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Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – February/March 2017

April 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – February/March 2017


  • Our Resident, Israa Laklouk, MD had the following abstract ” Diagnostic Implication of ThyroSeq Sequencing Assay on Thyroid Nodules with FNA Cytology Diagnosis of Bethesda III: Atypia of Undetermined Significance versus Follicular Lesion of Undetermined Significance ” authors: Israa Laklouk, Mahmoud L Soliman, Dhay Kamel, Huihong Xu, Sandra Cerda; selected for a Poster Presentation  at the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology’s (USCAP) 106th Annual Meeting, March 4 – 10, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas
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    • Lawreen H. Connors, PhD and Frederick L. Ruberg, MD presented “Transthyretin-associated (ATTR) cardiomyopathy: A not uncommon, rare disease” at BUSM Department of Medicine Medical Grand Rounds on Feb. 17, 2017
    • Carolina Lyon de Ana, a current Masters student in Dr. Susan Winandy’s Lab and Bo Shao, a technician with Dr. Maria Panchenko’s Lab were both accepted into BU’s PhD PIBS Program! Congratulations!!
    • Dr. Ivana Delalle News:
      • On March 24 Dr. Delalle gave an invited lecture at the Croatian Institute for Brain Research (CIBR) on “The brain expression of novel genes implicated in AD and low hippocampal volume”
      • She also presented her group’s latest work at AD/PD International Meeting in Vienna, March 29 – April 2: “Protein expression of low hippocampal volume- associated risk allele candidate MSRB3 in AD” by Stephanie L Adams1, Laurent Benayoun1, Jayandra J. Himali­­2,3, Kathy Tilton1,  Sudha Seshadri2,3, and Ivana Delalle1,31Pathology, Boston University School of Medicine; 2Framingham Heart Study, Boston University School of Public Health; 3Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
      • Dr. Delalle has also been invited to give a talk at the 3rd Annual Next Generation Sequencing & Single Cell Analysis Congress, scheduled for 23 – 24 October 2017 in Boston. The title of her talk will be: “Extracellular vesicles microRNA (EV miRNA) as Bipolar Disorder (BD) Biomarkers”, based on her senior author paper published ahead of print on February
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    • Jessica (Allen) Ritter, PhD (Caroline Genco Lab) successfully defended her Thesis, “Induction of Human Macrophage Cell Death by Neisseria gonorrhoeae” on March 10th, 2017. BRAVO!!
    • Elizabeth Moses, PhD (Spira/Lenburg Lab) successfully defended her Thesis, “Characterizing the Airway Epithelium following Chemical Exposure: Molecular Alterations and their Potential Utility in the Treatment of Lung Disease” on March 21st, 2017. HOORAY!!
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    • News for Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk:
      • Dr. Nikolajczyk gave a talk at the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, 2017
      • She also presented for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, Austin, MN, Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, 2017
      • Dr. Nikolajczyk also received a Grant Title; “Does salt drive a human immune profile in a mouse model of obesity?” from the Boston University Nutrition and Obesity Research Consortium
    • Dr. David Sherr along with Dr. Stefano Monti and presenting work of Amy Li, gave an invited talk at the Clinical and Translational and Sciences Institute Symposium about development of a high throughput genomic platform to identifying which of the 84,000 chemicals in our environment are carcinogens.

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    • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. – was invited to teach a webinar for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Health Professions , Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, on March 27 “Improved technology for microbial identification: challenges and lessons learned”
    • Welcome New Residents!:              
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    • International American University
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    • Kazakh National Medical University
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    • FASEB Capitol Hill Day 2017
          • On March 9, 2017 scientists from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. to participate in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Capitol Hill day. The purpose of the day was to advocate for federal funding for research, which includes the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and other agencies.
          • The group met with congressional staff from the offices of our Representatives and Senators. During these meetings we emphasized the importance of research funding that drives scientific discoveries by sharing individual stories. We also emphasized how these scientific advances improve the care of patients and health of the nation. Information was provided about the positive economic impact of NIH and NSF funding for each state and congressional district.
          • Our specific request was to have research funded to the full amount in the 2017 budget. Since the federal government currently operates under a continuing resolution, NIH has been withholding 10% from grants until the budget has been finalized.
          • The Massachusetts representatives all strongly supported research funding. However, they were also pessimistic given the current political climate in Washington DC, even though there is strong bipartisan support for research.
          • This pessimism was justified when the White House released the first version of their budget, which calls for cutting the NIH budget by $5.8 billion, or 18%.
          • The Massachusetts delegation included Laura Coleman representing the American Society for Nutrition, Shoumita Dasgupta and Daniel Remick from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, Ming Ming Ning from Massachusetts General Hospital and Hanno Steen from Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Derek Scholes the Director of Scientific Policy for the American Society of Human Genetics escorted us throughout the day.

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        • Publications ACCEPTED:
          • Leena P. Bharath, Blanche C. Ip, Barbara S. Nikolajczyk  Manuscript accepted into: “Adaptive immunity and metabolic health: harmony becomes dissonant in obesity and aging” Comprehensive Physiology
          • Woodworth, M., E.M. Neish, N. S. Miller, Tanvi Dhere, E.M. Burd, Cynthia Carpentieri, K. L. Sitchenko, and C.S. Kraft. Laboratory Testing of Donors and Stool for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent C. difficile Infection. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. Epub ahead of print 2017 Jan 11. doi:10.1128/JCM.02327-16. PMID: 28077694.
        • Publications PUBLISHED:
          • Chan GG, Koch CM, and Connors LH:  Blood proteomic profiling in inherited (ATTRm) and acquired (ATTRwt) forms of transthyretin-associated cardiac amyloidosis. J Proteome Res. 2017 Feb 14. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.6b00998. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28196416
          • Arvanitis M, Koch CM, Chan GG, Torres-Arancivia C, LaValley MP, Jacobson DR, Berk JL, Connors LH, Ruberg FL:  Identification of Transthyretin Cardiac Amyloidosis Using Serum Retinol-Binding Protein 4 and a Clinical Prediction Model.  JAMA Cardiol. 2017 Feb 8. doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2016.5864. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 28196196
          • Wang Z, Monti S, DH S. The diverse and important contributions of the AHR to cancer and cancer immunity. Curr Opinion Toxicol. 2017 ;
          • Blandine Bustamante Helfrich, MD, MPH, Nymisha Chilukuri, BSc, Huan He, PhD, MHS, MMgt, Sandra R. Cerda, MD, Xiumei Hong, MD, PhD, Guoying Wang, MD, PhD, Colleen Pearson, BA, Irina Burd, MD, Xiaobin Wang, MD, MPH, ScD. “DOI:Maternal vascular malperfusion of the placental bed associated with hypertensive disorders in the Boston Birth Cohort”




