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Three Pathology Chair candidates recently presented their “Vision for Pathology”. Click below to view the video of their individual Chalk Talks.
Dr. Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson – Presented February 4, 2014
Henry Clay Bryant Professor of Pathology, Divisional Director of Translational Pathology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, University of Michigan
Dr. Ann Thor – Presented February 10, 2014
Edith B. Todd and James C. Todd, M.D. Chair and Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Charles Parkos – Presented February 12, 2014
Vice Chair and Director of Experimental Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
Congratulations to Drs. Mark Kiel, Megan Lim and Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson for winning the first place award in the state-wide Michigan Collegiate Innovation Prize (MCIP) in the Healthcare Category. The team (GENOMENON) also won the BEST OVERALL PRIZE in all categories combined including entries in Advanced Materials, Energy, Mobile/Web and Healthcare (Please see announcement Here). Click here to listen to Michigan Radio’s interview with Mark Kiel.
Dr. Yali Dou, Associate Professor of Pathology, is a senior author of the article “Targeting MLL1 H3K4 methyltransferase activity in MLL leukemia.” which was published in the online issue of Molecular Cell, Jan 3rd, 2014. Drs. Fang Cao, Elizabeth Townsend and Hacer Karatas are co-first authors. Other coauthors from the Department include Research Specialist Dr. Jing Xu and Shirley Lee, a graduate student. This work is highlighted by “Cancer Discover Research Watch” and by “SciBX”. The article can be found at http://www.cell.com/molecular-cell/newarticles.
Congratulations to Drs. Gerald Abrams, Lauren Smith, and Scott Owens on their acceptance into the Academy of Educational Excellence and Scholarship. They are among 200 inaugural faculty members recently selected. The academy’s purpose is to recognize and increase educational innovation of its faculty; to promote faculty development in education and mentoring; foster the visibility of UMMS educational leadership globally; and to mobilize these talents to improve educational outcomes. Thank you to all three members for their commitment to improving learning and the education mission.
The Department of Pathology is developing a new genetic testing quality initiative, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The Genetic Testing Resource and Quality Consortium will be a state-wide consortium of pathologists, primary care physicians, specialists, genetic counselors and pharmacogeneticists tasked with addressing the exponential growth in genetic testing and improving the quality of care for patients needing molecular diagnostic testing. A forum to introduce the GTRQC and to gather input will be held on February 17th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the NCRC, Building 300, Room 376. Pre-registration is required and a light meal will be provided. Register at www.gtrqc.org and select Forums > Ann Arbor Forum. Direct questions to Lynn McCain, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-763-2616.
Dr. Shih-Hon Li, fourth year AP/CP house officer, is the lead author of the article "Mechanistic characterization and crystal structure of a small molecule inactivator bound to plasminogen activator inhibitor-1" which was published in the online early edition issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dec 2, 2013. Dr. Daniel Lawrence, Frederick G. L. Huetwell Collegiate Professor of Basic Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, is the senior author. Additional authors include Dr. Jeanne Stuckey, Research Associate Professor of the LIfe Science Institute. The article can be found at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/11/27/1216499110
Dr. Gabriel Núñez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Pathology, is a senior author of the article “Staphylococcus δ-toxin induces allergic skin disease by activating mast cells” which was published in the online issue of Nature, Oct 30th, 2013. Dr. Yuumi Nakamura, a postdoctoral fellow formerly in Núñez Lab is the lead author. Other coauthors from the Department include Associate Professor Naohiro Inohara, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellows Drs. Raul Muñoz-Planillo and Mizuho Hasegawa, and Susana Chan, a graduate student. The article can be found at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12655.html.
Thank you to Drs. Charles Harmon, Carolyn Haus, Sandhya John, and Stephanie Chen for joining the House Officer Clinical Quality and Safety Council (HOQSC). We appreciate these individuals contributing their time, efforts and perspectives to this UM Health System committee. The HOQSC was originally formed in 2011 and is designed to enhance quality, safety, and value in patient care. Thank you for volunteering to this important cause!
Dr. Lauren Smith was recently named the Director of the Medical Ethics Path of Excellence at the University of Michigan Medical School. In this capacity, she will develop curriculum and supervise medical students interested in pursuing ethics as an area of study. Paths of Excellence are integral components in the plan for a new medical school curriculum.
Dr. Ulysses Balis, Director of Pathology Informatics, was recently quoted extensively in this month’s