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2015 Press Releases

December 17, 2015
The University of Chicago Medicine announces historic community plan to strengthen access to care for Chicago's South Side
UChicago plan includes a level 1 adult trauma center on its campus; new and expanded ER; and increase in hospital beds to meet community needs.

December 17, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine to build level 1 trauma center at Hyde Park campus
The University of Chicago Medicine has decided to build a Level 1 adult trauma center at its Medical Center campus.

December 14, 2015
Expensive, exploratory research biopsies overused in early studies of new cancer drugs
For more than a decade, researchers studying the newest anticancer drugs have taken extra biopsies solely for the purpose of trying to understand the pharmacodynamics -- what the drug does to the tumor -- of a new anticancer drug.

December 14, 2015
Brain cell death is a possible trigger of multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be triggered by the death of brain cells that make myelin, the insulation around nerve fibers, according to research on a novel mouse model developed by scientists from the University of Chicago and Northwestern Medicine.

December 11, 2015
Thyroid cancer patients report poor quality of life despite 'good' diagnosis
Thyroid cancer survivors report poor quality of life after diagnosis and treatment compared with other patients who are diagnosed with more lethal cancers, according to new research from the University of Chicago Medicine.

December 10, 2015
New study finds nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job
While many studies have examined the impact of bias based on race, gender or sexual orientation, religious discrimination in the health care workplace has received little research attention.

December 10, 2015
Bacterial circadian clocks set by metabolism, not light
Most organisms on Earth, from bacteria to humans, possesses a circadian clock -- a biological mechanism that synchronizes activities such as rest or growth to daily changes in a 24-hour day.

December 10, 2015
How skates and rays got their wings
The evolution of the striking, wing-like pectoral fins of skates and rays relied on repurposed genes, according to new research by scientists from the University of Chicago.

December 8, 2015
The University of Chicago's Ci3 receives grant for digital storytelling research in India
The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago will receive a $1 million, 2-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

November 30, 2015
UCMC and BSD Normal Operations to Resume on Tuesday (PDF)

November 29, 2015
Notification of Security Threat to University of Chicago Campus (PDF)

November 25, 2015
Study tests method to boost immune system response to inoperable cervical cancer
The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, along with the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lennox, is one of three study sites in the United States participating in a clinical trial to determine whether an investigational DNA cancer vaccine (INO-3112) is safe and can stimulate the immune systems of women with inoperable, recurrent or progressive/persistent cervical cancer to attack malignant cells.

November 23, 2015
Two University of Chicago scientists named AAAS fellows for 2015
Two distinguished scientists and educators have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

November 23, 2015
New test may improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatobiliary and other gastrointestinal cancers
By collecting samples from the portal vein -- which carries blood from the gastrointestinal tract, including from the pancreas, to the liver -- physicians can learn far more about a patient's pancreatic cancer than by relying on peripheral blood from a more easily accessed vein in the arm.

November 16, 2015
High-tech analysis of proto-mammal fossil clarifies the mammalian family tree
A new analysis of the jaw of Haramiyavia clemmenseni, one of the earliest known proto-mammals, clarifies the timeline of early mammalian evolution.

November 12, 2015
The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System announce intent to combine
The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System announced today that they signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to pursue a combined integrated health delivery system.

November 9, 2015
Enormous genetic variation may shield tumors from treatment
The most rigorous genetic sequencing ever carried out on a single tumor reveals far greater genetic diversity among cancer cells than anticipated.

November 9, 2015
Scientific research is conservative but could be accelerated, analysis finds
Institutional and cultural pressures lead scientists to avoid risk-taking and choose inefficient research strategies, two new University of Chicago papers conclude.

November 6, 2015
Pritzker launches program to reshape future of medical education
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is joining more than two dozen other medical schools from across the country in a wide-reaching effort to transform medical education, the American Medical Association announced this week.

November 5, 2015
Gut bacteria can dramatically amplify cancer immunotherapy
By introducing a particular strain of bacteria into the digestive tracts of mice with melanoma, researchers at the University of Chicago were able to boost the ability of the animal's immune systems to attack tumor cells.

November 5, 2015
Richard L. Landau, MD, 1916-2015
For more than half a century, Richard L. Landau was a demanding professor of medicine, performing path-breaking research into the effects of human hormones and treatment of hormone-related diseases while building a world-renowned endocrinology program at the University of Chicago.

