Breanna L. Price is a member of the Class of 2021 who will graduate Friday, July 30, from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. Before enrolling at Temple, she worked as an emergency room technician at Jefferson Abington Hospital and a volunteer EMT for Bensalem Emergency Medical Services. A native of Croydon, Pa., she graduated from LaSalle University in 2012 with a degree in biology. This Q and A has been condensed.
Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, in partnership with community-based providers from Maternal Wellness Village under the auspices of Oshun Family Center, have been approved for a 5-year, $5.99 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare two approaches for reducing heart disease risk factors in Black birthing people. The overarching goal of the study is to eliminate disturbing disparities in heart disease, including heart attack and stroke, among Black women and birthing people during and after pregnancy.
Jun Yu, MD, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, who was recently granted tenure, is working hard to understand the basic science behind a leading cause of heart disease and to discover ways to stop it in its tracks.
A Philadelphia Inquirer feature story on inherited forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) included insight from Terry Heiman-Patterson, MD, Professor of Neurology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. The article told the story of familial ALS, the decision to undergo genetic testing, and new therapies in development through the lens of those who have been affected by the disease, both patients and family members.
Media outlets, including Healio Rheumatology, HCPLive and Daily Mail, highlighted a new study published in JAMA authored by Roberto Caricchio, MD, FACR examining the effect of the IL-1 inhibitor canakinumab (Ilaris) vs. placebo on survival without invasive mechanical ventilation in patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19.
“This year, 55 of you – fifty-five of our amazing faculty – earned promotion to a higher rank,” Amy Goldberg, MD, FACS, Interim Dean, at the July 8 faculty promotion celebration at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
The Times-News shared that David O’Gurek, MD, will serve as Interim Chair of Family and Community Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Dr. O’Gurek is also an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Medical Director of the TRUST Clinic and Founding Director of Begin the Turn.
The Lewis Katz School of Medicine, home to highly skilled researchers and professors and known for its collaborative atmosphere, has long been on the cutting edge of biomedical research. Now, PhD and MD/PhD students in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Temple stand to benefit even further from these in-house resources, gaining unprecedented opportunities to learn from researchers across multiple departments, thanks to a new $1 million T32 predoctoral training grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).