Archive for January, 2012

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A Wise investment in the nation’s health

By Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Scientists and medical researchers know that the tangible rewards of decades of government investment in solving major health problems is within our grasp, but the promise deserves recognition in the Republican presidential candidate debates.

In 2005, the draft sequence of the human genome was unraveled by an international collaboration at a cost of roughly $5 billion. Today, advances in technology have brought the costs down 5,000-fold to only $1,000. The discoveries of human disease enabled by these advances are simply breathtaking, and we are just now seeing that knowledge being transformed into wisdom, and more importantly, new treatments for dreaded diseases like cancer that will affect 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in this country.

To realize this promise and potential requires research, yet sadly the dollars allocated to the National Institutes of Health are decreasing. Given the rising cost of health care, now more than ever we need to continue to invest in medical research to find new ways of managing disease in more effective and efficient ways.

Investment in medical research is also an investment in our region. At Moffitt Cancer Center, we are unraveling the myriad changes that underlie the transformation of a normal cell into a cancerous one. It’s clear that even cancers that look the same under the microscope can be very different entities that require different treatment strategies. Thus, we are now poised for the first time ever to pursue the goal of cancer therapy that is based on the right drug, for the right patient, at the right time – the first time. (more…)


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Tim Tebow, a blast from the past

Here’s a blast from the past.  One of my many Tim Tebow posts from the ole’ Gator Grotto blog.

Unless you’ve been sleeping under water with your nostrils just above the surface, you know the Gators won the BCS Championship last week down in Miami.  And unless you’ve been sleeping under water you know that the famous quarterback from UF,  Tim Tebow, was the game’s MVP.

And unless you’ve been sleeping under water you know that Tim Tebow is an amazing young man who loves his family, cares about the people around him, cares even more about people who have not been as fortunate as him in their lives, and is a devout Christian.

The famous quarterback, Tim Tebow, has created quite a stir with the eye black that he wears under his eyes when he’s playing the game.  While eye black is the stuff athletes put under their eyes to reduce the reflections from the sun or other bright lights, Tebow has used eye black to proclaim his faith.

Throughout the season the famous quarterback, Tim Tebow,  has worn Phil 4:13 on his eye black.  If you didn’t already know, Phil 4:13 is a bible verse that states; I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (more…)


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A day in the life of Tim Tebow, circa 2009

Watching yesterday’s NFL Playoff game where Denver quarterback and Gator great Tim Tebow continued to amaze brought back fond memories of The Gator Nation branding campaign at the University of Florida.

While Tebow was not directly involved in the campaign itself, his success — on the field and off — helped draw attention to the university and helped propel the campaign into the stratosphere.  I may be a little prejudice here, but I believe that campaign is still the finest higher education branding campaign in the nation.  No tricks, no gimmicks, pure Gator.

Anyway, we produced a little video back in 2009 that featured “A day in the life of” theme.  Naturally, everyone thought it was a day in the life of Tim Tebow.  That video still exists and is just another example of how one person, even one as big as Tim Tebow, can be part of something even bigger and have fun while doing so.  Do you think Tebow is having fun today!

Take a look.  I think you’ll enjoy.  And Go Broncos!

A day in the life of . . . Tim Tebow. A day in the life of Tim Tebow

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