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2017 News Archive

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– Faculty and Staff Features for April 2017 – Montserrat Fuentes, Ph.D., dean, College of Humanities and Sciences, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement Medal for the American Statistical Association's Section on Statistics and the Environment. – Read more.

– Real Research: Daniel Mohammadi works with zebrafish to unlock clues to fighting cancer – Not many undergraduates can say they have worked alongside top scientists in search of what could cause leukemia at a cellular level. But Daniel Mohammadi, a senior forensic science major who works in the Tombes Lab with mentor Sarah Rothschild, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Biology within the College of Humanities and Sciences, has had this privilege for two years. – Read more.

– VCU, Richmond Police create intervention program to reduce youth violence – Michel Aboutanos, M.D., recalls a young patient who came to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center's Emergency Department with a gunshot wound to his leg. – Read more.

– VCU School of Medicine recognized for innovative leadership, commitment to improving patient safety – Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is part of a nationwide patient safety research team that on April 4 received the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality. – Read more.

– VCU students partner with Richmond City Health District to promote public health week, April 3-9 – Richmond City Health District staff, VCU public health students, and the VCU Wellness Resource Center will lead community outreach efforts across Richmond about what public health does. – Read more.

– VCU students and faculty are working with the community to provide health screenings at Richmond homeless shelters – At a health screening held at a homeless shelter on a recent Wednesday evening in March, a Virginia Commonwealth University medical student measures Doris Ann Powell's blood pressure at 124/83 mmHG. – Read more.

– Youth with autism gain, keep jobs after employer-based skills program, VCU research finds – Nearly all high school youth with autism spectrum disorder who participated in an intensive job skills program gained and maintained meaningful part-time employment after graduation, according to a forthcoming study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. – Read more.

– VCU Health symposium will examine extreme injuries from lessons learned around the world – The VCU Health trauma program is bringing speakers from around the world to Richmond to discuss current issues facing the trauma system including prehospital, emergency, critical care, acute care and rehabilitation. – Read more.

– Paul Wesolowski named COO of VCU Health System Hospitals – After an extensive national search, Paul Wesolowski has been named chief operating officer of VCU Hospitals effective March 12. Wesolowski succeeds Deborah Davis who was named CEO of VCU Health System Hospitals and Clinics last year. – Read more.

– Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute Receives COPN Approval to Build New Hospital – Sheltering Arms Hospital and VCU Health System announced Wednesday that the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Marissa Levine, has approved Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute's application for a certificate of public need to build a new 114-bed rehabilitation hospital through the relocation of inpatient rehabilitation beds from VCU Health System, Sheltering Arms Hospital in Hanover and Sheltering Arms Hospital in Midlothian. – Read more.

– Second round of Quest Commercialization Fund applications open until March 30 – The Quest Commercialization Fund is now accepting applications for its second round of proof-of-concept funding. – Read more.

– Honors College students mentor, tutor Henrico middle schoolers at STEM Academy – At L. Douglas Wilder Middle School in Henrico County, three students climb a staircase and toss eggs to the floor - for science. – Read more.

– VCU Health expert: African-Americans must be proactive and reactive to fight heart disease – According to the American Heart Association, many African-Americans are prone to high blood pressure and diabetes, which are triggers for the disease. – Read more.

– VCU Health nephrologist shares ways to outline and offset kidney disease for National Kidney Month – Most people with kidney disease don't know they have it, yet more than 26 million Americans are diagnosed with kidney disease and suffer the consequences, according to the National Kidney Foundation. – Read more.

– Study shows that inhaling a common manufacturing material could inadvertently injure the brain – Virginia Commonwealth University researchers in a multi-institutional collaboration are uncovering the degree to which inhalation of carbon nanotubes - a novel manufacturing material used to make anything from tennis rackets to spacecraft parts - could unintentionally cause neurological disease. – Read more.

– New School of Medicine dean says school is 'well poised' for the future – Peter F. Buckley, M.D., believes life is a journey of service to others. His journey brought him to Virginia Commonwealth University in January to become dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs at VCU Health, where he oversees the 600 physician-faculty group practice of the academic health sciences center. – Read more.

– Town hall to address latest research on substance use, treatment, mental health in young people – A two-day town hall meeting at Virginia Commonwealth University will bring together researchers, practitioners and members of the public to discuss the latest research on substance use, treatment and mental health among young people. – Read more.

– VCU Health nationally recognized for exemplary graduate medical education program – The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation awarded VCU Medical Center with the second annual DeWitt C. Baldwin Jr. Award. – Read more.

