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Department Initiatives

On Friday, January 29, the Department of Surgery had their first all day research retreat attended by over 140 members of the Department. The day began with Dr. Kent challenging attendees to create the vision for research in the Department of Surgery. This was followed by a summary of accomplishments presented by department research leaders in clinical trials, translational research, education, simulation, international programs, outcomes research, and program projects and training grants. Over lunch attendees discussed and developed a presentation on goals, barriers and resources in each of these areas.The day ended with these presentations and discussions of how to move forward. A report will be written and distributed to the Department and progress toward goals will be reviewed at our annual research summit. Special thanks to Stephanie Olivas who organized the conference details—they couldn’t have been better.

Research

Nathan Welham, PhD, Division of Otolaryngology, was notified that his R01 grant titled “Regeneration of multi-layered vocal fold mucosa” was funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. The grant was funded for five years starting April 1, 2010 and has direct costs of $1,683,059 and total costs of $2,480,332. This R01 involves collaboration with Susan Thibeault and Jack Jiang in Surgery and Lloyd Smith and Brian Frey in Chemistry. Kudos to Dr. Welham on his first R01 as Principal Investigator.

Michael Hammer, PhD, Division of Otolaryngology, was notified that his grant was recommended for funding by the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). His grant titled “Does Intensive Voice Therapy Improve Airway Protection in Parkinson’s Disease?” is for $300,000 direct costs, total costs of $445,500 for three years. This NIDCD early career R03 is Dr. Hammer’s first research grant as Principal Investigator from the NIH.

Michelle Ciucci, PhD, Division of Otolaryngology, mentored the work of an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) summer student, Jaime Shier, who was working on a grant funded with Nadine Connor, PhD. Dr. Connor and Jaime are featured on the NIDCD website.

Michael Hammer, PhD has been selected to receive an additional fourth year of funding as a 2010 University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) Career Development Award (KL2) scholar. Dr. Hammer is studying somatosensory mechanisms of upper airway control related to airway protection, swallow, and voice function in aging and Parkinson’s Disease.

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