Cassandra Fritz, MD selected for American Gastroenterological Association’s FORWARD Scholars program
Director of Interventional Endoscopy (Links to an external site)
Vlad Kushnir, MD, has accepted the position of Director of Interventional Endoscopy effective December 1, 2021.
Scientists to explore whether anti-inflammatory drugs control blood sugar (Links to an external site)
Inflammation and metabolic disorders are deeply intertwined. For example, people with inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and psoriasis are at risk of developing metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and diabetes. However troubling that connection might seem, it also might point to some promising news.
Study reveals links between fatty liver disease, liver cancer (Links to an external site)
The United States is facing an epidemic of liver disease linked to obesity. Cases of nonalcoholic fatty liver have more than doubled in the past two decades, now affecting around one quarter of the country’s population. The condition leads to inflammation and scarring in the liver, similar to that caused by alcohol abuse, and increases […]
For some, GI tract may be vulnerable to COVID-19 infection (Links to an external site)
No evidence so far indicates that food or drinks can transmit the virus that causes COVID-19, but new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that people with problems in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract may be vulnerable to infection after swallowing the virus.
Global trial to test whether MMR vaccine protects front-line health-care workers against COVID-19 (Links to an external site)
An international research network of physicians and scientists is launching a clinical trial to evaluate whether the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) can protect front-line health-care workers against infection from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The trial aims to enroll up to 30,000 health-care workers globally.
5 physician-scientists named inaugural Dean’s Scholars (Links to an external site)
The newly formed Division of Physician-Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has selected five physicians for its inaugural Dean’s Scholar Program, which provides up to two years of financial support and mentorship to aspiring, early-career physician-scientists, along with dedicated time for conducting laboratory research.
Radiation therapy for colon cancer works better when specific protein blocked (Links to an external site)
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis appear to have discovered a way to make radiation therapy for colorectal cancer more effective by inhibiting a protein found in cancer cells in the gut. The approach also helps protect healthy tissue from the negative effects of radiation.
Biomarker predicts which pancreatic cysts may become cancerous (Links to an external site)
Pancreatic cancer kills more than 45,000 people in the U.S. each year, mostly due to the fact that it is detected too late for surgery to remove and halt the spread of the cancer. Cysts in the pancreas sometimes develop into the invasive cancer, depending on the type of cyst, but such growths often are […]
Similarities found in cancer initiation in kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas (Links to an external site)
Recent research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrated that mature cells in the stomach sometimes revert back to behaving like rapidly dividing stem cells. Now, the researchers have found that this process may be universal; no matter the organ, when tissue responds to certain types of injury, mature cells seem to […]