        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – December 2016/January 2017

        February 1st, 2017 in Uncategorized

        Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – December 2016/January 2017

        • Announcements:
            • The Pathology Residency and Cytopathology Fellowship Programs, are proud to announce the ACGME’s decision for the Continued Accreditation for both programs.  Congratulations and thanks to everyone for a job well done!
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              • Dr. Grace Zhao reported; “Congratulations, your Mallory Project is approved with a total budget of $6925. The approved budget is over the budget cap of $5000 because of the potential to expand the IHC list of stains within the Department”
              • Dr. Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa was invited to be a member of the scientific steering committee for the 10th International Symposium on Shiga Toxin (Verocytotoxin) Producing E.coli Infections (VTEC 2018) to be held in Florence, Italy in May 2018
              • Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes’s Mallory Proposal has been approved. The Department has provided funds for two medical students to participate in the 8 summer fellowship through the Mallory funds
              • Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk presented at the following:
                • Endocrinology Grand Rounds, Boston University School of Medicine, Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, November 14 2016
                • Endocrinology Grand Rounds, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, December 13, 2016
              • Dr. Daniel  Remick presented in December:
                • Grand Rounds Speaker, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, “Traumatic Brain Injury Augments Host Defenses”
                • Grand Rounds Speaker, Boston Medical Center, Department of Internal Medicine, “Sepsis: A Moving Target”
              • Dr. Daniel Remick in January:
                • The Houston Methodist Hospital held their first Annual Pathology Research Day on Saturday, January 14th. First year pathology residents presented posters and the upper year residents and fellows each gave 5-7 minute presentation on their projects. Dr. Remick was the Keynote Speaker and gave the talk “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Augments Innate Immunity”
              • Jason Sutin, PhD (Off-Site at MGH Franceschini Lab) successfully defended his Thesis, “Development of a Novel Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy Platform for Neuromonitoring Cerebal Blood Flow and Oxygen Metabolism: From Novel Concepts and Devices to Preclinical Live Animal Studies” Fall 2016, BRAVO!!
              • Barbara Nikolajczyk, PhD received a $20,000.00 grant titled “Inflammation in type 1 diabetes” from Boston University CTSI
              • Dr. Nikolajczyk will also be a reviewer on two NIH panels in Feb:
                • Cellular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity Study Section, Ad-hoc (2017)
                • NIDDK Fellowship and Conflict Study Section, Ad-hoc (2017)
                • New People:
                  • The Nikolajczyk Lab has added Joseph Lee, Masters in Nutrition student
            • Publications ACCEPTED:
              • Mahmoud L Soliman, MD PhD, Ashish Tiwari, MD, Grace Zhao MD, PhD “Coexisting tubular adenoma with a high-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma of colon allowing early surgical intervention and implicating a shared stem cell origin.” The World Journal of Gastroenterology
              • Li C, Wang D, Lv X, Jing R, Bi B, Chen X, Guo J, Wang F, Sun S, Azadzoi KM, Yang JH: Yersinia pestis acetyltransferase-mediated dual acetylation at the serine and lysine residues enhances the auto-ubiquitination of ubiquitin ligase MARCH8 in human cells. Cell Cycle (accepted for publication)
              • Nicholas DA, Proctor EA, Raval FM, Ip BC, Habib C, Ritou E, Grammatopoulos TN, Steenkamp D, Dooms H, Apovian CM, Lauffenburger DA and Nikolajczyk BS. 2017. Advances in the Quantification of Mitochondrial Function in Primary Human Immune Cells through Extracellular Flux Analysis (Accepted, PLOS ONE)
            • Publications PUBLISHED:
            • The Department’s strategic plan included increasing our academic stature. To achieve this the guidelines for Mallory Research Projects were sent to the faculty. There was an excellent response and the following Mallory proposals were funded in the Fall of 2016.
              1. Cell cycle regulator JADE1 protein: a novel marker of colon cancer in humans
                1. Drs. Panchenko, O’Brien and Tan
              2. Defining gene programs regulated by Ikaros in T cells
                1. Drs. Winandy and Lee
              3. Validation of Maspin/VHL immunostain for distinguishing carcinoma from reactive atypia in pancreas
                1. Drs. Tan, Yang, and Zha
              4. Local Release of Substance P after mild traumatic brain injury primes the host to survive a subsequent pathogen challenge
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            Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – November 2016

            December 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized

            Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – November 2016

            • Announcements:
              • Dr. Shinichiro Kurosawa has been reappointed to the Boston University Laboratory Safety Committee. The term of his appointment is through December 31, 2018
              • Dr. Chris Andry has had his appointment extend as Chair of the Boston University Laboratory Safety Committee. The term of his extension is through December 31, 2018
              • Jacquelyn Sikora Hanson, PhD (Lawreen Connors Lab) successfully defended her Thesis, “Transthyretin gene regulation in wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis” on November 21st, 2016, BRAVO!!
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              • Dr. Sikora Hanson’s Defense Dissertation
              •                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jacquelyn’s Thesis Committee: Dr. Vickery Trinkaus-Randall,
              • Dr. Lawreen Connors (PI), new Dr. Sikora Hanson and Dr. David Sherr              
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            • Shark Tank Winners. The Cancer Center held a retreat on November 29th that featured a “Shark Tank” styled competition for research funds. Prior to the retreat faculty were asked to submit brief proposals and the top 4 proposals were selected for presentation. During lunch each group had 5 minutes to make their pitch to the Sharks on the expert panel. David Sherr and Dan Remick submitted a proposal AHR Inhibitors as Novel Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors.  Their idea was selected as the winner. Portions of the funds will be used for processing specimens in the Ex+.



