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Terry Legler was joined by her family and Department colleagues at Chancellor David Ward’s home on July 25 where she received the 2012 University of Wisconsin Classified Employee Recognition award. According to Dr. Kent (and Terry), the evening was very special. We are thankful for outstanding Department employees, of which Terry is a wonderful representative. Check out the attached photos of the event.

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Summer High School Internships Conclude

Last week marked the final week of the Surgery Clinical Research Internships for High School Students. Five minority high school students spent 6 weeks in the Department gaining exposure to clinical research as well as surgery-related careers. Their experience included activities in the Simulation Center, remote viewing of operations, numerous educational seminars, opportunities to meet specialists from a variety of fields related to surgery, and concluded with formal presentations from each of them about their projects and experience. Thank you to all those who have provided mentoring, shadowing and education to the students! As a result of your commitment to the program, we have encouraged these students to seriously consider careers in medicine and research, particularly surgery-related careers.

Summer Medical Student Research Program

Eighteen medical students are finishing up summer research experiences in the Department of Surgery. Eight students are supported by a NIH T35 (Dr. Chen, Program Director) and two students are supported by the Voice Research T32 (Dr. Bless, Program Director), with the remaining supported by the UWSMPH Shapiro program and matching funds from the various divisions. These students presented their research results at the Research in Progress sessions. The Department of Surgery continues to be a leader in providing these summer experiences to a large number of students.

Research

Dixon Kaufman was notified that his NIH UO-1 titled Tomotherapy and Hematopoietic Stem Cells For Tolerance to Kidney Transplants has been officially awarded. He will do the work with Sam Strober at Stanford Univerity. The first year budget period starts 8/1/12 with total costs of $813,897 and direct costs of $570, 469. The five year project period has total costs of $3,951,565. The Department will also manage a $970,000 Opportunities Pool Administrative Core.

Hans Sollinger, Tausif Alam, Eric Forsberg and Deb Hullett submitted an NIH/SBIR Grant for their Phase I studies with a DNA MINICIRCLE construct to treat diabetes. The grant was submitted by INSULETE (a company aiming at a treatment for diabetes). The first year budget is $250,000 and INSULETE will contract with the Department of Surgery to complete the research. Minitube of America will collaborate with INSULETE in the Phase I animal experiments. The Verona, Wisconsin company is the only source of pigs which are genetically engineered to have Type I diabetes. The molecular work will be done in Munich in the same building in which Dr. Sollinger received his Ph.D. in 1974. If Phase I is successful, Phase II grants usually range between 3-5 million dollars.

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