Antonio Bianco,MD,PhD to Receive the American Thyroid Association‘s 2020 John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal

Antonio Bianco,MD,PhD has been selected as the recipient of the  American Thyroid Association‘s 2020 John B. Stanbury Thyroid Pathophysiology Medal in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to thyroid disease research. Dr. Bianco, professor of medicine in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is an internationally recognized expert in the study of thyroid hormone action, particularly in the local control of thyroid hormone activation by deiodinase enzymes.  He is a Past President of the American Thyroid Association and a former recipient of the Van Meter Award from the American Thyroid Association, the Rosalind-Pitts-Rivers Medal from the British Thyroid Association, and … Read More

Shifts in chemical rhythms may cause eating behaviors that lead to obesity

Obesity is a common health problem affecting over 90 million adults in the United States, However, how different chemical signals in the body respond to this disease continues to remain unclear. A new study from researchers at the University of Chicago published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism helps to untangle how part of the nervous system changes in adults affected by obesity, and what role this plays in appetite, eating behaviors, and even sleep cycles. The endocannabinoid system is a part of the nervous system that helps to regulate many processes in the body including appetite, pain and the immune … Read More

COVID-19 Resource Center

Below is a current list of resources available relating to COVID-19. Outpatient COVID Training 4 6 http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/covid19/clinicians https://uchicago.app.box.com/s/qaq9vwged2jctkulmlfyms3gc9wlkktx https://uchicago.app.box.com/s/cn9oihv45p6p3x9wpz15610lx92ciy6x RESOURCE HOW TO ACCESS USE Coronavirus Resource Center home.uchospitals.edu and click box in the top/center or visit this link. Central repository for all UCM clinical material about COVID-19, including SOPs, videos, etc. General Coronavirus Email coronavirus@uchospitals.edu General staff questions about UCM/BSD response to the outbreak 24/7 Staff Resource Line 1-800-683-5704 Questions that cannot be answered on the unit level COVID-19 Teletriage 773-702-2800 (Patients) 773-702-6819 (Employees who need to schedule testing appointments) Screening employees and current patients for COVID-19 symptoms and scheduling … Read More

2020 Janet D. Rowley Research Day Abstract Winners

Congratulations to the Janet D. Rowley Research Day Best Abstract Winners: Faculty: Joseph Wynne,MD,PhD (Hematology/ Oncology)- Basic Research: “Targeting BACH1 inhibits HIF-induced tumor hypoxia and improves radiation treatment in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)” Felicia D’Souza,MD (Hospital Medicine)-Clinical Research: “Appropriateness and Safety of Direct Access Endoscopy (DAE) in Hospitalized Patients” Kimberly Stanford, MD (Emergency Medicine)-Health Services Research:   Routine HIV testing in Emergency Department relies on effective electronic medical record prompts, provider buy-in, and dedicated staff follow-up” Alexander Pearson,MD,PhD (Hematology/Oncology)-Translational Research: “Deep learning detects actionable molecular and clinical states directly from head/neck squamous cell carcinoma histopathology slides”   Trainees: Xiaoou Li,MD,PhD … Read More

Breakthrough mouse model of celiac disease could lead to new treatments

Researchers in the Department of Medicine  have developed the first truly accurate mouse model of celiac disease. The animals have the same genetic and immune system characteristics as humans who develop celiac after eating gluten. This provides a vital research tool for developing and testing new treatments for the disease. “Based on our understanding of the human disease, we were able to retro-engineer a mouse model of celiac disease,” said Bana Jabri, MD, PhD, Director of Research at the University of Chicago Medicine Celiac Disease Center and senior author of the new study, published this week in Nature. “It’s the first model where the … Read More

Vineet Arora,MD- Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Vineet Arora,MD, Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.  Dr. Arora is an academic hospitalist and medical educator who specializes in improving the learning environment for medical trainees and the quality, safety and experience of care delivered to hospitalized adults. She serves as Associate Chief Medical Officer for the Clinical Learning Environment at the University of Chicago Medicine and Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Arora’s work bridges clinical medicine and medical education to transform the learning environment and the quality of care … Read More

Data analysis uncovers differences in drug prescription rates in the U.S.

A new analysis of prescription rates of 600 commonly-used drugs across the United States reveals influences of racial composition, state-level health care laws, and wealth on prescription choices. The study, published October 9 in Nature Communications, also shows that some regions consistently prefer more expensive drugs, even when they have not been proven more effective than cheaper alternatives. The United States is socially and culturally heterogeneous, with significant disparities and inequality in health metrics such as life expectancy. However, it’s not clear to what extent these disparities extend to health care. Andrey Rzhetsky, PhD, the Edna K. Papazian Professor of … Read More