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2013 Medical College of Wisconsin News Releases

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“Metamorphic” Protein Could Lead to New AIDS-Fighting Drugs

December 26 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a one-year, $353,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to study a unique protein that shows promise as an HIV inhibitor.

MCW Joan A. Van Deuren Professor in Breast Cancer Research and UWM Professor of Public Health Named

December 23 - Noted cancer researcher Ellen Velie, PhD, MPH, has been named to a joint appointment between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Imaging Technique for Spinal Cord Injury Shows Promise

December 20 - An alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) shows promise in forecasting, evaluating and monitoring patients with spinal cord injury and disease.

Dr. Geoffrey Lamb Wins AAMC Learning Health System Award

December 20 - Geoffrey C. Lamb, MD, professor of medicine and section chief of hospital medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and associate director of the joint quality office for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been awarded a Learning Health System Planning Award by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

New CTSI Project will Fund Development of Electronic Intervention Software

December 18 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to develop a new electronic platform that will measure cancer patients’ distress as they go through chemotherapy.

Ensuring Continuity of Care: Team Seeks to Improve Patient Transitions

December 17 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to improve the communications between resident physicians as the care of patients is transitioned between residents.

Keeping Sickle Cell Patients out of the Hospital: CTSI Funds New Project

December 13 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeast Wisconsin has awarded a $25,000 “Innovations in Healthcare Delivery Pilot Model Grant” to develop a new management protocol for sickle cell disease patients, with the end goal being reduced hospital readmission rates.

Medical Student Awarded Tylenol Future Care Scholarship

December 11 - Anupriya Dayal, a first year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been awarded a TYLENOL® Future Care Scholarship.

Dr. Matthew Hunsaker Named Campus Dean for Medical College of Wisconsin–Green Bay

December 4 - Matthew L. Hunsaker, MD, has been named campus dean for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) - Green Bay.

Dr. Jonathon D. Truwit Named Enterprise CMO for Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin

November 27 - Jonathon D. Truwit, MD, has been named Enterprise Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, and professor of medicine with tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Vincent Mathews Named James E. Youker Professor and Chairman of Radiology

November 25 - Vincent P. Mathews, MD, has been named professor and chairman of the department of radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Global Health Week to Highlight Worldwide Health Initiatives, Partnerships

November 22 - Local, national, and international experts will raise awareness of Milwaukee-based and global partnerships and initiatives during the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) third annual Global Health Week, which runs December 2-6, 2013.

Dr. Frank Wilson to Receive Gold Medal from Prestigious Radiological Society

November 18 - J. Frank Wilson, MD, Bernard & Miriam Peck Family Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), will be presented a Gold Medal Award from the Radiological Society of North America at the organization’s 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting in December.

New Genetic Cause of Warburg Micro Syndrome Identified

November 14 - 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.

Dr. Stephen Hargarten to Discuss Firearm Safety at United Nations

November 13 - Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, has been invited to a special meeting of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

Dr. Joseph Carroll Named Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor of Ophthalmology

November 12 - Joseph J. Carroll, PhD, associate professor of ophthalmology, biophysics, and of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been named the Richard O. Schultz, MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology.

Humanities Lecture Features Physician-Writer and Essayist

November 7 - Danielle Ofri, MD, physician-writer and New York Times essayist, will be the featured speaker at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) 8th annual Medical Humanities Lecture, Thursday, November 21st at 5:00 pm on the MCW campus in Milwaukee.

Graduate Student’s Diabetes Research Earns Federal Funding

November 6 - 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. Ramchandran Named Patrick J. and Margaret G. McMahon Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

November 5 - Ramani Ramchandran, PhD, professor of pediatrics (developmental biology), has been named the Patrick J. and Margaret G. McMahon Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Identifying Children’s Injuries: Study to Determine Best Practices

November 4 - The Injury Research Center (IRC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Services to determine the best practices for identifying children with severe injuries before they arrive at the hospital.

PhUn Week Makes Science Accessible to Kids

October 31 - Two scientists from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are taking their research on the road for Physiology Understanding (PhUn) Week.

Transplant Hepatologist Dr. Thomas Faust Joins Transplant Center

October 30 - Thomas Faust, MD, MBE, has been appointed professor of medicine (gastroenterology and hepatology) and surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).

Laura Tisch Earns Medical College of Wisconsin’s Zeit Fellows Leadership Award

October 29 - Laura Tisch, a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been named the recipient of the 2013 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award.

MCW's Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program Awards $2.3 Million for Nine Projects

October 28 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP) will fund nine new community health projects totaling $2.3 million.

