2013 Press Releases

December 17, 2013
Cancer genetics pioneer Janet Rowley, 1925-2013
A pioneer in connecting the development of cancer with genetic abnormalities, Janet D. Rowley, MD, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, died from complications of ovarian cancer on December, 17, 2013, at her home. She was 88.

December 13, 2013
University of Chicago's Sulmasy wins prestigious bioethics award
Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD, the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, has won the 2014 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics.

December 12, 2013
Multi-gene test could help spot breast cancer patients most at risk
A new test has the potential to help physicians identify patients with the most lethal forms of triple-negative breast cancer, a disease which requires aggressive and innovative treatment.

December 12, 2013
Richard Baron named Chairman of the Board for RSNA2
Richard L. Baron, M.D., FACR, professor of radiology at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences, has been named chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), one of the world's largest specialty organizations with more than 55,000 members worldwide.

November 26, 2013
When the living and the deceased don't agree on organ donation
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the 2006 Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) or enacted similar legislation giving individuals the "First Person Authorization" (FPA) to consent to organ donation after death via a signed donor card or driver's license, or by enrollment in a donor registry.

November 21, 2013
David T. Rubin to head digestive diseases at University of Chicago Medicine
David T. Rubin, MD, a nationally recognized authority on digestive disease, investigational therapies and medical ethics, has been named interim section chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine.

November 19, 2013
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria turns immune system against itself
Around 20 percent of all humans are persistently colonized with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, a leading cause of skin infections and one of the major sources of hospital-acquired infections, including the antibiotic-resistant strain MRSA.

November 19, 2013
UChicago Medicine, Franciscan Alliance Announce Regional Partnership
The University of Chicago Medicine and Franciscan Alliance have entered into a master affiliation agreement that creates a novel partnership between a prominent academic medical center and a leading regional health system.

November 19, 2013
Study to identify functions of hypothetical genes in two infectious disease pathogens
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded the University of Chicago $4.4 million over five years to study genes of unknown function in bacteria that cause plague and brucellosis.

November 12, 2013
25th Anniversary Dorothy MacLean Fellows Conference Nov. 15-16
The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics is celebrating its 25th Annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on Nov. 15 and 16, 2013, marking a milestone for the program that pioneered the formal study of clinical medical ethics in the early 1980s.

November 12, 2013
Kurt+Peter Foundation funds research into potential treatment for rare form of muscular dystrophy
The Kurt+Peter Foundation has awarded a two-year grant to Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and human genetics at the University of Chicago, to study a potential treatment for limb girdle muscular dystrophy, type 2C -- a rare but severe form of muscular dystrophy.

November 11, 2013
MRI-guided procedure tested as non-invasive study procedure for uterine fibroids
On April 11, 2013, Kimberly Dull became the first woman in Illinois -- and one of the first in the United States -- to take part in a clinical trial of an investigational, non-invasive procedure for uterine fibroids.

November 6, 2013
RNA controls splicing during gene expression, further evidence of 'RNA world' origin in modern life
RNA is the key functional component of spliceosomes, molecular machines that control how genes are expressed, report scientists from the University of Chicago online, Nov. 6 in Nature. The discovery establishes that RNA, not protein, is responsible for catalyzing this fundamental biological process and enriches the hypothesis that life on earth began in a world based solely on RNA.

November 4, 2013
Karen Stratton named VP for Women's and Children's Services
Karen Stratton, PhD, RN, NE-BC, has been promoted to Vice President for Women's and Children's Services after distinguishing herself as a key leader since joining the University of Chicago Medicine in May 2012.

October 31, 2013
Evolution of new species requires few genetic changes
Only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species -- even if the original populations are still in contact and exchanging genes. Once started, however, evolutionary divergence evolves rapidly, ultimately leading to fully genetically isolated species, report scientists from the University of Chicago in the Oct. 31 Cell Reports.

October 29, 2013
A potential new class of fast-acting antidepressant
More than 1 in 10 Americans take antidepressants, but these medications can take weeks -- and for some patients, months -- before they begin to alleviate symptoms. Now, scientists from the University of Chicago have discovered that selectively blocking a serotonin receptor subtype induces fast-acting antidepressant effects in mice, indicating a potential new class of therapeutics for depression.

