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Development Of A State Wide Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training And Certification Programme For Massachusetts, Lori Pbert, Judith K. Ockene, Beth M. Ewy, Ellen Sachs Leicher, Donna D. Warner Dec 2000

Development Of A State Wide Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training And Certification Programme For Massachusetts, Lori Pbert, Judith K. Ockene, Beth M. Ewy, Ellen Sachs Leicher, Donna D. Warner

Women’s Health Research Faculty Publications

OBJECTIVE: To describe the research conducted to structure and develop a statewide tobacco training and certification programme for tobacco treatment specialists (TTSs) in Massachusetts.

DESIGN: Qualitative research strategies were used to obtain information on certification development and opinions regarding TTS training and certification from key informants. A role definition and validation study was then conducted to determine the core competencies for TTSs. A comprehensive training programme was developed, piloted, and finalised, and a certification programme was initiated.

PARTICIPANTS: Key informants included: individuals involved in the development of their professional certification programmes; tobacco treatment providers from across Massachusetts; and national tobacco ...


Evidence For Class-Specific Factors In Immunoglobulin Isotype Switching, A. Shanmugam, M. J. Shi, L. Yauch, Janet Stavnezer, A. L. Kenter Apr 2000

Evidence For Class-Specific Factors In Immunoglobulin Isotype Switching, A. Shanmugam, M. J. Shi, L. Yauch, Janet Stavnezer, A. L. Kenter

Women’s Health Research Faculty Publications

Immunoglobulin class switch recombination (SR) occurs by a B cell-specific, intrachromosomal deletional process between switch regions. We have developed a plasmid-based transient transfection assay for SR to test for the presence of transacting switch activities. The plasmids are novel in that they lack a eukaryotic origin of DNA replication. The recombination activity of these switch substrates is restricted to a subset of B cell lines that support isotype switching on their endogenous loci and to mitogen-activated normal splenic B cells. The factors required for extrachromosomal plasmid recombination are constitutively expressed in proliferating splenic B cells and in B cell lines ...


Bioethics Of Xenotransplantation: Three Religious Perspectives, Amy B. Wachholtz Jan 2000

Bioethics Of Xenotransplantation: Three Religious Perspectives, Amy B. Wachholtz

Psychiatry Publications

The recent explosion of biotechnology has raised many ethical and religious questions among faith communities. Many of these faith communities are attempting to balance modern technology and historical religion. Using xenotransplantation as a case study, the transplantation of genetically engineered animal organs into human beings, this article follows three major religious traditions through the discernment process of how to deal faithfully with this new technology. In addition, the role of the biotechnology industry and the pressures that researchers face are also explored in the context of investigating how to effectively integrate science and religion into future bioethical discussions.