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Campus Catch-Up November 26

The Washington University campus community is making headlines every day. Members of the School of Medicine are regularly featured in local, national and international news stories. Department of Surgery faculty, staff and medical students are leaders in their specialties, and share their expertise when called upon. Campus Catch-Up collects some of these stories and celebrates members of the community who are receiving recognition.

Washington University School of Medicine receives $17 million to address disparities in cancers

From News Medical

Washington University School of Medicine researchers including Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, Bettina Drake, PhD, and Ryan Fields, MD, have received a $17 million grant from the NIH to address disparities in cancer research, treatment and outcomes in underrepresented populations.

RNA Molecule Discovered to Suppress Prostate Tumors in Mice

From Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Nupam Mahajan, PhD, is senior author on a study that has identified an RNA molecule that suppresses prostate tumors. According to the research restoring this so-called long noncoding RNA could be a new strategy to treat prostate cancer that has developed resistance to hormonal therapies.

Webster surgeon finds change of pace in sustainable farming

From Webster-Kirkwood Times

When Bryan Meyers, MD, MPH, is not performing lifesaving lung and esophageal procedures, he’s in Perryville, Missouri, communing with cows and chickens, or selling meat and poultry out of his Webster Groves home or at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market.

Bhayani named director of urologic surgery

From WashU Med News

Sam Bhayani, MD, a highly regarded urologic oncologist and researcher, has been named to lead the Division of Urologic Surgery. As the new director of urologic surgery, he is looking forward to building on the division’s long tradition of excellence and innovation in urologic surgery, research and training.

ECMO: Saving lives during the pandemic

From Barnes-Jewish Curiosus

When disease or trauma prevent the body from performing these life-sustaining rhythms, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, can take over. Muhammad Faraz Masood, MD, Akinobu Itoh, MD, PhD, and Kunal Kotkar, MD, PhD, are part of the advanced cardiothoracic surgical team that utilizes ECMO for lung failure due to COVID-19.