Faculty Awards & Honors

Mary McDermott, MD, ’92 GME Laimonis Laimins, PhD Richard J. Miller, PhD Firas Wehbe, MD, PhD Mary McDermott, MD, ’92 GME, the Jeremiah Stamler Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and of Preventive Medicine, was named a Distinguished Scientist by the American Heart Association (AHA). The award honors prominent scientists and clinicians who have made significant contributions to the understanding of cardiovascular disease and stroke. McDermott has dedicated her research to lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD); her many accomplishments include demonstrating that supervised treadmill exercise improves walking ability among people with PAD, even when they are...

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Progress Notes

1950s Ruth Benson, ’55 BSN, writes, “I graduated with a BS in Nursing in 1955. I have been living in Fairbanks, Alaska, since 1960 and retired from a position as a contract nurse practitioner in family planning at the Fairbanks Regional Health Center in 1992. Before that, I had been a nurse practitioner in college health at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Most of my university work took place at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, for the three years before I enrolled at Evanston Hospital in 1952. It all seems extremely remote now!” 1960s Michael L. Friedman, ’67 MD,...

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New Epigenetics Center to Study Role of Environment on Genes

$10 MILLION GIFT CREATES SIMPSON QUERREY CENTER FOR EPIGENETICS A new $10 million gift from University trustees and supporters Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey will create a center at Feinberg to study the effects of environment on the activation and expression of genes. The new Simpson Querrey Center for Epigenetics will investigate how environmental factors such as emotional experiences, chemical exposure, obesity, exercise, diet and drug therapies can modify genes packaged in human chromatin, causing them to become more or less receptive to new biochemical signals. Epigenetic modifications of chromatin can have a direct effect on the regulation...

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