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MCW Research News - Clinical

Dr. Jackson Finds that Most Adult Migraine Drugs Don’t Help Children

Mar 26 - The New York Daily News reports on Dr. Jeffrey Jackson’s research reported in JAMA Pediatrics that most migraine drugs for adults don’t prevent migraines in children. New York Daily News

Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Effect of a Diabetic Medication on Blood Vessel Function

Mar 18 - MCW is enrolling Type 2 diabetes patients in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Michael Widlansky. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Santo Tomas Collaborates on Study Predicting Survival from Graft-vs.-Host Disease

Mar 11 - Dr. Linus Santo Tomas collaborated with lead authors at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on a study published in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation that found that a simple questionnaire that rates breathing difficulties on a scale of 0 to 3 predicts survival in chronic graft-vs.-host disease. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Truven Health Analytics Names Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

Mar 11 - Froedtert & MCW, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital were named by Truven Health Analytics as among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals. MenomoneeFallsNOW

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.

Research opportunity for type-2 diabetes

Feb. 26 - MCW is looking for individuals (ages 21-80) who have type-2 diabetes and are currently taking Metformin interested in a study evaluating how another diabetic medication affects blood vessels. A stipend is available for participation.

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.

Study Finds Dexamethasone More Effective than Prednisone for Childhood Asthma Treatment

Feb 18 - Dr. Grant Keeney authored a study published in Pediatrics that found that dexamethasone may be more effective in treating asthma in children than prednisone. dailyRx News

Dr. Kumar Reports that Sepsis is Five Times Lower for Pregnant Women

Feb 18 - In a presentation at the Critical Care Congress, Dr. Gagan Kumar reported that the incidence of severe sepsis was nearly five times lower and the risk of death from severe sepsis was 43% lower during pregnancy, compared with nonpregnant women, in a large retrospective study on data on more than 47 million pregnancy-related discharges. Family Practice News

Cancer patient, family form Triumph Fund to help MCW expand cancer clinical trials

Feb. 18 - It didn’t take long for John Hovel to transition from cancer patient to cancer research advocate as his health improved through treatment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). With his wife and daughters, he has established The Triumph Fund, which is leading a charge to raise funds to support cancer clinical trials at the MCW Cancer Center.

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.

Dr. Woodson Discusses Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial Results

Jan 28 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson discussed with WTMJ-AM the results of a sleep apnea clinical trial he led. 620 WTMJ-AM

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.

Dr. Carlson Contributes to Study that Finds that Speech Engages Both Sides of the Brain

Jan 21 - Dr. Chad Carlson contributed to a Nature study that found that speech engages both sides of the brain. FUTURITY.org

NEJM Report Co-Led by Dr. Woodson Identifies Effective Sleep Apnea Device

Jan 13 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson is co-primary investigator of a multi-center study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that a surgically-implanted upper airway stimulation device reduced obstructive sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent. Health Canal

New device can reduce sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent, study shows

Jan. 09 - A surgically implanted upper airway stimulation device led to significant improvement in a majority of patients with obstructive sleep apnea in a national clinical trial. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. B. Tucker Woodson, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Chief of Sleep Medicine at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the co-primary investigator of the multi-center study.

Dr. Kurpad Reports on Promising Alternative Imaging Technique for Spinal Cord Injury

Dec 27 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad and colleagues at MCW and Marquette University report in Neurosurgery that an alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging shows promise in forecasting, evaluating and monitoring patients with spinal cord injury and disease. Health Canal

Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

Dec. 26 - Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

New Annual Report available for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Trauma Center

New Annual Report available for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Trauma Center

Scuba technology born from one of MCW's earliest discoveries

In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit celebrates 100th patient

Nov. 13 - On Thursday, Nov. 7, the nurses, coordinators and pharmacists who support the Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU) celebrated its 100th patient.