              Publications ACCEPTED:

              • Hot Off the Presses: The manuscript below has been accepted for publication in Neuropsychiatric Genetics.  While the first four authors worked in Dr. Ivana Delalle’s laboratory, it is really a multi-institutional effort that Dr. Delalle was fortunate to lead.  “Exosomal miR-149 and miR-29c as Candidates for Bipolar Disorder Biomarkers” by Jason L. Choi1, Patricia F. Kao1, Elena Itriago1, Yougen Zhan1, James A. Kozubek2, Andrew G. Hoss3, Meredith G. Banigan4, Charles R. Vanderburg4, Amir H. Rezvani5, Jeanne C. Latourelle3, Howard Cabral6, and Ivana Delalle1#; 1Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118; 2Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA 02142; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 02112; 3Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118; 4Advanced Tissue Resource Center, Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center, Charlestown, MA 02129; 5Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC 27710; 6Department of Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health and Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Boston, MA, 02118

              Publications PUBLISHED:

                The Department has been actively engaged in biobanking initiatives for several years. These important biobanking projects provide specimens to several investigators to help understand the basic mechanisms of disease. Banking these specimens also honors the patients’ wishes to provide tissue for research.On behalf of the patients who donated biospecimens, and investigators who use the biospecimens, thank you. Your efforts ensure that pathology provides high quality biospecimens.Here is the impressive list of current and recent projects, including the pathology personnel that are participating in each project.

                Biobanking grants in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

                • 2016-2018: Thrombosis in Cancer Patients (TCP). Pre-analytic Variables that May Impact Standardization,
                • NCI. Contract award HHSN261200800001E  – $1.4M total cost
                • PI: Dr. Andry.
                • Co-I: Drs. Stearns-Kurosawa, Kurosawa, Henderson, Sloane, & Ms. Duffy, Sun
                • Other personnel: Cheryl Spencer, Morgan Thompson


                •  2016-2017: Boston Medical Center Biospecimen Source Site for the Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC)
                • NCI contract HHSN261201600011I – $89,229.07.
                • PI: Dr. Andry
                • Co-I: Henderson
                • Other personnel: Spencer, Kim, Chen


                • 2011-2017: Detection of Early Lung Cancer Among Military Personnel (DE-CAMP), pulmonary
                • Department of Defense W81XWH-11-2-0161 – $2,378,826
                • PI: Avrum Spira, M.D.
                •  Co-I: Remick, Pistey
                • Other personnel: Spencer


                • 2016-present: Framingham Heart Study Biospecimen Core
                •  Lab Director – Dr. Henderson


                • 2014-2016: Biospecimen Source Site for Cancer Human Biospecimens (caHUB).
                • NCI. Biospecimen Preanalytical Variables Program 11XS1007T1 – $332,508
                • Co-I: Drs. Pistey, Henderson
                • Other personnel: Spencer, Duffy


                • 2014-2015: Biospecimen Source Site for the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI)
                • Biospecimen procurement contract – $14,600
                • PI: Dr. Andry
                • Other personnel: Bondzie, Spencer


                • 2013-2015: Tissue Source Site for The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA)
                • NCI. Initial Task Order 13XS114 – $15,350
                • PI: Dr. Andry
                • Co-I: Henderson
                • Other personnel: Spencer, Mei Cao

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – October 2016

                November 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – October 2016

                • Announcements:
                  • Nancy S. Miller, MD led a discussion and tour of the BMC Clinical Microbiology Laboratory for participants of the International Infectious Disease Symposium, October 13, The tour was part of a 3-day BUSM CME conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases that hosted pulmonologists and infectious diseases physicians visiting from the Middle East.
                  • Miller, MD was the ASM Distinguished Lecturer at the Fall Meeting of the Western New York branch of the American Society for Microbiology, Buffalo, NY, October 25, 2016. Her topic was diagnostic clinical mycology: “Fungal Fest: Challenges, conundrums, and lessons learned.”
                  • Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD presented her team’s work entitled “Identity and Mechanisms of Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, on October 24, 2016
                  • Daniel Remick, MD, organized a workshop for the 8th International Congress of the International Federation of Shock Societies held October 3 – 5 in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop was titled: Immunopathology of Traumatic Brain Injury.
                  • Remick also gave a presentation: “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury but not Tail Trauma Augments Pulmonary Clearance of Substance P”
                  • Daniel Remick, MD, was also invited to give a presentation at the 8th International Congress of the International Federation of Shock Societies in Tokyo, Japan titled: “Understanding the Heterogeneity of the Host Response to Infection May Direct Therapy”
                  • Mostafa Belghasem, PhD presented two posters at BU’s Annual Evans Days 2016 Meeting, October 13 & 14, 2016:
                    • “Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor signaling is an in vivo targetable antithrombotic pathway and it correlates with thrombosis in humans” Mostafa Belghasem, Moshe Shashar, Jamaica Siwak, Faisal Alousi, Joel Henderson, Anqi Zhang, Jean Francis, Vijaya B. Kolachalama, Vipul Chitalia.
                    • “CHIP: A Novel Target For Thrombosis” Moshe Shashar, Mostafa Belghasem, Shinobu Matsuura, Faisal Alousi, Keshab Raji, Jean Francis, Vijaya Kolachalama, Joel Henderson, Mercedes Balcells, Kumaran Kolandaivelu, Katya Ravid, Vipul Chitalia
                  • Keith Keller, Masters Student in the Henderson Lab has been selected to participate in Kidney STARS 2016 program organized by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN). Keith also received a travel grant from ASN to attend Kidney Week 2016
                  • The Kurosawa Lab welcomes Daniel Buhl a master’s student coming to their lab from the University of Heidelberg in Germany from November – February
                  • Daniel Remick, MD, just completed a four term of service as a Section Editor for the Journal of Immunology
                • Publications: ACCEPTED:
                  • Xueping Fan, Hongying Yang, Sudhir Kumar, Kathleen Tumelty, Anna Pisarek-Horowitz, Hila Milo Rasouly, Richa Sharma, Stefanie Chan, Edyta Tyminski, Michael Shamashkin, Mostafa Belghasem, Joel Henderson, Anthony Coyle, David J. Salant, Stephen Berasi, Weining Lu. “SLIT2-ROBO2 signaling pathway inhibits non-muscle myosin IIA activity and destabilizes kidney podocyte adhesion.” Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight; Accepted Oct 2016

