Three Tips for Cooking Better Chili

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Since April 2016, Dr. Erol Onel has served as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California. There, he provides scientific leadership in various therapeutic areas while working with a team to get a new non-opioid drug approved. Outside of the office, Dr. Erol Onel loves to cook and, along with his wife, has won a cooking competition with his chili.

A good chili is a hearty, flavorful, and welcoming meal, especially in colder weather. These three tips will help make your next chili dish the best you have ever made.

1. Beans – When choosing between dried beans and canned, go for dried beans. They hold together better in the cooking process, where canned beans often turn to mush. Soak the dry beans overnight before cooking them in salted water, which will help keep the skin intact.

2. Blooming Spices – Whether you are using your own blend of chili powder or a store-bought variety, bloom it first to release its flavor and intensify the spices present. Blooming your spices simply entails cooking them in a pan with a bit of oil or butter.

3. Low and Slow – While you could follow a recipe promising quick and easy chili, it will not provide as rich a taste as slow-cooked chili. Instead of rushing, give your chili a couple of hours to simmer over low heat, which will allow your dish to draw out its most complex flavors.


American Society of Andrology to Host 43rd Annual Conference in 2018

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American Society of Andrology

A physician with nearly two decades of experience in the medical field, Dr. Erol Onel leads teams responsible for acquiring approval for non-opioid drugs as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California. Dr. Erol Onel also belongs to the American Society of Andrology (ASA), which will host its 43rd Annual Conference in the spring of 2018.

The ASA Annual Conference unites scientists and clinicians from across the globe to explore new information about the male reproductive system. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the conference will host a plethora of workshops, sessions, and presentations that fit the theme of Andrology Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond – Bridging Science and Clinical Practice. Workshops will feature hands-on interaction and opportunities for scientists and clinicians to advance their knowledge. Additionally, the conference will present the clinical symposium TRANSformations: Andrology and Transgender Medicine. Attendees may also participate in a range of networking activities.

Conference registration fees cover entrance to scientific sessions, program materials, continental breakfasts and breaks, and one ticket to the Welcome Reception. Early registration is available until March 20, 2018. The conference will take place at The Nines Portland in Oregon on April 21-24, 2018.

Society for the Study of Male Reproduction – Membership Levels

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Society for the Study of Male Reproduction

Dr. Erol Onel holds a doctor of medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and oversees non-opioid drug approval proceedings as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics in California. An experienced physician with a background in urology, Dr. Erol Onel belongs to the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR). Membership with the organization unites individuals with an interest in male reproductive health and contributes to improved quality of care.

SSMR encourages ongoing studies of the male reproductive system and provides accurate, credible information to help medical professionals improve patient care and strengthen their practices. Members receive updates regarding existing and emerging issues on male reproductive health through access to a range of media, such as conference reports and proposed policies. They also engage in the development of standards and participate in continuing medical education conferences.

Membership with the SSMR falls into the three general categories of Active, Student, and Senior/Honorary. Active members include individuals who meet a series of SSMR criteria, such as clinical training in male reproductive medicine or regular attendance to SSMR events. Resident, fellow, and postdoctoral students may also apply for membership, although they hold no voting rights and must provide proof of current training status. Senior or Honorary memberships are also available to SSMR members who are disabled or elderly and have at least 10 years of affiliation background with the organization.

Goodwill Receives over $4 Million in Grants from DOL



Erol Onel, the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, has a strong track record of success with international regulatory authorities and various divisions of the FDA. Committed to helping others outside of the medical realm, Erol Onel supports organizations such as Goodwill Industries International, which has been providing employment and job training services since 1902.

In October 2017, Goodwill Industries received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Over a period of three years, the department will administer funds to five community-based Goodwill organizations, in Austin, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Little Rock, Arkansas, for the purpose of improving employment options for adults who are reentering society following incarceration.

Together, these community organizations have committed over $1.6 million worth of resources to provide training and education to 575 adults. These resources include assessment costs, staff time, and business development services and represent 36 percent of the total grant.

In addition, the Department of Labor granted over $1 million to Goodwill organizations in Greenville, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, as part of its Reentry Project. This grant program supports the improvement of research-based services that help participants in communities with high crime and poverty rates to find better employment opportunities.