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News and Announcements

Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.

  • 12.10.2018

    Farzaneh Sorond, MD, PhD, has been named the new associate dean for Faculty Development for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

  • 12.10.2018

    Inhibiting CHAF1B, a protein that normally helps replenish blood cells, may be a promising treatment for leukemia, according to a recent study.

  • 12.07.2018

    From fundamental new understandings of the cell published in Nature to landmark clinical trials in the New England Journal of Medicine and cross-disciplinary collaborations in Science Translational Medicine, investigators throughout our institution have advanced new knowledge that is already transforming their diverse fields.

  • 12.07.2018

    Feinberg faculty, staff, students and community partners gathered at the inaugural IPHAM Population Health Forum to share their experience improving the health of communities in Chicago and around the world.

  • 12.06.2018

    Northwestern scientists specializing in HIV and AIDS gathered to share their experiences during a panel held December 3, to commemorate World AIDS Day.

  • 12.06.2018

    Michael Ison, MD, a professor of infectious diseases at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Medicine, weighs in on how rare flu shot side effects really are.

  • 12.04.2018

    A Northwestern Medicine study has revealed new insights into a pathway in prostate cancer and identified a potential new therapeutic target for aggressive disease.

  • 11.28.2018
    It’s difficult to know what to say when someone is diagnosed with cancer and things like “You’ll win this battle” have become the default platitude. Would anyone dare say the Queen of Soul is a loser? I hope not, because dying of a terminal cancer is unfortunately an expected outcome, not a loss. However, the researcher in me does feel like we aren’t winning the cancer research battle fast enough.
  • 11.16.2018
    Selected physicians were nominated by their colleagues and chosen by ACP Hospitalist's editorial board for their accomplishments in areas of hospitalist practice such as patient care, quality improvement, and medical education.
  • 11.15.2018

    The 8th Annual Les Turner Symposium brought together investigators, clinicians, patients and families to share the latest discoveries in ALS research, promote scientific collaboration and provide patient education.

  • 11.13.2018

    The Simpson Querrey Center for Epigenetics is connecting the Northwestern academic and medical community to integrate the study of epigenetics into science and clinical care.

  • 11.08.2018

    Scientists have identified a novel regulator of liver metabolism, which could serve as a potential therapeutic target for obesity, type 2 diabetes and related conditions.

  • 11.01.2018

    The inaugural Women in Medicine Symposium brought together faculty, scientists, trainees and students to highlight achievements of women faculty and identify ongoing challenges in career development.

  • 10.31.2018

    Inflammation has unexpected effects on body clock function and can lead to sleep and shiftwork-type disorders, according to a new study.

  • 10.29.2018

    A kill code is embedded in every cell in the body whose function may be to cause the self-destruction of cells that become cancerous, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 10.26.2018

    A drug called bevacizumab added to adjuvant chemotherapy did not improve outcomes for patients with a form of high-risk breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

  • 10.25.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered how circulating tumor cells cluster together during metastasis — findings that reveal a novel mechanism for how cancer spreads and a potential new target for treatment.

  • 10.23.2018

    James Carr, MD, ’00 ’01 GME, the Knight Family Professor of Cardiac Imaging, has been named chair of the Department of Radiology.

  • 10.22.2018

    A drug called palbociclib, used in combination with standard treatment, improved survival for women with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer.

  • 10.22.2018

  • 10.11.2018

    Metformin, an inexpensive diabetes drug, has been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes triggered by air pollution by reducing inflammation in the lungs that triggers clotting.

  • 10.09.2018

    "We looked at all outpatient antibiotic prescribing and results suggest misuse of these drugs is a huge problem, no matter the symptom," said Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH, lead author of the study and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. "We found that nearly half the time, clinicians have either a bad reason for prescribing antibiotics, or don't provide a reason at all. When you consider about 80 percent of antibiotics are prescribed on an outpatient basis, that's a concern."

    Clinicians prescribed antibiotics without an infection-related diagnosis nearly half of the time and one in five prescriptions were provided without an in-person visit, according to research being presented at IDWeek 2018. The study, which is the first to look at overall outpatient antibiotic prescribing, analyzed more than half a million prescriptions from 514 outpatient clinics.

