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.
This week on the blog:
- Shohei Koide and his team created a method to generate unlimited supplies of one of the genetics lab’s most important ingredients.
- Spurred by the impact of toxoplasmosis in his native country of Morocco, Kamal El Bissati is on a mission to beat the notorious parasite.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- David Song, MD, chief of the section of plastic and reconstructive surgery, wrote about the highlights of today’s Breast Reconstruction Symposium, featuring breast cancer experts and surgeons from around the country.
- The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, awarded two grants to Kenan Onel, MD, PhD, and Susan Cohn, MD, for their continuing research on pediatric neuroblastoma.
Research in the news:
- Yang-Xin Fu, PhD, was on a panel discussion for Chicago Tonight on the ever-increasing rise in childhood obesity. Fu and his colleagues have done research on how the gut microbiome influences rates of obesity, and spoke about recent studies showing that gut bacteria from thin humans can be transplanted to obese mice, which then lose weight.
- Louis Philipson, MD, PhD, director of the Kovler Diabetes Center, wrote an op-ed for the Sun-Times on the importance of proper diagnosis for rare genetic forms of diabetes.
- Finally, removing the tonsils can be one way to help treat young children with obstructive sleep apnea, but new research by Fuad Baroody, MD, found that 1 in 5 toddlers who have tonsillectomies to treat OSA still had significant symptoms afterward. Baroody’s work was featured in Medpage.
That’s it for this week. We’ve entered that weird season in Chicago where we never know if we should wear a jacket, but we’re looking forward to fall weather. See you on Monday!