Paula Stern, PhD, professor emeritus of Pharmacology was recently recognized at her retirement reception. Having spent more than 51 years at Northwestern, Stern is one of the longest-serving faculty members in the history of the school. She is an authority on bone and mineral health research, and a respected leader and educator.
Stern was one of the founding members of Feinberg’s Women’s Faculty Organization (WFO) and received its Distinguished Women in Medicine and Science Award. Beginning in 2017, the WFO will present another award in Stern’s name to recognize an outstanding female faculty member who demonstrates excellent research, mentorship and leadership. Stern was also the first female president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), which presents the Paula Stern Achievement Award each year to a woman recognized for her significant scientific achievements in bone research.
Stern has been honored with the Louis V. Avioli Foundation Award from ASBMR for her contributions to basic science bone research, as well as Feinberg’s George H. Joost Outstanding Teaching Award and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2013 Stern was invited by the National Osteoporosis Foundation to deliver the Lawrence G. Raisz MD Memorial Lecture Award.
Although she is retiring, Stern is undertaking a project to document the history of the department of Pharmacology.
Previously, Post worked as research section chief and associate professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, dealing with issues of elderly populations and geriatric patients, including in the 19 lowest income countries in the world. As a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow Resident, she developed a line of theoretical and applied research that involved public and political will campaigns. She also addressed the UN delegates during the Human Rights session in 2015 and recently received funding for research on gender-based violence in low-income countries with a special focus on widows.
Melissa Simon, MD, ’06 GME, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology, vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a professor of Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, volunteer panel of 16 national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force makes evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive services, including screenings, counseling and preventive medications on topics such as cancer and diabetes for primary care clinicians and their patients. Simon began her four-year term on January 1.
Simon is also director of the Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative, a National Cancer Institute-funded initiative to reduce cancer disparities in Chicago’s low-income neighborhoods.
Dai Horiuchi, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology, and Marc Mendillo, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, have been chosen as Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University 2017 Lynn Sage Scholars. The scholars engage in cellular, molecular and genetic research to unlock the mystery of breast cancer.
The Lurie Cancer Center also announced four recipients of the 2017 Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Innovation Research Award. The award was established to provide Lurie Cancer Center investigators with resources to conduct highly innovative cancer-relevant pilot studies that can serve as foundations for larger, nationally funded studies. The new awardees are:
Alfred George, PhD, chair and Magerstadt Professor of Pharmacology for “Physiologic and Genomic Profiling of Ion Channels in Human Brain Cancer”; Kathleen Green, PhD, Joseph L. Mayberry, Sr. Professor of Pathology and Toxicology and associate director, Lurie Cancer Center Basic Sciences Research, for “Surrounded by Bad Neighbors: Do Keratinocyte ‘Cancerization Fields’ Promote Melanoma Development?”; and Steven Kosak, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Molecular Biology for “Regulatory Nuclear Translation at PML Bodies During Cellular Stress and Oncogenesis.”
Based on the outstanding progress made during his initial year of funding, one awardee from 2016, Ali Shilatifard, PhD, Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, received funding to continue his project, “Transcription Elongation Control in Cancer Therapeutics,” for a second year.
Sandra Sanguino, ’93 MD, ’96 ’99 GME, MPH, associate dean for Student Affairs, and associate professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education, has received the Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). The award recognizes physicians who have made significant contributions to the professional and personal development of medical students. The AMWA is a national organization dedicated to advancing women in medicine and improving women’s health.
Peng Ji, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Pathology and co-director of the Pathology Physician-Scientist Training Program, recently received a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society SCHOLAR Award. He is the first person at Feinberg to get this award. The five-year, half-million dollar award begins July 1, 2017.
Amy Paller, MD, ’83 GME, the Walter J. Hamlin Professor of Dermatology and professor of Pediatrics, is the 2017 recipient of the Stephen Rothman Award, the most prestigious award of the Society for Investigative Dermatology. It is presented for distinguished service to investigative dermatology, in particular for outstanding research contributions and mentoring of the next generation of dermatologists and researchers.
Paller has had continuous NIH funding for the past 25 years and currently serves on Council of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. A leader in keratinocyte biology and genetics research, she is director of Northwestern’s Skin Disease Research Center. She has also led the Pediatric Dermatology clinical trials unit for more than 20 years. Among her almost 400 peer-reviewed articles are trailblazing studies that have brought new therapies for patients with inflammatory and genetic skin disorders. Paller is only the fourth woman to be honored by this award. One of the previous female recipients, Ruth K. Frienkel (1994), was one of Paller’s mentors and the first full-time investigative dermatologists at Northwestern.
Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, senior associate dean for Clinical and Translational Research and chair of Preventive Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2017 Joseph Stokes, III, MD Award from the American Society for Preventive Cardiology (ASPC) for his achievements in preventive cardiology. Presented annually, the award commemorates Joseph Stokes III, MD, a physician who contributed to the fields of cardiology and epidemiology as well as to the ASPC.
“The Stokes Award is especially meaningful to me as it has previously been awarded to a number of my mentors, including Bill Kannel in 2011, with whom I worked at Framingham, and Jerry Stamler in 2012, Phil Greenland in 2002, and Darwin Labarthe in 2006, who are all current faculty here in our Department of Preventive Medicine at Feinberg,” said Lloyd-Jones.
Francesca Duncan, PhD, research associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and executive director of the Center for Reproductive Science, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship titled “Keeping Reproductive Science and Medicine Visible, Viable and Valuable through Education across the Globe.” Duncan will travel to Spain to teach and perform research at the University of Murcia.
Walter Eppich, MD, associate professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Emergency Medicine and of Medical Education, has been named a member of the inaugural group of fellows for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy. Fellows are elected based on their outstanding contributions to the development of SSH and the field of healthcare simulation.
Katherine Wisner, MD, the Norman and Helen Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was selected to receive the American Psychiatric Association’s Award for Research in Psychiatry.
Rowland (Bing) Chang, MD, PhD, professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Claus-Peter Richter, MD, PhD, professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, received 2017 Mentor of the Year awards at the 13th annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day in April.
Richard Pope, MD, the Solovy-Arthritis Research Society Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, received the 2017 Tripartite Legacy Faculty Prize in Translational Science and Education at Research Day.