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Monday, June 18, 2018

Dr. Diane Marie St. George Promoted to Vice Chair of Academic Programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

Jay Magaziner, PhD, MS Hyg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Diane Marie St. George, PhD, has been promoted from Director to Vice Chair of Academic Programs in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. The position was previously held by Patricia Langenburg, PhD, Professor Emeritus.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Acting Chairs Appointed for Pharmacology and Physical Therapy Departments During Chair Sabbaticals

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that two department chairs, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, and Mark Rogers, PhD, PT, FAPTA, the George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), will be taking sabbatical leave during the 2019 fiscal year. In making the announcement, Dean Reece noted that acting chairs have been named to provide leadership in these two departments during this period.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Research Finds That Too Much Oxygen Can Harm Cardiac Arrest Patients

For years, researchers have debated whether the use of pure oxygen was a good idea for treating cardiac arrest victims. Two University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers helped pioneer the idea that this treatment could actually harm the brains of cardiac arrest patients. Now, after decades of research a new clinical study for the first time provides clear evidence that their approach appears to be correct.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

UMSOM Names Director of Cardiology Research and Associate Chief of Cardiology Division

Charles C. Hong, MD, PhD, FAHA has been named the Melvin Sharoky Professor of Medicine, Director of Research and Associate Chief of the Cardiology Division. His appointment is part of UMSOM’s Special Trans-Disciplinary Recruitment Award Program (STRAP), a program to recruit top physicians and scientists.


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Most Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients with Intermediate Risk of Recurrence can Safely Avoid Chemotherapy

The majority of women with early-stage estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer, considered at intermediate risk of having their cancer recur based on a 21-gene test, can safely forgo treatment with chemotherapy, according to a large multicenter clinical study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Thursday, June 07, 2018

UM School of Medicine Appoints Laura Pimentel, MD, New Head of Maryland Emergency Medicine Network

Brian Browne, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Laura Pimentel, MD, who is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network (MEMN), has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer of the Network.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

UMSOM Researchers Find that Silent Carriers of Malaria are Unlikely to Develop the Disease

In regions where malaria illness is widespread, it is common to find many individuals who are infected with malaria parasites (Plasmodium falciparum), but without symptoms. New research conducted by the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) shows that treating these silent malaria cases could help stop the spread of malaria to others.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dr. Elizabeth Lamos Joins University of Maryland School of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs

James B. Kaper, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor & Chair, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and Donna L. Parker, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, announced that Elizabeth Lamos, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, has joined the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), serving primarily in a counseling and advisory role for medical students.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Graduates

Following four years of countless tests, late-night study groups, and many cups of coffee, events leading up to graduation began with the 12th annual Student Awards Ceremony and Dinner.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Saying Farewell to the Class of 2018

The Class of 2018 received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Hippodrome Theater on May 17. Hundreds of family, friends, and faculty were there to cheer on the 146 graduates as they officially transitioned from students to doctors.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tackling Malaria Transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa

Two malaria experts in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine wrote a commentary published in the June Issue of The Lancet Global Health discussing the prevalence of malaria in school-age children in sub-Saharan Africa. Miriam Laufer, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director for Malaria Research CVD, and Lauren Cohee, MD, Instructor, Pediatrics, noted that often malaria infection is more common in school-age children than younger children and adults.


Monday, May 14, 2018

New Research: Some Gut Bacteria May Protect Against Intestinal Infection

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have for the first time found evidence that the presence of a key species in the human gut microbiome is associated with protection from infection with typhoid fever. If the research is borne out, it could offer an exciting new way to reduce intestinal infections from microbes.


Monday, May 14, 2018

Gov. Larry Hogan Recognizes Achievements of Sally B. Cheston, MD, of Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan today recognized Sally B. Cheston, MD, an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), for her efforts to bring the “latest state-of-the-art medicine” to Howard County as a leader of the Central Maryland Radiation Oncology Center (CMRO).