November 2, 2015
Pioneering psychiatrist earns MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics
The 2015 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics and Health Outcomes, a $50,000 award, will be presented to Stanford University bioethicist Laura Roberts, MD, MA, during 27th annual Dorothy MacLean Fellows Conference at the University of Chicago.

October 30, 2015
New UChicago Medicine report outlines $316 million in community benefit
The University of Chicago Medicine contributed $316 million in fiscal 2014 to improve the health of the South Side and broader Chicago area, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

October 28, 2015
Scientists call for unified initiative to advance microbiome research
A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development and commercial applications to better understand and harness the capabilities of Earth's vast systems of microorganisms.

October 28, 2015
UChicago Medicine earns 8th straight ‘A’ for hospital safety
The University of Chicago Medicine has received its 8th consecutive “A” rating for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, an industry watchdog that tracks the record of thousands of hospitals nationwide.

October 27, 2015
Drug for digestive problem can extend survival for many advanced cancer patients
Patients with advanced cancers who took a drug designed to relieve constipation caused by pain killers lived longer and had fewer reports of tumor progression than cancer patients who did not receive the drug, according to results presented October 27 at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Diego.

October 27, 2015
Kathryn Colby to Chair Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
After a national search, distinguished corneal surgeon, educator and researcher Kathryn Colby, MD, PhD, has been selected to chair the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science (OVS) at the University of Chicago Medicine.

October 26, 2015
Sheet music for creating the artificial sense of touch
A new study led by neuroscientists from the University of Chicago brings us one step closer to building prosthetic limbs for humans that re-create a sense of touch through a direct interface with the brain.

October 22, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine to Open South Loop Clinic in late 2016
The University of Chicago Medicine has signed a long-term lease for an 18,000-square-foot space in the South Loop that will offer primary care, cardiology, orthopedic, sports medicine and other medical and surgical specialties, as well as obstetrics-gynecology, reproductive and other select services for women.

October 19, 2015
Two University of Chicago physicians elected to National Academy of Medicine
The National Academy of Medicine today announced that University of Chicago physicians Melissa Lynn Gilliam, MD, MPH, and David Owen Meltzer, MD, PhD, have been elected to membership in the Academy.  

October 13, 2015
Advanced ambulance care increases mortality
Patients suffering from trauma, heart attack or stroke have a better chance at survival if they are transported by a basic life support ambulance than by an advanced life support ambulance, according to a new study involving data from nearly 400,000 patients in non-rural counties nationwide.

October 9, 2015
Loop Capital commits $1 Million to University of Chicago Medicine's Community Health Workers Program
Loop Capital has pledged $1 million to launch the University of Chicago Medicine's Community Health Workers Program (CHW).

October 7, 2015
Forward motion: Book suggests ways to limit reversals in health care
Medical reversal -- when accepted medical interventions are abandoned because they are found to be ineffective -- is the "most important problem in medicine today," according to the authors of a new book: Ending Medical Reversal.

October 5, 2015
Brenda Battle Appointed to American Red Cross Regional Board
Brenda Battle, RN, BSN, MBA, University of Chicago Medicine's vice president for care delivery innovation and chief diversity and inclusion officer, has been appointed to the American Red Cross' Board of Directors for the Chicago & Northern Illinois region.

October 1, 2015
University of Chicago researchers awarded $3.5 million as part of national consortium to transform diagnosis and treatment of psychotic disorders
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded researchers from the University of Chicago $3.5 million as part of the second phase of the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP2) – a multi-university consortium that aims to establish a new system of diagnosis for psychotic diseases based on biomarkers, and guide the development of novel therapies.

September 30, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine breaks ground in Orland Park
The University of Chicago Medicine broke ground on its 108,000-square-foot, four-story ambulatory health care facility in Orland Park during a ceremony Tuesday in the southwest Chicago suburb.

September 29, 2015
University of Chicago geneticist John Novembre named 2015 MacArthur Fellow
John Novembre, PhD, a computational geneticist who studies the evolutionary history and genetic diversity of human populations, has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow.

September 29, 2015
The brain perceives motion the same way through both vision and touch
The brain uses similar computations to calculate the direction and speed of objects in motion whether they are perceived visually or through the sense of touch.