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – September 2016

                September 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – September 2016

                • Announcements:
                  • Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Pathology PhD Candidate in Dr. Demetrious Vavvas’s Lab (off-site at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) has been selected to be a Fall 2016 fellow of the MIT IMPACT program. It is  a career development program for post-doctoral and advanced pre-doctoral trainees (here is a good website for the details; Ahmad applied last June; he interviewed and was accepted over the Summer. Ahmad started his first session Tuesday, September 13th
                  • From Sandra Cerda, Cytology Fellowship Director, as of July 2016… “Accordingly, the Residency Review Committee for Pathology, functioning in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), has removed previous citations for the following program: Cytopathology Boston University Medical Center Program/Boston University Medical Center” Bravo!!!
                  • Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD was an invited speaker at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Department of Pharmacology, “Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes,” September 14, 2016
                  • Dr Sandra Cerda collaborated with the Endocrine Department in an abstract selected for poster presentationat the 86th Annual Meeting of the AMerican Thyroid Association in Denver, Colorado from September 21 – 25, 2016: “Large Independent Prospective Study to Evaluate the Performances of ThyroSeq2 ® Multigene Next Generation Sequencing Panel Analysis on Cancer Diagnosis in Thyroid Nodules with Indeterminate Cytopathology.” Toraldo Gianluca MD, Godley Frederick A MD, Cerda Sandra  R MD, Doherty Gerard MD, Braverman Lewis MD, Lee Stephanie MD
                  • Nader Rahimi, PhD was invited to give a lecture at the Department Pathology, Boston Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School on September 22, 2016. The title of his lecture was “Adhesion signaling in tumor growth and angiogenesis”
                  • Nancy S. Miller, MD was the invited speaker at the Boston area Microbiology Supervisors Meeting at Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain on September 28th Dr. Miller presented “GPC Potpourri – a collection of pesky staph and streps”
                  • Dr. Miller will also be the ASM Distinguished Lecturer at the Fall Meeting of the New York City branch of the American Society for Microbiology, NYC, October 7, 2016. Dr. Miller will present “From the bench: Challenges, conundrums, and lessons learned in this era of improved microbial identification”
                  • CAP 2016:
                    • Lei Li, Dr. Sandra Cerda, Dr. Reine Gedeon and Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes had an abstract accepted for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 25th-28th 2016 titled; “Acrania Without Anencephaly In The Presence Of Amniotic Band Syndrome;” Lei Li, MD, PhD., Sandra Cerda, M.D., Reine Gedeon, M.D., and Carmen Sarita-Reyes, MD
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                    • Also presented at CAP: Israa Laklouk, MD, Mahmoud Soliman, MDRobert Pistey, MD, and Sandra Cerda, MD; “Primary Unresectable Locally Invasive Right Atrial Paraganglioma Presenting with Chest Pain”  Presented in CAP 2106
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                    • Soliman was quite busy at CAP, he also presented; Mahmoud L Soliman, MD, PhD, Sandra Cerda MD, Huihong Xu MD, “An Invasive Moderately Differentiated Adenocarcinoma incidentally identified in Perforated Diverticulitis with Abscess Formation”  Presented in CAP 2106
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                  • Welcome to our two new Masters Students:
                  • SubhaSinghSubha Singh joins us directly as a McNair Scholars Fellow from the University of New Hampshire:
                  • Rawan picRawan Tahboub is already an accomplished physician finishing in the top of her class at Jordan University of Science and Technology:
                • Publications: ACCEPTED:
                  • Elizabeth Moses, Teresa Wang, Sean Corbett, George R Jackson, Eduard Drizik, Catalina Perdomo, Claudia Perdomo, Eric Kleerup, Daniel Brooks, George O’Connor, Steven Dubinett, Patrick Hayden, Marc E. Lenburg, and Avrum Spira. “Molecular impact of electronic cigarette aerosol exposure in human bronchial epithelium.” Accepted to Toxicological Sciences.
                • Publications: PUBLISHED:
                  • Hafida, S, Mirshahi, T, Nikolajczyk BS. 2016. The impact of bariatric surgery on inflammation: quenching the fire of obesity? Current Opin Endocrinol, Diab and Obesity. 23:373-8. PMID: 27455515
                  • Nicholas DA, Andrieu G, Strissel KJ, Nikolajczyk BS, Denis GV. 2016. BET bromodomain proteins and epigenetic regulation of inflammation: implications for type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. Cell Mol Life Sci. (In Press). PMID: 27491296
                  • Moshe S, Siwak J, Tapan U, Lee SY, Meyer RD, Parrack P, Tan J, Khatami F, Francis J, Zhao Q, Hartshorn K, Kolachalama VB, Rahimi N, Chitalia V. c-Cbl mediates the degradation of tumorigenic nuclear β-catenin contributing to the heterogeneity in Wnt activity in colorectal tumors. Oncotarget. 2016 Sep 20. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.12107

