MCW Research News – Clinical

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MCW’s animal care program receives continued full accreditation, called “exemplary”

Jan. 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) animal care program has received continued full accreditation from the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC) International. AAALAC commended MCW in its final report “for providing and maintaining an exemplary program of laboratory animal care and use,” and had no further recommendations to offer for improvement.

Graduate student aims at brain research

Using technology and tools that the Medical College of Wisconsin was a world leader in developing, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and her faculty mentor are pursuing brain research with potential to benefit cancer patients.

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.

Pioneering eye care benefits generations

A landmark advance more than 35 years ago has improved vision dramatically for thousands of patients with diabetic eye disease. Today, vision research at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute seeks to actually prevent retinal eye disease.

Research changes views on breast cancer

A research collaboration is helping to eliminate obstacles to breast cancer screening among African American women in central Milwaukee. Research collaborators include members of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Froedtert Hospital, and community leaders and advocates.

Dr. Barkhaus Receives AANEM’s Distinguished Researcher Award

Nov. 12 - Newswise reports that Paul E. Barkhaus, MD, received the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (AANEM) 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award at the AANEM 2015 Annual Meeting in Honolulu, HI. Dr. Barkhaus was recognized for his continuous significant contributions to clinical neurophysiology research. Newswise

MCW collaborates in the investigation of age-related macular degeneration prevention

Nov. 10 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in collaboration with the University of Arizona, the University of Miami, and Marshfield Clinic, have found that a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease helps to delay or prevent the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of blindness among older Americans.

PayPal's Peter Thiel invests in firm co-founded by Medical College of Wisconsin researcher

Oct. 13 - A biotech firm co-founded by Medical College of Wisconsin professor Blake Hill received an investment from Breakout Labs — the science-centric nonprofit backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Milwaukee Business Journal

Baldwin looks to boost NIH-funded research

Oct. 20 - Senator Tammy Baldwin conducted a roundtable session at the Medical College on October 14 seeking feedback from about two dozen MCW researchers, ranging from graduate students to department chairs, regarding a bipartisan bill, the Next Generation Research Act. Wisconsin Business

MCW awarded $2.7 million grant to advance the understanding and measurement of outcomes in children with chronic disease

Sept. 29 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has been awarded a four-year, $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to support the Midwest Child Patient Reported Outcomes Consortium which is designed to advance the understanding and measurement of outcomes in children with chronic disease for use in both clinical care and research so as to optimize the well-being and functioning of affected children.

Registration extended for second annual Clinical Research Symposium

Sept. 29 - The second annual Clinical Research Symposium, sponsored by the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office, will be held Saturday morning, Oct. 3, in the MCW Kerrigan Auditorium and will be worth 4 CEUs. The registration deadline is Sept. 18.

MCW receives grant to identify cholesterol-lowering therapies

Sept. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a 4-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to fund research that aims to identify novel strategies to eliminate excess cholesterol from the bloodstream and prevent heart attacks caused by the build-up of plaque in the arteries.

Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, named MACC Fund Endowed Professor

Sept. 24 - Jeffrey A. Medin, PhD, has been named the MACC Fund Professor in the department of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Dr. Medin currently serves as a professor in the department of medical biophysics and the institute of medical science, faculty of medicine, at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

Editorial Opposes Ban on Fetal Tissue in Research

Sept. 16 - A New York Times editorial opposed to legislation banning the use of fetal tissue in research notes that top scientists at MCW and UW School of Medicine & Public Health have warned that a ban would have a devastating impact on patients, academic researchers, and the biotechnology industry New York Times

Chemokine immune molecule inhibits growth and spread of pancreatic cancer

Sept. 1 - Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have demonstrated that a chemokine protein (CXCL12), an important molecule of the body's immune system, can suppress metastasis which is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another.

MCW researcher wins Imagine More Award for neuroscience research

Aug. 19 - Allison D. Ebert, PhD , assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), is the recipient of a $25,000 award to support research designed to transform MCW’s ability to prevent, treat or cure neurologic or psychiatric disease. The award was presented at the 2015 Imagine More Dinner and honors an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience research at MCW.

