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Capsule March 2019

Headlines from the UVA Health System

New Contributor to Age-Related Hearing Loss Identified

NIH Provides $23 Million for Statewide Translational Research Institute

Award Lets UVA Open New Portal to the Submicroscopic World

In the Spotlight: Spring Reunions

More than 300 people are already registered to join us in Charlottesville for the 2019 Medical School Reunion Weekend, April 26-28. If you’re an MD alum from a class ending in 4 or 9, don’t miss this chance to gather with your classmates for a fun-filled weekend. The weekend’s agenda includes social events, the State of the School address, special tours and more. Learn more here.

We’re also excited to share that more than 100 people have signed up for the first-ever Biomedical Sciences (BIMS)-affiliated PhD Program Alumni Reunion, April 12-13. The reunion is for alumni who received degrees in Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Experimental Pathology, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Physiology. There will be time to learn what your department is doing today, network with other alumni and students, enjoy the Charlottesville area and more. Learn more here.

Innovator Honored

Researcher Lee Ritterband, PhD, who created the anti-insomnia program SHUTi, has been named 2019’s Innovator of the Year by the University of Virginia’s Licensing & Ventures Group. Ritterband is a professor and director of the Center for Behavioral Health and Technology at the UVA School of Medicine.

Alumna Honored

Recognizing the impact of her career as a groundbreaking diabetes physician, the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center has selected Sherita Hill Golden, MD ’94, as the University’s 2019 Distinguished Alumna. Golden is a well-known expert in diabetes research and care, with a focus on health disparities.

Lab Coat Ceremony

The inaugural UVA Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BIMS) Lab Coat Ceremony was held on February 8. Thirty-two first-year students received their lab coats to mark the transition to full-time bench research. Seven MSTP students were also honored but unable to attend. To highlight the role of mentors in the BIMS program, faculty mentors coated their students.

Alumni News

Laura C. Page, MD ’11, recently received the ACGME’s 2019 David C. Leach Award for excellence in graduate medical education. Page, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine, is the co-director of the Duke Pediatric Comprehensive Thyroid Clinic. A pediatric endocrinologist, she cares for children with diabetes and other hormone disorders.


GivingToHoosDay is UVA’s fun, 24-hour online day of giving, and it’s coming up on Tuesday, April 9. It’s a great day to show your pride in being an alum of the UVA School of Medicine. Your support will make an impact on today’s student’s – tomorrow’s physicians and researchers. Every gift counts. You can make a one-time gift, or use the occasion to set-up a multi-year pledge or recurring gift.