URMC Study Tests if COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Can Treat, Prevent Infection
URMC is joining two national clinical trials testing whether transfusions of plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients (also called convalescent plasma) can prevent infection in healthy volunteers or speed recovery in people with mild COVID-19 infections. The trial will enroll 28 local volunteers: 9 healthy volunteers who are at high risk of infection – like frontline healthcare workers – and 18 people with mild-COVID-19. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 23, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC Receives Another $24 Million to Translate Research Discoveries into Health Improvements
URMC has been awarded another $24.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue efforts to translate scientific discoveries into therapies that improve health. This is the fourth consecutive grant of this kind to be awarded to URMC, bringing the total funding to $132 million over 19 years. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 22, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC Psychiatry Awarded Additional $2.5M to Combat Opioids in Rural Communities
The University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Psychiatry has been awarded an additional $2.5 million to expand the scope of its UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence project. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 16, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Coordinating Coronavirus Research: Creating Options for Our Sickest COVID-19 Patients
When the first COVID-19 cases hit Rochester, a team of URMC clinicians and researchers mobilized to bring the most promising clinical trials - that address the broadest swath of patients ’ needs - to the community. Since then, URMC has joined several clinical trials that have provided extra treatment options for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Rochester Community Initiative Increases Teenage Use of Effective Contraception, Study Finds
A University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) partnership resulted in adoption of long-acting reversible contraception five-times greater than the U.S. overall rate. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 10, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

NCI Funds Urban-Rural Cervical Cancer Screening Research
A new University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine study aims to reduce the screening disparity for cervical cancer, a highly preventable disease, with a study conducted at UR Medicine emergency departments in urban and rural locations. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 8, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC Tapped to Advance Research in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The University of Rochester has been designated an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The award recognizes the Medical Center ’s national leadership in research for conditions such Autism, Batten disease, and Rett syndrome, will translate scientific insights into new ways to diagnose and treat these conditions, and provide patients and families access to cutting edge care. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - July 8, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

University Medical Imaging to Join UR Medicine July 1
University Medical Imaging (UMI), a private practice that has served the Rochester region for 30 years, will join UR Medicine effective July 1. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 25, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Medicine Hospitals Resume Limited Inpatient Visitation
As COVID-19 cases decline in New York, limited visitation for patients will resume at UR Medicine hospitals beginning June 25. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 23, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

New Therapy Reduces Chronic Low Back Pain in Large International Study
A new study has found that tanezumab, a monoclonal antibody that inhibits nerve activity, provides relief in patients with chronic low back pain, one of the leading reasons why people seek medical care and the number one cause of disability worldwide. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

COVID-19 Toll in Nursing Homes Linked to Staffing Levels and Quality
A new study shows that residents of long-term care facilities with lower nurse staffing levels, poorer quality scores, and higher concentrations of disadvantaged residents suffer from higher rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness Building Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
The Golisano Behavioral Health and Wellness Building opened on June 18 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. This building, established in 2017 thanks to $5 million gift from Tom Golisano, and completed thanks to the contributions of additional donors, will help address the rising need for pediatric behavioral health in the region. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

University Makes Self-Screening Technology for COVID-19 Symptoms Available to Nation ’s Employers as Open Source Code
Employers across the country can advance reopening efforts with technology developed by the University of Rochester to check employees for potential COVID-19 symptoms before they report to work each day. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 13, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC Launches Clinical Trials to Test Hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 Patients
URMC researchers are joining a pair of national clinical trials this week that will test whether hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an FDA-approved anti-malarial drug, can keep COVID-19 patients alive and out of the hospital. The two trials, will enroll 20 hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Strong Memorial Hospital and up to 200 people from the greater Rochester region who are diagnosed with COVID-19, but don ’t need to be hospitalized. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - June 2, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Medicine to Begin COVID-19 Antibody Testing Monday, June 1
UR Medicine Labs will begin testing blood samples for antibodies to novel coronavirus on June 1. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 29, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Organ transplant programs continue despite pandemic
Last week, the hospital performed its first live-donor kidney transplant in nine weeks, with a second on Tuesday, and expects to resume live-donor liver transplants in June. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Animal Study Shows Human Brain Cells Repair Damage in Multiple Sclerosis
A new study shows that when specific human brain cells are transplanted into animal models of multiple sclerosis and other white matter diseases, the cells repair damage and restore function. The study provides one of the final pieces of scientific evidence necessary to advance this treatment strategy to clinical trials. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 19, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Social distancing has stabilized, but failed to reverse, the spread of COVID-19
As policymakers try to restart the economy but also control COVID-19, data scientists at Cornell University and the University of Rochester are studying the impacts of social distancing. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 12, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Staff Furloughs at the University of Rochester Medical Center
On April 15, URMC leadership notified faculty and staff that the institution was facing a $500 million budget gap in the fiscal year ending June 30. Measures required to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 patients increased costs, while reducing revenue from clinical operations by $130 million per month. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 9, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC, RRH Collaborating to Test Experimental Coronavirus Vaccine
The University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health are investigating a new potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 6, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Intubation Box Provides Extra Protection for Caregivers Fighting the Pandemic
Two engineering professors and a machine shop supervisor at the University of Rochester – in less than 20 days – worked hand in hand with Emergency Department clinicians at Strong Memorial Hospital to customize an intubation enclosure system that provides an extra safeguard during these procedures. Their “intubation box” encloses patients – and any contaminated particles they have exhaled – yet still allows the clinicians access to perform the lifesaving procedure quickly in the ED. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - May 2, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Statement on Guidelines for Resuming Elective Outpatient Treatments
UR Medicine welcomes the Governor's guidelines that will allow hospitals to resume elective outpatient treatments. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 22, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

