News and Announcements
Read the latest news from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Social Sciences. The links below take you to articles where you can learn more about our faculty’s latest achievements, awards and honors.
- 05.25.2021A mental health smartphone app developed by a team of Northwestern Medicine investigators helped improve depressive symptoms in patients with diabetes and hypertension, according to a recent clinical trial published in JAMA.
- 05.14.2021Even in a mostly virtual format, Northwestern Medicine’s pipeline programs are helping young people from underrepresented communities get exposure to and experience in medicine and biomedical science.
- 05.13.2021McGaw Medical Center hosted the first annual Health Equity Week, a series of panel discussions highlighting the roots of healthcare disparities and how clinicians and scientists are working to find solutions.
- 05.03.2021A team of Northwestern Medicine investigators led by Rina Fox, PhD, MPH, received a Cancer and Aging Translational Bridge Award to investigate circadian disruption in lymphoma.
- 04.22.2021Three members of the Feinberg faculty have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.
- 03.19.2021Forty-four new members were inducted into Northwestern’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society during a virtual ceremony on March 17.
- 01.04.2021Take a look back at a handful of groundbreaking research discoveries that marked one of, if not the most, unprecedented and transformative years for Feinberg.
- 12.28.2020Listen to the year's most popular episodes of the Breakthroughs podcast, featuring Northwestern Medicine experts discussing COVID-19 research.
- 12.11.2020The Institute for Global Health hosted their second annual Global Health Day, highlighting traditional development issues as well as the impact COVID-19 has had on the field.
- 12.10.2020Using proxy measures of preparedness for hypertension or diabetes care did not accurately assess the ability of low- and middle-income countries to treat patients, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine.
- 11.16.2020During a recent webinar, Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD, the Elizabeth J. Ward Professor of Genetic Medicine and director of the Center for Genetic Medicine, discussed findings from the ongoing Screening for Coronavirus Antibodies in Neighborhoods (SCAN) study and what genetics can reveal about COVID-19.
- 11.04.2020In the face of the greatest public health crisis in a century, Feinberg’s Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) mobilized with leading-edge science, new grant programs for community partners and a series of informational webinars.
- 10.29.2020A recent Northwestern Medicine perspective piece published in journal Academic Medicine discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact gender equity within the field, specifically the retention and advancement of women.
- 10.23.2020Nicholas Soulakis, PhD, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine in the Divisions of Health and Biomedical Informatics and Epidemiology, discussed lessons learned from his experience leading COVID-19 contract tracing efforts for the Illinois Department of Public Health during a recent webinar.
- 09.29.2020Feinberg educators celebrated teaching and learning virtually at the tenth annual Medical Education Day.
- 09.28.2020The drug rucaparib significantly delayed cancer progression for women with ovarian cancer and may be an effective option for maintenance therapy, according to findings from a recent clinical trial.
- 08.18.2020At Northwestern Medicine, various COVID-19 antibody testing efforts have been underway since the beginning of the pandemic.
- 08.03.2020Northwestern Medicine will launch an Older Americans Independence Center, joining a network of centers across the country that investigate ways to maintain or restore independence in older adults.
- 06.24.2020Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing has become a leader in sexual and gender minority health research and intervention programs with the goal of advancing health equity for the LGBTQ community.
- 06.22.2020As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, recent editorials published by Feinberg faculty explore COVID-19 and its impact on medicine, including potential drug targets and the need for more clinical trials to maximizing trainee education.
A community-academic research partnership between Judy Guitelman (ALAS-WINGS) and Elizabeth Hahn (Northwestern University) resulted in the development of an innovative project focused on health literacy and self-reported health outcomes in Spanish-speaking Latina breast cancer survivors and their caregivers. The Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) announced the recipients of $150,000 in seed grant funds aimed at supporting Chicagoland community-engaged partnerships and research projects.
Launched in August 2019, more than 75 policymakers, implementers, and researchers came together to map the gaps in global knowledge and prioritize key questions in new BMJ Global Health special issue. This initiative was spearheaded by MSS faculty member Dr. Lisa Hirschhorn who noted, “A research consortium led by policymakers, researchers, and implementers has the ability to ensure that the generated research is actionable and accelerates the cross-country learning needed to more efficiently and effectively address the primary health care gaps which threaten the global progress in achieving effective Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- 07.18.2019An app developed by Drs. Craig Garfield and Young Lee was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune. Called SMART NICU2HOME, the app allows parents of NICU babies to receive constant updates on their child.