MCW researcher exploring mental, emotional effects of psoriasis

Aug. 13 - While research proceeds in seeking a cure for psoriasis, there is an immediate need for therapies that can mitigate the sometimes devastating mental anguish that accompanies the disease.

MCW Researchers Launch Company for Blood Test to Determine Heart Transplant Rejection

July 27 - In a front page article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on plans by Dr. Michael Mitchell and Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, (both Surgery – Cardiothoracic Pediatrics) to house their new company – Tai Diagnostics, Inc. - in the UWM Innovation Accelerator. At Tai Diagnostics, the Mitchells are developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

GE/NFL Award $500,000 Concussion Research Grant to Dr. McCrea

July 28 - Michael McCrea, PhD received a $500,000 grant from the GE and NFL Head Health Challenge to accelerate the diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. Earlier, Dr. McCrea received a $300,000 GE/NFL Head Health Challenge grant in 2014. Milwaukee Business Journal, New York Times and Biz Times

Dr. Michael McCrea Receives $500,000 Grant for Innovative Concussion Research

July 24 - Dr. Mike McCrea and his team named one of the GE & NFL Head Health Challenge I winners for their innovative concussion research.

MCW scientist receives grant to train postdoc fellows for research careers in academic gastroenterology

July 21 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $664,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to continue the Gastroenterology Postdoctoral Research Training Program for 10 postdoctoral fellows interested in a research career in academic gastroenterology.

Triumph Fund dinner at Wisconsin Club to benefit MCW Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office

July 8 - The Triumph Fund is hosting a dinner, “Honoring the Lorax III,” to support the MCW Cancer Center Clinical Trials office on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The event, which will begin at 5 p.m., will feature appetizers, dinner, dessert, and complimentary wine and soda.

MCW lands one-of-a-kind anesthesiology training grant

June 16 - Three physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will receive both clinical training and research support in anesthesiology under a five-year grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health. Offered in the amount of $960,651, it is the only NIH grant in the nation that provides for both physician training and integrated research.

Researchers to use adaptive optics tools to study age-related macular degeneration

June 15 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a $500,000, two-year award from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation to develop new strategies to diagnose age-related macular degeneration earlier, utilizing adaptive optics retinal imaging.

Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride to benefit MCW Cardiovascular Center

June 3 - The Suburban Milwaukee H.O.G (Harley Owners Group) Chapter and Suburban Motors Harley Davidson® in Thiensville will host the 7th annual Have a Heart Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, June 13, to benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Cardiovascular Center.

Laser-activated cancer-fighting drug trial at MCW

June 2 - A laser-activated photosensitive dye is being tested as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has begun a Phase II trial of Photofrin and photodynamic therapy in adult patients at Froedtert Hospital, a protocol funded by Concordia Healthcare.

AHA Awards MCW $3.7 Million for National Hypertension Research Center

May 27 - The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded MCW a four-year, $3.7 million grant to create a Strategically Focused Hypertension Research Center. MCW is one of four research centers nationwide that will form the AHA’s national hypertension network. Waukesha Now

MCW researcher to study gene therapies for hemophilia

May 26 - A researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue her study of blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A, a genetic bleeding disorder.

Care and quality of life for older, rural HIV-positive adults

May 20 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Center for AIDS Intervention and Research has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to determine the factors among older, rural HIV-positive adults that contribute to that group’s mortality rates.

American Heart Association funds epigenetic hypertension research at MCW

May 19 - Diet and other lifestyle and environmental factors can change your genes, which could make you susceptible to high blood pressure, or hypertension, and could be inherited. Now, researchers and physicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are working to determine exactly how that happens—and why.

