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Last spring, when researchers began pivoting their studies to COVID-19 research, Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD, associate professor, Rheumatology, saw the need for a biological repository of blood samples from individuals who have recovered from the virus. Dr. Shelef started sending emails to see if anyone at UW–Madison was banking plasma...
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...
This summer, 39 UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) students were paired with 26 Department of Medicine faculty member mentors in the Shapiro Summer Research Program. The program is for SMPH medical students between their first and second year, and is eight to 10 weeks long. Research projects...
A new prevention research study at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is looking at whether a commonly used oral and nasal antiseptic (in addition to personal protective equipment and hand hygiene) can help prevent COVID-19 infections in frontline healthcare workers. Povidone iodine and chlorhexidine gluconate...
Research by Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology, that shares measures of socioeconomic disadvantage at the neighborhood level is now influencing policy on fair allocation of medications to treat patients with COVID-19. The Neighborhood Atlas, developed by Dr. Kind’s team and launched in 2018, shares metrics from...
Dudley Lamming, PhD, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is the principal investigator on a new project that aims to accelerate diabetes and metabolism research at UW–Madison. With support from the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative, Dr. Lamming and collaborators will establish two new innovative research core facilities that will provide...
Four University of Wisconsin Department of Medicine faculty received research grants from the Wisconsin Partnership Program's COVID-19 Response Grant Program, established to help the university and community organizations across Wisconsin address the immediate health challenges of COVID-19. The research grants, up to $150,000, support scientific, medical and public health approaches...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, and vice chair for research, Department of Medicine, has been selected as the Association for Professionals in Infection Control's (APIC) 2020 Distinguished Scientist. The award recognizes prominent researchers and scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control...
Kari Wisinski, MD, associate professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care (pictured), was appointed chair of The Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium's steering committee. Composed of one researcher from each member institution, this committee reviews activities of the consortium, decides matters of policy and determines the criteria for approving concepts...
Neighborhood disadvantage is the leading predictor of poor retention of care among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to a study recently published in Arthritis Research & Therapy. Authors from the UW-Madison Department of Medicine (pictured below, left to right), were Christie Bartels, MD, MS, associate professor, Rheumatology; Shivani...