News & Announcements

  • 09.07.2023

    We are thrilled to acknowledge Chicago KUH FORWARD directors, Dr. Susan Quaggin and Dr. Tamara Isakova, for their recent promotions. Dr. Quaggin is the new chair of Medicine at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and the physician-in-chief at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Medical Group. Dr. Tamara Isakova is the Interim Chief of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine. We are grateful for their continued dedication to Chicago KUH FORWARD and wish them every success in their new roles.  

  • 07.14.2023

    Aerobic glycolysis, the process by which cells transform glucose into lactate, is essential for eye development in mammals, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study published in Nature Communications.

  • 06.29.2023

    Maggie Fain is a MD/PhD student in Dr. Susan Quaggin’s laboratory in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. Maggie’s research project explores the cardioprotective effects of sodium-glucose cotransporter inhibitors. Congratulations Maggie!

  • 06.28.2023

    We are happy to welcome Dr. Kristina Bigelow as a hematology postdoctoral scholar in Chicago KUH FORWARD. Dr. Bigelow is a postdoc in Dr. Lucy Godley’s lab at Northwestern University and studies the red blood cell development pathway to identify therapeutic targets to treat hematological disorders. Congratulations Dr. Bigelow!

  • 06.27.2023

    Douglas E. Vaughan, MD, has announced his intention to step down as chair of The Department of Medicine, effective September 1; Susan Quaggin, MD, has been named as his successor.

  • 06.02.2023

    Northwestern Medicine investigators have discovered that the overexpression of a specific transcription factor prevented bone loss in mouse models with complications from chronic kidney disease, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

  • 05.25.2023

    Northwestern Medicine scientists have uncovered how peptides produced by bones during inflammation prevent anemia in mice, according to a recent study published in the journal Blood.

  • 04.19.2023

    Four Feinberg faculty have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

  • 02.17.2023

    Congratulations to Chicago KUH FORWARD Trainee Akila Ally and UIC Medical Student on her first author publication showing that community‐level socioeconomic distress is associated with nutritional status in adults with sickle cell anemia. Ally, Syeda Akila, et al. eJHaem. 2023; 15.

  • 01.05.2023

    Congratulations to Megan Larmore for being appointed to the Chicago KUH FORWARD TL1 training program. Megan is a fourth-year graduate student in the Driskill Graduate Program at Northwestern University. She is a member of Dr. Paul DeCaen's research group where she works on the ion channel, PKD2, and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). She aspires to become a leading academic researcher in translational molecular and structural pharmacology. 

  • 12.21.2022

    Congratulations to Ryan Spear for being appointed to the Chicago KUH FORWARD TL1 training program. Ryan is a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program at Rush University and is mentored by nephrologists Dr. Eunsil Hahm and Dr. Jochen Reiser. For his research training, Ryan is studying altered hematopoiesis in chronic kidney disease (CKD), with specific focus on focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and aims to elucidate the functional changes in CKD associated bone marrow derived myeloid cells.

  • 11.22.2022

    Congratulations to predoctoral trainee Anna Di Staulo on her NRSA fellowship award! Chicago KUH FORWARD Predoctoral Trainee, Anna Di Staulo, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31). Her project is titled "Regulation of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells by VCAM1". Anna is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Sandra Pinho in the Department of Pharmacology & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • 10.31.2022

    Susan Quaggin, MD, has been presented one of The American Heart Association’s 2022 Distinguished Scientist awards, which honor members who have significantly advanced the understanding of cardiovascular, stroke or brain health.

  • 10.27.2022

    Congratulations to Chicago KUH FORWARD predoctoral trainee Akila Ally on receiving an ASH Abstract Achievement Award for her abstract titled, “Association of Community-Level Socioeconomic Distress with Nutritional Status in People with Sickle Cell Anemia.” Akila is medical student at University of Illinois at Chicago and is completing a year of research in the laboratory of Santosh Saraf, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine - Hematology. She will present her abstract at the 2022 ASH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in December.

  • 10.26.2022

    Chicago KUH FORWARD welcomed Opeyemi Olabisi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nephrology at Duke School of Medicine for a special seminar entitled, “What Cellular Models Tell Us About Pathomechanism of APOL1-Mediated Kidney Disease.”

    Dr. Olabisi’s research leverages patient-derived tissues, iPSC-based models, and mammalian cell culture system to model APOL1 nephropathy for the purpose of discovering innovative treatment and prevention of APOL1 nephropathy. He is the principal investigator for the NIH/NIMHD-funded Care and Justice for APOL1-mediated Kidney Disease research study and is passionate about raising awareness about kidney disease as well as introducing remedies that could slow the progression of kidney disease to dialysis.

    Special thanks to Dr. Arlene Chapman and our nephrology colleagues at the University of Chicago for hosting Dr. Olabisi and our Chicago KUH FORWARD trainees. 

  • 10.25.2022

    Congratulations to Chicago KUH FORWARD Postdoctoral Scholar Karla Márquez Nogueras, PhD on her first author paper! Dr. Márquez-Nogueras is a postdoc in the laboratory of Dr. Ivano Kuo, Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Physiology at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

    Márquez-Nogueras KM, Vuchkovska V, DiNello E, Osorio-Valencia S, Kuo IY. Polycystin-2 (PC2) is a key determinant of in vitro myogenesis. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol. 2022;323(2):C333-C346. doi:10.1152/ajpcell.00159.2021. PMCID: PMC9291421

  • 05.26.2022

    The membrane-bound form of the ACE2 protein is the essential receptor for enabling COVID-19 infectivity, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

  • 05.23.2022

    Dozens of faculty members and fourth-year medical students were recognized for their scholarly and clinical excellence at Feinberg’s Honors Day, held May 20.

  • 04.05.2022

    Expression of a growth factor after heart injury activates the lymphatic system, spurring leukocytes to help clear away dying cells, according to a recent study.

  • 03.28.2022

    Northwestern Medicine continues to help advance the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its widespread impact, from investigating antibody protection against COVID-19 reinfection to elevating women in academic research to highlighting racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 hospital mortality in Illinois.

  • 03.25.2022

    Feinberg students are being trained in a two-week emergency preparedness course on how to manage natural disasters, mass shootings or pandemics.

  • 03.16.2022

    A well-established cancer cell transcription factor and its newly identified co-factor work together to drive cancer cell proliferation, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in Science Advances.

  • 01.21.2022

    A new study has identified naturally occurring nano-sized particles that can block infection from broad strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus in preclinical studies.

  • 12.27.2021

    Feinberg experienced a year of exceptional growth, perseverance, and collaboration in 2021, from honors and awards to unprecedented research discoveries.

  • 12.07.2021

    Susan Quaggin, MD, the Charles H. Mayo, MD, Professor and chief of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

  • 11.03.2021

    On a late September evening of 2021, the world lost one of the last giants of Medicine. Dr Lewis Landsberg passed in Cape Cod, where he loved to spend part of the summers with his beloved wife Jill and visiting family and friends.

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