Welcome to LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from around campus and the internet. Each Friday, LabBook will recap the week on the blog, with links to news stories about our faculty and their research.
- Research by Jayant Pinto shows that as African-Americans age they have a much greater decrease in their sense of smell than Caucasians, which can be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, and can predict death.
- Graeme Bell became UChicago’s fourth researcher to receive the Banting Medal, the American Diabetes Association’s highest scientific honor, for his career in diabetes research.
- Suzanne Conzen’s work finds that fat cells in the breast appear to provide a crucial link between exposure to social stressors early in life, and the subsequent development of breast cancer.
We also recently launched, UChicago Cancer Conversations, a partner publication focused specifically on the latest in cancer research. Each week we’ll be including highlights from that site in LabBook as well:
- Head and neck cancer specialist Michael Spiotto wrote about how to safely de-escalate treatment for patients with HPV-positive cancers that may benefit from less therapy.
- And radiologist Daniel Appelbaum wrote about a new radiopharmaceutical therapy option for patients whose prostate cancer has metastasized to the bones.