News and Events

Botten and Celdara to Develop Treatment for Viruses like SARS-CoV-2
Jason Botten

Amid the biomedical science world’s race to develop and distribute vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, a team made up of a Larner College of Medicine scientist and partners at Lebanon, N.H.-based Celdara Medical are busy building a potentially game-changing therapy to fight RNA viruses like SARS-CoV-2. The team, which includes Jason Botten, Ph.D., professor in the Division of Immunobiology, recently received a two-year Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding supports the development of a novel, broad-spectrum therapeutic/prophylactic against RNA viruses, which, in addition to the virus responsible for COVID-19, include SARS, Ebola, influenza, and pathogenic arenaviruses. Read more.


Carney Receives UVM Citizenship and Service Award

Jan CarneyJan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, associate dean for public health and health policy, and senior advisor to the dean of the Larner College of Medicine, has been named the 2019–2020 recipient of the President’s Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award in recognition of her innovative teaching, creative leadership and service to the University of Vermont community. Carney, who served as Vermont Commissioner of Health from 1989 to 2003, has been a passionate advocate for preventive medicine and public health throughout her career — at UVM, in Vermont and nationally. Over the past 15 years, her public health projects course — run in collaboration with the United Way of Northwest Vermont — has resulted in the completion of well over 200 public health projects that address critical health issues in the local community. Read more.

John (Jack) Leahy, M.D., Appointed Professor Emeritus

Jack LeahyJohn L. Leahy, M.D., recruited in 1996 as chief of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, has retired and been appointed a professor emeritus. He served as chief of the division until 2010 and then as co-chief until 2016. Leahy is internationally recognized for his research in all aspects of pancreatic beta cell function, including the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes, beta cell biology, beta cell mass and insulin secretion. In 2015, he was named the inaugural Sarah Nichols Gruenig Green & Gold Professor of Diabetes Research at the Larner College of Medicine. He has authored and co-authored many book chapters and articles, the latter of which have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Diabetes, The Journal of Clinical Investigation, and The New England Journal of Medicine. During his long career, he has been an extraordinary teacher of medical students, post-doctoral students, fellows and junior faculty, and has delivered superb diabetes care to thousands of patients.


Awards and Recognition

Anne Dixon

Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research

The Dean's Celebration of Excellence in Research highlights the leading edge research conducted by junior faculty, senior faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students at the Larner College of Medicine. Awardees from the Department of Medicine include:

    Research Laureate
  • Anne Dixon, M.A., B.M., B.Ch., professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine (pictured at left)
    Clinical Trials Research Award
  • Harold Dauerman, M.D., professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    Research Mentor Award
  • Daniel Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Division of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine
    Mid-Career Investigator Award
  • Jason Botten, Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Immunobiology
UVM Health Network Medical Group Awards
    Junior Researcher of the Year
  • Katharine Cheung, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology
    Innovation Research Grant
  • "Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs and Experiences of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Vermont," Devika Singh, M.D. (PI), assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, with Jennifer Monroe Zakaras, Independent Consultant; Patsy Kelso, Ph.D., Vermont Health; and Jennifer Read, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., Vermont Health

Faculty Receive Teaching Academy Awards

Medical education leaders and scholars gathered virtually on January 13 and 14, 2021 for the Larner College of Medicine Teaching Academy’s 2021 Induction and Award Ceremony and Snow Season Education Retreat. Co-presented with the University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group, the ceremony recognized medical educators and kicked off the annual education program, which this year featured several sessions on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read more about the ceremony

The following Department of Medicine faculty received awards:

    Graduate Medical Education Educator of the Year Award
  • Julian Sprague, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology
    UVM Health Network Group Educational Scholarship Award
  • Andrew Hale, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease

The following Department of Medicine faculty were recognized during the induction ceremony:

    Distinguished Educator
  • Halle Sobel, M.D., associate professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine
  • Matthew Gilbert, D.O., M.P.H., associate professor in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • Shea Lambirth, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine
  • Rachel McEntee, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine

Faculty and Staff News

Mary Cushman

In October of 2020, Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, received the Award of Meritorious Achievement from the American Heart Association for work promoting gender equity in science and medicine. Cushman, who has worked on dozens of AHA committees, co-authored countless papers and won a case full of awards, has made far-reaching contributions on the local, regional and national levels. They include service as chair of council operations and as a national board director. She's also been a pioneer for the AHA in early-career development programs, setting up AHA programs that guide, counsel and inspire the next generation of scientific leaders. Thanks to her efforts, early-career development programs have multiplied in the AHA.