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – August 2016

                September 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – August 2016

                • Announcements:
                  • Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa was named as a co-inventor with Dr. Ekinci and co-workers in the BU Mechanical Engineering department on the provisional patent submission entitled  METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ANTIBIOTIC SUSCEPTIBILITY TESTING BASED ON FLUCTUATIONS OF ELECTRICAL RESISTANCE IN A MIRCROCHANNEL
                  • Joel Henderson is now the Laboratory Director for the Framingham Heart Study; he is responsible for the FHS clinical laboratory and the FHS biobank which holds over 1.4 million specimens.
                  • Israa Lakloud and Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes had an abstract presented at the AHR 2016  Conference at the University of Rochester. An AHR-mediated Positive Feedback Loop that Enforces Cell Migration in Triple Negative Human Breast Cancer Cells; Olga Novikov1 , Zhongyan Wang1 , Elizabeth A. Stanford1, Ashley J. Parks1, Alejandra Ramirez- Cardenas1, Esther Landesman1, Israa Laklouk2, Carmen Sarita-Reyes2, Daniel Gusenleitner3, Amy Li3, Stefano Monti3, Sara Manteiga4, Kyongbum Lee4 and David H. Sherr1 1Boston University School of Public Health, 2Boston University School of Medicine, 3Boston University Division of Computational Biomedicine, 4Tufts University School of Engineering
                  • Tim Norman, PhD Candidate/Fine Lab received a $1500 scholarship from Jackson Labs to attend their 25th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer – August 20 – 27, 2016.  The course included both seminars and hands-on workshops focused on patient-derived xenografts, single cell sequencing, and bioinformatics
                  • Max Vaickus, second year MS student in the Remick Lab was selected for a Travel Award and a Young Investigator’s Presentation at the 39th Annual Conference on Shock this past June down in Austin, Texas.  Max’s talk was titled: “Mild traumatic brain injury mobilizes Mesenchymal Stromal Cells into circulation, role of Substance P?”
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                  • SHOCK President, Dr. Rosemary Kozar, Max Vaickus and Dr. Daniel Remick at the 2016 SHOCK Conference
                  • Lois Bayigga, MS, one of our recent graduates, has just been awarded the MUII Wellcome Trust Scholarship. The program is Makerere University Infection and Immunity program (MUII). It is funded by Wellcome Trust of the U.K. It offers a 3 year PhD scholarship. It is based at Makerere University in Uganada and allows collaboration with universities in the north. Lois will be collaborating with Dr.  Deborah Anderson on her PhD project so she will be returning to Boston to do some of her work. Bravo Lois!
                  • Susan Winandy has just finished serving on the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee.
                  • One of BU STaRs students, Erika Banuelos, under the tutelage of John Kim in the Remick Lab, present her program culmination poster titled “Inhibitory IgG Interferes with Macrophage Killing of Bacteria via the Fc-FcR pathway” on Wednesday, August 11th
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                  • Erika Banuelos and Dr. John Kim the 2016 at STaRs Presentation
                  • The NIH/NIDDK STEP UP grant awardee Justin Cho, from Williams College, finished his summer internship training in the Panchenko Lab. Justin successfully presented his project at the STEP UP NIH conference in a poster as well as oral presentation on August 1, 2016
                  • Yazdan Shaik-Dasthagirisaheb, who the BU community knows as Basha, joined the Nikolajczyk Lab on August 15 as a Research Assistant Professor of Microbiology. Welcome Basha!
                  • Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD presented her team’s research in a seminar entitled “Defining inflammation in human obesity and type 2 diabetes” at Vanderbilt University August 16
                • Publications: ACCEPTED:
                  • Juan R. Mella, MD, MPH; Evan Chiswick, PhD; David Stepien, MD, PhD; Rituparna Moitra, PhD; Elizabeth R. Duffy, MA; Arthur Stucchi, PhD; Daniel Remick, MD; “Antagonism of the Neurokinin-1 Receptor Improves Survival in a Mouse Model of Sepsis by Decreasing Inflammation and Increasing Early Cardiovascular Function”. Accepted to Critical Care Medicine
                  • Terry Hsieh, Max H. Vaickus, Thor D. Stein, Bethany L. Lussier, Jiyoun Kim, David M. Stepien, Elizabeth R. Duffy, Evan L. Chiswick, Daniel G. Remick; “The Role of Substance P in Pulmonary Clearance of Bacteria in Comparative Injury Models.” Accepted to American Journal of Pathology
                • Publications: PUBLISHED:
                  • Zhao Z, Azad R, Yang JH, Siroky MB, Azadzoi KM. Progressive changes in detrusor function and micturition patterns with chronic bladder ischemia. Investig Clin Urol. 2016 Jul;57(4):249-59
                  • Panchenko MV. “Structure, function and regulation of jade family PHD finger 1 (JADE1)”. 2016 Sep 1. PMID: 27155521
                  • Huihong Xu and Daniel G Remick;“Pathology: A Satisfying Medical Profession.” Academic Pathology, Volume 3: 1-4
                  • Olga Novikov, Zhongyan Wang , Elizabeth A. Stanford, Ashley J. Parks, Alejandra Ramirez- Cardenas, Esther Landesman, Israa Laklouk, Carmen Sarita-Reyes, Daniel Gusenleitner, Amy Li, Stefano Monti, Sara Manteiga, Kyongbum Lee and David H. Sherr; “An Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor-mediated Amplification Loop that Enforces Cell Migration in ER-/PR-/Her2- Human Breast Cancer Cells”; Molecular Pharmacology Fast Forward. Published on August 29, 2016 as DOI: 10.1124/mol.116.105361

