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Samantha Carlisle receives 1st place award in oral presentation category at KAS meeting

Pharmacology and Toxicology PhD candidate Samantha Carlisle received the 1st place award in the oral presentation category "Health Sciences" at the 102nd annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences held in Louisville in November.  The title of her presentation was "Untargeted polar metabolomics reveals differences in palmitoleic acid between transformed MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells expressing varying levels of human arylamine N-acetyltransferase 1".

Samantha is pursuing her PhD dissertation research in the laboratory of Professor David Hein.

Samantha Carlisle

Pharmacology and Toxicology students and faculty receive awards at Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology

Pharmacology and Toxicology students and faculty receive awards at Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology in Indianapolis hosted by Eli Lilly Company


Graduate Students (Platform Awards)

First Place (Givaudan Award)- Cierra Sharp 

The Effects of Age and Cancer In A Clinically-Relevant Mouse Model Of Cisplatin-Induced Kidney Injury.  Mentor Dr. Leah Siskind

Second Place- Lauren Poole 

Acute-on-chronic alcohol exposure using the “NIAAA Model” concomitantly damages the liver and lung.  Mentor Dr. Gavin Arteel

 

Graduate Students (Poster Awards)

First Place- Laila Al-Eryani

Induction of Cell Cycle Pathways In Human Keratinocytes At Early Stages Of Chronic Exposure To Low Arsenite.  Mentor Dr. Christopher States

Second Place- Aaron Neely 

The Bacterial Quorum Sensing Molecule N-(3-Oxo-Acyl Homoserine Lactone Inhibits Tumor Growth Independent of Bcl-2 Proteins.  Mentor Dr. Chi Li

Third Place-Qian Lin 

Fibroblast Growth Factor 1 Ameliorates Diabetic Nephropathy Through an Anti-inflammatory Mechanism.  Mentor Dr. Yi Tan

 

Postdoctoral Students (Platform Awards)

First Place- Xiaozhen Dai

Elevating CXCR7 improves angiogenic function of EPCs via Akt/GSK-3beta/Fyn-mediated Nrf2 activation in diabetic limb ischemia. Mentor Dr. Yi Tan

Second Place-Wesley Abplanalp 

Benzene Exposure is Associated with Insulin Resistance in Humans and Mice.  Mentor Dr. Timothy O’Toole

Pharmacology and Toxicology students and faculty receive awards at Research!Louisville

Pharmacology and toxicology students and faculty receive awards at Research!Louisville:

Doctoral Basic Science Graduate Student Award

1st place      Laila Al-Eryani

Induction of Cell Cycle Pathways in Human Keratinocytes at Early Stages of Chronic Exposure to Low Arsenite. Mentor: J. Christopher States

3rd place      Anna Lang

Critical Role of Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) in Liver Damage Caused by VC Metabolites in Mice.  Mentor: Julianne Beier

Master’s Basic Science Graduate Student Award

1st place      Al Hassan Kyakulaga

Withaferin A Alone and in Combination with Paclitaxel Inhibits TGF-ß1 Induced Epithelial-To-Mesenchymal Transition, Invasion and Metastasis of Lung Cancer in Vitro.  Mentor: Ramesh Gupta

2nd place      Joshua Royal

Plant-Made Cholera Toxin B Subunit: A Candidate Oral Immunotherapeutic Agent Enhances Colonic Mucosal Wound Healing. Mentor: Nobuyuki Matoba

Basic Research in Public Health Award 

Collin Stocke

Arsenic Induces Functional Changes of ZRANB2 and Expression of hsa-miR-186. Mentor: J. Christopher States

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category

2nd place      Corey Ketchem

Novel Drug Combinations Sensitize Leukemia Cells to a Bcl-2 Inhibitor. Mentor: Levi Beverly