‘Universal Masking’ Procedures in Effect at UR Medicine, Rochester Regional
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health implemented “universal masking” on March 31 to help slow the spread of the virus. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Researchers Find New Leukemia Genes using CRISPR Technology
Using the most advanced tools available, scientists discovered several novel genes not known to be involved in blood cancers, and used the powerful new data to paint a clearer map for how aggressive leukemia arises and grows, according to an article published in Nature Cancer. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Rating Pain -- Not Just a Numbers Game
“Is your pain tolerable?” A new study out today from the JAMA Network found that this simple question, used in conjunction with the traditional 0-10 rating scale posed to patients, could help doctors better understand whether treatments for pain, including opioid medications, are actually necess ary. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 21, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Emergency Medicine Team Returns from NYC COVID-19 Front Lines
An Emergency Medicine team from UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital has returned from the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 18, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

New URMC Coronavirus Research Examines Immune Response
The University of Rochester Medical Center is launching a new study to understand how the body ’s immune system responds to COVID-19, including if and when a person could be re-infected with the virus and whether some people have pre-existing immunity. The findings could have significant implications for the public health response to the pandemic, the development of COVID-19 vaccines, and decisions related to re-opening the economy and society. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Statement Regarding Statewide Plan for Ventilator Sharing
The Hospital Association of New York State has agreed to serve as a clearinghouse for ventilator needs and availability statewide, in response to the Governor ’s April 3 announcement of a potential plan to redeploy ventilators to New York City from all Upstate hospitals. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 8, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Further Visitation Restrictions in Effect at UR Medicine Hospitals
UR Medicine hospitals, following advice from the Monroe County Department of Health, implemented zero-visitation restrictions on March 16 to help protect patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Limited visitation remains for pediatric patients and patients in labor, and in rare cases exceptions will be made – but virtually all in-person visits to adult patients at UR Medicine hospitals will cease until March 29. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 7, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Medicine Asks for Donations of Handmade Masks to Help Preserve Manufactured Mask Supply for Frontline Clinical Workers
Generous people throughout the Rochester area are stepping up to help address the public health challenges of this moment, and UR Medicine is asking for your help in preparing its workforce for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases by donating homemade masks for use by staff who don ’t have direct patient contact and discharging patients. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 7, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Updated Visitor Restrictions for Wilmot Cancer Institute
New visitor restrictions will be going into place for all Wilmot Cancer Institute locations on Monday, April 6. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 4, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

A Tale of Two Doctors and One Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment
Two University of Rochester physicians — one as an investigator and one as a patient — had major roles in a cutting-edge clinical trial using the body’s own immune cells to fight late-stage cancer. The striking results, showing that 93 percent of the study patients responded to the treatment, were reported in the April 2, 2020, iss ue of New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 2, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Statement Regarding Maternity Safeguards and COVID-19
We have been fielding many inquiries today about a family that gave birth recently at Strong Memorial Hospital that was featured in the news. We want to protect the privacy of this family while explaining the steps that were taken to ensure the safety of all patients and staff members at all University of Rochester hospitals. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 1, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

‘Universal Masking’ Procedures To Take Effect at UR Medicine, Rochester Regional
As the number of COVID-19 cases increases, UR Medicine and Rochester Regional Health will implement “universal masking” on March 31 to help slow the spread of the virus. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 31, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Medicine Hospitals Surge Plans
UR Medicine participated in a Monroe County news conference on March 27, 2020, to update the public about hospital system capacity to treat COVID-19 patients. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 27, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

