News and Notes

A Newsletter for Faculty and Staff of Idaho State University

September 21, 2009 — Vol. 25 No. 29

Faculty/Staff Updates

Research conducted at the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center at Idaho State University has been published a prestigious medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine

Research conducted at the Family Medicine Clinical Research Center at Idaho State University has been published in a prestigious medical journal The New England Journal of Medicine.

The ISU researchers have been involved in both the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) and the ONTARGET/TRANSCEND multi-center trials since 1999. The results from the landmark research trials were both published recently in the New England of Medicine, according to Rex Force, ISU Department of Family Medicine, who is ISU’s lead investigator in the programs.

The ONTARGET/TRANSCEND trial was a comparison of three different medication regimens:  telmisartan (commonly known as Micardis), ramipril (commonly known as Altace), or a combination of the two medications in patients at high risk for heart disease. The study evaluated the rates of death from heart disease or stroke while on study medication. Fifteen participants were enrolled at the ISU site. After nearly seven years of follow-up, telmisartan was found to be equally as effective as ramipril. The combination of the two drugs, however, was associated with more adverse events without an increase in benefit.

ACCORD was designed to determine if intensive blood sugar control was beneficial in older patients with type 2 diabetes. The trial also determined if aggressive blood pressure and cholesterol control in patients with diabetes would reduce the development of heart disease.  The study results indicated that intensive blood sugar control contributed to a higher death rate.  The results of the blood pressure and cholesterol portions of the study have not yet been released. The trial was concluded on June 30.

“This trial has been critical to help define the targets of blood sugar control in patients with diabetes,” Force said. “We could not have done it without the collaboration and commitment of our study volunteers and research center staff.”

The ACCORD trial was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and consisted of 77 U.S. and Canadian clinical research centers.  The ISU site began its involvement in the trial at its outset in 1999 and eventually involved 146 participants locally. Force credits the site’s success to the excellent teamwork of Dr. Ron Solbrig from the ISU Department of Family Medicine and the ISU College of Pharmacy’s Cara Liday, Pharm.D., Eliza Borzadek, Pharm.D., and Tracy Pettinger, Pharm.D.  

Study coordinator, Mimi Macdonald, said, “Although each of us played a different role in the effort of conducting the operation of the study, it was exciting to see that we all had the ultimate goal of bringing ACCORD to a successful conclusion. I think that the commitment was conveyed to the participants as well, who sincerely worked to meet their own goals.”

The Family Medicine Clinical Research Center is presently participating in two other trials in the area of heart disease. For more information, call (208) 282-4176.

News Bites

After careful consideration, the decision has been made to close the University’s Printing Services on Oct. 30, which has been operated in conjunction with the Graphic Arts program. Orders may still be submitted until Oct. 1.

After careful consideration, the decision has been made to close the University’s Printing Services on Oct. 30, which has been operated in conjunction with the Graphic Arts program. With decreasing business and other concerns, the operation was no longer financially viable.

Orders may still be submitted until Oct. 1. The office will close on Oct. 30. Please contact Printing Services at ext. 3275 or ext. 3505 to submit your orders.

In the near future, the University will subcontract printing services for business cards, stationary, invitations and other services.

Please take this opportunity to order ahead for the coming months.

ISU Press Director Stephen Adkison and editorial board to find a new, sustainable direction to keep ISU’s press

In a time when many universities are shutting down their presses, associate provost and acting Idaho State University Press Director Stephen Adkison is working with the press’s editorial board to find a new, sustainable direction to keep ISU’s press up and running.

The Idaho State University press has traditionally published high-quality scholarly pursuits of local and regional interest. With the retirement of long-time editor Bill Harwood, management of the press moved to the Academic Affairs office under the direction of Adkison. Adkison says he wants to continue the tradition and high-quality work begun by Harwood.

“We’d like to continue to build on the history of the press,” Adkison said.

Adkison and the editorial board plan to analyze what other small university presses are doing in tough economic times and create a business plan and strategy for moving forward. The press is a priority, Adkison said.

The Idaho State University Press was started by Harwood in 1967, and currently catalogs about 76 titles. The University Press Editorial Board reviews and selects the submitted books that will be published. There are currently five ISU faculty members on the board.

Seasonal flu shots are available at the ISU Student Health Center

The ISU Student Health Center is offering flu shots to ISU students, faculty, staff, and spouses. 

Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Cost is $20 for faculty, staff, and spouses and $10 for students and their spouses. A valid Bengal care is required.

The flu shot cannot give you the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, body aches and headaches. For more information, call ext. 2330.

The Office of Research will sponsor a Graduate Fellowship Funding workshop Sept. 29

The Office of Research will sponsor a Graduate Fellowship Funding workshop Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. in Rendezvous Suite B.

Participants will learn about graduate research fellowships available from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency, along with other opportunities for graduate fellowships.

If you have questions, contact Deb Easterly in the research office, ext. 2618 or by e-mail at eastdebb@isu.edu.

ISU Student Health Center offers tips for preparing for flu season

Here are some items ISU Student Health Center recommends keeping on-hand:

Protocols to follow:

Call the Student Health Center at ext. 2330 with questions.

Take a look at these deals for faculty and staff during the fall athletic season

Faculty and staff can buy one ticket and get another free at the following games this season:

Soccer- Sept. 23 ISU vs. Utah Valley

Volleyball- Oct. 30 ISU vs. Northern Colorado 10/30 (Faculty/Staff- Buy One Ticket, Get One Free)

Football- Nov. 14 ISU vs. Portland State

Idaho State University will be honored with StormReady recognition by the National Weather Service

Idaho State University will be honored by the National Weather Service Sept. 29 for earning StormReady recognition.

The StormReady program was designed to help communities become prepared in case of severe weather emergencies.

Idaho State University will be honored for its preparedness Sept. 29, 11a.m. – noon in the Bengal Café at the Pond Student Union. For more information on the program, visit www.stormready.noaa.gov.

On Oct. 6, ISU will replace its current email system and upgrade to Google Apps

On Oct. 6, ISU will replace its current email system and upgrade to Google Apps. ISU email addresses will remain the same, but everyone will have to do a few things to set up their new Google Apps at ISU account.  On Sept. 23, be on the lookout for an email from the IT Service Desk containing important information about this upgrade and what will need to be done.