Ralph Budd, M.D., professor in the Division of Immunobiology, is serving on National Institutes of Health study sections for autoimmunity (ACTS) and infectious diseases (IGD).

Lee-Anna K. Burgess, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine, has been appointed director of the Nutrition, Metabolism, Gastrointestinal System (NMGI) course in the Foundations Level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. She is the recipient of the 2017 Frank L. Babbott Memorial Resident of the Year Award and the 2020 Mark A. Levine Clinical Teacher of the Year Award. Her primary clinical interests are hospital medicine, high value care, and communication.

The Quality Program is collaborating with the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine to deliver a quality improvement-focused curriculum to pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows. Stephen DeVoe, M.P.H., M.S., quality program project director, and Allen Repp, M.D.,M.Sc., professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine, have been delivering the curriculum, which began in September 2020.

Education News

Hale Garners Foundations Award

Andrew Hale

Andrew Hale, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, received the Foundations Course Director Award from the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2023. Hale is director for the Cardiovascular, Renal and Respiratory Systems course. The annual celebration marks the end of the first level of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum and gives students the opportunity to express their gratitude faculty and staff. Read more and watch short videos from the Foundations awards ceremony.

Student and Resident News

The Endocrine Society has awarded an Outstanding Abstract Award to Samantha Steinmetz-Wood, M.D., a current internal medicine resident and the incoming endocrinology fellow, for her abstract titled “Navigating the Debate on Large (4+cm) Thyroid Nodules: Local Insight on a Persisting Problem.” This award provides the opportunity to post a recorded presentation of the abstract on the ENDO 2021 conference platform.

Several students of Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, have recently won awards:

  • Charles Nicoli, M.D.’20, won the Diane Becker Award for Achievement in Clinical Epidemiology and Prevention from Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine. He was nominated by Cushman and Tim Plante, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. This high-profile national award for residents was for his work with Cushman and Plante titled “Proneurotensin, Hypertension and Diabetes.” He gave a presentation at JHU Dept of Medicine Grand Rounds, held virtually.
  • Christina Evans, M.D.’18, was awarded the Larner College of Medicine Dean’s Excellence Award for Outstanding Research Publication in November of 2020.


Research and Grants

Ralph Budd, M.D., professor in the Division of Immunobiology, has had several research advances in his lab:

  • Research on murine lupus has found that DNA demethylation occurs at select sites throughout the genome, and these sites correspond to the location of many unregulated genes, included several that cause inflammation.
  • Research on synovial gamma/delta T cells has shown that expression of the ligand in some cells depends on opening of a cell ore by gasdermin D, which is normally expressed on stressed or dying cells. “This adds to our developing view that these T cells function in the immune surveillance of cell stress,” he says.
  • The renewal application for a T32 training grant received an outstanding score of 16. His team is waiting on the funding decision.

Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and vice chair for emerging researchers, reports that the NIH-funded Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) 4a Trial was partly closed to accrual in December 2020 for the stratum of ICU-level of care patients with COVID-19. The team found that full intensity anticoagulation with heparin/low molecular weight heparin was a futile intervention as compared to prophylaxis dose heparin/low molecular weight heparin. She is also a multiple principal investigator for new COVID-19 research funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This new project is collaborating across 14 existing cohorts of over 50,000 participants to identify cases of COVID-19 and answer critical questions about risk factors and consequences of the disease. The Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research at UVM is collecting dried blood spots on up to 40,000 participants to perform serology testing.

Jennifer Kelly, D.O., associate professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and David Lunardini, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, received IRB approval in December of 2020 for a new research project titled “Effect of PTH analog on union rates of Type II odontoid fractures in older adults.”

Constance van Eeghen, DrPH, MHSA, M.B.A., assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine Research, is principal investigator for a $100,000 grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The grant is a patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research capacity building infrastructure award to build a community of patients with multiple chronic conditions for participation in research by revising and implementing a Partnering Guide.

Clinical News

Weekly Huddles Keep Division of Infectious Disease Informed
The Division of Infectious Disease continues to participate in a weekly huddle related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other topics. This once-daily brief huddle to keep the whole team up to date has evolved into a weekly huddle using Zoom and now takes the place of departmental monthly meetings. This meeting continued even during the cyberattack in the fall of 2020 when group communications were challenged. Although Outlook calendars were not available to remind regular attendees of the meeting, there was full attendance using personal devices the morning after the network went down. No one in the division was in the dark about the handling of the pandemic response in the hospital, in Vermont, nationally or globally.

News and Notes

Desiree de Waal, M.S., R.D., C.D., FAND, renal dietician at UVM Medical Center, wrote an article for Renal Nutrition Forum titled "Re-evaluation of the In-Center Hemodialysis 'No Eating Policy' During the COVID-19 Pandemic."

Rachel Preston, M.S., R.D., C.D., is now a certified clinical transplant dietician through NATCO, the Organization for Donation and Transplant Professionals.

Elisa Vautier, N.P., joined the Division of Geriatric Medicine in September of 2020.

In the Media

Jan Carney, M.D., M.P.H., associate dean for public health and health policy and professor in the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, was quoted in a Boston Globe article, titled "Vermont has now been hard hit by the coronavirus. What happened?" Carney discusses COVID fatigue in the article. Read the article.

Debora Kamin Mukaz, M.S., Ph.D., postdoctoral associate in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, was featured in Forbes magazine for her work organizing #BlackInCardio, a virtual weeklong event focused on topics relevant to under-represented minorities in science and Black scientists. The event was also covered by WCAX, Vermont Biz and other outlets. Read the story in Forbes.

Tim Lahey, M.D., MMSc, professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, was quoted in a Boston Globe article published on November 9, 2020, titled “Pandemic worsens across New England, leading many to wonder what went wrong — and whether there is time to reverse course.” Read the story.


Who Knew?

Robert Lobel on the Ultimate Frisbee fieldRobert Lobel, M.D., assistant professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, has been chosen for the Ultimate Frisbee Hall of Fame. The Class of 2020 is the 17th class inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004 to honor exceptional ultimate players and contributors whose accomplishments are worthy of recognition and merit acknowledgement by their peers. Lobel and the seven other members of the Class of 2020 will be officially inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 2023 National Championships. Read more about the Hall of Fame inductees. (photo credit: Rick Collins)

Publications and Presentations


Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Damp JB, Cullen MW, Soukoulis V, Tam MC, Keating FK, Smith SA, Bhakta D, Abudayyeh I, Qasim A, Sernyak A, Auseon A, Theriot P, Weissman G. Program Directors Survey on Diversity in Cardiovascular Training Programs. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2020 Sep 8;76(10):1215-1222. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2020.07.020. PMID: 32883415

Khadanga S, Savage PD, Gaalema DE, Ades PA. Predictors of Cardiac Rehabilitation Participation: OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2021 Jan 25. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000573. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33512979

Division of Dermatology

Shea K, Pierson J, Cook DL. Telangiectatic Patch on the Forehead. Cutis. 2020 Dec: 106(06):E1-E3. PMID: 33471886

Tkachenko E, Pierson JC, Vleugels RA. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda Masquerading as Systemic Sclerosis: Two Cases Demonstrating an Important Clinical Observation. J Rheumatol. 2021 Jan 1;48(1):145-146. PMID: 33386344

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Barrett KV, Savage PD, Ades PA. Effects of Behavioral Weight Loss and Weight Loss Goal Setting in Cardiac Rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2020 Nov;40(6):383-387. doi: 10.1097/HCR.0000000000000510. PMID: 32694455; PMCID: PMC7647951.

