University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – December 7, 2009

At the Top

Dr. David Foley has been selected as one of the 2010 ICTR KL2 scholars. Dr. Foley is studying the role of the Nrf2-ARE pathway in hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury.

Dr. Sam Gubbells was also selected as a 2010 ICTR KL2 scholar. He is studying hearing loss due to loss of hair cells (HC) of the inner ear, which, when lost, cannot regenerate. Using stem cells, he will study methods to generate HC from stem cells and their integration into the cochlea upon transplantation.

Scholars receive a minimum of 2 years of support with a maximum of 4 years.

Department News

Dr. Layton (Bing) Rikkers has been awarded the status of Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Dennis Lund has been appointed to the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery of the American College of Surgeons. The Advisory Councils are composed of Specialty Society Representatives, participants from the Board of Governors and liaisons to the College’s Program and Surgical Forum Committees. The Advisory Councils perform several important functions, advising the Board of Regents on policy formulations and bringing to the attention of the Board matters that are of concern to the specialty as it relates to the College.


Dr. Mike Schurr, collaborating with Dr. Chris Murphy and Dr. Nick Abbott, has been notified that their GO grant was funded. The grant is a spin off of their grant through the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Titled “Beyond Biomaterials: Engineering the Wound Bed,” Dr. Schurr is the principal investigator on the translational section of the project.

Dr. Hans Sollinger was appointed to a 4 member Advisory Board by the Terasaki Foundation to oversee a national multicenter trial for a new drug. The other members of the Board include Sir Roy Calne (former Chair, Department of Surgery, Cambridge UK), Sir Peter Morris (former Chair Department of Surgery, Oxford UK) and John Najarian (former Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota). The major purpose of the trial is to test if antibodies versus cells are responsible for long-term organ rejection.

Dr. Summer Hanson, a resident in Plastic Surgery, won Best Basic Science Paper at the AMA Research Symposium for her T32 sponsored work mentored by Dr. Peiman Hematti, titled “Combining AMSCs with a Biomaterial Scaffold for Adipose Tissue Engineering.”

Dr. Tom Sitzman, a resident in Plastic Surgery, won Best Clinical Paper at the 17th Annual Trauma/Surgical Critical Care Symposium for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Region V Resident Essay Contest in Indianapolis for his work titled “A Simple Set of Clinical Criteria to Guide Utilization of Maxillofacial CT in Trauma Patients.” The win also means the opportunity to present at the national meeting in Las Vegas this March.


The 5th Floor WIMR Surgery Research Group and Administrative Staff participated in the Adopt A Family Program through UW Health and the Salvation Army. Numerous staff contributed holiday gifts, food items and cash for a grocery gift card. As a result, a needy family of five with three young children will have some essential food and some unexpected holiday gifts. Thank you to all who participated and helped with this initiative.