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bioMerieux Funds Clinical Microbiology Scholar

bioMerieuxSeptember 13, 2012 – bioMerieux has made a gift of $5,000 to support research carried out by a fellow in Medical and Public Health Microbiology. The program will be administered by the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine in the Department of Pathology. Pictured above are Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD, Director of the Training Program, Erin McElvania-Tekippe, the award recipient, and Michael Dunne, PhD, Executive Director of Research and Development for bioMerieux.

Telsar Laboratories Donates Laser

TelsarPictured with the Alcon 2500 Nd:YAG Laser, are Joshua Anderson, Clinical Supervisior, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Gene Goertz, Vice President and Service Manager, Telsar Laboratories, Inc.; Kevin Greuloch, MD, Instructor of Ophthalmology; Eric Farley, Chief Engineer, Telsar; Susan Culican, MD, Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director; and J. Peter Zimmer, President and CEO of Telsar.

Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation Selects WUSTL Graduate Student for National Research Scholar Award

NicolayApril 21, 2011 – The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) presented Katie Matatall with one of seven Research Scholar Awards which support exceptional graduate students and recognize their mentors and institutions. The grants enhance the potential for advancements in the melanoma cancer field to benefit the broad academic, scientific, clinical and patient communities. More

Johnson & Johnson/Washington University 
Translational Research Seed Fund

A $200,000 gift from Johnson & Johnson for a Translational Research Seed Fund stimulates advances by catalyzing research projects with the greatest potential to impact human health. The Fund will invest in studies designed to move an invention down the path toward commercialization. Modeled after Washington University’s “Bear Cub Fund,” the fund will support translational studies not normally supported by federal grants to improve commercial licensing opportunities or investment potential.

Heuckeroth receives Burroughs Wellcome Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research

June 5, 2009 — Robert O. Heuckeroth, M.D., Ph.D., has won a 5 year $750,000 Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Heuckeroth, a Washington University pediatric gastroenterologist who treats children with Hirschsprung disease and other gastrointestinal disorders, was one of only four physician-scientists nationwide to receive the prestigious for translational research – the transfer of work from the lab to the patient’s bedside. More

$5.5 million from Gates Foundation funds major study of childhood malnutrition

March 31, 2009 — Scientists who first established a link between obesity and the trillions of friendly microbes that live in the intestine now are investigating whether the organisms can contribute to the converse: severe malnutrition. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, led by microbiologist Jeffrey Gordon, M.D., will study whether severely malnourished infants living in Malawi and Bangladesh have a different mix of intestinal microbes than healthy infants in the same areas, and whether those microbes might account for their illness. This three-year, $5.5 million project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More >

McDonnell Foundation grant harnesses cognitive science 
to improve student learning

Dec. 2, 2008 — Using what cognitive psychologists are discovering in the laboratory to improve learning in the classroom is the goal of a $6.47 million collaborative activity grant to Washington University from the James S. McDonnell Foundation.The five-year grant will fund experimental research on a variety of strategies and tactics for improving education from primary grades through college. More >

Inder receives clinical scientist award from Doris Duke Foundation

InderDec. 12, 2008 — Terrie E. Inder, M.D., Ph.D., has received a 2008 Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The $1.5 million award recognizes outstanding leadership in clinical research and allows leading physician-scientists to meld biomedical research and clinical applications that improve human health. Inder was one of six award recipients. More >

Danforth Foundation gives $10 million for neurodegenerative research

Dec. 4, 2008 — The Danforth Foundation has granted the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis a $10 million endowed gift for research into a range of conditions that cause injury and impairment to the brain and central nervous system. The funds will support innovative and groundbreaking new ideas for research with clear potential to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other disorders. More >

W. M. Keck Foundation Grant Supports research in twins defines shared features of the human gut microbial communities: variations linked to obesity

Dec. 2, 2008 — Trillions of microbes make their home in the gut, where they help to break down and extract energy and nutrients from the food we eat. Yet, scientists have understood little about how this distinctive mix of microbes varies from one individual to the next.