September 25, 2015
UChicago Medicine, Edward-Elmhurst Health strengthen pediatric affiliation
Edward-Elmhurst Health and the University of Chicago Medicine have reached an agreement to expand access to advanced subspecialty care for infants and children in west and southwest suburban communities.

September 22, 2015
Probiotic formula reverses cow's milk allergies by changing gut bacteria of infants
The gut bacteria of infants who developed tolerance to cow's milk after treatment with probiotic formula showed significant differences from those who remained allergic, according to a new study published September 22, 2015, in The ISME Journal by scientists from the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

September 16, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine hosts symposium of leading Chicago heart researchers
More than 100 leading researchers from Chicago's major academic medical centers as well as six out-of-state institutions will meet at the American Heart Association's 2015 Chicago Research Network Symposium, hosted by University of Chicago Medicine's Section of Cardiology, on Friday, September 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University's Gordon Center for Integrative Science, 929 E. 57th St., Chicago.

September 15, 2015
Data-driven approach could help improve allocation of biomedical research resources
A new computational model developed by scientists from the University of Chicago could help improve the allocation of U.S. biomedical research resources.

September 11, 2015
New Level 1 adult trauma center planned for Chicago’s South Side communities
In a move to create a more comprehensive system of needed trauma and emergency care for Chicago’s South and Southwest side communities, Sinai Health System and the University of Chicago Medicine are partnering to build and operate a Level 1 adult trauma center and to expand emergency services.

September 10, 2015
Protein aggregation after heat shock is an organized, reversible cellular response
Protein aggregates that form after a cell is exposed to high, non-lethal temperatures appear to be part of an organized response to stress, and not the accumulation of damaged proteins en route to destruction.

September 8, 2015
Center for Asian Health Equity awarded $3.5 million CDC grant
The Center for Asian Health Equity, a partnership between the University of Chicago Medicine and the Asian Health Coalition, has received a five-year, $3.5 million federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase colorectal cancer screenings, particularly among underserved communities in Cook County.

September 7, 2015
Synthetic proteins help solve structure of the fluoride ion channel
Although present almost everywhere – food, soil, toothpaste and especially tap water –, the fluoride ion is highly toxic to microorganisms and cells.

September 4, 2015
UChicago Medicine earns prestigious pancreas center designation
The University of Chicago Medicine has been named a National Pancreas Foundation Center, one of only 30 facilities in the county to receive the prestigious designation from the health advocacy group.

August 31, 2015
"Eat me" signal whets appetites for tumor-devouring dendritic cells, in the right cancer-control model
By changing the mouse model they use to study how the immune system responds to cancer, a team of researchers hopes to shift the focus for one form of cancer immunotherapy back to the standard approach -- relying on antigen-presenting dendritic cells -- and away from the current upstart, macrophages.

August 31, 2015
Scientists engineer designer proteins that control enzyme activity
Scientists from the University of Chicago have developed a novel approach to control the activity of enzymes through the use of synthetic, antibody-like proteins known as monobodies.

August 12, 2015
Octopus genome sequenced
The first whole genome analysis of an octopus reveals unique genomic features that likely played a role in the evolution of traits such as large complex nervous systems and adaptive camouflage.

August 10, 2015
New computational method predicts genes likely to be causal in disease
A new computational method developed by scientists from the University of Chicago improves the detection of genes that are likely to be causal for complex diseases and biological traits.

August 6, 2015
John Cunningham to Chair Pediatrics at the University of Chicago
After a national search, John M. Cunningham, MD, the Donald N. Pritzker Professor and interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, has been formally appointed chairman of the department, effective Aug. 1, 2015.

July 31, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine receives QOPI certification
The Section of Hematology and Oncology and the Outpatient Cancer Center at the University of Chicago Medicine have received certification from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

July 29, 2015
UChicago Medicine supports new organ transplant fund for the uninsured
The University of Chicago Medicine has become the first transplant center to contribute to the Illinois Transplant Fund (ITF), a new not-for-profit that provides financial support for organ transplants to qualified uninsured residents of northern and central Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

July 29, 2015
Long telomere length associated with increased lung cancer risk
A large-scale genetic study of the links between telomere length and risk for five common cancers finds that long telomeres are associated with an increased risk of lung adenocarcinoma.