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category

1st place tie Mary Ann Smith

Paracrine Induction of Macrophages by Melanoma Exosomes.Mentor: Joshua Hood

2nd place tie Kyle Bilyeu

Sensitizing Pancreatic Cancer Cells to Chemotherapeutics by Modulating Intracellular Iron Homeostasis. Mentor: Chi Li

3rd place tie Benjamin Fouts

Characterization of Acidic pH Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Ovarian Cancer Diagnostics. Mentor: Lacey McNally

3rd place tie  Maya Huss

Transport and Distribution of Stealth and Cell Penetrating Nanoparticles in Cervical Cancer Tissue Mimics. Mentor: Jill Steinbach-Rankins

Louisville Chapter-Women in Medicine and Science

2nd place      Laila Al-Eryani

Induction of Cell Cycle Pathways in Human Keratinocytes at Early Stages of Chronic Exposure to Low Arsenite. Mentor: J. Christopher States

JGBCC High School Scholars

1st place      Nivedha Loganathan

Plant-Made Cholera Toxin B Subunit: A Molecular Look at Wound Healing Mechanisms. Mentor: Nobuyuki Matoba

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation Basic Science Research Faculty Award

Walter (Burt) Watson

Aging Alters Cystine Transport, Regulation of the Extracellular Redox Environment, and Expression of Extracellular Matrix Components in Primary Mouse Lung Fibroblasts  

UofL-led researchers developing ethical standards for biorepositories

Four-year, $1.7 million grant examining policies that govern use of biological samples, data
UofL-led researchers developing ethical standards for biorepositories

Kyle Brothers, M.D., Ph.D.

What if a patient gave permission to a researcher at her local hospital to use her blood or specimen for research, and later the researcher decided to share that sample with others? What if that patient received assurances that the specimen would be used only at her local hospital? Does the researcher have an obligation to notify the patient that the sample is now going to be used by others? Should the researcher be required to get another, separate consent form from that patient?

These are some of the difficult ethical questions the University of Louisville’s Kyle Brothers, M.D., Ph.D., will tackle with a four-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and its National Human Genome Research Institute. It is a clash of personal privacy concerns with the need to broaden and share the tools of research – a bioethical dilemma.

“We’re looking at the commitments researchers have made to participants and communities, and how they can keep those commitments when they share this information with others,” said Brothers who is assistant professor of pediatrics and affiliated with UofL’s Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law.

Brothers is teaming with researchers at Case Western Reserve University to take a look at networks of biorepositories across the United States. Biorepositories are the facilities at universities, hospitals, laboratories and elsewhere where blood, tissue and other human specimens are frozen and stored, along with data about the donors of these samples.

Brothers’ research will focus on what policies should be in place when samples and data are shared across networks of multiple biorepositories working together.

As his research moves along, Brothers will convene a meeting with leaders in the United States biorepository field to share guidance on data access, governance and the ethical obligations to those whose specimens they have in storage.

“We’re going to be helping set best practices for biorepositories across the country,” he said.

Brothers also practices pediatric primary care with UofL Physicians-Pediatrics and serves on the ethics committee at Children’s Hospital. Along with a research focus on the ethics of genomic research, he studies the translation of genomic and other technologies into clinical care.

 

 

 

Department members shine at 2016 Research!Louisville

Annual event highlights, promotes excellence and public awareness of health sciences research at the Louisville Medical Center
Department members shine at 2016 Research!Louisville

Walter "Bert" Watson, Ph.D., receives the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation Basic Science Research Faculty Award at Research!Louisville 2016


Several members of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine had good showings in the recent 2016 Research!Louisville competitions, held in conjunction with the event's 21st annual showcase of health/life sciences research conducted at UofL.

A panel of university faculty judges selected the winners of this year's contest from hundreds of entries in the categories of professional/clinical students, basic science grad students, postgraduates and faculty.

