What’s Going On in Your Neck of the Woods?
- In January 2017, Dr. Michael Lan received a LSU LIFT2 grant entitled “Targeted oncolytic virus for neuroendocrine tumor therapy and diagnostics.”
- Dr. Stephen Morse, an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine who has been a member of the LSU faculty in the Department of Medicine since 2000, was recently named as a “Kidney Hero” by the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana (NKFL). Kidney Heroes are those recognized by the NKFL as contributing their time, talent, and efforts to bringing awareness of kidney disease to the forefront of public attention, promoting prevention methods, and assisting in raising funds for life-saving treatment for those affected. Dr. Morse, who serves as medical director of both the DaVita Crescent City and DaVita Gentilly Dialysis Units, is appreciated by his patients, the Section of Nephrology and Hypertension, and the DaVita organization for his meticulous attention to detail in both his clinical care of patients and the overall standard of care in the dialysis units he oversees, the excellence of which is evidenced by his patient outcomes. In receiving the designation of NKFL Kidney Hero, Dr. Morse is extending his reputation even further as a leader in the fight against kidney disease and a torchbearer of hope in overcoming it. Congratulations, Dr. Morse!
Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology:
- Chris McGowin, PhD, was elected Chair of the Mycoplasmology Division G of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Division G is focused on the genetics, pathobiology, and/or clinical aspects of human, large animal, and insect mycoplasmas. Notable human pathogens in this group cause atypical pneumonia and sexually-acquired inflammatory urogenital syndromes.
- Nazary Nebeluk, an MD/PhD student mentored by Dr. Tim Foster in MIP, was awarded an NIH travel award from the American Physiological Society to attend the Experimental Biology Meeting, held April 22-26 in Chicago, Illinois. The Excellence in Professional Student (MD or DO) Research Travel Award provides funds for MD or DO students, working with an APS member, to attend, present their research, and participate fully in the Experimental Biology (EB) meeting. Nazary will present a poster entitled “Development and Preclinical Evaluation of Novel Therapeutics that Disrupt Arginine-Associated Metabolic Pathways for Treatment of Viral- and Inflammation-Associated Ocular Diseases.”
- Joy Sturtevant, PhD, was accepted as a LEAD Fellow in the 2017-18 cohort in the AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA). She has also been selected as a Member of the ASM Council of Microbial Sciences and will serve as a Division Interdisciplinary Representative.
- Jessica Shields, M.D., Ph.D. (PGY-2) was awarded the Dr. John Jackson Award for best clinical presentation at the 42nd Annual Louisiana Neurosurgical Society (LANS) Meeting held on January 14, 2017 in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Shields’ abstract was entitled, “Characterization of neurosurgical procedures in patients with psychogenic movement disorder.”
- Jason D. Wilson, M.D., M.S. was honored as a “Health Care Hero” by New Orleans City Business.
- The Department of Neurosurgery hosted the 3rd Annual Peripheral Nerve Course – the Kline Legacy on February 4-5, 2017.
- Dr. Ophelia Langhorne, one of our second year residents, was elected as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District VII, Louisiana Section, Junior Fellow Vice-Chair.
- Dr. Sohit Kanotra, Assistant Professor, was appointed Director, LSU Pediatric Aerodigestive Center. Dr. Sohit Kanotra initiated a Children’s Hospital Tracheostomy Safety Initiative and as part of this initiative organized a multi-disciplinary conference to develop a consensus statement regarding tracheotomy policy, which lead to a Tracheostomy Task Force.
- Dr. Sohit Kanotra, Assistant Professor, delivered a Grand Rounds presentation with the LSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, titled “Perinatal Management of a Compromised Fetal Airway: The ex utero intrapartum treatment,” January 2017.
- Dr. Moises Arriaga and Dr. Robert Peden were visiting professors at the Annual Temporal Bone Surgical Dissection Course, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, February 9-10, 2017.
- Dr. Rohan Walvekar, Associate Professor, was an invited speaker at the Sialendoscopy Workshop and ENT Summit in KL Malaysia, February 22-24, 2017.
- O’Brien S, Mehta R, Trahan J, Culicchia F, Barnes CA, Nuss DW: “Trans-Ethmoidal Endoscopic Resection of a Giant Orbital Osteoma: Technical Considerations” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Skull Base Society, New Orleans, March 3-5, 2017.
- Kong K, Mehta R, Allen P, Peden R, Anderson D, McLaughlin K, and Nuss D: “Delayed Extrusion of Internal Carotid Artery Coils into the Nose: Report of Two Cases” Poster presented at the annual meeting of the North American Skull Base Society, New Orleans, March 3-5, 2017.
- Dr. Sohit Kanotra, Assistant Professor, mentoring residents and medical students on projects accepted to be presented at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, May 18-20, 2017.
- Daniel W. Nuss, MD, Professor and Chairman and the Members the Department of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery are pleased to announce that Nikki Chatelain joined the Department of Otolaryngology as the Residency Coordinator, January 2017.
- Daniel W. Nuss, MD, Professor and Chairman and the Members the Department of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery are pleased to announce that Jairo I. Torres MD has joined the Department Faculty in the practice of Pediatric Otolaryngology, March 2017.
- Dr. Wayne Backes’ R01 grant entitled “Interactions among P450 system proteins and their distribution into endoplasmic reticulum micordomains” was renewed for NIH funding for four more years.
- Dr. Eric Lazartigues is part of a multiple PI team, including Dr. Xinping Yue and Dr. Jason Gardner, who received a new R01 from NHLBI, entitled “Chronic nicotine inhalation increases susceptibility to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases through inhibition of local compensatory mechanisms.”
- David Polhemus (Dr. Lefer’s Lab) was selected in February 2017 by the editorial board of Circulation Research to be spotlighted as an early career trainee and will be interviewed about his research experience.
- Dr. Harshita Chodavarapu (Dr. Lazartigues’ lab) has been selected to receive an Endocrine and Metabolism Research Recognition Award from the American Physiological Society. She will present an oral communication in a featured topic session and a poster of her work at the Endocrinology and Metabolism Award Reception at the Experimental Biology Meeting this spring.
- Dr. Jiaxi “Jessie” Xu (Lazartigues’ lab) has been selected to receive the American Physiological Society NCAR membership-sponsored Experimental Biology Trainee Award that will be presented to her during the Experimental Biology 2017 conference in Chicago. She will present an oral communication in a featured topic session and a poster of her work at the Experimental Biology Meeting this spring.
- Dr. Tracy Goodchild received funding for a Cardiovascular COBRE pilot project entitled “Therapeutic Potential of Renal Denervation and Stem Cells in Acute MI” starting January 1, 2017.
- Snigdha Mukergee (Dr. Lazartigues’ lab) has been selected to receive the American Physiological Society Attoquant-sponsored Experimental Biology Trainee Award from the NCAR section. She will present an oral communication in a featured topic session and a poster of her work at the Experimental Biology Meeting this spring. Snigdha will receive her award during the Experimental Biology 2017 conference in Chicago.
- Dr. Leonard Bok has been elected to become a Fellow of the American College of Radiology (ACR)—one of the highest honors that ACR bestows upon its members. Recognition as a Fellow of the ACR demonstrates a history of service to the College and the profession of radiology as a whole. Dr. Bok will attend the ceremony in May at the ACR Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.