Hospitals Earn 2013 Consumer Choice Awards

Oct 29 - Froedtert and Bellin Health are two of 10 Wisconsin hospitals to earn the 2013 National Research Corporation’s Consumer Choice Award. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Field Discusses Clinical Trial for Sickle Cell Pain

Oct 29 - Dr. Joshua Field discusses a joint MCW/BloodCenter clinical trial underway at Froedtert to test a new drug that may address pain related to sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Moorland Reserve Clinic Provides Access for Patients from Southwest Suburbs

Oct 29 - The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s new $40 million Moorland Reserve Health Center extends the health system’s market to the southwest corner of Metro Milwaukee. Milwaukee Business Journal

New Drug Could Ease Pain of Sickle Cell Disease

Oct 22 - Joshua Field, MD, is primary investigator of a clinical trial investigating the use of an existing drug to alleviate the pain of sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Translational Research Unit Opening Soon

Oct 14 - The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU), a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, will have five dedicated research beds with the ability to expand to 15. Milwaukee Business Journal

$3 Million NIH Grant Awarded to Study Von Willebrand Disease

Oct 14 - Dr. Robert Montgomery received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to improve diagnostic tools for Von Willebrand Disease. WauwatosaNOW

Improving CPR: MCW Researchers Receive Prestigious NIH Grant

Oct 1 - Matthias Riess, MD, PhD, Tom P. Aufderheide, MD, and Martin Bienengraeber, PhD, are co-investigators of an NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award that has just been announced. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Alumni/Students/Patients in Wisconsin

Wisconsin map of Alumni, Students and Patients

Minor Electric Shocks Used to Treat Sleep Apnea

Sept 9 - An article in Medical Daily highlights a research study conducted by Dr. B. Tucker Woodson who grafted tiny probes to the tongues and lung nerves of patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Medical Daily

Shock Away Your Sleep Apnea?

Sept 5 - B. Tucker Woodson, MD, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Froedtert & Medical College Sleep Disorders Program, discusses a new tool to treat sleep apnea. Medical Daily

Novel Pepsin Test Better to ID Aspiration Reflux

Sept 3 - Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner, and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, discuss their research findings that a molecular test that detects pepsin in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was a more sensitive biomarker of aspiration-associated reflux disease in children with chronic pulmonary disease than the most widely used test. MedPage Today

Dr. Hwang Receives $1.6 Million NIH Grant to Study Psoriasis

Aug 28 - Dr. Sam Hwang received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study the development of psoriasis, and to evaluate molecules that have the potential to prevent psoriatic symptoms. HealthCanal

05.02 - College to honor National VA Research Week May 2-6

The week of May 2-6 is VA Research Week, and the Medical College of Wisconsin will be observing the event with a series of articles and a variety of displays that highlight the research collaboration between the College and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

07.14 -NIH grant supports Milwaukee-wide research partnership

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today it has awarded a $20 million grant to The Medical College of Wisconsin, representing a consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions to create a Milwaukee-wide research partnership that shares a common vision, resources and staff to advance biomedical research, patient care and education.

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.

Brain and spinal cord Injury research programs at VA

May 14 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center are collaborating to improve the lives of those with traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.

Clinical trials: Do participants feel safe?

May 10 - Potential participants in clinical trials may not have a clear understanding of the methods used by researchers to ensure the safety of investigational drugs they are given. That finding is the subject of a new paper from the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI) published in Clinical Trials.

College to honor National VA Research Week May 13-17

May 13 - The week of May 13-17 is VA Research Week, and the Medical College of Wisconsin will be observing the event with a series of articles that highlight the research collaboration between the College and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

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.

Couple Explains Reasons for Participating in Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

May 7 - The Appleton Post Crescent reported on Walter and Dee Coyle, a DePere couple who are participating in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. Appleton Post Crescent

Dr. Flynn Contributes to Study on Sexual Function and Satisfaction

June 24 - Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD, is a co-author of a Duke University-led study reported in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that found that people can remember their sexual activity and function over the previous month. HealthCanal

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. Whelan to Lead Clinical Trial on Photodynamic Therapy for Brain Cancers

April 8 - Dr. Harry Whelan is the lead investigator for an MCW clinical trial at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that will explore the benefits of a photodynamic therapy treatment for pediatric patients with malignant brain tumors. BizTimes

Impact of Sequestration on MCW

March 12 - Sequestration will force $5-9 million in federal funding cuts to MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & The Badger Herald

Journal Sentinel Article on Rabies Cites Historic Achievement

June 3 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on bat bites and rabies notes that MCW and Children’s teamed in 2004 to save the life of Jeanna Giese, the world’s first person to survive rabies without vaccine. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Obesity Gene Research

Ahmed Kissebah, MD, PhD and Michael Olivier, PhD discuss advances in Obesity Gene Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Pediatric Leukemia Study

Julie Talano, MD and Mitchell Oliviera discuss the BMT Chemotherapy Study at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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.

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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