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Monday, December 21, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researcher Jacques Ravel Receives Prestigious International Science Award

Claire M. Fraser, PhD, Director of the Institute for Genomic Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), announced today that Jacques Ravel, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Associate Director for IGS, has been named a 2015-2017 Blaise Pascal International Research Chair, one of the most prestigious European science awards. He is spending this year working at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, and over the next two years will divide his time between Paris and Baltimore.


Monday, December 21, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Dr. Louis DeTolla is Appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Association for Biomedical Research

Louis DeTolla, Jr., VMD, MS, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Medicine, and Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) as well as founding director in the Department of Comparative Medicine and Chief of Veterinary Resources, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR).


Friday, December 18, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researcher Honored for Prostate Cancer Study

University of Maryland School of Medicine researcher M. Minhaj Siddiqui, M.D. has been honored by the Society of Urologic Oncology for a 2015 study published in JAMA analyzing the use of new advanced imaging technology to detect high-risk prostate cancer.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Post-Doctoral Student at University of Maryland School of Medicine Awarded Grant to Study Relationship Between Stress and Depression

University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physiology Professor and Chair Scott M. Thompson, PhD, announced today that Tara LeGates, PhD, a post-doctoral student in his laboratory, has received a grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Maryland Area Health Education Center Announces New Location, New Director

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), announced that the Maryland Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), a federal and state funded program administered by UM SOM’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, has a new home for its Baltimore center – and a new director.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Study: Earlier Intervention Leads to Better Weight Recovery in Children with Multiple Risk Factors for Weight Faltering

Young children who are underweight experienced greater weight recovery the earlier an intervention was started, and the recovery was more significant in children with multiple household risk factors, according to a study published this week in The Journal of Pediatrics.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Third Annual SOM Festival of Science Highlights Innovative Research in Understanding and Treating Disorders of the Brain

In an event that showed the growing breadth and depth of UM SOM scientific research and discovery, more than 500 attendees participated in the Third Annual SOM Festival of Science on December 11, 2015.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Claire Fraser Named the Inaugural Dean’s Endowed Professor

Claire Fraser, PhD, was presented with the inaugural Dean’s Endowed Professorship in the School of Medicine on December 7, 2015. The ceremony, which took place in Westminster Hall, also honored Robert E. Fischell, ScD, and his wife Susan R. Fischell for their generous support. The couple funded the professorship but chose not to put it in their names.


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Celebrates Thanksgiving By Helping West Baltimore's Neediest

This Thanksgiving, students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) organized the 26th annual “Project Feast,” a Thanksgiving meal, and more, for the West Baltimore community. The event is just one of many community outreach efforts by UM SOM, including the Mini-Med School, as well as several student volunteer projects.


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Statement from the Leadership of the Institute of Human Virology on World AIDS Day

Research enabled treatment to be developed for HIV/AIDS, allowing the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (which Dr. Gallo heads and co-founded with his colleagues Drs. William Blattner and Robert Redfield) to develop a promising HIV vaccine candidate, treat nearly 6,000 patients annually in Baltimore, and care for more than 1 million people in Africa and the Caribbean since 2004.


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Information Technology Executive Sharon Bowser Named Deputy Chief Information Officer

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Sharon A. Bowser, MBA, Assistant Dean for Information Services has been promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM).


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Stories of Immigrant Couples, Undaunted in Hardship, Come Together to Help Children at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Steven Czinn becomes the 42nd UM School of Medicine faculty member to have the distinction of being an endowed professor thanks to a major gift from the Jiji Foundation.


Monday, November 30, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Finds That Air Evacuation May Do Further Harm In Patients With Brain Injury

Over the past 15 years, more than 330,000 U.S. soldiers have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is one of the leading causes of death and disability connected to the country’s recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of these patients were evacuated by air from these countries to Europe and the U.S. for further treatment. In general, these patients were flown quickly to hospitals outside the battle zone, where more extensive treatment was available.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine professor Dr. Laura L. Hungerford Named Vice Chair for Academic Programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MPH, Chair of and Professor in the Department Of Epidemiology & Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), along with Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced that Laura L. Hungerford, DVM, MPH, PhD, CPH, FNAP, Professor in EPH, has been appointed Vice Chair for Academic Programs for the Department.


