Upcoming Events Fall

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence: 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 12:00 PM, CSRB / RM 563  – Mark A. Sussman, Ph.D., “Cardiac C-Kit Biology: Revealed to be Relevant”, Distinguished Professor of Biology, Chief Research Scientist, San Diego State University Heart Institute, Department of Biology, San Diego State University.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 12:00 PM, CSRB / RM 563 – Daniel P. Kelly, M.D., “Deciphering the Metabolic Origins of Heart Failure” Tavistock Distinguished Professor, Director, Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease, Director, Cardiovascular Metabolism Program, Scientific Director, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology: 

Monday, August 28, 2017, 12:00 PM – Dr. Boris Striepen, a leading parasitologist currently based at University of Pennsylvania will give a seminar in MIP entitled “Cryptosporidium: genetics for a leading global cause of diarrhea in children.”

Otolaryngology:

September 29, 2017 at 7:30am – Dr. Michael Dunham, Associate Professor will present at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center (OLOL HVI Conference Room), Pediatric Grand Rounds on “Pediatric Upper Airway Disorders”.

Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, Assistant Professor, will present at the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, “Effective Brow Lifting” and “Simple Method for Tightening the Lateral Canthus” in Phoenix, Arizona, October 2017.

Dr. Jennifer Lentz will present the following “Genetic strategies to treat hearing and balance defects in a mouse model of congenital deafness”. Invited speaker for the Rizer Lecture, American Neurotology Society, Chicago, IL, September, 2017.

American Academy of Otolaryngology – HNSF Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, September 10-13, 2017.

 

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Cardiovascular Works in Progress Series 

The NIH COBRE “Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology” and the LSUHSC Cardiovascular Center of Excellence are pleased to announce a new Works in Progress Series, which will provide a forum for brief, informal presentations relating to ongoing prepublication research.

The purpose of these talks is to provide a collaborative forum for brainstorming to benefit both presenters, as well as participants; to provide feedback, spark questions, and create an interactive environment to benefit all present.

The Works in Progress series is open to all members of the LSUHSC community and will take place on a monthly basis.  These talks will be held at 10:30am in CSRB Room 563.  We look forward to creating an open and stimulating forum of exchange for the LSUHSC community.

Please contact Dr. Andreas Papapetropoulos in the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence (apapa1@lsuhsc.edu) for more information and to suggest other presenters.

Cardiovascular Works in Progress Series 

The NIH COBRE “Mentoring in Cardiovascular Biology” and the LSUHSC Cardiovascular Center of Excellence are pleased to announce a new Works in Progress Series, which will provide a forum for brief, informal presentations relating to ongoing prepublication research. 

The purpose of these talks is to provide a collaborative forum for brainstorming to benefit both presenters, as well as participants; to provide feedback, spark questions, and create an interactive environment to benefit all present. 

The Works in Progress series is open to all members of the LSUHSC community and will take place on a monthly basis.  These talks will be held at 10:30am in CSRB Room 563.  We look forward to creating an open and stimulating forum of exchange for the LSUHSC community.  

Please contact Dr. Andreas Papapetropoulos in the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence (apapa1@lsuhsc.edu) for more information and to suggest other presenters.

Dean’s Seminar Series

The monthly Dean’s Research Seminar Series is an important conference, the purpose of which is to highlight clinical or basic research in order to link LSU research and clinical efforts. This seminar is held on the second Wednesday of every month during the academic school year at 4pm in CSRB room 563. The seminar series was created to highlight clinical and basic research, promote translational research, and identify common threads/interests to foster collaborations. The series also facilitates opportunities for faculty, students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral researchers to communicate about research topics, while encouraging young faculty to become involved in research teams. The Dean’s Seminar Series has launched a new user-friendly website at http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/deanseminar containing information and presentations from past seminars. Upcoming seminar speakers include Dr. Augusto Ochoa on September 13 and Dr. Jayne Weiss on October 11.

Finally, we would like to thank Dr. Kathleen McDonough for her many years organizing and conducting the Dean’s Research Seminar Series and wish her well in retirement! If you have questions about the Dean’s Seminar Series or wish to propose a speaker, please contact Dr. Judy Crabtree at jcrabt@lsuhsc.edu.

Welcome Newcomers!

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the following faculty members who have joined the School of Medicine Family between May 1 – June 30, 2017!