Now, by cataloging the microbial species in the guts of lean and obese, identical and fraternal female twins and their mothers using a new generation of powerful DNA sequencers, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that each individual carries a unique collection of bacteria, although the communities are more similar among family members. More >

Longer Life Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

The Longer Life Foundation (LLF), a cooperative effort between the School of Medicine and the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), celebrated 10 years of independent research into improving methods for predicting long-term mortality from various diseases and promoting quality and quantity of life. So far, LLF has funded more than 48 research grants, awarding some $2 million to support studies on topics from cancer treatment and screening to diabetes and nutrition to suicide risk. More >

SPOT targets area youth with HIV, STDs

Supported by the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital foundations, BJC Health Care, the City of St. Louis and the Missouri Foundation for Health

In the last 10 years, the St. Louis area has seen an alarming increase in new diagnoses of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among 13-24 year-olds. Between 1997-2007, more than 50 new diagnoses of HIV were made each year among adolescents and young adults, who are often disconnected from the health-care system or support services. Nationwide, St. Louis has among the highest rates of sexually transmitted diseases in this age group. To head off this trend, Project ARK (AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge) and the Adolescent Center in the Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with community partners have launched the SPOT (Supporting Positive Opportunities with Teens) aimed specifically at the 13-24 year age group. The first of its kind in the St. Louis area, the SPOT is a one-stop, drop-in center for youth that will provide testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases, health care and counseling, social support, prevention and case management services at no cost. School of Medicine physicians and staff from a variety of disciplines will provide services. More >

High school students explore new career paths with Young Scientist Program

Supported by Pfizer and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

For eight weeks this summer, St. Louis high school students Cherise Gilmore and Christopher Leatherwood worked in laboratories at Washington University School of Medicine. Gilmore studied aceruloplasminemia, an inherited neurodegenerative disease, and Leatherwood delved into skeletal disorders. They are part of the Young Scientist Program (YSP) at the School of Medicine, which provides a way for disadvantaged high school students to learn about scientific careers.

During summer research internships, 12 other high school juniors like Gilmore and Leatherwood conduct bench research 40 hours a week under the guidance of graduate school and faculty mentors.

YSP graduate student volunteers also take scientific demonstrations into school classrooms and provide St. Louis City Public High School teachers with resources that facilitate inquiry-based learning. More >

Avon Foundation Advances the fight against breast cancer 

Identifying genetic subtypes 
Developing a mammoglobin vaccine 
Improving mammography screening

Over the past two decades, the range of treatments for breast cancer has improved dramatically and so have the survival statistics. Today, more than 80 percent of patients can look forward to long-term freedom from disease. But that still leaves a group of patients with a persistently poor prognosis who need more therapy than the rest. How can outcomes be improved for these women?

In his research and clinical work, medical oncologist Matthew Ellis, MB, BChir, PhD, approaches breast cancer patients like Martha Christmas with an overarching goal: To provide personalized therapy that improves outcomes and preserves quality of life. More >

Holtzman honored with MetLife Foundation Award for contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research

HoltzmanFebruary 23, 2007 — David M. Holtzman, M.D., the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of Neurology, is co-recipient of the MetLife Foundation Award for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease. Holtzman is also associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and a member of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Hoiltzman is the 4th WU recipient.

The foundation announced the annual awards at a press conference in Washington, D.C. Holtzman received the honor for his pioneering work in the study of early molecular biology of Alzheimer’s disease, which has helped advance the search for new treatments and for ways to identify the disorder as soon as possible. More >

Siteman’s new mammography van hits the road

SitemanOctober 24, 2006 — After 12 years and 250,000 miles on the odometer, it was time for a new set of wheels. The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine introduced a new mobile mammography van to St. Louis during an unveiling event Oct. 24. The van is on the road at least five days a week and performs almost 8,000 digital mammograms each year with images read at Siteman by radiologists affiliated with Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology. More>

Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant enhances science learning

Kathryn Miller, Ph.D., professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to fund undergraduate science education initiatives. The grant involves a large number of University faculty and staff in activities designed to enhance the learning of science and math by students from K-12 and at the undergraduate level. It also provides opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers to mentor younger students. More >

School of Medicine faculty win young investigator awards from Kimmel and Damon Runyon foundations

July 3, 2006 — Loren Michel, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, has been named a Kimmel Scholar by the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research. The award provides up to $200,000 over two years to the most promising young investigators performing basic research in cancer biology. Michel studies mechanisms of genetic instability that can lead to tumor progression.

Michel and Delphine Chen, M.D., instructor in radiology, are the recipients of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s Clinical Investigator Award. The awards provide $450,000 over three years to support young physician-scientists who are conducting patient-oriented cancer research. Only five Clinical Investigator Awards were given by the foundation in 2006.

University hosts ‘Foundation for Innovation’ symposium

May 11, 2006 — Washington University in St. Louis hosted a symposium May 30-31 to bring together people interested in developing new enterprises in Missouri based on research discoveries.

