Division Kudos - November & December 2014

December 10, 2014

Xian O'Brien – Received a congratulatory email from the Managing Editor of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology stating that the JLB has been tracking the website hits and download activity of her recent JLB technical advance entitled, "Introducing a Novel Metric, Directionality Time, to Quantify Human Neutrophil Chemotaxis as a Function of Matrix Composition and Stiffness".  Her article was identified as one of the most accessed papers in the last six months since publication, and has been received with high interest by the JLB readership.  Based on the number of downloads, they stated they were confident it will be a well cited article, and offered their congratulations on such an outstanding article!

Meredith Crane - Received a Travel Award from the Society for Leukocyte Biology to attend the joint meeting of the Society for Leukocyte Biology and International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society in Salt Lake City, UT on October 23-25.

Invited Presentations:
Alfred Ayala -  “Novel Pathological Processes in Shock/Sepsis: A Role for Co-inhibitory Receptors/Check-point proteins”.  Invited presentation as a part of Fall 2014 Seminar Series of the Department of Basic Science at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, November 13, 2014.

Alfred Ayala - “Novel Pathological Processes in Shock/Sepsis: A Role for Co-inhibitory Receptors/Check-point proteins”.  Invited presentation as a part of M.S.U. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Lansing, MI, December 4, 2014.

There were 6 grant submissions from members of the Division of Surgical Research:
Jonathan Reichner -  "Effect of Neutrophil Priming on Chemotaxis and Signaling", NIGMS R01-A1 resubmission
Xian O'Brien -  "Structural Characterization of CD116/CD18", R03-A1 resubmission  and "Inter-Alpha Inhibitor Proteins Protect Endothelial Barrier Function", Brown Univ. CPVB COBRE 
Craig Lefort - "Integrin Activation Regulates Neutrophil Trafficking Within the Murine Lung", Brown Univ. CPVB COBRE
Daithi Heffernan - "Sepsis Induced Changes in iNKT-Cells and their Effect on Phagocyte Function", NIGMS Ko8-A1
Joanne Lomas-Neira - "Rescuing Endothelial Barrier Function Following Trauma Hemorrhage Associated ARDS" DoD.