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Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD, MPP, was notified that her grant, "Navigating High Risk Surgery: Empowering Older Adults to Ask Questions that Inform Decisions about Surgical Treatment,” was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI, an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization located in Washington, DC, was authorized by Congress in 2010. The total budget including indirects over three years is $2.11 million. Four other institutions will participate on this multicenter project: Brigham and Womens, UCSF, Rutgers, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Schwarze hopes to initiate the project by November 30, 2015. This is Dr. Schwarze’s first PCORI grant — she currently holds funding from NIH National Institute of Aging, American Geriatrics Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery, and ICTR. Congratulations on this major accomplishment.

Service

Jacquelyn D. Arbuckle, MD, was appointed director of the Native American Center for Healthcare Professionals (NACHP) at UWSMPH, effective October 1, 2015. Dr. Arbuckle will lead the programmatic vision of NACHP as well as academic development in education, research and professional development involving Native Americans interested or engaged in healthcare careers. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Arbuckle in her new position.

Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD, was recently named to a 5-year term as an associate editor for the Journal of Surgical Research.

Research

The Journal of Neuroscience Research chose Dr. Michelle Ciucci’s “Evidence for early and progressive ultrasonic vocalization and oromotor deficits in a PINK1 gene knockout rat model of Parkinson’s disease” as an Editor’s Choice article, which will be highlighted on the journal’s website with 3 months of free access. Read the paper here.

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