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Clinical trials: translating research to benefit patients

March 22 - Twenty-two-year-old Lucas Lindner of Eden, Wisconsin, was on a routine trip to the grocery store one Sunday morning in May 2016 when a deer unexpectedly jumped into the path of his car, causing a serious accident. In mere minutes, Lindner went from having an active life as a technical college student to total paralysis below the site of his C5-C6 cervical spinal cord injury. Dr. Shekar Kurpad, however, had reason to offer hope.

Women’s History Month 2017 continues

March 22 - In honor of Women’s History Month, which runs throughout March, the Medical College of Wisconsin is celebrating women faculty, staff and students through various stories and vignettes. All of the content will be posted to MCW’s Honoring Diversity Web page. This week, we highlight the Women in Science series, which provides an opportunity to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians and learn about their cutting-edge research.

BloodCenter of Wisconsin issues emergency appeal for blood donations

March 22 - Due to a critical shortage, BloodCenter of Wisconsin has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations. All blood types are needed. The shortfall in blood supply is a result of the flu season as well as the recent snowstorm, which caused people to cancel donation appointments.

Couple offers warm Doctors’ Day tribute to Dr. Donald Hackbarth

March 21 - Donald A. Hackbarth, Jr., MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, was honored by several patients and families of patients as part of the national Doctors’ Day 2016 campaign. One couple, Pete and Becky Fleischman of Neenah, WI, had wonderful things to say about their experience with Dr. Hackbarth that they were eager to share.

Lane closures around campus during the week of March 20

March 17 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of March 20, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Investigators receive $3.16M grant to study the potential of Mito-Honokiol to prevent lung cancer

March 16 - Ming You, MD, PhD, director of the MCW Cancer Center and the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Professor of Oncogenesis, and Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of Biophysics and the Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, have received a $3.16M multi-investigator R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute to evaluate the potential of Mito-Honokiol to prevent lung cancer and its metastasis.

Patient offers Doctors’ Day tribute to Dr. Sumi Jones

March 16 - Dr. Sumi Jones, a staff physician at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Tosa Health Center, was honored by several of her patients as part of the national Doctors’ Day 2016 campaign. One of the patients who honored her was Maria D. Silen of Milwaukee, who had wonderful things to say about Dr. Jones.

Preserving fertility before and after cancer treatment

March 15 - The pathway to parenthood often contains more bumps or routes than anticipated. The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Reproductive Medicine Center, however, can make that journey a bit smoother. A burgeoning area of research and interest for the center is oncofertility, a subfield that bridges oncology and reproductive medicine to explore and expand options for the reproductive future of cancer survivors.

Women’s History Month 2017 – interview with Dr. Jeannette Vasquez Vivar

March 15 - In honor of Women’s History Month, which runs throughout March, the Medical College of Wisconsin is celebrating women faculty, staff and students through various stories and vignettes. This week, we offer a video of Jeannette Vasquez Vivar, PhD, professor of biophysics, who discusses her experiences as a female faculty member, and what she wants her legacy to be.

CTSI Discovery Radio on Friday, March 17, to highlight some unique MCW research

March 14 - The next CTSI Discovery Radio airs this Friday, March 17, at 12 p.m. on WMSE 91.7 FM or online at www.wmse.org. This month’s show features an interview with Dr. James Esteban, a fellow in the MCW Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, whose research findings point to increased risk for the development of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease based on when and how often we eat. The show also features an interview with Dr. Michele Polfuss (UWM College of Nursing) and Andrea Moosreiner (CTSI Adult TRU) on a recent study to find effective ways of measuring energy intake and expenditure in children with special needs.

Beauty and the Beast brings together two hearts, two lives, two medical careers

March 14 - They don’t call it The Magic Kingdom for nothing. Dr. Julie Owen, a fourth-year MCW psychiatry resident, and her husband John Owen, a fourth-year MCW medical student, met on stage while performing in Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast back in 2006. It was a chance happening that brought together each of their previous passions, their separate but almost simultaneous interest in taking on new passions in the field of medicine, and their incredible love.

Lane closures around campus during the week of March 13

March 10 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of March 13, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

National Doctors’ Day on March 30 offers chance to honor our physicians

March 10 - In honor of National Doctors’ Day, which is celebrated March 30, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Office of Development and the Froedtert Hospital Foundation invite individuals to “Honor a Doctor” by making a donation to MCW or the Froedtert Hospital Foundation in the name of a deserving physician. The physician your donation honors will receive a letter alerting him or her and their name will be listed on a special Doctors’ Day recognition page.

Women’s History Month 2017

March 8 - In honor of Women’s History Month, which runs throughout March, the Medical College of Wisconsin is celebrating women faculty, staff and students through various stories and vignettes. This week, we highlight the Council for Women’s Advocacy, which promotes policies, practices and programs that encourage the full participation, success and advancement of women in all roles and at all levels of the institution.