Researcher to Study Causes of Kidney Disease

October 25 - 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.

Next-Gen Sequencing Identifies Genes Associated with Speech Disorder

October 24 - A collaborative team of researchers has used next generation sequencing to identify clinically relevant genetic variants associated with a rare pediatric speech disorder.

MCW Researcher to Study Causes of Complications in Pregnancy

October 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a four year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study abnormalities in blood coagulation that affect women’s health and pregnancy.

Local Physicians will Establish New Pediatric Dermatology Conference

October 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a two-year, $105,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to establish a new pediatric dermatology research conference.

Genetic Sequencing to Identify Causes of Pediatric Cataracts

October 16 - 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.

NIH Funds Digestive, Metabolic & Kidney Disease Research Education Program at MCW

October 15 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a five-year, $273,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to create an education program for medical students that focuses on digestive, metabolic and kidney diseases, with a special emphasis on training a diverse healthcare workforce to address these diseases.

MCW Presents Inaugural Innovation Awards

October 9 - Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), presented MCW’s first annual Community of Innovators Awards to two faculty members at MCW’s 2013 Convocation ceremony.

Medical College of Wisconsin’s Women in Science Series Honors Two Researchers at Annual Luncheon

October 8 - Two Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) female researchers will be honored at MCW’s annual Women in Science Awards Luncheon on October 17, 2013.

Researcher to Create New Tests to Identify Bleeding Disorder

October 7 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to improve the diagnostic tools for Von Willebrand Disease, a commonly diagnosed bleeding disorder that is overdiagnosed in some populations, yet underdiagnosed in others.

Digestive Disease Center Board Adds Members

October 4 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Digestive Disease Center board has elected two new members.

The Space-Time Relativity of Intracellular Signaling

October 3 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study lymphocytes, the body’s “natural killer” cells, and determine the signaling pathways that elicit disease-fighting responses at a cellular level in the body.

“Get Your Rear in Gear” Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Prevention and Research

October 2 - The third annual “Get Your Rear in Gear” 5K run and walk will be held on Saturday, October 12th at Hart Park in Wauwatosa.

Researcher to Explore Causes of Pain in Sickle Cell Disease

October 1 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) Research Institute have received a five-year, $696,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (1K23HL114636-01A1) to study the mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease.

Improving CPR: MCW Part of Collaborative Team to Develop New Life-Saving Strategies

September 30 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are co-recipients of a five-year, $5.4 million NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to investigate new strategies to minimize cardiac and neurologic injury after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

MCW Offers Information, Tools to Recognize Depression

September 27 - Recognizing and treating depression will be the focus of the second annual Depression Recognition Day at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Thursday, October 10, from 12:00 am–6:00 pm.

Antioxidants, Stress and Hypertension: Researchers Seek Answers to Fundamental Questions

September 26 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $9.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the role of hydrogen peroxide in development of salt-sensitive hypertension.

Moving Forward Ride / Walk for Parkinson's Disease scheduled for October 6

September 25 - The fifth annual Moving Forward: Ride/Walk for Parkinson’s disease will be held Sunday, October 6, in Dousman, Wis.

Dr. Thomas Chelimsky Named President of American Autonomic Society

September 24 - Thomas C. Chelimsky, MD, chairman and professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been named the president of the American Autonomic Society.

My Genes, My Proteins, and My Health Science Café series

September 24 - The Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a series of Science Cafés at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Center for BioMolecular Modeling that are free and open to the public.

Dr. Kathlyn Fletcher Named 2013 Woman Physician of the Year

September 23 - The Wisconsin chapter of the American College of Physicians named Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA, 2013 Helen Dickie Woman Physician of the Year.

Dr. Joseph Kerschner Named Founding Secretary of International Society for Otitis Media

September 23 - Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Executive Vice President and Dean of the Medical School, and professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences, has been named the founding secretary of the International Society for Otitis Media.

Dr. Jeff Binder Named Chair of Society for the Neurobiology of Language

September 20 - Jeffrey R. Binder, MD, professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), has been named the chair of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, an international organization formed in 2009 to foster progress in understanding the neurobiological basis for language.

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

September 19 - 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) for Digestive Disease Center 2013 Healthcare Dinner, Monday, November 4, at the Pfister Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

The Kidneys and Salt: Researcher to Study Mechanisms of Hypertension

September 18 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study how kidney inflammation is related to the development of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Ridin’ to a Cure with the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation

September 17 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 19th annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on September 27 and 28 in Oconomowoc.

