Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards, and honors.
Mitochondria Behind Blood Cell Formation
Anna Lam, MD, received The Mark Flapan Award from the Scleroderma Foundation for her project titled: Monocyte Differentiation by Wnt/beta-catenin in signaling Systemic Sclerosis Interstitial Disease. The goal of this project is to show the importance of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in maintaining macrophage maturation and function. This research could lead to the development of ways to identify Systemic Sclerosis-ILD patients who are at risk for worsened prognosis and who would most likely benefit from Wnt/beta-catenin inhibitors that modify lung macrophage differentiation and resolve fibrosis.
The Mark Flapan Award is presented annually to a scleroderma researcher whose proposal for a research grant is ranked highly by the Peer Review Committee of the Scleroderma Foundation. Along with the Marta Marx Eradication of Scleroderma Award, the Flapan Award is one of the two highest ranking grant proposals as scored by the committee.
Kalhan Named Co-Director Of MSCI Program
Ben Singer, MD, was selected for the American Thoracic Society's Emerging Leaders Program. This goal of this program is to cultivate a pipeline of leaders within pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine who can serve the global community, their own institutions, and the American Thoracic Society. This is a new initiative aims to help develop leaders who will serve the Society’s mission of advancing global lung health while also contributing to their individual institutions.
Aging has a profound impact on the body’s organs, tissues and cells. Indeed, it’s the greatest risk factor for chronic lung disease and many other debilitating conditions.
Working closely with other leading basic and clinical scientists at Northwestern, including Jacob Sznajder, MD, Navdeep Chandel, PhD, Richard Morimoto, PhD, Harris Perlman, PhD, Douglas Vaughan, MD, as well as William Balch, PhD, at the Scripps Research Institute, Scott Budinger aims to improve older patients’ quality of life.