October 24, 2013
Genetic analysis reveals novel insights into the genetic architecture of obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome
An international research consortium led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the University of Chicago has answered several questions about the genetic background of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and Tourette syndrome (TS), providing the first direct confirmation that both are highly heritable and also revealing major differences between the underlying genetic makeup of the disorders.

October 23, 2013
University of Chicago Medicine's 'A' safety score reaffirmed
The University of Chicago Medicine maintained its "A" grade in hospital safety, according to the latest survey of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals by non-profit The Leapfrog Group.

October 22, 2013
James C. Tyree Diabetes Education Library Dedication
The University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center will dedicate a new diabetes education library to honor the legacy of the late James C. Tyree, former chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial Holdings, chairman of Sun-Times Media Group and a board member at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

October 21, 2013
University of Chicago Medicine invests $254.1M in community
The University of Chicago Medicine contributed more than 21 percent, or $254.1 million, of its operating expenses in fiscal 2012 to improve the health of the South Side and the broader Chicago area, according to its recently published second annual Community Benefit Report.

October 17, 2013
Gene regulation differences between humans and chimpanzees more complex than thought
Changes in gene regulation have been used to study the evolutionary chasm that exists between humans and chimpanzees despite their largely identical DNA.

October 14, 2013
A blueprint for restoring touch with a prosthetic hand
New research at the University of Chicago is laying the groundwork for touch-sensitive prosthetic limbs that one day could convey real-time sensory information to amputees via a direct interface with the brain.

October 11, 2013
University of Chicago Medicine first in Chicago to gain comprehensive stroke center status
The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association have recognized the University of Chicago Medicine as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, a new level of certification reserved for institutions with specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

October 11, 2013
Lymphedema treatment pioneer David Chang, MD, joins plastic and reconstructive team at the University of Chicago Medicine
David W. Chang, MD, FACS, a leading authority on surgical treatment of lymphedema, has been appointed professor of plastic surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective Sept. 11, 2013.

October 11, 2013
Women's health a focus at Global Health Week 2013
The University of Chicago's Center for Global Health is hosting Global Health Week 2013, a three-day series of events from October 16-18 to promote awareness and highlight the importance of supporting global health in communities at home and abroad.

October 3, 2013
NSF grant funds study to unlock secrets of biodiversity
The tropics are home to a far greater diversity of life than any other region on the planet, but the reasons for this disparity have puzzled scientists for centuries. Today, the need for a clear understanding of how biodiversity is created and maintained has intensified in the face of mass extinctions driven by human activity.

September 30, 2013
Skin receptors convey sensation of texture through vibrations
New research shows that humans distinguish the difference between fine textures, such as silk or satin, through vibrations, which are picked up by two separate sets of nerve receptors in the skin and relayed to the brain.

September 29, 2013
Stephen Family donates $10 Million, Name to Comer Children's Hospital NICU
A dozen members of the Stephen family, founders of Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products Co., the company behind the iconic dome-shaped Weber Grill, have donated $10 million to support neonatal care at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

September 27, 2013
Death, Dying and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Advances in modern medicine and biotechnology have changed the way people die. Unfortunately, families of dying patients are often critical of and report dissatisfaction with what they view as highly medicalized deaths.

September 26, 2013
Bucksbaum Institute Names New Cohort of Student Scholars
The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence has chosen four second-year Pritzker School of Medicine students to become Bucksbaum Student Scholars, the third cohort of students chosen since the institute was founded in 2011.

September 26, 2013
A genetic map for complex diseases
Although heavily studied, the specific genetic causes of "complex diseases," a category of disorders which includes autism, diabetes and heart disease, are largely unknown due to byzantine genetic and environmental interactions.

September 24, 2013
MacLean Center wins prestigious Cornerstone Award
The University of Chicago Medicine's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics has been awarded the prestigious Cornerstone Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities for "outstanding contributions from an institution that has helped shape the direction of the fields of bioethics and/or medical humanities."

September 23, 2013
Celiac research to highlight international symposium
Preliminary results from a multinational project to study the impact of early childhood nutrition on celiac disease will be among the highlights of this month's 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium, hosted by the University of Chicago Medicine Celiac Disease Center.

September 20, 2013
Ernst Lengyel named chair of obstetrics and gynecology
Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago, effective September 1, 2013.

September 20, 2013
University of Chicago Medicine's Suskind joins Clinton's 'Too Small to Fail' initiative
Preliminary results from a multinational project to study the impact of early childhood nutrition on celiac disease will be among the highlights of this month's 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium, hosted by the University of Chicago Medicine Celiac Disease Center.