Here's a look at finished at or near the top in their respective categories:

Norton Healthcare Medical Student Award

 

Research Associate Award

 

Research Staff Award

 

Public Health & Information Sciences

 

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Professional Student Category

 

NCI Cancer Education Program Norbert J. Burzynski Award Undergraduate Student Category

 

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Foundation Basic Science Research Faculty Award

 

JGBCC High School Scholars

 

Ruth Greenberg Award for Excellence in Medical Education Research

Callen begins term as Association of Professors of Dermatology president

UofL dermatology chief will serve a two-year stint as head of national organization promoting medical education, research, and patient care among dermatology training programs
Callen begins term as Association of Professors of Dermatology president

Dr. Jeffrey P. Callen


A University of Louisville dermatologist added yet another honor to a long list of career accolades.

Jeffrey P. Callen, M.D., FACP, FAAD, professor of dermatology and chief of the UofL Division of Dermatology began his presidency of the Association of Professors of Dermatology (ADP) on October 7, 2016.

Callen's term as president of the ADP will run for two years.

Established in 1960 by leading educators in dermatology, the purpose of the ADP is the promotion of medical education, research, and patient care, particularly in undergraduate and graduate dermatology training programs.

"We are so pleased to see Dr. Callen assume the leadership of this prestigious organization," Dr. Jesse Roman, Chairman of the UofL Department of Medicine said. "He is an outstanding member of our community and we are extremely proud of the many achievements he has had throughout a stellar career."

A world-renowned dermatologist, Callen joined the faculty at the University of Louisville in 1977, attaining the rank of professor in 1988 and being appointed as chief of the Division of Dermatology the same year.

Among his accomplishments, he served on the Board of Directors of the Dermatology Foundation from 1983-88; the American Academy of Dermatology from 1994-98 and 2003-04 as vice president; and the Association of Professors of Dermatology since 2003. He was the chair of the Council on Education of the American Academy of Dermatology 2003-07. He has been a member of the board of the American Board of Dermatology and the American Dermatological Association.

He is a past president of the Medical Dermatology Society and was awarded the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In 2009 Callen received the Thomas Pearson, Ph.D. Education Award from the American Academy of Dermatology.

Callen is the author or co-author of 84 original articles, 181 case reports, 149 review articles, 50 editorials, 15 books, 276 book chapters and 165 abstracts. He has served as editor or deputy editor of the Archives of Dermatology, Journal Watch Dermatology and the Dermatology Section of UpToDate. He is currently the associate editor of JAMA Dermatology. His book, Dermatologic Signs of Systemic Disease, now in its fifth edition, was recently published.

Locally, Callen has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family and Vocational Services, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Arts and Crafts Foundation and the Speed Art Museum.

Schapmire will lead world's largest oncology social work group

UofL researcher to guide world's largest professional organization entirely dedicated to advancing excellence in the psychosocial care of people with cancer, their families and caregivers
Schapmire will lead world's largest oncology social work group

Tara Schapmire, Ph.D.


A University of Louisville faculty member has been tapped for leadership roles with the world's largest organization of professionals who provide psychosocial services to people with cancer and their families and caregivers.

Tara Schapmire, Ph.D., has been elected president-elect of the Association of Oncology Social Work. Her three-year term begins in January 2017 with one year as president-elect, followed by one year as president and the final year as past president.

Schapmire is an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Palliative Care and Medical Education of the Department of Medicine. She also is on the faculty of the Kent School of Social Work.

As a long-time oncology and palliative care social worker, Schapmire's research interests include psychosocial care of cancer survivors and their families, gerontology, health disparities, communication and cancer, caregiver issues, palliative care, survivorship, end of life care and interprofessional education.

She is co-investigator on a Health Resources and Services Administration grant aimed at development of an interdisciplinary gerontology curriculum for learners in medicine, nursing, social work, dentistry and pharmacy.

As a co-investigator on the $7.5 million Kentucky LEADS Collaborative, she and her team are dedicated to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and beyond through development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote provider education, survivorship care prevention and early detection regarding lung cancer.