Monday, November 23, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Dr. Curt Civin Receives 2015 Mentor Award from the American Society of Hematology

Curt Civin, MD, Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Physiology, Director of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, and Associate Dean for Research, and at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), was one of two physicians to receive the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) 2015 Mentor Award, which honors outstanding commitment to the training and career development of early-career hematologists.


Sunday, November 15, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Finds that Ebola Vaccine is Safe and Stimulates Strong Immune Responses in Adults in Mali and USA

A clinical trial of a new Ebola vaccine (ChAd3-EBO-Z) that resulted from an unprecedented global consortium assembled at the behest of the World Health Organization has found that it is well tolerated and stimulates strong immune responses in adults in Mali, West Africa and in the US, according to a study published today in the journal Lancet Infectious Disease.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Inspiring Young Alumna Establishes Endowed Scholarship to Continue a ‘Circle of Generosity’

Anyone who hears her life story — escaping to America from her native Vietnam as a teen, attending and graduating from college and medical school with a limited understanding of English, managing a successful 20-year career as a gastroenterologist — would agree that Tuanh “Ann” Tonnu, MD ’90, is an inspiration.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Awarded $13M to Strengthen Laboratory Services in Kenya, and $10M to Enhance Biosecurity Infrastructure in Nigeria

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine announced two significant grants comprising $13 million to strengthen infectious disease laboratory capacities and infrastructure in Kenya, and $10 million to enable early detection and rapid responses to new and emerging infectious disease threats in Nigeria.


Friday, November 06, 2015

The Class of 2019 Celebrates Their White Coat Ceremony

Medical Family Day was held on November 5, 2015 at the Hilton in downtown Baltimore. This special event, which was sponsored by the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, gives family members of first-year students a glimpse into what medical school is really like for the students.


Monday, November 02, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece Delivers Keynote Address at Big Ten Consortium Conference

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is Vice President, Medical Affairs, University of Maryland the John Z. and Akiko Bowers Distinguished Professor, has been selected to deliver the keynote address at the Inaugural Professional Development Conference jointly sponsored by the National Research Mentoring Network and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Conference (CIC). The conference is being held at the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, IL, November 1-3, 2015.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

The 2015 State of the School Address: Undaunted in Purpose, Resilient in Execution

On October 28, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), delivered his annual State of the School speech to a standing-room-only crowd.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Prepares to Treat First Cancer Patients at New Maryland Proton Treatment Center

William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, the Isadore & Fannie Schneider Foxman Endowed Chair and Professor in Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and Executive Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today they are making final preparations for patient consultations at the new Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) to begin this November with patient treatment expected to start after the new year.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Identify Key Regulatory Proteins in Hearing Loss

Almost 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Right now, there is no way to reverse this condition, largely because auditory hair cells, which sense sound and relay that information to the brain, do not regenerate.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Unveiling of Donor 'Wall of Honor' Celebrates School's Most Successful Capital Campaign Ever

With a dramatic unveiling of an illuminated “Wall of Honor” last night, University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece announced the completion of the School’s seven-year Campaign, “Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination.” The Campaign, which raised more than $450 million for scholarships, global health and biomedical research, became the largest and most successful capital campaign in the School’s history.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Develop New Technique to Improve Measurement of Excess Radiation Dose Delivery to Healthy Tissue During Cancer Treatment

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have developed a new imaging technique that allows them to better visualize and measure the location of radiation in the body during cancer treatment. The technique could improve the safety of some radiation treatments because it will help doctors reduce the amount of harmful radiation that affects the healthy tissue surrounding tumors.