September 20, 2013
Royal Bank of Canada becomes title sponsor of Comer Children's Hospital 5K
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has signed on as the title sponsor for the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital's premier fundraising event, lending its name and support to the hospital's 5K run through 2016.

September 18, 2013
NIH awards University of Chicago $1.5 million to study novel therapy for multiple sclerosis
Researchers from the University of Chicago have been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop stimulated dendritic cell-derived exosomes that show remarkable promise as a treatment for multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases involving loss of myelin, the insulation around nerve fibers.

September 6, 2013
Notice of data event from former third-party vendor
ICS Collection Service Inc. recently notified the University of Chicago Physicians Group of a potential incident that may have affected the protected health information of up to 1,344 patient files.

September 4, 2013
Geoffrey Greene named chair of Ben May Department for Cancer Research
Geoffrey L. Greene, PhD, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago, has been named chair of the Ben May Department for Cancer Research, effective Sept. 1, 2013.

August 26, 2013
New method generates unlimited, high-quality antibodies for genetics research
Modern genomic studies rely on precise and sophisticated technology, but the antibodies used to identify proteins that control gene expression can be unreliable as a research tool, placing time, money and study results at risk.

August 23, 2013
Study adds lung damage to harmful effects of arsenic
A new study confirms that exposure to low to moderate amounts of arsenic in drinking water can impair lung function. Doses of about 120 parts per billion of arsenic in well water -- about 12 times the dose generally considered safe -- produced lung damage comparable to decades of smoking tobacco. Smoking, especially by males, made arsenic-related damage even worse.

August 22, 2013
Gut microbes drive gender bias in autoimmune diseases
Intestinal bacteria already have been implicated in a variety of unexpected functions, such as sensitivity to pain, behavior modification and development of the immune system.

August 19, 2013
Peter Huttenlocher, MD, 1931-2013
A pioneering neuroscientist and highly respected pediatric neurologist, Peter Huttenlocher, MD, professor emeritus and former section chief of pediatric neurology at the University of Chicago Medicine, died in Chicago of pneumonia and complications of Parkinson's disease on Aug. 15, 2013. He was 82.

August 15, 2013
Earliest complete fossil from major group of ancient mammal discovered
Flexible ankles and versatile ridged teeth were the key adaptations that allowed mutituberculates to become the most successful group of ancient mammals, as revealed with the discovery of a 160 million-year-old fossil -- the earliest known complete skeleton of a multituberculate.

August 14, 2013
Walter Stadler, MD, named section chief of hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine
Walter M. Stadler, MD, an internationally recognized authority on prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers, has been named Chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective Aug. 15, 2013.

August 7, 2013
New proto-mammal fossil sheds light on evolution of earliest mammals
A newly discovered fossil reveals the evolutionary adaptations of a 165-million-year-old proto-mammal, providing evidence that traits such as hair and fur originated well before the rise of the first true mammals.

August 1, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn signs law legalizing medical marijuana
Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes in Illinois at a ceremony today in the University of Chicago Medicine Center for Care and Discovery.

July 29, 2013
Water molecules control inactivation and recovery of potassium channels
Just 12 molecules of water cause the long post-activation recovery period required by potassium ion channels before they can function again.

July 18, 2013
Genetic diabetes experts gather for 'Celebrating Miracles & Milestones' Family Forum
The 2nd annual "Celebrating Miracles & Milestones: 2013 Monogenic Diabetes Family Forum," hosted by the University of Chicago Medicine's Kovler Diabetes Center, will take place on Wednesday, July 17, to Saturday, July 20, at the Chicago Marriott at 540 N. Michigan Ave.

July 9, 2013
Bucksbaum Institute appoints new Junior Faculty Scholars
The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence has named its latest round of Junior Faculty Scholars.

July 8, 2013
Jeffrey Glassroth named Dean for Clinical Affairs
Jeffrey Glassroth, MD, has been named professor and dean for clinical affairs and head of the faculty practice plan at the University of Chicago effective July 8, 2013.

July 3, 2013
New mechanism for human gene expression discovered
In a study that could change the way scientists view the process of protein production in humans, University of Chicago researchers have found a single gene that encodes two separate proteins from the same sequence of messenger RNA.