URMC Begins Clinical Trial for New COVID-19 Treatment
The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is participating in a NIH-sponsored clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir in hospitalized adults diagnosed with COVID-19. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 25, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Fact Sheet: UR Medicine Testing for COVID-19
UR Medicine held a news conference on March 19, 2020, to update the public about COVID-19 testing at its Central Laboratory. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 20, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Schools of Nursing, Medicine Move Up in U.S. News Rankings
The University of Rochester ’s School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Dentistry once again placed among the top 35 schools ranked by the 2021 Best Graduate Schools guide produced by U.S. News and World Report. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Harriet Kitzman ’s lasting legacy: Brilliant research that transformed health care for mothers and their children
Harriet Kitzman, a brilliant and internationally renowned researcher whose lifetime of work in pediatrics reshaped how health care is provided to young mothers and their children, died March 11. She leaves a powerful legacy created during a 60-plus year career as a nurse, researcher, professor, mentor, and leader, most of it spent at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Further Visitation Restrictions in Effect at UR Medicine Hospitals, Beginning Today
UR Medicine hospitals, following advice from the Monroe County Department of Health, implemented zero-visitation restrictions on March 16 to help protect patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Limited visitation remains for pediatric patients and patients in labor, and in rare cases exceptions will be made – but virtually all in-person visits to adult patients at UR Medicine hospitals will cease until March 29. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

UR Medicine Prepares for Potential COVID-19 Patients While Maintaining Care for All
As the community prepares for the anticipated rise in COVID-19 cases, UR Medicine today announced that it has begun to reschedule some patient appointments and redeploy resources to ensure treatment of acute care needs at its hospitals, clinics, and physician offices. The changes, which include all UR Medicine affiliates and practices, are taking effect now and will be re-evaluated March 29 to determine if they are still necessary. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 15, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

COVID-19 Compels Changes to Access at Strong Memorial, Highland Hospitals
Following guidelines issued by the Monroe County Department of Public Health and endorsed by our hospitals, both Strong Memorial and Highland have changed guidelines for patient visits and access to their campuses. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 14, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

First COVID-19 Patient in Rochester Confirmed
Rochester, N.Y., March 12, 2020 –Monroe County Department of Public Health notified Highland Hospital late on Wednesday that a positive COVID-19 result came back on a patient who was evaluated at the hospital on Tuesday. The patient is not seriously ill and is recuperating in home isolation. The patient did not come in contact w ith any other patients at Highland and the caregivers who examined him took all appropriate measures to avoid potential exposure to the virus. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 12, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

New Book Details Roadmap to Prevent and Treat Parkinson ’s
A new book titled “Ending Parkinson’s Disease: A Prescription for Action” and authored by University of Rochester Medical Center neurologist Ray Dorsey, M.D. and his colleagues, lays out a new vision to prevent, advocate for, care for, and treat this major and growing global health threat. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - March 11, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Study: The Opioid Crisis May Be Far Worse than We Thought
New research appearing in the journal Addiction shows that the number of deaths attributed to opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than reported due to incomplete death records. This discrepancy is more pronounced in several states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Indiana, where the estimated number of deaths more than doubles – obscuring the scope of the opioid crisis and potentially affecting programs and funding intended to confront the epidemic. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - February 28, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

All 6 UR Medicine Hospitals Have Earned Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval ®
All six UR Medicine hospitals have earned The Joint Commission ’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - February 26, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Cupertino to Lead Community Engagement and Disparities Research at Wilmot Cancer Institute
Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., will join the University of Rochester Medical Center as Professor of Public Health Sciences and Oncology and as Wilmot Cancer Institute ’s Associate Director of Community Outreach, Engagement and Disparities. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - February 20, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Mina Chung, Retinal Surgeon and Researcher, Dies at 51
Mina Millicent Chung, M.D., an ophthalmologist and retina specialist who helped blind children to see and furthered the study of retinal disease, including macular degeneration, died Feb. 13 after a fall while skiing in Cortina d ’Ampezzo, Dolomites, Italy. She was 51. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - February 18, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Vitamin D Supplementation in Pregnancy Has No Effect on Reducing Asthma in Children
A new study finds that giving mothers vitamin D during pregnancy doesn ’t prevent asthma or recurrent wheezing in young children. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - February 14, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Brain 'Drowns' in Its Own Fluid after a Stroke
Cerebral edema, swelling that occurs in the brain, is a severe and potentially fatal complication of stroke. New research, which was conducted in mice and appears in the journal Science, shows for the first time that the glymphatic system – normally associated with the beneficial task of waste removal – goes awry during a stroke and floods the brain, triggering edema and drowning brain cells. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - January 31, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news