Funding for HIV research, kidney transplants and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
This week on the blog:
- On World AIDS Day, the NIH announced plans to increase funding for research to find a cure for HIV. UChicago’s Dr. John Schneider says the money might be better spent on prevention programs.
- I spoke to Yolanda Becker, director of the kidney and pancreas program, about how changes to the donor kidney allocation system will affect those waiting for a transplant.
From our partner blog UChicago Cancer Conversations:
- Patient enrollment is under way for more than 350 clinical trials at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, including a few exciting new ones.
Research in the news:
- Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in both the Department of Medicine and the Divinity School, received the 2014 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. The award, named after Princeton bioethicist Paul Ramsey, recognizes physicians and scholars who made an outstanding contribution to the bioethics discussion and are actively engaged in society.
- Depending on which side of the political spectrum you sit on, the Affordable Care Act either creates demand for more doctors or is scaring people away from going into medicine. In the New York Times, UChicago economist Casey Mulligan says the law actually places conflicting pressures on the demand for doctors. In some cases, the push for lower costs is decreasing demand, but expanded coverage for more people means we need more clinicians.
- Finally, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week led by Elbert Huang, MD, found that hypoglycemia, or episodes of low blood sugar, is becoming one of the most common nonfatal complications of diabetes as people age, rivaling cardiovascular issues. The study was the first in almost a decade to take a nuanced view of the progression of complications as people with diabetes age. More on Dr. Huang’s research when we feature him here at Science Life in the coming weeks.