The New York Times Magazine recently featured ITM Associate Director and Learning Healthcare Systems Core Leader David Meltzer, MD, PhD, for his work measuring the value of the doctor-patient relationship. The U.S. health care system has made it increasingly difficult for patients to get individual attention from their primary care doctors, instead favoring a more digital, …

By Helen J. Burgess, PhD, and John W. Burns, PhD, ITM-Rush researcher Can light therapy help people with chronic pain? We conducted a study to find the answer. You may wonder why such a possibility occurred to us. We already know that light treatment — particularly light treatment in the morning — can reduce depression. …

Five ITM investigators were part of a team that identified a more effective way to detect breast cancer early on. While annual mammograms are typically the standard for screening high-risk individuals, this new study found that regular MRIs better detect breast cancer in young women. “This study demonstrates, for the first time, that aggressive breast …

  An Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) researcher – whose studies on the power of language to support early brain development have led to a Netflix series collaboration, book, NBA collaboration, and more – has launched a UChicago research institute to give parents and caregivers effective tools to set their children up for success. Dana Suskind, …

ITM investigator Elbert Huang, MD, is part of a team of multi-institutional experts working with Walgreens’ new Center for Health & Wellbeing Research that launched Aug. 15.  The online research platform is home to more than 50 Walgreens outcomes studies that have been completed over the past six years, covering everything from access to care to digital health to HIV.   The site aims …

Secure Funding, Free Research Resources, Video Production, and More The Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM) is now accepting applications for its Pilot Award Program that offers up to $60,000 in funding, a suite of free study design resources, science communications training, and a professional pitch video. Since 2007, the ITM has given investigators more than …

Science & Enterprise featured Quantitative Insights, Inc., a company founded and now advised by ITM investigator Maryellen Giger, PhD. The company created the industry’s first computer-aided diagnosis platform incorporating machine learning for evaluating breast abnormalities. The algorithm can help radiologists better diagnose breast cancer, and was recently cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). …

EdTech featured ITM investigator Robert Grossman, PhD, for his work using big data to help fight cancer. Grossman leads the Genomic Data Commons, an open-access repository of cancer data, and is using this information to help drive new discoveries and treatments for patients. “[Cancer researchers] want to use all available data but to set up …

Projects Will Tackle Diverse Challenges from Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System to Improving Vaccines A funding partnership among seven prestigious universities – including the University of Chicago – are awarding nearly $300,000 to scientists working on collaborative research among their institutes that will explore widely-ranging health concerns, from creating tumor-destroying viruses to decreasing …