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Upcoming Events
Endocrine Symposium - Sept. 5
The Endocrine Surgery Update on Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Disease conference is coming up soon at the Gleacher Center in Chicago. Peter Angelos, MD, and Raymon Grogan, MD, are the conference's co-directors. Visit the website below to register.
Location: 450 N Cityfront Plaza, Chicago, IL 60611
Fri, Sep 5, 2014
7:15 AM
- 4:35 PM
Details
Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery Disease Research Event
The University of Chicago Transplant Center, in conjunction with the Journal of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition, will host a symposium on hepatobiliary, pancreatic surgery and manuscript writing this month at The University of Chicago Center in Beijing.

Timothy Pawlik, MD, PhD, from Johns Hopkins Hospital, will serve as the keynote speaker. Jeffrey Matthews, MD, J. Michael Millis, MD, and Yilei Mao, MD, are the symposium organizers.

Location: University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Thu, Sep 18, 2014
8:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
Details
Join, Contribute to the 'I Heart Surgery' Heart Walk Team
The Department of Surgery has formed the team 'I Heart Surgery' to participate in the 2014 American Heart Association Heart Walk on Sept. 26, 2014.

The team, led by Executive Administrator Karen Turner, encourages you to help raise funds to save lives from this country's No. 1 and No. 4 killers - heart disease and stroke. The team will be coordinating upcoming fundraising opportunities; more information to follow.

To join the team, visit the Heart Walk website.
For more information about helping with fundraising, contact Adrienne Mitchell.

Location: Grant Park, Chicago
Fri, Sep 26, 2014
11:00 AM
- 1:00 PM
Contact: Adrienne Mitchell
Details
Skinner Lecture to Take Place Sept. 30
Save the date for the 11th Annual Dr. David B. Skinner Memorial Lecture. Glenn D. Steele, Jr, MD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, will be the guest lecturer.

Dr. Steele will also present at Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7:15 a.m.

Location: G-217
Tue, Sep 30, 2014
5:00 PM
- 6:00 PM
Colon and Rectal Conference - Oct. 10
This October, the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery will host the conference Colon, Rectal and Beyond: Innovation in Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colorectal Cancer and Pelvic Floor Disorders. Konstantin Umansky, MD, and Atsushi Sakuraba, MD, are the conference co-directors.
Location: 633 N Saint Clair Street, 28th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Fri, Oct 10, 2014
7:30 AM
- 3:30 PM
Details
Workshop on the Past, Present & Future of Cell Biology
Professor of Surgery and Vice-Chair of Research Karl Matlin, PhD, is organizing a workshop together with Jane Maienschein from Arizona State University entitled "Updating Cowdry at the MBL."

The Workshop will bring together leading cell biologists with historians and philosophers of biology to map new directions in cell biology through consideration of its history and current practice. The workshop is one of the initial programs that have been developed as a consequence of the new affiliation between the University of Chicago and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. To learn about the Chicago-MBL affiliation go to www.mbl.edu/uc-affiliation.

Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Thu, Oct 23, 2014
8:00 AM
- 4:00 PM
Contact: Karl Matlin
Details
Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live
The University of Chicago Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital will collaborate in the presentation of the 19th Annual Endoscopic Ultrasonography Live 2014 this November. The program, featuring live cases and hands-on sessions, will be put on through the Center for Endoscopic Research & Therapeutics. Mitchell C. Posner, MD, and Mark K. Ferguson, MD, will be speaking at the event.
Location: Center for Care and Discovery
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
12:00 AM
- 12:00 AM
Details
SAVE THE DATE: Department Holiday Party
Please save the date for the Department of Surgery Holiday Party. A formal invitation will follow closer to the event.
Location: International House - Assembly Hall
Fri, Dec 5, 2014
5:00 PM
- 7:30 PM
SAVE THE DATE: Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium
The 22nd Annual Charles B. Huggins Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in the DCAM Atrium and the CCD Boardroom and Food Court. More details will be released closer to the event.
Location: DCAM Atrium
Wed, Mar 18, 2015
5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM

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Announcements
Take Part in Monthly Lunches to Learn More About Research Programs
The Section of Research is organizing a research lunch during the upcoming academic year to help all basic and clinical investigators in the department to become more aware of individual research programs and to generate new ideas and collaborations. The meetings will be held at the Quadrangle Club on the second Wednesday of each month beginning in October. Lunch will be provided and will start at noon.

