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Produced in the Office of Medical Public Affairs. Volume XXXVIII, Number 3. Outlook (ISSN 1042-2897) is published quarterly by the Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8508, 4444 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108.


Helen M. Piwnica-Worms, PhD, professor of cell biology and physiology and leader of the cellular proliferation program at the Siteman Cancer Center, with fifth-year MD/PhD student Christine M. Lovly. Piwnica-Worms is just one School of Medicine woman faculty member featured in this issue as part of a larger story on the Academic Women’s Network (AWN). The AWN, a grass-roots organization that supports the recruitment and academic advancement of women faculty at the School of Medicine, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall with a series of events. Learn more

A Bridge to Tomorrow
A fist-sized mechanical pump offers a viable, long-term alternative for heart failure patients awaiting transplant.

Powering the Body Electric
Two clinical trials evaluate the effectiveness of biventricular pacemakers designed to adjust the heart’s electric signal.

Women in Medicine
The Academic Women’s Network celebrates 10 years of mentorship and support among women faculty.

Arresting Alzheimer's
An antibody that sequesters a protein in the brain could hold a key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease.