BMI Weekly News

BMI Weekly News

August 26, 2019


â- New Student Orientation:

All BMI students, fellows, staff, and faculty, are invited to a welcome luncheon for our new graduate students that will be held Thursday (August 29) from 11:45 AM to 12:30 PM in the BMI Library and Lounge (Scott Hall 7364).

The luncheon will be part of an orientation event that will include the following activities:

11:00 - 11:45 Orientation for all new and continuing BMI MS and PhD graduate students. Faculty who are mentoring current students or want to take on new students are asked to attend.

11:45-12:30 Welcome luncheon

12:30-1:15 Gathering of all students for student-led discussion of graduate student life.

â- Congratulations to the following for their 2019 School of Medicine awards:

• Sharon Ackerman - College Teaching Award
• Robert Lisak - Dean's Office Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship
• Maik Huettemann - Dean's Office Award for Outstanding Research Achievement

â- Drs. Akins and Sobel and their research team have published consecutive papers on bacterial vaginosis in 2019. The first, entitled "Prognostic indicators of recurrence of bacterial vaginosis" (J Clin Microbiol. 2019: e00227-19) identifies a diagnostic molecular marker that predicts which patients will recur after conventional therapy for bacterial vaginosis. The follow-up paper, "Conventional oral and secondary high dose vaginal metronidazole therapy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis: clinical outcomes, impacts of sex and menses" (Diagn Infect Dis 12: 12 2297-2307), shows that patients who fail conventional therapy can nevertheless achieve remission with additional topical therapy. These results offer new strategies to counter the 80% recurrence rates currently experienced by afflicted women.


â- A symposium on Emerging Concepts and Technologies in Virology will be held at the University of Michigan Thursday September 12. All are welcome. There is no charge for attendees. Program information is in the attached flyer, and you can register via this link.

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