Dr. Carter welcome 9 year old girl for tour of Horsley lab
Bobbi Wilson, a fourth-grader from Caldwell, NJ, was killing lanternflies in her neighborhood when a neighbor spotted her and decided to call the police to report “a little Black woman walking and spraying stuff on the sidewalks and trees”. The event gained national attention and Yale Public Health Professor Ijema Opara decided to make a difference by inviting the young girl to Yale for a Science Tour.Source: Black New Jersey girl invited to Yale after neighbor called police on her for spraying lanternflies
Shattering Glass Ceilings: Three Black Women Surgeons Ascend to Chairs of Departments of Surgery
Diversification at the highest level of academic surgical leadership is critical in creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment; an environment more reflective of the population whom we as surgeons serve and care for. Until the year 2021, an African American female surgeon had never ascended to the role of Department of Surgery Chair. However, by 2021, not 1 but 3 African American women became Chairs of Surgery: Karen Gibbs, MD, KMarie King, MD, and Andrea Hayes, MD. To highlight and celebrate these historical appointments, we interviewed these extraordinary women who shared their unique views on ascending to leadership.Source: Annals of Surgery Volume 276, Number 4, October 2022
Rimm Lab Validates Objective Prognostic Marker in Patients With Early-stage Melanoma
An objective assessment of automated electronic tumor infiltrating lymphocytes percentage (eTILs%) scores is a strong prognostic marker in patients with early-stage melanoma. The study also identifies distinct TIL subpopulations that carry the prognostic values.
Quantitative Assay Measures Low Levels of HER2 with Renewed Accuracy
Researchers at Yale Cancer Center have developed a new quantitative assay to measure the amount of HER2 protein in patients with breast cancer with increased accuracy. The improved data may provide new options for treatment for patients previously found ineligible for treatment based on traditional HER2 screening assays. The findings were published today in Laboratory Investigation.
New HER2 Assay May Be Needed To Guide Breast Cancer Treatment With Trastuzumab Deruxtecan
The use of current standard HER2 assays as diagnostic tests may result in misassignment of patients for treatment of breast cancer with trastuzumab deruxtecan, according to a study published in JAMA Oncology.Source: Healio
The More Marginalized Identities Med Students Have, the More Mistreatment and Burnout They Experience
A new study from Yale researchers looks at how intersectionality increases incidents of mistreatment and magnifies the effects of burnout on medical students. Using data from over 30,000 graduating medical students from 140 U.S. medical schools, the study found that students with three marginalized identities (female, non-white, and lesbian, gay or bisexual) experienced the most mistreatment and discrimination and the highest score for exhaustion compared with male, white, and heterosexual students.
Yale Pathologists Participating in Annual USCAP Meeting to Share Research, Advancements
Pathologists and research scientists from Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine will be involved in more than 40 presentations and sessions at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) 2022 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles March 19-24.
Cofounders of Yale Black Postdoctoral Association Discuss Why Black Women Need More Support
The three Black women cofounders of the Yale Black Postdoctoral Association (YBPA) — Brionna Davis-Reyes, PhD, a postdoc in clinical neuroimaging; Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a postdoc in medical oncology; and Chrystal Starbird, PhD, a postdoc in pharmacology — recently shared their thoughts about the supportive role they and other Black women take on and how it’s beginning to take a toll.
Dr. Aileen Fernandez with Shirley Malcolm of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Part 2)
Dr. Shirley Malcom asks Dr. Aileen Fernandez about her experiences progressing through academia as a Black woman. They discuss persistent systemic barriers, personal challenges, and the importance of community and mentorship.Source: YouTube
Black and Hispanic Neighborhoods Had Fewer COVID Testing Sites, Yale Study Finds
A new study by Yale researchers finds that, due to structural racism, the populations most at risk for contracting and dying from COVID-19 — Black, Indigenous, and LatinX populations— had less access to COVID-19 testing centers.
Dr. Aileen Fernandez Discusses Diversity Equity, and Inclusion with Shirley Malcolm of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Aileen Fernandez, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathology at Yale School of Medicine, speaks with Shirley Malcolm, PhD, Senior Advisor to the Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Director of its SEA Change initiative, which aims to advance institutional transformation in support of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in colleges and universities.Source: YouTube
Despite Precautions, COVID-19 Pandemic Disproportionately Impacts People From Minoritized Backgrounds
A new study by researchers at Yale School of Medicine has found that people from racial and ethnic minoritized backgrounds have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic despite being more likely to engage in health and safety precautions than their white counterparts.
Yale Postdoc Chrystal Starbird Maximizes Her Opportunity with NIH Career Award
Yale Postdoctoral Associate Chrystal Starbird has received a Postdoctoral Career Transition Award under the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) program, part of the National Institutes of Health effort to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.Source: Yale West Campus
Yale Filmmaker Discusses Power of Family Photos in Black History Month Film Series
Thomas Allen Harris’ 2014 documentary “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” draws out forgotten, lost, and overlooked images from Black photographers, Black photo albums, and American archives which, when pieced together, tell a radically different story than the one portrayed in popular media. The film is part of the Black History Month Film Series presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Yale School of Medicine throughout the month of February.
Yale School of Medicine Launches Innovative Program to Attract and Retain Underrepresented Faculty
This year, Yale School of Medicine (YSM) is launching an innovative program to support the research and post-doctoral careers of outstanding research scientists called the YSM Science Fellows Program. The program is a key part of the school’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and will recruit top PhD and MD/PhD recent graduates to engage in independent research and support them in transitioning into open faculty positions at Yale or other institutions.