Washington University students attend a group advising session at the Career Center.
With two large research universities located in St. Louis, both with medical schools on campus, our city is known for producing and participating in some of the most important medical studies of the past several decades.
If you spend too much time gazing down at your smartphone or tablet, you could be letting yourself in for a literal pain in the neck. And that’s not all. Our modern technologies are causing a number of musculoskeletal issues, especially as a result of poor posture and repetitive movements.
Local college graduates are headed to some of the country’s most-buzzed about businesses, from Facebook and Google to Boeing and Capital One.
Mary Tillman, Katie Wright, Yvonne Washington
When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
Frontenac Bank has hired KIMBERLY WEISHAUPT as senior VP of business development, and NEAL ALSTER as the Investment Professionals’ financial adviser.
Sheri Sherman’s life as a community volunteer began innocently enough, some 30 years ago, when she was asked to be on the board of the Ethical Society preschool, which her children attended. “I had no experience, and someone said, You can be the vice-president, because the vice-president doesn’t really do much and you can develop,” Sherman recalls. “Soon after I started, the board president resigned, and the executive director quit at the same time, so I was thrown in deep water right away.”
St. Louis increasingly is being recognized as a Mecca for enterprising and innovative business owners. Major news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MSNBC have all hailed the Gateway City as the destination for startups.
Dr. Samuel Achilefu received the 2014 St. Louis Award for his contributions to medical research and optical imaging technology, specifically for his invention of cancer-detecting glasses that were successfully used in surgery.
With a mission of finding a cure for melanoma, Blackout Melanoma recently donated $10,000 to Washington University School of Medicine, funding research to eradicate the deadly disease. The donation is the second of a five-year, $50,000 research grant.
Verna Frazier, Josh Schindler, Crystal Washington
And the 2015 Color of the Year Is...
In cold weather, everyone’s fingers and toes get cold, and it’s a relief to get into a nice, toasty building or warm our hands by a roaring fire. But people who have a disorder of the arteries, known as Raynaud’s disease (or syndrome or phenomenon), experience searing pain as their cold--often white or bluish--fingers begin to warm up again.
Your grandmother could probably predict the weather based on her joints--and she wasn’t kidding.
ONCE UPON A TIME...Sarah Keefe and her boyfriend, Pete Millar, packed up their belongings and their cat, Souvlaki, to move from Boston to St. Louis. Millar had gotten a job at Washington University; and Keefe, a freelance web developer, was happy to make the move. “We had this great big apartment with all this space (compared to Boston), so we started thinking about getting another cat,” Keefe says. “We were looking on PetFinder.com—not too seriously at first, but it got more serious. I was looking at pictures and I saw this one named Taffy. We were looking at senior pets because we wanted a cuddly pet, and Souvlaki is really energetic. Taffy was really beautiful and photogenic...and I said to Pete, When are we going to see Taffy? and it became a running joke because we kept waiting to go. Then one Saturday, he said, Let’s go visit Taffy.” And so they did.
Everyone aims to put their best face forward. And for some, that means opting to enhance one of their features. Among patients of Washington University Facial Plastic Surgery Center, the most common elective procedure is rhinoplasty. “Sometimes, it is necessary due to trauma or other abnormalities; but often, it is performed on patients who just want to change the appearance of the nose and how it fits the rest of their facial features,” explains Dr. Gregory Branham.
How many selfies did you take during the holidays? The habit of sharing photos of ourselves online and wanting to look our best when doing so may be one factor driving some of the latest trends in cosmetic surgery.
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
Take a moment and ask yourself: Have there been times—as you were going about your day—that you felt dizzy, or felt a sudden pain, but then ignored it in favor of finishing the tasks at hand?
As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
Elizabeth Anne Gerhart & Michael Gregg Benner
Innovative research at Washington University' Genome Institute has gotten a big boost with a $25 million endowment from longtime philanthropists Elizabeth and James McDonnell.