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December 22, 2014
Paleontologists have documented the evolutionary adaptations necessary for ancient lobe-finned fish to transform pectoral fins used underwater into strong, bony structures, such as those of Tiktaalik roseae.
December 19, 2014
The University of Chicago Medical Center this morning admitted a child for observation to rule out Ebola virus disease. Federal authorities identified the child as having a fever but no other symptoms of Ebola during screening at O’Hare International Airport.
December 18, 2014
The majority of RNA expression differences between individuals have no connection to the abundance of a corresponding protein, report scientists from the University of Chicago and Stanford University in Science on Dec. 18.
December 17, 2014
Harry A. Fozzard, MD, a pioneer in the study of cardiac muscle activity, passed away in his sleep at his home in Dana, N.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The presumed cause of death was an aneurysm. He was 83 years old.
December 11, 2014
In patients with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer -- a disease with no approved targeted therapies -- infusion of pembrolizumab produced durable responses in almost one out of five patients enrolled in a phase-Ib clinical trial, according to data presented Dec. 10, at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
December 8, 2014
The University of Chicago Medicine is taking formal steps to raise the age limit of its pediatric trauma program by two years to include 16- and 17-year-old children.
December 8, 2014
Results from a large, prospective clinical trial add to mounting evidence that adolescent and young adult patients -- aged 16 to 39 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) -- tend to fare better when treated with high-intensity pediatric protocols than previous patients who were treated with standard adult regimens.
December 2, 2014
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated the University of Chicago Medical Center as a national Ebola treatment facility -- one of 35 in the country and four in the city.
December 2, 2014
The University of Chicago is collaborating with the National Cancer Institute to establish the nation's most comprehensive computational facility that stores and harmonizes cancer genomic data generated through NCI-funded research programs.
November 28, 2014
University of Chicago Medical Center President Sharon O'Keefe was recently elected, by a unanimous vote, as a new member of the board of directors of America's Essential Hospitals.
November 26, 2014
Five University of Chicago scientists have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.
November 24, 2014
Abnormal connections between neurons are the likely cause of motor coordination issues seen in autism spectrum disorder. Using a mouse model of autism, scientists from the University of Chicago identified a malfunctioning neural circuit associated with reduced capacity for motor learning. This appears to arise from an inability to eliminate unneeded neural connections in the brain.
November 24, 2014
The University of Chicago has received certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group's Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Accreditation Program for its medical center and campus food service operations. The designation makes UChicago one of three medical centers in the United States to carry the accreditation, and the only academic institution to do so for both its hospital and campus facilities.
November 20, 2014
A recently discovered protein complex known as STING plays a crucial role in detecting the presence of tumor cells and promoting an aggressive anti-tumor response by the body's innate immune system, according to two separate studies published in the Nov. 20 issue of the journal Immunity.
November 17, 2014
Donald F. Steiner, MD, a pioneer whose research improved lives for millions of diabetic patients worldwide, died at his home in Chicago on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
November 13, 2014
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the University of Chicago Medicine's application to relocate and modernize its labor and delivery unit, which will expand access to high-quality obstetric services for expectant and new mothers and their babies.
November 11, 2014
The 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics, an award of $50,000, will be presented to Susan Tolle, MD, a former MacLean Center fellow who has pioneered efforts to improve communication between health care providers and patients regarding end-of-life care.
November 10, 2014
The Chicago Biomedical Consortium (CBC) is announcing a $3 million Infrastructure Initiative to promote investment in high-impact, next-generation scientific equipment at its member universities.
November 6, 2014
The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago will focus on end-of-life issues during its 33 annual interdisciplinary lecture series that kicked off earlier this month.
November 6 2014
The University of Chicago's Neil Shubin, along with Michael Rosenfeld from Tangled Bank Productions and David Dugan from Windfall Films, will share the 2014 Kavli Science Journalism Award for "in-depth television reporting" for their three-part PBS series.
November 4, 2014
Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to the first large study of the connection, published in the journal PLOS Medicine.
October 31, 2014
The University of Chicago Medicine contributed $283 million in fiscal 2013 to improve the health of the South Side and the broader Chicago area, according to its just-published third annual report outlining benefits and services to the community.
October 31, 2014
University of Chicago Medicine received its sixth consecutive A grade in hospital safety, according to the latest Hospital Safety Score survey released by The Leapfrog Group.
October 28, 2014
Neil Hyman, MD, FACS, a widely recognized leader in the treatment of colon and rectal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) and complex colorectal problems, has joined the University of Chicago Medicine as professor of surgery and chief of the new section of colon and rectal surgery.
October 22, 2014
No other statements are expected this afternoon or evening from the University of Chicago Medical Center. Please refer to the news release that was issued by the Chicago Ebola Resource Network.
October 22, 2014
A new drug, known as OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, according to a report in Science Translational Medicine.
October 22, 2014
The University of Chicago Medical Center last night admitted a child for observation to rule out Ebola virus disease.
October 20, 2014
The University of Chicago Medical Center will be one of four hospitals in the city to treat patients with Ebola as part of a network created under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Department of Public Health.
October 15, 2014
A new study published in Cancer Research shows SIRT6 -- a protein known to inhibit the growth of liver and colon cancers -- can promote the development of skin cancers by turning on an enzyme that increases inflammation, proliferation and survival of sun-damaged skin cells.
