COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction (Links to an external site)

Since early in the pandemic, COVID-19 has been associated with heart problems, including reduced ability to pump blood and abnormal heart rhythms. But it’s been an open question whether these problems are caused by the virus infecting the heart, or an inflammatory response to viral infection elsewhere in the body. Such details have implications for […]

The Body Is Far From Helpless Against Coronavirus Variants (Links to an external site)

To locate some of the world’s most superpowered cells, look no further than the human immune system. The mission of these hometown heroes is threefold: Memorize the features of dangerous microbes that breach the body’s barriers. Launch an attack to bring them to heel. Then squirrel away intel to quash future assaults.

How does the immune system keep tabs on the brain? (Links to an external site)

Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia and many other neurological and psychiatric conditions have been linked to inflammation in the brain. There’s growing evidence that immune cells and molecules play a key role in normal brain development and function as well. But at the core of the burgeoning field of neuroimmunology lies a mystery: How […]

Bateman, Diamond, Hultgren named to National Academy of Inventors (Links to an external site)

Neurologist Randall J. Bateman, MD, virologist and immunologist Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD, and microbiologist Scott Hultgren, PhD – all faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis – have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

Lethal brain infections in mice thwarted by decoy molecule (Links to an external site)

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a molecule that protects mice from brain infections caused by Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV), a mosquito-borne virus notorious for causing fast-spreading, deadly outbreaks in Mexico, Central America and northern South America. As the climate changes, the virus is likely to expand its […]

Duncavage and Heusel to Lead Two New Department Sections

In an effort to enhance clinical genomic services at Washington University School of Medicine, the Department of Pathology & Immunology is pleased to announce the formation of two new sections; Clinical Cancer Genomics and Constitutional Genomics. Eric Duncavage, MD will serve as the inaugural head of Clinical Cancer Genomics and Jonathon Heusel, MD, PhD will […]

New discovery could help improve cancer vaccines (Links to an external site)

Cancer vaccines have shown promise in treating certain tumors, such as melanoma. But such vaccines have limitations. They often target normal proteins that may be more abundant in the tumor but also are present in healthy tissue, which can lead to off-target effects that cause autoimmune disorders and also reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines

Brian Edelson, MD, PhD Recognized for Contributions in Education

Brian Edelson, MD, PhD was recently inducted into the Washington University School of Medicine Academy of Educators. The ceremony was held on September 24 to coincide with Education Day sponsored by the School of Medicine. Edelson was acknowledged for his important and varied contributions to our ongoing educational programs, and roles in building the new Gateway Curriculum.  To be selected […]

Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains (Links to an external site)

Researchers have identified two antibodies that protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Together with an antibody that targets the other major kind of influenza viruses that infect people — influenza A — these […]

Immune system affects mind and body, study indicates (Links to an external site)

New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis helps illuminate a surprising mind-body connection. In mice, the researchers found that immune cells surrounding the brain produce a molecule that is then absorbed by neurons in the brain, where it appears to be necessary for normal behavior.

Washington University develops COVID-19 saliva test (Links to an external site)

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of […]

Nasal vaccine against COVID-19 prevents infection in mice (Links to an external site)

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a vaccine that targets the SARS-CoV-2 virus, can be given in one dose via the nose and is effective in preventing infection in mice susceptible to the novel coronavirus. The investigators next plan to test the vaccine in nonhuman primates and humans to […]

New center to explore brain, immune system connections (Links to an external site)

As the brain reigns supreme over the human body, the immune system works 24/7 to defend the body from foreign invaders. For decades, however, the brain and the immune system were thought to operate independently of one another. But a growing body of evidence suggests the two are intimately connected in keeping the body healthy.

ASCP’s 40 Under Forty List Includes P&I Faculty Member

The American Society for Clinical Pathology has named Suzie Thibodeaux as one of 40 high-achieving pathologists, pathology residents, and medical laboratory professionals under age 40. She joins many other pathology professionals on the prestigious 2020 ASCP 40 Under Forty list. “Being recognized by the ASCP in their 40 under forty list is an amazing honor. […]

Jeff Gordon Featured on 60 Minutes

On Sunday, 60 Minutes featured our own Jeff Gordon, who discussed the gut microbiome and its connection to nutritional health, including the use of probiotics. The possibility of improving health by manipulating the microbiome could provide many benefits to individuals suffering from a host of health conditions. Last year, Gordon’s team reported that a special […]

COVID-19 antibody tests evaluated as diagnostic test in low-resource settings (Links to an external site)

With Brazil leading the world in newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases, Latin America has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, outbreaks continue to escalate in parts of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Public health authorities worldwide desperately need to expand testing so they can track the spread of the infection, but molecular diagnostic […]