Her past research includes a National Institutes of Health grant focused on development of an interdisciplinary oncology palliative care curriculum for schools of medicine, social work and nursing and chaplaincy residency programs and an American Cancer Society-funded study of emotional distress in older adults with cancer.

Schapmire has been involved in the interprofessional education, research and service efforts of the School of Medicine. She also has taught classes in the Kent School since 2008, most notably in the master's degree program and the psychosocial oncology specialization, in addition to other master's level practice and research classes.

She is also a past national board member of the Association of Oncology Social Work and vice president of the American Clinical Social Work Association.

In addition, Schapmire is a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice and has received the AOSW/American Cancer Society Leadership in Oncology Social Work Award.

She also is a past recipient of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Research Scholar Award and the American Cancer Society's C.A.R.E. Award for service to people with cancer and their families.

2016 NCI Cancer Education Program students to present posters at Research!Louisville

The NCI Cancer Education Program 2016 cohort of 35 undergraduate and professional students from UofL and across the country will present their research projects at Research!Louisville scheduled for October 11-14.

The professional students present Tuesday afternoon Oct 11 and the undergraduate students present on Wednesday afternoon Oct 12.

A listing of the 2016 class, their faculty mentors, their institutions, and their abstracts are available at link

Student research posters are available at link.

Special congratulations to Christian Bradley (from Howard University) and Tiana Martin (from Spelman College) who were recently notified that their cancer project abstracts were accepted for oral presentations at the Global Prostate Cancer Disparities in Black Men Conference scheduled for November in Orlando, FL.  The faculty mentor for both students is Dr. La Creis Kidd, Our Highest Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

M&I students publish first author papers

M&I students publish first author papers

Shuvasree Sengupta

Two M&I students recently published their first - first author papers in August and September. 

Shuvaree Sengupta, PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Thomas Mitchell was first author on a paper published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology in August.  Shuvaree’s  paper “A Pseudomonas aeruginosa hepta-acylated lipid A variant associated with cystic fibrosis selectively activates human neutrophils” published in Journal of Leukocyte Biology can be found here:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27538572

ArmstrongCortney Armstrong, PhD candidate in the lab of Dr. Silvia Uriarte was first author on a paper published in Infection and Immunity in September.  Cortney’s  paper “Filifactor alocis promotes neutrophil degranulation and chemotactic activity” published in Infection and Immunity can be accessed here:  http://iai.asm.org/content/early/2016/09/13/IAI.00496-16.abstract

Bringing specialized heart care where it’s needed

Imagine if your baby needed ongoing specialized cardiac care -- and no doctor in your town could provide it.

That’s the prospect facing families throughout rural Kentucky and into parts of Ohio and West Virginia. So for the past decade now, University of Louisville Physicians has brought expert care to children, teens and adults with known or suspected heart conditions in these areas.

Once a month, UofL Physicians pediatric cardiologists and staff travel from Louisville to Ashland, Ky., for example, to provide local care as a convenience to patients and families who otherwise would have to make the long drive elsewhere to receive specialized care.

In partnership with Kosair Children’s Hospital, UofL Physicians fills the gap for families in outlying areas with a statewide network from Paducah to Ashland that provides specialized services, including outpatient clinics and diagnostic testing locally and via telemedicine. UofL Physicians pediatric cardiology specialists have been providing heart care to children and adults in the Ashland area for over 10 years, serving patients in parts of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

Patients are currently seen two days a month. In addition to Ashland, the UofL Physicians team travels to seven other rotating sites across the state.

Having this type of expert care close to home is helpful for patients like 2-year-old Bonnie Gandee, who was diagnosed by UofL Physicians in Ashland with congenital heart disease before she was born. 

Brian Holland, M.D.A routine ultrasound for her mother, Anna, revealed something could be wrong with her baby’s heart. With no specialists near her hometown of Pedro, Ohio, she was referred to UofL Physicians Pediatric Cardiology for a fetal cardiac scan.

