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M2 David Goldberg is ringleader of Rams for Memory, raising awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease

David Goldberg, M2

The Class of 2016’s David Goldberg at his White Coat Ceremony in 2012.

“I’ve been involved with Alzheimer’s advocacy since August 2010, when my maternal grandfather passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s disease,” said the Class of 2016’s David Goldberg.

“It was the start of my fourth year of college at UVA, and my friends and I started an Alzheimer’s awareness, fundraising and volunteering organization called Hoos for Memory.” They participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s and held a hot dog eating contest that raised funds to benefit Alzheimer’s research at the University of Virginia. Even after he graduated, he continued to help out, and the club continues to field teams for the Walk and to hold other fundraisers, now under the leadership of David’s sister, Lauren.

Now a student in the School of Medicine’s Class of 2016, David is looking to raise awareness with new audiences. His next step will be the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Greater Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4600 Cox Road in Glen Allen.

Last year David launched his team, Rams for Memory, made up of medical students and faculty. This year, he’s getting an earlier start with hopes to assemble an even bigger team. “I’m hoping that students from all across VCU, faculty, staff and alumni will join the team.” It already includes medical students, professors, public health students, nurses and undergraduates.

Goldberg and grandfather

David Goldberg with his grandfather, Ervin Alperin, in 2008.

The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Registration for the walk is free, and money is raised when walkers ask their friends and family for donations. All funds raised from the Greater Richmond walk will benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

David’s connections to the university include two generations of his family tree. His father, Martin, is a graduate of the medical school’s class of 1978 and stayed on the MCV Campus for his Internal Medicine residency and cardiology fellowship. In addition, David’s grandfather Ervin Alperin attended RPI, earning a degree in Distributive Education in 1953.

You can sign up to walk or donate at the Rams for Memory team page, and you can check out David’s music video to promote the team.


Neurology’s Jim Bennett is guest columnist in Richmond Times-Dispatch

James P. Bennett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

James P. Bennett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

The July 24 edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch carries an Op-Ed authored by James P. Bennett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. , who holds the Bemiss Chair in the Department of Neurology.

In his column, Bennett writes about VCU’s role as one of about 60 universities to win a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH. The funding supports academic medical centers that “take new knowledge, turn it into a treatment, test the treatment in humans and use the outcome to guide future research.”

He goes on to say, “The public and biomedical investigators are now real partners in disease discovery and therapy development.”

Bennett, who is the founding director of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center, notes that resources from clinical earnings and federal grant dollars are becoming increasingly scarce. “We depend increasingly on philanthropy to maintain the scientific and therapeutic momentum established by the substantial public investment made in disease biology knowledge.”

Read Dr. Bennett’s full commentary online.


Alumnus Judson Frye to be honored for research conducted during his radiology residency

Judson M. Frye, M.D.

The Virginia Chapter of the American College of Radiology has recognized Judson M. Frye, M.D., with its first place award for research conducted during residency.

A graduate of the medical school’s Class of 2008, Frye remained on the MCV Campus to complete his residency training in radiology in June 2013. Now a fellow at the Mayo Clinic, he will return to Virginia in August to present the results of his research at the Virginia Chapter meeting of the American College of Radiology.

His project focused on the use of biphasic CT imaging to improve the identification of splenic hemorrhage in the setting of blunt abdominal trauma.


PM&R Resident Jason Tucker selected for seed grant funding for PRP proof of concept study

Jason Tucker, M.D.

Jason Tucker, M.D.

The Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has selected Jason Tucker, M.D., as one of three recipients of its 2013 New Investigator Award from the Richard Materson Education Research Fund.

Tucker, a fourth-year resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will use the short-term seed grant of $10,000 to investigate the biological mechanism of action of an evidenced based, innovative treatment, called platelet-rich plasma, for the early stages of knee osteoarthritis.

Tucker’s proof of concept study will evaluate treatment response after ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into the arthritic knee. Studying synovial fluid biomarkers like growth factors, inflammatory mediators and lipids as well as mesenchymal stem cells native to the joint, he and a collaborative team will compare post-treatment data with both pre-injection baseline values and clinical outcomes to provide novel correlative information that will help explain the currently unknown biological mechanism of action of PRP.

The New Investigator Award will be presented on Saturday, October 5 during the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Annual Assembly in Washington, D.C.

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