Friday, May 11, 2018

2018 University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala Celebrates Impassioned Care, Inspired Discoveries

The air was filled with history, enthusiasm, and appreciation on a warm spring evening as more than 1,000 business and community leaders, donors, faculty, staff, students, and other distinguished guests gathered for the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Annual Gala in Baltimore. The School of Medicine Gala coincides annually with the Medical Alumni Association Reunion Weekend.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

University of Maryland School of Medicine Celebrates Growing Program to Increase Number of Primary Care Doctors

Program to Encourage Students to Pursue Primary Care Continues to Grow


Monday, May 07, 2018

UM School of Medicine to Become Major Center for Bioengineering Innovation with Transformational Gift from Entrepreneurial Leader and Longtime Benefactor Robert E. Fischell

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM will receive $20 million in philanthropic support from one of its most distinguished, long-time board members and benefactors, Robert E. Fischell, ScD.


Friday, May 04, 2018

Expert Disease Detective Unravels Mysterious Illness That Killed Famed 12th Century Sultan

Saladin may not be well known in the West, but even 800 years after his death, he remains famous in the Middle East. Born in 1137, he rose to become the Sultan of an enormous area that now includes Egypt, Syria, parts of Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen and other regions of North Africa. He successfully led armies against the invading Crusaders and conquered several kingdoms. Historians have described him as the most famous Kurd ever.


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Renowned Journalist Nicholas Kristof Speaks on Justice and Society

Renowned New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof will speak on May 3 at the Peabody Library in Baltimore on the need to build a fairer society.


Thursday, May 03, 2018

UM School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology Makes Key Appointments to Clinical Care and Research Leadership Positions

Institute Names Dr. Shyam Kottilil and Dr. Anthony Amoroso to replace Dr. Robert Redfield, now Director at CDC.


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

UMSOM's Dr. Robert Ferguson Receives Prestigious Dema C. Daley Founders Award for Academic Leadership in Internal Medicine

Robert Ferguson, MD, MACP, Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Director of the UMSOM Professionalism Enhancement Initiative, has been awarded the 2018 Dema C. Daley Founders Award by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM).


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski to Deliver Graduation Address to University of Maryland School of Medicine's 209th Graduating Class

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, MA, PhD, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), will deliver the keynote address for this year’s graduating class. The UMSOM graduation ceremony will take place at 10 am on May 17, 2018 at the Hippodrome Theatre.


Monday, April 30, 2018

State-of-the-Art Immune Cell Laboratory to Foster New Immunotherapies for Cancer Patients

The University of Maryland School of Medicine today held the ceremonial opening of the Fannie Angelos Cellular Therapeutics Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility that will allow scientists to create the next generation of cancer cures – cells that help a patient’s immune system attack and eliminate cancer. The laboratory will also be used to study and develop ways to engineer cells for a wide variety of other illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease.


Monday, April 23, 2018

UM School of Medicine Launches Newly Organized Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health Under Leadership of International Vaccine Expert Dr. Kathleen Neuzil

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today the launch of a newly organized Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD). The new Center will be led by UMSOM Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Kathleen Neuzil, MD MPH, FIDSA, one of the world’s most influential research scientists and advocates in vaccine development and policy.


Friday, April 20, 2018

New Research Illuminates Important Links Between Avoidance Behavior and Key Brain Chemicals

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have for the first time found direct causal links between a key brain chemical and avoidance-behavior related to pain and fear.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Will Undertake Largest HIV Survey Ever Conducted in a Single Country

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will lead a $100 million project to measure the reach and impact of HIV programs in Nigeria – the largest population-based HIV survey ever conducted in a single country.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Maryland Schools are Doing More to Improve Kids Health, Report Finds

Schools across Maryland are doing more to encourage their students to eat healthy foods and to be physically active, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Friday, March 30, 2018

Stop the Bleed Team at Shock Trauma Center Trains Campus Leaders

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center provided special training today on methods to control bleeding as part of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, a national effort to teach basic bleeding control.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

A Women's History Month Celebration: The Life and Legacy of Angela H. Brodie, PhD

Women's History Month event honors the internationally recognized School of Medicine scientist who developed a life saving breast cancer treatment