Dermatology
Elizabeth Grieshaber, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Family Medicine
Paula Brantly, M.D. – Associate Professor, Research

Med-Cardiology
Andreas Papapetropoulos, M.D. – Visiting Professor

Ophthalmology
C. Lucy Borne, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Lena Al-Dujaili, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Kevin Kirchner, M.D. – Clinical Assistant Professor

Pediatrics
Shubho Sarkar, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

UMC Medicine
Daniel Stout, M.D. – Assistant Professor, Clinical

New Appointments

Paula Gregory, Ph.D. has been appointed as Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research at LSUHSC School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Her PhD research was carried out at Tulane University on cancer cytogenetics. For her postdoctoral work, she trained at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and did further training with Dr. Francis Collins at the University of Michigan. Dr. Gregory worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and then at The Ohio State University College of Medicine prior to joining the Department of Genetics at LSUHSC.  She has three NIH grants to fund summer research internships for medical students and is the Career Development Core Co-Director for LACaTS and a COBRE award.  Dr. Gregory has been the Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the past eight years. She will continue to teach in medical school courses.

This position was created within the Office of Student Affairs to offer the training and resources that medical students, residents and clinical faculty need to be involved in research. The goal is to expand opportunities for research and maximize participation among our students.

SOM Faculty Publications

Congratulations to the following individuals for the publication of their work in respected journals from May 1 – June 30, 2017, as reported to The Pulse by individual departments: 

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence 

Lefer, David J. and Marban, Eduardo.  “Is Cardioprotection Dead?” (2017) Circulation, 136:98 – 109. (https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.027039)  

Family Medicine: 

Coleman, MT, McLean A, Williams L, Hasan, K. Improvement in Interprofessional Student Learning and Patient Outcomes, Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice 8 (2017) 28e33  

Fahr, M., Jones, G.N., O’Neal, H., Duchesne, J., Tatum, D. (2017). ARDS incidence, but not mortality, has decreased nationwide: A National Trauma Data Bank Study. The American Surgeon, 83(4), 323-331. PMID 28424124.  

Null D, Langevin J, Hagen J. Which treatment is best for hepatic encephalopathy due to end-stage liver disease? Evidence Based Practice. 2017;20(5)E4-5.  

Cremer M, Paul P, Bergman K, et al. A non–gas-based cryotherapy system for the treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: a mixed-methods approach for initial development and testing. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2017;5(1):57-64. 

Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology: 

Nabi R, Moldoveanu Z, Wei Q, Golub ET, Durkin HG, Greenblatt RM, Herold BC, Nowicki MJ, Kassaye S, Cho MW, Pinter A, Landay AL, Mestecky J and Kozlowski PA. (2017). Differences in serum IgA responses to HIV-1 gp41 in elite controllers compared to viral suppressors on highly active antiretroviral therapy. PLoS One. Jul 3;12(7):e0180245. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180245. eCollection 2017  

Rohde, R.E., Weigum, S., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 8, Nucleic Acid-Based Analytic Methods for Microbial Identification and Characterization. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Rohde, R.E., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 13, Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, and Similar Organisms. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Rohde, R.E., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 44, Cell Wall-Deficient Bacteria. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Rohde, R.E., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 64, Overview of the Methods and Strategies in Virology. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Rohde, R.E., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 65, Viruses in Human Disease. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Rohde, R.E., & McGowin, C. (2017). Chapter 78, Infection Control. In P. Tille (ed), Bailey & Scott’s Diagnostic Microbiology, 14th edition, St. Louis, Missouri: 14th edition, Elsevier Inc. [ISBN 978-0-323-35482-0]  

Ng HP, Jennings S, Wang J, Molina P, Nelson S, Wang G (2017). Non-canonical GR trans-activation of GILZ by alcohol to suppress cell inflammatory response. Frontiers in Immunology 8: Article 661.  

Tang W, Gao CY, Wang JZ, Yin ZY, Zhang JL, Ji J, Zhang HF, Zheng XB, Zhang ZG, Wang P. (2017). Disruption of actin motor function due to MoMyo5 mutation impairs host penetration and pathogenicity in Magnaporthe oryzae. Molecular Plant Pathol. Apr 5. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12554.  

Orthopedics: 

Zura, Robert, Xu, Zekun, Della Rocca, Gregory J., Mehta, Samir, Steen, R. Grant. When Is a Fracture Not “Fresh”? Aligning Reimbursement With Patient Outcome After Treatment With Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 May;31(5):248-251  

Whatley JM, Lalonde JAGreene CCRiche KBTatum DM. Effect of Lymphedema Treatment for Management of Acute Pilon Fractures Orthopedics Jul 1;40(4):e668-e674. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20170509-02 

Mary P. Fox, Jack E. McKay, Randall D. Craver, Nicholas D. Pappas. Right Ring Finger Volar Mass in a 14-Year-Old Boy Orthopedics doi: 10.3928/01477447-20170518-01 

Hymel A1Asturias SZhao FBliss RMoran TMarshall RHBenjamin EPhelan HAKrause PCMarecek GSLeonardi CStuke LHunt JPMooney JL. Selective vs Nonselective Embolization vs No Embolization in Pelvic Trauma: A Multicenter Retrospective Cohort Study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 May 1; doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001554. 

