Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center

 

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University of Kansas Medical Center
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Dr. Christie Mensch evaluates and treats patients with mental health issues at Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Christie Mensch, MD, also supports the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), where she completed her graduate medical education in psychiatry.

Dedicated to improving education, research, patient care, and the community, KUMC oversees the schools of medicine, nursing, and health professions and delivers highly regarded research programs. More than two-dozen research centers studying as many unique fields of medicine are under the KUMC umbrella.

The Medical Center is one of 62 facilities within the national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, through which medical discoveries are fast-tracked toward treatment, to provide vital care more promptly to patients in need.

Other significant programs include the Alzheimer’s Disease Center (one of only 29 such institutions in the country), the Center for American Indian Community Health, and the Clinical Research Center, which began offering early phase cancer trials in 2012.

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KUMC Researches Make Breast Cancer Diagnoses More Accurate

Breast Cancer Diagnoses pic An experienced psychiatrist, Dr. Christie Mensch treats patients through Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Before beginning her career, Dr. Christie Mensch completed her residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC), an institution she continues to support.

KUMC is home to cutting-edge research that recently produced a new device for storing and analyzing biopsied breast tissue. The device aims to make breast cancer diagnoses more accurate and could potentially reduce the rate of false positives by as much as 25 percent. Dr. Ossama Tawfik, a professor of pathology at KUMC, created the device in an effort to bridge the gap between pathologists and radiologists, who tend to work independently of each other.

Typically, radiologists take the tissue sample and then send it to pathologists. Transported in a liquid preservative, the specimen sometimes incurs damage during transit, and upon arrival pathologists cannot always ascertain the parts of the tissue that need to be analyzed. The new device ensures that the tissues arrive to pathologists in the same position in which the radiologist’s x-rays were taken.

A medical device start-up called Rad/Path Solutions LLC licensed the patented new technology from KUMC last July and plans to bring it to the market in the near future. As of February of 2017, the device is in the approval process with the Food and Drug Administration.

University of Kansas Medical Center – Canine Chemotherapy Trials

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Canine Chemotherapy Trials
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Psychiatrist Dr. Christie Mensch offers outpatient mental health services to patients at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Alongside her commitment to her own patients’ medical care, Dr. Christie Mensch supports the University of Kansas Medical Center’s valuable work.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and providing high-quality medical care to the people of Kansas. It is also a regional hub for medical research, and has made significant advancements in the understanding of Alzheimer’s, various cancers, and other conditions in recent years.

The University of Kansas Medical Center has enjoyed a recent success with an injectable chemotherapy trial for dogs. HylaPlat, the drug being tested, is a combination of cisplatin and hyaluronan. The compound was injected directly into cancerous oral tumors on seven large breed canine trial participants, all of whom were pets, not laboratory animals.

Two of the first seven dogs experienced partial remission, and three others were cancer-free after the trial. These encouraging results and an accompanying news story inspired dog owners around the world to get in touch with Kansas researchers, who ultimately opened the trials to dogs of all sizes and with varying types of cancers.

This trial is still accepting patients. If your dog is a cancer patient, you may get in touch with researchers by emailing jadams4@kumc.edu.

Community Outreach at the University of Kansas Medical Center

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A psychiatrist at Wyandot Center since September 2015, Dr. Christie Mensch manages evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of patients struggling with behavioral and emotional disorders. Dr. Christie Mensch is a graduate and charitable supporter of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

In addition to providing education and training in various health fields, the University of Kansas Medical Center oversees the Institute for Community Engagement, which encourages and provides students with opportunities to undertake outreach work within the community.

Healthy Hawks is one of the Institute’s initiatives. This program assists families in their efforts to correct adolescent weight-related issues. Developed in 2004, Healthy Hawks delivers information about healthy eating and active lifestyles that suits the family dynamic and fosters higher self-esteem.

The Institute for Community Engagement also offers educational opportunities for high school students in the state. Women in Health Care: The Next Generation is one such program, designed to inspire young women to pursue health-related education.

Each year, this three-day event invites a number of junior and senior secondary students to the Medical Center, where they can explore the campus and interact with the university’s health care students and professionals.