Rex Chisholm, PhD, vice dean of Scientific Affairs and Graduate Education, co-authored two recent papers that used electronic health records to explore patient genetic data, including genes inherited from early humans.
Five Northwestern scientists have been inducted into The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows.
Scientist Chad Mirkin, PhD, has been recognized with the prestigious 2016 Dan David Prize, in the Future Time dimension, for his trailblazing breakthroughs in nanoscience that hold great promise for improvement of our world.
Feinberg’s Faculty Wellness Program is a free and confidential service to help faculty members address personal and professional problems.
New Northwestern Medicine research explored how dopamine regulates stimulus generalization, highlighting a potential target for future treatments to help patients with psychiatric disorders.
Brian Mitchell, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, received the Marine Biology Laboratory Nikon Fellowship to advance his research on the development of multi-ciliated cells using microscopy.
“Exactly how much these babies can see is unknown at this point,” said Dr. Lee M. Jampol, a professor of ophthalmology at Northwestern University, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the study. But, he added, “when we can see these lesions, that means there’s damage.”
Neil Stone, professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, where he practices preventive cardiology, says he counsels patients to find ways to lower their stress, such as carving out 20 minutes for a workout on a home bike or treadmill. “Given the stresses we have, it’s about thinking about priorities,” says Dr. Stone, lead author of the 2013 cholesterol-treatment guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.
It’s a landmark study, testing “a hot button, controversial issue in health care,” said lead author Dr. Karl Bilimoria, director of surgical outcomes and quality improvement at Northwestern University’s Feinberg medical school. Without flexibility, rookie doctors often have to end their shifts in the middle of caring for patients, handing them off to another medical resident. That can happen at critical times, disrupting the doctor-patient relationship, Bilimoria said.
Children younger than ever are able to set aside hopes for the future, in the form of tiny ovarian and testicular tissues saved by Chicago hospitals. This week, Woodruff co-authored an article in the journal JAMA Oncology emphasizing fertility options for ages “from birth upwards.” Dr. Teresa Woodruff, a pioneer in the field of oncofertility, a term she coined to combine oncology and patients’ fertility options, also leads the Oncofertility Consortium, a Northwestern University-based national group to explore reproductive futures. Hospitals around the country send young patients’ tissue samples to Chicago for research. Parents struggle to absorb the realization of their worst nightmare — that those flu-like symptoms are, in fact, cancer — much less think decades ahead. “That’s our job, to make sure they think about it,” said Kristin Smith, a Northwestern patient navigator for patients of reproductive age.