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Better by Design

MICHAEL A. WEISS, MD, PhD, MBA, had just finished his second year of medical school at Harvard University when he accepted a prestigious fellowship that allowed him to spend a year traveling and studying abroad. His parents didn’t think he should go. Finish your studies first, they urged. But Weiss didn’t heed their advice. It’s a good thing. His year abroad piqued his interest in insulin and spurred a research career that may ultimately change the way millions of people […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

A Right and Proper Physician

The Black Bag. The future physicians remember the relic just as distinctly as the buttoned-up gentleman who carried it. They remember how elegant he looked—attired in a suit, starched collar and tie no matter the time, day or weather. While his peers pressed elevator buttons, he briskly climbed the stairs at Methodist Hospital. And he was no mere instructor. “He was an oracle of truth and wisdom,” one of them remembered. To the afflicted, James O. Ritchey, MD, could be a […]

The Road Always Led Back Here

STROLLING ACROSS the Indiana University campus, Kyle Hornsby attracted his fair share of double-takes during his first year of medical school. At 6-foot-5, Hornsby was hard to miss. And at a basketball-obsessed school, the attention made sense. Three years earlier, Hornsby’s shooting stroke propelled the Hoosiers to the finals of the NCAA tournament. On a roster lacking traditional star power, Hornsby, who shot 47.3 percent from the 3-point that March, was emblematic of IU’s first Final Four team in a […]

Uncovering the Stone Cold Facts

AMY KRAMBECK, MD, is one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to the treatment of kidney stones, and she brings to her job a genuine understanding of the pain her patients are forced to endure. “I’ve had a stone during pregnancy and I’ve also had children, and I’ll tell you, the stone was way worse,” she said. So in addition to helping patients manage kidney stone disease, Krambeck, a professor of urology at Indiana University School of Medicine, […]

Eliminating the Wait for an Organ

Ttransplant surgeon, Burcin Ekser, MD, PHD, an assistant professor of surgery, is exploring 3D bioprinting as a solution to the shortage of viable organs.

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

FDA Signs Off on New XLH Drug

COLTON MOORE was just 16 months old when he was diagnosed with X-linked hypophosphatemia, or XLH, an uncommon, painful and deforming bone disease. His mother was devastated. She had good reason to be. Debbie Moore was also diagnosed with XLH as a toddler. She spent much of her childhood wearing leg braces and underwent several surgeries in an effort to straighten her legs. By the time she graduated from high school, she needed a walker. Today, she relies on a wheelchair to […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

The Path of Yeast Resistance

MOLLY DUMAN SCHEEL, PHD, has worked much of her career on wiping out mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria and dengue fever. Now, realizing that dream looks increasingly possible every day. Ever since Zika climbed from South America, through the Caribbean and into Miami residential areas in summer 2016, grant-awarding agencies have wanted to fast-track getting a mosquito-control solution to populations in need. The problem became urgent: Pregnant women were giving birth to babies with microcephaly, and the disease was discovered to be sexually transmittable. Scheel, an […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

‘A Death Star for Blood Clots’

A PAIR of Indiana University School of Medicine faculty members are using nanoparticle technology to develop a therapy to dissolve life-threatening blood clots while eliminating the risks associated with current treatments. Roughly 900,000 Americans develop blood clots each year, and as many as 100,000 people die from them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clots are especially dangerous when they travel to the lungs, a condition known as a pulmonary embolism. “A pulmonary embolism can cause the right side of the heart […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018

‘No more tents’

COURTNEY ROBERTS peered out the window of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and she instantly recognized an alley she had never set foot in before. There were the cinderblock walls. The patch of ground was unchanged. She imagined patients lining both sides. They sat in plastic lawn chairs. IV lines dangled from their arms. Metal pans rested next to them on the ground, waiting to be snatched up if nausea became too much to bear. It was […]

Exercise reduces Alzheimer’s risk. Why?

RESEARCH INDICATES that exercise can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The problem, however, is that we don’t know why. By understanding the precise processes happening in the body when we exercise, Bruce Lamb, PhD, who holds the Roberts Family Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, hopes to replicate the mechanisms with new drugs or therapies. Specifically, Lamb will study what role exercise may play in reducing inflammation and how this is linked to Alzheimer’s disease. By understanding the precise processes happening in the body […]

Karen Spataro  |  Jul 01, 2018