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Summer Educational Program
Beginning on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, the Education, Urban, and Global Health Council will begin a series of educational sessions targeted for 1st year trainees, including all categorical interns and new fellows. The series will run through the first four Tuesdays in August and will utilize the time slot normally allocated to Grand Rounds.

Scholarly Activities Day
Scholarly Activities Day 2017 will be held on March 9, 2017.

Department of Medicine Annual Photo
The annual photo for the Department of Medicine will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at 12:45pm.
The location will be announced at a later date.

Office of Health Literacy Partnership Meeting

On June 14th, Dr. Paula Allen-Meares and the Office of Health Literacy hosted a group of elected public leaders, community leaders and researchers in the College of Medicine to discuss community engagement in our HIV/AIDS and Sickle Cell Clinics, Cancer Center, and the Office of Health Literacy. Presenters included Dr. Richard Novak (Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases), Bonnye Johnson (VST Coordinator Community Education & Outreach, Sickle Cell Center), and Jonah Anderson and Christopher Gay (UI Cancer Center).


Community and elected public leaders in attendance included: Representative Cynthia Soto (Illinois House of Representatives, 4th District), Omar Aquino (incoming Senator for Illinois State Senate District 2), Dr. Nikki Harvey (Director of Constituency Development / Programs & Operations for Congressman Danny K. Davis, U.S. Representative for Illinois, 7th Congressional District), Professor Jose Lopez (Executive Director of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer), Juan Calderon (Chief Operating Officer of The Puerto Rican Cultural Center), Dr. Patricia Finn (Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine), Dr. George Kondos (Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine), Dr. Paula Allen-Meares (Professor in the Infectious Diseases Division and Chair of the Office of Health Literary) and Brienne Davis Lowry (Office of Health Literacy).

Department of Medicine hosted Director of the Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Dr. Mitchell J. Valdes-Sosa

On June 14th, the Department of Medicine collaborated with the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in hosting a visit by the Director of the Cuban Center for Neurosciences, Dr. Mitchell J. Valdes-Sosa. In many ways, this was a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Valdes-Sosa as he was born in Chicago and lived on the northwest side for a number of year. While a youngster, Dr. Valdes-Sosa and his family moved back to Cuba.

Dr. Valdes-Sosa spoke to DOM faculty and students about his academic career at a Meet and Greet Breakfast. Later in the day, he lectured at the DOM Grand Rounds on Cuban Biotechnology as an Instrument for the Betterment of Public Health. His main topic centered on the use of innovation to improve the health of the community. Prominently featured in his lecture was the position held by the Cuban Center for Neurosciences in the innovation process.






News & Events in the
Department of Medicine



Division of Hematology and Oncology Milestones

The Division of Hematology and Oncology will achieve a milestone with their Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program. The program will reach its highest volume this fiscal year with 82 transplants. Volume, as depicted in the graph below, has almost doubled over the past 4 years.


This achievement could not have occurred without the phenomenal team of doctors, nurses, PharmD, BMT coordinators, data manager and Stem Cell Lab staff. A key role played in attaining this accomplishment was that of Dr. Pritesh Patel, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of BMT.

In addition to the higher volume, the BMT program had 7 publications, completed an investigator-initiated phase 1 clinical trial in multiple myeloma, continues to experience an increase in the number of transplanted sickle cell patients and has several translational research projects supported by private fundings.

The growth of FMT reflects the growth of the entire Hematology segment of the Division, both in hematologic malignancies and in sickle cell. A larger margin of growth is anticipated.

Breast Cancer Public Service Announcement

During the week of June 6th, the Azteca Television Channel ran several iterations of a public service announcement (PSA) about breast cancer. The PSA was aimed at the Latino community, was presented entirely in Spanish, and featured Dr. Olga Garcia-Bedoya of the Academic Internal Medicine Division. Photo7

The PSA focused on the fact that 1 in every 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and the importance of mammograms. Dr. Garcia-Bedoya is shown working with a patient whose mammogram indicated breast cancer.

The full announcement can be viewed here:
Note: The announcement is entirely in Spanish, no English translation.


New Member – Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section

DarbarDespite an extremely busy schedule, Dr. Dawood Darbar recently accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences (CICS) Study Section at the NIH Center for Scientific Review. His term began on July 1, 2016 and will end on June 30, 2020. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors.

Membership on a study section offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. Dr. Darbar’s participation in the study section will help assure the quality of the NIH peer review process, and we congratulate him on this prestigious appointment.

NIH Study Section Service

BoniniThe National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review selected Dr. Marcelo Bonini to serve as a member of the Systemic Injury by Environmental Exposure Study Section (SIEE).

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. 


International Society for Cellular Therapy Meeting, Singapore 2016

Nadim MahmudNadim Mahmud, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, and Director of UI Hospital Stem Cell Laboratory (Blood & Marrow Transplant Program) was an invited speaker for the 22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) in Singapore. Dr. Mahmud chaired a session titled “Challenges in in vivo experiments in cell based therapies”. In the same session he delivered a talk titled “Test of genotoxicity of expanded human cord blood cells both in small and large animal models”. Dr. Mahmud’s research is focused on cord blood stem cell expansion to improve stem cell transplantation as well as role of epigenetic signals to eradicate leukemia stem cells as a curative therapeutic approach.

He also delivered a talk titled “Accreditation as a risk reduction measure: focus on cell therapy programs in Asia”. He is involved in leadership roles in ISCT and also serves as a Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) Accreditation Committee member and inspector for blood and marrow transplant programs in North America and cord blood banks around the world. FACT is a non-profit corporation for accreditation in the field of cellular therapy.


2016 AGA Elsevier Pilot Research Award

Dr. Barbara Jung, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology was awarded the 2016 AGA Elsevier Pilot JungResearch Award from the American Gastroenterology Association Research Foundation.

This research initiative award for $25,000 for one year is offered to investigators to support pilot research projects in gastroenterology or hepatology related areas.
Dr. Jung’s research on Activin as a Therapeutic Target and Prognostic Marker in Pancreatitis is a pilot project to support a new collaboration between Dr. Jung and Dr. Fantuzzi to explore the role of Activin in potentiating pancreatitis and further whether intervention in the Activin signaling pathway may provide therapeutic options for pancreatitis patients.

Dr. Jung will be recognized at the Research Recognition Celebration at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) on Sunday May 22.