Unger AL, Eckstrom K, Jetton TL, Kraft J. Facility-dependent metabolic phenotype and gut bacterial composition in CD-1 mice from a single vendor: A brief report. PLoS One. 2020 Sep 21;15(9):e0238893. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0238893. eCollection 2020

Division of General Internal Medicine

Van den Broek-Altenburg EM, Atherly AJ, Diehl SA, Gleason KM, Hart VC, MacLean CD, Barkhuff DA, Levine MA, Carney JK. Jobs, Housing and Mask Wearing: Cross-Sectional Study of Risk Factors for COVID-19. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 Jan 11;7 (1)

Sheahan KH, Atherly A, Dayman C, Schnure J. The impact of diabetology consultations on length of stay in hospitalized patients with diabetes. Endocrinol Diab Metab. 20 Nov 2020; Early view at

Gergi M, Cushman M, Littenberg B, Budd RC. Thrombo-inflammation response to Tocilizumab in COVID-19. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis 2020; 4:1262-8. DOI: 10.1002/rth2.12436

Plante TB, Koh I, Judd SE, Howard G, Howard VJ, Zakai NA, Booth JN 3rd, Safford M, Muntner P, Cushman M. Life’s Simple 7 and Incident Hypertension: The REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study. J. Am. Heart Assoc. 2020; 9(19):e016482. PMCID: PMC7261502

Miller HN, Charleston J, Wu B, Gleason K, Dennison Himmelfarb CR, Ford DE, Plante TB, Gelber AC, Appel LJ, Miller EP 3rd, Juraschek SP. Use of electronic recruitment methods in a clinical trial of adults with gout. Clinical Trials. 2020. Sep 15:1740774520956969. PMID: 32933342

Appel LJ, Michos ED, Mitchell CM, Blackford AL, Sternberg AL, Miller ER III, Juraschek SP, Schrack JA, Szanton SL, Charleston J, Minotti M, Baksh SN, Christenson RH, Coresh J, Drye LT, Guralnik JM, Kalyani RR, Plante TB, Shade DM, Roth DL, and Tonascia J for the STURDY Collaborative Research Group. The Effects of Four Doses of Vitamin D Supplements on Falls in Older Adults: A Response-Adaptive, Randomized Clinical Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2020. E-pub Dec 8 2020. PMID: 33284677

Plante TB, Blau AM, Berg AN, Weinberg AS, Jun IC, Tapson VF, Kanigan TS, Adib AB. Development and External Validation of a Machine Learning Tool to Rule Out COVID-19 Among Adults in the Emergency Department Using Routine Blood Tests: A Large, Multicenter, Real-World Study. J Med Internet Res 2020;22(12):e24048. PMCID: PMC7713695

Plante TB, Long DL, Guo B, Howard G, Carson AP, Howard VJ, Judd SE, Jenny NS, Zakai NA, Cushman M. Elevated C-reactive protein and differences in hypertension incidence between black and white Americans: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Am J Hypertension. 2020. E-pub Dec 16, 2020. PMID: 33326556

Nicoli CD, Plante TB, Long DL, Judd SE, McClure LA, Arora P, Cushman M. N-Terminal Pro-B-Type Natriuretic Peptide and Longitudinal Risk of Hypertension. American Journal of Hypertension. E-published Dec 30,2020. PMID: 33378421

Division of Hematology/Oncology

Uddin J, Malla G, Cherrington A, Zhu S, Cummings DM, Clay O, Brown TM, Lee L, Kimokoti R, Cushman M, Safford MM, Carson AP. Risk factor control among black and white adults with diabetes onset in older adulthood: the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study. Preventive Medicine. 2020;139:06217 (PubMed – in process)

