ADOLESCENT ALCOHOL ABUSE: A program on the causes and effects of alcohol abuse in young people will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday in Lecture Hall A, Room 228, of the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1900 Gravier St., New Orleans.

The community outreach event is being presented by the department of physiology in conjunction with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence and the Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center at LSU Health New Orleans.

The event, titled “What Every Parent, Counselor, Teacher, and Healthcare Provider Should Know about Adolescent Alcohol Abuse,” will bring together national and local experts in the educational, medical and scientific fields. Educators, counselors, youth workers and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include definitions of alcohol abuse; binge drinking in males vs. females; the concept of an adolescent critical period of vulnerability; the long-term effects of adolescent alcohol abuse on brain and body; genetic vs. environmental causes of alcohol abuse; and the pharmacology of alcohol’s actions on the brain.

Free registration is required. To register, visit For information, contact Rebecca Gonzales at (504) 568-6173 or

CHARITY HOSPITAL TRIBUTE: A replica of the seal in the lobby floor of Charity Hospital has been installed in the floor of the atrium of University Medical Center New Orleans, which is scheduled to open in August.

The 2,000-pound bronze seal is a gift from the 2014 medical staff of the Interim LSU Hospital in honor of Charity Hospital and the mission to care for those less fortunate.

Gabriella Pridjian, president of the medical staff, spoke about the history of the seal during the dedication ceremony July 17.

The original seal, still at Charity Hospital, could not be moved because it is now designated as part of a historical site. With the assistance of American Tile and Terrazzo Company and MAPP Construction, the bronze cast was carefully ground, grouted and polished to a mirror finish. The seal will be roped off in its place of distinction.

UMC New Orleans, which will replace Interim LSU Hospital, is scheduled to open Aug. 1. Interim LSU Hospital will close at the conclusion of the inpatient move to the new facility. Outpatient clinics at UMC New Orleans will open Aug. 10.

For information about UMC New Orleans, visit