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2017 News Archive

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– Faculty and Staff Features for June 2017 – Christopher Dosier, Ph.D., adjunct professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, received two 2017 Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund awards. – Read more.

– Study: Women who fixate on chronic pain more likely to be prescribed opioids – Female chronic pain sufferers who negatively fixate on their symptoms report greater pain intensity and are more likely to have an opioid prescription than men with the same condition, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and led by current Virginia Commonwealth University medical student Yasamin Sharifzadeh. – Read more.

– VCU researchers demonstrate safety and effectiveness of fecal transplantation on brain function – Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine have successfully demonstrated that transferring stool from a healthy donor to cirrhosis patients who suffer from recurrent hepatic encephalopathy can improve brain functioning, reduce confusion and reduce hospitalization for that patient population. – Read more.

– What's wading in the water? – What's summer without water sports and wet suits? However, as the official start of summer approaches and outdoor recreation abounds, VCU Health physicians are encouraging swimmers of all ages to be mindful of what wades in the water. – Read more.

– Faculty and Staff Features for May 2017 – Jeffrey Ferguson, M.D., recently received the 2017 Old Dominion Emergency Medical Services Alliance's Outstanding EMS Physician of the Year award. – Read more.

– 'You literally could see, day by day, her X-rays getting better and better' – There are big gaps in Kelsey Martin's memory when it comes to her life-threatening diagnosis two years ago. She remembers her spring break trip to Italy. She remembers not feeling well after returning to the United States. – Read more.

– Researchers across the state to participate in Virginia Drug Consortium's VirginiaCancerRx Symposium – The Virginia Drug Discovery Consortium's VirginiaCancerRx symposium will bring together Virginia's most innovative cancer researchers, with the aim of devoting expertise to developing cancer fighting drugs and insights into disease pathways. – Read more.

– 'Anything can be replaced besides people' – The circumstances varied - fuel burns, vapor explosions, trash fires. But the sentiments stayed the same: gratitude and gratefulness for being alive and able to share stories of recovery. – Read more.

– Sextuplets successfully delivered at VCU Medical Center – On May 11 at 8:26 a.m. a 40-person team at VCU Medical Center successfully delivered sextuplets. Ajibola Taiwo, a native of Western Nigeria, was 30 weeks and two days pregnant when she gave birth to three boys and three girls by cesarean section. – Read more.

– Massey doctors first in the world to use internal radiation implant to treat pancreatic cancer – Doctors at VCU Massey Cancer Center are the first in the world to successfully implant a bio-absorbable, internal radiation device known as CivaSheet to treat early stage pancreatic cancer. – Read more.

– VCU expert weighs in on new concussion guidelines –Read more.

– School of Medicine alumnus treats the neediest patients in some of the world's most dangerous countries – Adrian J. Holloway, M.D., has traveled the world - to some of the most dangerous countries, by State Department reckoning - as an educator and cardiac intensivist. He is treated children fleeing ISIS in Northern Iraq, malaria victims in Malawi and earthquake survivors in Haiti. – Read more.

– VCU School of Medicine names new senior associate dean for graduate medical education – Virginia Commonwealth University recently appointed Brian Aboff, M.D., as senior associate dean for graduate medical education in the School of Medicine and designated institutional official for VCU Health System. – Read more.

– A listening session for lullabies – The soulful, reggae tones, operatic octaves and country and western drawl that filled In Your Ears Studios Thursday evening evoked tears and smiles from some, anticipation from others and accolades from all. – Read more.

– VCU women in science, dentistry and medicine recognized at annual WISDM Leadership Conference – Jean Gasen, Ph.D., kicked off the final session of the 25th annual WISDM conference by thanking the women in the audience who had helped save her life. – Read more.

– Asthma program helps Richmond families, earns EPA recognition – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU with the 2017 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management. – Read more.

– Best of times: Some of the stellar students graduating this month reminisce about their time at VCU – Thousands of students will graduate from VCU on May 13. VCU News selected 11 from across the university and asked them to reflect on the moments that mattered. – Read more.

– Six questions about the American Health Care Act – House Republicans narrowly passed a controversial bill to overhaul the U.S. health care system on Thursday. VCU News spoke with Peter Cunningham, Ph.D., a professor of health behavior and policy in the School of Medicine, about the American Health Care Act, which now moves for consideration to the U.S. Senate. – Read more.

– VCU Health's dedication to trauma care helps patients in their moment of need – On March 30, Dona Richardson was on speakerphone with her daughters as the girls drove from Radford University to her home in Ashland. Then, she heard a bang. Then, silence. – Read more.

– Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU to host Facebook Live event with pediatric trauma expert May 4 – Pediatric trauma can range from broken bones to serious head and chest injuries and is the leading cause of death among children and teens. – Read more.

– VCU receives eighth national stroke honor – Melissa Hurley said she felt like she wasn't just another patient. Mildred Thomas called her surgeon the "man of the hour" for his bedside manner. – Read more.

– 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.

– Plants as medicine, postpartum depression and obesity among sessions for VCU Health's Lewis Ginter series this May – VCU Health will continue its series of educational seminars on current health care topics this May. – Read more.

– Nina Hobcroft named Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Market Development at VCU Health – Nina T. Hobcroft has been appointed vice president of strategic alliances and market development at VCU Health. – 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 fraternity fundraiser aims to raise $40,000 for VCU Health Evans-Haynes Burn Center – After getting an up-close tour of the VCU Health Evans-Haynes Burn Center last year, Virginia Commonwealth University senior Zachary Watson was inspired to do more to help its patients. – Read more.

– How I got the job: Chelsea Ortiz will apply to medical school this fall. First, she will work for the FBI – Chelsea Ortiz wants to be a doctor, which is why her upcoming internship seems a bit unorthodox. She will spend the summer working for the FBI. – 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 Health announced as presenting sponsor of Movement Makers: National Active Living Summit – Sports Backers and VCU Health today announced a new partnership for the Movement Makers: National Active Living Summit, making VCU Health the presenting sponsor of the event. – 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.