Each month, one investigator will present a 30 minute overview of their research program focusing on ongoing studies and future directions. These should not be heavy on data but instead designed to emphasize problems, concepts, new ideas and even philosophies of investigation in a very-open ended fashion. Any faculty member is invited to present and are encouraged to present again this year even if they presented last year.

The meetings are for principal investigators only, but a research associate who plays a key role in the research effort may also attend. Various research staff members are also attend, as this is an opportunity to learn more about research activities in the department.

Space in the room is limited to 20 people. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Ruth Crawford if you would like to make a presentation or attend.

Here are the 2014-2015 dates:
Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, May 13.


Controlled Substances Licenses for Research: DEADLINE APPROACHING
Currently, controlled substances being used in research are licensed/managed within the Animal Resource Center. Beginning next year, this will no longer be the case, so it is necessary to institute a new licensing and compliance plan. Two department researchers - Don Vander Griend, PhD, and Dengping Yin, PhD - have agreed to take on the role of Departmental Licensee for use of Controlled Substances in Research. Research faculty have the option of obtaining their own license or becoming registered as an authorized user on the “Department” licenses. If faculty would like to become a registered user on the Department Licenses, please notify Anna Alecci by close-of-business Friday, September 5, 2014, and be sure to include the controlled substances needed.

Please note that Departmental Licenses will not cover Schedule I substances. Research faculty requiring the use of Schedule I substances must obtain their own license.

Authorized users on Departmental Licenses will be required to complete compliance training and participate in ongoing and quarterly audit compliance activities, which will be finalized in the next couple months. Purchasing processes and lockbox requirements will be put in place, as well.


Department of Surgery Co-Organizer of National Kazakh Cardiac Surgery Conference
For the first time, the Department of Surgery has co-organized the National Annual Congress of Cardiac Surgery in Kazakhstan, which will now be held for the third time in the country’s capital Astana on August 29/30, 2014. With more than 40 invited international speakers from leading institutions worldwide, UChicago Medicine sends the largest group with 6 speakers:

-- Lacy Holevis RN and Grace Macek APN will talk on early postoperative management in pediatric cardiac surgery, Colleen Juricek RN on the tasks of a VAD coordinator.

-- Jeevanandam MD will give a presentation on surgical options in advanced heart failure, and Husam Balkhy MD on robotic coronary bypass surgery. Gerhard Ziemer MD will present a lecture on the evolution of surgery for cyanotic heart disease. He also will conduct a four day telecasted master class cooperating with local surgeons in performing complex single ventricle and neonatal surgery including postoperative management.


Welcome, Dr. Nikunj Chokshi!
Nikunj K. Chokshi, MD, has joined the Department of Surgery's Section of Pediatric Surgery. He will serve as an assistant professor of surgery. Dr. Chokshi's clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, neonatal surgery, pediatric oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and surgical critical care.

Neurosurgery to Host Kluver Symposium on Sept 10
On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the section of neurosurgery will present "Functional Neurosurgery Without Borders: From Movement Disorders to Psychiatric Disease."

The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the CCD 7th floor board room #07870. Faculty and invited lecturers include Jon Grant, MD; Tao Xie, MD, PhD; Peter Warnke, MD; Christoph Ostertag, MD; Aviva Abosch, MD, PhD; Marwan Hariz, MD, PhD.

To register or view the online agenda, visit surgery.uchicago.edu/kluversymposium.

The activity is funded by the Heinrich Kluver Memorial Lectureship Endowment.


Join UCM's Walk4Hearing Team
Dana Suskind, MD, and members of the pediatric hearing loss program will be participating in the 2014 Walk4Hearing event on Sunday, Sept. 28 in Lincoln Park (Cannon Drive between W. Diversey Parkway and W. Fullerton Ave).

