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Dana Exhibit Takes a Closer Look at ALS

A new exhibit looks at the presence of ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, in the Champlain Valley and the research being done at UVM in search of a cure. A study spearheaded by Dr. Rup Tandan, a professor of Neurology at the Larner College of Medicine, finds a connection between the presence of the neurotoxin beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA), found in blue-green algae blooms in local bodies of water, and the higher number of recorded cases of ALS in the surrounding areas. The Champlain Valley has been cited as one of these areas.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is 100% fatal. It affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and causes motor neurons to degenerate and die off.  When this happens, the brain is unable to relay signals to those muscles and control voluntary muscle movements. About 20,000 Americans can have this disease at any given time.

The exhibit also highlights books and movies on ALS, as well as people whose lives have been affected.

Stop by the exhibit cases and learn more! Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.


Dana has a New Look!

If you haven’t walked through our doors recently, you may not realize how much things have changed around here. After months of renovations, Dana is finally returning to a space of quiet study and research.

Though we have maintained our resources and services throughout the construction, one big change is that our books have returned to the library. They are now located in the back north end and mark the completion of construction.

There are still a few more last minute renovation items to be completed. Our classroom has new furniture and is close to being completed. Instead of a presentation-style room, the new tables are moveable so that the room can be a more multi-functional space, allowing for round-table discussion sessions and group collaborations. We will soon have a new Medical History room that will house both our Medical History collection as well as new educational models for student study and practice. We will have a new small group study room in the back south end of the library. The technology and whiteboard have been installed in this space. It will soon have a table and chairs, and will be open for use.

New furniture and interesting study spaces can now be found throughout the library. Make sure you stop by the library and check them out.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our changing library, please contact Director Marianne Burke at 656-3483.

Dana Library has a New Anatomical Model

The Dana Medical Library has acquired a life-size human skeleton model for use in studying gross anatomy. The skeleton can be checked out for use within the library for 2-hour periods. Since the model is on a rolling stand, it can easily be moved to small group study areas or other study spaces.

The skeleton is not only anatomically correct in terms of height and proportions, it contains approximately 200 bones which are numbered.  It has a flexible vertebral column, muscles, ligaments, and a removable three-part skull.  Ligaments are flexible, so the model can demonstrate movements.

The skeleton can be checked out by going to the Main Desk and asking for the supporting pamphlets that accompany it.  It will eventually be moved to the newly renovated Medical History/Anatomy space.

The skeleton model was ordered through 3B Scientific. They have named him “Sam the Superskeleton.”