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2017 Press Releases

November 3, 2017
Humanitarian Paul Farmer wins prestigious MacLean Center ethics prize
Acclaimed physician and global health worker Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Medical Ethics, the largest such award in the field.

November 2, 2017
Chicago students to get hands-on cancer research experience through $1.9 million grant to UChicago Medicine
The Chicago EYES on Cancer program will recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds and teachers from Chicago Public Schools for a two-year summer research apprenticeship. 

November 1, 2017
Mapping the microbiome of… everything

In the Earth Microbiome Project, an extensive global team collected more than 27,000 samples from numerous, diverse environments around the globe. 

October 25, 2017
Flu forecasting tool uses evolution to make earlier predictions
A new model for forecasting seasonal flu outbreaks makes better predictions by factoring in how much the virus changed compared to recent years.

October 9, 2017
What soot covered, hundred-year-old birds can tell us about saving the environment
A unique study by UChicago grad students shows that discoloration of birds in museum collections can be used to trace the history of air pollution.

September 14, 2017
UChicago Medicine adopts new logo, to rebrand Ingalls facilities
The University of Chicago Medicine is rolling out a new logo and rebranding Ingalls Memorial Hospital and its ambulatory facilities as part of a major initiative to reflect the academic medical center's growing geographic reach and expanded services.

August 30, 2017
UChicago Medicine working to offer breakthrough gene therapy approved today by the FDA
The University of Chicago Medicine is one of a limited number of U.S. sites working to offer a breakthrough gene therapy for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which was just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

August 15, 2017
New genomic data platform to focus on children's health issues
UChicago Medicine to play key role in NIH-funded initiative that concentrates on genetic flaws related to pediatric cancer, birth defects

August 15, 2017
Scientists identify gene that controls immune response to chronic viral infections
Researchers from the University of Chicago identify a gene that helps some people and animals fight persistent viral infections. 

August 9, 2017
First winged mammals from the Jurassic period discovered
UChicago paleontologists discover two 160 million-year-old fossils showing that early mammals in the Jurassic Period evolved to glide and live in trees.

August 7, 2017
Big data yields surprising connections between diseases
Analysis of health insurance claims from nearly a half a million people suggests surprising relationships among common diseases.

June 29, 2017
UChicago Medicine announces South Side Pediatric Asthma Center
Recognizing that asthma affects children on Chicago's South Side more than most other communities in the city, the University of Chicago Medicine's Urban Health Initiative and the Department of Pediatrics will lead a collaboration of health providers to develop the South Side Pediatric Asthma Center.

June 27, 2017
UChicago Medicine awards grants to support local grassroots violence prevention programs during summer
The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) has awarded seven capacity-building grants to provide immediate support to existing community-based violence prevention, intervention, and recovery efforts on Chicago's South Side.

June 7, 2017
Dates set for opening of bigger ED and launch of adult trauma care
The University of Chicago Medicine has set Jan. 8, 2018, for the opening of its expanded emergency department and May 1, 2018, for the launch of Level 1 adult trauma services, pending approval by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

May 24, 2017
Yearlong survey tracks the microbiome of a newly opened hospital
A 12-month study mapping bacterial diversity within a hospital -- with a focus on the flow of microbes between patients, staff and surfaces -- should help hospitals worldwide better understand how to encourage beneficial microbial interactions and decrease potentially harmful contact.

May 22, 2017
3.3 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of the human spine
Analysis of a 3.3 million-year-old fossil skeleton reveals the most complete spinal column of any early human relative, enabling efficient walking motions millions of years earlier than previously thought.

May 22, 2017
Richard L. Baron, radiologist and authority on diagnosis of liver disease, 1949-2017
Richard Baron, MD, a professor and former Chairman of the Department of Radilogoy at the University of Chicago, died suddenly from an apparent heart attack while playing tennis on Thursday, May 4. He was 68 years old.

May 10, 2017
Silveria named Chief Financial Officer at the University of Chicago Medical Center
Rich Silveria, a finance leader with more than three decades of experience in health care, has been appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center.

April 26, 2017
New UChicago Medicine program to advance care for neurological diseases
Issam Awad, MD, director of neurovascular surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, will lead a new program that melds the latest neuroscience research with clinical practice to improve care for patients with neurological diseases.

April 21, 2017
UCM-led studies ranked 1 and 2 in Clinical Research Forum’s Top 10 for 2017
The Clinical Research Forum selected two studies headed by University of Chicago researchers as among the three best clinical research papers published in 2016. 

April 14, 2017
Research suggests bans on trans fats linked to healthier communities
People living in areas that restrict trans fats in foods had fewer hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke compared to residents in areas without restrictions, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine and Yale School of Medicine.

April 12, 2017
Ethics study: Inconsistent state laws may complicate medical decision-making
A patchwork of state laws creates a labyrinth that can make it confusing to navigate incapacitated patients’ medical wishes. Without clear national standards, the problem may worsen as the nation’s 75 million baby boomers continue to age, according to medical ethics research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

April 12, 2017
UChicago Medicine gets 11th 'A' for patient safety from Leapfrog
The University of Chicago Medicine earned an 11th consecutive "A" in patient safety from a prominent industry watchdog organization, according to results released Wednesday.

April 6, 2017
MOMENTUM 3: Heart failure patients with HeartMate 3 have fewer blood-related adverse events than those with HeartMate II
A six-month trial of a new left ventricular assist system shows that heart failure patients had fewer adverse events.

