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At the Top

On June 3 and 4, the inaugural “Current Topics in General Surgery Course” was sponsored by the Department of Surgery with Course Directors Jon Matsumura, Lee Faucher, Greg Kennedy and Emily Winslow. The course was held at the Concourse Hotel and included five visiting faculty and 23 UW faculty with updates in general surgery, trauma and emergency surgery, breast and endocrine surgery, gastrointestinal oncology and thoracic and vascular surgery. On Friday afternoon two live cases were projected from the UW OR’s to the Concourse Conference Room (courtesy of our amazing Surgery IS group) with lively discussion between the podium and the OR surgeons. Fifty surgeons from around the state attended, along with 75 other health care professionals. Thanks to Emily Blomberg and staff for coordinating this successful event. Thanks also to UWH for sponsoring a well attended reception on Thursday night. This CME course which was well received by the attendees will become an annual event and is an example of the future outreach and educational programs that will be initiated through the Department of Surgery.

Research Update

Nadine Connor received a new NIH R01 titled “Exercise as a Treatment for Tongue Weakness,” the grant starts on June 1, 2010 and runs for five years. Congratulations to Dr. Connor on obtaining her 2nd R01 to complement her R21 and R41!

Bo Liu reported that her AHA Grant-in-Aid titled “The Role of Apoptosis in Vascular Inflammation and Aneurysm,” will be funded. The grant is funded from 7/1/10-6/30/12.

Will Burlingham was awarded NIH ARRA funds to support a summer student fellowship for Steven Schumacher to work on Maternal Microchimerism and Neonatal Tolerance.

Michelle Ciucci was awarded the Award for Early Career Contributions to Research by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The Award for Early Career Contributions in Research is designed to acknowledge significant scientific accomplishments by individuals within five years of receiving their doctoral degree. The award will be presented to Michelle in November at the annual meeting of the association in Philadelphia.

Karla Esbona in Craig Kent’s laboratory received NIH ARRA funding for a Post Masters Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. The supplement award is provided for the exclusive purpose of enhancing the individual’s research skills and capabilities.

Plastic Surgery resident Summer Hanson received an American Academy of Otolaryngology/American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery Resident Research Grant to study “Adipose derived MSCs with a Hydrogel Scaffold for Soft Tissue Augmentation.” Her mentor is Susan L. Thibeault, her AAFPRS Sponsor is Benjamin Marcus and her collaborator is Peiman Hematti. Copyright © 2016 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System