The department of neurology and psychiatry will host separate grand rounds from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 in two locations.
The neurology session, "Will Small RNA Lead to Big Results in MS?" will be presented by Michael Racke, M.D., in Lecture Hall 1 in Schwitalla Hall. (Please note that entrance is only available through the Learning Resource Center).
Michael Racke received his M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School. He completed his neurology training at Emory University in Atlanta and a neuroimmunology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health.
His first faculty position was at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was the recipient of a Harry Weaver Neuroscience Junior Faculty Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Young Investigator in Multiple Sclerosis of the American Academy of Neurology Education and Research Foundation.
He then moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he was vice chairman for neurology research and also professor in the Center for Immunology. In July 2006, he assumed the chairmanship of neurology at the Ohio State University School of Medicine.
His research focuses on understanding how inflammation gets established in the central nervous system and developing novel therapeutics by studying the animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis. His research also centers on the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis. Racke has served on scientific advisory committees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Institutes of Health and the Hertie Foundation as well as on several editorial boards.
The psychiatry session, "Beyond MMSE: New Guidelines for Dementia," will be given by George Grossberg, M.D., and will be in Classroom A in Monteleone Hall. (Please not that entrance is from the Chaddock parking lot in the rear of the building.)
George Grossberg, M.D., is the Samuel W. Fordyce Professor and director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Grossberg's professional expertise is devoted to geriatric psychiatry. In 1979 he started the first geriatric psychiatry program in Missouri and, in 1985, the first Alzheimer's Disease Community Brain Bank.
He is a former president of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry and past president of the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA). He has been a leader in developing mental health programs and in treatment and research in geriatrics. He is a recipient of the Missouri Adult Day Care Association Outstanding Physician Award for supporting programs that allow seniors to continue living independently or at home with their families and the Fleishman - Hillard Award for career contributions to geriatrics.
Grossberg has edited eight textbooks and contributed to more than 400 articles, chapters and abstracts of geriatric literature. In 2007 he published The Essential Herb-Drug-Vitamin Interaction Guide. He currently serves as medical editor of CNS Senior Care; section editor of Geriatric Psychiatry and of Current Psychiatry; and is on the editorial boards of Demencia Hoy and the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
He is a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry in developing protocols for central nervous system disorders in the elderly and is involved in a variety of basic, as well as clinical, research projects in the area of dementing disorders, with a focus on behavioral disturbances in dementia.