  • 10.08.2018

    Scientists have developed soft materials that assemble and disassemble on demand, opening the door for applications including robotics, drug delivery and tissue regeneration.

  • 09.28.2018

    Faculty, family and friends gathered at a symposium to honor Robert Goldman, PhD, chair of Cell and Molecular Biology, and his distinguished scientific career.

  • 09.27.2018

    A novel chemotherapy regimen led to improved outcomes for older patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, similar to those of younger patients, according to a Northwestern Medicine clinical trial.

  • 09.26.2018

    Northwestern University's Division of Infectious Diseases would like to congratulate Mamoudou Maiga, MD, PhD on receiving a Minority HIV Investigator Mentoring Program Award from the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) for 2018-2019.

  • 09.25.2018

    At the eighth annual Medical Education Day, Feinberg faculty, students and staff gathered to celebrate and advance medical education through workshops, lectures and an awards reception.

  • 09.24.2018

    Students, faculty and alumni gathered for the seventh annual Driskill Day, celebrating the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences by welcoming 28 new students and showcasing the program’s strengths in scholarship and scientific investigation.

  • 09.24.2018

    Led by Melissa Simon, MD, MPH, the Center for Health Equity Transformation will build research infrastructure, conduct workforce development and support community partners in the effort to advance population health equity.

  • 09.21.2018

    A new study finds that excessive carbon dioxide in a patient’s bloodstream can lead to a restricted airway, calling into question current clinical practices for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

  • 09.17.2018

    Scientists have shown they can predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a placebo pill based on brain anatomy and psychological characteristics.

  • 09.12.2018

    A pregnant woman’s higher blood sugar level is linked to a significantly greater long-term risk of obesity in her child – even more than a decade later.

  • 09.11.2018

    The first simple blood test to identify your body’s precise internal time clock as compared to the external time has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists.

  • 09.10.2018

    A recent Northwestern Medicine study found that proteins linked to age-related macular degeneration crossed the blood-ocular barrier of aberrantly formed new blood vessels, a process that may contribute to disease.

  • 09.07.2018

    Feinberg has been awarded a prestigious O’Brien Kidney Center from The National Institutes of Health to expand research into the prevention and treatment of kidney diseases.

  • 08.29.2018

    A drug called mogamulizumab significantly improved progression-free survival for patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.

  • 08.28.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists demonstrated the efficacy of novel treatments for heart failure and provided new insights into mechanisms of the disease, in three recent studies.

  • 08.14.2018

    Molecular autopsies can reveal genetic risk factors in young people who unexpectedly die, but proper interpretation of the results can be challenging, according to a recent study.

  • 08.13.2018

    The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University has been renewed for a fourth five-year grant, totaling $31.5 million and representing a 36 percent increase over its previous funding.

  • 08.13.2018
    Sheetal Kircher, MD , Medical Director of the  Cancer Survivorship Institute  at the Lurie Cancer Center, will have the opportunity to shape cancer policy and gain valuable leadership experience as one of the two Health Policy Fellows selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for 2018-2019.   
  • 08.13.2018

    First-year students donned their white coats for the first time at Founders’ Day, an annual event that celebrates the incoming medical students and the history of the medical school.

  • 08.01.2018

    EHR-based tools designed to help patients manage complex drug regimens failed to improve medication adherence or lower blood pressure among patients with hypertension, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 07.31.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown for the first time how an RNA-binding protein in the liver plays an important role in regulating insulin sensitivity throughout the body.

  • 07.30.2018

    Feinberg faculty members, scientists and students learned how to move their health information technologies toward commercialization at INVOForward, a mentorship program in biomedical entrepreneurship.

  • 07.26.2018

    Jason Wertheim, MD, PhD, vice chair for research in the Department of Surgery, has been named associate director for admissions of Feinberg’s Medical Scientist Training Program.

  • 07.25.2018

  • 07.19.2018

    A protein called tristetraprolin is activated during iron deficiency, lowering iron usage and preventing mitochondrial dysfunction, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 07.18.2018

    Ali Shilatifard, PhD, has been appointed editor of Science Advances, an open-access journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which also publishes the journal Science.