Suthahar N, Lau ES, Blaha MJ, Paniagua SM, Larson MG, Psaty BM, Benjamin EJ, Allison MA, Bartz TM, Januzzi JL Jr, Levy D, Meems LMG, Bakker SJL, Lima JAC, Cushman M, Lee DS, Wang TJ, deFilippi CR, Herrington DM, Nayor M, Vasan RS, Gardin JM, Kizer JR, Bertoni AG, Allen NB, Gansevoort RT, Shah SJ, Gottdiener JS, Ho JE, de Boer RA. Sex-specific associations of cardiovascular risk factors and biomarkers with incident heart failure. J Am Coll Cardiol 2020;76:1455-65

Teramoto K, Santos M, Claggett B, John JE, Solomon SD, Kitzman D, Folsom AR, Cushman M, Matsushita K, Skali H, Shah AM. Pulmonary vascular dysfunction among people aged over 65 years in the community in the Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities (ARIC) Study: A cross-sectional analysis. PloS Med 2020;17:e1003361

Lackland DT, Howard VJ, Cushman M, Oparil S, Kissela B, Safford MM, Kleindorfer DO, McClure LA, Howard G. Forty year shifting distribution of systolic blood pressure with population hypertension treatment and control. Circulation 2020;142:1524-31

Khera R, Pandey A, Ayers CR, Carnethon MR, Greenland P, Ndumele CE, Nambi V, Seliger SL, Chaves PHM, Safford MM, Cushman M, Xanthakis V, Ramachandran VS, Mentz RJ, Correa A, Lloyd-Jones DM, Berry JD, de Lemos JA, Neeland IJ. Performance of the pooled cohort equations to estimate atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk by body mass index. JAMA Netw Open 2020;3:e2023242

Evans CR, Hong CP, Folsom AR, Heckbert SR, Smith NL, Wiggins KL, Lutsey PL, Cushman M. Lifestyle moderates genetic risk of venous thromboembolism: the Atherosclerotic Risk in Communities study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 2020;40:2756-63

Rohmann JL, Longstreth WT Jr, Cushman M, Fitzpatrick AL, Heckbert SR, Rice K, Rosendaal FR, Sitlani CM, Psaty BM, Siegerink B. Coagulation factor VIII, white matter hyperintensities and cognitive function: results from the Cardiovascular Health Study. PLoS One 2020; 15:e0242062

Gergi M, Cushman M, Littenberg B, Budd RC. Thrombo-infolammation response to tocilizumab in COVID-19. Res Pract Thromb Haemost 2020;4:1262-8

Arce Rentería M, Gillett SR, McClure LA, Wadley VG, Glasser SP, Howard VJ, Kissela BM, Unverzagt FW, Jenny NS, Manly JJ, Cushman M. C-reactive protein and risk of cognitive decline: the REGARDS study. PLoS One 2020;15:e0244612

Wang H, Cushman M, Rosendaal FR, van Hylckama Vlieg A. Procoagulant factor levels and risk of venous thrombosis in the elderly. J Thromb Haemost 2021;19:186-93

Nicoli CD, Wettersten N, Judd SE, Howard G, Howard VJ, Struck J, Cushman M. Pro-neurotensin/neuromedin N and risk of ischemic stroke: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. Vasc Med 2020;25:534-40

French SA, Lutsey PL, Rosamond W, MacLehose RF, Cushman M, Folsom AR. Weight change over 9 years and subsequent risk of venous thromboembolism in the ARIC cohort. in press, Int J Obes (Lond). 2020;44:2465-71

Folsom AR, Cushman M. Exploring opportunities for primary prevention of unprovoked venous thromboembolism: ready for prime time? J Am Heart Assoc 2020;9:e019395. PMCID: PMC7763794

Pendlebury EC, Cushman M. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in publishing: Calling thrombosis and hemostasis journals to action in support of women. Res Pract Thromb Haemost 2020;4:1076-9

Kamin Mukaz D, Zakai NA, Cruz-Flores S, McCullough LD, Cushman M. Identifying genetic and biological determinants of race-ethnic disparities in stroke in the United States. Stroke 2020;51:3417–24

