Dr. Valentina Greco serves as Genetics’ Inaugural Vice Chair of Diversity; Establishes Diversity Advisory Committee
Valerie Reinke, Vice Chair of the Department and Professor of Genetics, announced the creation of a Vice Chair of Diversity position. The new role was designed to “establish a framework to scrutinize [the Department’s] current practices and truly commit to change that enhances diversity.” Dr. Reinke acknowledged the need for more intention in “advocating for and facilitating the presence and advancement of under-represented groups.”
Yale Physiology researchers discover how blind worms "see" the color blue
The laboratory of Dr. Michael Nitabach discovered that C. elegans, despite lacking eyes and opsin genes, can discriminate between colors to guide foraging decisions. The study is published in the Science journal (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6533/1059) and is accompanied by a perspective article by Lauren Neal, Leslie Vosshall (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6533/995)Source: How Do Blind Worms See the Color Blue?
Strategies to accelerate diagnosis and treatment of rare cardiovascular diseases
The current landscape for patients with rare cardiovascular disease has shifted. Using genome sequencing Yale physician-scientists have begun to elucidate the pathophysiology of genetic disorders and develop treatment guidelines and recommendations.
A Pressing Need for New Ideas for Pancreatic Cancer
Despite poor outcomes nationally and internationally, patients do better when they receive treatment at facilities like Smilow Cancer Hospital. Our unique ability to bring together clinicians and scientists focused on pancreatic cancer is propelling research advances and bringing renewed hope to patients.
Diverse Junior Scientists Display Their Talents and Learn to Navigate Academia
The fellows largely represented communities that have been historically unrepresented in the field of medical research, including those from ethnic and racial minorities, those with disabilities, those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, women, or those who identify as LGBTQI+.
Winners Announced for Annual Yale Cancer Center Conclave Awards
Yale Cancer Center held its annual Conclave award ceremony virtually on January 26th to celebrate faculty and provider accomplishments 2020. Faculty and staff were honored with clinical and research prizes including the Ruth McCorkle Oncology Advanced Practice Provider Award, the Class of ‘61 Cancer Research Award, and the Yale Cancer Center Lifetime Achievement Award.
Genetic Analysis of Symptoms Yields New Insights Into PTSD
Attempts to identify the genetic causes of neuropsychiatric diseases such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through large-scale genome-wide analyses have yielded thousands of potential links. The challenge is further complicated by the wide range of symptoms exhibited by those who have PTSD. For instance, does extreme arousal, anger, or irritation experienced by some have the same genetic basis as the tendency to re-experience traumatic events, another symptom of the disorder? A new study led by researchers at Yale and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) provides answers to some of these questions and uncovers intriguing genetic similarities between PTSD and other mental health disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.Source: Yale News
Welcome to Hematology/Oncology Fellow Jeremy Jacox!
We are excited to welcome Yale Hematology/Oncology fellow Dr. Jeremy Jacox, MD, PhD, to the lab! Jeremy previously did his PhD research with Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov at Yale and has a strong clinical interest in GI cancers. He will be working on studying the tumor microenviroment and anti-tumor immune responses in the context of obesity-driven pancreatic cancers.