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Nicholas Soulakis, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Divisions of Health and Biomedical Informatics and Epidemiology, discussed lessons learned from his experience leading COVID-19 contract tracing efforts for the Illinois Department of Public Health during a recent webinar.
Measuring acid reflux with a wireless electrode can help clinicians determine if patients can stop taking proton pump inhibitors, a medication commonly prescribed for gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients has been a stark reality for many cancer centers around the world. For the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, a combination of time and dedication to patient care and research has resulted in the development of robust COVID-19 testing protocols to ensure the safety and health of every patient, physician and staff member.
In collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, student groups organized the medical school’s first Diversity and Inclusion Week, which explored the importance of diversity, inclusion and representation in medicine and society.
The DNA methylation landscape of regulatory T-cells is more complex than previously understood, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Feinberg educators celebrated teaching and learning virtually at the tenth annual Medical Education Day.
A new immunotherapy treatment for recurrent B-cell lymphoma was found to be safe in a trial of nearly 350 patients, according to a study published in The Lancet.
Starting cholesterol-lowering treatment earlier may increase the its benefits, reducing heart attack and stroke over time, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
Men with advanced prostate cancer who were treated based on the genetic makeup of their cancer survived significantly longer than those treated with standard treatments, according to a new study.
Inhibiting an epigenetic regulator called DOT1L could be a key to slowing treatment-resistant prostate cancer, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.
A recent Northwestern Medicine study may improve the understanding of mitochondrial dysfunction and its impact on the development of neurological diseases.
Several forms of hypertension are associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease events, even in young adults, according to a recent study.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Northwestern Medicine investigators share their expertise about the current state of the pandemic, strategies to help mitigate its impact and what the upcoming flu season may look like.
Molly Beestrum, MLIS, education and curriculum coordinator for the Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center, has been named Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Association.
Targeting oxidative stress with a genetic therapy reduced atrial fibrillation in animal models of disease, making this a promising future treatment, according to a study published in Circulation.
At Northwestern Medicine, various COVID-19 antibody testing efforts have been underway since the beginning of the pandemic.
Certain factors are associated with increased risk of death in critically ill COVID-19 patients, according to recent Northwestern Medicine studies.
A drug commonly used to reduce serum urate levels proved ineffective in slowing disease progression in patients with diabetic kidney disease, according to a recent study.
When the 160 students of the Class of 2024 stepped onto campus in August, they entered a new world of medical education.
A Northwestern Medicine study found that inducing inflammation in lung epithelial cells contributes to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Deaths due to heart failure and hypertensive heart disease are increasing in the U.S. — particularly in Black women and men — despite medical and surgical advances in heart disease management, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Northwestern Medicine will launch an Older Americans Independence Center, joining a network of centers across the country that investigate ways to maintain or restore independence in older adults.
Maya Jackson-Gibson, a fourth-year medical student, and Warren McGee, a fourth-year student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, reflect on their time on Feinberg's Task Force on Inclusion and Bias.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that the growth of cancerous tumors requires the activation of a specific biochemical process within the mitochondria of tumor cells, showing potential as a new target for cancer therapy.
In older adults with type 1 diabetes, continuous blood glucose monitoring was more effective in reducing hypoglycemia than standard blood glucose monitoring, according to recent findings published in JAMA.
Patients with influenza at risk of complications recovered more quickly after early treatment with the drug baloxavir marboxil, according to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Cancer patients with other comorbidities have a higher risk of dying from complications due to COVID-19, and should discuss the risks and benefits of continuing cancer treatment with their physician, according to a recent study.
A novel drug called enzalutamide may extend overall survival for men with nonmetastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer, according to findings from clinical trial published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A drug originally designed as cancer therapy virtually eliminated allergic reactions in moderate cases and significantly lessened the risk of death in severe cases, according to a new study in animal models.
The gene transcription machinery that controls circadian rhythms also regulates insulin release in the pancreas, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.