– VCU Libraries exhibition showcases incredible medical, scientific illustrations by VCUarts students, alumni – A new art show at the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University is featuring medical and scientific illustrations by students and alumni of the Department of Communication Arts in the School of the Arts. – Read more.

– VCU Health Dogs on Call program receives grant from Petco Foundation – The Petco Foundation recently awarded a $20,000 grant to Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine's Center for Human-Animal Interaction. The grant will enable the expansion of Dogs on Call, a VCU Health program that brings community volunteers and their certified therapy dogs to visit hospitalized patients, visitors, students and staff at VCU Medical Center. – Read more.

– The scientific method – Retired Dean Jerry Strauss took a scientific approach to improving VCU School of Medicine – Read more.

– Twitter chat to focus on African-Americans and heart disease – In alliance with American Heart Month, VCU Health will host a Twitter chat with Keyur Shah, M.D., a cardiologist at VCU Health Pauley Heart Center. The chat is 3-4 p.m. on Feb. 22. – Read more.

– VCU Health offers new, FDA-approved leadless pacemaker – VCU Health is the only health system to have already completed procedures using the inch-long device, which is less invasive than the traditional pacemaker. – Read more.

– Breaking through barriers to HIV care – "Global is local and local is global." April D. Kimmel, Ph.D., applies this simple, but impactful notion to her work daily as an applied decision scientist. – Read more.

– After kidney transplant, Williamsburg couple 'can make any day Valentine's Day' – Bruce and Leah Luongo don't have any plans for Valentine's Day this year. But, eight months ago, Bruce Luongo received a gift from his wife that far outweighs the day's typical cupid correlations. – Read more.

– VCU love stories – Many people who come to Virginia Commonwealth University to study or work discover something along the way that they did not necessarily expect - the love of their life. Below, eight happy couples share stories of how VCU helped shape their relationships. – Read more.

– Empathy, hospitality, and open arms at Hume-Lee's dinner at The Doorways – Transplant center staff serves guests at patient homestead. – Read more.

– Alumnus goes from playing doctor to being one – Oluyinka Olutoye, M.D., Ph.D., wanted to be a doctor from an early age. As he recalls, the desire stemmed from a childhood experience in his native Nigeria. – Read more.

– Bridge between scientists and engineers sets stage for medical technologies and high-tech jobs – Gov. Terry McAuliffe has a message for Virginia institutes of higher education that Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., hears loud and clear. – Read more.

– VCU, Swedish study finds divorce increases risk for developing alcohol use disorders – Divorce is causally related to a significant increase in risk for development of alcohol use disorders, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden. – Read more.

– Faculty and Staff Features for January 2017 – David Wilkinson, M.D., Ph.D., professor and former chair, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, has been selected by the Association of Pathology Chairs Council as the recipient of the 2017 APC Distinguished Service Award. – Read more.

– Stroke survivor: 'I was in the right place at the right time with the right people' – Mildred Thomas was taking a break from visiting a friend in the hospital when she ordered a junior hamburger, fries and a drink at the Wendy's inside Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center on Labor Day. Then, her thoughts became eerily inaudible. – Read more.

– VCU research published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings suggests possible protective effects of obesity for heart failure – Although obesity increases the risk of heart failure, it might also provide some protective effects once heart failure is diagnosed because of an obese individual's increased amount of lean or muscle mass, according to new findings published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. – Read more.

– Research report: The numbers behind the innovation – The impact of Virginia Commonwealth University researchers is wide-ranging - they have patented a canine vaccine for Lyme disease, led a nationwide effort to study concussions and aided the resurgence of sturgeon in the James River. – Read more.

– Passionate pursuit: Alumna builds breast-imaging program in Tidewater – With most of the breast cancer diagnoses she delivers, Melinda "Lindy" Dunn, M.D., can put a positive spin on the news. That's because, with the help of dedicated radiologists and modern technology, 70 percent of the Women's Imaging Pavilion's cancer diagnoses are stage 0 or 1, far better than the national average of 62.6 percent. – Read more.

– New peanut allergy prevention guidelines: What do they mean for your child? – On Jan. 5, an expert panel sponsored by the National Institutes of Health published new clinical guidelines for pediatric peanut allergy prevention. Santhosh Kumar, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University, answered questions about the new guidelines and what they mean for children and their parents. – Read more.

– New report details VCU's economic and cultural impact on the city, region and state – Virginia Commonwealth University generates nearly $6 billion in economic activity and supports 63,000 jobs in Virginia, according to a new report examining VCU's economic and cultural impact. – Read more.