UChicago Medicine’s community benefit investment totals $567.1 million in fiscal 2020

The UChicago Medicine health system provided $567.1 million in community benefits and services to the South Side, and UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial provided $89.5 million to Harvey and nearby areas.

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Nobody finds the Alzheimer’s Germ in $1 Million Challenge, but eight researchers split $200K, says Dr. Leslie Norins of Alzheimer’s Germ Quest

There is now keen interest in deeper investigation of infectious agents as the trigger of Alzheimer’s disease

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Adekunle Odunsi named new director of University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Adekunle “Kunle” Odunsi, MD, PhD, FRCOG, FACOG, an expert in immunotherapy and vaccine therapy for cancer, has been appointed director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. He comes to Chicago from Buffalo, New York, where he served as deputy director at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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DePaul University announces State Scholar Plus scholarship program for high-achieving students nationwide to earn a private university education at an attainable cost

DePaul University is launching the State Scholar Plus scholarship program for qualifying high school graduates who are entering college for the first time in fall 2021. State Scholar Plus provides qualified students up to $100,000 in scholarship funds over four consecutive years of undergraduate studies.

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UChicago Medicine joins BOOST-3 national trial to investigate treatments for traumatic brain injuries

As part of nationwide study to improve trauma care for severe brain injuries, researchers at UChicago Medicine are working to engage South Side residents and ensure representation among underrepresented communities.

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$500,000 gift supports worldwide effort to harness pediatric cancer data to advance treatment for children

Family looks to the ‘bright side’ by creating a charity to support pediatric cancer research and providing UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital with $500,000 gift.

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Bright Lights + Big City = Millions of Dollars in Savings

The city of Chicago has replaced 210,000 street lights with state-of-the-art LEDs through its energy-efficient street lighting initiative. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory lent its technical expertise to the team – led by the Chicago Department of Transportation – to help identify the best lighting technology and field validation approaches to Chicago’s outdoor lighting modernization effort.

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Lung Transplant Performed on a COVID-19 Patient at Northwestern Medicine

For the first time, surgeons at Northwestern Medicine performed a double-lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were damaged by COVID-19. The patient, a Hispanic woman in her 20s, spent six weeks in the COVID ICU on a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a life support machine that does the work of the heart and lungs.

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UIC study examines impact of Chicago River reversal on region’s aquatic environments, fauna

Prior to European settlement, wetlands, lakes and streams were the major landscape features of the Chicago region. Much of this has been altered or lost in the past 150 years, most notably by the reversal of the Chicago River in 1900 with the construction of the Sanitary and Ship Canal. Many animal species that lived in these habitats also disappeared.

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Community summit brings together Mayor Lightfoot and Chicagoland leaders seeking solutions to the effects of violence and trauma

Southland RISE (Resilience Initiative to Strengthen and Empower), a collaboration powered by the University of Chicago Medicine and Advocate Heath Care, hosted its inaugural summit, Healing to RISE: Fostering Connections to Support Individuals, Families and Communities Impacted by Trauma. The two health systems launched Southland RISE in 2019 to strengthen and integrate violence recovery and trauma care services throughout the South Side and across the south suburbs.

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UIC report examines black population loss in Chicago

A mix of factors is involved in Chicago’s declining black population and others aren’t well defined, but inequality stands out as a leading element, according to a new report from the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Study finds many youth living with undiagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome

Most youth living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) have not been diagnosed, according to a new prevalence study from researchers at DePaul University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, published by the journal Child & Youth Care Forum. Leonard A. Jason, a professor of psychology at DePaul University, led the seven-year study to screen more than 10,000 children and teenagers in the Chicago area.

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Four in 10 Chicago Parents Live in a Community with Limited Grocery Access, Linked to More Challenges in Healthy Eating for Kids

Four in 10 parents live in a Chicago community area with limited grocery access, and they report more challenges to healthy eating for their children, such as time for sit-down family meals, cost of healthy foods, and convenience of fast food, according to results of a new survey released by Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH).

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