July 28, 2015
Raul Hinojosa, MD, 1928-2015
A memorial service for Raul Hinojosa, MD, associate professor of surgery emeritus at the University of Chicago and a leading authority on diseases affecting the ear, will be held at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center on Aug. 27, 2015.

July 21, 2015
Charles Rubin, MD, 1953-2015: Pediatric cancer specialist at the University of Chicago Medicine passes away
Charles M. Rubin, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, a highly respected specialist in the care of children with cancer and a role model for medical students, residents and even established physicians, died while at work on Friday, July 17. He was 62.

July 21, 2015
Central Illinois physician donates $3.5 million for cancer research
Anjuli Nayak, a renowned allergist and immunologist from Bloomington who received cancer treatment at the University of Chicago Medicine, is endowing a $3.5 million professorship at the medical center for leukemia research.

July 14, 2015
Investigational drug prevents life-threatening side effects of kidney disease treatment
A yearlong study of more than 300 patients found that the investigational drug patiromer can reduce elevated blood-potassium levels -- a common side effect of drugs essential in the treatment of chronic diabetic kidney disease.

July 14, 2015
Ci3 awarded $1.2M NIH grant to boost STEM, health literacy among urban teens
The Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC Design Lab), a signature program for the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago, has received a five-year, $1.2 million federal grant to investigate gameplay and game design as a way to enhance science and health education for minority groups.

July 13, 2015
Helicopter Safety in the Age of the Drone
The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN), Air Methods, and several other medical-flight associations are working with the national MedEvac Foundation to present the Great American Safety Drive, a Chicago-based educational event about "Flying Safely in a Shared Space: Manned and Unmanned Aircraft."

July 9, 2015
UChicago Medicine named to national network to advance food allergy research
The University of Chicago Medicine is among 22 centers of excellence across the country chosen by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) to be inaugural members of its FARE Clinical Network, which will work to accelerate development of therapies and raise the standard of care for people with life-threating food allergies.

July 7, 2015
Organ transplant rejection may not be permanent
Rejection of transplanted organs in hosts that were previously tolerant may not be permanent, report scientists from the University of Chicago.

July 2, 2015
First comprehensive analysis of the woolly mammoth genome completed
Study identifies extensive genetic changes responsible for adaptations to arctic life in woolly mammoths.

July 1, 2015
UChicago Medicine, Little Company of Mary expand pediatric partnership: Affiliation to boost community access to specialty care for infants and children
The University of Chicago Medicine and Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers are partnering to expand care for infants and children by developing a subspecialty center on the community hospital's Evergreen Park campus that will provide enhanced neonatology and pediatric services.

June 10, 2015
John F. Mullan, MD, 1925-2015
John (Sean) Mullan, MD, the John Harper Seely Professor Emeritus in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, died from lung cancer on Thursday, June 4, surrounded by family members at his home in Hyde Park. He was 90 years old.

June 4, 2015
New tool brings standards to epigenetic studies
One of the most widely used tools in epigenetics research -- the study of how DNA packaging affects gene expression -- is chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), a technique that allows researchers to examine interactions between specific proteins and genomic regions.

June 2, 2015
UChicago Medicine to lead $10 million March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center
Collaboration with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine to study gene regulation in normal, preterm pregnancies

June 1, 2015
Available genetic data could help doctors choose safer, more effective drugs for patients taking cardiovascular medicines
There is a wealth of published information describing interactions between drugs used to treat cardiovascular disease and the genetic variations that can affect how patients respond to them. But few heart specialists make routine use of this potentially life-saving data.

May 29, 2015
Pembrolizumab shows real promise against head and neck cancer
Immunotherapy with the anti-PD-1 antibody pembrolizumab (Keytruda®) was effective in one out of four patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer, according to results presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

May 22, 2015
China Century signs agreement with University of Chicago Medicine
China Century Group and the University of Chicago Medicine signed an exclusive agreement Thursday to improve health care delivery in China by bringing international standards and best practices to hospitals across the country.

May 20, 2015
Study adds diabetes drug with anti-cancer effect to ovarian cancer treatment
Several recent studies have suggested that metformin, an established drug developed to treat patients with type II diabetes, may provide significant benefits, including increased survival, to patients being treated for advanced cancers.

