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Stories - Summer 2021

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Leadership Message
Written by Dr. Wendy Rheault, Dr. Ronald S. Kaplan

This issue of Helix magazine, dedicated to RFU research, arrives on the heels of our yearlong celebration of the life of Dr. Rosalind Franklin. That’s…

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Editor's Note
Written by Dan Moran

A longstanding question has been directed over the past year toward the numerous and distinctive challenges that crashed down on communities across the…

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If You Build It
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

The signing of a five-year license agreement last year by Inspirotec, Inc. was a step forward for the university and its many partners, who believe that…

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The Keys to Success

Rosalind Franklin University is indebted to members of the Innovation and Research Park External Advisory Council (EAC), executives with deep experience…

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Helix 51 Incubator Set to Expand

RFU’s Helix 51 incubator, the first of its kind in Lake County, continues to flourish, fueled by demand for its services and by financial and executive…

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Announcing Key University Recruitments - Dennis Stevens

Dennis Stevens, MD, a leading neonatologist, joined RFU in January as the director of clinical research for the Chicago Medical School and professor of…

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Announcing Key University Recruitments - Rahul Vijay

Infectious disease immunologist Rahul Vijay, DVM, PhD, joins the Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology and Infection and the Department of Foundational…

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Brain Trust
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

The Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology and Infection, directed by molecular biologist Johnny He, PhD, is part of a heroic scientific effort to…

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Reflections on Dr. Rosalind Franklin

RF@100, the university’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of the birth of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, culminated with an essential part of science — a…

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A Shot of Hope
Written by Sara Skoog, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

The COVID pandemic brought to light many long-standing health disparities that exist along racial and socioeconomic lines. As essential services were scaled…

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Grant Funding Keeps Care Coach Rolling

The Community Care Connection maintains a vital presence in underserved communities thanks to the support of RFU’s regional partners. The following foundations…

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Seize Opportunities
Written by Judy Masterson

“A minority of women faculty achieve higher academic ranks and leadership positions in academic medicine even though women make up half of medical school…

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Partner for Health Equity
Written by Judy Masterson, Photos by Michael R. Schmidt

When epidemiologist and Chicago Medical School Assistant Professor of Medicine Maureen Benjamins, PhD, looks at ZIP codes, she sees a picture of health…

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Search for Health
Written by Judy Masterson

David T. Feinberg, MD ’89, MBA, spoke with medical students on April 9 as part of the annual Aaron Brown Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Chicago Medical…

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Examining the Legacy of Police Encounters
Written by Yadira Sanchez Olson, Photo by Michael R. Schmidt

As inequality is spotlighted by increasing demands to resolve social justice issues, those studying and working in fields of psychology and sociology have…

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A Need Finds Opportunity

The Dr. John and Kathleen Grady Scholarship, established in 2014, embodies the values of its patrons as expressed by John F. Grady, DPM ’80, an internationally…

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The Journey Toward Stronger Alzheimer's Treatments
Written by Margaret Smith

For over a decade, the Stutzmann lab and collaborators such as John Buolamwini, PhD, have been dedicated to identifying novel therapeutics to combat Alzheimer…

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Disconnected or Connected? Tracking the Effects of Working Remotely
Written by Margaret Smith

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in America, when physical health became the country’s cardinal focus, there were those who were also concerned…

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Student Organizers Make All School Research Consortium a Virtual Reality
Written by Sara Skoog

The annual All School Research Consortium (ASRC) provides a showcase for RFU students, postdocs and residents from all five schools and colleges to share…

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1980-81: Basic Sciences Building Delivered “More Modern and Sophisticated” Facilities
Written by Kelly Reiss

Forty years ago, Chicago Medical School and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies moved forty miles to North Chicago where they joined the School…

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Remembering Former President Jerome A. Gold, MD ’53 (1928–2021)
Written by Sara Skoog and Meg Wakefield

Jerome A. Gold, MD ’53, former university president, trustee and CMS Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, passed away Feb. 19 at age 93. Dr. Gold attended…

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World-Class Research Organized Into Therapeutic Centers of Excellence

More than 75 RFU scientists and six disease-focused research centers, including three within the Brain Science Institute, moved into the newly constructed…

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