  • 07.17.2018

    A team of scientists has identified thousands of lincRNAs — long non-coding RNA molecules produced by so-called “junk DNA” — that are unique to human fat cells and may play an important role in fat metabolism.

  • 07.13.2018
    Researchers were able to establish an etiologic diagnosis among nearly 50% of patients with previously indeterminate etiology of acute liver failure using a systematic analysis strategy that included diagnostic algorithms and expert opinion.“Indeterminate or unknown etiology of acute liver failure is established after a careful history and a series of diagnostic blood tests are still unable to identify a clear cause for the serious liver injury,” Daniel R. Ganger, MD, from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, told Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease. According to Ganger and colleagues, indeterminate ALF etiology can also often result from incomplete testing or competing diagnoses
  • 07.12.2018

  • 07.12.2018

    A new Northwestern Medicine study has identified a trigger of some fibrotic diseases and an experimental compound to treat it.

  • 07.12.2018

  • 07.09.2018

    Lee Lindquist, '00 MD, chief of Geriatrics, helps families start difficult conversations about aging with the website Plan Your Lifespan.

  • 07.06.2018

    Two drugs that target mutations in leukemia showed encouraging results, according to recent clinical trials.

  • 07.02.2018

    Sean Jenvay, a fourth-year medical student, plays an active role in the medical school community through his involvement in wellness and curriculum development.

  • 06.29.2018

    Feinberg scientists are confronting significant, global challenges -- from antimicrobial resistance to HIV -- through collaborative, cutting-edge basic science and clinical research within the Division of Infectious Diseases.

  • 06.29.2018

    The American Heart Association recently selected Northwestern Medicine as one of six centers to be part of a new, grant-funded national network dedicated to researching and understanding the causes of atrial fibrillation, the most common type of irregular heartbeat.

  • 06.29.2018

    A new app, developed in part by Northwestern Medicine faculty, rates the nutritional value of packaged foods and suggests healthier products.

  • 06.28.2018

    An existing drug significantly lowered the risk of metastasis or death when used in men with non-metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer and a rising PSA level, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 06.26.2018

    Middle-aged men with erectile dysfunction had a greater chance of experiencing cardiovascular events, according to a research letter published in Circulation.

  • 06.25.2018

    Treating mice with isradipine, a calcium channel blocker, prevented formation of toxic compounds that can cause Parkinson’s disease symptoms, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 06.25.2018

  • 06.18.2018

    The presence of certain antibodies in patients may suggest a higher risk of transplant rejection across multiple organ types, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.

  • 06.07.2018

    Lack of a receptor regulating mitochondrial metabolism was linked with kidney dysfunction including kidney disease, according to a recent study.

  • 05.31.2018

    The presence of cancer cells in the bloodstream of patients with early-stage breast cancer may be predictive of benefit from radiotherapy after surgery, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 05.29.2018

    A team of scientists has uncovered the precise cells that flow into and harm the lung soon after a transplant. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, may lead to drug therapies that target the destructive cells.

  • 05.22.2018

    Feinberg faculty and fourth-year medical students gathered to recognize clinical and academic achievement at the sixth annual Honors Day, held May 19.

  • 05.21.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered an epigenetic imbalance that can lead to cancer, and used these findings to inhibit tumors in models.

  • 05.08.2018

    Northwestern faculty members have been chosen for induction into two prominent medical organizations: the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

  • 05.01.2018

    Over 450 alumni and guests attended Feinberg’s 2018 Alumni Weekend, to reconnect and see how the medical school has changed since they graduated.

  • 04.30.2018

    Third-year medical student Ben Peipert co-founded Second Opinions, a student-run pro-bono consulting group, and brings his consulting skills to his research on quality of life in endocrine disorders.

  • 04.27.2018

    Within the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), investigators collaborate at the intersection of public health and medicine — connecting clinics to communities and accelerating innovations that impact the health of both patients and populations.

  • 04.26.2018

    The addition of a chemotherapy drug to adjuvant hormone therapy did not improve survival for patients with high-risk prostate cancer, according to a new study.

  • 04.24.2018

    A home-based exercise program, consisting of wearables and telephone coaching, did not improve walking endurance for patients with peripheral artery disease, according to a study published in JAMA.

  • 04.18.2018

    Immunosuppression among patients with HIV was associated with a significantly higher likelihood of heart arrhythmias, according to a new study.

  • 04.17.2018

    A new study shows a patient’s overall heart disease risk assessment can better determine blood pressure treatment, as opposed to examining blood pressure levels alone.

  • 04.12.2018

    Patients with advanced prostate cancer who received more intensive treatment experienced worse quality of life at three months, but better overall in the long-term, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 04.11.2018

    Students, residents, faculty and staff recently traveled to San Francisco to attend the Student National Medical Association annual conference for current and future underrepresented minority medical students.

  • 04.10.2018

    Infant and childhood food allergy, whose cause has long been a mystery, has now been linked to a mix of environmental and genetic factors that must coexist to trigger the allergy, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 04.09.2018

    Over 430 scientists, trainees, students and faculty presented abstracts at Feinberg’s 14th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, a celebration of the medical school’s innovative research and the dedicated investigators who make it happen.

  • 04.06.2018

    Among patients with stage III colon cancer, regular nut consumption was associated with significantly lower rates of cancer recurrence and death, according to a new study.

  • 04.02.2018

    During spring break, the medical school welcomed undergraduate students for a pipeline program designed to nurture future medical students from underrepresented backgrounds.

  • 03.29.2018

    At a workshop on March 27, the Medical Faculty Council honored 2018 Mentor of the Year awardees Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, and joint recipients Erin Hsu, PhD and Wellington Hsu, MD.

  • 03.29.2018

    Neil Stone, MD, has been selected to receive the 2018 Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award from the American Society of Preventive Cardiology.

  • 03.27.2018

    A recent trend of using hospital volume as a surrogate measure of cardiovascular care may not accurately represent quality, according to a recent study published in Circulation.

  • 03.26.2018

    Anuj Chokshi, a first-year medical student, volunteers at Cardio Clinic, a specialty outpatient clinic that gives discounted or free care to patients and provides a learning opportunity for students.

  • 03.23.2018

    A new study has found that obese patients with metastatic melanoma live significantly longer than those with a normal body mass index — especially male patients treated with targeted or immune therapy.

  • 03.21.2018

    A new study demonstrates how physicians can use genetic profiling of joint tissue to see which drugs will work for which patients.

  • 03.19.2018

    A new, shorter drug regimen to treat certain types of Hepatitis C was found to be as effective as the current, longer treatment, according to the findings of a large multi-center trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • 03.15.2018

    Northwestern’s Alpha Omega Alpha honor society chapter inducted 36 new members in a ceremony held at the University Club in downtown Chicago, counting students, residents, fellows and staff among the new inductees.

  • 03.14.2018
    The Department congratulates Jayesh Mehta, MD, and Seema Singhal, MD, both professors of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, have been jointly appointed as the Chez Family Foundation Professor of Myeloma Research
  • 03.13.2018

    A Northwestern Medicine study provides new insights into the key role a molecule called oxPAPC plays in the inflammatory response. The findings could inform the development of new therapies for sepsis.

  • 03.08.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists usher in a new era of genetic research. 

    Featuring Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

  • 03.07.2018

    Cancer treatment tailored to each unique individual. This is the potential of precision oncology, and the premise of OncoSET.

  • 03.07.2018

    Cholesterol-lowering meds can reduce risk of heart disease.  Featuring:  Neil Stone, MD

  • 03.07.2018

    Dearth of data from non-white groups may reduce conclusive testing.  Featuring:  Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

  • 03.07.2018

    Being obese or overweight may increase morbidity and mortality.

    Featuring:  Sadiya Khan, MD

  • 03.07.2018

    Maha Hussain, MD, recently published several papers detailing new findings in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treatment and prostate cancer screening.

  • 03.07.2018

    Dr. Maha Hussain outlines how results from the PROSPER study might impact the treatment landscape for patients with nonmetastatic (M0) prostate cancer that is no longer responding to hormonal therapy, called castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC).

  • 03.05.2018

    The Northwestern Medical Orchestra, founded by two first-year medical students and open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff, recently began its inaugural season.