July 1, 2013
Joel Schwab, doctor and mentor, 1945-2013
Joel Schwab, MD, professor of pediatrics and mentor to many residents and students, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on Friday, June 21, after a long battle with metastatic gastric cancer. He was 67 years old.

July 1, 2013
Celiac Disease Center to host international symposium
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is hosting the 15th International Celiac Disease Symposium (ICDS) on Sept. 22-25, 2013 in Chicago. The symposium is the largest celiac disease and gluten-related disorders conference in the world. The meeting, which follows the 2011 conference in Oslo, Norway, is the first one being held in the United States since 2006.

July 1, 2013
UChicago Medicine names new chief of pediatric surgery
Jessica Kandel, MD, has been named professor of surgery, section chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, effective Aug. 1, 2013.

June 24, 2013
Two mutations triggered an evolutionary leap 500 million years ago
A research team led by a University of Chicago scientist has discovered two key mutations that sparked a hormonal revolution 500 million years ago.

June 20, 2013
Emily Nicklin to head University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees
Emily Nicklin, a lead corporate litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a trustee of the University of Chicago since 2004, has been named chair of the Medical Center's Board of Trustees.

June 18, 2013
Fat cells in breast may connect social stress to triple-negative breast cancer
Local chemical signals released by fat cells in the mammary gland appear to provide a crucial link between exposure to unrelenting social stressors early in life, and the subsequent development of breast cancer, researchers from the University of Chicago report in the July 2013 issue of the journal Cancer Prevention Research

June 18, 2013
Graeme Bell gets Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award
Graeme Ian Bell, PhD, the Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and an investigator in the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center, has been awarded the 2013 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association for his pioneering work in understanding the role of genetics in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.

June 13, 2013
Age-related smelling loss significantly worse in African-Americans
The ability to distinguish between odors declines steadily with age, but a new study shows that African-Americans have a much greater decrease in their sense of smell than Caucasians. This can have serious consequences.

June 11, 2013
Comer Children's Hospital gains ground on annual best hospitals list
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital has ranked among the best in four of 10 pediatric specialties, including in cancer, according to U.S. News & World Report's latest list of the nation's best children's hospitals.

June 4, 2013
Research teams find genetic variant that could improve warfarin dosing in African-Americans
In the first genome-wide association study to focus on warfarin dose requirement in African-Americans, a multi-institutional team of researchers has identified a common genetic variation that can help physicians estimate the correct dose of the widely used blood-thinning drug warfarin.

June 3, 2013
Inherited mutations in susceptibility genes are common in younger African American women with breast cancer
A high percentage of African-American women with breast cancer who were evaluated at a university cancer-risk clinic were found to carry inherited genetic mutations that increase their risk for breast cancer.

May 28, 2013
When doctors and patients share in decisions, hospital costs go up
Since the 1980s, doctors and patients have been encouraged to share decision making. Proponents argue that this approach promotes doctor-patient communication, enhances patient satisfaction, improves health outcomes, and even may lower cost.

May 24, 2013
Multiple research teams unable to confirm high-profile Alzheimer's study
Teams of highly respected Alzheimer's researchers failed to replicate what appeared to be breakthrough results for the treatment of this brain disease when they were published last year in the journal Science.

May 22, 2013
Joseph Ceithaml, PhD, 1916-2013
Joseph J. Ceithaml, PhD, dean of students emeritus for the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Biological Sciences Division and professor emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago, died on Saturday afternoon, May 11. He was 96.

May 22, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Matthews named President-Elect of Chicago Surgical Society
Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, Dallas B. Phemister Professor of Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Chicago Surgical Society.

May 22, 2013
Clinical trial aims to prevent type 2 diabetes through medication
A clinical trial at the University of Chicago Medicine aims to find new ways of preventing type 2 diabetes or slow its progression by treating participants with medications normally used for people who have had full-blown diabetes for at least one year.

May 15, 2013
University of Chicago launches cloud to analyze cancer data
The University of Chicago is launching the first secure cloud-based computing system that will enable researchers to access and analyze human genomic cancer information without the costly and cumbersome infrastructure normally needed to download and store massive amounts of data.

May 15, 2013
Pritzker's 67th Annual Senior Scientific Session to be held Thursday
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is hosting its 67th Annual Senior Scientific Session from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC 115).

May 9, 2013
University of Chicago Medicine’s ‘A’ safety score reaffirmed
The University of Chicago Medicine maintained its “A” grade in hospital safety, according to the latest survey of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals.

