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Annual Report
DOM Women's Committee newsletter
Eileen Dolan, PhD
Robert Grossman, PhD
David Meltzer, MD, PhD



  • The neighborhood effect: sicker patients draw on shared resources

    The researchers found that when one patient on a typical 20-bed hospital unit took a turn for the worse – a cardiac arrest, for example, or being transferred to an intensive-care unit – the other patients on that ward were at increased risk for their own setbacks.


  • Robert Grossman, PhD

    THE INFORMATION CURE- Big data is about to revolutionize the way we combat cancer

    The first thing I notice when I enter the operations center of the Genomic Data Commons is a map of the world displayed on a large HD monitor. The map is speckled with circles, variant in size and shade. I count 16 circles—16 users worldwide drinking from the GDC’s tap. At 11. a.m. on a Tuesday.


  • Robert Grossman, PhD

    Robert Grossman, PhD Named Frederick H. Rawson Professor

    Robert Grossman,PhD, Professor of Medicine and Co-Chief Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science has been named the Frederick H. Rawson Professor effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Grossman is an expert in data intensive computing and its applications to biology, medicine and healthcare. His research focuses on bioinformatics, data science, and data intensive computing. Dr. Grossman currently serves as Co- PI of the NCI Genomics Data Commons.


  • Long-sought genetic model of common infant leukemia described

    After nearly two decades of unsuccessful attempts, researchers from the University of Chicago Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have created the first mouse model for the most common form of infant leukemia. Their discovery, published in the Nov. 14, 2016, issue of Cancer Cell, could hasten development and testing of new drug therapies.


  • Kovler Diabetes Center celebrates 10 years, and looks ahead

    This year Kovler Diabetes Center celebrates its 10th anniversary, capping a decade of cutting edge treatment and research that has made the University of Chicago Medicine a world leader in diabetes care.


  • Checkpoint blockade helps only a subset of patients, but why?

    Although many cancer patients respond favorably to immunotherapies such as nivolumab and pembrolizumab, most patients do not. Blame for treatment failures is usually attributed to so-called “cold” tumors, those that do not attract T-cell infiltration and may lack key T-cell targets—the mutated proteins known as neoantigens.


  • Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

    Beyond borders

    “I know that we can save many more women from dying from breast cancer,” oncologist Olufunmilayo Olopade says, leaning forward in her chair. Olopade, who goes by Funmi, is sitting in her office at the end of a long day, surrounded by stacks of paper on her desk and shopping bags on the floor, but she sounds like she could be addressing the World Health Organization. “The drugs are there, the women are out there,” she says. What’s missing, in her view, is a will to diagnose and treat people, wherever they live.


  • UChicago awarded grant to train researchers focused on eliminating breast cancer disparities

    The number of deaths from breast cancer have declined significantly over the last several decades. However, many populations within the U.S. and across the globe have not benefited from these improvements in mortality as much as other groups have. This unequal burden of cancer felt by specific population groups, also known as disparities, is a major healthcare challenge and one that hits home. In Chicago, the most recent figures show the breast cancer death rate among black women is 40 percent higher than that of white women.


  • Intestinal flora may prevent kidney stones

    The role of the gut microbiome in human health keeps expanding, but some microbes are slow to reveal their secrets.


  • Keeping a close eye on frailty in old age

    The University of Chicago Medicine’s Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation (SAFE) Clinic, located in the nearby South Shore community on the South Side, cares for some of the most vulnerable patients throughout the city..


  • New Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science

    Dr. Everett Vokes recently announced the creation of the new Section of Computational Biomedicine and Biomedical Data Science , making it the 15th subspecialty section within the Department of Medicine. The new Section will provide an intellectual home for faculty whose research interests encompass computational biomedicine; biomedical data science (data science and its applications to biology, medicine and healthcare), and biomedical informatics (bioinformatics, translational informatics, and clinical/medical informatics) and will be co-led by Robert L. Grossman, PhD and Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD.


