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.
Last two weeks on the blog:
- What does Marky Mark have to do with our sense of touch? New research by Sliman Bensmaia shows that it’s all in the good vibrations.
- In October’s Science Life Podcast, Kevin talks about a genetic map of hundreds of diseases, interrupted sleep and the evolution of sexual incompatibility.
- Hormone replacement therapy for treating symptoms of menopause fell out of favor after a large study showed it increased breast cancer risk. But is it still a safe option for some women?
- And the National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Marcus Kronforst to study the biological mechanisms that drive biodiversity in a broad family of butterflies.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- For patients facing a mastectomy for breast cancer there are many reconstructive options – perhaps too many. A report from our recent Breast Reconstruction Symposium.
- Congratulations are in order to Michelle Le Beau, PhD, director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, who was named to the executive committee of the American Society of Hematology.
- And we recently recruited pioneer surgeon David Chang, MD, FACS, to bring complex microsurgery, called lymphaticovenular bypass, to help breast cancer patients who develop lymphedema.
Research in the news:
- Sadly, there were no true UChicago links to this year’s Nobel Prize winners for physiology and medicine, but we did attend a talk by prize winner Thomas Südhof three years ago. Does that count?
- Writing for Bloomberg, former director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag covered a study by Chicago Booth economist Chad Syverson showing that hospitals with higher survival rates relative to treatment costs earn more patients.
- Nature remembered Peter Huttenlocher, the pioneering neuroscientists who established the idea that a child’s brain continues to be shaped early in life. Huttenlocher passed away earlier this summer.
- And finally, in a big event this morning featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel and President Robert Zimmer, UChicago announced that it is opening the Chicago Innovation Exchange, a business incubator to foster startups in fields such as biotech, big data, clean energy, drug discovery and materials science.