May 9, 2013
Comprehensive Cancer Center status renewed
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed the University of Chicago Medicine's designation as a comprehensive cancer center, a prestigious distinction that the federal agency grants to recognize an institution's excellence in research.

May 8, 2013
Rethinking treatment goals improves results for those with persistent anorexia
A new, multinational randomized clinical trial has found that patients with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa will not only stick with treatments but also make significant improvements with just a slight modification of the standard goals and methods of treatment.

May 3, 2013
Program on medicine and religion names new faculty scholars
The University of Chicago Medicine's Program on Medicine and Religion has selected its second round of faculty scholars whose focus will be on the relationship between a physician's spirituality and their ability to deal with the pressures of practicing medicine.

April 25, 2013
Bucksbaum Institute’s Second Annual Symposium Friday
Jerome Lowenstein, MD, founder and director of the Program for Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education at New York University, will be the keynote speaker at the Bucksbaum Institute of Clinical Excellence’s second annual symposium on Friday, April 26.

April 23, 2013
Classification of Gambling as Addiction: Will Insurance Cover the Disorder?
In one of the most anticipated events in the mental health field, the American Psychiatric Association will release the latest version of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) next month, involving changes to a number of categories and diagnoses.

April 17, 2013
Gene study helps understand pulmonary fibrosis
A new study looking at the genomes of more than 1,500 patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare and devastating lung disease, found multiple genetic associations with the disease, including one gene variant that was linked to an increase in the risk of death.

April 15, 2013
Cancer treatment pioneers share prestigious medical prize
Janet Davison Rowley, MD, the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, is one of three physician-scientists who will receive the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research for 2013.

April 13, 2013
Gifts to boost University of Chicago as hub for biomedical 'big data'
Two major gifts will build momentum behind the University of Chicago's leadership in biomedical computation by assembling experts in the field and furnishing them with the tools to use "big data" to understand disease and solve today's health-related challenges.

April 11, 2013
Miller Tapped to Serve on PCORI Advisory Panel
Doriane Miller, MD, has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities.

April 10, 2013
Ci3's Game Changer Chicago earns MacArthur Foundation funding
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Innovation in Sexual & Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago has received a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to advance its work identifying novel solutions to complex problems affecting health and well-being in vulnerable communities.

April 10, 2013
Sharon O'Keefe named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare
University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe was named one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare in the magazine's prestigious biennial awards.

April 9, 2013
Bucksbaum Institute taps cancer expert Michael Bishop, MD, as master clinician
The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence has named stem cell transplant specialist Michael Bishop, MD, as its second master clinician.

March 27, 2013
Childhood asthma tied to combination of genes and wheezing illness
About 90 percent of children with two copies of a common genetic variation and who wheezed when they caught a cold early in life went on to develop asthma by age 6, according to a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine.

March 25, 2013
American Association for Cancer Research honors two UChicago physician-scientists
Cancer specialists Janet D. Rowley, MD, and Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, of the University of Chicago have been named to the first class of Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.

March 22, 2013
Neurobiologist receives early career fellowship from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Wei Wei, PhD, assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Chicago, has been named a 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

March 21, 2013
All Graduating Pritzker Students Find Their Match
It was a perfect match for the 82 fourth-year students from the Pritzker School of Medicine who participated in Match Day 2013 on March 15.

March 20, 2013
Faculty members recognized for outstanding research
T. Conrad Gilliam has been named a Distinguished Service Professor and four other members of biological sciences faculty -- Issam A. Awad, James K. Liao, Elizabeth McNally and Christopher R. Shea -- have received named professorships.

March 12, 2013
Pritzker Moves Up to No. 8 in Survey of Top Medical Schools
The University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine jumped two spots to No. 8 in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Graduate Schools” ranking guide.

March 8, 2013
More than 130 UChicago Medicine physicians listed among America's best
A total of 133 University of Chicago Medicine physicians have been named Best Doctors in America in the latest poll compiled by Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. The respected list of more than 45,000 U.S. physicians represents the top 5 percent of doctors nationwide.

March 6, 2013
Brian Crawford Named Executive Director of Strategic Communications
Brian Crawford, an accomplished health care public relations leader, has been named the University of Chicago Medicine’s executive director of strategic communications, effective Monday, March 4.

March 6, 2013
One region, two functions: Brain cells’ multitasking may be a key to understanding overall brain function
A region of the brain known to play a key role in visual and spatial processing has a parallel function: sorting visual information into categories, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Chicago.