  • Matthew Sorrentino, MD

    Matthew Sorrentino, MD, appointed Vice Chair for Clinical Operations

    Matthew Sorrentino, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology, has been appointed as Vice Chair for Clinical Operations effective immediately. In this new role, Dr. Sorrentino will assist in leading the Department of Medicine’s clinical programs and serve as the key departmental representative with the UCM and BSD on issues relating to the Department’s outpatient, inpatient and offsite practices.


  • Long-term trends in blood sugar control predict diabetes complications

    Type 2 diabetes is an insidious disease because its most damaging effects don’t show up for years. A patient may have her ups and downs from day to day, but the risk of heart disease, kidney disease, damage to the retinas and other circulatory problems builds over years with the accumulated stress of high blood sugar levels.


  • Nanduri Prabhakar, PhD

    Study suggests ways to block hypertension in those with sleep apnea

    Obstructive sleep apnea – a disorder that affects nearly one out of four people between the ages of 30 and 70 – is a common cause of high blood pressure. In the Aug. 17, 2016, issue of the journal Science Signaling, researchers based primarily at the University of Chicago describe the signaling cascade that leads to this form of hypertension and suggest ways to disrupt those signals and prevent elevated blood pressures.


  • Anne L. Sperling, PhD

    Growing up on an Amish farm protects children against asthma by reprogramming immune cells

    By probing the differences between two farming communities—the Amish of Indiana and the Hutterites of South Dakota—an interdisciplinary team of researchers found that specific aspects of the Amish environment are associated with changes to immune cells that appear to protect children from developing asthma.



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    Dr. Kelley M. Skeff

    The Evolution of Medical Education

    Dr. Kelley M. Skeff is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers (SFDC).

    Thursday, January 19, 2017
    5–6:30 p.m.

    Billings Auditorium P-117

    Please RSVP to
    or call 773-834-5558


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    Abstracts deadline for Janet Rowley Research Day - January 30th, 2017

    All clinical and research fellows, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty (Instructors, Assistant Professors, Research Associate (Assistant Professor)) and graduate students are invited to submit an abstract by Monday,  January 30,2017.  To submit an abstract, click here

    To use the abstract submission site, use your BSDAD or UCHAD ID and password. Abstracts from outside meetings are welcome. We regret that due to lack of space, abstract submission is limited to one abstract per person. If you have any problems logging into the site, please email: PROGRAMMERS2@bsd.uchicago.edu

    Abstracts will be considered for the following categories:

    • Basic Science Research
    • Clinical Research
    • Translational Research
    • Health Services, Medical Education, Social Sciences

    Two prizes will be awarded for Best Abstract in each category. Feel free to contact the DOM Research Day Committee at: domresdy@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu with any questions.

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    Everett E. Vokes, MD

    2017 Janet Rowley Research Day

    The Department of Medicine’s 2017 Janet D. Rowley Research Day will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  Dr. Rowley devoted her life to science and is considered one of the most important scientists of the 20th century for her transformative contributions to cancer biology and cancer treatment.This year’s keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor &  Director, Hormone Research Instituteat the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bluestone’s talk entitled “ Controlling Immunity through Tregs will take place at Medicine Grand Rounds at noon in P117.


Welcome to the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Our Department was the first department created when the medical school began over 80 years ago. It has evolved into the largest department not only in the medical school with over 345 full time faculty and research faculty but is the largest department in the University. The main missions of the Department of Medicine, scholarship, discovery, education and outstanding patient care, occur in a setting of multicultural and ethnic diversity. These missions are supported by exceptional faculty and trainees in the department. We believe you will quickly agree that the DOM's faculty, fellows and trainees very much represent the forefront of academic medicine –extraordinary people doing things to support the missions of our department. The result is a Department which reaches far beyond the walls of our medical school to improve humanity and health throughout our community and the world providing high quality patient care – and training of the next generation of leaders in medicine.