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



  • 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.


  • Gary Toback, MD, PhD

    F. Gary Toback, MD, PhD ( 1941-2016)

    Gary Toback, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Section of Nephrology) passed away on Wednesday, July 20,2016. Dr. Toback was 74 years old and is survived by his wife, Phyllis and three children: David, Alison and Jonathan. He was a longstanding distinguished member of the Department of Medicine faculty for over 40 years who was recognized as for his outstanding work as an investigator, clinician, mentor and leader.


  • Michael Howell, MD- Selected for Health Innovator Fellowship by Aspen Global Leadership Network

    Michael Howell, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary/Critical Care) and Chief Quality Officer for the University of Chicago Medicine, has been selected as part of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship by the Aspen Global Leadership Network. The fellowship was created in 2015 to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the U.S. health care system and to connect, inspire, and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This two-year program builds upon the Aspen Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership. It is extremely unusual to have two individuals from the same institution selected to the Health Innovators Fellowship in one year.


  • Vesna Petronic-Rosic,MD- Appointed Interim Chief, Section of Dermatology

    Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Dermatology and Pathology, and Director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program, has been named as interim chief of the Section of Dermatology effective July 1,2016.


  • 2016 Department of Medicine Faculty Awards

    At the Department of Medicine ‘s 11th Annual Award Celebration held on Tuesday, June 14,2016,Dr. Everett Vokes recognized the following faculty for their outstanding contributions as teachers, clinicians, mentors and scientists.


  • Genomic Data Commons at University of Chicago heralds new era of data sharing for cancer research

    The Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a next-generation platform that enables unprecedented data access, analysis and sharing for cancer research, publicly launched at the University of Chicago on June 6, opening the door to discoveries for this complex set of diseases.


  • Novel immunotherapy approach shows promise in blood cancers

    A protein known as STING plays a crucial role in the immune system’s ability to “sense” cancer by recognizing and responding to DNA from tumor cells. Injection of compounds that activate the STING pathway directly into solid tumors in mice has been shown in prior studies to result in very potent anti-tumor immune responses.


  • Seven Medicine faculty named as BSD Distinguished Award Recipients

    Dr. Kenneth Polonsky, Dean of BSD and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs recently announced the 2016 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. The awards recognize these faculty members for their distinguished records of accomplishment in research, education, mentorship, clinical service, community advocacy and program innovation here at the University of Chicago.


  • Delayed benefits of diabetes, blood pressure medications can discourage patients

    It can take up to 10 years before patients see the long-term benefits from taking medications for diabetes and high blood pressure. For some, knowing this made them less likely to start treatment. It’s easy to justify taking medications with an immediate, cause-and-effect benefit. You have strep throat, so you take an antibiotic and start to feel better within a few days, or you take aspirin to ease a headache (hopefully) within a few hours.


  • Health Care Disparities- Opinion Piece by IM resident published in JAMA

    Jeremy O’Connor, MD , a third year internal medicine resident ,recently had an opinion piece entitled “Black Lives” focused on health care disparities and access to care in medically underserved communities published in the May 24/31,2016 edition of Journal of the American Medicine Association

    To read click here

  • Michael Drazer, MD

    Michael Drazer, MD Receives Damon Runyon Physician Scientist Training Award

    Michael Drazer, MD, Fellow ( Hematology/Oncology) is one of five recipients, of the 2016 Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award. Under the mentorship of Lucy Godley,MD,PhD , Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Dr. Drazer research is focused on leukemia where he aims to better understand the molecular mechanisms that cause abnormal blood conditions to transition into the disease. The goal of his work is to apply these findings to inform future therapies for patients with blood cancers.


  • Effect of Noninvasive Ventilation Delivered by Helmet vs Face Mask on the Rate of Endotracheal Intubation in Patients With Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Noninvasive ventilation (NIV) with a face mask is relatively ineffective at preventing endotracheal intubation in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Delivery of NIV with a helmet may be a superior strategy for these patients.


  • Overall health predicts mortality better than age, study finds

    Age plays almost no role in accounting for differences in older people’s health and well-being, according to a large-scale study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Chicago.


  • Maria-Luisa Alegre, MD, PhD

    Obesity linked to inflammation and organ transplant rejection

    One of the reasons obesity is so dangerous for long-term health is that it produces low-grade, chronic inflammation. This kind of inflammation revs up the immune system, which can aggravate other chronic conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, and digestive disorders.


  • Yoav-Gilad, PhD

    Yoav Gilad, PhD - Named Chief, Section of Genetic Medicine

    Yoav Gilad, PhD has been appointed as Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Genetic Medicine effective May 10, 2016. Dr. Gilad most recently served as Professor in the Department of Human Genetics. He is a highly regarded and internationally acclaimed leader in the fields of human genetics, gene regulation, and genome biology .



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    IASLC 2016 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology

    Setptember 22-24, 2016
    Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile


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    John and Joyce Benfield Lecture in Thoracic Surgery


    Shaf Keshavjee, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Canada

    5:00 PM
    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Billings Auditorium P-117



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