The Walk4Hearing strives to increase awareness about hearing loss in infants, babies, children and adults. The walk begins at 10 a.m. View the flier for more information.


Kudos!

Sep 2, 2014  Congrats to Dr. Marco Patti on the Release of His Book
Marco Patti, MD, released the second book in his three-book series titled "Esophageal Diseases: Evaluation and Treatment." This is the follow up to the 2013 book "Surgical Management of Benign Esophageal Disorders: The Chicago Approach." In 2015, the third and final installment - "Atlas of Esophageal Surgery" - will be published.

Sep 2, 2014  James Luo Wins Top Award at Prtizker Summer Research Forum
James Luo, second year medical student in the Alverdy Lab, won the award for Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Basic Science at the 20th Annual Pritzker Summer Research Forum in August. About 70 students participated in the Pritzker Summer Research Program.

Here is how Luo described his work:

"The Alverdy Lab's overarching hypothesis is that intestinal microbes play an important causative role in anastomotic leak following colorectal surgery. This summer, I worked closely with Dr. Baddr Shakhsheer, one of the surgical residents in our lab. I presented our findings on the effect of post-operative morphine in causing anastomotic leak in a rat model. We found that following a distal colon resection, rats treated with post-op morphine had a much higher incidence of anastomotic leak than placebo-treated rats. We are currently working to elucidate the microbial mechanisms that might underlie this morphine-induced anastomotic leak."


Aug 20, 2014  JNNP Hits Major Publishing Milestone
The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry recently hit a milestone in its publishing impact statistics. The journal's impact factor, which is determined solely from citations, increased 13.32 percent from last year, despite the growth of medical publishing and open access.

Peter Warnke, MD, director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, is the associate editor for neurosurgery, the portion of the journal that is published at the University of Chicago.


Aug 20, 2014  Neurovascular Research Team Makes Breakthrough
The Neurovascular Surgery Research team at University of Chicago Medicine recently published novel discoveries based on work in cells, in mice and in human subjects defining a particularly aggressive form of familial cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) disease. The CCM is a common vascular lesion of the brain, predisposing to a lifetime risk of stroke, seizures and disability. There is currently no medication to treat this disease, often requiring highly invasive surgical resection of lesions that become unpredictably symptomatic.

The paper titled "Exceptional Aggressiveness of Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Disease Associated With PDC10 Mutations" appeared online ahead of print on Aug. 14 in the Nature journal Genetics in Medicine. The research team in Chicago and collaborators at Duke University and UCLA demonstrated hyper-aggressiveness of the least common familial CCM mutation, involving the CCM3 or PDCD10 gene, accounting for less than 15 percent of familial CCM cases and less than 2 percent of CCM cases at large. The exceptional aggressiveness of CCM3 was noted in cultured cells in vitro, in genetically engineered mice, and was demonstrated in a cohort including every known CCM3 case in North America, referred for special evaluation at the University of Chicago Medicine through a program sponsored by the Angioma Alliance (CCM3 Action Project).

The CCM3 cases developed demonstrably larger and more frequent lesions earlier in life. More than half of CCM3 patients suffered brain bleeds or became seriously disabled by their disease during childhood, an uncommon occurrence in other forms of CCM. And the CCM3 cases had frequent associated scoliosis, tumors and cognitive disability not previously recognized with other forms of CCM. Patients evaluated in Chicago received special imaging studies of brain permeability and iron content, not available elsewhere. These are being developed as potential bio markers of CCM activity. The study also suggested potential therapeutic targeting of this disease through inhibiting abnormal ROCK signaling.

Senior author Issam Awad, MD, MSc, FACS, MA (hon), the John Harper Seeley Professor of Surgery and director of Neurovascular Surgery, is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to study ROCK inhibition as a novel potential therapy in CCM.


Jul 7, 2014  Dr. Mohan Gundeti to Present at Puerto Rico Urological Meeting
Mohan Gundeti, MD, will present at the Puerto Rico Urological Association's 65th Annual Meeting, which takes place Sept. 25-27 in San Juan. Dr. Gundeti, the Roberto Fortuno Lecture, will present, "Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery in Children? A Decade of Progress and Future."

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