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Dr. Luis Fernandez, Assistant Professor in Transplantation, was tenured on Friday, January 21 at the Biological Sciences Division Meeting. The promotion to Associate Professor will be effective on July 1, 2011. The committee was extremely enthusiastic about Luis’s translational research program in islet cell transplantation. Congratulations on this remarkable accomplishment.

The 9th Annual UWSMPH Medical Student Research Forum was held last Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Herb Chen gave the Shapiro Guest Lecture at the forum. His presentation “The Legacy of Ivar Sandstrom and the Impact of UW Medical Students,” related the discovery of the parathyroid organ by a medical student in 1880 to the impact current students can make in medical research.

In 2010 Department of Surgery faculty mentored several students in summer research experiences; of this group ten gave oral presentations and seven presented posters at the event. The Department of Surgery’s Summer Research Program is supported cumulatively through a T35 training grant devoted to a Surgery Summer Research Experience for Medical Students (NIH/NIDDK) and a T32 training grant devoted to Voice Research (NIH/DC), as well as through support from UWSMPH’s Shapiro Program. Thank you to our faculty mentors who help us maintain an excellent program and congratulations to our students who presented their research.

Research

The American Association of Plastic Surgeons recently informed Timothy King, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery, that he is a recipient of the 2011 AAPS/PSEF Academic Scholarship Award for his proposal “The Use of Notch Mediating Compounds to Improve Cutaneous Wound Healing”. This is the most prestigious award in plastic surgery from the most selective plastic surgery organization (equivalent to surgery’s American Surgical Association). Congratulations to Dr. King for joining this elite group of plastic surgeons; the award of $30,000 per year will begin July 1, 2011 and end June 30, 2013.

Research Achievements

This week Drs. Craig Kent and Bo Liu will submit a T32 titled “Training Program in Vascular Biology and Vascular Surgery,” and Drs. Herb Chen, Nadine Connor and Susan Thibeault will submit a program project grant titled “The UW Translational Thyroid Cancer Research Program – Optimizing Outcomes for Thyroid Cancer.” Thank you to each for their vision, and special thanks to Kristi Herritz, Kelly Mallon, and Mary Nutt for their administrative support of these time consuming and complicated NIH submissions. Awesome achievement!

Of General Interest

The University of Wisconsin at Madison beat storied institutions like Harvard and Yale in terms of brand presence on the Internet in 2010, according to a survey released on Thursday. The story on Reuters

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