Wasterlain ASMelamed EBello RKaria RCapo JTScience of Variation Group. The Effect of Price on Surgeons’ Choice of Implants: A Randomized Controlled Survey. J Hand Surg Am. 2017 Jun 9. pii: S0363-5023(16)31018-8; doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.05.005. 

2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 69(8):1111-1124. 

2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 69(8):1538-1551. 

2017 American College of Rheumatology/American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.arth.2017.05.001. 

Heffernan MJSnyder BZhou HLi X. Fluoroscopic imaging overestimates the screw tip to subchondral bone distance in a cadaveric model of slipped capital femoral epiphysis. Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics. 2017:11(1):36-41. 

Otolaryngology: 

Kane A, Stark, M, Kanotra S. An HIV-positive child with a gingival mass: Pathology Clinical. JAMA Otolaryngology, doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2016.4497 

Hetzler, L., Nuss D. Chapter 24. Facial Reanimation. Otolaryngology: A Color Handbook. 2017 

Ponnath, A, Depreux, F, Jodelka, FM, Rigo, F, Farris, HE, Hastings, ML, Lentz, JJ (2017) Rescue of Outer Hair Cells with Antisense Oligonucleotides in Usher mice is Dependent on Age of Treatment. Association for Research in Otolaryngology 

Physiology: 

Byerley Lauri O., Samuelson Derrick, Blanchard IV Eugene, Luo Meng, Lorenzen Brittany N., Banks Shelia, Ponder Monica A., Welsh David A, Taylor Christopher M., Changes in the Gut Microbial Communities Following Addition of Walnuts to the Diet. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (2017), doi: 10.1016/j.jnutbio.2017.07.001  

Byerley L, Lane H, Ludy MJ, Vitolins MZ, Anderson E, Niedert K, Pennington K, Yang J, Abram JK. Ethical Considerations for Successfully Navigating the Research Process. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Mar 31. pii: S2212-2672(17)30178-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2017.02.011.  

Braymer, H.D., Zachary, H., Schreiber, A.L., Primeaux, S.D. (2017). Lingual CD36 and nutritional status differentially regulate fat preference in obesity-prone and obesity-resistant rats. Physiology & Behavior, 174, 120-127.  

Leprince, J. Bagnol, D., Bureau, R., Fukusumi, S., Granata, R., Hinuma, S., Larhammar, D., Primeaux, S., Santos, J.S. de O., Tsutsui, K., Ukena, K., Vaudry, H. (2017). The Arg-Phe-amide peptide 26RFa/QRFP and its Receptor. IUPHAR Review. British Journal of Pharmacology doi: 10.1111/bph.13907.  

Yue X. Epithelial deletion of Sulf2 exacerbates bleomycin-induced lung injury, inflammation and mortality. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2017 Jun 28, doi: 10.1165/rcmb.2016-0367OC. 

Simon, L. Ford, SM Jr, Song, K. Berner, P., Vande Stouwe, C., Nelson, S., Bagby, G.J., Molina, P.E. (2017, epub Jun 21) Decreased myoblast differentiation in chronic binge alcohol administered simian immunodeficiency virus-infected male macaques: role of decreased miR-206. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Com Physiol doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00146.2017. 

LGBT+Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding the Health Sciences (LOCUS) 

Ayesha Umrigar and Mirandy Li, Co-presidents 

LGBT + Allies Organization for Cultural Understanding in the Health Sciences (LOCUS) is an inter-professional student organization aimed at advancing awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ community at LSUHSC and in New Orleans. We have had a very productive summer, with our members participating in Family Equality Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens, where volunteers conducted glucose and blood pressure screenings, handed out information on dental hygiene, and isolated DNA from strawberries. We also had several LOCUS participants attend a dinner sponsored by NOAGE (New Orleans Advocates for GLBT Elders), which provided a great opportunity for LGBTQ people of all ages to come together and share a delicious meal.

We look forward to continuing our active schedule into this coming school year. One of our goals for this year is to host more Safe Zone trainings for faculty. Safe Zone training was developed to foster culturally competent work and school environments for LGBTQ individuals. These training sessions provide participants with the awareness, knowledge, and skills to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers, and for themselves. To date, 27 faculty members have undergone Safe Zone training. They can be identified by the Safe Zone sticker attached to their office nameplate, as well as being listed on our website (see link below).

