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MCW Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy News

Dr. Stucky and Scripps Colleagues Identify Factors Creating Sensation of Touch

Apr 8 - Cheryl Stucky, PhD, and collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute published a study in Nature that identified a dual-sensor system involving the Merkel cell and an associated nerve end that contribute to the touch sensation. Medical Express

Anatomage makes virtual dissection a reality

To complement the traditional anatomy experience, MCW acquired a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table last year. With a high resolution, life-size touchscreen, the technology offers students, residents and faculty the ability to view the human body from countless viewpoints and cross sections to further their understanding through virtual dissection.

Journal Sentinel Reporter Earns Health Care Journalists’ Award for Gross Anatomy Series

Mar 18 - The Association of Health Care Journalists awarded Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson the third place award in the consumer/feature category for “The Course of Their Lives,” the newspaper’s multi-part series that followed a group of MCW M-1 students through their gross anatomy course. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Research training program in vision science receives continued federal support

Mar. 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Eye Institute to continue support for a research training program in vision science. The program has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2002.

Dr. Besharse Receives $1.1 Million NIH Renewal Grant for Research Training Program in Vision

Mar 11 - Joseph Besharse, PhD, received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to continue support for a research training program in vision science. BizTimes

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Duncan Provides Comment on New Process to Shortcut Skin-to-Liver Cell Reprogramming

Feb 25 - Stephen Duncan, PhD, provides expert comment in The Scientist on a research study reported in Nature that researchers at University of California San Francisco have adapted a reprogramming technique that speeds the process of converting skin cells to liver cells. The Scientist

Dr. Duncan Discusses the Significance of Lab-Grown Organ Buds

Jan 7 - The Scientist identified lab-grown organ buds, also called organoids, as one of the major advances in the life sciences in 2013. The Scientist

By teaching, alumni can volunteer their wisdom for next generation

Alumni who participate in medical education as volunteer clinical faculty members give students practical, life lessons to complement the science. Alumnus Dr. Mark Harlow returns to Milwaukee from South Dakota every year to teach and encourages other alumni to consider giving the gift of wisdom to the next generation.

Dr. Carroll Named Richard O. Schultz MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology Research

Nov 19 - MCW named Joseph J. Carroll, PhD, as the Richard O. Schultz MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology Research. WauwatosaNOW

Postdoctoral Fellow Identifies Gene Responsible for Warburg Micro Syndrome

Nov 19 - MCW Postdoctoral Fellow Ryan Liegel, PhD, co-authored a study with a colleague from the University of Edinburgh in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Science Daily

New genetic cause of Warburg Micro Syndrome identified

Nov. 18 - A collaborative team of researchers led by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Edinburgh has identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Patients with Warburg Micro syndrome are severely physically and mentally challenged, unable to learn how to walk or speak and become blind and paralyzed from an early age.

Graduate Student Receives NIH Grant to Study Science of Diabetes at a Cellular Level

Nov 12 - Megan Detterman received a six-year, $266,000 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the science of diabetes at a cellular level. WauwatosaNOW

Drs. Munzenmaier and Sidjanin Take Physiology on the Road During “PhUn Week”

Nov 8 - MCW participated in the American Physiological Society’s “Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week)” by spending a day with fourth grade students at Milwaukee’s Honey Creek School, teaching them about DNA, proteins and health. WauwatosaNOW

Graduate student’s diabetes research earns federal funding

Nov. 7 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a six-year, $266,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the science of diabetes at a cellular level.

Dr. Semina Receives NIH Grant to Study Genes Associated with Pediatric Cataracts

Oct 22 - Elena V. Semina, PhD, received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts. WauwatosaNOW

Genetic sequencing to identify causes of pediatric cataracts

Oct. 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts.

Dr. Stucky Comments on Study Identifying Nerve Fibers Impacted by Szechuan Peppers

Sept 17 - Cheryl Stucky, PhD, provides expert comment in a Science article on a Japanese study that identified the nerve fibers that create a tingling sensation created by Szechuan peppers. Science

Are we prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents?

Is the United States prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents? John Moulder, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Radiation Biology and Director for the Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiological Terrorism, discusses our nation’s preparation and treatment plans in the case of either a nuclear accident (as recently seen in Japan) or radiological terrorism.

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious?

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious? Beth Drolet, M.D., Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Medical director, Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatology, Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses a type of birthmark called a hemangioma, which can be an indicator of underlying health problems in some babies.

Dr. Duncan Comments on the Creation of Liver Buds from Stem Cells

July 9 - Stephen Duncan, PhD, provides expert comment in The Scientist on a report published in Nature that liver cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells and cultured with developmentally important progenitor cells self-organize into functional, three-dimensional liver buds. The Scientist

Dr. Everson Discovers Bone Density Loss in Rats Deprived of Sleep

June 17 - In a study reported in Experimental Biology and Medicine, Carol Everson, PhD, discovered abnormalities in bone density and bone marrow in rats that were sleep deprived. HealthCentral

Elementary School Students Visit College

June 10 - Students from Milwaukee’s Honey Creek Elementary School had a day-long field trip to MCW where the children were provided hands-on opportunities to complement their science curriculum. WauwatosaNOW

Researcher to study Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Sept 14 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $40,000 grant from the ALS Association’s Jeff Kaufman Fund to study the impact of skeletal muscle on the progression of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it’s commonly known.

Stem cell trial aimed at treating spinal cord injuries

Shekar Kurpad, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, discusses the use of embryonic stem cells in a pilot study to discover whether the stem cells promote healing in the spinal cord in this MCW Podcast.

The cancer-preventing abilities of green tea

Natural chemopreventive agents studied by the director of the Cancer Center: Ming You, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and the Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, discusses the cancer-preventing abilities of green tea.

Women in Science

July 24 - Michele Battle, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, discussed her work with stem cells at the recent Women in Science luncheon presentation at the Wisconsin Women’s Club. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Women’s History Month 2012 – education mission

Mar. 05 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight many of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help women develop as students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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