In recognition of their track record of excellence and achievement, three Feinberg faculty members have been promoted to the position of assistant dean of medical education.
Building equitable relationships with community leaders and framing research questions around residents’ priorities is the core principle of community-engaged research, and IPHAM, along with ARCC, have been leaders in the field.
Genetic mutations in desmoplakin cause left ventricular cardiomyopathy, rather than right ventricular cardiomyopathy as previously believed, according to a recent study.
Medical schools can help combat discrimination by creating safe spaces for underrepresented minority (URM) medical students, according to Quentin Youmans, ’15 MD, who founded the STRIVE program which connects URM medical students at Feinberg with URM resident mentors.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, recent editorials published by Feinberg faculty explore COVID-19 and its impact on medicine, including potential drug targets and the need for more clinical trials to maximizing trainee education.
A novel method to map protein-protein interactions between viruses and their hosts more precisely than current methodologies may help improve the design of antiviral drugs and therapeutic strategies.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered an alternate mechanism for aberrant gene splicing that contributes to T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia, according to a recent study.
To help support and develop the next generation of physician-scientists, Feinberg has established the Thomas Starzl Academy, and named Elizabeth M. McNally, MD, PhD, its inaugural director.
The persistence of SARS-Cov-2 may fundamentally alter the landscape of medical education and hospital training, according to a Northwestern Medicine editorial published in Science Advances.
Mutations in the genes RAS and RAF allow cancer cells to create their own nucleotides, fueling cancer growth, according to a recent study published in Molecular Cell.
According to several recent editorials published by Feinberg faculty, there are large and complex issues to grapple with, from COVID-19’s devastating impact on African-Americans to maintaining critical care standards in the face of an unprecedented pandemic.
Supplementing lab animal diets with a chemical precursor of the molecule NAD+ countered certain age-related declines in circadian rhythm function, according to a recent study.
Richard D’Aquila, MD, the Howard Taylor Ricketts, MD, Professor of Medicine, has been named director of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences (NUCATS) Institute, and senior associate dean for clinical and translational research.
Coronary artery calcium levels may help clinicians better identify patients with a higher risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease who will benefit from taking aspirin to prevent a heart attack.
A new Northwestern Medicine study found important differences in rare skin lymphomas stemming from their specific cell of origin and clinical presentations, according to findings published in Nature Communications.
A new Northwestern Medicine study discovered a new and unexpected function for the transcriptional regulator MLL2/COMPASS.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, Feinberg transformed nearly its entire medical school curriculum to be delivered online. Online learning efforts include virtual simulation courses, telehealth visits, virtual standardized patient exams and online team-based active learning activities.
In the newly formed Center for Arrhythmia Research, teams of interdisciplinary clinicians and scientists will work together to discover both the underlying molecular causes of arrhythmias and new standards of care for their treatment.
Samuel Stupp, PhD, was awarded the 2020 Nanoscience Prize from the International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering.
For the first time, advanced prostate cancer has been treated based on the genomic makeup of the cancer, delaying disease progression for patients with a treatment-resistant form of prostate cancer.
A novel drug called luspatercept may reduce blood transfusion burden for patients with transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.
A new study has found that genetic alterations in a rare form of leukemia physically change the architecture of DNA, fueling the replication and spread of cancer cells.
There are variety of ways improve care delivery, interpret new information, and maintain clinical trials and experiments in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recent editorials published by Feinberg faculty.
Students are conducting telehealth visits and reaching out to patients at high risk of complications from COVID-19, part of the transition of the Education Centered Medical Home to virtual care.
A specialized subset of rare immune cells called plasmacytoid dendritic cells may promote antitumor immunity, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Adults with chronic cough and phlegm production are at risk for poor respiratory function, even if they don’t have more severe respiratory disorders, according to a new study.
Northwestern University scientists received top honors from the Clinical Research Forum as part of its 2020 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Awards program, taking home the association’s highest honor and capturing more finalist nominations than any other institution.
