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Samuel Poore, MD, PhD, is co-investigator on two recently awarded major national grants: “Transplantation of MHC Homozygous Vascular Progenitors in Primates” (NIH/NHLBI; $7,666,935; PI Thompson), and “Development of an Adaptable Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Platform for Targeted Augmentation of Multi-Domain Learning” (DARPA; $9,500,000; PI Williams). Program directors and scientists from funding source DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) are site visiting today from Washington DC to learn more about their research investment. The powerful collaborations with Dr. James Thomson (Cell and Regenerative Biology) and Dr. Justin Williams (Biomedical Engineering) seek to transform bench science into innovative healthcare solutions, and can only be done in academic health centers, where basic, applied and clinician scientists come together around shared knowledge and interests. Truly remarkable!

Postdoctoral Research

Miranda Cullins, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Nadine Connor’s laboratory, and funded on the department’s Voice T32 Training Grant, had her image selected as one of 10 campus-wide photos in the 2017 Cool Science Images Contest. Be sure to check out Miranda’s striking fluorescent photo of tongue muscle cells, along with the other winning photos and two winning videos here: http://news.wisc.edu/cool-science-images-2017/

Resident Research

Second year General Surgery resident Devon Livingston-Rosanoff was awarded a $30,000 2-year Resident Research Scholarship from the American College of Surgeons for her project “Surgical Outcomes in a Longitudinal Study of DCIS Patients.” Devon will work with Lee Wilke, MD, and Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhD, on the project. Well done, Devon!

High School Research

Middleton High School senior Madhu Gowda won the grand award at the Capital Science and Engineering Fair in February. Gowda participates in the Youth Apprenticeship Program at MHS, and is doing her apprenticeship in Dr. Susan Thibeault’s lab under the mentorship of Sharon Tang in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Approximately 20 students from around the state participated in the fair. Gowda won $250 and a trip to participate in the International Science and Engineering Fair this May in Los Angeles. Thanks to Dr. Thibeault, Sharon Tang, and everyone who is helping to train the next generation of researchers.

Faculty Promotions

Satoru Osaki, MD, PhD, earned promotion to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Osaki came to the UW in 2006 as a research intern. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Osaki on his well-deserved promotion.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Elizabeth Froelich, PA-C (Cardiothoracic)
“She was very friendly, professional, and helpful. Her explanations and answers were very clear.”

Jon Odorico, MD (Transplantation)
“The whole transplant process went very smoothly thanks to the UW Staff and Dr. Odorico. Truly amazing how well I was treated and taken care of. My surgery went great thanks to the ability of Dr. Odorico and his team. Thank you for everything.”

Bruce Harms, MD, MBA (General)
“I was treated like an individual, not a number. I was very comfortable talking to Dr. Harms. The kindness I was shown was great.”

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