Medical College of Wisconsin Researcher in Department of Anesthesiology Wins First Place at International Symposium of Clinical Updates in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Perioperative Medicine

Milwaukee, Feb. 8, 2017 - Zhi-Dong Ge, MD, PhD, won the Oral Presentation of Interesting and Complex Cases at the 35th Annual International Symposium of Clinical Updates in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Perioperative Medicine. The Symposium, organized by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, was held in Cancun, Mexico, Jan. 15 – 20. More than 150 people from 16 countries participated in the event’s lectures, workshops, special lectures and discussions.

Ge – who is known to his colleagues as “Wilson” – won the award with his presentation titled “Cardiomyocyte-specific overexpression of human GTP cyclohydrolase 1 gene protects against cardiac remodeling and dysfunction after myocardial infarction in mice.” This is the second year in a row that Ge’s presentation received an award at the Symposium – his entry won second place at the 2016 event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

“Dr. Ge – Wilson – is one of the hardest-working scientists,” said Dr. Zeljko Bosnjak, professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology. “He played a crucial role in identifying a signaling cascade involved in cardioprotection by volatile anesthetics against ischemia and reperfusion injury.  In seminal investigations, Dr. Ge provided direct evidence that this cardioprotective pathway is diminished or absent in diabetic hearts, along with the possibility to reverse this dysfunction by specific gene upregulation.”

Ge received his medical degree and his Master of Science in pharmacology at Anhui Medical College in Hefei, China. He was awarded a PhD in cardiovascular science at the University of Hong Kong. Ge has been with the Medical College of Wisconsin since 2000, receiving postdoctoral fellowship training in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Cardiovascular Research Center, followed by roles in both education and research. He is currently a senior research scientist for the department of anesthesiology.