Brian Holland, M.D., determined that Bonnie had very complicated congenital heart disease, with her heart lacking all four of the chambers seen in a normal, healthy heart. It was clear she would need several surgeries to correct the problem.

Erle Austin IIIWhile her family could have taken her to a larger city in Ohio for treatment, her mother, Anna, said the Ashland office was convenient and “we liked Dr. Holland. We liked Louisville, and we liked Kosair Children’s Hospital and, being attached to Norton Hospital, we could be at same hospital with her when she was born.”

Bonnie ultimately had three surgeries, the first at just two weeks old and the most recent at almost 2 years of age, all performed by UofL Physicians heart surgeon Erle Austin III, M.D.

Brad Keller, M.D.Now that her surgeries are complete, Bonnie only has to see Brad Keller, M.D., her regular cardiologist with UofL Physicians, every 6 months in Ashland.

“Living in Ohio, it’s great that we can see him in Ashland, which is just 25 minutes away. There is not really anything around here,” Anna said. And with an hour round trip to appointments instead of six-and-a-half hours, “it’s less stress on the family” to try to find child care for Bonnie’s 4-year-old brother, she said.

 Worldwide, nearly one in every 100 babies is born with some type of heart disease, making congenital heart disease the most common birth defect. Bonnie is one of several children in Ashland to be diagnosed with congenital heart disease before she was born. Thanks to advances in medical care, more than 90 percent of children born with congenital heart disease now survive well into adulthood.

With the recent addition of Craig Alexander, M.D., UofL Physicians has the first doctor in Kentucky who has advanced fellowship training in the care of adult congenital heart disease (ACHD).

Patients seen remotely in areas such as Ashland can be referred to the Kosair Children’s Hospital Heart Center in Louisville if advanced testing, hospitalization or invasive catheter-based or surgical care is required. The Heart Center is staffed by pediatric cardiologists, subspecialists and heart surgeons with UofL Physicians.

In all, there are more than 2 million people of all ages with congenital heart disease in the United States alone. Thousands live in Kentucky, and many of these patients are now adults with congenital heart disease. 

To refer a patient to the UofL Physicians Ashland office, call 502-585-4802, Ext. 246. For more information on UofL Physicians pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease services around the state, visit http://www.uoflphysicians.com/pediatric-cardiology.

 

 

PhTx graduate students Laila Al-Eryani and Hongxue Xie receive travel awards to present their research

Laila Al-Eryani PhTx graduate students Laila Al-Eryani and Hongxue Xie received travel awards to present their research (posters) at the NIEHS-sponsored Endocrine Disrupter Conference held September 18-20 in Bethesda, MD. 

Laila is a PhD candidate pursuing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Chris States.  Hongzue is a PhD candidate pursuing his dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Matt Cave.






 

Pediatric teaching hospital renamed Norton Children’s Hospital

Pediatric teaching hospital renamed Norton Children’s Hospital

UofL's pediatric teaching hospital will be known as Norton Children's effective Nov. 10.

Norton Healthcare announced Sept. 28 that its children’s hospital -- which also serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Louisville -- will be renamed Norton Children’s Hospital, effective Nov. 10.

Formerly Kosair Children’s Hospital, Norton and Kosair Charities reached a mutual decision in June to end its 35-year naming rights agreement with the name “Kosair” removed from all Norton-owned medical facilities and practices, including Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Norton Children’s Medical Center and Norton Children’s Medical Associates along with the downtown children’s hospital.

As Division President of Women’s and Children’s Services Thomas D. Kmetz emphasized during the announcement in the hospital lobby Tuesday morning, only the name will change. “Our name may be changing, but our commitment to children” will not, he said.

The children’s hospital is affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and is part of the UofL Health Sciences Center.

