News and Announcements
Browse the articles below to learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
Two Northwestern faculty, including the chair of Pathology, will serve as president and vice president of the American Association of Neuropathologists.
Triclosan, a common antimicrobial used in toothpastes and other products, may raise the risk of gut inflammation and colorectal cancer, according to a preliminary animal study.
Kyle Annen, DO, FASCP, a recent Northwestern alum (CP, 2009-2011), has been selected as a 40 Under Forty honoree this year by the ASCP. Kyle’s area of practice is transfusion medicine, where she has already achieved substantial impact. She has launched two preoperative anemia programs (Heartland Blood Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City), and is currently developing a program for accreditation in patient blood management at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she serves as Medical Director of transfusion services.
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- Subhas Mukherjee, PhD, research assistant professor of Pathology and first author of the study published in Cell Reports.05.09.2018
Investigators were able to halt the growth of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, by inhibiting an enzyme called CDK5, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Cell Reports.
- Janardan K. Reddy, MD, Professor Emeritus, receives highest honor in Investigative Pathology04.24.2018
Professor Emeritus Janardan Reddy, MD, has been awarded the prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award from the American Society for Investigative Pathology for his significant contributions to the study of liver cancer throughout his extensive career. As a previous Department Chairman, Reddy was known as an outstanding lecturer and mentor for the students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.
New chair Daniel Brat, MD, PhD, is spearheading transformations in pathology, a field that’s rapidly evolving in parallel with advances in precision medicine and a trend toward sub-specialization.
- Congratulations to Brannan Griffin, MD, PGY-3, recipient of the 2018 Women Faculty Organization Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research!04.06.2018
Brannan Griffin, MD, received the Women Faculty Organization Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Research in the Clinical Research/Education/Public Health category at the Feinberg School of Medicine Fourteenth Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day. Griffin’s work was titled “Histologic and Molecular Analysis of Hydropic Leiomyoma: A Variant of Leiomyoma Closely Related to HMGA2 Overexpression,” with co-authors Xiuhua Xu, PhD, Xinyan Lu, MD, and Jian-Jun Wei, MD.
Scientists have developed software that can forecast the survival of patients diagnosed with glioma that is more accurate than physicians’ predictions.
- Congratulations to Elizabeth Morency, MD, college mentor for the Medical School Class of 2021!03.15.2018
- The American Society of Cytopathology: Honoring the service and leadership of our past Presidents on International Women’s Day.03.08.2018
Congratulations Ritu Nayar, MD!
- Watch Kate Poropatich, MD, MPH, talk about her research interests and the important role physician-scientists play in patient care.03.07.2018
- New Collaborative Cytopathology Publication02.19.2018
The new book from cytopathologists Xiaoqi Lin, MD, PhD, and Ritu Nayar, MD, in collaboration with Radiology, Cytology, Histology, Cytoscopy, and Radiology of the Urinary System, was just published.
- Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Jones, PGY-3, our Chicago Pathology Society 2018 Resident Research Competition 3rd Place winner!02.01.2018
Ryan Jones, MD, third year resident in the Physician Scientist Training Program, has won third prize in the annual Chicago Pathology Society Resident Research Competition for his work entitled “Mutation spectrum of KRAS gene in colorectal adenocarcinomas using next generation sequencing: a single institution large cohort,” with coauthors Andrew Bandy, Audrey Deeken-Draisey, Jie Liao, Leyu Sun, Juehua Gao, and Guang-Yu Yang. Jones will be presenting his work at the Chicago Pathology Socieity meeting on 2/12/18 at 7:00pm at 808 S. Wood St, UIC, College of Medicine East Tower building, room 268.
- Investiture of Daniel Brat, MD, PhD01.26.2018
Congratulations to Daniel J Brat, MD, PhD, on receiving the title of Pathology Department Chair and Magerstadt Professor of Pathology. Brat was recognized with a ceremony on January 18th, 2018. Speakers included Dr. Eric Neilson, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Lewis Landsberg Dean at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Dr. Maciej Lesniak, MD, Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chairman of the department of Neurosurgery at Northwestern University.
- Nayar Invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent Pathology at the National Cancer Policy Forum Workshop01.18.2018
Ritu Nayar, MD, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development has been invited by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to represent Pathology at the National Cancer Policy Forum Workshop “Improving Cancer Diagnosis and Care: Patient Access to Oncologic Imaging and Pathology Expertise and Technologies” to be held February 12-13, 2018.
This public workshop will examine strategies to ensure that patients have access to appropriate oncologic pathology and imaging expertise and technologies to inform their cancer diagnosis, treatment planning, assessment of treatment response, and oncologic surveillance. Potential strategies that will be explored include opportunities to develop and maintain a workforce with oncologic imaging and pathology competencies and the role of new technologies and models of care to improve access to this expertise. The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:
- Training needs for clinicians who interpret pathology and imaging results for patients with cancer.
- Models of care that can improve patient access to cancer specialists in pathology and radiology and implications on patient outcomes and clinical practice.
- Opportunities to enhance collaboration among pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists to improve diagnostic testing and treatment decision-making for patients with cancer.
- Challenges and opportunities for technologies to facilitate improved diagnostic decision-making among specialists and generalists.
- Potential role of new advances in imaging and pathology technologies to improve decision making for patients with cancer.
- Cervical Cancer Screening- Are we Ready For Primary HPV Screening in the United States?01.17.2018
Ritu Nayar, MD, Professor of Pathology and Vice Chair of Education and Faculty Development in the Department of Pathology, led the United States Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC), working closely with the Gynecologic Professional Organization’s (ASCCP/ACOG and SGO) leadership to provide input during the open comment period for the recent United States and Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Draft Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening. The cytopathology and molecular diagnostic laboratories at NMH provide access to cytology/reflex HPV, co-testing and primary HPV screening, using state of the art liquid based, image assisted cytology and the FDA approved Roche cobas test that offers partial genotyping for HPV 16/18.
Here is the CETC’s commentary outlining the concerns associated with USPSTF’s recommendations. http://www.jascyto.org/article/S2213-2945(17)30402-7/fulltext
- Congratulations to our trainees and faculty for the acceptance of 31 abstracts for the 2018 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting!01.16.2018
This year a total of 17 residents and fellows combined had 27 first-author abstracts accepted to USCAP's Annual Meeting, taking place in Vancouver, BC, Canada in March 2018. Abstracts accepted range numerous specialties and include invitations to the Stowell-Orbison Awards competition. Congratulations again to the trainees and their mentors!
Scientists reduced blood clotting in mice with a blood disease called myeloproliferative neoplasm by inhibiting expression of a gene.
Northwestern Medicine scientists have demonstrated the potential of targeting inflammatory pathways in order to limit tissue damage and improve repair after a heart attack.
A study has identified a new mechanism for how a gene mutation leads to the death of neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and a related form of dementia.
Scientists used a new approach to identify a promising therapeutic target for glioblastoma, which was previously overlooked in traditional approaches.