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Begins Phase 1 Clinical Trials of HIV Vaccine Candidate

Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford announced today that the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine launched its Phase 1 clinical trials of a novel HIV vaccine candidate developed by a research team led by Robert C. Gallo, MD, the Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of IHV.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Lead New CDC Effort to Prevent Spread of Germs in Hospitals

As part of an $11 million multi-institution effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) will focus on new and innovative ways to improve how hospitals and other healthcare facilities can better prevent the spread of germs, including the Ebola virus and other emerging infectious threats.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Take Part In Unprecedented Effort To Analyze Variation In Human Genome

After eight years of analysis, a consortium of scientists from around the world has completed an unprecedented project to delineate a wide spectrum of human genetic variation. For decades to come, this enormous catalog of data, known as the 1000 Genomes Project, will yield insights that will help researchers understand and treat a wide range of illness, including cancer and heart disease.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Dr. Warren D’Souza Named Vice President for Enterprise Data and Analytics for the University of Maryland Medical System

William F. Regine, MD, FACRO, the Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Warren D. D’Souza, PhD, MBA, Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) by the Medical System’s President and CEO, Robert Chrencik, MBA, CPA.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Hosts International Meeting of Prominent AIDS Researchers

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is hosting IHV’s 17th Annual International Meeting Sunday, September 27 through Wednesday, September 30 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Co-Founder William Blattner, MD to Retire

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine announced today the retirement of IHV co-founder and associate director, William A. Blattner, MD effective January 31, 2016.


Friday, September 04, 2015

Hoyer Meets with Officials from the University of Maryland Medical System

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) met with officials from the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), a multi-hospital system with academic, community, and specialty service missions reaching every area of Maryland.


Tuesday, September 01, 2015

University of Maryland Medicine Tests Novel Treatment for Parkinson's

University of Maryland Medicine (the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine) and its Center for Metabolic Imaging and Image-Guided Therapeutics (CMIT) has begun to use MRI-guided focused ultrasound on a deep structure within the brain related to Parkinson’s disease – the globus pallidus.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Study by UM SOM Researcher Finds a Major Lack of Community Resources for Patients in Malawi Following Rehabilitation

Malawi has a population of 16 million, yet, only one inpatient rehabilitation center for individuals with stroke, spinal cord injury, and similar conditions. With just 40 beds, the Kachere Rehabilitation Center in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, provides services to the entire country. Because there is little funding for rehabilitation in the country, there is essentially no rehabilitation and follow-up services for patients after they return to their families, homes, and communities.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Patent Expirations for Blockbuster Antipsychotic Medications May Save Billions, According to New Research From the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Medicaid is expected to save billions of dollars a year as patents for several blockbuster antipsychotic medications expire and use of generic versions of these drugs increases, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. These savings may provide relief from the high costs of these medications and allow policymakers to lift restrictions on patients’ access, the researchers argue.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine To Establish New Mesothelioma and Thoracic Oncology Treatment and Research Center

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced the establishment of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Mesothelioma and Thoracic Oncology Treatment and Research Center. The multi-disciplinary Center will enable the School to conduct research, treatment, and education in thoracic oncology to help those suffering from mesothelioma, a rare but often fatal form of cancer that affects the lungs, chest, heart and abdomen, most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Use of Contact Precautions to Prevent Spread of MRSA and VRE in Hospitalized Patients Should Be Customized Based on Local Needs and Resources

Contact precautions are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for all patients known to be infected with or carrying multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). Yet, the use of contact precautions—which require a patient to be isolated in a single hospital room and health care providers to wear a gown and gloves when caring for patients—is widely debated in the medical community.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett Named Executive Vice President and Surgeon in Chief at University of Maryland Medical System

University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) President and CEO Robert Chrencik, MBA, CPA, and University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Surgeon in Chief for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS).


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Focus on Anti-Cancer Properties of Jamaican Indigenous Plants

Henry Lowe, PhD, DSc, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine, along with Joseph Bryant, DVM, Associate Professor of Pathology and Director, Animal Models Division, at the UM SOM’s Institute of Human Virology (IHV), have been investigating the therapeutic potential of several plants native to Jamaica, which have demonstrated in several studies that they have potential as therapeutic agents.


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

New Institute for Global Health at University of Maryland School of Medicine Helps Organize Historic Summit to Address Malaria Epidemic in Myanmar

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health (IGH), recently established under the direction of Christopher Plowe, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine, and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced that it will help bring together a diverse array of opposing factions from Myanmar as part of an unprecedented unified effort to eliminate the country’s most fatal disease: malaria.


