UWHA Grant Awardee Progress Report

We would like to update you on the success of our UWHA Grant Awardees from 2015. Here are the updates on how the funds were used to further trainee-driven research initiatives. Thank you grant awardees for all your hard work!

Dr. Heidi Hillesland – Infectious Disease

“My proposal involved testing banked stool samples for Cryptosporidium from a study on HIV infected individuals from Kenya.  …  I am happy to report that this was approved and we have since extracted the DNA and run qPCR on all of the samples.  At this point we will be analyzing the data.  I look forward to sharing these results with you over the upcoming months and fully expect we will publish the results as well.” 

Dr. Matthew Mossanen – Urology

The project entitled, Urinary Catheter Management for Non-urologists: a Resident-driven Educational Initiative was accepted for publication in Urology Practice. The project concluded: “a focused educational session about common urologic catheter management scenarios resulted in improved IM resident confidence in catheter troubleshooting and knowledge of basic urinary catheter placement indications. These educational sessions may be one method to improve non-urology resident education and awareness of common urologic issues.”

Dr. Nicole Andeen – Pathology

The project entitled, Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes and PD-L1 Expression in Renal Cell Carcinomas: Correlation with Interleukin-2 Treatment Response.  Abstract was accepted to the United States and Canada Society of Pathology Meeting, March 2015. The abstract concluded: “In contrast to studies of all-comers with RCC, in patients with metastatic RCC treated with IL-2, PD-L1 expression does not appear to be a poor prognostic indicator. Response to IL-2 therapy and "no evidence of disease" status were associated with greater numbers of CD8 TILs. The findings suggest that response to IL-2 therapy may in part reflect a pre-existing immunologic milieu that has already recognized the carcinoma and generated tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes.”

Dr. Michael Kao – Otolaryngology

The project entitled, “Tracheotomy Education Module: surgical education, simulation, and assessment,” is progressing well. “Our team has been working on establishing this as a module with an online component and in-person component at WISH (previously ISIS) simulation center.  … The laboratory simulation is still being developed into a long-term sustainable model.  This simulation module will be improved upon as part of an airway course the Dept of Otolaryngology is doing for their specialty education "NW Airway Course" on May 6, 2015.”