$10 Million Gift Accelerates Research to Improve Cancer Therapies

The  UChicago Medicine has received a $10 million gift to establish the David and Etta Jonas Center for Cellular Therapy to support research to find personalized therapies for difficult-to-treat cancers. Michael Bishop, MD,  Professor of Medicine (Section of Hematology/Oncology) will serve as director of the new Jonas Center. He will be working with Amittha Wickrema, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Section of Hematology/Oncology), as well as Hans Schreiber, MD, PhD, in the Department of Pathology, and other colleagues to expand cell therapy to solid tumors and expand the number of patients who can benefit from the treatment. The center — named … Read More

Ed Garrity,MD- Recipient of 2020 Gold Key Award

Ed Garrity, MD, Professor of Medicine,  has been awarded the 2020 Biological Sciences Division (BSD) Gold Key Award in recognition of his 15 years of service and outstanding contributions to the clinical, research and educational missions of the University of Chicago, the BSD, the Department of Medicine and the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Dr. Garrity is an accomplished academician, clinician and educator. He completed his MD and residency training at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and graduated from our Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship program in 1982. He continued his research fellowship training at Hines VA Hospital. He received … Read More

Julian Solway,MD Receives ATS Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment

Julian Solway,MD, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor for Medicine and Pediatrics, Dean for Translational Medicine and Vice Chair for Research, has been awarded the 2020 American Thoracic Society’s (ATS) Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment in honor of his “outstanding  scientific contributions in basic or clinical research to enhance the understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory disease or critical illness”.  Awardees are selected based on contributions made throughout their careers or for major contributions made at a particular point in their careers. Dr. Solway  is an authority on asthma and has a robust research program funded by the NIH … Read More

Arlene Chapman,MD- Recipient of the ISN Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize

Arlene Chapman,MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Nephrology, has been awarded the International Society of Nephrology’s ( ISN) 2020  Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). The Lillian Jean Kaplan Prize is the most prestigious award for a clinician or clinician scientist working in the area of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Dr. Chapman has worked in the field of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) for over 30 years. She established the role of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in hypertension and the increased incidence of asymptomatic intracranial … Read More

UChicago Medicine doctors see ‘truly remarkable’ success using ventilator alternatives to treat COVID-19

Doctors at the University of Chicago Medicine are seeing “truly remarkable” results using high-flow nasal cannulas rather than ventilators and intubation to treat some COVID-19 patients. High-flow nasal cannulas, or HFNCs, are non-invasive nasal prongs that sit below the nostrils and blow large volumes of warm, humidified oxygen into the nose and lungs. A team from UChicago Medicine’s emergency room took dozens of COVID-19 patients who were in respiratory distress and gave them HFNCs instead of putting them on ventilators. The patients all fared extremely well, and only one of them required intubation after 10 days. “The success we’ve had … Read More

COVID-19: Medicine Faculty in the News

Many Medicine faculty have received media attention or published impacted papers over the past several weeks relating to COVID-19 Emily Landon,MD: Prominently featured alongside Governor Pritzker and in UCM’s public service announcements. Also quoted  in multiple media outlets: https://www.uchicagomedicine.org/forefront/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/emily-landon-speaks-about-covid-19-at-illinois-governors-press-conference; https://time.com/5820118/coronavirus-questions-answered/ Discussed the stay-at-home order and other coronavirus precautions seem to have halted a bad flu season https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-cdc-coronavirus-new-symptoms-not-surprising-20200427-cxuoz7zatzck7plcwpo4zdcxy4-story.html https://news.wttw.com/2020/04/27/infectious-disease-expert-says-cdc-limits-early-testing-likely-big-mistake https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/social-distancing-could-last-months-white-house-coronavirus-coordinator-says/2020/04/26/ad8d2f84-87de-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html https://www.businessinsider.com/infectious-disease-specialists-short-supply-low-paid-doctors-us-2020-5 https://www.businessinsider.com/protect-world-from-next-pandemic-experts-coronavirus-covid-2020-4 JP Kress,MD and Bhakti Patel,MD: Featured on MSNBC and later carried on WGN for their research relating to helmet ventilation https://www.nbcnews.com/video/helmet-may-aid-as-alternative-amid-ventilator-crisis-81468997734 Edwin McDonald,MD: Offered tips on how to stay healthy in the great indoors Doriane Miller,MD: Discussed how health … Read More

Karen E. Kim,MD Appointed Vice Provost for Research

Karen Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Dean for Faculty Affairs for the Division of the Biological Sciences, has been appointed as  Vice Provost for Research, effective March 9,2020 . In this role, Dr. Kim will work with faculty and deans to support and enhance external research funding and manage large-scale research structures such as University Research Administration (URA) and the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE), the Office of Research Safety, Research Computing Center, and Research Development Support. Dr. Kim  has served as Associate Director of the … Read More

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