2014 Press Releases
July 1, 2014
John Maunsell takes the helm as director of Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior
John Maunsell, PhD, a pioneering researcher in the neuroscience of vision and editor-in-chief of the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience, has been appointed inaugural director of the Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology and Human Behavior at the University of Chicago.
June 20, 2014
For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain
Cancer care has a new side effect. Along with the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and the discomforts of treatment, more patients now have to deal with "financial toxicity," the expense, anxiety and loss of confidence confronting those who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work.
June 19, 2014
Evolution depends on rare chance events, "molecular time travel" experiments show
Chance events may profoundly shape history. What if Franz Ferdinand's driver had not taken a wrong turn, bringing the Duke face to face with his assassin? Would World War I still have been fought? Would Hitler have risen to power decades later?
June 10, 2014
Benjamin Spargo, MD, innovative kidney pathologist, 1919-2014
Benjamin Spargo, SB'48, SM'52, MD'52, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of Chicago and a renowned renal pathologist, died in his sleep at Montgomery Place, a retirement community in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, on May 30. He was 94 years old.
June 5, 2014
New method reveals single protein interaction key to embryonic stem cell differentiation
Proteins are responsible for the vast majority of the cellular functions that shape life, but like guests at a crowded dinner party, they interact transiently and in complex networks, making it difficult to determine which specific interactions are most important.
June 3, 2014
John Alverdy, MD, named president-elect of Surgical Infection Society
John C. Alverdy, MD, the Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson professor of surgery and executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Surgical Infection Society.
May 30, 2014
Inaugural Winners in the University of Chicago Medicine Innovations Grant Program
The first two awards under the University of Chicago Medicine's new $100,000 UCM Innovations Grant Program were presented at this month's 9th Annual Quality and Safety Symposium.
May 28, 2014
University of Chicago faculty wins AHRQ's Eisenberg Award
David Meltzer, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and chief, Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, has received the 2014 John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
May 28, 2014
Tiny mutation triggers drug resistance for patients with one type of leukemia
A multi-institutional team of researchers has pinpointed exactly what goes wrong when chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients develop resistance to ibrutinib, a highly effective, precisely targeted anti-cancer drug. In a correspondence published online May 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine, they show how the mutation triggers resistance
May 27, 2014
Seeing e-cigarette use encourages young adult tobacco users to light up
Seeing people use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) increases the urge to smoke among regular combustible cigarettes users, according to a new study of young adult smokers.
May 23, 2014
The Latest Statement on Trauma Care on the South Side
The University of Chicago Medical Center is committed to providing the South Side of Chicago with access to the best health care possible and to contributing to the economic vitality of the region.
May 23, 2014
The latest facts about trauma care on the South Side
Why can't the University of Chicago Medical Center have a Level 1 adult trauma center, like the other top medical centers in the city?
May 19, 2014
Statement on trauma-related protests
The University of Chicago upholds the right to peaceful and safe demonstrations, but cannot allow protests that jeopardize anyone's safety.
May 16, 2014
Mothers' sleep, late in pregnancy, affects offspring's weight gain as adults
Poor-quality sleep during the third trimester of pregnancy can increase the odds of weight gain and metabolic abnormalities in offspring once they reach adulthood, according to a new study published online May 8, 2014, in the journal Diabetes.
May 15, 2014
Latest statement on adult trauma care
The University of Chicago Medicine is committed to providing the South Side of Chicago with access to the best health care and doctors possible. That commitment includes offering a number of distinctive, life-saving services, including the South Side's only burn-unit, a neonatal intensive care unit that serves nearly 1,000 infants from the South Side every year, and the South Side's only Level 1 trauma center for children.
May 15, 2014
Effects of alcohol in young binge drinkers predicts future alcoholism
Heavy social drinkers who report greater stimulation and reward from alcohol are more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder over time, report researchers from the University of Chicago, May 15 in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
May 13, 2014
Spring Flours Annual Benefit to support the Celiac Disease Center
On May 16, 2014, the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is hosting the annual Spring Flours gluten-free benefit. The event will feature more than 25 gluten-free tasting stations hosted by some of Chicago's best chefs and bakers, a live auction and a restaurant gift card sale.
May 12, 2014
University of Chicago chosen as a center for new cancer clinical trials network
A team from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a five-year, $3.9-million award from the National Cancer Institute to serve as a Lead Academic Participating Site for the newly created National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).
May 8, 2014
Promising high-dose radiation therapy for neuroblastoma now offered in Illinois
The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital has become the first in Illinois to offer pioneering, targeted, high-dose, intravenous radiation therapy for relapsed neuroblastoma and other difficult-to-treat cancers.
May 7, 2014
University of Chicago Medicine proposes new care delivery model for patients at increased risk of hospitalization
Finding the most effective way to treat patients before, during and after hospitalization is a major challenge.