  • 03.05.2018

    Diverse sexual trends called “sexual sorting” may be driving Chicago’s young adults to some of the highest sexually transmitted infection rates in the country.  Dr. Michael Angarone, assistant professor of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern’s STI clinic, said that Chicago has historically been on the higher end of STI rates in urban areas, and that it is both predictable and surprising that Chicago is still seeing such high rates.

  • 03.03.2018
    "University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, two of the five adult liver transplant centers in Illinois, recently changed their six-month-sober policies so that select people with acute alcoholic hepatitis — a small subset of people with alcoholic liver disease — can be considered for transplants without undergoing a set period of abstinence."
  • 03.01.2018

    A new study debunks the “obesity paradox,” a counterintuitive finding that people with cardiovascular disease live longer if they are overweight or obese.

  • 02.28.2018

    Even as a growing number of cancer patients are setting up accounts for online access to medical charts, fewer people are actually logging on to look at their test results, a U.S. study suggests.

    For the study, researchers examined data on 44,590 cancer patients treated between 2007 and 2016, including 19,434 who set up online MyChart accounts to get remote access to their records.

    During this decade, the proportion of patients with MyChart accounts rose from 26 percent to 62 percent, researchers report in JAMA Oncology.

    In recent years, however, the number of people checking their test results online declined, from 61 percent in 2012 to 38 percent by the end of the study.

  • 02.26.2018

    Featuring:  Mark Ricciardi, MD

  • 02.22.2018

    “Exceptional care will never be good enough if we don’t have a cure or impactful treatments for our patients,” says Deputy Director, Maha Hussain, MD. “That’s why my passion is research. Research is what will cure cancer.”

  • 02.21.2018

    In her Today article from 1/6/18, Linda Carroll reports how it is impossible for the flu shot to give you the flu. If you feel sick after receiving the flu shot, your symptoms were not caused by the flu shot you just received; possible culprits include a virus or a cold, or a previous attack of the flu before you received the flu shot. 

    Michael Ison, MD, and professor in Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine adds that most people receive the flu shot in the fall which is during the same time period that other viruses are often prevalent. People mistaking a virus or cold for the flu misplace blame on an innocent flu shot received.  Additionally, there are side effects from a flu shot, but these only include arm soreness, fatigue, or a headache, not full blown flu.  Last, flu shots take 2-3 weeks to become fully effective, so "if you were exposed to the flu shortly after being vaccinated your body didn't have enough time to marshal its forces against the virus..." Ison explains. 

    There are no known reasons not to get a flu shot.  People with egg allergies have even been cleared to get one. 

  • 02.20.2018

    A drug originally designed for chemotherapy may reduce allergic responses for a variety of allergens, according to a study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

  • 02.18.2018
    "Listening to your gut is about more than responding to your body when you feel uneasy or need to make a decision."
  • 02.15.2018

    Scientists throughout Feinberg are deeply invested in identifying health disparities — those differences in health outcomes between populations — as well as exploring novel interventions.

  • 02.14.2018

    A multidisciplinary global team including two Northwestern University professors has won a $15 million grant to improve the survival of newborns in Africa.

  • 02.13.2018

    A simple toolkit of checklists, education materials and feedback reporting improved the quality of care, but not outcomes, in a group of 60 hospitals in south India, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 02.12.2018

    A genetic change in a “clock gene” produced significant changes in circadian rhythm, providing insight into how the complex system is regulated according to a study published in PNAS.

  • 02.12.2018

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered why Huntington’s disease is so toxic to cancer cells and have harnessed it for a novel approach to treat cancer.

  • 02.12.2018

    The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health announces five new Core Centers for Clinical Research (CCCR) (P30) awards. The CCCRs provide avenues to advance the methodological sciences that support clinical research within and across the NIAMS' scientific portfolio. The overall goal of the CCCRs is to develop and apply methods, metrics, and outcome measures that address existing and emerging clinical research needs to advance the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal, rheumatologic, and skin diseases.