“Our affiliation with Norton Children’s Hospital is integral to the Department of Pediatrics’ quadruple mission in education, patient care, research and community engagement,” Gerard P. Rabalais, M.D., the Billy F. Andrews Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, said. “As the hospital makes this change, we look forward to our continued partnership in providing the best of care to the children of Kentuckiana and beyond.”

Norton Healthcare is embarking on what it calls a “gradual change in all signage and other materials” to incorporate the new name.

 

PhTx graduate student Aaron Neely receives ASCB travel award to present research

Aaron Neely, a PhD candidate in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, has received an American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Travel Award to present his research at their annual meeting in San Francisco from December 3-7, 2016.  Aaron is conducting his dissertation research under the direction of Dr. Chi Li.

Zimple Kurlawala awarded Arno Spatola Endowment Graduate Research Fellowship from the Institute or Molecular Diversity & Drug Design

Zimple Kurlawala has been awarded the Arno Spatola Endowment Graduate Research Fellowship from the Institute or Molecular Diversity & Drug Design (IMD3).  Zimple is a PhD candidate in pharmacology and toxicology carrying out her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Levi Beverly.

   Zimple Kurlawala

Dr. Levi Beverly receives NIH diversity supplement to support dissertation research of Doug Saforo

Dr. Levi Beverly has been awarded an NIH diversity supplement to support the dissertation research project of Doug Saforo,  MD/PhD student in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  Doug is pursuing his PhD dissertation research under the direction of Drs. Levi Beverly and Leah Siskind.





Doug Saforo

Metagenomics and health proposal selected to be funded

Egilmez

Lamont

 

Dr. Nejat Egilmez, chairman of Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology and Dr. Rich Lamont, chairman of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases, along with the School of Public Health and the Kent School of Social Work drew up a metagenomics and health interdisciplinary proposal which was recently selected to be funded. The iRFP proposal, “Program in Metagenomics and Health,” has been selected to be funded January 1 - December 31, 2017, with the possibility of annual renewal through 2019. The award is $250,000 for the current year. Annual assessment will be directed by the sponsors of the program, the Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and the Vice President for Research and Innovation, who will review progress for a recommendation to the president and provost.

 

UofL research team awarded more than $1.6 million by NIH to study environmental influences on child health

UofL research team awarded more than $1.6 million by NIH to study environmental influences on child health

Janice Sullivan, M.D.

The National Institutes of Health today announced a team of researchers headed by  Janice Sullivan, M.D., of the University of Louisville is among grant recipients nationwide receiving funding for a seven-year, multicenter initiative called Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development – from conception through early childhood – influences the health of children and adolescents. 

Sullivan is the chief and medical director of the Kosair Charities Pediatric Clinical Research Unit in UofL’s Department of Pediatrics.  The UofL award totals $1,673,259 to fund a multiple investigator team program titled “The Kentucky Pediatric Clinical Trials Rural/Urban Partnership.”

“Our team of experienced pediatric clinician-investigators and clinical trial specialists is excited to expand our participation in collaborative multicenter studies that can identify the environmental origins of pediatric diseases and test therapies to treat and prevent disease,” said Department of Pediatrics Vice Chair for Research Brad Keller, M.D. “The research funding announced today will help us continue to find the cures of tomorrow, enabling children in Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond to live longer, healthier lives.”

The ECHO program will investigate environmental exposures from conception through early childhood. Experiences during sensitive developmental windows – around the time of conception, later in pregnancy and during infancy and early childhood – can have long-lasting effects on the health of children. These experiences encompass a broad range of exposures, from air pollution and chemicals found in neighborhoods, to societal factors such as stress, to individual behaviors like sleep and diet. They may act through any number of biological processes, for example changes in the expression of genes or development of the immune system.

A critical component of ECHO will be to use the NIH-funded Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program to build state-of-the art pediatric clinical research networks in rural and medically underserved areas, so that children from these communities can participate in clinical trials. Sullivan’s award falls in this category.

