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Annual Report
DOM Women's Committee newsletter
Eileen Dolan, PhD
Robert Grossman, PhD
Precision Medicine



  • Dan Nicolae, MD

    GTEx findings reveal new insights into how DNA differences influence gene activity, disease susceptibility

    Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) project have created a new and much-anticipated data resource to help establish how differences in an individual's genomic make-up can affect gene activity and contribute to disease. The new resource will enable scientists to examine the underlying genomics of many different human tissues and cells at the same time, and promises to open new avenues to the study and understanding of human biology.



  • Three DOM Faculty Named as BSD Distinguished Faculty Award Winners

    Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, Dean of BSD and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs recently announced the 2015 BSD Distinguished Faculty Award Winners. The group of award winners was selected from amongst many outstanding nominees in each of these categories by the members of the Faculty Advisory Committee, who carefully reviewed your nominations and voted to honor these individuals for their records of accomplishment here at the University of Chicago.



  • Monica Peek, MD

    Monica Peek, MD- Named Greenwall Foundation Scholar in Bioethics

    Monica Peek, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) has been selected by the Greenwall Foundation as a Greenwall Faculty Scholar for the class of 2018. Dr. Peek's broad research interests include health disparities, particularly as related to chronic disease management and preventive health care.



  • Eugene B. Chang, MD

    The microbiome and the midnight snack: How gut microbes influence the body's clock

    Poor sleep has long been linked with changes to the metabolism. Disruption of the body's internal clock can lead to changes in appetite and cravings for unhealthy food, which in turn leads to more serious health problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.



  • DOM Researchers Highlighted by NHLBI

    Two department of Medicine faculty, Dr. Julian Solway (Pulmonary/Critical Care) and Dr. Nanduri Prabhakar (Emergency Medicine) are featured in a three part series focused on the Centers for Advanced Diagnostics and Experimental Therapeutics in Lung Diseases (CADET) program. Earlier this year, Dr. Solway and Dr. Prabhakar each received prestigious grants from NHLBI to develop novel medications to treat asthma and sleep apnea, respectively. The grants are designed to accelerate discovery of effective pharmaceutical treatments during the critical second stage of a drug's development, the period between the discovery of a potential new medication and the first round of human clinical trials.



  • Marhall Chin, MD, MPH

    Marshall Chin,MD- Installed as SGIM President

    Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics (General Internal Medicine), was recently installed as president of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) at the SGIM national meeting in Toronto. As president , Dr. Chin will lead the 18-member governing board and support and promote the work of its more than 80 member-driven committees, taskforces and interest groups.



  • Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH

    Church-based diabetes education program leads to healthier lifestyles among Latino adults

    Latino adults with diabetes who participated in a church-based education program reported eating less high-fat food and exercising more after the conclusion of a pilot intervention by researchers from the University of Chicago Department of Medicine.



  • Esra Tasali, MD

    Effective sleep apnea treatment lowers diabetes risk

    Using a simple device for eight hours a night to treat sleep apnea can help people with prediabetes improve their blood sugar levels and may reduce the risk of progressing to diabetes, according to a new study published online in the April 21, 2015, issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.



  • Samuel Refetoff, MD

    Samuel Refetoff, MD - Receives DOM 2015 Distinguished Service Award

    In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the clinical, research and educational missions of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Samuel Refetoff, Frederick H. Rawson Professor of  Medicine (Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism) received the Department of Medicine’s Distinguished Service Award at Grand Rounds on Tuesday, April 14,2015.



  • Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD

    Breathless: How blood-oxygen levels regulate air intake

    Researchers have unraveled the elusive process by which small, highly vascular clusters of sensory cells in the carotid arteries "taste the blood," as a 1926 essay put it -- the initial step in regulating blood-oxygen levels.



  • Arlene Chapman,MD

    Arlene Chapman, MD- Appointed New Chief Section of Nephrology

    Dr. Arlene Chapman has been appointed as Professor of Medicine and Chief of Nephrology effective March 30, 2015. Dr. Chapman is currently serving as Professor of Medicine in the Renal Division at Emory University School of Medicine, Associate Program Director of the Renal Fellowship Training Program, and Program Director for the Clinical Research Network of the Atlanta Clinical and Translational Science Institute.


  • Pritzker School of Medicine Ranks #10

    The Pritzker School of Medicine moved up a notch from 11 last year to regain its top 10 status as one of the country's best medical schools and its primary care program scored its strongest rating since 2010, according to the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools."


  • 2015 Janet D. Rowley Research Day Abstract Winners

    The inaugural Janet D. Rowley Research Day was an overwhelming success. The day kicked off with a touching tribute to Dr. Janet Rowley followed by outstanding talk on the role cancer genetics in breast and ovarian cancer by Judy Garber, MD (Harvard/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Following that, 108 junior faculty and fellows participated in the poster event, with all subspecialties represented.


  • New study helps explain links between sleep loss and diabetes

    Lack of sleep can elevate circulating levels of free fatty acids in the blood, accompanied by temporary pre-diabetic conditions in healthy young men, according to new research published online February 19, 2015, in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.


  • Seasonal flu vaccine induces antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu

    Although seasonal flu shots can have variable efficacy from year to year, they are highly recommended to help protect individuals and communities. Now, a new study by scientists from the University of Chicago and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai gives yet another compelling reason to get vaccinated every year.


  • Simple test spots risk from acute kidney injury

    A simple test used early in the setting of critical illness can help doctors predict which patients with acute kidney injury—which often follows major surgery or severe infection—are most likely to develop serious kidney problems, require dialysis, or die in the hospital.


  • David Meltzer,MD,PhD

    David Meltzer,MD,PhD - Elected to AAP

    David Meltzer,MD,PhD, Professor of Medicine and  Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine  has been elected to the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP). This honor recognizes Dr. Meltzer’s important contributions  as a leader the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care.


  • University of Chicago Medicine opens Heart and Vascular Center

    The University of Chicago Medicine has launched the Heart and Vascular Center, which combines resources from three clinical specialties to meet the growing needs of patients seeking cardiovascular care in a highly coordinated setting.



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    The 2015 Joy Faith Knapp Memorial Lecture- "How Autoimmunity Gets Started in SLE"

    Mark Shlomchik, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chair, Department of Immunology
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    Gwen and Jules Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, RM 1103


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    Dr. Everett Vokes' annual Departmental Address and Awards Ceremony

    June 23th, 2015
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    2015 DOM Research Forum: Next Generation Clinician/Scientist Booth School

    Save the Date - Tuesday, July 14, 2015
    8am – 1pm
    Booth School


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