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:
- Yoav Gilad and his team find that gene regulation differences between humans and chimpanzees are more complex than we thought.
- Piotr Witkowski is testing an experimental but promising alternative for patients with advanced type 1 diabetes: islet transplantation.
- Rochelle Naylor finds that if you choose the right patients, genetic screening for maturity onset diabetes of the young can be cost-effective.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Everett Vokes, MD, the John E. Ultmann Professor of Medicine and Radiation Oncology, Physician-in-Chief, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been named one of 12 Giants of Cancer Care for 2013.
Research in the News:
- UChicago transplant specialists Edward Garrity, MD, and Wickii Vigneswaran, MD, spoke to MedPage Today about new technology that can preserve donor lungs outside of the body longer before transplantation, which could increase the supply of organs for patients on the wait list.
- The UChicago School of Social Service Administration ran a feature about why HIV/AIDS rates remain stubbornly high in some populations, and what some of their researchers are doing to help.
- Finally, Daniel Le Grange, PhD, director of the UChicago Eating Disorders Program, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about the dilemma created when pressure for overweight kids to lose weight turns into eating disorders.