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MCW Digestive Disease/Gastroenterology News

Dr. Li Discusses Difficulties of Diagnosing Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome

Mar 18 - Dr. B. Li discusses the difficulties of diagnosing cyclic vomiting syndrome on NBC-TV/Channel 4. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Babaei Discusses Health Risks Posed by Shapewear Undergarments

Mar 5 - Dr. Arash Babaei discusses risks posed by shapewear, a new undergarment that constrains the body and changes an individual’s shape. CBS 58 News

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

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Company Raises $700,000 from Angel Investors to Market Device Created by Dr. Shaker

Feb 12 - Somna Therapeutics has raised $700,000 from individual angel investors allowing the company to market the Reza band, an adjustable neck band that prevents stomach acid from rising into the throat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Somna Therapeutics Seeks FDA Approval to Market the Reza Band

Dec 6 - Somna Therapeutics filed an application with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for approval to market the Reza band, an adjustable band worn at night to prevent stomach acid from rising into the throat. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Somna Therapeutics Seeks FDA Approval for Acid Reflux Device

Nov 27 - Somna Therapeutics, a local company, has asked the FDA for approval to market the Reza Band, a device that is designed to alleviate nighttime acid reflux symptoms. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Three faculty leaders honored for distinguished service

Three faculty members with a combined 53 years of service to MCW received Distinguished Service Awards, the College’s highest faculty honor, at the MCW convocation ceremony Sept. 18.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush Delivers DDC Healthcare Dinner Keynote Address

Nov 12 - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was the keynote speaker at the MCW Digestive Disease Center’s 2013 Healthcare Dinner. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox 6 News, & 620WTMJ News Radio

Former Governor Jeb Bush to be Keynote Speaker at Digestive Disease Center Event

Nov 8 - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker at the MCW Digestive Disease Center’s annual Healthcare Dinner on November 4 at the Pfister Hotel. BizTimes

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. Kuy Comments on Study on Increase of Thromboembolic Events among IBD Patients

Oct 29 - Dr. SreyRam Kuy provides expert comment on a University of Texas – Houston study that found that thromboembolic events are up 27 percent in the past decade among patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Bio News -Texas

Philanthropy is far more than financial for DDC Board member Laura Gralton

Oct. 29 - Family first led Laura Gralton to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and a goal of helping other families provided the inspiration for her to become a highly involved volunteer in the years since. For four years, Gralton has served on MCW’s Digestive Disease Center (DDC) Board, an advisory group of top business, professional and civic leaders who are committed to advancing digestive disease research, training and care.

Researcher to study causes of kidney disease

Oct. 29 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study actions of protein called endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the progression of glomerular kidney diseases.

Invention keeps reflux in check

Gastroenterologist Dr. Reza Shaker, along with his MCW research team, has invented a medical device capable of alleviating the symptoms of extraesophageal acid reflux disease in patients while they sleep.

Digestive Disease Center Board adds members

Oct. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Digestive Disease Center board has elected two new members. The vision of the Center is to achieve international scientific and lay recognition for leading edge digestive disease research, treatment and educational programs emphasizing novel state-of-the art therapies, with the ultimate goal being to eradicate digestive diseases and their economic impact through research.

Two Business Leaders Elected to Digestive Disease Center Board of Directors

Oct 8 - Two Milwaukee business leaders have been elected to the MCW Digestive Disease Center Board of Directors. WauwatosaNOW

Jeb Bush to be Keynote Speaker at Digestive Disease Center Fundraising Dinner

Sept 24 - Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the keynote speaker at MCW’s Digestive Disease Center’s annual fundraising dinner on November 4 at the Pfister Hotel. BizTimes

Jeb Bush to keynote Medical College of Wisconsin’s Healthcare Dinner

Sept. 20 - Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and son of President George Bush and Barbara Bush, will be the keynote speaker for the Medical College of Wisconsin's (MCW) Digestive Disease Center 2013 Healthcare Dinner on Monday, Nov. 4, at the Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Dr. Shaker Receives $2 Million NIH Grant to Study Brain’s Role in GERD

Sept 17 - Dr. Reza Shaker received a three-year, $ 2 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the brain’s role in gastroesophageal reflux disease. Becker's ASC Review

Collaborative team to study acid reflux disease

Sept.. 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a three-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the brain’s role in acid reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Pro-Am Golf Tournament Supports the Digestive Disease Center

Aug 19 - The annual LPGA Pro-Am Golf Tournament to benefit MCW’s Digestive Disease Center will be held on August 19, at the Wisconsin Country Club in Milwaukee. WauwatosaNOW

Professional and community golfers tee off for digestive disease research

Aug 09 - The annual LPGA Pro-Am Golf Tournament to benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Digestive Disease Center will be held Monday, Aug. 19, at the Wisconsin Country Club at 6200 W. Good Hope Road in Milwaukee.

Company Raises $1.2 Million for Development of Anti-Reflux Device Created by Dr. Shaker

May 7 - Somna Therapeutics, a Germantown-based start-up company, has raised $1.2 million of funding for development of the Reza band, a device developed by Dr. Reza Shaker. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Arash Babaei receives CTSI 2013 Mentored Career Development Award

May 08 - Arash Babaei, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology and Hepatology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) 2013 Mentored Career Development Award (KL2).

New approaches in treating complicated childhood polycystic kidney disease

Apr 29 - A collaborative team of physician-scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute has developed a new evidence-based, clinical algorithm to help physicians treat complex patients with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Sean Scherer, M1, receives AGA Student Fellowship Award for research on CVS

May 14 - Sean Scherer, a first year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been awarded the 2013 American Gastroenterological Association’s Student Research Fellowship Award. This award provides monetary support for students in the hope of stimulating interest in careers pertaining to digestive diseases.

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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