May 5, 2014
Nir Uriel, MD, MSc, to head heart failure program at the University of Chicago Medicine
Nir Uriel, MD, MSc, an authority on heart failure, heart transplantation and clinical management of circulatory assist devices, has been appointed associate professor of medicine and medical director of the heart failure program at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective April 1, 2014.
May 5, 2014
David Rubin to head digestive diseases at University of Chicago Medicine
David Rubin, MD, a nationally recognized authority on digestive disease, investigational therapies and medical ethics, has been named section chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective May 1, 2014. He has served as interim chief since November, 2013.
May 1, 2014
Scientists make connection between genetic variation and immune system in risk for neurodegenerative and other diseases
Genetic variations among healthy, young individuals not only influence immune cell function, but are also genetic risk factors for common diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis later in life, report researchers from The University of Chicago, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
May 1, 2014
Lucia Rothman-Denes Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, elected to National Academy of Sciences
Lucia Rothman-Denes, PhD, Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Selected by her peers, Rothman-Denes is now part of an exclusive group of elite researchers recognized for their distinguished and continuing contributions to research.
April 30, 2014
Competition for ecological niches limits the formation of new species
The rate at which new species evolve is limited by competition for ecological niches, report scientists from the University of Chicago in Nature on April 30. The study, which analyzes the evolutionary and genetic relationships between all 461 songbird species that live in the Himalayan mountains, suggests that as ecological niches within an environment are filled, the formation of new species slows or even stops.
April 29, 2014
'A' in hospital safety for University of Chicago Medicine
University of Chicago Medicine once again received the top grade in hospital safety in the latest survey of more than 2,500 hospitals by The Leapfrog Group.
April 28, 2014
Patients of federally funded health centers use health system less
People who rely on the 9,000 federally funded health centers in the U.S. utilize the health care system less than patients who get their primary care from other channels, according to a study published April 28 in the journal Health Services Research.
April 25, 2014
Student filmmakers win awards for bioresearch documentaries
Two University of Chicago undergraduates have won awards for their short video documentaries on graduate students or post-doctoral fellows working in University bioscience laboratories.
April 22, 2014
Susan Cohn, MD, named new dean for Clinical Research
Pediatric oncologist and the leading authority on neuroblastoma, Susan Cohn, MD, has been named dean for Clinical Research at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, effective immediately.
April 17, 2014
Marshall Chin new president-elect of Society of General Internal Medicine
Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, the Richard Parrillo Family Professor of Healthcare Ethics in the Department of Medicine, is the new president-elect of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) for the 2014-2015 year.
April 17, 2014
Monica Vela, MD, wins national award for work in health care disparities
Monica Vela, MD, associate dean for multicultural affairs at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, will receive the 2014 Herbert W. Nickens Minority Health and Representation in Medicine Award from the Society of General Internal Medicine at the group's annual meeting next week.
April 16, 2014
Gebhard Schumacher, 1924-2014
Gebhard Schumacher, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a former section chief of reproductive biology at the University of Chicago, died at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, IL, on March 31. He was 89 years old.
April 7, 2014
Genetic predisposition to liking amphetamine reduces risk of schizophrenia and ADHD
Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine -- the active ingredient in Adderall -- are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists from the University of Chicago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on April 7.
April 1, 2014
PNC taps Thirty Million Words® to be part of multimillion-dollar language development initiative
The PNC Foundation has selected the University of Chicago Medicine Thirty Million Words program to be part of a $19 million initiative supporting early childhood language development.
March 31, 2014
'Your Inner Fish' takes to the screen
The three-part miniseries, which premieres April 9, brings to life Shubin's best-selling and highly readable 2008 book, Your Inner Fish.
March 21, 2014
Study reveals a major mechanism driving kidney cancer progression
The shortage of oxygen, or hypoxia, created when rapidly multiplying kidney cancer cells outgrow their local blood supply can accelerate tumor growth by causing a nuclear protein called SPOP -- which normally suppresses tumor growth -- to move out of the nucleus to the cytoplasm, where it has the opposite effect, promoting rapid proliferation.
March 20, 2014
Genome-wide association studies mislead on cardiac arrhythmia risk gene
Although genome-wide association studies have linked DNA variants in the gene SCN10A with increased risk for cardiac arrhythmia, efforts to determine the gene's direct influence on the heart's electrical activity have been unproductive.
March 13, 2014
Religious beliefs of American Muslims influence attitudes toward organ donation
American Muslims who interpret negative events in life as punishment from God are less likely to believe that donating organs after death is ethical than those with a more positive outlook, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago's Program on Medicine and Religion.
March 13, 2014
Autism and intellectual disability incidence linked with environmental factors
An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are correlated at the county level with incidence of genital malformations in newborn males, an indicator of possible congenital exposure to harmful environmental factors such as pesticides.