May 11, 2015
Disrupting cancer pathway could enhance new immunotherapies
Understanding how to overrule a signaling pathway that can cause treatments to fail in metastatic melanoma patients should help physicians extend the benefits of recently approved immunity-boosting drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors to more patients.

May 07, 2015
Genetic changes to basic developmental processes evolve more frequently than thought
Newly evolved genes can rapidly assume control over fundamental functions during early embryonic development, report scientists from the University of Chicago.

May 07, 2015
Cells amplify messenger RNA levels to set protein levels
New statistical analysis that accounts for experimental noise reshapes the basic view of how cells turn genetic information into functional molecules

May 06, 2015
In late post-surgical colon 'leaks,' finger points to microbes
Post-surgical leaks that develop after a segment of the colon has been removed and stitched back together often are caused not by negligence or technical error but by bacteria in the bowel that elude antibiotics, according to new evidence about this devastating complication of gastrointestinal surgery.

April 30, 2015
Clinical trial for guanabenz as treatment for Multiple Sclerosis begins enrollment
Patients are now being enrolled in a clinical trial conducted to study guanabenz, an FDA-approved drug to treat high blood pressure, as a potential therapeutic to reduce loss of myelin in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients.

April 29, 2015
Leapfrog gives UChicago Medicine 7th straight 'A' for hospital safety
The University of Chicago Medicine was named one of the safest hospitals in the country for the seventh consecutive time by the prestigious and independent Leapfrog Group.

April 28, 2015
Church-based diabetes education program leads to healthier lifestyles among Latino adults
Latino adults with diabetes who participated in a church-based education program reported eating less high-fat food and exercising more after the conclusion of a pilot intervention by researchers from the University of Chicago Department of Medicine.

April 27, 2015
Effective sleep apnea treatment lowers diabetes risk
Using a simple device for eight hours a night to treat sleep apnea can help people with prediabetes improve their blood sugar levels and may reduce the risk of progressing to diabetes, according to a new study published online in the April 21, 2015, issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

April 21, 2015
Breathless: How blood-oxygen levels regulate air intake
Researchers have unraveled the elusive process by which small, highly vascular clusters of sensory cells in the carotid arteries "taste the blood," as a 1926 essay put it -- the initial step in regulating blood-oxygen levels.

April 17, 2015
University of Chicago Medical Center Receives Notice of Strike from Nurses' Union
National Nurses United (NNU) has called a one-day strike for the University of Chicago Medical Center's 1,500 union-represented nurses. By law, NNU is required to give the medical center written notice at least 10 days before a strike. NNU has called for nurses to stop working on April 30, 2015.

April 14, 2015
Ancient herbal therapy can prevent -- and reverse -- cardiac hypertrophy in mice
A natural compound derived from the bark of the magnolia tree, can protect the heart from hypertrophy, a thickening of cardiac muscle often caused by chronic high blood pressure that can lead to heart failure, researchers report in the April 14 issue of the online journal Nature Communications.

April 9, 2015
Humans carry one to two lethal recessive mutations on average, study estimates
Humans carry on average one to two mutations that, if inherited from both parents, can cause severe genetic disorders or death before reaching reproductive age, report scientists from the University of Chicago and Columbia University.

March 26, 2015
Charlene Sennett, MD, 1952-2015
Charlene Sennett, MD, an associate professor of radiology at the University of Chicago Medicine and a highly respected clinical specialist in breast imaging, died at the medical center on March 23, 2015, after months of illness. 

March 25, 2015
New analysis finds successes, gaps in community-based diabetes prevention programs
Lifestyle interventions designed to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes can work well in group-based, community settings, conclude authors from the University of Chicago Medicine in a new report issued by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) on March 25, 2015.

March 18, 2015
Polonsky reappointed as head of biological sciences, medical school and medical center at University of Chicago
Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, the Richard T. Crane Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. The reappointment is effective Oct. 1, 2015.

March 17, 2015
Plants' defensive responses against herbivores have downstream effects on nearby ecosystems
Chemical changes that occur in tree leaves after being attacked by insects and mammals can impact nearby streams, which rely on fallen plant material as a food source, report scientists from the University of Chicago Department of Ecology and Evolution.

March 17, 2015
UChicago symposium focuses on advances in cancer immunotherapies
The Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago will hold a day-long symposium on cancer immunotherapy for physicians and researchers.