Monday, August 03, 2015

New Study from University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Shows that Creative Spicing Encourages Healthy Eating

With obesity continuing as a significant public health program in the U.S., one group, in particular, is being affected more than any other segment of the population: African American youths. Now, a new study by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) points to one promising solution: boosting food flavor with an array of healthy herbs and spices.


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Works to Reduce HIV in Baltimore

In Baltimore, one in 43 people over the age of 13 is infected with HIV, according to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Most of the time, those that are infected fail to or are unable to seek proper care. Youth ages 13-24 are the fastest growing group of new HIV infections. Over 50 percent of youth with HIV do not know they are infected.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine to Collaborate in New Center for Sports Medicine, Health and Human Performance

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) will collaborate with the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) on a new Center for Sports Medicine, Health & Human Performance. The Center will develop innovative diagnostics and treatments for a broad spectrum of athletic injuries. Faculty physicians and physical therapists from the UM SOM, will treat sports-related injuries in UMCP student-athletes, other students and the general public. Research efforts will focus on a range of areas, including concussion, traumatic brain injury, muscle-brain physiology and biochemistry, functional recovery and rehabilitation, exoskeleton-robotic treatments and clinical and medical biomechanics.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Patients' Own Genetically Altered Immune Cells Show Promise in Fighting Blood Cancer

In recent years, immunotherapy has emerged as a promising treatment for certain cancers. Now this strategy, which uses patients’ own immune cells, genetically engineered to target tumors, has shown significant success against multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that is largely incurable. The results appeared in a study published online today in Nature Medicine.


Monday, July 13, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Identify Novel Compounds That May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects

A new study by researchers at University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified promising compounds that could successfully treat depression in less than 24 hours while minimizing side effects. Although they have not yet been tested in people, the compounds could offer significant advantages over current antidepressant medications.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Announces Appointments and Promotions as Part of Succession and Transition Plans

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today a series of appointments and promotions in the Office of the Dean as the School begins a smooth succession, following the retirement of 41-year SOM veteran, Gregory Robinson, DMin, MDiv, MA on July 1. The announcement includes an expanded organizational structure that ensures strong management of SOM Human Resources, Academic Administration, Facilities Management as well as Finance and Busines Affairs.


Monday, June 29, 2015

First-Ever Possible Treatments for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome; UMSOM Researchers Identify Two Promising Candidates to Prevent and Treat Deadly Epidemic

University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have discovered and validated two therapeutics that show early promise in preventing and treating MERS, which can cause severe respiratory symptoms, and has a death rate of 40 percent.


Monday, June 29, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Announces Appointment of Chancellor Brit Kirwan, Other Prominent Leaders to its Board

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and UM SOM Board of Visitors Chairman, Michael E. Cryor today announced the appointment of new board members, including prominent leaders from academia, business and law.


Friday, June 26, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Identifies “Decoy" Molecule That Could Help Sharply Reduce Risk of Flu Death

The influenza virus can be lethal to those who are infected. But what is often just as dangerous is the body’s own reaction to the virus. This immune response consists of an inflammatory attack, meant to kill the virus. But if it gets too aggressive, this counterattack can end up harming the body’s own tissues, causing damage that can easily lead to death in vulnerable patients.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

University of Maryland Children's Hospital Unveils new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital,(UMCH) in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UM SOM) Department of Pediatrics, today unveiled its new 37,000 square-foot Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The new unit, triple the size of the previous NICU, will meet the rapidly rising need for specialty care and innovative research to benefit the smallest and most fragile patients in a family-centered care environment.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Awarded $24.5M to Fight Botswana’s AIDS Epidemic

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a five-year $24.5 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to partner with the Government of Botswana and impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana, and to demonstrate that comprehensive HIV/AIDS treatment programs can stop the epidemic. PEPFAR is a $48 billion initiative launched in 2004 by former President George W. Bush, and continued by President Barack Obama, to combat major infectious diseases around the world, including HIV.


