The Kuehner effect (Links to an external site)

Kory Lavine, MD/PhD ’08, center, professor of medicine and director of the Cardiovascular Precision Medicine Research Initiative, consults with investigators in his lab. (Photo: Matt Miller/Washington University School of Medicine)

Donor plays key role in driving personalized cardiovascular research at the School of Medicine When St. Louis native Kim Kuehner, MBA ’77, made his first foray into medical philanthropy in 2018, he viewed it as a long-term investment that would enable him to play a role in advancing human health. He did not expect his […]

WashU Celebration of Inventors 2024 (Links to an external site)

The 2024 Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was presented to John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD, the Virginia E. and Sam J. Golman Endowed Professor of Oncology by Provost Beverly Wendland.

On April 25, 2024, the Office of Technology Management hosted the seventh annual Celebration of Inventors, an event to honor and recognize Washington University inventors, researchers and faculty entrepreneurs.  Honorees included 2023 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) awardees; National Academy of Inventors Fellows and Senior Members; and the recipient of the 2024 Chancellor’s […]

Erin Baum, MD, Receives LeJIT Teaching Award (Links to an external site)

Erin Baum, MD

The Gateway Medicine Clerkship has selected Dr. Erin Baum to receive the “LeJIT” Teaching Award. This award recognizes Dr. Baum’s excellence in completing just-in-time assessments during the 2024 Block 1 Medicine Clerkship (January-February 2024). They stated, “You skillfully integrate JITs into your clinical and teaching workflows and provide meaningful, timely feedback to students through your […]

Dr. Jeffrey Miner’s Research Group Lands KI Journal Cover (Links to an external site)

Jeffrey H. Miner, PhD, FASN

Congratulations to the research group headed by Jeffrey Miner, PhD, on their recent publication that landed the cover of Kidney International.  The colorful cover photograph, illustrating paraffin immunofluorescence of different collagen IV chains, is a figure from their article “Quantitative assessment of glomerular basement membrane (GBM) collagen IV α chains in paraffin sections from patients with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis […]

Diamond, Queller elected to National Academy of Sciences (Links to an external site)

Michael Diamond, MD, PhD

Two scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are among the 120 members and 24 international members recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (Links to an external site)

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May marks the annual celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the United States. In 1978 Congress proclaimed the first week of May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” Future Presidents continued this annual proclamation until 1992 when Congress and President George H.W. Bush signed a law designating the month of May to celebrate […]

Diwan named inaugural Shaeffer professor (Links to an external site)

Abhinav Diwan, MD (center), of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the inaugural Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD, Professor of Cardiology. He is shown at his installation ceremony with David H. Perlmutter, MD (left), executive vice chancellor for medical affairs, the George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor; and Victoria J. Fraser, MD, the Adolphus Busch Professor and head of the Department of Medicine. (Photo: Dan Donovan/Washington University)

Abhinav Diwan, MD, a highly regarded cardiologist with expertise in the molecular underpinnings of cardiovascular disease, has been named the inaugural Charlie W. Shaeffer, MD, Professor of Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

ICTS-funded investigator conducts crucial research to better understand, diagnose, and treat rare genetic disease (Links to an external site)

Fumihiko Urano, MD

Rare diseases are just what their name implies – each one affects a limited number of people. But with this rarity comes unique challenges, and among the biggest challenges faced by these patients are the roadblocks they encounter with gathering information about their conditions, being properly diagnosed, and finding the best resources and treatment options […]

Sadhu Selected as DASP Faculty Honoree (Links to an external site)

Justin Sadhu, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr. Justin Sadhu, is a 2023-2024 faculty honoree of the Washington University Distinguished ALumni Scholarship Program. Created in 1989, the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Program (DASP) grants four entering students per year a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, for a total of 16 DASP students at the school at one time. Institutional funds are […]

Huffman Named William Bowen Endowed Professor (Links to an external site)

Mark Huffman, MD

Mark D. Huffman, MD, MPH, tenured Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the DOM Global Health Center, has been appointed as the inaugural William Bowen Endowed Professor. The appointment recognizes Dr. Huffman’s outstanding leadership in preventive cardiology and cardiovascular health research at an individual and population level, and at a global scale. His research program […]

Mbalaviele Lab Published in eLife (Links to an external site)

Mbalaviele Lab Published in eLife

The Mbalaviele lab and collaborators found that inflammasomes play a critical role in bone loss in mice caused by the chemotherapeutic drug, doxorubicin. This finding may inspire the development of a tailored adjuvant therapy that preserves the quality of this tissue in patients treated with this class of drugs.