COVID-19 mouse model will speed search for drugs, vaccines (Links to an external site)

The global effort to quickly develop drugs and vaccines for COVID-19 has been hampered by limited numbers of laboratory mice that are susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report they have developed a mouse model of COVID-19 that replicates the […]

Abstract Receives Award from Society for Pediatric Pathology

An abstract co-authored and entitled, “PD-L1/PD-1 Expression in Wilms Tumor: Analysis of 52 cases” has won the Gordon F. Vawter Pathologist-in-Training Award at the Society for Pediatric Pathology 2020 at its Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The award recognizes meritorious work presented by Jeff Chen, MD based on research conducted by a group of […]

Pathology Faculty Member Selected as Loeb Teaching Fellow

Ian Hagemann, MD, PhD has been selected as the Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Teaching Fellow for the term July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. “Ian’s contributions to education in pathology and to the medical school are truly outstanding. Among his accomplishments are numerous Distinguished Service Teaching Awards, selection as a chair for […]

Trainee Research Award Day 2020

On Tuesday, the culmination of weeks of work for this year’s Trainee Research Day was put on full display via Zoom. Although different than past events, this year still had the air of excitement as trainees presented their research. This year, the department had 24 individuals present. As per the tradition, the Trainee Research Day […]

LGM Faculty Member Receives Award from ASM

On May 4, the 2020 American Academy of Microbiology announced awards for research, education, and leadership. Among those receiving awards was Carey-Ann Burnham, PhD, from the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine. “For Dr. Burnham to receive the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Award for Research and Leadership in Clinical Microbiology is a tremendous honor. This […]

A Letter to Laboratory professionals dedicated to fighting virus (Links to an external site)

Originially posted on stltoday. com. Click the button to be taken to the article. Until the cornonavirus outbreak, most people never gave much thought to laboratory testing. When your doctor says, “we’ll send it to the lab,” you rightly expect to get timely and accurate test results back. But this year’s pandemic spotlights that what […]

Office of Education Names Vice Chair

Dr. Erika Crouch recently accepted the position of Vice Chair of the Office of Education in the Department of Pathology and Immunology. Erika is one of the most celebrated and honored faculty in the entire school of medicine for her outstanding work in medical education. It is entirely fitting and appropriate that she be the […]

Clinical Chemistry Journal Highlights Mitch Scott, PhD (Links to an external site)

The American Academy for Clinical Chemistry has published it’s the most recent version of the Clinical Chemistry journal and it features a familiar face. The department’s own Mitchell Scott, PhD graces the cover, in addition, the series presents the achievements of distinguished clinical chemists. Scott joins an illustrious and short list of clinical pathologists to […]

Welcome New Trainees Starting July 2020

Pathology & Immunology is excited and proud to welcome the newest members of our department. These new residents and fellows will begin the next chapter of their medical education journey this July. To see a list of all the new trainees click here.

Gronowski given clinical chemistry award (Links to an external site)

Recognized for contributions to reproductive medicine diagnostics Ann M. Gronowski, PhD, a professor and vice-chair of faculty affairs and development in the Department of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research from the […]

Brian T. Edelson honored for His Dedication to Teaching Immunology

Brian T. Edelson

Brian T. Edelson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and immunology, was presented with the Samuel R. Goldstein Leadership Award in Medical Student Education award.  Edelson has also received four Distinguished Service Teaching awards from Washington University and awards from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation. Recognizing outstanding teaching, the Samuel […]

Ann Gronowski Recognized by AACC

Ann Gronowski has been selected as the 2020 AACC Academy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Chemistry in a Selected Area of Research. This award recognizes especially meritorious research contributions by an individual in a specific area of clinical chemistry. The clinical chemists who have received this award have achieved national and international status for […]

Department Recognizes LGMTrainee Presentations

The department recently announced Outstanding Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Grand Rounds Presentation for the 2018-19 season. This year’s award includes a tie between Kaitlin Mitchell and Ivan Gonzalez. The award is given to a trainee or trainees giving their first-time LGM Grand Rounds presentation, with the winner(s) decided by Laboratory Genomic Medicine faculty. Winning presentations […]

Health Professions Fair Intoduces High School Students to Medicine

The Health Professions Fair, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs, was held on the Washington University School of Medicine campus on Tuesday, February 4. This career fair for area high school students is designed to expose them to different professions and disciplines within medicine. Fellows, Caroline Franks and Melissa Budelier attended the Health Professions […]

Trainees & Faculty Heading to USCAP

Trainees and faculty from the Pathology & Immunology department will soon be heading to the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) annual meeting. The meeting will be held from February 29 – March 5, 2020, in Los Angeles, CA.  Click here to see a list of presenters at the event. Click here to see the […]