In addition to the Safe Zone courses, we will continue to host seminar speakers to talk about a variety of LGBTQ-related topics, as well as hosting our annual LGBTQ Symposium. The Symposium, which was initiated this past year, was the first of its kind in the history of LSU. Panelists Brandy Panunti, M.D., Jamie Buth, M.D., Chris Otten, J.D., and Sebastian Rey, Director of the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans provided their expertise in the topics of medicine, law, LGBTQ advocacy, and insightful discussions detailed the unique and powerful role that health care providers play in the care of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.

Be sure to check out our website (https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/cmhe/locus/), which provides links to resources for LGBTQ students, as well as for the general community. This is also where we post information about any upcoming meetings and events. If you would like to receive emails from LOCUS, there is an option on our website to subscribe to our listserv. To protect the privacy of our members, we use the “blind carbon copy” for email correspondence, which means that you can’t see the other recipients of the email and they can’t see you.

We hope to see you at our upcoming meetings and we look forward to a great year.

 

 

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Kathy McDonough, Ph.D., Program Director 

The MD/PhD program graduated its largest class in May with three students matching in Pediatrics, two in Medicine, one in Surgery, one in Pathology and one in Family Medicine. We also had four students start their PhD program this July – Nazary Nebeluk with Dr. Tim Foster (Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology), Tony Tzeng with Dr. Carmen Canavier (Cell Biology and Anatomy), Robert Fuchs with Dr. Eric Lazartigues (Pharmacology), and Zachary Stielper with Drs. Nick Gilpin and Patricia Molina (Physiology).  

The former L1 class will finish a summer rotation in July and hopefully decide on a laboratory/department in which to complete the PhD. The L1 class consists of Katelyn Beiter and Mirandy Li, who performed their summer research in the School of Public Health; Nicholas Fried and Kristina Larter, who worked in the Department of Genetics; Hunter Hidalgo in Pharmacology; and Phaethon Philbrook in the Cancer Center. In addition we have accepted a new L2 into the program – David Odenheimer who did his summer research in the Neuroscience Center; welcome David.  

We will welcome our new MD/PhD students at our monthly forum on August 31st. The new L1s are Brittany Foret, Jacob Meariman, Joshua Schwartzenburg and Nathan Sharfman. Brittany has been working in a laboratory here this summer and Nathan had worked at LSUHSC for a year as a research technician before starting medical school. The L1s will attend a seminar series in the fall to begin their quest for a department and advisor with whom they will do their doctoral research.  

Our current MD/PhD students are doing very well. Just some of their accomplishments include: Vince Maffei, working with Drs. Chris Taylor and David Welsh, published an interesting article “Biological Aging and the Human Gut Microbiota” with co-authors from both LSUHSC and Tulane; Vivian Jaber published two articles with Dr. Lukiw and Yuhai Zhao one of which is titled “Secretory Products of the Human GI Tract Microbiome and Their Potential Impact on Alzheimer’s Disease: Detection of Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in AD Hippocampus”; Jeffrey Wang, who works with Dr. Hamid Boulares, received a fellowship award from the American Heart Association and Allyson Schreiber presented her research, “Predator Odor Stress Activates Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (CRF) Neurons in Rat Brain” with her co-authors Dr. Nick Gilpin and Adrienne McGinn at the Volterra Alcoholism and Stress: A Framework for Future Treatment Strategies meeting in Italy this summer.  

We have a new website page for the MD/PhD program – check it out. It includes updates on the paths that our past graduates have taken since completing their training at LSUHSC. https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/mdphdupdates/. 

Rahul Mehta, M.D., Reaches New Milestone

Rahul Mehta, MD, Assistant Professor in the LSU Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has successfully performed more than a hundred cases of total endoscopic ear surgeries. Dr. Mehta has the largest series of total endoscopic ear surgeries in Louisiana. He offers this approach to his patients at University Medical Center New Orleans (UMC) and LSU/Our Lady of the Lake Hearing and Balance Center in Baton Rouge. Only a few centers in the United States offer this minimally invasive approach for fixing ear problems like perforated eardrum, conductive hearing loss, cholesteatoma, etc. Instead of making a large cut at the back of the ear, a small incision is made in the ear canal and a pencil size rigid endoscope is used to visualize the deeper ear structures and to operate via ear canal. With endoscopes, difficult to view areas in the ear can be seen easily and clearly as the attached camera projects the magnified image of the ear on big screens in the operating room. UMC has state of the art operating rooms available with special ear endoscopes, the latest 3 chip cameras, and special endoscopic ear surgery instruments to perform this type of minimally invasive surgery. The LSU Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery team at UMC includes Dr. Mehta, Dr. Rohan Walvekar and Dr. Laura Pelaez (Co-Directors of the UMC site), Dr. Celeste Gary, and Dr. Daniel Nuss.