Hyacinth HI, Franceschini N, Seals SR, Irvin MR, Chaudhary N, Naik RP, Alonso A, Carty CL, Burke GL, Zakai NA, Winkler CA, David VA, Kopp JB, Judd SE, Adams RJ, Gee BE, Longstreth WT Jr, Egede L, Lackland DT, Greenberg CS, Taylor H, Manson JE, Key NS, Derebail VK, Kshirsagar AV, Folsom AR, Konety SH, Howard V, Allison M, Wilson JG, Correa A, Zhi D, Arnett DK, Howard G, Reiner AP, Cushman M, Safford MM. Incidence of coronary heart disease among African Americans with sickle cell trait: A meta-analysis. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4:e2030435

Division of Hospital Medicine

Darzi AJ, Repp AB, Spencer FA, Morsi RZ, Charide R, Etxeandia-Ikobaltzeta I, Bauer KA, Burnett AE, Cushman M, Dentali F, Kahn SR, Rezende SM, Zakai NA, Agarwal A, Karam SG, Lotfi T, Wiercioch W, Waziry R, Iorio A, Akl EA, Schünemann HJ. Risk-assessment models for VTE and bleeding in hospitalized medical patients: an overview of systematic reviews. Blood Adv. 2020 Oct 13;4(19):4929-4944. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2020002482. PMID: 33049056

Division of Immunobiology

Vial C, Whitaker A, Wilhelm J, Ovalle J, Perez R, Valdivieso F, Ferres M, Martinez-Valdebenito C, Eisenhauer P, Mertz GJ, Hooper JW, Botten JW, Vial PA. Comparison of VSV Pseudovirus and Focus Reduction Neutralization Assays for Measurement of Anti-Andes orthohantavirus Neutralizing Antibodies in Patient Samples. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2020;10:444. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2020.00444. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 33042854; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7527604

Drayman N, Jones KA, Azizi SA, Froggatt HM, Tan K, Maltseva NI, Chen S, Nicolaescu V, Dvorkin S, Furlong K, Kathayat RS, Firpo MR, Mastrodomenico V, Bruce EA, Schmidt MM, Jedrzejczak R, Muñoz-Alía MÁ, Schuster B, Nair V, Botten JW, Brooke CB, Baker SC, Mounce BC, Heaton NS, Dickinson BC, Jaochimiak A, Randall G, Tay S. Drug repurposing screen identifies masitinib as a 3CLpro inhibitor that blocks replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. bioRxiv. 2020 Sep 1;. doi: 10.1101/2020.08.31.274639. PubMed PMID: 32908976; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7480023

Graham NR, Whitaker AN, Strother CA, Miles AK, Grier D, McElvany BD, Bruce EA, Poynter ME, Pierce KK, Kirkpatrick BD, Stapleton RD, An G, van den Broek-Altenburg E, Botten JW, Crothers JW, Diehl SA. Kinetics and isotype assessment of antibodies targeting the spike protein receptor-binding domain of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 in COVID-19 patients as a function of age, biological sex and disease severity. Clin Transl Immunology. 2020;9(10):e1189. doi: 10.1002/cti2.1189. eCollection 2020. PubMed PMID: 33072323; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7541824

Bruce EA, Huang ML, Perchetti GA, Tighe S, Laaguiby P, Hoffman JJ, Gerrard DL, Nalla AK, Wei Y, Greninger AL, Diehl SA, Shirley DJ, Leonard DGB, Huston CD, Kirkpatrick BD, Dragon JA, Crothers JW, Jerome KR, Botten JW. Direct RT-qPCR detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA from patient nasopharyngeal swabs without an RNA extraction step. PLoS Biol. 2020 Oct;18(10):e3000896. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000896. eCollection 2020 Oct. PubMed PMID: 33006983; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7556528

Banerjee AK, Blanco MR, Bruce EA, Honson DD, Chen LM, Chow A, Bhat P, Ollikainen N, Quinodoz SA, Loney C, Thai J, Miller ZD, Lin AE, Schmidt MM, Stewart DG, Goldfarb D, De Lorenzo G, Rihn SJ, Voorhees RM, Botten JW, Majumdar D, Guttman M. SARS-CoV-2 Disrupts Splicing, Translation, and Protein Trafficking to Suppress Host Defenses. Cell. 2020 Nov 25;183(5):1325-1339.e21. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.10.004. Epub 2020 Oct 8. PubMed PMID: 33080218; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7543886

Scharer CD, Fortner KA, Dragon JA, Tighe S, Boss JM, Budd RC. Selective DNA Demethylation Accompanies T Cell Homeostatic Proliferation and Gene Regulation in Lupus-Prone lpr Mice. Immunohorizons. 2020 Oct 23;4(10):679-687. doi: 10.4049/immunohorizons.2000078. PubMed PMID: 33097564

Fortner, KA, Blanco, LP, Buskiewicz, I, Huang, N, Gibson, PC, Cook, DL, Pederson, HL, Yuen, PST, Murphy, MP, Perl, A, Kaplan, MJ, Budd, RC. Targeting Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress with MitoQ Reduces NET Formation and Kidney Disease in Lupus-Prone MRL-lpr Mice. Lupus Sci and Med. 2020;7:e000387. doi:10.1136/lupus-2020-000387

Montgomery TL, Künstner A, Kennedy JJ, Fang Q, Asarian L, Culp-Hill R, D'Alessandro A, Teuscher C, Busch H, Krementsov DN. Interactions between host genetics and gut microbiota determine susceptibility to CNS autoimmunity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Nov 3;117(44):27516-27527. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2002817117. Epub 2020 Oct 19. PubMed PMID: 33077601

Lahue KG, Lara MK, Linton AA, Lavoie B, Fang Q, McGill MM, Crothers JW, Teuscher C, Mawe GM, Tyler AL, Mahoney JM, Krementsov DN. Identification of novel loci controlling inflammatory bowel disease susceptibility utilizing the genetic diversity of wild-derived mice. Genes Immun. 2020 Nov;21(5):311-325. doi: 10.1038/s41435-020-00110-8. Epub 2020 Aug 26. PubMed PMID: 32848229; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7657953

Division of Infectious Disease

Lahey T, DeRenzo EG, Crites J, Fanning J, Huberman BJ, Slosar JP. Building an Organizational Ethics Program on a Clinical Ethics Foundation. Journal of Clinical Ethics 2020; 2020 Fall;31(3):259-267. PMID: 32960808

House SA, Shubkin CD, Lahey T, Brosco JP, Lantos J. COVID-19 Trial Enrollment for Those Who Cannot Consent: Ethical Challenges Posed by a Pandemic. Pediatrics. 2020 Oct 7:e2020010728. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-010728. PMID: 33028661. (Epub ahead of print.)

Lahey T. “The Bottom of the Health Care Rationing Iceberg” New England Journal of Medicine December 3, 2020; 383:2200-2201. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp2021953. Epub 2020 Nov 28. PMID: 33252205

Lahey T, Herbst J. “A Small-Town Heart: Should Clinicians Suspect a Rural Mother of Neglect” Hastings Center Reports 2020 Nov;50(6):4-7. doi: 10.1002/hast.1192. PMID: 33315248

Singh D, Switzer WM, Belcher R, Daltry D, Read JS. Identification of an HIV-1 and Neurosyphilis Cluster in Vermont. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 8:ciaa1834. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1834. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33289032

Tu HA, Nivarthi UK, Graham NR, Eisenhauer P, Delacruz MJ, Pierce KK, Whitehead SS, Boyson JE, Botten JW, Kirkpatrick BD, Durbin AP, deSilva AM, Diehl SA. Stimulation of B Cell Immunity in Flavivirus-Naive Individuals by the Tetravalent Live Attenuated Dengue Vaccine TV003. Cell Rep Med. 2020 Dec 22;1(9):100155. doi: 10.1016/j.xcrm.2020.100155. eCollection 2020 Dec 22. PubMed PMID: 33377126; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7762770

