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"Make a Career of Humanity" - New Diversity Leadership Announced
Chunkit Fung, MD, has been named associate chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) for the department of Medicine. He has already made a positive impact as co-director of DEI for the division of Hematology / Oncology, and has an incredible history of service in academic and national institutions, including the Human Rights Campaign. This week in particular, he reflects on the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. "The time is always right to do what is right," and Chunkit looks forward to working with the entire DOM team to do what is right.

Pictured with Chunkit is his husband, Scott Hartman, MD, from Family Medicine.

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Thomas Caprio Appointed to NY State Master Plan for Aging
Thomas Caprio, MD, from Geriatrics & Aging, has been personally selected by the office of Governor Kathy Hochul to serve on the advisory committee to develop the Master Plan for Aging, which will work toward improving services for older adults and their caregivers, in both medical settings as well as those "aging in place" at home.
Transplant Nephrology Had a Record-Setting 2022
The team, led by Transplant Director of Nephrology Jeremy Taylor, MD, saw great success last year with total number of transplants and maintaining best outcomes in the region. Continue reading for a full list of highlights and to meet the team members.
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Award: Jing (Jason) Wu, PhD, from Nephrology, has been awarded funding from the UR Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging Pilot Award (NIH Program Project P01) for his project "The Vascular-Immune Interface in Hypertension: Role of Cullin3 Ubiquitin Ligase." The one-year award will investigate the interplay between T cells and the endothelium, the inner most layer of blood vessels. Wu will collaborate with investigators from the URMC department of Microbiology & Immunology and Cornell University to develop novel imaging techniques to image endothelial cell-immune cell interactions in the kidney of hypertensive mouse models.

Publication: Andrew Long, MD, Anatole Kleiner, MD, and R. John Looney, MD, all from Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, are authors of "Immune Dysregulation," published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Publication: Paul Barr, MD, from Hematology / Oncology, is the lead author of "Many People With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma Benefit From Ibrutinib Treatment Up To 8 Years: A Plain Language Summary," published in Future Oncology.

Publication: Anna Kenney, DO, from Palliative Care, is co-author of "Gabapentin-Induced Overflow Urinary Incontinence: A Case Report and Review of the Literature," published in the Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.

In the News: Susanne Miedlich, MD, from Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, provided her expertise for the Spectrum News article and video segment "Internet diet trends causing diabetes drug shortages."

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Collecting Research Data: Data Management Tips

Last July, the Biostatistical Shared Resource was launched to the DOM by Laura Calvi, MD, vice chair for Basic & Translational Science, Valentina Kutyifa, MD, PhD, vice chair for Clinical Research, and Stefanie Fingler, MBA, research program administrator. The program offers support to mentored trainees and faculty performing research by providing advice and assistance with collecting and analyzing data. Several projects are currently underway, and DOM members are encouraged to reach out to start new projects as well. At a recent town hall, Calvi announced that a Data Management Tips document has been created to help guide researchers. The document can easily be found on the Biostatical Shared Resource page as a link.


University Launches New Institute for Human Health and the Environment

Building off a long history as a leader in research and education in environmental health and toxicology, the UR-wide Institute for Human Health and the Environment (IHHE) will serve as a local and national hub to catalyze new scientific discoveries related to environmental impacts on health. Led by B. Paige Lawrence, PhD, the Institute will transform this information into actions that will promote healthier lives, particularly for communities of color that are disproportionately affected by environmental risks. With an emphasis on research, education, and engagement, the IHHE will focus on climate change and health; environmental justice; how water and air pollution impact health; and how environmental factors shape health across our whole lifetime. Visit the IHHE web site to learn more and reach out to IHHE leadership if you are interested in getting involved.

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Some families keep holiday decorations up long after the holiday season is over! Kelly Webster, Senior Communications Associate for the DOM, has a family tradition of building a huge train layout, complete with two tracks, Santa village, ice skating rink, and main street parade. Her father, John, is a model train enthusiast. Because of the time and effort it takes to build the layout, it stays up well into February. If you are a model train enthusiast too, here's a video project touring the whole layout, complete with interactive train cars and a fascinated little nephew!
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