                Pathology and Laboratory Medicine New News – July 2016

                August 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized

                 Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – July 2016

                • Announcements:
                  • Dhay Kamel, one of our recent resident graduates and our new Cytology Fellow, just passed her AP & CP exams successfully! She is now board certified; CONGRATULATIONS Dhay!!
                  • Martin Steinbuck, PhD (Susan Winandy Lab) successfully defended his Thesis, “NOVEL T-CELL RECEPTOR MEDIATED MECHANISMS OF NOTCH ACTIVATION AND SIGNALING” on July 18th, 2016, BRAVO!!
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                  • Newly implemented Departmental Teaching Awards were given at this year’s Castle Graduation Dinner in June, however some recipients were unable to attend the dinner and were presented their awards at alternate times.
                  • The committee-driven criteria for the student awards are; collegiality, sharing with fellow-students, knowledge, skills, kindness; Leadership, positive attitude, problem solving, initiatives for improvements; Growth in professional skills, aptitudes and attitudes over the year and being a good team worker, helping others, as well as guiding juniors. The measures for the faculty awards were based on student feedback
                  • Bestowed to:
                  • On the Research-Side:
                    • Mostafa Belghasem, MD, PhD: The Excellence Award 2016 (Student/Resident Award) (given at a Henderson Lab meeting)
                    • Krzysztof Blusztajn, PhD: Residents Teaching Award 2016 (Faculty Award) (presented at a recent Faculty Meeting)
                  • Tim Norman’s, PhD Candidate (Alan Fine Lab) F31 application from NHLBI titled “Origin, maturation, & regeneration of pulmonary lymphatic endothelium” scored in the 14th percentile. Tim wants to thank Drs. Carter Cornwall, David Atkinson, Andy Henderson, Chris Gable and Chelsea Epler for their help through BU’s Best Grant Writing Seminar
                  • Annual Association of Pathology Chairs Meeting, San Diego, CA; July 2016:
                    • Daniel Remick, MD gave a talk at the Pathology Leadership Academy in San Diego on July 11, 2016, “Unique Leadership Challenges in the Research Mission”
                    • Remick also, organized a workshop at the 2016 Association of Pathology Chairs Meeting in San Diego, “Biorepository Management Workshop”.
                    • In addition Remick moderated the Research Committee session at the Association of Pathology Chairs in San Diego, “You Won’t Believe Your Eyes – 21st Century Optics in Pathology”
                    • Carmen Sarita-Reyes participated in the course offered by the Association of Pathology Chairs titled “Pathology Leadership Academy” in Coronado, CA July 11-12 2016. This course was offered to only 50 participants selected by their respective Chairs
                    • Erin Brooks, MD, University of Wisconsin; David Kindelberger, MD, Boston University; Carmen D. Sarita-Reyes, MD, Boston University presented a Discussion Group titled “Strategies for Maximizing Early Medical Student Exposure to Pathology” at the Association of Pathology Chairs national meeting in San Diego, CA on July 13th 2016.
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                • Dr. Carmen Sarita-Reyes shared that our fellow Brandon Hayse completed our first Boston University School of Medicine Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Fellowship from May 23rd – July 8th 2016 that is offered to 1st year medical students at BUSM. We wanted to thank the department for their support. 
                • Jacquelyn Sikora Hanson, PhD Candidate (Lawreen Connors Lab)presented a poster at the International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Uppsala, Sweden on July 5 entitled “Transthyretin and retinol-binding protein serum concentrations are prognostic and survival indicators in wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis.” The authorship was the following: Jacquelyn LS Hanson, Clarissa M Koch, Marios Arvanitis, Gloria G Chan, Frederick L Ruberg, Tatiana Prokaeva, Lawreen H Connors
                • Jacquelyn Sikora Hanson also received a Travel Award from GMS to attend the International Symposium on Amyloidosis in Sweden
                • Additional Posters/Presentations from the Connors Lab at the XVth Amyloidosis Symposium in Sweden, July 2016, include:
                  • ALBase:  an updated and improved platform to study immunoglobulin light chain sequences. A Bhutkar, B Spencer, G Chan, LH Connors, T Prokaeva
                  • Proteomic blood profiling in inherited (ATTR-FAC) and acquired (ATTRwt) forms of transthyretin-associated cardiac amyloidosis. GG Chan, CM Koch, LH Connors
                  • Serum proteomic variability associated with clinical phenotype in familial transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTRm). LH Connors, CM Koch, GG Chan
                  • Retinol-binding protein 4, a natural binding partner of transthyretin, is an indicator of differing pathobiologies in ATTRm and ATTRwt cardiac amyloidosis.  LH Connors, CM Koch, GG Chan
                  • Histological characterization of localized amyloidosis tissues.  HL Cui, LH Connors, T Prokaeva, M Skinner, CJ O’Hara
                  • Transthyretin and retinol-binding protein serum concentrations are prognostic and survival indicators in wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTRwt). JLS Hanson, CM Koch, GG Chan, T Prokaeva, LH Connors
                  • Quantitation of tissue amyloid by novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging T2 relaxation sequences. N Hua, JE Ward, V Shibad, G Yee, LH Connors, H Jara, DC Seldin, JA Hamilton
                  • AL amyloidosis cell model expressing patient-derived immunoglobulin light and heavy chains. ES Klimtchuk, TB Prokaeva, BH Spencer, LH Connors
                  • Heavy light chain test quantifies clonal plasma cell disease in patients with AL amyloidosis and low serum free light chain burden.  T Prokaeva, B Spencer, F Sun, N McConnell, RM O’Hara, DC Seldin, LH Connors, V Sanchorawala
                  • A new and unusual transthyretin mutant, duplication of TTR codons 51 and 52 (Glu51_Ser52dup), associated with severely aggressive familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy. B Spencer, JL Berk, E Klimtchuk, P SooHoo, T Prokaeva, LH Connors
                  • Cytogenetic abnormalities in patients with newly diagnosed AL amyloidosis. H Yameen, JM Sloan, C Varga, JC Lee, CJ O’Hara, V Sanchorawala
                  • Familial wild-type transthyretin cardiomyopathy.  MD Benson, JL Berk, LH Connors
                • Barb Nikolajczyk will serve as Lead Organizer for the FASEB Conference “Immunological Aspects of Obesity” held in Big Sky Montana July 31- Aug. 5
                • Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD also presented “Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes” at the San Antonio Health Sciences Center Department of Microbiology and Immunology in July 2016.  Dr. Liz Leadbetter, an alum of the BUSM PhD program, hosted the speaker visit
                • Publications: ACCEPTED:
                  • Huihong Xu, MD, and Daniel G. Remick MD; “Pathology – A Satisfying Medical Profession” has been recently accepted by Academic Pathology Journal
                  • Samar Hafida, Tooraj Mirshahi, and Barbara S. Nikolajczyk,The Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Inflammation: Quenching the Fire of Obesity? In Press at Current Opinion in Endocrinology and Diabetes for Oct. 2016 publication
                • Publications: PUBLISHED:

                Pathology and Laboratory Medicine New News – June 2016

                June 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized

                Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items – June 2016


                Congratulations to our Graduating Fellow, Residents and Graduate Students:


                • Anita Deshpande, MD; Moving into a Faculty Position at Melrose-Wakefield – Hallmark Pathology PC
                • Yanli Ding, MD; Going to Renal Path at Brigham & Women’s Hospital
                • Dhay Kamel, MD; Stepping in to our Cytopathology Fellowship – BMC
                • Anita Malek, MD; Moving on to New York Presbyterian – Hematopathology Fellowship
                • Yue Sun, MD; Going on to New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Surg Path Fellowship

                Graduate Students:

                • Parul Agnihotri, PhD; Seeking a postdoc position in academia or industry
                • Lois Bayigga, MS; Moved back to Uganda and plans to enter a PhD Program
                • Mostafa Belghasem, PhD, MA; Moved into a position within the department
                • Evan Catudal, MS; Currently employed at the Boston Heart Diagnostics in Framingham, MA as a Medical Technologist. He is working on validating new clinical diagnostic assays for predicting cardiovascular disease risk. Evan is also enrolled as a part-time student in the M.S. in Clinical Investigation program at BUSM beginning in the Fall
                • Atsushi Ebata, PhD; Seeking a postdoc position
                • Terry Hseih, MD/PhD; Gone back to medical school
                • Melody Lun, MD/PhD; Gone back to medical school
                • Nicole Stauffer Smith, PhD; Seeking a postdoc position in academia or industry
                • Martin Steinbuck, PhD; Seeking a postdoc position in academia or industry
                • Ruoyu Tian, MS; Moving on to the Georgia Institute of Technology, PhD Biology Program

                Congratulations Graduating Resident, Yanli Ding for receiving the prestigious Robert Foley, MBA, Award. This honor is given annually to a resident or fellow who “demonstrates the qualities that Mr. Foley brought to work every day.”