A team of investigators have uncovered the cellular mechanisms of a specialized group of white blood cells that help promote the development of inflammatory diseases, according to recent findings.
A new Northwestern Medicine study has shed light on the complex phenomenon of liver zonation, showing that a protein known as Wnt is required for correct placement of tight junction and cell adhesion proteins within the liver.
Northwestern Medicine investigators have uncovered a novel pathogenic mechanism used by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa to promote more severe infections.
Nanoparticles traveled to different organs in the body depending on the type of protein coating applied, according to a recent study.
A novel heart failure drug called sacubitril-valsartan reduced the risk of hospitalizations for heart failure and death from cardiovascular causes more in women than in men, according to a study published in Circulation.
A special COVID-19 testing team has been put in place at Northwestern, with the goal of at least quadrupling the number of tests processed at Northwestern Medicine hospitals — from about 90 per day to more than 350 per day — and in the process, greatly reducing test result turnaround times.
More than 110 faculty, staff, students, and trainees have come together to collaborate and work closely with Chicago hospitals and communities to forecast the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, predict the outcome of public health interventions and share resources for containing the disease.
Gary Noskin, MD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and chief medical officer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, answers questions about how Northwestern’s clinical research team is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Risk of relapse for chronic myeloid leukemia patients may be reduced through drug combination after discontinuing initial therapy, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Leukemia.
Northwestern’s Alpha Omega Alpha honor society chapter inducted 35 new members last week, including Feinberg students, residents, fellows, faculty and alumni.
Fourth-year students celebrated their residency matches and reflected on their time at Feinberg during an unconventional Match Day.
A Northwestern Medicine study shows how simulation-based mastery learning helps train physicians to have difficult conversations with patients in a clear and compassionate way.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has established a new Institute for Augmented Intelligence in Medicine, with the goal of augmenting human expertise with computational methods to advance the science of human health.
A recent study has found that the gallbladder may play a crucial role in the transmission of a common infection found in hospital settings, according to findings published in Nature Communications.
A new study has found that psychological influences may be an underappreciated contributor to swallowing disorders, and should be incorporated into evaluations of symptom severity.
Northwestern Medicine has opened a new 10,000 square foot Clinical Research Hub to enhance the investigative scope and infrastructure for clinical research and to improving participant experiences.
Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day improved walking distance in individuals with peripheral artery disease, reports a new Northwestern Medicine pilot study published in Circulation Research.
Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Division of Public Health Practice, was a respected colleague, educator and advocate for diversity, inclusion and equity in healthcare and medical education.
Norrina Allen, PhD, is the new director of the Center for Epidemiology and Population Health.
A new study published previously unknown details about the lineage of lymphatic endothelial cells associated with the heart.
A new study has linked the consumption of red and processed meat with a higher risk of heart disease and death.
Northwestern authors discuss a recent JAMA editorial highlighting the lack of funding for health disparities and to minority scientists and how health equity will suffer if not addressed.
Using mathematical modeling and optical imaging they developed themselves, a Northwestern University research team has discovered how chromatin folds at the single-cell level.
A new Northwestern University study has discovered that the packing of the three-dimensional genome structure, called chromatin, controls how cells respond to stress.
Cara J. Gottardi, PhD, has been appointed director of the Walter S. and Lucienne Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences.
These images illustrate the physical reality Northwestern scientists work within, striving to uncover the mysteries of biology, chemistry and medicine.
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the percentage of Americans who received primary care — especially those who were male, younger, of minority backgrounds or who lived in the southern region of the United States — significantly decreased between 2002 and 2015.
A cytoskeletal protein called vimentin helps prevent the nuclei of cells that must navigate through tight spaces in the body from rupturing, according to a recent study.
A unified vision for health equity in Chicago was the focus of the second IPHAM Population Health Forum, where scientists and community partners presented and discussed their work in a variety of areas.
