At the Bench

On October 1, 2020, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health removed race from a formula routinely used to assess kidney function. With conversations about racism and equity circulating the country, Marin Darsie, MD, assistant professor, Emergency Medicine and Neurosurgery, was thinking about inequities...
1. Al-Adra DP, Hammel L, Roberts J, Woodle ES, Levine D, Mandelbrot D, Verna E, Locke J, D'Cunha J, Farr M, Sawinski D, Agarwal PK, Plichta J, Pruthi S, Farr D, Carvajal R, Walker J, Zwald F, Habermann T, Gertz M, Bierman P, Dizon DS, Langstraat C, Al-Qaoud T, Eggener...
As COVID-19 first swept through the country, healthcare facilities were forced to limit people entering their doors. One of the hardest hit facilities, nursing homes, had to transition from in-person appointments to telemedicine in a matter of days to keep up with providing quality care to their residents. Christopher Crnich...
Nicole Rogus-Pulia, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, Director-Swallowing and Salivary Bioscience Laboratory, received a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award. Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, will serve as primary mentor on the project. With this 4 year award totaling $950,000, Dr. Rogus-Pulia...
While most people associate improvisation, or improv, with comedic acting, Amy Zelenski, PhD, assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, also associates improv with a way to teach health professionals how to relate to one another. The results from her work with medical students and health professionals on the effectiveness of improv...
1. Anandan A, Sharifi M, O'Regan R. Molecular Assays to Determine Optimal Duration of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer. Curr Treat Options Oncol. 2020;21(10):84. 2. Aziz F, Mandelbrot D, Singh T, Parajuli S, Garg N, Mohamed M, Astor BC, Djamali A. Early Report on Published Outcomes in Kidney Transplant...
New research from Dudley Lamming, PhD, associate professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is one step closer to understanding the metabolism-regulating complex mTORC2, and the role it may have in regulating lifespan. The protein complex mTORC2 influences lifespan in yeast, worms, flies, and mice. In a 2014 study by Dr. Lamming...
A recent case report from Lindsay Taylor, MD, fellow, Infectious Disease, and E. Ann Misch, MD, assistant professor, Infectious Disease, discusses how a kidney transplant patient acquired Powassan virus through blood transfusion. The patient, from Indiana, presented with headache, fever, weakness, myalgias, diarrhea and progressive encephalitis 24 days after renal...
1. Arriola Apelo SI, Lin A, Brinkman JA, Meyer E, Morrison M, Tomasiewicz JL, Pumper CP, Baar EL, Richardson NE, Alotaibi M, Lamming DW. Ovariectomy uncouples lifespan from metabolic health and reveals a sex-hormone-dependent role of hepatic mTORC2 in aging. Elife. 2020;9. 2. Aziz F, Jorgenson MR, Garg N, Mohamed...
The University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Pilot Grant Awards. The following Department of Medicine faculty and staff members received funding. Translational Basic & Clinical Pilot Awards (up to $50,000 for 12 months of direct support) Jianhua Zhang...