    Based on internal review, along with inputs from an externally convened Centers Evaluation Working Group and a public Request for Information, the NIAMS decided that the traditional Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Centers (i.e., P60), originally established in 2001 to promote clinical, epidemiological, and health-services research, needed to be updated. This new NIAMS CCCR program is in response to that decision. 


    Each CCCR award includes, at minimum, a strong methodologic core and an administrative research core focused on supporting clinical research. The program is intended to be flexible, innovative, and adaptable, and to accommodate and address pressing needs of the NIAMS clinical research community.


    The 2017 CCCR awards are:


    Improving Minority Health in Rheumatic Diseases (IMHRD) — This CCCR, based at the Medical University of South Carolina and led by Gary S. Gilkeson, M.D., will provide research resources to enable and enhance clinical and translational research on two autoimmune connective tissue diseases, scleroderma and lupus, that have a disparate impact on African American women. A major emphasis will be on communicating and collaborating with minority patient groups and communities to encourage input and participation in clinical research and health promotion activities. The work is intended to contribute to the elimination of health disparities for individuals with scleroderma or lupus and to improve the health of those at an increased risk for one of these diseases.


    Indiana Core Center for Clinical Research (ICCCR) in Musculoskeletal Health — The overarching theme of the ICCCR is to better define musculoskeletal diseases that have common pathogenesis and clinical presentations. The team of investigators, led by Sharon M. Moe, M.D., with support from Mike Econs, M.D., Stuart Warden, Ph.D., and Eric Imel, M.D. at Indiana University, and Connie Weaver, Ph.D. at Purdue University, will integrate a network of electronic health records and molecular profiles to identify genetic factors and clinical and biochemical phenotypes. In addition, they aim to standardize physical function measurements and imaging modalities to define the diseases’ functional and morphologic phenotypes. Improving the definition and diagnosis of these musculoskeletal conditions could lead to personalized medicine through health care providers prescribing tailored treatment for each patient.


    VERITY: Value and Evidence in Rheumatology Using Bioinformatics, and Advanced Analytics — The Brigham and Women’s Hospital CCCR, led by Daniel Hal Solomon, M.D., M.P.H., is organized around scientific themes that can be applied to multiple rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Investigators will explore strategies for: including patients in clinical trial design and result interpretation and dissemination; using behavioral economics methods to enhance the benefits of interventions that are known to be effective; extracting information from large, diverse databases; using mobile health technologies in clinical research; and disseminating information to and mentoring clinical researchers through distributed learning models.


    Core Center for Clinical Research at Northwestern University — This CCCR, led by Leena Sharma, M.D., focuses on lifestyle, behavioral, medical and rehabilitative solutions for individuals who have or are at risk for rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. Much of its work involves incorporating mobile and sensor-based technologies into clinical research, with the goal of obtaining rigorous and reproducible measurements for how people feel and function in their daily lives. The investigators expect that their work will improve the efficiency, productivity, and impact of future clinical studies.


    University of Washington Core Center for Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Diseases — Although electronic health records enable health care systems to amass comprehensive and complex sets of data on large populations, substantial obstacles prevent researchers from transforming routine clinical information into a research-ready resource. The University of Washington CCCR, led by Jeffrey G. Jarvik, M.D., M.P.H., will explore new approaches to adaptive and pragmatic clinical trial designs, develop pipelines and methods for analyzing data for clinical musculoskeletal studies, and provide analysis-ready data sets and services for investigators who wish to conduct such research. The goal is to provide useful research data to health system decision-makers who can apply the results to improve patient care and public health.


  • 02.08.2018

    Even though nearly half of Chicago’s influenza cases this year involved individuals 65 years and older, the staff at many nursing and rehabilitation centers are not required to receive the flu vaccine. This is a dangerous practice because individuals infected with influenza are generally contagious for 6 to 24 hours before flu-like symptoms appear. Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine professor Michael Ison, MD, MS, notes the dangers of such practices: "[staffers] could become infected and transmit infection to one of the patients” before they are aware of being contagious.

  • 02.07.2018

    Tammika Glass received her new heart after a 172-day stay at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  

  • 02.07.2018

    Antibodies that reverse immune system suppression may be able to be used to treat a rare type of melanoma, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the journal Nature.

  • 02.06.2018

    Featuring:  Micah Eimer, MD

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