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Sam Gubbels, MD learned this week that his NIH R01 titled "Inner Ear Progenitor and Hair Cell-like Cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells” was funded for five years with total costs projected at $1,881,250. The grant will start officially on June 1, 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Gubbels, who, with this first R01, now has the foundation for a stellar research career.

Research

Shahab Akhter, MD reported that the UW Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery was formally accepted as a new site in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Trials Network (NHLBI funded) that Dr. Irv Kron spoke about at the recent Surgery Research Summit. UW patients will have access to two new clinical trials, one investigating ventricular recovery after mesenchymal stem cell injection at the time of LVAD implant and the other comparing rate control vs. rhythm control in post-cardiac surgery atrial fibrillation.

Hee Soo Jung, MD was awarded $5,000 from the ICTR Community-Academic Partnerships Program 2013 Dissemination Supplement for his one-year project "Integration of the Stepping On Fall Prevention Program into the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.”

Honors

Amanda Mravec, AuD was awarded the 2014 Wisconsin Speech and Hearing Association Outstanding Service Award. Dr. Mravec has worked in the UW Audiology Program for the past 10 years. The award will be presented on February 21 at the WSHA Convention in Madison.

Dawn Elfenbein, MD, endocrine surgery fellow, was accepted into the 2014-15 Ethicon Endo-Surgery Surgical Educational Research Fellowship (SERF) program. The Association for Surgical Education sponsors up to 16 fellows per year in a one-year, home-site fellowship designed to equip investigators with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, implement and report research studies in the field of surgical education.

Clinical

Lucian Lozonschi, MD has qualified for the da Vinci Surgeon Locator, a website that allows patients and referring physicians to directly find and reach out to surgeons who are committed to offering minimally invasive surgery to their patients. Dr. Lozonschi is the ONLY cardiac surgeon in Wisconsin to be currently listed on the Surgeon Locator website. Surgeons qualify by performing 20 da Vinci procedures within a 12-month period and maintaining that pace. Dr. Lozonschi joins Drs. Greg Hartig, Greg Kennedy and Ken Meredith as UW Department of Surgery surgeons listed on the Locator.

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