(Pictured above : 1. New champions- Straight Hoopin’ | 2. Jonny Imerman’s message | 3. “UIC Got Moustache?” team | 4. Resource fairs )
Our 2nd annual UIC 3v3 basketball tournament to raise awareness around men’s health issues was a success with 26 teams and over 130 participants and spectators. We are certain that speaker Jonny Imerman’s message and the resource fair have helped people realize the importance of taking control of their health. Congratulations to our new champions, Straight Hoopin’. Our heartfelt thanks to all the teams and donors.
Movember is a movement to raise awareness around men’s health issues by growing facial hair in the month of November as part of a national movement. Our “UIC Got Moustache?” team raised funds to assist with community engagement initiatives and raise awareness around Men’s Health topics such as prostate and testicular cancer, mental health, diabetes, and hypertension. Expect next year to once again be bigger, better, and more competitive!
UIC Movember Event
Made up of about 40 faculty, staff and medical students from departments including pathology, urology, otolaryngology, oncology and the University of Illinois Cancer Center, the UIC Prostate Cancer Movember team started from scratch with clean-shaven faces November 1 in order to grow moustaches- no additional facial hair allowed – through the month of November as part of a national movement to raise awareness around men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
The movement, which is national in scope, started as a way for men to spark conversation about health.
Dr. Michael Abern, assistant professor and director of urologic oncology, and Movember team leader, decided to start a Movember group at UIC because he wants to raise awareness around the importance of prostate cancer screening for African American men, who are 2.5 times more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. The team also wanted to bring awareness to the fact that several Chicago neighborhoods have prostate cancer death rates 2-3 times the national average. By raising awareness of mens’ health issues, the team hopes to combat disparities and engage men from UIC and UI Health’s communities in programs dedicated to their physical and mental well-being.
The team raised more than $1,000 to support men’s health programs that combat prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.
Dr. Gail S. Prins, to serve as co-director of CACHET
The ChicAgo Center for Health and EnvironmenT (CACHET), a new Environmental Health Sciences Center in the Chicago area, has been created as an equal partnership between the University of Chicago (UofC) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). It has been awarded $4 million over four years from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health to study the health effects of pollution in Chicago.
Dr. Gail S. Prins, Michael Reese professor of urology and environmental and occupational health sciences from UIC would serve as the center’s co-director.
The center will work to identify the determinants for racial and ethnic health disparities that cause disproportionate rates of diabetes, respiratory illnesses, heart disease and cancer as well as HIV/AIDS and homicide in the Chicago region.
Innovative Urology Conference – Sep 2017
“Innovative Urology” was a successful 2-day continuing education conference held in beautiful Napa, California.
Attendees heard from national urologists, scientists, designers, and engineers in a comprehensive program that encompassed scientific, clinical and product innovation in urology.
Planning for the 2018 conference is underway, the location and dates will be announced soon.