The conference, “21st Century Science: Foundation for Innovation,” began with a presentation by Barry J. Marshall, M.B., B.S., recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, followed by a panel of entrepreneurs focused on translating discoveries into business. More >

Schaffer wins prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award

April 14, 2006 —Jean Schaffer, M.D., won a Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support her work on understanding how diabetes contributes to heart failure. Schaffer, associate professor of medicine and of molecular biology and pharmacology, was one of only 10 physician-scientists in the country to receive this year’s award, which provides each recipient with $750,000 over five years for research that has an impact on patient care. More >

$6 million grant from Danforth Foundation will enhance future research in Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Nov. 28, 2005 — The School of Medicine’s ability to attract an outstanding department chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics was enhanced by a $6 million grant from the Danforth Foundation, a St. Louis-based private, independent foundation that supports plant and life sciences development in the region. The funds established an endowment that will provide the new department head with the resources to fund research projects, acquire equipment and train the next generation of leading scientists. More >

Corbetta named Stupp Professor of Neurology

CorbettaSept. 30, 2005 — Maurizio Corbetta, M.D., has been named the Norman J. Stupp Professor of Neurology. The announcement was made by David M. Holtzman, M.D., the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurology. Corbetta, who is a professor of anatomy and neurobiology and of radiology, is a leader in research into new techniques for rehabilitating the brain after strokes and other injuries. More >

Missouri Foundation for Health funds health promotion program

May 26, 2005 —David Gray, Ph.D., associate professor of occupational therapy and neurology, has been awarded a $508,423 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to support an exercise and health promotion program for people with mobility impairments. The program is designed to reduce the number of common secondary conditions—such as pain, skin ulcers and rotator cuff injuries—in people with mobility impairments through health awareness training and personalized exercise regimens. Gray’s collaborator on the project is Paraquad, a community-based independent living center in St. Louis for people with disabilities.

The Missouri Foundation for Health also supports Washington University faculty members Randall Jotte, M.D., whose “Safe and Secure” program distributes free child car seats to parents in need; Victoria Fraser, M.D., who treats liver disease and psychiatric conditions in underserved HIV-infected patients at the HIV Clinic in the Division of Infectious Diseases; and Katie Plax, M.D., who provides care to adolescents with complex medical conditions such as diabetes, sickle cell diseases and obesity.

Atkins Foundation establishes new center for obesity research at WUSM, BJH

April 12, 2005 — A new facility for obesity research and treatment will be established at the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital thanks to a $5 million donation from the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation. Read More > from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

W.M. Keck Foundation funds study of “friendly” microbes

Feb. 17, 2005 — You could say that the Human Genome Project missed 99 percent of the genes in the adult body. That’s because it didn’t sequence genes belonging to the vast communities of bacteria that normally live on and in us. Now a $1.45 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to researchers at the School of Medicine will help fill this gap by funding a study to develop new approaches for isolating, sequencing and analyzing the genomes of “friendly” bacteria that inhabit the intestine and identifying the natural metabolic products that they synthesize in their native gut habitats. More >

Abumrad named Atkins Professor of Obesity Research

AbumradNov. 30, 2004 — Nada A. Abumrad, Ph.D., has been named the first Dr. Robert C. Atkins Professor of Medicine and Obesity Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The professorship has been made possible by a gift from he Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation. More >


The May Department Stores Foundation and Edward Jones each give $1 million toward Emerson-Busch Challenge Grant for Siteman Cancer Center

June 18, 2004 — The May Department Stores Foundation and Edward Jones each pledged $1 million toward the Emerson-Busch challenge grant. The challenge grant, a $10-million gift from Emerson’s Charitable Trust and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation, will expand research space and support and help ensure that people in and around St. Louis have access to the most advanced cancer treatments. More >

Pfizer grant sends city students to brain exhibit

PfizerGraduate student Tracy Nicholson and postdoctoral fellow Kai Zhang discuss PCR results with Nigel Haynes, a student at Gateway Institute of Technology.

Feb. 2, 2004 — A generous grant from Pfizer allowed Washington University’s Young Scientist Program to host field trips for 400 St. Louis Public School students. The students toured the Pfizer-sponsored “Brain: The World Inside Your Head” exhibit at the St. Louis Science Center and watched the Omnimax film “The Human Body,” a documentary about day-to-day biological processes.

The field trips provided an opportunity for the students to visit—some for the first time—a world class science museum in their own community, and to educate them about the brain and the body at a vulnerable period of their development, the teen years. The students were accompanied by Washington University medical student and graduate student volunteers.