2014 Press Releases

April 22, 2014
Susan Cohn, MD, named new dean of 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.