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Large International Study Provides New Insight into the Genetic Causes of Stroke

An international research group, including scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, studying 520,000 people from around the world has identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke, tripling the number of gene regions known to affect stroke risk. The results show that stroke shares genetic influences with other vascular conditions, especially blood pressure, but also coronary artery disease and others. These results provide new clues on stroke mechanisms and could help scientists identify drug targets for treatment.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

With Big Data, Researchers Identify New Targets for Lung Disease Treatments

Every year, approximately 12 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and 120,000 die from it. For people with COPD, Haemophilus influenzae, a bacterium, can be particularly dangerous.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dr. Robert Redfield, Co-Founder of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, to Become CDC Director

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) congratulates its co-founder and associate director, Robert R. Redfield, MD, on his appointment to be the next director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UMSOM Vaccine Experts Lead Trial on Avian Flu Vaccine

Vaccine experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have begun multiple clinical trials of vaccines designed to protect against H7N9, an avian influenza virus that was first reported in humans in 2013 in China.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

UMSOM Cancer Expert at Institute of Human Virology Named Fellow of American Society of Clinical Oncology

Clement A. Adebamowo, BM, ChB, ScD, FWACS, FACS, Associate Director of Population Science at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Human Virology, has been named a 2018 Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).


Monday, March 19, 2018

Dr. Zhongjun Jon Wu Receives Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurial Surgical Science

26 years after coming to the United States from a remote area in Southwest China, Zhongjun Jon Wu, PhD, has become one of the leading bioengineering scientists, and he has earned his place among top faculty at the University of Maryland School of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). On March 1, he was invested at Westminster Hall as the Peter G. Angelos Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Surgical Sciences.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Match Day: Will Med Students’ Dreams Come True?

It’s Match Day, when graduating med students across the country find out where they’ll spend their residencies. In a gripping, emotional ceremony at the Hippodrome Theater, students in the Class of 2018 will be handed an envelope with the name of their residency. The event is a true-life reality show, because students do not know ahead of time where they are going.


Wednesday, March 07, 2018

UMSOM Receives Final Approval for Re-Accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM has now completed the re-accreditation process and has received full approval for re-accreditation for a period of 8 years by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or “LCME.”


Friday, March 02, 2018

New Study Finds Recent Leveling of Research Being Published by Female Radiologists

A new study has found that although radiology research by women has increased significantly over the past five decades, the rate of this increase has leveled off since 2000


Thursday, March 01, 2018

Increased Stress on Fathers Leads to Brain Development Changes in Offspring

New research in mice has found that a father’s stress affects the brain development of his offspring. This stress changes the father’s sperm, which can then alter the brain development of the child. This new research provides a much better understanding of the key role that fathers play in the brain development of offspring.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Institute of Human Virology Adds Team of Top Cancer Immunotherapy Experts

Robert C. Gallo, MD, the Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine at the UMSOM and Co-Founder & Director.of the UMSOM’s IHV, announced today that a team of leading scientists in the growing area of immune therapeutics for cancer treatment and organ transplantation, led by internationally-recognized cancer researchers Yang Liu, PhD, and Pan Zheng, MD, PhD will be joining the IHV with academic appointments in the UMSOM Department of Surgery.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Faculty, Alumni and Student Honored at 11th Annual "Celebrating Diversity" Dinner

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) held its 11th annual “Celebrating Diversity” reception and dinner on Feb. 25, 2018 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. The event was attended by nearly 300 guests who gathered to honor diversity at UMSOM, recognize those who have helped increase diversity in the field of medicine, and to raise support for an endowed scholarship in the name of Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, AGAF.


Monday, February 26, 2018

New Technology for Use in Military Vehicles May Protect Troops from Blast-Induced Brain Injury

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have developed a new military vehicle shock absorbing device that may protect troops from traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a land mine blast. Over the past 18 years of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 250,000 troops have suffered such injuries.


