Health Briefs

Health Briefs

New Dental School Taking Shape

Construction continues on the $84.5 million, 200,000-square-foot School of Dentistry Building located at 21st and Cuming streets. For periodic video updates regarding the construction and other news about the state-of-the-art facility set to open in July 2018, visit

125 Years of Medicine

Creighton University is celebrating the 125th year of the School of Medicine. Established as the John A. Creighton Medical College on May 30, 1892, Creighton has been forming a distinctive type of physician in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition since its founding. For a listing of historical highlights about the School of Medicine, visit Also, share your memories on Twitter using #CreightonMed125.

PTSD Study Funded

At Ease (AEU) provided $1.2 million to fund the second round of Attention Control Training (ACT) clinical trials, an innovative therapy for the treatment of military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Amy Badura-Brack, PhD, professor of psychology, will serve as the lead investigator. In 2015, Badura-Brack completed an important trial of the therapy for PTSD in the U.S. in conjunction with Yair Bar-Haim, PhD, of Tel Aviv University. The results of these initial trials were published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

NIH Grant to Look at ‘Self-Reactive’ Antibodies

Patrick Swanson, PhD, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, received a two-year $400,125 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research on the role of the cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) in suppressing antibody production in certain autoimmune disorders. Some human autoimmune disorders are caused by unregulated production of “self-reactive” antibodies. Swanson said one example is autoimmune hemolytic anemia, in which antibodies start targeting one’s own red blood cells.In March 2016, Swanson received $100,950 from the NIH to help purchase a YETI (ZE5) flow cytometer, a state-of-the-art tool for analyzing cells. The YETI flow cytometer is able to analyze up to 15 different markers simultaneously — nearly four times more than with previous equipment. The acquisition of this instrument provides new research possibilities for Creighton scientists, and offers a remarkable opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with this technology.

It Does a (Girl’s) Body Good

A Creighton University study, just published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that increasing dairy intake through milk or yogurt in adolescent girls neither decreases nor increases gain in body fat percentage or weight compared to similar girls who do not increase dairy intake. Conducted by Joan Lappe, PhD, MS’85, professor of nursing and medicine, and Ann Laughlin, PhD, BSN’76, MS’94, associate professor of nursing, the research further confirms the importance of calcium in developing bone health and muscle mass.

Health Care Management Degree

Beginning this fall, Creighton will offer classes for the Master of Healthcare Management. The online program prepares students to lead the interprofessional approach to health care. For more information about the program, visit