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Summer Research Students Welcomed to Department

Five minority high school students from the Madison and Milwaukee area will join the Department of Surgery this week for a six week clinical research experience. They will also be exposed to various aspects of academic surgery. Students will be partnered with a Surgery faculty member to work on a research project, spend time in the Simulation Center, watch a live operation on video, and attend a weekly lecture series. Guest speakers will eat lunch with the students and talk about careers in medicine, leadership, and scholarship. The program is funded through a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Herb Chen and Kristi Herritz submitted the grant, developed the curriculum, and will oversee the program.

Research

Heather Neuman was notified that her UWCCC Investigator Initiated Grant “Patterns of Oncologist Breast Cancer Follow-up and Relationship with Outcome” was approved for funding in the amount of $49,244. Preliminary work on the research was funded by the Society of University Surgeons. Funding will start on July 1.

A collaboration between Shaoqin “Sarah” Gong, UW-Madison, Yiqiang “Eric” Chen, UW-Milwaukee, and Herb Chen was selected for funding under the UW-Madison/UW-Milwaukee Intercampus Research Incentive Grants Program. The program was created to foster ties between the two campuses by supporting research projects and scholarship undertaken jointly between the two institutions. The project was initiated during Surgery’s speed dating event in 2011 and will study novel nanomedicines for targeted neuroendocrine cancer therapy.

Honors and Awards

Carla Pugh was an invited speaker at the June 21-22, 2012 celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering awarding of research grants. The first NIBIB award was made in April 2002. The theme of the conference is A Decade of Innovation for Health.

William Bracamonte, a research assistant and PhD student in Will Burlingham’s lab, assisted at the summer school and symposium on “Modeling Immune Response from Complex Data” at the University of Rochester, NY.

Clinical News and Innovation

Bruce Harms returned from a successful week in China as a member of the chancellor’s 15-member delegation. George Wilding and Dr. Harms represented healthcare interests and met with several medical companies doing business in China. Highlights included the opening of a UW Innovation Office in a massive high tech research park in Shanghai, a formal diplomatic dinner with Chinese leaders from Shanghai region and universities, a conference on innovation sponsored by UW and Shanghai U and the signing of formal relationship documents by Chancellor Ward and his Shanghai counterpart.

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