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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.
Northwestern Medicine physicians and students came together to pack and ship a container of supplies for cancer education and treatment to a rural hospital in Tanzania.
Ehete Bahiru, MD, a resident in internal medicine, received an NIH global health fellowship to establish a pilot project aimed at improving cardiovascular health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Huda Zoghbi, MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Baylor College of Medicine professor known for her groundbreaking research on Rett syndrome and other neurological disorders, is the inaugural recipient of the Mechthild Esser Nemmers Prize in Medical Science.
A landmark national study has shown allowing surgical residents the flexibility to work longer hours does not pose any greater risk to patients.
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.
That doesn’t mean that moderate exercise has no benefits. “It’s good if you want to lower your blood pressure, alter your HDL scores, or decrease your heart rate,” said Jeff Bernard, an exercise physiologist at Northwestern Medicine. “All of those are improved with moderate intensity workouts.”
Researchers want to know if that type of fat leads to more inflammation and insulin resistance, which could be causing cardiovascular disease, says Namratha Kandula, the principal investigator at the Northwestern University Masala site and an associate professor of medicine at Feinberg School of Medicine. “The assumption has always been that the reason South Asians have more heart disease is because they have more diabetes and insulin resistance,” Dr. Kandula says.