University of Wisconsin–Madison

Archive: Week in Review – February 20, 2012

At the Top

Michelle Ciucci, PhD, was awarded a prestigious, $75,000 one-year Michael J. Fox Foundation Research Grant to study “Characterization of vocalization and swallowing deficits in Pink1 Knockout Rats.”


Priyesh Patel, a Shapiro/NIH T35 student and current 2nd year UW medical student, won the medical student competition at the 7th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Las Vegas. His presentation entitled “Hesperetin Activates The Notch1 Signaling Cascade, Induces Cellular Differentiation, And Causes Apoptosis In Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer” was the winner of over 100 medical student abstracts from all over the world.

Ankush Gosain, MD, PhD, was awarded the Central Surgical Association Foundation Turcotte Enrichment Grant of $10,000.

Muthusamy Kunnimalaiyaan, PhD was selected from a competitive pool of qualified applicants to receive a Mirus Research Award in the amount of $3,000. This award will serve as credit towards Mirus Bio transfection and electroporation products.

Clinical Innovations

The 4th Quarter VASQIP (VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program) report reflects that Madison VA Hospital continues to be a low outlier for mortality and morbidity (0.3) in 8 major surgical subspecialties. Congratulations to everyone involved with producing these wonderful surgical outcomes!

On Tuesday, February 7 Seth Dailey, MD, was featured on Channel 3000 describing a new operation he performed to restore a patient’s voice. You can replay the piece here.

Mike Mathis Productions is creating episodes for a “medical mystery show” airing on Discovery Health. Seth Dailey MD and a patient will be featured. After years of not being able to breathe, he correctly diagnosed and treated her for Idiopathic Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis, a condition in which the windpipe becomes constricted.