Celebrated annually on December 13th, National Pathologist Day encourages you to pursue friendships with a pathologist or a coroner. While pathologists spend all their lives in their duties and academic pursuits and coroners are busy around the clock, they can also be your go-to pal when the times get tough! A pathologist is capable of befriending more than a microscope, and so is a coroner. Their analytical and intuitive skills can help you gain more insights into your life, and being individuals who handle a great deal of psychological stress on a daily basis, they can help you to cope with whatever life brings to your plate. Though this day has passed, it can be a reminder for us this week that life is too short and it’s just a pathologist or coroner away to help you understand the value of life, to live each moment, and be thankful for it!

UF HealthStreet has chosen Kristianna Fredenburg, M.D., Ph.D., head of CTSI Biorepository as the pathologist for the day. Dr. Fredenburg shared with us her thoughts on the importance of pathology in the advancement of medical science.

"We have all heard of pathologists being described as the doctor’s doctor. I often tell people that without pathology there is no hospital practice. This can be most recently appreciated during the COVID-19 pandemic where pathologists were in charge of implementing and advancing COVID-19 testing. Amazingly, our clinical pathology laboratory here at UF has an enviable turn-around-time of 48 hours. Through our advancement of COVID-19 testing, we provided assurance that clinical practices and surgeries could go on.  Additionally, I love the fact that practicing pathologists have been Nobel Prize laureates in Medicine and that our specialty is one of the most common specialties entered by MD/PhDs. What does this mean? This means that pathologists, as physician-scientists, are at the forefront of translational science and moving medicine forward."

Join us on Twitter by sharing a pathologist or coroner friend important in your life with #PickAPathologistPalDay


Even during COVID-19, HealthStreet continues to serve you with our dedicated Community Health Workers (CHWs). This week our team will be at the following locations:

+Heartwood Farmers Market 

+Cone Park Food Distribution

In addition, CHWs will be distributing Deterra™ to bus drivers and at bus stops around the city. Our CHWs will also help you know which research studies you may be eligible for, and sign you up to be a HealthStreet member.


Gainesville Vineyard Church Food Distribution needs your help to gather food for their holiday food boxes!

Visit their location at 1100 SE 17 Dr, Gainesville, FL 32641 location or call (352) 371-0838 for more information. Below is a list of items needed.


Interested in participating in research?

Here are a few studies that you can participate in now:

+The ACT Study is examining a mild form of brain stimulation and its effects on thinking and memory improvement with brain training in older adults. Eligible participants must be 65-89 years of age, healthy, and willing to participate in an MRI.

+The Speech Development in Children Study is examining how children learn to recognize speech. Eligible participants must be children 3-12 years of age with a history of ear infections or reading problems.

If you are interested in hearing about these or other studies, contact our Study Navigator, Sara, at 352-294-4873.

Do you or someone you know have cancer? We'd love to talk about opportunities to participate in research. Please share this link to become a member and learn about cancer screenings.

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