transform the Table - UToledo Diversity in Action.

Alumni panelists shared their experiences with diversity in action at UToledo, as well as how they are transforming the table in their current roles: 

  • Dr. Altressa Drummond, '01, '04 - Internal Medicine
    Internal medicine specialist in Belleville, Ill.
  • Dr. Mark McKenzie, '00, '01 - Internal Medicine
    Regional medical director and principal investigator at ClinSearch in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Dr. Ada Stewart, FAAFP, '00 - Family Practice
    Family physician in Columbia, S.C.
    President of the American Academy of Family Physicians

May 25, 2021: UToledo hosts Fifth COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

The University of Toledo hosted public health officials from across northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan for a virtual town hall discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to answering questions from the audience, the expert panel provided the latest information about COVID-19, spoke about the local pandemic response and discussed vaccination for children.

Panelists
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Russell Smith, Pharm.D. Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center
  • Daniel Cadigan, M.D. Medical Director, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
  • Katie Crowell, director of nursing at the Ottawa County Health Department
  • Dr. Jacob Maciejewski, pediatrician from ProMedica Physicians;
  • Ben Robison, health commissioner at the Wood County Health Department
  • Dr. Carl Schmidt, medical director at the Monroe County Health Department

March 30, 2021: UToledo hosts Fourth COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

In the latest of our virtual town hall series, Dr. Daniel Cadigan from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department shared information about the region's response to COVID-19. UToledo experts also answered questions from members of our community.

Navigate through the different sections and topics from the town hall on YouTube in the description box.

Panelists
  • Daniel Cadigan, M.D. Medical Director, Toledo-Lucas County Health Department
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Russell Smith, Pharm.D. Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center

Feb. 17, 2021: Transform the Table – UToledo Diversity in Action

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences Alumni Affiliate hosted a webinar, Transform the Table - UToledo Diversity in Action, on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Dr. Kimberly Jenkins, associate professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, along with Dr. Obi Ekwenna, FACS, transplant surgeon, assistant professor in the Department of Urology and assistant dean for student affairs in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences discussed strategic University diversity initiatives and their roles within the college at UToledo. 

Current UToledo students joined us to share their experiences with diversity in action at the University and within the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, as well as how they are transforming the table.


Feb. 4, 2021: UToledo hosts Third COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

UToledo’s panel of experts answered questions from our community on Feb. 4. The event was hosted by the University of Toledo Foundation.

Navigate through the different sections and topics from the town hall on YouTube in the description box.

Panelists
  • Imran Ali, M.D. Professor and Clair Martig Endowed Chair of Neurology
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Jan. 7, 2021: UToledo hosts second COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

The University of Toledo brought together a panel of experts for a second virtual town hall to address the COVID-19 pandemic and answer additional questions from the community.

Navigate through the different sections and topics from the town hall on YouTube in the description box.

Panelists
  • Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Russell Smith, Pharm.D. Chief Pharmacy Officer, The University of Toledo Medical Center
  • R. Travis Taylor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • James W. Van Hook M.D. Professor and Rita. T. Sheely Endowed Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dec. 17, 2020: UToledo Experts Address COVID-19: Updates and Vaccine Information

Hospitals across northwest Ohio are experiencing dangerously high occupancy rates due to COVID-19. Hear the latest from University of Toledo infectious disease and virology experts, who focus on the facts and share current research and treatment initiatives underway.

Panelists
  • Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Joan Duggan, M.D. Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jennifer Hanrahan, D.O. Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease
  • Jason F. Huntley, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Travis Taylor, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Virologist, Flavivirus Innate Immunity

Oct. 29, 2020: Legacy of Love and Circle of Wealth - A Scholarship Donor Story

Hear from two special gentlemen and learn about the power of philanthropy and how to it can change lives and help improve our mission for the UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, which is improving the health and well-being of our community.


Sept. 22, 2020: UToledo Autism Spectrum Disorders research and treatment

Learn about advancements in Autism Spectrum Disorders research and treatment at The University of Toledo from Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Elissar Andari.

Dean Cooper shared an update on the College of Medicine and Life Sciences followed by Dr. Andari’s presentation on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

During the presentation, Dr. Andari:

  • Provided an overview of the most recent research discoveries on autism: prevalence, biology and current treatment
  • Presented research on epigenetic biomarkers for autism: focus on the oxytocin receptor gene and social functioning
  • Shared research on the effects of oxytocin, a non-steroid hormone, on brain function and social behavior within autism
  • Updated attendees on the creation of the Autism Center and Research Development Society which brings researchers and clinicians together to share their innovative and new findings.

Aug. 5, 2020: UToledo Water Quality Research

Learn about the discoveries and advancements in water quality research at The University of Toledo as it relates to algal blooms and red tide from Dr. Steven Haller, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Dr. David Kennedy, Associate Professor of Medicine both from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

The University of Toledo has created the Center for Environmental Toxicology and Health given our community’s ties to and dependence on the Great Lakes and surrounding tributaries as a source of clean water for drinking, recreation, fishing and agriculture. Our Center places a special emphasis on discovering new diagnostic, preventative and therapeutic strategies targeting cellular damage caused by environmental stressors that impair our land-water-food nexus.

Hear Dean Cooper share an update on the College of Medicine and Life Sciences followed by an enlightening presentation regarding our water quality.

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Last Updated: 7/21/21