Dr. Antuono Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial

Apr. 29 - Dr. Piero Antuono (Neurology) discusses an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial with the Daily Princetonian. MCW and Princeton University’s Medical Institute are participating in the clinical trial, which is led by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UW-Madison. Daily Princetonian

Dr. Layde Discusses Swedish Study on Impact-Absorbing Flooring to Prevent Fall Injuries

Apr. 17 - Dr. Peter Layde (Ombuds; Emergency Medicine) provides expert comment to a Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on a Swedish study that found that impact-absorbing flooring reduced fall-related injuries in an elderly population. The study also found that the soft floors may have caused more falls. Fox News

Investigators to study link between brain injury and addiction

Apr. 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to research the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance abuse disorder.

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Dementia Risk Lower When Renal Replacement Therapy Initiated on Peritoneal Dialysis

Mar. 31 - Dr. Dawn Wolfgram is lead author of a retrospective study published in Peritoneal Dialysis International that found that patients with end-stage renal disease who initiate renal replacement therapy on peritoneal dialysis are at lower risk of dementia than those who start on hemodialysis. Renal and Urology News

Dr. Colella to Lead Community-wide Clinical Trial on Drug for Traumatic Brain Injury

Mar. 30 - Dr. M. Riccardo Colella (Emergency Medicine) will lead a community-wide clinical trial beginning May 15 to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid, which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body. Wauwatosa Now and Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Zaidat Finds that Stents Double the Risk of Stroke Compared to Blood Thinners

Mar. 30 - U.S. News & World Report and other media outlets nationwide reported on a study led by Dr. Osama Zaidat (Neurology; Neurosurgery) that found that patients who received stents for intracranial arterial stenosis were more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke or ministroke as patients treated with two blood thinners, Plavix and aspirin. The study was published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. US News-Health

MCW researchers to study medication to treat traumatic brain injury

Mar. 25 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will conduct a research study to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid (TXA), which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body.

Use of stent, compared to medications, increases risk of stroke in patients with narrowed artery in brain

Mar. 24 - A researcher and physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has learned that among patients with symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis (narrowing of an artery inside the brain), the use of a balloon-expandable stent compared with medical therapy (clopidogrel and aspirin) resulted in an increased incidence of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Study Finds Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs Reduce Emergency Department Visits

Mar. 24 - Clare Guse, MS, (Family & Community Medicine) is lead author of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that found that the Implementation of evidence-based fall prevention programs in Wisconsin communities reduces the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to falls in individuals aged 65 and older. Health Canal and Waukesha Now

Dr. Kulinski Finds that Time Spent Sitting Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Mar. 10 - The Daily Mail (United Kingdom) reports on a study by Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski that found that for every hour that adults spend sitting, the levels of artery deposits are increased by 14 percent. Dr. Kulinski presented her research at an American College of Cardiology meeting. Daily Mail and Science Daily

MCW plays key role in federal approval of new CPR devices

Mar. 9 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

Truven Health Analytics Names Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

Mar. 9 - For the third consecutive year, Froedtert Hospital has been named to the annual Top 100 Hospitals list released by Truven Health Analytics. The list identifies the nation’s top 100 hospitals based on criteria that measures high value to the community. Aspirus Wausau Hospital also was named a Top 100 Hospital. Biz Times, HealthCare Finance News and Wisconsin Health News

Fall prevention interventions prove effective in reducing injury

Mar. 9 - Implementing evidence-based fall prevention programs in Wisconsin communities reduces the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to falls in individuals aged 65 and older, but utilizing enhanced community support for implementing those programs produces no additional benefit.

Dr. Kurpad to Lead Clinical Study on Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Mar. 9 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad is principal investigator for InVivo Therapeutics Holding Corporation’s clinical study of its Neuro-Spinal Scaffold in patients with acute spinal cord injury. Becker's Spine Review and Biz Times

Clinical Trial Studies Link between Kidney Function and Premature Birth

Mar. 5 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports that Froedtert & MCW is recruiting volunteers for a clinical research study into kidney function and the link between premature birth and kidney disease. Fox 6 Now

Diabetes and oral health in Milwaukee’s Mexican-American community

Feb. 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has earned a $37,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the impact of diabetes on Mexican-Americans’ oral health, and the relationship between those factors and the acculturation of individuals within that ethnic group.

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