Division of Nephrology

Kumar A, Bonnell L, Prikis M, Solomon R. Impact of age mismatch between donor and recipient on heart transplant mortality. Clin Transplant. 2020 Dec 17:e14194. doi: 10.1111/ctr.14194. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33336373

Locke A, Bushey MA, LaCroix C, Deardoff P, Onuigbo MAC. Timed Controlled Repeated Rotation of the CAR-170-C NXSTAGE Chronic Cartridge Hemodialysis Filter – A Novel Approach to Enabling Heparin-Free Frequent Daily Home Hemodialysis. Mayo Clin Proc Inn Qual Out 2020:1-6 (IN PRESS)

Palmer BF, Carrero JJ, Clegg DJ, Colbert GB, Emmett M, Fishbane S, Hain DJ, Lerma E, Onuigbo M, Rastogi A, Roger SD, Spinowitz BS, Weir MR. Clinical Management of Hyperkalemia. Mayo Clin Proc. 2020 Nov 4:S0025-6196(20)30618-2. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2020.06.014. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33160639

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Doris Strader, M.D., and Steven Lidofsky, M.D., Ph.D., presented an abstract in November 2020 at the American Association of the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Liver Meeting Digital Experience, titled "Telemedicine and barriers to hepatology access in the COVID-19 pandemic."

Division of General Internal Medicine

Littenberg B. Behavioral Health in Primary Care. National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Medical Director on Demand Webinar. December 8, 2020

Littenberg B, Kemp K, Crocker A. Social determinants of health and cardiovascular capacity among chronically ill adults with multiple conditions. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Bonnell L, Littenberg B. Relationship between the natural environment and health in the chronically ill. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Rose G, Bonnell L, Littenberg B, Crocker A, Lavoie, J, Clifton J, van Eeghen, C, Reynolds P, Hitt J. Development of the Patient-Centeredness Index (PCI). North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Clifton J, Stephens, Bonnell L, Teng K, Littenberg B. Hitt J, van Eeghen C, Leon J, Rose G, Crocker A, Mollis B, Worrall G. Are practice characteristics associated with burnout in primary care professionals? North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Bonnell L, Littenberg B. The impact of rurality on mood and physical function among patients with multiple chronic conditions. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Crocker A, Bonnell L, Clifton J, Natkin LW, Rose G, Waddell E, Stephens K, Littenberg B. Social determinants of health and patient reported health outcomes among adults with multiple chronic conditions. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Waddell E, Crocker A, Rose G, Stephens K, Littenberg B. Documentation of unhealthy alcohol use in primary care: Social determinants of recording alcohol-related problems. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Tsai M, MacLean ES, MacLean C, Littenberg B, Carney JK. Primary Care Telephone Triage Data as a Syndromic Surveillance Measure for Early COVID-19 Disease. Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Meeting, Nov 16, 2020

Riser E, Holterman LA, Maruti S, Brooklyn JR, DeVoe SG, Tompkins BJ, Drouin J, Sobel HG. Integrating Addiction Medicine into Undergraduate Medical Education: The Time is Now. Virtual oral presentation at: Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Mountain West, New England Regional Meeting; November 6-7, 2020. *Winner, Medical Innovation Award (Riser), November 2020

Clifton J, van Eeghen C, Bonnell L, Das N, Hitt J, Cooper S, Crooker J, Natkin L, Littenberg B. Evaluation of Telehealth Use by Primary Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, November 20-24, 2020

Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine

Abstract presented at North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference 2020; citation (abstract published in Pediatric Pulmonology supplement edition): Teneback C, DeVoe S, Kennedy A, Ogelby M, Consigli A, Repp A, Robinson KJ. Improving health care transitions for young adults at an adult cystic fibrosis center: a quality improvement. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020;55(S2):S333. doi: 10.1002/ppul.25089