                Newly implemented Departmental Teaching Awards were given at this year’s Castle Graduation Dinner

                • The committee-driven criteria for the student awards are; collegiality, sharing with fellow-students, knowledge, skills, kindness; Leadership, positive attitude, problem solving, initiatives for improvements; Growth in professional skills, aptitudes and attitudes over the year and being a good team worker, helping others, as well as guiding juniors
                • The measures for the faculty awards are based on student feedback
                • Bestowed to:
                  • On the Clinical-Side:
                    • Yue Sun, MD: The Excellence Award 2016 (Student/Resident Award)
                    • Grace Zhao, MD, PhD: Residents Teaching Award 2016 (Faculty Award)
                  • For the Research-Side:
                    • Not yet awarded, so these will be announced in the next New News Edition!

                  Daniel Remick, MD was invited to the 39th Annual Shock Society Meeting in Austin, Texas, June 11th -14th to give a presentation: “Interviewing Skills and CV Preparation that Stands Out

                  Daniel Remick, MD also organized a debate at the 39th Annual Shock Society Meeting titled “Is Coagulopathy an Appropriate Therapeutic Target During Critical Illness?”

                  Congratulations on passing the Qualifying Exams!

                  • Ahmad Al-Moujahed
                  • Greg Hall
                  • Thank you to the faculty members who serve on the Qualifying Exam Committee; Drs. Blusztajn, Delalle, Rahimi, Remick and Slack with a SPECIAL Thank You Barbara Slack, Chair of the Qualifying Exam Committee

                  Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD just received word of funding for a $2.95 million 5 year R01 from NIDCR entitled: “Roles for lymphocyte RANKL in periodontal complications of type 2 diabetes”

                  Ivana Delalle will be presenting the results of her team’s work at 11thEuropean Congress of Neuropathology (Bordeaux, France, 6-9 July 2016); “Subcellular changes in BIN1 protein expression in human cortex during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease”

                  Deborah Stearns-Kurosawa, PhD has received a re-appointment letter for the Boston University Dual Use Research Review Committee through June 30, 2019

                  Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD also spoke at the American Association of Diabetes Annual Meeting in New Orleans June 12. Session: Immunobiology of Type 2 Diabetes; Title: T cell Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

                  Publications: ACCEPTED:

                  • Juan R. Mella M.D., M.P.H., Evan Chiswick Ph.D., David Stepien, M.D., Ph.D., Rituparna Moitra Ph.D., Elizabeth R. Duffy M.A., Arthur Stucchi Ph.D., Daniel Remick M.D. Antagonism of the Neurokinin-1 Receptor Improves Survival in a Mouse Model of Sepsis by Decreasing Inflammation and Increasing Early Cardiovascular Function. Accepted Critical Care Medicine

                  Castle Graduation Celebration 2016

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                  Pathology and Laboratory Medicine New News – May 2016

                  June 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized

                  Pathology & Laboratory Medicine News Items  — May 2016

                  • Announcements:
                    • This year’s Lab Week 2016 was April 25th through 29th celebrating all that our lab people do each and every day!!! Thank you!!
                    • Congratulations 2016 Masters Degree Graduates, Lois Bayigga, Evan Catudal and Ruoyu Tian!!!
                    • Lois Bayigga, Lindy Joseph and Baby Ava - Graduation 2016
                    • Graduate Lois Bayigga with her surrogate Mama/Grandmama, Lindy Joseph, along with Lois’s two-month old Baby Ava, celebrating the occasion!
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                    • Masters Graduate Ruoyu Tian and  Program Coordinator, Mrs. Debra Kiley
                  • Lois Bayigga with Drs Anderson and Andry at graduation (2) 2016

                  Mentor, Dr. Deborah Anderson, Masters Graduate Lois Bayigga and Pathology Masters Program Director, Dr. Chris Andry