Three Faculty Members to Receive Distinguished Service Awards

September 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will honor three faculty members with Distinguished Service Awards, the College’s highest faculty honor, at its convocation ceremony September 18, 2013 at MCW.

Researcher to Study New Therapeutic Targets for Elephantiasis

September 13 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) 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.

Collaborative Team to Study Acid Reflux Disease

September 12 - 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).

Dr. Tina Yen Wins $100,000 Clinical Investigator Award

September 11 - Tina Yen, MD, MS, a surgical oncologist and associate professor of surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was presented with a James Ewing Foundation / Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s Annual Cancer Symposium.

Dr. Catharine Malmsten Named Top Healthcare Professional Under 40

September 11 - Catharine Malmsten, MD, assistant professor of medicine (cardiovascular medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was named a “Top Healthcare Professional Under 40” at the National Medical Association’s (NMA) annual conference.

Improving EMS Care for Children: MCW to Lead National Multi-Center Study

September 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a research center to study and improve pediatric prehospital emergency care.

Understanding the Eye: Researchers to Explore Vision at the Cellular Level

September 9 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the causes and progression of eye diseases at the cellular level.

MCW to Host Surgical Pathology Conference in Milwaukee

September 6 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) department of pathology will sponsor “The Midwestern Conference: Update Course in Surgical Pathology” September 20th – 22nd at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Molecule to Organism: Decades of Support for MCW Physiology Training

September 5 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to support integrated research training in physiology.

Disaster Resilience: CTSI Hosts Citywide Conference

September 4 - If a disaster strikes southeastern Wisconsin, will local agencies be ready?

Dr. William J. Hueston Named Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

September 4 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has named William J. Hueston, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of family and community medicine. Dr. Hueston’s appointment was made by Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, MCW’s Executive Vice President and Dean of the Medical School.

Medical College of Wisconsin Names Neuroscience Center Advisory Board Members

August 30 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Neuroscience Center Advisory Board has added five community and business leaders to its membership.

DeBehnke Named CEO of Medical College Physicians

August 29, 2013 College News - Daniel J. DeBehnke, MD, MBA, Chief Clinical Integration Officer at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Professor of Emergency Medicine, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Medical College Physicians Group (MCP) and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs – Adult Practice, effective September 1, 2013. He had been serving in the interim role since March 11, 2013, following the departure of Jon Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO of MCP, to become CEO of the Hennepin Healthcare System in Minneapolis.

New Diagnostics to Detect Lung Injury

August 28 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four year, $1.07 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to evaluate new non-invasive methods to detect lung injury.

Faints, Sweats, and Leaks: Neurology Workshop to Address Autonomic Disorders

August 27 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will host a one-day workshop on autonomic disorders on Friday, September, 6, 2013, at the Sheraton Brookfield in Brookfield, Wis.

Access Matters: MCW Researcher to Study Traumatic Injury Outcomes in Children

August 27 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two year, $168,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study how proximity to a pediatric trauma center impacts outcomes in children with traumatic injuries.

MCW Researchers Develop New Software Tool for Cancer Genomics

August 26 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have developed a new bioinformatics software tool designed to more easily identify genetic mutations responsible for cancers.

How the Brain Regulates Breathing

August 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a $1.45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes supporting research investigating the neural control of respiration.

It Works, But How? MCW Researchers to Study Mechanisms of Anesthesia

August 14 - 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 General Medical Sciences to study how anesthesia works to suppress consciousness, and how consciousness returns.

MCW Announces Target Start Dates for Central Wisconsin, Green Bay Medical School Campuses

July 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) has announced the target start dates for its community medical education programs in Central Wisconsin and Green Bay.

Genomic Medicine Open for Business: Lessons Learned in the Clinic

July 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in conjunction with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital, was the first in the nation to launch a genomic medicine clinic, and to offer whole genome sequencing clinically to patients on “diagnostic odysseys.”

MCW Announces New Wausau Locales for Community Medical Education Program serving Central Wisconsin

July 2 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) today announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a change in venue for the Wausau location of the MCW’s community medical education program serving Central Wisconsin.

Medical College applauds Governor Walker’s effort to address Wisconsin’s physician shortage

February 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) applauds Governor Scott Walker for his leadership to address the state’s impending physician shortage.

458 Medical College of Wisconsin Doctors Recognized as Best Doctors in America

January 30 - A total of 458 Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) faculty physicians, representing 63 specialties, are listed on the Best Doctors in America 2013-2014 database.

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