Janetka wins American Chemical Society Award

James Janetka, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine, is this year’s St. Louis winner of the American Chemical Society Award.

Even light drinking increases risk of death

Analyzing data from more than 400,000 people, researchers at the School of Medicine have found that consuming one to two drinks four or more times per week — an amount deemed healthy by current guidelines — increases the risk of premature death by 20 percent.
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Udey named co-director of Physician Scientist Training Program

Mark C. Udey, MD, PhD, has been named co-director of the Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Program in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The program supports research-oriented careers in academic medicine for MD/PhDs.
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Gurnett named director of pediatric and developmental neurology

Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at the School of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Fleckenstein honored for community service

Jaquelyn Fleckenstein, MD, professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, has been honored by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri for her community service. Fleckenstein was honored for her contribution as a medical expert in a legal action to secure Medicaid coverage for life-saving hepatitis C medications.

Siegel named fellow of nuclear medicine society

Barry Siegel, MD, professor of radiology and of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the university’s Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR), has been named a fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

Overlooked signal in MRI scans reflects amount, kind of brain cells

An MRI scan often generates an ocean of data, most of which is never used. When overlooked data is analyzed using a new technique developed at the School of Medicine, they surprisingly reveal how many and which brain cells are present – and show where cells have been lost through injury or disease. The findings could lead to new treatments for a variety of brain diseases.