The awards announced today will build the infrastructure and capacity for the ECHO program to support multiple, synergistic longitudinal studies that extend and expand existing cohort studies of mothers and their children. ECHO research will focus on factors that may influence health outcomes around the time of birth as well as into later childhood and adolescence, including upper and lower airway health and development, obesity and brain and nervous system development.

“Every baby should have the best opportunity to remain healthy and thrive throughout childhood,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.   “ECHO will help us better understand the factors that contribute to optimal health in children.”

For complete details about the ECHO program, see the NIH announcement.

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 About the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

 

 

 

M&I Heart Walk a success!

Heart Walk 2016

On Saturday, September 17th at Waterfront Park, M&I PhD student, Nikki Warner headed up a volunteer group from the department of Microbiology and Immunology and it's friends and family in the Kentuckiana Heart Walk, an American Heart Association event designed to raise money and awareness to fight cardiovascular disease and stroke. Nikki was happy to report that the event was a huge success:

We had 15 walkers, walked 3 miles, and raised $644!!!  This is the most we have ever raised (since I’ve been Team Captain) and it’s the most walkers we’ve ever had in one year!!  I can’t thank everyone enough for the donations!  I would like to especially thank our great walking team for getting up early and trudging through the rain!  You guys were champions!

Thank you everyone for another successful year!

 Nikki  

 

Tess Dupre receives Dr. K.C. Huang Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Tess Dupre received the Dr. K.C. Huang Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology welcome picnic on August 12.

Tess is a PhD candidate in pharmacology and toxicology pursuing her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Leah Siskind.  The award was presented by Dr. Chris States, Vice Chair for Graduate Education in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Tse named editor-in-chief of transplantation research journal

International publication focuses on research in tissue and organ transplantation and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Tse named editor-in-chief of transplantation research journal

William W. Tse, M.D., FACP


William Tse, M.D., FACP, director of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center, has been named editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Transplantation Research and Medicine.

The publication is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal covering research in tissue and organ transplantation and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. It also publishes research articles in the field of transplant rejection, immunosuppressant drugs, matching techniques, human genetic variability, transplant infectious diseases, therapeutics for human diseases, device-oriented aspects of transplantation, genetically engineered cells for transplantation, transplant complications and applications, transplant ethics and policy and more.

Tse was named director of the bone marrow transplantation program and the Marion F. Beard Endowed Chair in Hematology Research in the UofL Department of Medicine in September 2014. Tse was on the faculty at the University of Colorado Denver, where he was the director of translational research program for bone marrow transplantation and hematologic malignancies. He also previously was with Case Western Reserve University and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington Medical Center.

He was honored “the Top Cancer Doctors from United States of America in 2015” by Newsweek Magazine, Top Medical Oncologist in 2014; Leadership Development Program Award from American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2012; T. Franklin Williams Scholar Award from American Association of Specialty Professors in 2006, and many other awards.

Tse is active in national organizations, serving in several capacities with the American Society of Hematology, including section chair for the annual meeting’s Oncogene Section and bone marrow transplantation outcome section, as well as the American Society of Clinical Oncology as an annual meeting abstract reviewer and the section chair on geriatric oncology.

Tse also serves leadership roles on several other journal editorial boards including as the senior editor of the American Journal of Blood Research, stem cell biomarkers section editor for Biomarker Research, senior editor of the American Journal of Stem Cells and academic editor of PLoS One.

A graduate of the Sun Yat-Sen University School of Medicine in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, he did a thoracic surgical oncology residency at Sun Yat-Sen University Cancer Center before completing postdoctoral research fellowships in medical biophysics, immunology and cancer at the Princess Margaret Hospital/Ontario Cancer Institute and the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, Canada. He completed clinical pathology and internal medicine residencies at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital before undertaking a senior medical fellowship in clinical research and medical oncology divisions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington Medical Center.