Faculty in the News Summer 2020

August 24, 2020

A new study led by Spyros Bakas, PhD, an instructor of Radiology and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, showed that a method called federated learning is a successful way to train a machine learning model with data from many different hospitals around the world. This gamechanging new technique could allow machine-learning models to obtain the large datasets needed to answer medical questions. The findings pave the way for researchers to develop an open-source tool which could help clinicians better identify and treat brain tumors.
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Danielle Fortuna, MD, is the recipient of a 2020 McCabe Pilot Award. The McCabe awards were established in 1969 by a generous gift from Thomas B. and Jeannette E. Laws McCabe to the Perelman School of Medicine. The purpose of this gift is to support junior faculty who initiate fresh and innovative biomedical, clinical and surgical research projects. The McCabe Award process is based in the Department of Surgery in coordination with the Perelman School of Medicine Dean’s Office and the University investment office.

Virginia M.Y. Lee, PhD, the John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professor in Alzheimer’s Research and 2019 recipient of the $3 Million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, reflects on her research career and a field poised for impact in an online article "Untangling the Mysteries of Neurodegenerative Disease."

Lauren Schwartz, MD, was selected as one of the 40 Under 40 by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The ASCP 40 Under Forty program recognizes members under the age of 40 for their achievements and leadership qualities that are making an impact on pathology and laboratory medicine. Forty pathologists, laboratory professionals and residents are chosen annually through an application or nomination process. This prestigious ASCP recognition program celebrates the brightest emerging leaders and innovators of pathology, laboratory medicine, and ASCP. Former CP resident and blood banking and transfusion medicine fellow Suzanne Thibodeaux, MD, PhD, was also included the 2020 selection.

Ping Wang, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, an associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, discusses a rapid antigen test she is developing to diagnose COVID-19 using highly sensitive and portable technology with Penn Medicine news, as many of the latest developments in the global coronavirus pandemic revolve around diagnostic and antibody testing.

Roseann Wu, MD, MPH, was interviewed to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted pathology residents and fellows in an online article for ARUP Lab.