                    • Carmen D. Sarita –Reyes, MD attended, as a member, the National Board of Dental Examiners Microbiology-Pathology Test Construction Committee Meeting  from May 3rd-6th 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
                    • Terry Hsieh MD/PhD successfully Defended his Thesis, “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Augments the Innate Immune Response Through Neurokinin and Cholinergic Signalingon May 11, 2016. BRAVO!!
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                    • Newly Terry Hsieh, PhD and his Mentor Daniel Remick, Department Chair
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                    • Terry Defending His Thesis on May 11,2016
                    • Liz Moses, PhD Candidate/Spira Lab presented her research “Molecular Impact of Electronic Cigarette Exposure on Bronchial Airway Epithelium” in an oral presentation at the NIH Tobacco Regulatory Science Conference in Bethesda, MD, May 16-18
                    • Caitlin Miller, PhD Candidate/Gummuluru Lab spoke about her research in an oral presentation May 23rd-28th at the Cold Spring Harbor Conference on Retroviruses in Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The title of the talk is, “Vpr enhances HIV-1 infection of dendritic cells by alleviating a post-integration block to virus replication”
                    • Stephanie Adams,  OD/PhD Candidate/Delalle Lab was selected to give a platform presentation of the following work at the 92nd Annual 2016 AANP (American Association of Neuropathologists) Meeting in June, in Baltimore, MD: Adams S, Tilton K, Kozubek J, Seshadri S, and I Delalle: “Protein Expression of Low Hippocampal Volume Risk Allele Candidates MSRB3 and LEMD3 in Human CA1 Region During Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease”
                    • Barb Nikolajczyk, PhD has had a busy month:
                      • She hosted The Obesity Society Guest Symposium at the American Association of Immunologists meeting May 13-17 in Seattle, WA.  The symposium was entitled “Inflammation Fuels Obesity-Associated Cancers”
                      • Nikolajczyk was an invited Speaker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “Defining Inflammation in Human Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes”
                      • Barb Nikolajczyk, along with Dr. Lee Wetzler, also successfully organized the BU Inflammation Symposium May 23, held in Bakst Auditorium.  The Symposium, which we hope to be an annual event, included speakers from the Boston area and beyond. The attendance of over 90 participants represented multiple Boston academic institutions and indicated the broad interest in the topic. Sponsors included Thermofisher, Corning, The Training Program in Inflammatory Disorders, The Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, The Dept. of Microbiology, The Evans Foundation ARC Program, and the Sections of Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases and Nephrology in the Dept. of Medicine
                      • Hot Off the Presses: Barb Nikolajczyk’s R01 application “Roles for lymphocyte RANKL in periodontal complications of type 2 diabetes” has been approved for funding by the NIDCR
                    • Boston Medical Center has released a video to emphasize that some aspects of our care are excellent but that there are still areas of improvement.
                      • One portion of the video talks about pathology and the substantial impact of a timely report on the patient. Pathology did a quality improvement project to identify ways to decrease the amount of time necessary to render an accurate diagnosis on breast specimens. While this was a team effort, Charline Mack, David Kindelberger and Mike O’Brien deserve special recognition for their work and initiative on the project.
                      • Here is the video: Dan
                    • NEW FACES:
                      • A BU Undergraduate student, Rebecca Zeng, is working with our Pathology PhD Candidate, Mark Wojnarowicz, the Goldstein Lab through the UROP program for the summer
                      • The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine welcomes Brandon Hayse, 1styear medical student at BUSM, as our first fellow in our Summer Clerkship Fellowship in Pathology. Brandon will be rotating with us from May 23rd through July 15th 2016
                      • Please join us in welcoming our new residents starting July 1, 2016:
                      • Andrey Prilutskiy
                  •                    Andrey Prilutskiy
                    •          WeiWei (William) Shi
                    • WeiWei (William) Shi
                    •     Roghayeh Fazeli

                  Roghayeh Fazeli

                    • Jing Yang
                    •        Jing Yang
                      • Anna Macklin is a first year undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK.  Anna will be working with Gail Whitney assisting on a grant while she is here.
                      • Erika Banuelos, a sophomore year at Brown University, will be working with Dr. John Kim in the Remick Lab. She is a STaRS (Summer Training Research Scholar): summer research program student.
                      • Ivana Dellala’s Lab will have a student from Cornell (Biological Sciences ’19), Anant Sriram teaming with Stephanie Adams, Pathology OD/PhD Candidate
                      • A New Summer Student is joining Maria Panchenko’ s Lab. Justin Cho is currently a junior at Williams College, MA. He was awarded an NIH grant to pursue undergraduate research and is interested in the field of cell cycle regulation.
                      • Also in the Panchenko Lab is Bo Shao is a graduate student from Northeastern University. He will be getting his masters in pharmacology degree while continuing to investigate mechanisms of cytokinesis.
                      • Please welcome Ksenia (Casey) Arakcheeva, a research technician who has joined the Winandy Lab
                    • Nancy S. Miller, M.D. has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The ASM Distinguished Lecturer Program annually selects speakers for a 2-year term to lecture at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country.
                    • Dr. Miller has also been accepted to be a Contributor to the Document Development Committee on Quality Management Systems, CLSI QMS01, for the international Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute
                  • PUBLICATIONS ACCEPTED:
                    • Just accepted for publication in Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology (JNEN): Adams SL, Tilton K, Kozubek JA, Seshadri S, and Delalle I: “Subcellular changes in Bridging Integrator 1 (BIN1) protein expression in human cortex during progression of Alzheimer’s disease pathology”
                    • “Confirmation of translatability and functionality certifies the dual endothelin1/VEGFsp receptor (DEspR) protein” Victoria LM Herrera; Martin Steffen; Ann Marie Moran; Glaiza A Tan; Khristine A Pasion; Keith Rivera; Darryl J Pappin; Nelson Ruiz-Opazo; BMC Molecular Biology
                    • “Non-muscle Myosin-IIA is Critical for Podocyte F-actin Organization, Contractility and Attenuation of Cell Motility.” Philip A. Bondzie, Hui A. Chen, Mei Zhen Cao, Julie A. Tomolonis, Fangfang He, Martin R. Pollak and Joel M. Henderson.  Cytoskeleton (Accepted manuscript online: 27 MAY 2016 06:55PM EST).
                  • PUBLICATIONS PUBLISHED:

                  Pathology Writing Workshop – 2016

                  May 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized

                  Pathology Writing Workshop – 2016

                  The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine will hold a series of writing workshops. These workshops will help students, residents, and faculty prepare papers for submission to the peer-reviewed literature. This writing workshop is part of the strategic plan to improve the academic stature of the department and individual faculty. Additionally, pathology residents will be required to submit a draft of a manuscript to the attending pathologist based on her/his accepted abstract before being reimbursed for travel expenses. There is an expectation that all graduate students will have at least one first author publication prior to their thesis defense.

                  Format: Each writing workshop will be 30 minutes long and will be held from 12:10 to 12:40.

                  Target audience: Any member of the department (graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, resident or faculty) who wishes to enhance their scholarly activity will be encouraged to participate.

                  Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

                  Writing Workshops

                  Tuesdays, 12:10-12:40

                  670 Albany Street – 3rd Floor Conference Room

                  Starting July 19th through September 13th

                  • Workshop #1 (7/19): Using Bibliography Software – Endnote (Remick)
                  • Workshop #2 (7/26): Pre–writing- preparing the introduction (Remick)
                  • Workshop #3 (8/2): Writing the results section (Remick)
                  • Workshop #4 (8/9): How to prepare graphics part 1 (Kurosawa)
                  • Workshop #5 (8/16): Writing the methods section (Remick)
                  • Workshop #6 (8/23): Writing the discussion (Remick)
                  • Workshop #7 (8/30): Writing the abstract (Remick)
                  • Workshop #8 (9/6): Selecting appropriate journals for submission and reviewers (Remick)
                  • Workshop #9 (9/13): Responding to a critique (Remick)