Yale’s new West Campus includes 550,000 square feet of laboratory space for both biological and chemical research. Medical research is a high priority for use of the new campus.
High-fidelity human patient simulators, such as Sim-Man, talk, breathe and can even “die.” The computerized and programmable polymer figures can simulate just about any condition in the human body. Their vital signs can change to create medical emergencies that allow students to practice procedures such as intubation and order X-rays or CT scans. A new curriculum, which began this year, requires third-year medical students to participate in 24 scenarios over a 12-week surgery clerkship.
During her acting career Kris Montgomery had the starring role in Evita in national and international touring companies and performed Off Broadway and in motion pictures with Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. As a standardized patient at the School of Medicine she plays the role of a Manhattan executive whose hip problems stem from a high-stress job. During interviews with medical students, she drops clues to her physical and psychological states, hoping they’ll respond with appropriate questions.
Zhaoxia Sun, who studies the genetic causes of polycystic kidney disease, keeps thousands of zebrafish in her laboratory in the School of Medicine. Also known by the Latin name Brachydanio rerio, zebrafish have emerged in recent years as a model organism
For the past 33 years James Boyer has spent his summers on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, where he has used dogfish sharks and other fish to explore human physiology. Boyer, who directs the Liver Center at Yale, is studying the liver of the skate to see how
Leonard Kaczmarek has long used marine organisms for his research into nerve cell function. One of his favorites is the sea hare, which has nerve cells large enough to be seen with the naked eye.
Gualberto Ruaño is trying to understand how genes influence the way patints respond to diet, nutrition, exercise and environmental exposures.
Jeffrey Bender stands in empty lab space that will house his Program in Vascular Disease and Cardiology. The new arrangement will bring together scientists now doing related molecular work in scattered locations and make collaboration easier. “The daily interaction," he says, "will be a huge advantage for everyone."
Douglas Rothman, director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC), stands in one of the massive steel boxes that will shield the center’s powerful magnets. Two million of the 7 million total pounds of steel in the new building are found in the MRRC's research floor. With the new equipment, Yale scientists will gain as much as a 16-fold increase in image resolution, says Rothman: "We'll be able to move from imaging systems down to imaging actual biological processes."
Anatomy professor William Stewart stands in the dissection room in the school’s new teaching facility, which will have Internet connections at every work space. “Anatomy and the computer are a perfect marriage,” says Stewart. “Students will have the chance to feel the bile duct, look at an X-ray and look up information about it on the Web all at once.”
Yale professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Charles A. Janeway Jr., M.D., in his office in Lauder Hall. Janeway had planned to become a physician but switched his focus to the basic sciences underlying immunology.
Ruslan M. Medzhitov, Ph.D.
Charles A. Janeway, Ph.D., and H. Kim Bottomly, Ph.D.
The wall of photographs in Janeway’s office tells the story of his personal and professional relationships, many of which are intertwined.
Displayed in the middle of Janeway’s office wall are photographs of four generations of Janeway doctors.
John Elefteriades, left, and Lawrence Cohen, have a lot in common. Both are renowned in their fields, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology. Both have conducted groundbreaking research. And both are known as consummate teachers.