Congratulations to Darlene Mashman who has been selected as a member of the ASA/SPA Committee of Editors to develop a self assessment module for pediatric anesthesiology competencies and milestones. She also is one of our two representatives to the National Professionalism Taskforce, the aim of which is to develop content experts within each fellowship program to teach and assess professionalism in our fellows and faculty. We are proud of her accomplishments and these distinctions in service. Please join us in congratulating her!
Congratulations to Drs Wei and Ping Yu on funding of a 5-year R01 grant: "Application of optogenetics in iPS cell transplantation therapy for ischemic stroke". Principle investigators include Dr. Wei (contact PI), Dr. Shan Ping Yu, and Dr. Robert Gross (Neurosurgery Department). The investigation is to explore a novel application of the innovative technology optogenetics in cell-based regenerative therapy. They propose to improve cell quality and differentiation potential of induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells using optogenetics combined with an enriched endogenous environment in the post ischemic brain. The results from this study may provide a novel combination therapy for ischemic stroke and neurodegenerative disorders.