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Budget, space concerns addressed in school's strategic facilities plan

When David A. Kessler, M.D., began speaking with faculty and top administrators in early 1997 before coming to the School of Medicine as dean, he found two issues on everyone's mind: a mounting budget deficit and a critical shortage of space that threatened the school's ability to recruit and retain the best faculty and students. Both problems demanded immediate attention, and, as the new dean soon learned, they were intricately linked.

“Depending on how you calculate, the school had a deficit of $23 million or more for the 1997-98 budget year,” Dr. Kessler said in an interview in late June. Flaws in the school's computerized billing system, combined with lower revenues from managed care, had contributed to the deficit. The lack of laboratory space had been recognized since at least 1989, when then-Dean Leon E. Rosenberg, M.D., formed a committee to address the issue, but plans for a new...

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Yale spins off five biotech firms

Until a decade ago, Yale's participation in technology transfer, the movement of basic science advances into the commercial marketplace, was negligible. That has changed dramatically (Yale Medicine, Fall 1997), and the change delights budget makers, among others. Two years ago, Yale's annual income from royalties and licenses for University-developed projects had grown to $3 million. Yale expects those earnings to...

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Lab testing may allow earlier cancer diagnosis

If promising research at the Yale Cancer Center is proven effective, a simple blood or tissue test may be able to...

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Worry about Lyme disease may be worse than the illness

Lyme disease was first identified and named by researchers at Yale more than a decade ago. Now, Yale investigators have...

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Bringing public health education to a changing China

The explosive growth of the economy of the People's Republic of China brings with it many benefits–and a set of...

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Discovery of how a brain tumor travels may pave way to treatment

Yale researchers have discovered a molecule that speeds the growth and spread of a form of brain cancer that afflicts...

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Wider use of medication could prevent many strokes

An irregular heartbeat, or atrial fibrillation, affects some 2.5 million Americans. Clot formation associated with...

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A web of New Haven health information

Already an important tool for public health investigators, the World Wide Web now offers a new site for one-stop local...

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Yale physicians link up with Everest expedition

In May, several dozen seasoned climbers set their sites on Everest, the world's highest mountain. As one group labored...

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“Tobacco Wars” began with a simple question: Why not?

On a Wednesday evening in early April, David Kessler is telling the story of The Tobacco Wars to a room full of about...

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Attention deficit study finds no evidence of overdiagnosis

The number of children being diagnosed and treated for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has risen...

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A brain structure that keeps confusion at bay

Animals are constantly gathering signals from the surrounding environment, yet somehow they learn to focus on stimuli...

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New Haven's mayor visits medical school

New Haven and Yale University have never had better relations, Mayor John DeStefano told students and faculty during a...

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Using art to sharpen observational skills

Medical education took an artistic turn for a group of Yale students this past spring. Professor Irwin M. Braverman,...

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Child Study Center aids Arkansas town after shootings

The day after four girls and a teacher were shot to death at a middle school in Arkansas, Yale psychologist Steven...

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Exercise science soars on human powered wings

As a physiologist, Ethan Nadel, Ph.D., knows a great deal about what happens to the body during exertion and the causes...

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Cardiologists combine to form statewide network

In today's managed care world, consolidation of health care delivery services is the order of the day, including the...

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A genetic intervention for children with rare disease

Yale investigators are evaluating a potential therapy for Canavan disease, a rare neurological disorder in children...

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Probing the hazards of autobody work

Walk into an autobody shop and you may be greeted by a curious cocktail of chemical fumes. Posted signs keep customers...

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Yale appeals verdict in Dr. Doe case

In December a New Haven jury awarded $12.2 million to a former medical resident who became HIV-positive after an...

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A “natural” tan to beat the sun

With skin cancer rates soaring, dermatologists have been warning people to protect themselves from the sun, but the...

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Confronting violence in the home

Domestic violence is rarely thought of as a public health issue, yet it has a massive impact on the health care system,...

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Focus on fitness

The Yale Conference on Women's Health & Fitness in May brought together some of the nation's leading experts on...

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