From UNMC Today

Sue Pope

Here are some College of Medicine stories from this past month’s UNMC Today that you might have missed.

Time Out with T.O. – A farewell to UNMC’s Sue Pope

When your last name is Pope, it’s probably no surprise if people give you an extra measure of respect. But for Sue Pope, an icon in the College of Medicine, the respect she has gained in her 50 years at UNMC is almost like her name — reverential. Read more.

UNMC WC4BL chapter working for change

The WC4BL group has been active since its inception following a “Day of Recognition” event that was held on the medical center campus in June. Read more.

Dr. Warchol honored by national association

Jordan Warchol, MD, an assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Emergency Medicine, recently was named one of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association “25 Under 45.” Read more.

‘Designer’ mice blueprints to aid COVID-19 research

Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, PhD, is an expert in creating mouse models to study human diseases. Mice constitute about 70% of all the laboratory animal models used in biomedical research. So when severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection started showing up in the U.S., Dr. Gurumurthy and his team began to think about using mice for SARS-CoV-2 research. Read more.

Taking steps to fight structural racism in medicine

Academic medicine must take steps to dismantle structural racism and make anti-racism a core value. Those messages highlighted the Nov. 23 Breakthrough Thinking presentations, meant to spark ideas among campus leaders and guide UNMC’s strategic planning process. Read more.

Tackling challenge of organ rejection

In the solid organ transplant world, organ rejection is one of the biggest challenges. To prevent rejection, patients must remain on antirejection drugs for the rest of their lives. “It’s the Achilles heel of solid organ transplants,” said Clifford Miles, MD, UNMC associate professor and Nebraska Medicine nephrologist and medical director of Kidney & Pancreas Transplantation. Read more.