October 9, 2014
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has awarded the University of Chicago a $12 million, five-year grant to establish a national Center of Excellence to study drug abuse-associated behaviors by conducting research with rats.
October 9, 2014
The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Chicago (ECHO-Chicago) program at the University of Chicago Medicine has received a $1.55 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead an unprecedented public health collaboration to reduce hepatitis C (HCV) infections in Chicago.
October 8, 2014
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today announced the University of Chicago's Matthew Stephens as the recipient of a Moore Investigator in Data-Driven Discovery award.
October 6, 2014
Two studies published in the October issue of Health Affairs by a University of Chicago health economist examine spending on oral anti-cancer drugs as well as a federal program designed to help the poor, which may instead helps hospitals boost profits.
October 6, 2014
University of Chicago researcher Sarah Cobey, PhD, has received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director's New Innovator Award.
October 2, 2014
The monarch butterfly is one of the most iconic insects in the world, best known for its distinct orange and black wings and a spectacular annual mass migration across North America.
October 2, 2014
To protect their gut microbes during illness, sick mice produce specialized sugars in the gut that feed their microbiota and maintain a healthy microbial balance.
October 1, 2014
For older adults, being unable to identify scents is a strong predictor of death within five years, according to a study published October 1, 2014, in the journal PLOS ONE.
September 30, 2014
A noted University of Chicago researcher has been awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.
September 24, 2014
Researchers at the University of Chicago have shown that after a long stay in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) only a handful of pathogenic microbe species remain behind in patients' intestines.
September 23, 2014
Five University of Chicago research projects are receiving supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of a $10.1 million investment to explore the effects of gender in preclinical and clinical studies. A total of 82 supplemental grants were awarded Tuesday.
September 22, 2014
Different types of nerves and skin receptors work in concert to produce sensations of touch, University of Chicago neuroscientists argue in a review article published Sept. 22, 2014, in the journal Trends in Neurosciences.
September 18, 2014
David Rudd, a veteran public relations and strategic communications executive, has been named director of corporate and community communications at the University of Chicago Medicine, effective Sept. 8.
September 18, 2014
A South Side community organization, backed by University of Chicago Medicine, Northwestern Medicine® and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, is launching an innovative approach to combat violence and avert behaviors that may lead to conflict by using faith leaders to provide post-trauma counseling and other support.
September 17, 2014
Cardiovascular disease is the leading health issue in America today, but many of the conditions associated with it can go undetected until they cause serious illness or death.
September 15, 2014
Despite the barrage of visual information the brain receives, it retains a remarkable ability to focus on important and relevant items.
September 4, 2014
Lamb Moore, a 75-year-old patient at the University of Chicago Medicine, was the first person in Illinois to receive a tiny experimental cardiac pacemaker, implanted directly into the apex of the right ventricle of his heart.
September 2, 2014
Rory Childers, MD, an internationally known authority on the movement of electrical impulses within the heart and the use and interpretation of electrocardiograms, died on Wednesday, August 27, at Southampton Hospital in New York. The 83-year-old Chicagoan and his wife were vacationing when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
August 27, 2014
The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board approved two significant Certificate of Need (CON) applications from the University of Chicago Medicine on Wednesday, giving the state's approval to build out two shelled floors of the Center for Care and Discovery and to develop a new ambulatory outpatient health care facility in southwest suburban Orland Park.
August 25, 2014
Common gut bacteria prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model for peanut allergy, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies.
August 12, 2014
The University of Chicago Medicine and Advocate Children's Hospital / Advocate Health Care have received a five-year, $1.2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find new ways to delay and prevent type 1 diabetes.
August 8, 2014
The University of Chicago Medical Center added six new members to its governing Board of Trustees, and named a new president of the medical staff.
August 7, 2014
Six non-profit groups that provide services on Chicago's South Side are sharing $253,475 in grants for programs to improve the health of area communities.
August 4, 2014
Every year, millions of birds make the journey from North America to Central and South America for the winter. But the evolutionary origins of this long-distance migration have remained opaque due to the complex geographic distributions of modern and ancient bird ranges.
July 28, 2014
A pioneer in understanding the biochemistry of male hormones and their receptors and how they influenced the development and progression of prostate cancer, Shutsung Liao, PhD'61, Professor Emeritus in the University of Chicago's Ben May Department for Cancer Research, died at his Hyde Park home on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was 83 years old.
July 25, 2014
The University of Chicago has completed the Warren Woods Ecological Field Station, the first Passive House-certified laboratory in North America and only the fifth worldwide.
July 23, 2014
The University of Chicago Medicine Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence named two new faculty members as Master Clinicians, continuing the mission of improving the doctor-patient relationship through research and teaching.
July 1, 2014
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
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
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, 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
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.
April 25, 2014
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
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, 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, 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, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine placed 11th out of the 153 ranked medical schools in the 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Graduate Schools" ratings.
March 5, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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, 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
Genome analysis reveals the origins of genetic adaptations for high altitude in Tibetans and suggests a novel mechanism for human adaptation
February 6, 2014
For the first time, guidelines have been developed for preventing stroke in women.
January 28, 2014
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
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 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
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
Historical comparison of competition among algae in waters around the Pacific Northwest provides more evidence for increased ocean acidification.
January 14, 2014
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'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
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
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
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.