Monday, June 22, 2015

City Uprising Health Fair to Mark National HIV Testing Day

The JACQUES Initiative, a program of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in partnership with Greater Than AIDS, Community (a Walgreens Pharmacy), Lexington Pharmacy, HopeSprings and the Gallery Church of Baltimore, is launching Baltimore’s 7th Annual City Uprising Health Fair on June 25-27 to commemorate this year’s National HIV Testing Day designated on June 27.


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researcher Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the school is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Miriam K. Laufer, MD, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the school, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project to to base malaria treatment and prevention activities within schools.


Tuesday, June 02, 2015

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine Professor Takes Part in White House Meeting to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

University Of Maryland School Of Medicine Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, who is also President for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) participating in Antibiotic Stewardship Forum at the White House.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

19 Medical School Deans Join Together to Call for Sustainable Biomedical Research Funding

Unstable funding is threatening the viability of academic biomedical research in this country, according to a new paper published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The paper was written jointly by the deans of 19 prominent medical schools around the country. Among this group is University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA.


Friday, May 22, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Research Leads To FDA Approval of First Drug To Treat Radiation Sickness

As a result of research performed by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a drug to treat the deleterious effects of radiation exposure following a nuclear incident. The drug, Neupogen®, is the first ever approved for the treatment of acute radiation injury.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Q and A with world-renowned malaria research expert Dr. Chris Plowe

Dr. Christopher Plowe is a world-renowned expert in malaria research. For more than 25 years, he has drawn support from NIH, including a long-standing Fogarty training grant to develop malaria research capacity in Mali. He founded and directs the University of Maryland School of Medicine's new Institute for Global Health, which will incorporate the school's Center for Malaria Research and Center for Vaccine Development.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

So Long, Farewell, Class of 2015

The Class of 2015 received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 14. Hundreds of family, friends and faculty were there to cheer on the 157 graduates as they officially transitioned from students to doctors.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Dr. Philip Needleman, Internationally-Renowned Scientist and Pharmacologist, to Deliver Graduation Address to University of Maryland School of Medicine's 206th Graduating Class

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, will welcome Philip Needleman, PhD, as the graduation speaker for this year’s graduating class. The UM SOM graduation ceremony will take place at 10 am on May 14, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Graduates

Following four years of late-night study groups, countless tests, and many cups of coffee, events leading up to graduation began with the ninth annual Student Awards Ceremony and Dinner, held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Your Health Depends Largely On Neighborhood

Lecture Highlights the Crucial Role of Environment on Human Health. Does where you live affect your health? A growing body of evidence says it matters enormously, according to Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Dean at the Drexel University School of Public Health.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson to Receive Top Honor for Advancing Diversity in Medicine and Access to Health Care

The American College of Physicians (ACP) announced today that Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, AGAF, the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), will receive the 2015 W. Lester Henry Award for Diversity and Access to Care. The award is given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research and/or access to care in relation to diverse populations. Dr. Wilson will be honored at ACP’s 2015 Internal Medicine Meeting during the Convocation ceremony Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, in Boston, MA.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Myron M. Levine Receives Award from American College of Physicians

Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases, has been awarded the American College of Physicians Award for Science for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is the national organization of internists. Prof. Levine will receive the award April 30 at the group’s Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Helps Discover Never-Before-Seen Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-borne diseases are a major public health problem around the world. Ticks carry and transmit a variety of microbes that cause disease. These illnesses, which include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Tularemia, can cause a variety of symptoms, often serious and sometimes deadly.


Monday, April 20, 2015

New Study Unravels Why Common Blood Pressure Medicine Can Fail

Every year, more than 120 million prescriptions are written worldwide for thiazide drugs, a group of salt-lowering medicines used to treat high blood pressure. These drugs are often very effective, and over decades have saved hundreds of thousands of lives.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Receives Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences

Owen White, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Associate Director of Informatics at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as well as Co-Director of the UM Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging (CHIB), has been selected to receive the Benjamin Franklin Award for Open Access in the Life Sciences from Bioinformatics.org, also known as the Bioinformatics Organization.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Innovative Prevention Program in East Africa Seeks to Ensure Access to Care for Addicts with HIV

Heroin addiction is a growing problem in Kenya and Tanzania. Both countries are key transit points in the international heroin trade, and in recent years, increasing numbers of people in both countries are becoming addicted.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Research Sheds Light on How Popular Probiotic Benefits the Gut

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have come up with an explanation for why a common gut microbe may be beneficial to our health. It appears that microbe may act as a facilitator, modifying the activity of other gut bacteria. This is the first time this mechanism has been described; the discovery could eventually help scientists create more effective strategies to foster a healthy gut.


Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Dr. Elijah Saunders, 80, University of Maryland School of Medicine Icon, Pioneer and Legendary Cardiologist, Passes On

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today, with deep sadness, the passing of one of the legendary figures in the School of Medicine and University’s history: Elijah Saunders, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASH, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Section of Hypertension in the School’s Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

IHV Awarded $50 Million to Combat HIV Crisis in Zambia

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine received a $50 million five year grant from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support the program, “Stop Mother and Child HIV Transmission” in Zambia. PEPFAR is a $48 billion initiative launched in 2004 by former President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. The announcement was made on the heels of IHV reaching the 1 million mark in care for HIV patients overseas.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Institute of Human Virology Surpasses 1 Million HIV Patients in Overseas Care and Treatment

Since 2004, the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has cared for one million HIV infected individuals in seven African and two Caribbean nations through more than $300 million in funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a $48 billion initiative launched in 2004 by former President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. Through unique partnerships, including those between academia, foreign governments and community organizations, PEPFAR has managed to put the first real dent in the global AIDS response by helping developing nations learn how to diagnose, treat, and prevent their own AIDS epidemics.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Plans to Launch Major New Global Health and Vaccine Institute; Building on Longstanding Worldwide Leadership in Malaria Research and Vaccine Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the School of Medicine (UM SOM) plans to establish a major new Institute for Global Health (IGH), bringing together decades of UM SOM research, treatment and vaccine development around the world, and expanding the School’s platform as the premier, leading center for global health research, treatment and prevention. The new Institute will focus on vaccine development and malaria research, and will house the UM SOM’s reconfigured Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) as well as a newly-formed Center for Malaria Research (CMR).


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UM SOM Researchers Unravel Mechanism That Plays Key Role in Sexual Differentiation of Brain

During prenatal development, the brains of most animals, including humans, develop specifically male or female characteristics. In most species, some portions of male and female brains are a different size, and often have a different number of neurons and synapses. However, scientists have known little about the details of how this differentiation occurs. Now, a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has illuminated some details about how this occurs.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Match Day at the University of Maryland School of Medicine: A Prescription for Anticipation and Emotion

It was a day filled with emotion on at Baltimore’s historic Hippodrome Theater on March 20, when Match Day was held for the Class of 2015 of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Alumni and Friends Support the School of Medicine at Orioles Spring Training Event

The University of Maryland School of Medicine had 30 alumni and friends attend a reception and Orioles spring training game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida on March 5, 2015.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robert V. O’Toole, MD Named the Inaugural Hansjörg Wyss Medical Foundation Endowed Professor in Orthopaedic Trauma

Robert V. O’Toole, MD, was named the inaugural Hansjörg Wyss Medical Foundation Endowed Professor in Orthopaedic Trauma on March 9, 2015. The ceremony, which took place in Westminster Hall, also honored Hansjörg Wyss for his generous support of medical research.


Monday, March 09, 2015

Dr. Gregory Robinson, Longtime University of Maryland School of Medicine Administrator, Educator, Advisor, and Clergy is Ready to Answer the Next Call

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA announced today that Gregory Robinson, DMin, MDiv, MA, will step down from his position as Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Resource Management, retiring in July after 41 years of service to the School of Medicine. Starting on July 1, 2015, he will focus on the ministerial calling that he accepted more than 16 years ago when he became an ordained a minister by the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) – a calling to a life of ministry and service.