March 12, 2014
University of Chicago Medicine makes key senior promotions
The University of Chicago Medicine has made two senior leadership appointments designed to strengthen the institution's organizational structure and continue its ongoing focus on operational excellence, sustainable growth, and enhancements to patient care.
March 12, 2014
IRX3 is likely the "fat gene"
Mutations within the gene FTO have been implicated as the strongest genetic determinant of obesity risk in humans, but the mechanism behind this link remained unknown.
March 11, 2014
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division Top Ranked Programs in Illinois
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine placed 11th out of the 153 ranked medical schools in the latest U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" report for this year, while the PhD programs in the Biological Sciences Division ranked 14th in the country.
March 5, 2014
A single gene, doublesex, controls wing mimicry in butterflies
A single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures required for mimicry in swallowtail butterflies, report scientists from the University of Chicago, March 5 in Nature. Surprisingly, the gene described, doublesex, is already well-known for its critical role in sexual differentiation in insects.
March 5, 2014
New fins evolve repeatedly in teleost fishes
Though present in more than 6,000 living species of fish, the adipose fin, a small appendage that lies between the dorsal fin and tail, has no clear function and is thought to be vestigial. However, a new study analyzing their origins finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species.
February 27, 2014
Sharon O'Keefe named to UHC Governing Board
University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe was named to the Governing Board of UHC, an alliance of 120 leading U.S. academic medical centers and affiliated hospital organizations.
February 26, 2014
Beta-catenin alters T cells in lasting and harmful ways
Activation of beta-catenin, the primary mediator of the ubiquitous Wnt signaling pathway, alters the immune system in lasting and harmful ways, a team of Chicago-based researchers demonstrate in the February 26, 2014, issue of Science Translational Medicine.
February 20, 2014
Whole Genome Analysis, STAT
Although the time and cost of sequencing an entire human genome has plummeted, analyzing the resulting three billion base pairs of genetic information from a single genome can take many months.
February 14, 2014
Researchers find source of new lineage of immune cells
The elusive progenitor cells that give rise to innate lymphoid cells -- a recently discovered group of infection-fighting white blood cells -- have been identified in fetal liver and adult bone marrow of mice, researchers from the University of Chicago report early online in the journal Nature.
February 11, 2014
Sidney Schulman, 1923-2014
Sidney Schulman, SB'44, MD'46, the Ellen C. Manning professor emeritus of neurology at the University of Chicago, died at his Hyde Park home on January 31, 2014, from complications following a fall. He was 90.
February 10, 2014
The genetic origins of high-altitude adaptations in Tibetans
Genome analysis reveals the origins of genetic adaptations for high altitude in Tibetans and suggests a novel mechanism for human adaptation
February 6, 2014
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Prevention Guidelines: New guidelines for reducing stroke risks unique to women
For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.
January 28, 2014
University of Chicago Medicine names first deans for faculty affairs
The University of Chicago Medicine named its first two deans for faculty affairs, appointments designed to support the needs of faculty within the Biological Sciences Division.
January 27, 2014
Fragmented sleep accelerates cancer growth
Poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers, according to a new study published online January 21, 2014, in the journal Cancer Research.
January 17, 2014
Herbert Friedmann, PhD, 1927-2014
Herbert C. Friedmann, PhD'58, an authority on bacterial enzymes, the biosynthesis of vitamin B12 and the history of biology, and a role model for rigorous and effective teaching, died Monday, January 13, 2014, at the University of Chicago Medicine from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 86 years old.
January 16, 2014
Genomes of modern dogs and wolves provide new insights on domestication
Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 11,000 and 34,000 years ago, before humans transitioned to agricultural societies, according to an analysis of modern dog and wolf genomes from areas of the world thought to be centers of dog domestication.
January 15, 2014
Key species of algae shows effects of climate change over time
Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification.
January 14, 2014
Social experience drives empathetic, pro-social behavior in rats
Rats will help a stranger in distress only if they have had prior social experience with the type of the unfamiliar individual.
January 14, 2014
Francis H. Straus, MD, SM, 1932-2014
Francis H. Straus, MD'57, SM'64, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of Chicago, died at his home at Mackinac Island, Michigan, on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. He was 81 years old.
January 13, 2014
Discovery of new Tiktaalik roseae fossils reveals key link in evolution of hind limbs
The discovery of well-preserved pelves and a partial pelvic fin from Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million-year-old transitional species between fish and the first legged animals, reveals that the evolution of hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins.
January 8, 2014
J. Terry Ernest, pioneer of cell transplantation for eye diseases, 1935-2013
A physician-scientist who broke new ground in cell transplantation for eye diseases, J. Terry Ernest, MD, PhD, the Cynthia Chow Professor Emeritus and former chairman of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Chicago, died on Dec. 26, 2013, in Chicago after a long illness. He was 78.
January 6, 2014
University of Chicago to share in $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research
Cancer researchers at the University of Chicago and five other leading institutions will share equally in a $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research, on behalf of its founder Daniel K. Ludwig.