Friday, February 23, 2018

University of Maryland School of Medicine Vaccine Expert Highlights Need for Vaccination Among Older Adults During Capitol Hill Briefing

Today at a briefing on Capitol Hill, Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, warned that the U.S. population of adults 65 and older is expected to rise significantly over the next few decades, making vaccinations against diseases like influenza, pneumonia and shingles for this population very critical.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Art of Family and Community Medicine Unveiled

An overflow crowd of physicians, students, staff, patients, and well-wishers were on hand Wednesday, February 20 to witness the unveiling of a new wall mural in the waiting room of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Department of Family and Community Medicine practice on the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus. The mural was a gift of philanthropist Carolyn Frenkil, President of Center City, Inc. and a board member of the UMSOM Board of Visitors and the University of Maryland Foundation. The mural was created by Candice Brush, a graduate from University of Maryland, College Park, who is a fine artist and printmaker on the state’s Eastern Shore.


Friday, February 16, 2018

University of Maryland Medicine Leads Pivotal Study of Focused Ultrasound to Treat Parkinson's Disease

University of Maryland Medicine (the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)) is leading a phase 3 study to test the safety and efficacy of using MRI-guided focused ultrasound on the brain in order to treat Parkinson’s disease. The pivotal study is the final step before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will consider approving the new technology for widespread use as a nonsurgical treatment option to eliminate key motor symptoms of this common neurological condition.


Thursday, February 01, 2018

UMSOM’s Monica McArthur, MD, PhD. Discusses Zika Virus and Challenges in Developing a Vaccine

Zika vaccine development: two years on from the outbreak


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Staying Upright as We Age: WYPR Radio Interview with Dr. Kelly Westlake and Dr. Mark Rogers

Listen to a WYPR Radio Interview with Dr. Kelly Westlake and Dr. Mark Rogers, about aging and mobility research


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Novel Gene Mutations Linked to High HDL Cholesterol and Apparent Protection from Heart Disease

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have uncovered genetic mutations that may explain why people with high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, the “good cholesterol,” have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.


Friday, January 19, 2018

New Computer Programs Could Significantly Accelerate Drug Discovery

Many drugs work by inhibiting protein enzymes associated with a particular disease. Unfortunately, the same drugs can inhibit protein enzymes unrelated to the disease, resulting in harmful side effects. One potential solution is to better identify structural features that determine a protein enzyme’s function.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Annual Student Auction Makes Bid to Fight Homelessness

“It’s definitely a team effort,” says Sara S. Manetta, Class of 2020 MD candidate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). “We’re all hands on deck all of the time!” Manetta is speaking about the flurry of activity surrounding preparations for the Annual Second Year Medical Student Auction, which will be held Thursday, February 22, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Southern Management Corporation (SMC) Campus Center, 621 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. This event is open to parents, students, faculty, and staff.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Research Shows That Co-Sleeping with Toddlers Can Impact Mother's Mental Health

For parents of toddlers with sleep problems, co-sleeping may not be a good strategy, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Co-sleeping is defined as a parent sleeping in the same room or same bed with their child.


Monday, January 08, 2018

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Discover Key Link Between Mitochondria and Cocaine Addiction

For years, scientists have known that mitochondria—the power source of cells—play a role in brain disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and stress responses. But recently scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified significant mitochondrial changes in brain cells that take place in cocaine addiction, and they have been able to block them.


Monday, January 08, 2018

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Receives Top International Research Award for Work on Potassium and Blood Pressure

Paul Welling, MD, a professor of physiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with his collaborators from around the world, have been awarded a prestigious Transatlantic Network of Excellence grant from the Foundation LeDucq to study why blood pressure is so sensitive to dietary potassium.


Friday, January 05, 2018

Fighting Opioid Addiction from Baltimore to Garrett County: University of Maryland School of Medicine Rises to the Challenge

The opioid epidemic has been deadly for Maryland. In 2016, more than 2000 people in the state died from overdoses; in 2017, deaths rose another 40 percent, and deaths from the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl were up nearly 140 percent. Last year, Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency in response to the opioid epidemic, saying the state needs an “all-hands-on-deck approach.”