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MCW Infectious Diseases/Biopreparedness News

Indian Newspaper Recognizes Dr. Willoughby for Contributions to Rabies Treatment

Mar 5 - A column on rabies in India’s The Hindu newspaper traces the contribution of Dr. Rodney Willoughby and his development of the Milwaukee Protocol as the only regimen recognized to save rabies patients. The Hindu

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. Obermyer Reports that Most Flu Patients are in their 20s, 30s

Jan 28 - Dr. Mark Obermyer reported that most flu patients he has treated this year in are their 20s and 30s on a news report on WUWM-FM. WUWM-FM

Dr. Obermyer Provides Tips to Avoid the Flu

Jan 13 - Dr. Mark Obermyer provides tips on how to avoid the flu. Fox 6 News

Dr. Coburn Comments on Importance of Study on Lyme Disease

Dec 27 - Jenifer Coburn, PhD, provides expert comment to The Scientist on the importance of a University of Calgary/University of Connecticut study that found that a protein expressed in the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is necessary for both parts of the organism’s life cycle. The Scientist

Dr. Ledeboer Endorses Need for Updated HIV Algorithm

Dec 27 - Nathan Ledeboer, PhD, endorsed the development of an updated algorithm for HIV testing. CAP Today

Dr. Ledeboer Discusses New Tests Providing Faster Results for Sepsis

Dec 18 - Nate Ledeboer, PhD, said that new testing procedures for sepsis have reduced the waiting time for results to 50 hours, days sooner than previous methods. WUWM-FM

Dr. Havens Reports on NEJM Study Regarding Infant Whose HIV is in Remission

Oct 29 - Dr. Peter Havens provides expert comment on a New England Journal of Medicine study that reports that HIV is in remission in a Mississippi infant born with the virus. NBC News Health & New York Post

World Rabies Day is Sept. 28

Sept. 27 - Saturday, Sept. 28, is World Rabies Day, held on the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death. Pasteur gained international fame for developing the first rabies vaccine. Current estimates are that approximately 70,000 deaths occur annually from rabies, 40 percent of which are in children under 15 years of age.

Researcher to study new therapeutic targets for elephantiasis

Sept. 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a two-year, $475,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study new therapeutic targets for lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic disease that causes lymphedema and elephantiasis, characterized by severe swelling of the extremities.

Scientific American Cites Success of Milwaukee Protocol for Rabies Treatment

Sept 4 - A Scientific American article on rabies discusses the 2004 Jeanna Giese case when MCW physicians and Children’s staff were the first in the world to provide life-saving care for an unvaccinated rabies patient. Scientific American

Dr. Willoughby Cautions Against “Chicken Pox Parties”

Sept 4 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses chicken pox in two different media interviews. Parents Magazine

World’s First Rabies Survivor Has Second Brush with the Disease

Aug 7 - Jeanna Giese, the world’s first person to survive rabies without a vaccine, had a second brush with the disease when her dogs were found chewing on a rabid bat. Fox 11 News & StarTribune

Dr. Jackson Receives $360,000 NIH Grant to Study How Polioviruses Become Infectious

Aug 2 - William Jackson, PhD, received a one-year, $360,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the ways in which polioviruses replicate and become infectious. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Ledeboer Develops Fast-Acting Test to Identify Bacterial Bloodstream Infections

July 9 - Nathan Ledeboer, PhD, reported in Public Library of Science Medicine that MCW researchers at Froedtert developed a new automated test to identify most leading causes of bacterial bloodstream infections 42 hours faster than conventional methods. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Medical News Today

Dr. Willoughby Expresses Concern over Parents Who Limit Vaccination Shots

June 17 - In an article in WebMD, Dr. Rodney Willoughby expresses concern regarding a report that some parents are limiting the number of vaccination shots their children receive at each doctor’s appointment. MedicineNet.com

Dr. Willoughby Urges Physicians to Promote HPV Immunizations

July 9 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby discusses the importance of physicians promoting HPV immunizations in an article in American Medical News. American Medical News

MCW Researchers Develop New, Faster Test for Sepsis

July 3 - Nathan Ledeboer, PhD, associate professor of pathology, helped develop and was the primary investigator of a new test that accurately and quickly pinpoints the specific bacteria responsible for bloodstream infections. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

National Academy of Sciences Names Dr. Kron as Jefferson Science Fellow

May 6 - Dr. Michael Kron has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. He is only the third physician to be selected in the program’s history. WauwatosaNOW

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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