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June 6, 2011

Nephrology Professor receives award

The American Society of Nephrology announced that one of Universities Distinguished Professors, Dr. Jared Grantham has been awarded the John P. Peters Award for 2011.  The Peters Award is the highest honor the Society can bestow on a physician scientist/educator.

Dr. Grantham was previously awarded the Homer Smith Award in 1992. The Smith Award is the highest honor the Society can bestow on a basic scientist. This is only the third time in the history of the Society that a member has received both awards. This is a tremendous acknowledgment on not only Dr. Grantham’s work but a reflection of the high performance of the Kidney Institute at KUMC.

March 22, 2011

Calvet receives the 2011 Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement

James Calvet, PhD, Interim Director of the Kidney Institute has received the 2011 Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease. Calvet is co-leader for Cancer Biology at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. The award is from the PKD Foundation in partnership with the International society of Nephroplogy. He is one of two recipients worldwide to receive the $50,000 cash prize honoring scientific work and sustained clinical contributions in the development of new and effective therapies. The prize is the largest for a medical subspecialty. Calvet will receive his award at the World Congress of Nephrology April 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

September 10, 2010

Kansas Health Foundation donates $645,000 for Community Health Project

A program that enables University of Kansas students to help people who lack access to adequate healthcare has received a shot in the arm. The Kansas Health Foundation donated $645,000 for the program, called the Community Health Project.

Each year, about 20 KU students in the schools of medicine, allied health, pharmacy and urban planning participate in summer internships through the Community Health Project. They spend two months with a social service agency, many of them in the Kansas City area, some in other parts of the state

Cheryl Gibson, director of the Community Health Project, said the program takes students outside the four walls of an academic setting and lets them experience what community health is. “It provides a different perspective and helps to generate a greater understanding and compassion toward individuals who are disenfranchised,” Gibson said. "It lets them see firsthand the barriers and challenges bombarding individuals who, for whatever reason, lack access to health care."

July 27, 2010

The Hubert & Richard Hanlon Trust awards grant to KU researcher

Dr. Steven Weinman has received a grant from the Hubert and Richard Hanlon Trust for a translational research project to examine the mechanisms by which Hepatitis C virus (HCV) sensitizes the liver to the effects of alcohol. The research will use clinical samples obtained through the KUMC liver tissue bank to examine specific mechanisms by which HCV prevents normal compensatory responses to alcohol. These findings will then be used to examine predictors of disease severity in HCV infected patients who are hospitalized with acute alcoholic hepatitis. The goal of this research is to identify specific molecular targets for therapy of patients with virus-exacerbated alcoholic liver disease.

July 15, 2010

U.S. News and World Report’s 2010-2011 Best Hospitals lists

Congratulations to the Department of Internal Medicine and all of the team members that made the following rankings possible. For the first time The University of Kansas Hospital has six areas ranked in the top 50. Representing the Department of Internal Medicine are the following programs:

Pulmonary 30th
More than 1,600 hospitals are listed in Pulmonary. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 767 inpatients needing a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2006, 2007, and 2008, or if surveyed specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

Kidney Disorders 32nd (up from 48th)
More than 1,600 hospitals are listed in Kidney Disorders. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 148 inpatients who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2006, 2007, and 2008, or if surveyed specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

Heart & Heart Surgery 37th (up from 39th)
More than 600 hospitals are listed in Heart & Heart Surgery. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 1,244 inpatients who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Geriatrics 47th
Nearly 1,500 hospitals are listed in Geriatrics. All are experienced in treating difficult cases—a hospital is listed only if at least 2,128 inpatients at least age 75 who needed a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2006, 2007, and 2008, or if surveyed specialists recommended the hospital for such patients.

Other KUMC Departments listed included; ENT 29th (up from 36th) and Urology 43rd.

For more information, visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/rankings.

July 1, 2010

Congratulations to the new Joy McCann Professor for Women in Medicine & Science

Dr. Susan K. Pingleton was named the newest recipient of the Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) on July 1st by Barbara Atkinson, MD,  Executive Dean, for the  KU School of Medicine. Dr. Pingleton's term will run July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013.

In her presentation to the selection committee Dr. Pingleton pointed out how current data demonstrate the need for such a program. Recently, the AAMC’s Women in US Academic Medicine: Statistics and Benchmarking, 2008-2009 report demonstrated significant increases not only in female medical students but also female faculty in medicine and science. Currently, almost 1 in 2 junior faculty are now women and of all women faculty, 50 percent are assistant professors. Therefore not only do we have increasing members of female faculty, but they are congregated at the assistant professor level. University-specific data from the same AAMC report shows a promotion gap at KU for tenure track female faculty compared to the national averages. Also, a gap exists between the proportions of female faculty in the basic sciences compared to the proportion of female faculty in clinical science. Lastly, our data shows a higher percent of female faculty departures than the percent of female faculty new hires. Dr. Pingleton’s vision for the McCann professorship is to develop successful and satisfied women faculty in medicine and science at the University of Kansas so that the highest quality of women are recruited, promoted and retained

Friday, May 14, 2010

University of Kansas Medical Center researcher works to help employees beat heart disease

- Kansas City Business Journal

March 31, 2010

Professor of Nephrology receives K23 award

James B. Wetmore, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, has recently been awarded a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Career Development Award from the NIH (NIDDK).  The five-year, $750,000 award, provides the recipient with substantial protected research time to carry out a project in conjunction with a mentorship team.  James' project is designed to investigate the risks and benefits of warfarin for stroke prevention in chronic dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation.  This health services project involves a novel linkage of Medicare and Medicaid databases to study tens of thousands of patients.  James' interdepartmental and interinstitutional mentorship team includes Edward Ellerbeck, MD, and Theresa Shireman, PhD, both of whom are from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Jonathan Mahnken, PhD, from the Department of Biostatistics, Sally Rigler, MD, from the Department of Medicine and the Landon Center, and John Spertus, MD, from St. Luke's Hospital and the Mid-American Heart Institute.