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Department Initiatives

On Tuesday, April 27, the Department of Surgery hosted its annual Layton F. Rikkers Education Retreat. The event began with each division and Urology providing updates on education. Resident and faculty teaching awards were presented to this year’s outstanding medical student teachers. Dr. David Rogers, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University and outgoing president of the Association for Surgical Education, conducted a faculty development workshop prior to the retreat. Dr. Rogers offered a summary of the workshop at the retreat and conducted a separate workshop for residents on Wednesday. Dr. Rogers also gave Surgery Grand Rounds speaking on optimizing teaching in the operating room. Over 100 residents and faculty attended.

Honors and Awards

Herb Chen was elected to the Biological Sciences Division Tenure Committee. He will begin serving on the committee in July 2010.

Gregory Banker, an undergraduate student working in Dr. Bo Liu’s lab, won the “Best Poster Award” in the “14th Annual Association of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Undergraduate Student Research Achievement Poster Competition,” Cell Signaling category, at their annual meeting in Anaheim, California. Also, Greg’s fellowship application to the American Heart Association was approved and he will be funded for the summer to study “The Mechanism of Diabetes Pathophysiology Diminishes AAA Formation: Glucose Influences AGE-induced MMP-9 Expression.”

Research

Fourteen Surgery faculty members and scientists applied for ICTR Type 1 awards. This year ICTR received 101 applications and expects to fund approximately 15 grants. Surgery applicants included Peter Nichol, Dai Yamanouchi, Melanie Dart, Seth Dailey, Fan Zhang, Entela Lushaj, Takushi Kohmoto (2), Muthusamy Kunnimalaiyaan, Lee Faucher, Nilto De Oliveira, Bo Liu, Luis Fernandez, Mike Bentz with Summer Hanson and Emily Winslow.

Save the Date

The 10th Annual Resident Research Forum will take place on Wednesday, May 26th at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. This year’s visiting professor is David Mahvi, MD, the James R. Hines Professor of Surgery and Chief of Gastrointestinal and Oncologic Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The day’s activities will start with Grand Rounds in HSLC 1345 and continue on with resident research presentations at MoCCA from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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