Rachel Patzer Named Director of Emory Health Services Research Center
Rachel Patzer, PhD, has been named director of the newly inaugurated Health Services Research Center, a cooperative initiative of Emory's Departments of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Patzer will also receive a joint appointment as associate professor within the two departments. In this position, Dr. Patzer will develop and enact a strategic plan for the advancement of health services research in the combined center, as well as nurturing collaborative efforts in health services research across Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Grady Memorial Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
2018 SSO Young Investigator Award Will Fund Michael Lowe's Study of Potential Therapy to Fight Melanoma
Michael Lowe, MD, MA, is the 2018 recipient of the Society of Surgical Oncology's Young Investigator Award. The award will be applied to Dr. Lowe's study, "Evaluation of FcyRIIB as a Novel T cell Inhibitor in Cutaneous Melanoma," which is concerned with investigating new pathways to enhance the immune system's response to melanoma. Specifically, he will focus on defining the role of the Fc receptor FcyRIIB in promoting exhaustion in T cell responses to tumor growth, and then will examine the benefits of blocking FcyRIIB's ability to alter T cell responses.
Raheel Jajja Wins AHPBA Research Fellowship Grant to Study Novel Imaging Probess
Raheel Jajja, MD, a resident on research sabbatical in the surgical oncology nanomedicine research laboratory of Lily Yang, MD, PhD, has received the 2018 Research Fellowship Grant of Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. The award will fund a study Dr. Jajja is conducting with Dr. Yang of the use of receptor-targeted imaging probes in detecting colon cancer liver metastases in preclinical models.
Felmont Eaves' Start-up Receives Annual OTT Award
Emory University's Office of Technology Transfer has selected EMRGE, LLC, founded by Felmont F. Eaves, III, MD, to receive the 2018 Start-up of the Year Award at its annual celebration of Emory's faculty entrepreneurs and their groundbreaking projects. Dr. Eaves founded EMRGE, LLC, to develop simple, cost-effective medical devices for wound care, wound closure, and scar treatment. The company's three-part platform consists of force-modulating tissue bridges, variable resistance backings, and bidirectional linear fixators, all of which don't require anesthesia or active removal, minimize risk of infection, and reduce scarring.
Brendan Lovasik Chosen for 2018 ASTS Resident Scientist Scholarship
General surgery resident Brendan Lovasik, MD, has been awarded the 2018 Resident Scientist Scholarship of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He received the grant on the strength of his proposal, "Improving Xenograft Outcomes: Exploring Novel Molecular Targets and Developing Translational Therapies." With assistance from his research mentor Andrew Adams, MD, Dr. Lovasik's study will address obstacles to using xenotransplantation as a mode of kidney transplant in humans.