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:
- We spoke to Jessica Kandel, MD, our new chief of pediatric surgery, on her research and what’s in store for surgical programs at Comer Children’s Hospital.
- Thomas Gajewski is studying how we can nudge the immune system to beat tumors on its own.
- Scientists have long known that staying active is good for the brain. Now, Richard Kraig and his team have discovered a particle that could explain why.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Radiologist Maryellen Giger, PhD, has been named editor-in-chief of the new Journal of Medical Imaging.
- Susan Cohn, MD, wrote about how successful clinical trials for treating Wilms tumor in children demonstrate the benefits of cooperative, interdisciplinary research.
Research in the news:
- Paul Sereno, Professor in Organismal Biology & Anatomy, will be featured in a new show on PBS called “Skeletons of the Sahara,” documenting his discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of the desert. The show will air first next Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 10:00 pm CST.
- Reuters featured a study by epidemiologist Dezheng Huo, PhD, which looked at the links between hormone replacement therapy in women and the increased risk for breast cancer to see if different groups of women, based on age, race and body type, could benefit from the treatment with no additional risk (more on this study soon here at Science Life).
- Healio covered a study by Rochelle Naylor, MD, that found that routine genetic testing for maturity onset diabetes of the young (MODY), a common form of monogenic diabetes, could be cost effective for identifying and treating patients early.
- Finally, UChicago News announced that the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory have announced the Lillie Awards to provide funding for scientists to develop novel, collaborative projects based at the MBL that will lead to transformative biological discoveries. The awards are named after Frank R. Lillie, the early 20th-century embryologist who served as the MBL’s second director and as chair of UChicago’s Department of Zoology. In July, Science Life spoke to UChicago biologist Neil Shubin, PhD, faculty director for our new partnership with MBL, about what this collaboration means to the two institutions.