Feinberg has had an exceptional year of scientific inquiry, ranging from examining the most basic systems that make our bodies tick to developing breakthrough therapies and treatment strategies.
Feinberg’s new Institute for Global Health hosted its inaugural Global Health Day symposium, a day-long event that featured presentations from each of the institute’s constituent Centers, a poster session, several panels and keynote speakers.
Lymphatic capillaries help regulate the niche microenvironment surrounding stem cells, which promote the regeneration of hair follicles after injury or damage, according to a study published in Science.
A Northwestern Medicine study found that almost 30 percent of healthcare professionals and trainees from high-income countries have performed outside their scope of training while working or volunteering in low- and middle-income countries.
Students in Feinberg’s Education Centered Medical Home program — a four-year, team based clerkship in underserved settings — experienced superior primary care training, according to a recent study.
The tissue environment and chronic exercise can both influence gene expression in skeletal muscles, according to a study published in PLOS Biology.
A study published in the Journal of Cell Biology showed that mitochondrial stress in neurons can cause an enzyme imbalance that contributes to neuronal dysfunction and death.
Faculty, staff, students and trainees gathered for the ninth annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS and NeuroRepair, a one-day event highlighting the present and future of treating ALS.
A new review has found that a combination of endocrine inhibitors and hormone therapy is more effective in prolonging progression-free survival for advanced breast cancer patients, as compared to chemotherapy.
Measuring atrial fibrillation through implanted devices like pacemakers can identify patients at risk for stroke, according to a recent study.
Gregory Brisson, MD, discussed how peer evaluation among physicians could enhance the patient referral process in a recent NEJM editorial.
Building on years of research and collaborations promoting optimal health and well-being among seniors, Feinberg has launched the Center for Applied Health Research on Aging.
David Cella, PhD, Susan Quaggin, MD, John Rogers, PhD, and Catherine Wolley, PhD, have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the field.
A drug originally designed to help manage diabetes may also improve quality of life for patients with heart failure, according to a recent clinical trial.
The second annual Women in Medicine symposium brought together Northwestern educators, scientists, trainees and students to highlight pioneering women and challenges still faced today.
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A new Northwestern Medicine study found an experimental drug did not lower hospitalization among patients suffering from heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
Genetic modifier protein Annexin A6 accelerates acute and chronic muscle injury repair by more than 50 percent.
Feinberg faculty and students celebrated the ninth annual Medical Education Day at the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center with sessions, lectures and workshops that examined the future of medical education.
Northwestern has established the new Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research, which will provide investigators and patients more support while uncovering new discoveries from applied and basic science research on allergies.
The first prostate cancer treatment based on the genetic makeup of the cancer resulted in significant improvements, according to a large international trial led by Northwestern Medicine investigators.
Three Chicagoland high school students created the PeelTowel, a citrus peel-based, anti-microbial paper towel, and tested it in the laboratory of Alan Hauser, MD, PhD, vice chair of the Department of Microbiology-Immunology.
Students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences, welcoming new students and recognizing distinguished upperclassmen and graduates.
Total deaths from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension have been increasing since 2011, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.
The safety of a new therapy for an aggressive brain tumor was demonstrated in a recent clinical trial, and the drug also cleared other important hurdles.
A procedure called POEM significantly improved treatment outcomes among patients with achalasia — a rare swallowing disorder — compared with a standard therapy, according to a clinical trial published in JAMA.
The Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will provide health disparities research training experiences to minority and other underrepresented students and trainees.
The Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, which officially opened in mid-June, is designed to maximize collaboration and multi-disciplinary research efforts.
Slowing mutant fruit flies’ metabolic rates can prevent detrimental effects of many genetic mutations, according a new study published in the journal Cell.
Sheetal Kircher, MD, ’11 GME, is laser-focused on cancer drug distribution and pricing: she spent a year as a health policy fellow at the ASCO and published a paper on the topic in JAMA.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have developed and validated a tool to predict which patients with pre-osteoarthritis are at high risk for developing disability in the future.