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Thursday, March 21, 2019

IHV Experts Researching Experimental Drug to Curb Opioid Cravings

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Institute of Human Virology (IHV) are collaborating with scientists at the National Institutes of Health to test an experimental drug to curb opioid cravings.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

High School Students Visit UMSOM For Insight Into Future Careers In STEM

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is projected to grow to more than nine million by 2022. STEM education has been proven to bridge the ethnic and gender gaps often found in math and science fields. The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is committed to both the education and training of our medical and science students and its civic responsibility to bring high-quality STEM content and experiences to students in our neighboring communities. Both faculty and students are involved in this effort to foster awareness and increase diversity in the STEM pipeline.


Friday, March 15, 2019

From Dreams to Reality: Match Day 2019 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

After years of hard work, determination, and personal sacrifice, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) medical students’ dreams finally came to fruition at the Match Day ceremony on March 15. At exactly noon, medical students at the UMSOM and around the country, some 30,000 students across the U.S., received an envelope telling them where they will do their residency training. It was truly a day filled with excitement and anticipation for the UMSOM Class of 2019 at Baltimore’s famed Hippodrome Theater.


Friday, March 15, 2019

UM School of Medicine Announces Leadership Transition in Department of Psychiatry

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM Department of Psychiatry will make a transition in leadership, continuing the Department’s commitment to its primary mission areas of research, clinical care and education.


Friday, March 08, 2019

UMSOM Researchers Unveil Progress and Challenges in Introducing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia

Each year there are nearly 11 million cases of typhoid, a disease that is spread through contaminated food, drink and water. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are leading an international consortium that is studying the impact of a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) in an effort to accelerate introduction of the vaccine in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where there is a high burden of typhoid.


Wednesday, March 06, 2019

UMSOM Researcher Elected as Fellow to American Academy of Microbiology

Richard Y. Zhao, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Associate Member of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). AAM is an honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).


Friday, March 01, 2019

UMSOM Researchers Discover Clues to Brain Differences Between Males and Females

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a mechanism for how androgens -- male sex steroids -- sculpt brain development. The research, conducted by Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, could ultimately help researchers understand behavioral development differences between males and females.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

UMSOM Class of 2021 Host Annual Student Auction

“The Annual Student Auction is a phenomenal way to bring the School of Medicine community together to support a meaningful cause,” says Saif Yasin, Class of 2021 President, and MD/PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

“Celebrating Diversity” Dinner Supports Funding for Minority Student Scholarships

UMSOM Award Recipients Committed to Promoting Health Equity and Career Advancement for Underrepresented Groups


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Dr. Joseph Martinez Named Lead Physician for Patient-Centered Communications (PEP) Program

University of Maryland School of Medicine Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs Anthony Lehman, MD, along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joseph Martinez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, has been named Lead Physician for the Program for Excellence in Patient-Centered Communication (PEP). He succeeds David Schwartz, MD, BCh,, who retired on Jan. 11, 2019.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dr. Robert C. Miller, National Leader in Radiation Oncology, Named New Medical Director of Maryland Proton Treatment Center

William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FACRO, The Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Robert C. Miller, MD, MBA, FASTRO a nationally-recognized radiation oncologist who currently serves as Vice Chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Mayo Clinic, has been named Professor in the UMSOM Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC). He will begin his new position in April 2019.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

New University of Maryland Medicine Initiative Provides Patients with Fast Access to Vascular Surgeons

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Department of Surgery and the Division of Vascular Surgery have launched a new clinical initiative designed to provide patients suffering from vascular problems faster access to care.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

UMSOM Scientists Call for Unrestricted Usage of Public Genome Data

Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) called for open access to genome data, stating that unrestricted usage is needed for progress in combatting the world’s most serious diseases.


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In Memoriam: Deirdre Desantis Parsons, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB, Dedicated Program Director and Educator

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) regrets to announce that Deirdre DeSantis Parsons, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Department of Medical and Research Technology, has passed away.


Friday, February 08, 2019

University of Maryland School of Medicine Genome Scientists Develop Novel Approaches to Studying the Most Widespread Form of Malaria

Scientists at the Institute of Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have developed a novel way with genome sequences to study and better understand transmission, treat and ultimately eradicate Plasmodium vivax, the most widespread form of malaria.


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Mobile Integrated Health – Community Paramedicine Program Launches to Advance Healthcare in West Baltimore

The University of Maryland Medical Center, the City of Baltimore and Baltimore City Fire Department, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore have partnered to launch a new healthcare delivery model for selected areas of Baltimore City.


Thursday, January 31, 2019

University of Maryland School of Medicine Thoracic Surgeons Identify Lymph Nodes That May Help to Determine Prognosis for Patients with Pleural Mesothelioma

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) surgeons have identified a group of lymph nodes in the chest that appear highly significant in predicting the prognosis for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma – a deadly cancer of the chest lining that is usually caused by asbestos.


Monday, January 28, 2019

MPower Paves the Way for UM Bioengineering Students

The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State has gained significant momentum, delivering enhanced economic, academic, and research benefits for the people of Maryland and beyond. This strategic partnership is a structured research and academic collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). Leveraging the sizeable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions, MPower has created many unique educational opportunities for students at both universities.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Culture Transformation Initiative (CTI) Moving Forward with Advances in Key Areas

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Culture Transformation Initiative (CTI) is fully launched by Dean E. Albert Reece and Associate Dean Nancy Lowitt, MD. Following a series of listening sessions and town hall meetings with students, faculty and staff, there are reports from individuals and groups across the UMSOM that awareness of culture issues has increased markedly, and that change is beginning to take place.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UMSOM's Central Maryland Area Health Education Center Expands Into Five Additional Counties

The Baltimore Area Health Education Center has been renamed the Central Maryland Area Health Education Center (Central Maryland AHEC) and has expanded beyond Baltimore City and Baltimore County to five other Maryland counties including, Harford, Carroll, Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George's Counties.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UMSOM'S Opioid Addiction Treatment Experts Receive Funding from CareFirst for Telemedicine Network

Addiction experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) received a $212,171 grant from CareFirst to expand access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction via telemedicine to patients located on Maryland’s eastern shore.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

James B. Kaper, PhD, Endowed as James and Carolyn Frenkil Distinguished Dean's Professor

James B. Kaper, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, was invested as the James & Carolyn Frenkil Distinguished Dean’s Professor on January 10 before a packed audience at Westminster Hall. Surrounded by family, friends, past and present colleagues and distinguished scientists, Dr. Kaper joined the elite group of 82 SOM faculty who currently hold endowed professorships, the highest honor bestowed by the SOM on individual faculty members.


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

UMMC Midtown Campus Opens New Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit

On January 9, 2019, the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus debuted its new 24,000 square-foot adult inpatient behavioral health unit which will set a new standard for optimizing patient experience, safety and comfort in a state-of the-art environment that is required to provide such specialized care.


Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Top University of Maryland School of Medicine Genomics Scientist Claire M. Fraser, PhD, Appointed President-Elect of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Claire M. Fraser, PhD, a pioneer in the field of microbial genomics, who is the Dean’s Endowed Professor, Department of Medicine, and Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), has been chosen as president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting edge research through its Science family of journals.