July 2011

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July 8th, 2011

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items


  • Laboratory Medicine’s New Facilities at 670 Albany Street had a very successful Open House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, June 21st. The event was attended by more than 70 people including Kate Walsh, Boston Medical Center’s President and CEO; Boston University Medical Center’s Dean Karen Antman as well as many distinguished guests and BMC/BUSM colleagues. Attendees were treated to informative, interesting tours of the facility and refreshments to celebrate the seamless transition.  Congratulations for a job well done!
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    • Zach Hunter, PhD candidate was an invited speaker for the Complete Genomics Users Group Meeting in San Francisco (Paired Tumor Normal WGS Studies in Waldenstrom’s Macroglobbulinemia) in June 2011
    • Congratulations on passing the Qualifying Exams!
      • Philip Bondzie
      • Evan Chiswick
      • Clarissa Koch
      • Jed Mahoney
      • David Stepien
    • Thank you to all faculty members who assisted with the qualifying exams, with a SPECIAL Thank You Dr. Bohdana Burke
    • BU Pathology is receiving national press for Dr. John (Jiyoun) Kim’s piece: “Herbal Medicine Treatment Reduces Inflammation in a Murine Model of Cockroach Allergen-Induced Asthma;” Jiyoun Kim1PhD, Sudha Natarajan1 PhD, Hyunsu Bae2 MD, PhD, Sung-Ki Jung2 MD, PhD, William Cruikshank3 PhD and Daniel G Remick1 MD published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Please take a look at the BUMC front pageScience Daily; and The European Lung Foundation;
    • Michael Roehrl, M.D., Ph.D., was invited to give a lecture on Systems Pathology at the Cancer Center of the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany, in June 2011
    • Dr. Roehrl is also an invited speaker at the Molecular Diagnostics for Personalized Medicine Conference in Hannover, Germany, in October 2011
    • Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD will be traveling to Ecuador the first 1/2 of July for field work on the One Health Project run by the FUCOBI Foundation, based in Ecuador.  The goal of the project is to assess relationships between industrialization, industrial pollution, and the astonishing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes among the local Ameridians (native population).  The project is in year 2 of a ten year pan, and anyone interested in joining the group next year is encouraged to get in touch with Dr. Nikolajczyk directly; bnikol@bu.edu
    • Dr. Karen Quillen has been appointed to the Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee for Blood Safety and Availability for a 4-year term beginning June 7, 2011. This Committee reports to the Secretary of HHS on major issues regarding the safety and availability of blood in the country, and also on organ transplantation.
    • Heather Cohen, 5th year PhD candidate was informed that her abstract has been accepted for poster presentation during the 12th International Workshop on Scleroderma Research 2011 at Trinity College Cambridge, United Kingdom July 24-27, 2011. Heather’s poster is titled: “Fli1 is Involved in Bleomycin-induced Lung Fibrosis and Inflammation”
    • Dr. Martin Kroll has been appointed as a member to the FDA’s Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices Panel
    • Dr. Kroll also recently completed a CAP SAM, self-assessment module.  Every year newly board-certified Pathologists must earn at least 10 of these credits. Continuing education credits are required for maintaining board certification

    Publications ACCEPTED:

    • Azadzoi K, Yalla S, and Siroky M: “Human Bladder Smooth Muscle Cell Damage in Disturbed Oxygen Tension” has been accepted for publication in the Urology Journal
    • Dr. Michael Roehrl and others from the Pathology Department had the following accepted for publication: Roehrl MHA*, Alexander MP, Hammond SB, Ruzinova M, Wang JY, O’Hara CJ. Eosinophilic myocarditis in hypereosinophilic syndrome. American Journal of Hematology 2011; 86: 607-608. *Corresponding author
    • Paper accepted (Dr. Michael Roehrl showed by X-ray diffractometry that the pulmonary crystals were indeed calcium oxalate monohydrate/whewellite): Hall NH, Conley K, Berry C, Farina L, Sigler L, Wellehan JFX, Roehrl MHA, Heard D. Computed tomography of granulomatous pneumonia with oxalosis in an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) associated with Metarhizium anisopliae var. anisopliae. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2011 (in press).