While the purpose of the appendix is largely unknown, Steven L. Zeichner, MD, PhD, of Children’s National Health System’s Center for Cancer and Immunology Research at Children’s Research Institute, and other researchers from Children’s National and the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified potential links between microbes found in the appendix of patients with appendicitis and those found in the rectum in the appendicitis patients. The findings may help guide treatment and lead to the development of new, faster, less expensive and safer tests to diagnose appendicitis.
Marshall L. Summar, MD, Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism, Center for Genetic Medicine Research (CGMR) at Children’s National Health System, has been appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI)’s inaugural Advisory Panel on Rare Disease.
Naomi L. C. Luban, MD, Medical Director of the Office of Protection of Human Subjects, Director of the Edward J. Miller Blood Donor Center, and other key leadership positions at Children’s National Health System, has been named recipient of the prestigious American Red Cross’s Graham A. Jamieson Memorial Lectureship. She is the first woman honored in the sixteen years of the award’s history, which recognizes substantial contributions through research to the Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking fields.