Five researchers at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health received grants through the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s New Investigator Program. Two of those researchers – Dr. Lian-Wang Guo and Dr. Margaret “Gretchen” Schwarze – are with the Department of Surgery.
The New Investigator grants, each $100,000 over two years, support assistant professors early in their careers to pursue innovative research and education efforts related to health improvement. Dr. Guo will study a new drug-delivery system that is effective in preventing recurrent vascular disease, especially for patients who undergo open vascular reconstruction. Dr. Schwarze will train physicians in the use of a preoperative communication tool that helps chronically ill elderly patients understand the potential consequences of high-risk surgery.