Biophysics researchers identify new protective mechanism in Parkinson’s mouse model

March 8 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, MCW chairman and professor of biophysics and Harry R. & Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, and Jacek Zielonka, PhD, research director for the Free Radical Research Center, co-authored a paper in the journal "Antioxidants and Redox Signaling." The paper (PDF) describes the neuroprotective role of a novel and relatively non-toxic mitochondria-targeted compound (known as mito-apocynin or Mito-Apo) in a genetic mouse model of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Dr. Tammy Lyn Kindel to receive NIH 2017 Mentored Career Development Award

March 8 - Tammy Lyn Kindel, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery in the division of general surgery, has been named a recipient of the 2017 NIH Mentored Career Development Award. The award provides training opportunities for junior faculty working in clinical and translational research to become independent investigators.

Next CTSI Science Café on March 21 to discuss acute pain experienced by children

March 8 - The next Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) Science Café will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care’s Bucyrus Campus, located at 2450 W. North Avenue in Milwaukee. The March topic will be "Treating Acute Pain Experienced by Children: Sharing Evidence & Debunking Myths."

MCW co-hosts “Diversity Welcome Reception” honoring new leaders

Mar. 7 - MCW is pleased to be an inclusive and diverse community in which all individuals are valued and respected. Diversity and inclusion is all about embracing, honoring, recognizing and, ultimately, leveraging the differences we innately possess to build a better community.

Lane closures around campus during the week of March 6

Mar. 3 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of March 6, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances.

Your amazing brain: you're invited to four-part speaker series on neuroscience

Mar. 2 - Register today for AHW's Conversations with Scientists speaker series to be held every Wednesday, March 15 through April 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. MCW faculty and students will present on PTSD, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's, and chronic pain and addiction.

MCW-Central Wisconsin student named Aspirus Scholar

Mar. 2 - When Christopher Zeman, a first-year medical student at MCW-Central Wisconsin, was preparing to welcome his third child, he and his wife learned their daughter was going to need some extra attention and surgery. It was during this particular time that Christopher first encountered the difficulty of finding adequate health care.

CMS Minority Health Director to present Health Policy Lecture on March 10

Mar. 1 - The 18th annual Robert and June Becker Health Policy Lecture will be held Friday, March 10, at 12 p.m. in the Medical College of Wisconsin HRC Auditorium. Cara James, PhD, director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health, will be the guest lecturer. In her CMS role, Dr. James works to advance health equity and improve the health of minority populations.

Registration open for Women’s Health Conference on April 7

Feb. 27 - The 19th annual Women’s Health Conference will be held on Friday April 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at a new location: Harley-Davidson Museum®, 500 West Canal Street, Milwaukee.

Lane closures around campus during the week of Feb. 27

Feb. 24 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Feb. 27, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Study indicates men with returning prostate cancer can prolong life with anti-male hormone therapy

Feb. 24 - A National Cancer Institute-funded study co-authored by Colleen Lawton, MD, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that men whose prostate cancer returns after surgery are more likely to survive when they take drugs to block male hormones in addition to receiving radiation therapy.

Black History Month 2017 – Applying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideals to our efforts

Feb. 21 - In honor of Black History Month, which runs throughout February, the Medical College of Wisconsin is highlighting and celebrating the cultures of individuals whose ancestors are African American or Black.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Electrodiagnostic Lab receives reaccreditation

Feb. 21 - The Electrodiagnostic Laboratory (EMG) located in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation on the fifth floor of the Froedtert Specialty Clinics Building has received Laboratory Accreditation status from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). David Del Toro, MD, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, is the lab’s medical director.

“Ellen’s Icebreaker” polar plunge to benefit cancer research

Feb. 20 - Brave souls are invited to plunge in “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research,” held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who lost her battle with gastric cancer on Oct. 20, 2013, at the age of 59.

Dr. Kalyanaraman serves on Brazilian grant advisor board

Feb. 20 - Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, chair and professor of biophysics and Harry R. and Angeline E. Quadracci Professor in Parkinson’s Research, participates on the advisory board for the Research Center of Redox Processes in Biomedicine (CEPID Redoxoma), and recently attended its 3rd annual meeting in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss the progress of the project.

Lane closures around campus during the week of Feb. 20

Feb. 17 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Feb. 20, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Zoo interchange get-around guide helps you navigate around the construction

Feb. 16 - The early-mid 2017 Zoo interchange project get-around guide is now available in electronic format. The guide offers information on closures and alternate routes, maps and transportation options.

Dr. Kenneth Schellhase elected president of Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians

Feb. 15 - Kenneth G. Schellhase, MD, professor of family and community medicine, has been elected president of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP). The induction of officers took place at the WAFP’s virtual annual business meeting on Jan. 21. WAFP represents more than 2,900 family physicians, residents, and medical students throughout Wisconsin.

Dermatology researchers serve as protocol chairs for national study on treatment of infantile hemangiomas

Feb. 15 - Researchers in the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Dermatology have collaborated with the Pediatric Trials Network (PTN) to design and implement a phase 2 clinical trial for the treatment of infantile hemangiomas.

