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2017 Press Releases

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.