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The day VCU’s brain injury model system wins its second Mitchell Rosenthal Award

A team of researchers from VCU’s Model System for Traumatic Brain Injury has been honored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research with its Mitchell Rosenthal Award. This is the second time the Rosenthal Award has been presented and also the second time that a VCU team has been the recipient.

The Rosenthal Award is made every other year to recognize the publication that is judged to make the most important scientific contribution among all those that drew on NIDRR’s national data base of patients with moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries.

The lead author on the publication, “Caregivers’ Well-Being after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Multicenter Prospective Investigation,” is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Professor Jeffrey Kreutzer, Ph.D., who holds the Rosa Schwarz Cifu Professorship. His co-authors are Lisa Rapport, Ph.D., Jenny Marwitz, M.A., Cynthia Harrison-Felix, Ph.D., Tessa Hart, Ph.D., Mel Glenn, M.D., and Flora Hammond, M.D. The paper was published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in June 2009.

The TBI Model Systems program is a national collaboration of 16 medical rehabilitation centers funded by NIDRR within the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. The Mitchell Rosenthal Award carries the name of the long-time project director for the TBI Model Systems’ National Data Center.


The day Youngman Oh’s asthma research was highlighted by the Endocrine Society

Each year, The Endocrine Society compiles a Research Summaries Book that highlights the most exciting abstracts presented during its annual meeting. This year, Youngman Oh, Ph.D., professor of pathology and biochemistry and director of the Cancer and Metabolic Syndrome Lab, was included for his research exploring new non-steroidal based technologies for the treatment of asthma.

Of the 20 million people living with asthma, approximately one in five are resistant to the existing steroid-based treatments. Oh’s research targeted a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory protein known as IGFBP-3. His abstract ‘Inhibitory role of IGFBP-3 in the pathogenesis of asthma’ and a corresponding lay translations for the media was distributed during the society’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., June 19-22.

Read more at the VCU News website.


The day a cancer researcher turned a barbershop into a sound stage

Production has begun on a short film that aims to help African-American men make an informed decision about prostate cancer.

Alton Hart, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor internal medicine and associate scientific director of the Center on Health Disparities, is the project’s lead researcher. He told the Richmond Times-Dispatch “Lots of people say, ‘Well, there really shouldn’t be a decision to make, just get tested.'”

But not even medical groups agree on screening guidelines, so Hart hopes his film will help barbershop patrons weigh the pros and cons.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s coverage that appeared in the June 19 edition.


The day medical student Richard Hubbard was featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rising second-year student Richard Hubbard is in Bangladesh this summer, where he’s started a non-profit organization that helps fatherless children. He’s service-minded like his own father, medical school alum Thomas Hubbard of the Class of 1988.

Read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch story that appears on the front page of the June 16 Metro Section.


The day that Karen Ransone was named President of the Virginia Board of Medicine

Medical alumna Karen A. Ransone, M.D., will serve a one-year term as president of the Virginia Board of Medicine.

A member of the class of 1992, Ransone remained on the MCV Campus to complete her pediatric housestaff training. Today, the Deltaville physician maintains her connection to the medical school as an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Ransone was appointed to the Board of Medicine in 2004 by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner and re-appointed in 2008 by Gov. Timothy Kaine. In 2009, she served as vice president and chair of the Legislative Committee. The Virginia Board of Medicine is comprised of 18 individuals, including 11 physicians. Its mission is to ensure the safety of the public, to enforce the laws of the commonwealth as they relate to physicians and allied health personnel, and to set health policy.


The day Lazar Greenfield was honored by the ACS

Former Stuart McGuire Professor and Chair of Surgery Lazar J. Greenfield, M.D., FACS, has been honored by the American College of Surgeons with its 16th Jacobson Innovation Award.

Greenfield, who led the surgery department for 13 years starting in 1974, was recognized for developing a device known as the Greenfield filter. Introduced the year before Greenfield arrived on the MCV Campus, the implantable device is designed to prevent blood clots from reaching the lungs, where they can be fatal.

“He did a great deal of work on the filter while here,” said the current Stuart McGuire Professor and Chair of Surgery James Neifeld, M.D. During his tenure as surgery chair, “Dr. Greenfield helped to establish the criteria for placement of the vena cava filter, worked to make placement of the filter safer and trained many surgeons — and surgeons to be! — on use of the filter.”

Neifeld, who earned his medical degree from VCU in 1972, remained on the MCV Campus and completed his residency training in Greenfield’s surgery department. He remembers Greenfield as a model chairman. “He listened, did not jump to conclusions but collected the appropriate information on which to make a decision, was genuinely interested in his residents and was a great role model. As a junior faculty member who advanced up the ladder while he was Chair of the Department of Surgery, [I found him to be] a wonderful mentor, who did his best to provide whatever was needed to help us advance to higher academic ranks. He became a good friend, and I was privileged to work with him again as a member of the Editorial Board of Surgery News, a publication of the American College of Surgeons.”

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