Early exposure to research offers professional growth for medical students

Feb. 13 - Second year MCW medical students Peter Regala and John Idso were accepted to present their global health research at the Global Health Conference Midwest (GHCM) regional meeting at Creighton University earlier this month.

MCW continues to strengthen ties with academic institutions in the UAE

Feb. 10 - In a further move to strengthen the exchange of knowledge, academic programs and other activities with academic institutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical College of Wisconsin, traveled to the city of Ajman (capital of the Emirate of Ajman) in early February to attend a Board of Governors Meeting on Saturday, February 4, at Gulf Medical University.

Lane closures around campus during the week of Feb. 13

Feb. 10 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Feb. 13, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Dr. Angela Rabbitt and Ashley Hines chosen for Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list

Feb. 10 - Angela Rabbitt, DO, associate professor of pediatrics (child advocacy and protection), and Ashley Hines, MCW diversity and inclusion manager, were named to The Business Journal’s "40 Under 40” list for 2017. Dr. Rabbitt was nominated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, where she sees patients, and Ashley was nominated by MCW.

MCW Breast Cancer Biology Research Group: Attacking breast cancer from many directions

Feb. 10 - Every Friday afternoon, nearly 20 researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) – from basic scientists who work at the laboratory bench to clinician-scientists who treat patients at the bedside – gather around a conference room table for an important meeting.

Global Health Fair on Feb. 23 to include global health photography exhibit

Feb. 8 - MCW’s 9th annual Global Health Fair is planned for Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 – 4:15 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

Dr. Kenneth Simons elected chair of international ACGME Surgical/Hospital-Based Review Committee

Feb. 8 - Kenneth B. Simons, MD, MCW senior associate dean for graduate medical education and accreditation as well as professor of ophthalmology and pathology, has been elected chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I) Surgical/Hospital-Based Review Committee.

Trauma/Acute care surgery research fellowship established

Feb. 8 - The Medical College of Wisconsin-Froedtert Hospital has established a funded Trauma/Acute Care Surgery Research Fellowship within the Division of Trauma, Critical Care, and Acute Care Surgery. The program begins July 2017 and spans two years.

Dr. Syed M. Ahmed selected to serve on national CTSA Collaboration/Engagement Domain Taskforce

Feb. 7 - Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, senior associate dean for community engagement, is one of three leaders from across the nation to be selected to serve on the Collaboration/Engagement Domain Taskforce, a component of the national Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

Dr. John R. Schreiber named CEO of Medical College Physicians

Jan. 31 - I am pleased to announce the appointment of John R. Schreiber, MD, MPH, as Chief Executive Officer of Medical College Physicians and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs – Adult Practice, effective April 20, 2017. From 2014-2016, Dr. Schreiber served as President, Baystate Medical Practices (Springfield, Mass.) and Chief Physician Executive at Baystate Health.

Tinnitus Awareness Week

Feb. 6 - February 6-12 is Tinnitus Awareness Week. The audiologists in the Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Program in the Otolaryngology Department are encouraging everyone to obtain more awareness and education on tinnitus.

National Women Physician Day

Feb. 3 - February 3 marks the 196th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. By taking these first courageous steps forward, Dr. Blackwell opened the door for women to enter the field of medicine - a career that had previously been inaccessible to females.

Lane closures around campus during the week of Feb. 6

Feb. 3 - Below is a list of lane closures around campus the week of Feb. 6, 2017. All road work is subject to change because of weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Additional information about the Zoo interchange project and its impact on MCW and the campus can be found on MCW’s Zoo interchange Web page.

Proudly supporting his Boston teams in the land of cheese

Feb. 3 - Being a Green Bay Packer fan, a passion of many at MCW, has been a roller coaster of emotions these past few weeks. Through it all, however, were members of the MCW community who support teams other than the Packers. That can be a lonely life in Wisconsin, and it only gets worse if your team makes it to the Super Bowl and the Packers do not. It takes a special kind of fan to be open about it – especially if your passions are invested in the New England Patriots. But Dr. Ken Simons says he is up to the task.

Black History Month 2017

Feb. 1 - In honor of Black History Month, which runs throughout February, the Medical College of Wisconsin is highlighting and celebrating the cultures of individuals whose ancestors are African American or Black.

MCW study looks for ways to reduce HIV incidence among high-risk individuals

Feb. 1 - The use of antiretroviral medications as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can reduce the risk of HIV acquisition in HIV-negative high-risk groups by more than 90% if the pill is taken regularly – an astounding success rate – and yet the number of individuals in this category being prescribed PrEP nationwide has remained low.

Dr. Tom Aufderheide highlighted as Change Agent

Feb. 1 - Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, professor of emergency medicine, associate chair of research affairs and director of the NIH-funded Resuscitation Research Center at MCW, was highlighted in MCW’s Change Agent column. Learn about what drives him, what he wants his legacy to be and more in the Fall 2016 issue of MCW Magazine.

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