Minority Health Month – Diversity Month (Links to an external site)

Minority Health Month

April celebrates both Diversity Month and National Minority Health Month, providing an opportunity to recognize and honor the diversity of the world around us while also addressing the disproportionate burden of premature death and illness in racial and ethnic minority groups.

McNerney and Jasim discuss the long-term endocrine effects of cancer treatment  (Links to an external site)

Kyle P. McNerney, MD of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and Sina Jasim, MD of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research

On October 10, 2023, Kyle P. McNerney, MD of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and Sina Jasim, MD of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research, had their book chapter titled “Long-Term Effects of Cancer Treatment” published in Familial Endocrine Cancer Syndromes: Navigating the Transition of Care for Pediatric and Adolescent Patients.  

How’s Your Soul? (Links to an external site)

David Vermette, MD

Brother David, how’s your soul?” The question took me by surprise. It was time for my first advisement meeting with my residency program director. In medicine, the machine runs on competence and achievement of “milestones.” Yet, as I braced for a meeting to trudge through performance evaluations and in-training exam scores, I awoke to humanity.

Some sarcoma patients improve with T cell immunotherapy (Links to an external site)

According to a study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a new T cell immunotherapy — in which the patients’ own T cells are genetically modified to attack and kill cancer cells — is effective in treating some patients with two types of sarcoma, rare cancers of the body’s soft tissues. Shown is a cross section of a synovial sarcoma tumor.

Strategy effective against some rare, aggressive sarcomas with no other treatment options A clinical trial led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown that a T cell immunotherapy — in which the patients’ own T cells are genetically modified to attack and kill cancer cells — is effective in […]

Award of up to $31 million supports development of osteoarthritis treatment (Links to an external site)

Farshid Guilak, PhD, and Christine Pham, MD, collaborate on research together. They were photographed on March 13, 2024. MATT MILLER/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Researchers aim to create treatment that promotes tissue regeneration, restores joints Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, limits the mobility of 32 million people nationwide, many to the point of significant disability. Affected individuals face limited options, as there are no drugs to cure or substantially lessen the disease, and invasive joint replacement is often the […]

Lasala Receives 2024 Miami Valves Lifetime Achievement Award (Links to an external site)

John Lasala, MD

Dr. John Lasala, Professor of Medicine and Director, Structural Heart Disease in the Cardiovascular Division, was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Miami Valves annual international structural cardiology conference hosted by the International Medicine Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Husaini Featured During Men’s Health Segment on KSDK News (Links to an external site)

Mustafa Husaini, MD

Dr. Mustafa Husaini, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Director of Sports Cardiology in the Cardiovascular Division, was recently featured in a segment on KSDK news for Heart Month. Today in St. Louis’ Rene Knott, Paul Cook and Anthony Slaughter spoke with Dr. Husaini about the importance of exercise in heart health, and specifically in men.

Scheller Lab and Colleagues Published in JCI Insight (Links to an external site)

Erica Scheller, DDS, PhD

Members of the Scheller Lab in collaboration with the Milbrandt and DiAntonio groups at WashU published a paper in JCI Insight in which they found that loss of Sarm1 could completely protect female mice against the development of bone loss and severe osteoblast suppression secondary to type 1 diabetes. 

Living Well: Pancreatic Cancer (Links to an external site)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (First Alert 4) – About one in 64 people will get pancreatic cancer during their lifetime. It’s one of the more uncommon cancers, but it is one of the deadliest. In this Living Well, First Alert 4′s Taylor Holt talks with a doctor about why the disease is so deadly and what’s […]

Powers Carson and Arora discuss negative correlations between BMI and glycated albumin  (Links to an external site)

Jennifer Powers Carson, PhD

In October of 2023, Jennifer Powers Carson, PhD and colleague, Jyoti Arora, MS of the Washington University School of Medicine, Center for Biostatistics and Data Science, had their work published by Clinical Biochemistry. The article was titled, “Glycated serum proteins and albumin but not glycated albumin show negative correlation with BMI in an overweight/obese, diabetic population from the United States.” 

Center collaborator: “Connections ensure trust and sustainability” (Links to an external site)

Juliet Iwelunmor, PhD

If you hear a presentation by Professor of Medicine, Juliet Iwelunmor, PhD, from the Division of Infectious Disease at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, you immediately sense that she is passionate, well spoken, driven and committed to work that drives impact. Since joining the Department of Medicine in September 2023, Iwelunmor—or “Dr. Juliet” […]