Friday, February 20, 2015

New Research Pinpoints Crucial Protein That Keeps The Heart Beating On Time

The average heart beats 35 million times a year – 2.5 billion times over a lifetime. Those beats must be precisely calibrated; even a small divergence from the metronomic rhythm can cause sudden death. For decades, scientists have wondered exactly how the heart stays so precisely on rhythm even though it contains so many moving parts.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Takes Part in Groundbreaking Transfusion Study

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is part of a nationwide, multi-site study that may help save hundreds of lives among trauma patients with major bleeding. The study, which was published earlier this month in JAMA, compared two different methods of blood transfusion, and found that one approach gave patients a significantly better chance of survival within the first 24 hours.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Mark W. Rogers as New Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD, an NIH-funded scientist and expert in neuromotor control and rehabilitation research, has been appointed chair of the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Rogers has served as the Department’s Interim Chair since August of 2013 when Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, stepped down following a successful 15-year tenure as Chair of the Department.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Study Answers Key Public Health Question in Battle Against Malaria

In recent years, public health experts have increasingly explored the idea of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite. But they have questioned whether getting rid of this species, called Plasmodium falciparum, would allow other species of the parasite to simply jump into the gap and start infecting humans with malaria.


Friday, February 06, 2015

University of Maryland Medicine Announces New National Program In Lung Healing to Develop Innovative Approaches for Preventing and Treating Acute Lung Disease

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Jeffrey A. Rivest, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), today announced the official launch of a new “Program in Lung Healing,” that will further the School’s position as a national leader in research, education and clinical innovation for acute ailments of the lung and respiratory system.


Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Claudia Baquet to Receive 2015 Dean's Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Longtime healthcare equities advocate Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, who recently retired after 20 years as professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Faculty Award for Diversity and Inclusion.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Research in JAMA: Targeted MRI/Ultrasound Fusion Technique More Effective Than Standard Biopsy to Detect High-Risk Prostate Cancer

Targeted biopsy using new fusion technology that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound is more effective than standard biopsy in detecting high-risk prostate cancer, according to a large-scale study published today in JAMA. More than 1,000 men participated in the research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over a seven-year period.


Monday, January 26, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Richard Colgan as New Head of Statewide Program for Underserved Patients

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Richard Colgan, MD, a longtime expert on the practice and teaching of family medicine, has been appointed director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program. The appointment follows the recent retirement of Claudia Baquet, MD, who directed the program for two decades.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Department Of Epidemiology and Public Health Celebrates Reaccreditation of the Master of Public Health Program

The MPH program in the Department Of Epidemiology and Public Health celebrated its reaccreditation today during its annual “town hall,” held in the Campus Center Ballroom. The program was reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the non-profit group that accredits schools of public health around the country. The reaccreditation will last for through 2021.


Monday, January 19, 2015

New Study Finds That Common Degenerative Eye Disease May Be Triggered by Tiny Mineral Deposits in the Eye

New research from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has found that tiny lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important triggering factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a degenerative eye disease that can cause severe vision loss and blindness. This is the first time these mineral deposits have been implicated in the disease, which affects more than 10 million Americans. The article appeared in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Friday, January 16, 2015

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Joshua M. Abzug as Deputy Surgeon-In-Chief and Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital

Andrew Pollack, MD, the professor and chair at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joshua M. Abzug, MD, a national expert on pediatric upper extremity conditions, has been appointed deputy surgeon-in-chief for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center and vice-chair of the Dean’s Council for Pediatric Surgery.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

What Really Causes Brain Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury in Football and Elsewhere? University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Have a Surprising Answer

A new paper by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) argues that there is a widespread misunderstanding about the true nature of traumatic brain injury and how it causes chronic degenerative problems.


Monday, January 12, 2015

With Aging Population, Medical Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Focuses on Better Prevention and Treatment of Trauma in Older Patients

Nearly 2 million people over the age of 65 are seen in emergency rooms for accidental injuries each year, 20 percent of which are related to falls. A leading cause of death for people over 65, fall-related injuries are a daily risk for people in this age group. More than 23,000 older Americans die annually after falling.


Friday, January 09, 2015

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to Participate in $11 Million International Grant to Develop New Tools for Diagnosing and Treating Brain Disorders

The Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC) will take part in the Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) study, a worldwide study to developing new analytical tools to better understand mental disorders.