March 13, 2015
Blood pressure drug protects against symptoms of multiple sclerosis in animal models
An FDA-approved drug for high blood pressure, guanabenz, prevents myelin loss and alleviates clinical symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) in animal models, according to a new study.

March 12, 2015
Optogenetics without the genetics
Light can be used to activate normal, non-genetically modified neurons through the use of targeted gold nanoparticles, report scientists from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

March 11, 2015
Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab awarded $1 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is again lending its support to the innovative use of gameplay and design to engage youth in lessons of health and life. The foundation has awarded $1 million over two years to Ci3's Game Changer Chicago Design Lab (GCC Design Lab) to advance its work developing game-based learning experiences that promote sexual and reproductive health, academic success, civic engagement, and overall well-being among urban youth.

March 10, 2015
Pritzker School of Medicine program ranks 10th in latest survey
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine moved up a notch to regain its top 10 status as one of the country's best medical schools and its primary care program scored its strongest rating since 2010, according to the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools."

March 5, 2015
Transport molecule forms a protective structure to guide proteins to cell membrane
The molecular complex that guides an important class of proteins to correct locations in cell membranes does so by forming a dimeric structure with a protective pocket, report scientists from the University of Chicago in Science on Mar. 5.

February 25, 2015
Epigenetic "switch" regulates RNA-protein interactions
Chemical changes – also known as epigenetic modifications – to messenger RNA (mRNA) are thought to play an important role in gene expression, and have recently been found to affect biological processes such as circadian clock management and obesity.

February 19, 2015
New study helps explain links between sleep loss and diabetes
Lack of sleep can elevate levels of free fatty acids in the blood, accompanied by temporary pre-diabetic conditions in healthy young men, according to new research published online February 19, 2015, in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

February 17, 2015
Seasonal flu vaccine induces antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu
Antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu, which emerged in China in 2013 and sparked fears of a global pandemic, have been isolated in individuals who received seasonal flu vaccinations.

February 17, 2015
Comer Children's Hospital Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago Medicine is marking its first decade of outstanding contributions in the care of children from the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States and around the world.

February 12, 2015
Earliest-known arboreal and subterranean ancestral mammals discovered
The fossils of two interrelated ancestral mammals, newly discovered in China, suggest that the wide-ranging ecological diversity of modern mammals had a precedent more than 160 million years ago.

February 10, 2015
New screening tool could speed development of ovarian cancer drugs
University of Chicago Medicine researchers have built a model system that uses multiple cell types from patients to rapidly test compounds that could block the early steps in ovarian cancer metastasis.

February 2, 2015
MicroRNAs can limit cancer spread
Cancers that have spread throughout the body, a process known as metastasis, are difficult, often impossible, to control. They are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths.

February 2, 2015
University of Chicago Medicine opens Heart and Vascular Center
The University of Chicago Medicine has launched the Heart and Vascular Center, which combines resources from three clinical specialties to meet the growing needs of patients seeking cardiovascular care in a highly coordinated setting.

January 29, 2015
Ancient "genomic parasites" spurred evolution of pregnancy in mammals
An international team of scientists has identified large-scale genetic changes that marked the evolution of pregnancy in mammals.

January 27, 2015
Low-frequency deep brain stimulation improves difficult-to-treat Parkinson's symptoms
Parkinson's disease patients treated with low-frequency deep brain stimulation show significant improvements in swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait over typical high-frequency treatment.

January 21, 2015
Sleeping on stomach may increase risk of sudden death in epilepsy
Stomach sleepers with epilepsy may be at higher risk of sudden unexpected death, drawing parallels to sudden infant death syndrome in babies, report scientists from the University of Chicago online in Neurology on Jan. 21.

January 20, 2015
Drug-development grants focus on sleep apnea, asthma research
Two research teams based at the University of Chicago have received prestigious grants from the National Institutes of Health to develop novel medications to treat sleep apnea and asthma.

January 16, 2015
Rare mutations do not explain "missing heritability" in asthma
Despite a strong suspected link between genetics and asthma, commonly found genetic mutations account for only a small part of the risk for developing the disease -- a problem known as missing heritability.

January 9, 2015
Thomas takes new position leading community health, civic engagement
Cristal Thomas, deputy governor of Illinois, has been named vice president for Community Health Engagement at the University of Chicago Medicine and senior adviser to the vice president for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago.