Incorporating Microbiome Sciences in Shock-Related Research
by Dr. John C. Alverdy
March 18, 2021 at 5:00-6:00 pm ET

John Alverdy, MD, FACS, is a leading surgeon-scientist with a focus on the molecular basis of surgical infections and the gut microbiome. Dr. Alverdy is the Sarah and Harold Lincoln Thompson Professor of Surgery and executive vice-chair, department of surgery, University of Chicago, IL. His research has received continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding since 1999, and he has mentored many postdoctoral fellows, surgical trainees, and colleagues. Dr. Alverdy has served in leadership positions at many national organizations. He presented the I.S. Ravdin Lecture in the Basic and Surgical Sciences at the ACS Clinical Congress 2017, and he received the American Surgical Association’s Flance-Karl Award in 2018 for his groundbreaking work in surgical infection pathogenesis and microbiome research.


Microcirculatory Dysfunction in Inflammatory Injury
by Sarah Yuan, M.D., Ph.D
April 16, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET

Sarah Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, where she also serves as Professor of Surgery and holds the Deriso Endowed Chair in Cardiovascular Disease. With a training background as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Yuan has been conducting translational research aimed at discovering novel molecular mechanisms underlying system/organ pathophysiology with diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Her work focuses on the cellular and molecular control of microcirculatory function in inflammation. Currently, her laboratory investigates blood and endothelial cell-cell interactions that regulate vascular barrier integrity following trauma and sepsis. Her group is known for their expertise in studying endothelial permeability and developing innovative approaches for integrated analysis of human, animal, and cell models of inflammatory injury. Since 1994, her research has continuously been funded by the NIH, which has not only resulted in many high-impact publications, but also provided numerous training opportunities for physicians and basic scientists across multiple disciplines. The majority of her mentees have successfully advanced in their academic or research careers. Her achievements have been recognized nationwide with a number of prestigious honors and awards, including the Landis Award from the Microcirculatory Society, Fellow of the American Physiology Society, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Most recently, she received the NHLBI Outstanding Investigator Award.

Prehospital Interventions Following Traumatic Injury: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

by Jason Sperry, M.D., MPH
May 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET

Dr. Sperry is a Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine, the Section Chief of Trauma and General Surgery and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Director at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sperry is the Principal Investigator for the LITES network, a multicenter trauma network to execute clinical trials for the Department of Defense. Dr. Sperry is the Principal investigator for the PAMPer trial and STAAMP trials funded by the Prehospital Use of Plasma in Traumatic Hemorrhage (PUPTH) program and the Tranexamic Acid Clinical Research (TACR) program, under the direction of the Department of The ARMY and Principal Investigator for the PPOWER trial, funded by the NHLBI to characterize whole blood resuscitation following injury.

Diversity Bonuses and Collective Intelligence
by Professor Scott E. Page
June 16, 2021 at 10:00 am ET

The complexity of modern medicine, and for that matter society writ large, produces problems, tasks, and opportunities that outstrip the capacities of any one person. Thus, most high-value, critical tasks are assigned to teams rather than individuals. The collective intelligence of a team depends in large part on the diversity of its members - their various ways of representing problems, their points of view, their experiences, their training, and their technical tools. The contributions of diversity to collective intelligence take many forms and vary depending on the type of task. Successful organizations learn how to attract and retain diverse talent, select proper organizational and institutional structures, and create a culture that encourages openness along with critical engagement.

Unraveling the Neurobiological Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
by Patricia E. Molina, MD, PhD
July 14, 2021 at 11:00 am ET

Dr. Molina completed her MD training at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, Central America, and her Ph.D. in Physiology at LSUHSC in New Orleans. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University she progressed through the academic ranks initially as an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Physiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and subsequently as Director of Surgical Research at North Shore University Hospital. During that period, she held a Guest Scientist appointment at Brookhaven National Laboratory prior to joining the Department of Physiology at LSUHSC as an Associate Professor in 1998. In 2008, she was appointed Department Head for Physiology and Director for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence (ADACE). Dr. Molina’s research has been funded continuously since completing her Ph.D. degree. Throughout her career, her research has focused on the biomedical consequences of alcohol use utilizing an integrative approach to elucidate inter-organ mechanisms of tissue injury. Current research in her laboratory focuses on the impact of unhealthy alcohol use on risk of behavioral and metabolic comorbidities associated with HIV/AIDS. This research spans pre-clinical to clinical models and is conducted in a team science approach to bidirectionally translate findings from animal models to the clinical setting. In addition, research in her laboratory investigates the neurobiological consequences of traumatic brain injury. Dr. Molina is Principal Investigator and Director of the NIAAA-funded Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center on HIV/AIDS (CARC), the NIAAA-funded T32 and T-35 Biomedical Research Training Programs, and MPI of the NIMH funded Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences (ENDURE), all at LSUHSC, New Orleans. Dr. Molina served as President of the American Physiological Society (APS), and the Association of Chairs of Department of Physiology (ACDP). Currently, she serves as President for the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) and Chair for the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse.