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The laboratory of Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, Paul de Kruif Professor of Pathology, reported new findings in the article “Selective commensals induce interleukin-1b via NLRP3 inflammasome in inflammatory monocytes to promote intestinal inflammation in response to injury” which was published in the online issue of Immunity, April 8th, 2015. Drs. Nobuhiko Kamada and Kei Sakamoto are co-first authors. Other coauthors from the Department include Raúl Muñoz-Planillo, Yun-Gi Kim, Donghyun Kim, Yukiko Koizumi, Mizuho Hasegawa, and Naohiro Inohara.  The article can be found at

U-M Health System launches $160M project to improve lab tests for patients in Michigan and beyond! The U-M Board of Regents approved the project in a vote April 16, 2015. Now, UMHS will begin creating an entirely new 139,000-square-foot home for most of its clinical pathology activities, and renovating another 47,000 square feet of existing space. To view the full UMHS press release click here.

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Cody Carter! Cody has been elected Assistant Chief Resident for 2015-2016 and Dr. Reena Singh will take over Dr. Ted Brown's position as Chief Resident.


Thanks for all your hard work, you're almost finished Ted!

American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP)

2015 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Boston, MA


Dr. Charles A. Parkos is the recipient of the 2015 ASIP Rous-Whipple Award.  The ASIP Rous-Whipple Award is given to a senior scientist with a distinguished career in research that has advanced the understanding of disease and with continued productivity at the time of the award.  Dr. Parkos presented the Rous-Whipple lecture on Sunday, March 29 at the ASIP meeting in Boston:  "Leukocyte-Epithelial Interactions: A Double-Edged Sword".  He will receive the Rous-Whipple Award on Monday, March 30 during the ASIP Membership Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

The Department of Pathology congratulates two of our second year pathology residents, Drs. Cody Carter and John Sherbeck.  They have been accepted into the Graduate Medical Education Healthcare Administration Scholars Program (HASP) beginning September 2015.  They are 2 of 17 residents from throughout the  institution accepted. 


It is with sincere sadness that we mark the passing of Paul W. Gikas, MD.  He died peacefully at home on March 23.  The funeral will be March 27 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor at 11am.  Dr. Gikas was a longtime member of the UM family, doing his undergraduate, medical degrees and residency here.  After his service in the US Army Medical Corps, Paul became a faculty member in Pathology in 1959, with an interest in GU and Renal Pathology. He retired in 1994.  His contributions to the department and the University of Michigan were considerable and diverse, reflecting his many interests.   Teaching medical students and residents (even in retirement), electron microscopy (founding director of the EM diagnostic service), serving as assistant dean of medical school admissions, faculty representative to the Big Ten Conference and NCAA, automobile safety research (resulting in significant redesign of car shifting mechanisms to prevent injuries), Great Lakes sailing and fishing, running (the Detroit Free Press and Boston Marathons), biking (he always biked to work), were all passions of Paul. "Hey, Jack," he would say, as he always had time for a kind word with those lucky enough to know him.  He was generous with his time and considerable talents, helping many, many people during his tenure here.  He and his wife funded the John and Millie Gikas Travel Grant Program, which supports additional travel to professional meetings for three fellows each year.  Most of all Paul loved his family. We send our heartfelt condolences to Sue Gikas and their entire family.  

The Department has learned the names of the 8 senior medical students who matched into our residency program through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  We are excited to welcome the incoming residents for July, 2015:

John Kennedy - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Shula Schecter - Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Brian Soles - University of Toledo College of Medicine

Lauren Stanoszek - University of Toledo College of Medicine

Libby Talsma - University of Michigan Medical School

Milad Webb - University of Nevada School of Medicine

Steven Weindorf - Wayne State School of Medicine

Helen Worrell - University of Michigan Medical School

USCAP 2015 Boston, Ma

Our annual A J French Alumni Society Reception will be held on Monday, March 23 (5:30 pm 7:30 pm) at the Sheraton Boston Hotel and Towers in Room Beacon A. All faculty, residents, fellows and society members, including their guest are invited.

We congratulate Dr. Ulysses G. J. Balis, M.D., FCAP, FASCP, Professor of Pathology; Director, Division of Pathology Informatics; Director, Pathology Informatics Fellowship Program as he is inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. He will join the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.  Dr. Balis was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the fields of laboratory instrumentation, pathology bioinformatics and computational imaging in histology image search/analysis. Fellows in the AIMBE  have demonstrated excellence and outstanding accomplishments in the fields of medical and biological engineering in order to advance society.  He will be inducted as an AIMBE Fellow on March 16th at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

UMHS has announced that "Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and University of Michigan Health System launch statewide initiative to evaluate and improve genetic testing" with quotes from David Keren, M.D. and Scott Owens, M.D. on GTRQC (Genetic Testing Resource and Quality Consortium) and its progress.