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Year in Review: How Feinberg Scientists Persevered in 2020 with Erin Spain, MS

Breakthroughs host Erin Spain takes a look back on the year 2020 and how Feinberg scientists responded to COVID-19 while publishing high-impact papers unrelated to the pandemic and making vital discoveries across the research enterprise during a difficult time.


"Despite the incredible challenges and obstacles faced in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, Feinberg kept moving onward and upward. In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Feinberg principal investigators secured a record-breaking $643 million dollars in research funding and awards, an impressive 20 percent increase over the previous year."


— Erin Spain, MS

  • Director of Communications, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 
  • Host of the Breakthroughs podcast 

Episode Notes

Below are the stories featured in this year-in-review episode:

January: AI Model Improves Breast Cancer Detection; Artificial Intelligence and Medicine with Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD

February: Uncovering the Cellular Mechanisms Behind Genetic Mutations in ALS

March: New Drug Target Found for COVID-19Investigating the New Coronavirus with Karla Satchell, PhD, Part 2

April: First Trial Shows Benefit for Genomically Targeted Prostate Cancer TreatmentTreating Aggressive Prostate Cancer with Maha Hussain, MD

May: Wearable Device to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms with John A. Rogers, PhD
and COVID-19 Antibody Testing with Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD

JuneCancer Cells Hijack Nucleotide Metabolism to Boost Cell Proliferation

July: COVID-19 Complicates Cancer Treatment

August: AI-Enhanced Approach Offers New Hope for Earlier Autism Diagnoses

September: Biological Sex Affects Genes for Body Fat, Cancer, Birth Weight

October: How Amish People Informed a COVID-19 Clinical Trial with Douglas Vaughan, MD

November: Can Exercise Slow Parkinson's Disease Progression? with Daniel Corcos, PhD

December: How Lung Transplants Are Saving COVID-19 Patients with Ankit Bharat, MBBS

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