March 5, 2013
Focal therapy offers middle ground for some prostate cancer patients
Men with low-risk prostate cancer who previously had to choose between aggressive treatment, with the potential for significant side effects, and active surveillance, with the risk of disease progression, may have a new option.

March 4, 2013
Donald Rowley, MD, 1923-2013
Donald Rowley, MD, a pioneer in discovering how the immune system functions and the inventor of the gel electrode, a crucial tool that monitors cardiac activity, died at his home early Sunday, Feb. 24, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 90 years old.

February 27, 2013
Study: Doctor shortage to hit Chicago’s poorer neighborhoods harder
Some of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods are expected to see the greatest demand for additional primary care doctors in 2014, as the Affordable Care Act boosts the number of newly insured patients seeking medical services, a new study has found.

February 26, 2013
Center for Care and Discovery officially opens to 145 patients
It was exactly 7 a.m. when Karen Perlmuter offered a warm smile and gentle nod to her transport team as she started the well-orchestrated trip to her new room at the Center for Care and Discovery.

February 25, 2013
University of Chicago named Center of Excellence in Gambling Research
The University of Chicago has been named a Center of Excellence in Gambling Research following the award of a three-year $402,500 grant to Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

February 18, 2013
'Big Day Is Finally In Sight': Moving Patients Requires Precise Execution
After about five years of planning and construction, the single biggest expansion project in University of Chicago Medicine history is headed into the homestretch, as employees prepare to move approximately 200 patients into the new Center for Care and Discovery on Saturday, Feb. 23.

February 18, 2013
Road Closures, Parking Restrictions for Patient Move Day on Feb. 23
Road closures and no-parking zones will be in effect Saturday, Feb. 23, as the University of Chicago Medicine opens the new Center for Care and Discovery and carries out the delicate task of transporting roughly 200 patients being treated for complex conditions from Mitchell Hospital to the new Center for Care and Discovery.

February 14, 2013
Humans and chimps share genetic strategy in battle against pathogens
A genome-wide analysis searching for evidence of long-lived balancing selection -- where the evolutionary process acts not to select the single best adaptation but to maintain genetic variation in a population -- has uncovered at least six regions of the genome where humans and chimpanzees share the same combination of genetic variants.

February 14, 2013
Sharon O'Keefe joins board of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe has been named to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, effective immediately.

January 25, 2013
Comer Children's Hospital, White Sox Team Up to Target Childhood Obesity
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital and the Chicago White Sox have joined forces to combat childhood obesity through a partnership aimed at educating youth and families on ways to be active and make healthy eating choices.

January 23, 2013
Aasim Padela Wins 2012 Islamic Medical Ethics Award
Aasim Padela, MD, was awarded the 2012 Ibn Sina Award from the Compassionate Care Network of Chicago for his outstanding work and contributions in the field of Islamic medical ethics.

January 14, 2013
Gov. Quinn, other officials mark completion of Center for Care and Discovery
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn joined other state and local officials to help dedicate the University of Chicago Medicine's new state-of the-art, 1.2 million-square-foot Center for Care and Discovery on Monday.

January 11, 2013
State and city officials among dignitaries to attend new hospital dedication
Center for Care and Discovery economic-impact dedication ceremony and media tours

January 11, 2013
New center aims to advance sexual and reproductive health worldwide
The University of Chicago has launched the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Innovation in Sexual & Reproductive Health (Ci3), one of its most collaborative and far-reaching initiatives to address adolescent and women's health.

January 8, 2013
New book connects the human community to its cosmic roots
The 1969 "Woodstock" song by Joni Mitchell, it turns out, was onto something: "We are stardust / billion-year-old carbon." University of Chicago evolutionary biologist, Neil Shubin, PhD, makes that connection between astronomical events and the human species in his new book, "The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People," a follow up to his 2008 best-seller, "Your Inner Fish."

January 4, 2013
Study identifies strategies to help minority students in med school
While minority populations are rising throughout the country, enrollment by minority students in the nation's medical schools has stagnated. Further, some data show that non-white students face a greater likelihood of academic withdrawal or dismissal, or graduate without passing key exams on their first try. 

January 2, 2013
Douglas Dirschl to lead orthopaedics at the University of Chicago Medicine
Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, administrator, teacher and researcher, will chair the newly created Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine starting Jan. 1, 2013.