At the Top
Researchers from the UW Division of Transplantation led an international team of investigators that have uncovered new clues about immunological tolerance that could have implications for tumor immunity, organ transplantation, autoimmune diseases and reproductive success. William Burlingham, PhD, Division of Transplantation, was co-PI on the pre-clinical study, along with colleagues William Bracamonte-Baran, Ying Zhou, Ewa Jankowska-Gan, and W. John Haynes, all with the Division of Transplantation, and Weixiong Zhong of UWSMPH and William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Jon J. Van Rood of the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands was co-PI on the study. Researchers from Duke University and University of Pittsburgh also contributed. The results were published last week in the article “Modification of host dendritic cells by microchimerism-derived extracellular vesicles generates split tolerance,” which appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS).
More than 250 research-minded members of the Department of Surgery gathered for the 8th Annual Research Summit on Wednesday, January 18 at Union South. The theme of this year’s event was “collaboration,” and many of the day’s presentations revolved around cross-campus and cross-disciplinary research being conducted within the department. Invited speakers included Kevin Eliceiri, PhD, director of the UW-Madison Laboratory for Optical and Computational Instrumentation, and Justin Dimick, MD, MPH, chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at University of Michigan Health Systems. Attendees heard presentations from eight UW faculty members and the top six submitted abstract authors, along with the annual Research Update from Department of Surgery Interim Chair Michael Bentz, MD. A poster session attracted 123 poster submissions, and new this year was a Cool Science Image Contest that allowed attendees to vote for their favorite image. Award winners at this year’s event included:
- Corinne Jones, MS, CCC–SLP, from the McCulloch lab, Louis C. Bernhardt, MD, Best Clinical, Health Services, or Educational Science Poster Award – Student
- Hana Sleiman from the Carchman lab, Debra Hullett, PhD, Best Science Poster Award
- Heather Neuman, MD, MS, Charles N. Ford, MD, Best Clinical, Health Services, or Educational Science Poster Award
- Sara Sackett, PhD, from the Odorico lab, K. Craig Kent, MD, Best Basic or Translational Science Poster Award
- Anne-Lise D’Angelo, MD, Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Best Oral Presentation Award
Miranda Cullins, PhD, from the Connor lab, 1st Place in the 2017 Cool Science Image Contest.
Thank you to our co-chairs, Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC–SLP, and Sam Poore, MD, PhD, and everyone on the planning committee, Mary Marshall, Nichole Rauch, Mary Nutt, Karen Williams, Erin Goeldner, Abdel Elhadi, Erica Schultz, Denise Zang, and Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, for creating an exciting and educational day.
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