UW News

June 11, 1999

UW School of Medicine appoints new associate dean for clinical affairs

Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine, has named Dr. Andrew A. “Andy” Ziskind associate dean for clinical affairs and associate vice president for clinical specialty programs.

May 25, 1999

Randomized contolled study shows neostigmine is an effective treatment for acute colonic pseudo-obstruction

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine have performed the first randomized controlled clinical trial showing that a painful and even life-threatening bowel condition called acute colonic pseudo-obstruction can be effectively treated with intravenous neostigmine.

May 24, 1999

UW studying new therapy using heat to manage pressure ulcers

Clinical studies are underway at the University of Washington to determine the effectiveness of heat therapy to manage pressure ulcers (bed sores).

May 7, 1999

School of Nursing’s 20th Soule Lecture focuses on ethical challenges posed by genetics testing

Deciphering the human genome and the increasing availability of genetic testing raise ethical, legal and social challenges. The University of Washington School of Nursing will address these challenges when it hosts the 20th annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Lecture.

April 30, 1999

UW professor wins only Guggenheim Fellowship given in medicine this year

Dr. Robb Glenny, associate professor of medicine and of physiology and biophysics at the University of Washington, has won the only Guggenheim Fellowship Award given in medicine this year.

April 21, 1999

UW’s Hood and National Library of Medicine’s Lindberg to speak at 50th anniversary symposium

The 50th anniversary of the UW Health Sciences Libraries and Information Center will be celebrated next week with a symposium on “The Health Information Challenge: Connecting People to Knowledge for Life.”

April 14, 1999

UW Scientific Instruments Division celebrates its 50th anniversary

The Scientific Instruments Division of the University of Washington will celebrate 50 years of achievement with an anniversary celebration and open house.

April 13, 1999

Portable pump implanted at UW Medical Center keeps Maple Valley man’s heart beating as he awaits a transplant

A 56-year-old Maple Valley man is about to leave UW Medical Center with the help of a new, fully portable heart pump that will assist his failing heart until a donor heart becomes available for transplant.

April 6, 1999

New research points the way to restoring noise-induced hearing loss in mammals, including humans

Damage to the sensory hair cells in the inner ear is the most frequent cause of permanent hearing loss.

March 31, 1999

Living donors can now donate a kidney using laparoscopic surgery

Living donors can now donate a kidney using laparoscopic surgery

March 30, 1999

“Walk for Life” marks start of Suicide Prevention Week, May 2-8

A “Walk for Life” will mark the beginning of Suicide Prevention Week, which will be observed May 2 to 8. Suicide Prevention Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of suicide, which takes the lives of 30,000 Americans every year.

March 20, 1999

School of Pharmacy’s annual Katterman Lecture focuses on herbal medicine

Reflecting the growing public interest in alternative and complementary medicine, the 20th annual Don B. Katterman Lecture will focus on “Practical Herbal Medicine.” The lecture is sponsored by the University of Washington Pharmacy Alumni Association and the School of Pharmacy.

March 18, 1999

Pamela Mitchell named associate dean at UW School of Nursing

Dr. Pamela Mitchell has been appointed associate dean for research at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

December 22, 1998

Rathmann Family Foundation commits to funding Endowed Chair in Patient-Centered Clinical Education

Recognizing the vital importance of training physicians who are dedicated to patient-centered care, the Rathmann Family Foundation will contribute $1.5 million to fund an endowed chair in patient-centered clinical education at the University of Washington.

November 25, 1998

Pilot project launched on Olympic Peninsula to educate nurse practitioners

Responding to a pressing need for more health care providers on the Olympic Peninsula, the University of Washington School of Nursing is launching a pilot project to offer nurses on the peninsula easier access to courses that prepare them to become adult acute care nurse practitioners.

November 3, 1998

Medical Center raises parking fees for non-patients who use patients’ garage

More parking stalls should be available for patients and their visitors in the Triangle Parking Garage. The daily rate without a validation sticker will be raised from $6 to $18, to deter others from parking there.

October 29, 1998

UW designated a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health

The University of Washington has been selected as one of six new National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.

October 25, 1998

UW receives $3.5 million in federal funds to establish the country’s only Multiple Sclerosis Research and Training Center, based at UW Medical Center

The University of Washington has received notification from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that it will receive $3.5 million for a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research and Training Center, renewable every five years.

October 19, 1998

Dr. Steven Gabbe elected to Institute of Medicine

Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an international authority on high-risk pregnancy, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine.

