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CBSSM Seminar: Sandra Wong, MD, MS.

Thu, November 20, 2014, 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: 
NCRC 16-266C

Sandra Wong, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Chair of Clinical Affairs

"Disparities in the quality of cancer care"

Summary: Equity is a cornerstone of quality. Unfortunately, there are marked disparities in cancer outcomes by race and socioeconomic status. Such outcomes plague across-the-board improvements in quality and may be worsened by current healthcare reform efforts.

Michele Gornick, VA/CBSSM Postdoctoral Fellow, recently received a multidisciplinary career development award as part of MICHR’s Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP). This opportunity is designed to prepare individuals with a PhD in a biomedical science or social science discipline for independent careers in translational research. It also provides a $100,000 career development award to be used over 2-3 years.  Michele will work under the direction of a research mentoring team including Angie Fagerlin, Scott Roberts and Brian Zikmund-Fisher, as well as Elena Stoffel as her clinical mentor. Congratulations Michele!

Through a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, a team of IHPI researchers led by Jeff Kullgren, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) and research scientist with the VA Center for Clinical Management Research, will conduct a nationally representative survey to examine the extent to which consumers enrolled in HDHPs have engaged in certain behaviors to help optimize the value of their out-of-pocket payments.

Click here full IHPI story

Research Topics: 

Training & Mentoring

A key goal of CBSSM is training the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers. CBSSM has an active mentoring and training program through our Postdoctoral Research Fellow Program, led by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD.

CBSSM offers support to junior investigators and our affiliated faculty have actively mentored Postdoctoral Fellows from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and the Veteran’s Administration.

In addition, CBSSM affiliated faculty mentor undergraduate students and Research Assistants who go on to pursue advanced degrees, as well as medical students. CBSSM actively participates in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan.  

 

Samantha Harrison, MPH

Research Associate

Sam joined CBSSM in November 2017. She works with Drs. Julie Wright, Michele Gornick, and Renuka Tipirneni on projects examining provider-patient communication regarding chronic kidney disease, VA data sharing, and the effect of Medicaid expansion on healthcare for low-SES aging adults.

Last Name: 
Harrison
Thu, July 25, 2013

Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan and his team have been awarded 1 of 4 research grants ($7.97 million pending) from the National Institutes of Health to explore the use of genome sequencing in medical care. The new grants are funded as part of the National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) program. NHGRI is part of NIH.

The team will sequence the genomes of tumors from 500 patients with advanced sarcoma or other rare cancers to discover new information about genomic alterations, with the goal of eventually customizing therapies. Few clinical trials have been conducted in most rare cancers, and scientists would like to know more about the genetic underpinnings of these diseases. Investigators also plan to evaluate the patient consent process, and the delivery and use of genome sequencing results.

Several CBSSM-affiliated faculty are involved with this project, including Scott Kim, Scott Roberts, Raymond De Vries, Brian Zikmund-Fisher, as well as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Michele Gornick.

Save the date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 4:00-5:30 pm, Ford Auditorium, UM Hospital.

Laura Roberts, MD, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, will give the Raymond W. Waggoner, MD, Lecture on Ethics & Values in Medicine.  She will also speak at the Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds Wednesday, November 9, 10:30-12:00, Rachel Upjohn Bldg, 4250 Plymouth Road.

The third annual community-engaged research workshop, "Communication in Community-Engaged Research" is scheduled for October 27-28, 2011 and co-sponsored by the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE), the Hobby Center for Public Policy, the University of Houston, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), and the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. 

For more information, see the conference announcement.   

Kathryn Moseley and Ed Goldman are co-authors on an NEJM Sounding Board article, “No Appointment Necessary? Ethical Challenges in Treating Friends and Family.” Full author list includes Katherine J. Gold, M.D., M.S.W., Edward B. Goldman, J.D., Leslie H. Kamil, J.D., Sarah Walton, M.D., Tommy G. Burdette, M.Div., and Kathryn L. Moseley, M.D., M.P.H. The link to the article can be found here.

CBSSM Co-Director Raymond De Vries presented at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on Sept. 2 about how to insure that the public has a voice in creating bioethics policies.

The September 2nd Presidential Commission meeting in Washington, DC, including Dr. De Vries's talk on the topic of "Fostering and Measuring Success in Ethics and Deliberation", is now available to be viewed online.

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