April 6, 2017
Seemingly innocuous virus can trigger celiac disease
Infection with reovirus, a common but otherwise harmless virus, can trigger the immune system response to gluten that leads to celiac disease, according to new research from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

April 5, 2017
Removing thyroid and parathyroid glands via the mouth prevents a visible scar
A surgical team from UChicago Medicine was the first in the Midwest and the fourth in the United States to remove thyroid glands using an approach that leaves no visible scar.

March 31, 2017
UChicago Medicine earns 'leader' designation for LGBTQ health equality
The University of Chicago Medicine earned the top "leader" designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the academic medical center's inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

March 30, 2017
UChicago Medicine research finds patients face rising costs for EpiPen allergy drug
Commercially insured patients who use the life-saving epinephrine auto-injector known as 'EpiPen' have experienced skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs since 2007, according to research published March 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

March 27, 2017
Becker Elected President of OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors
Yolanda Becker, MD, professor of surgery and director of kidney and pancreas transplantation at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been elected president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing board of directors.

March 17, 2017
Untreated sleep apnea in children can harm brain cells tied to cognition and mood
A study comparing children who have sleep apnea to children who slept normally found significant reductions of gray matter in the brain.

March 16, 2017
Tempus and University of Chicago collaborate on groundbreaking breast cancer project
UChicago Medicine and technology company Tempus are partnering to personalize breast cancer treatment by analyzing medical data.

March 14, 2017
UChicago's Pritzker remains among top medical schools in national survey
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine earned a No. 15 spot in an annual review of the country's top medical schools.

March 13, 2017
How cells communicate to move together as a group
Research from the University of Chicago has identified a new signaling system that epithelial cells use to coordinate their individual movements and efficiently move tissues.

March 13, 2017
Parallel cellular pathways activate the process that controls organ growth
A new study from the University of Chicago suggests that while proteins that control organ growth accumulate around the edges of cells, they actually function at a different cellular site.

March 10, 2017
UChicago alum endows medical school scholarship program with estate gift
A physician who graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and his spouse are bequeathing their estate to the medical school, creating a new scholarship they hope will encourage future alumni to "pay it forward."

March 9, 2017
Molecules form gels to help cells sense and respond to stress
A specific protein inside cells senses threatening changes in its environment, such as heat or starvation, and forms hydrogel droplets to help the cell continue to function and grow under stressful conditions, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Chicago.

March 8, 2017
By boosting innate immunity, researchers eradicate aggressive prostate cancer in mice
A drug already used for treating thyroid and kidney cancer was able to stop prostate cancer in mice by activating the immune system.

March 6, 2017
Evaluation of emergency medicine residents points to gender bias
Although female doctors training to become emergency medicine specialists scored as well as their male colleagues during the first year of their three-year programs, by the end of the third year, male residents, on average, received higher evaluations on all 23 emergency medicine training categories – including medical knowledge, patient safety, team management and communication – than female residents.

March 1, 2017
Neonatologist Edward Ogata, MD, 1945-2017
Edward S. Ogata, MD, a neonatologist at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, died on Feb. 24 surrounded by his family after having a series of recent strokes.

February 21, 2017
UChicago Medicine opens clinic in the South Loop
The University of Chicago Medicine will open its newest clinic in the South Loop on Tuesday, Feb. 21, adding to the academic medical center's growing network of locations.

February 7, 2017
UChicago receives $2.4 million NIH grant to build visual prosthesis
The University of Chicago Medicine has been awarded a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a system of wireless brain implants that might restore partial vision to people who have lost their sight.

February 3, 2017
Outstanding Investigator Award honors UChicago cancer researcher
University of Chicago cancer specialist Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD, a pioneer in the field of cancer immunotherapy, has been awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award by the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the National Institutes of Health. The award guarantees $600,000 per year in direct costs for seven years.

February 2, 2017
Under and misuse of hormone therapy decreasing, but still high
A nationwide cancer registry of almost one million patients treated for hormone-sensitive breast cancer shows that one out of six women who should have received post-surgical treatment known as adjuvant endocrine therapy did not get this recommended component of care, which can reduce the odds of recurrence.

January 30, 2017
UChicago Medicine community contribution grows to $373 million
The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) contributed $373 million in fiscal 2015 -- 18 percent more than the prior year -- to address the urgent health needs of the South Side and provide other assistance to the community, according to a recently released annual report.

January 23. 2017
Regulating "gasotransmitters" could improve care for sleep apnea
Unbalanced signaling by two molecules that regulate breathing leads to sleep apnea in mice and rats. Injection of a substance that reduces production of one of those signals can prevent apneas. This approach may help people suffering from multiple forms of sleep-disordered breathing.

January 18, 2017
The University of Chicago Medicine to Join CMS Alternative Payment Model
The University of Chicago Medicine Care Network ACO was selected as one of 99 new Shared Savings Program ACOs, providing Medicare beneficiaries with access to high-quality, coordinated care across the United States, CMS announced today.

January 13, 2017
Clean-burning stoves improve health for new mothers in Nigeria
In a clinical trial in Nigeria that replaced biomass and kerosene cookstoves with clean-burning ethanol stoves, researchers were able to reduce by two-thirds the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in pregnant women.

January 12, 2017
Dr. Selwyn Rogers to head UChicago Medicine's adult trauma center
Dr. Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., a top surgeon and public health expert with 16 years of trauma care experience, will lead the University of Chicago Medicine's development of the South Side's only Level 1 adult trauma center, scheduled to open in 2018. He joined the organization on Jan. 5, 2017.

January 4, 2017
280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes
High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks, and allow scientists to firmly anchor them in evolutionary history.