October 8, 1998

UW School of Medicine establishes Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology

The University of Washington School of Medicine has established the Ray and Grace Hill Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology, funded through contributions of $1.5 million from Grace E. Hill and her late husband, Ray Hill, who graduated from the UW in economics in 1924.

UW School of Medicine receives funds from grateful patient for endowed professorship in orthopaedics

Grateful for the excellent care he received in 1994 at Harborview Medical Center after a serious foot injury, a California man has donated $500,000 to the University of Washington School of Medicine to create an endowed professorship in the Department of Orthopaedics.

September 22, 1998

Response to synthetic growth hormone depends on dosage

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle have shown that older women’s response to treatment with GHRH (a synthetic form of growth hormone releasing hormone) is directly related to the dosage.

Study shows calcitonin-salmon nasal spray helps prevent new spinal fractures in women with existing osteoporosis

A recently completed study shows that calcitonin-salmon nasal spray reduced by 36 percent the incidence of new spinal fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

August 12, 1998

UW scientists discover a gene that causes deafness and dizziness in mice


July 17, 1998

School of Nursing names director of de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging

The University of Washington School of Nursing has named Dr. Linda Teri director of its de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging. She will also be a tenured professor in the school’s Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.

UW Medical Center once again ranked among nation’s Best Hospitals

University of Washington Medical Center is again ranked among the top hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 1998 annual guide to “America’s Best Hospitals,” available on newsstands July 20.

Two young UW clinical researchers receive grants of $300,000

Two University of Washington faculty members in the Department of Medicine have received Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Awards, the first ever awarded.

July 9, 1998

Double lung transplant recipient plans to ride the STP in one day

Almost five years to the day after receiving a double-lung transplant at University of Washington Medical Center, cystic fibrosis patient Ken Price plans to ride in the annual Seattle-to-Portland bicycle trek this weekend.

June 11, 1998

School of Nursing contracts to provide online continuing education courses for health care professionals

The University of Washington School of Nursing has entered into an agreement with SafeWare Inc., a Bellevue-based software company, to join a distance-learning cooperative to provide continuing education courses and related online services to health care professionals across the nation.

May 28, 1998

Effective obesity treatment likely to require targeting of multiple weight control systems

Investigators reviewing three decades of research into body weight regulation conclude that it may not be possible to find a single effective treatment for obesity. Instead, drug therapy may have to target the multiple systems that control weight.

May 18, 1998

Researchers unable to document existence of transient HIV infection in infants

Research published this week in the journal Science failed to verify even one case of transient infection among 42 cases where infants showed evidence of HIV-1 infection contracted from their mothers, but somehow became free of the virus that causes AIDS.

May 12, 1998

Seattle area celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Smiles, tears, laughter and hugs will be the order of the day when cancer survivors, their families and friends, hospital staff and volunteers gather to celebrate National Cancer Survivors’ Day from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 7.

May 6, 1998

Most specialists don’t assume primary-care role for older patients even when they are the only source of care

A new study from the University of Washington shows that generalists are much more likely than specialists to act as primary-care providers for their elderly Medicare patients

April 15, 1998

Breast cancer screening exams produce high level of false-positive results

Researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard University have determined that at least one woman in two will receive a false-positive result after having annual screening mammograms for a decade, and almost 20 percent of women will undergo a biopsy.

March 30, 1998

Novel method of gene replacement reported by University of Washington researchers

Dr. David W. Russell, assistant professor of medicine, and Roli Hirata, research technician at the University of Washington, report the successful use of a modified virus to perform a novel method of gene replacement that may be an important step toward overcoming obstacles to efficient gene therapy.

March 27, 1998

First Northwest Hispanic Nurses Conference to be held at the UW

The first Northwest Hispanic Nurses Conference will be held on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Washington’s South Campus Center. The UW School of Nursing is a co-sponsor of the conference.

March 25, 1998

Health Source: Medical News From the University of Washington

DEVELOPING VITAL NEW MEDICATIONS FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS is the goal of a new therapeutics research center established at the University of Washington and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

New study of BRCA1 shows no need for widespread screening of American women

American women who do not have a strong family history of breast cancer should not feel the need to be tested for BRCA1, the gene whose mutations are associated with a predisposition to breast cancer.

March 20, 1998

Mouse gene reveals clues to human deafness

A team led by geneticist Dr. Karen Avraham of Tel Aviv University has discovered a defective gene that causes progressive hearing loss in a large Israeli family.

March 19, 1998

Nursing research benefits people in their daily lives

Research at the University of Washington School of Nursing is not confined to laboratories. Its influence is felt in communities within and beyond Washington state. Nursing research makes a difference in people’s lives.

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