Thursday, December 09, 2010
Center for Vaccine Development Holds 17th Annual Frontiers in Vaccinology Lecture
The 17th Annual Frontiers in Vaccinology lecture, sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), was held on December 8, 2010. This year’s speaker was Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH, Executive Vice-President of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, DC, who spoke about the advances being made in vaccinology that are helping to eradicate diseases like polio, measles and rubella around the world.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Generous Gift from Former Department Chair Funds Two Endowed Professorships in Anesthesiology
An investiture ceremony on November 30, 2010 recognized Gary Fiskum, PhD, as the Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology and Mary Njoku, MD, as the Matjasko Professor for Education in Anesthesiology. This ceremony was the first of its kind at the school, awarding two endowed professorships funded by one donor, Jane Matjasko, MD.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
School of Medicine Researcher Has Identitfied Genetic Mutation In Debilitating Skin Disorder ARCI
A new study from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has identified a genetic mutation that seems to be critical to a debilitating inherited skin disorder called autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI). The researchers hope the discovery could lead to new treatments for the devastating condition, according to the paper published recently in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The senior author is Richard L. Eckert, Ph.D., the John F.B. Weaver Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Multiple School of Medicine Faculty Are Recognized With UMB Founders Week Awards
Bartley P. Griffith, M.D., professor of surgery, is Research Lecturer of the Year. Cedric Yu, DSc, the Carl M. Mansfield, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology is Entrepreneur of the Year. Yvette Rooks, MD, is Public Servant of the Year.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Dr. Thomas Scalea Awarded the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine
Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, the Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and director of the Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, was honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 35th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2010. Dr. Scalea received the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine at the black-tie dinner and awards ceremony.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
In Memoriam: Meg Zupancic, PhD, Research Fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences
Margaret (Meg) Zupancic, a research fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), passed away on October 7, 2010 at the age of 36. She is survived by her husband, Bill Vinje, and sons Maxwell Charles (Max), 2, and Tobias David (Toby), born October 6.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown Helps the School of Medicine Celebrate 10 Years of Mini-Med School
This year, the University of Maryland School of Medicine celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Mini-Med School, a free educational program for residents of Baltimore. In a special 10th anniversary graduation ceremony October 6, the School of Medicine welcomed Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown as an honored guest. Lt. Gov. Brown also presented proclamations from Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recognizing and commending the program on its 10th anniversary.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Baltimore Youth Summit Brings Together HIV-Positive Youth from USA and Africa
On September 16, The University of Maryland School of Medicine, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, held an International Youth Leadership Summit in which a delegation of HIV-affected and infected young people from Africa met with HIV-affected and infected youth from Baltimore and across the country to exchange ideas and come up with recommendations for how HIV can best be prevented and managed in young people throughout the world.
Wednesday, September 9, 2010
Mini-Med School Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary
Our tenth annual Mini-Med School kicked off on September 8, 2010, with nearly 300 participants joining us for this milestone anniversary. Offered as a public service by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Mini-Med School is a series of tuition-free classes designed to help Baltimore residents improve their health and well being. Mini-Med School lectures are presented by faculty physicians from the medical school one night a week for five weeks each fall.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Dr. Nate Schnaper, Longtime Professor of Psychiatry, Dead at Age 92
Nate Schnaper, MD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry for more than 50 years, passed away on August 23, 2010 after a brief illness. He was 92. Dr. Schnaper, though retired, was still seing patients until just shortly before his death, counseling them at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC).
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
A School of Medicine Faculty Member is Making the Climb of a Lifetime for Charity
A University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty member and his son will take on the expedition of a lifetime when they climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and it’s complications through the support of research.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Institute for Genome Sciences Scientists Complete Genome Sequence of Castor Bean
A team of researchers from the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) have sequenced and analyzed the genome of the Castor bean (Ricinus communis). The Castor bean is the source of highly valuable castor oil. Their findings will be published in the September issue of Nature Biotechnology.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Innovative Imaging System May Boost Speed and Accuracy in Treatment of Heart Rhythm Disorder
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have developed a novel 3-D imaging approach that may improve the accuracy of treatment for ventricular tachycardia, a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder that causes the heart to beat too fast. The new approach couples CT (computed tomography) images with conventional ablation techniques to eliminate erratic electrical circuits in the heart that produce arrhythmias.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The Department of Psychiatry Is Making Gala Plans for Its 60th Anniversary
This year the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is celebrating its 60th anniversary! This celebratory year will culminate in a scientific symposium and evening gala on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel.
Monday, August 02, 2010
Dean Reece Announces Senior Staff Promotions; Greg Handlir to Retire
E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine, is announcing the retirement of one - and the promotions of three other - outstanding leaders at the School of Medicine.
UM Institute for Genome Sciences Announces New Associate Directors
Dr. Jacques Ravel, Associate Professor in Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed to Associate Director, Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS). Dr. Owen White, Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed Associate Director, Bioinformatics at IGS.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Surgeon General and School of Medicine Faculty Lead "Exercise Is Medicine" Walk
Pamela Peeke, MD, clinical assistant professor, and Yvette Rooks, MD, assistant professor, both from the Department of Family & Community Medicine, joined Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, at the “Exercise Is Medicine” community walk on June 2, 2010. The walk was part of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Goodbye and Good Luck to The Class of 2010
Laughter mixed easily with tears at the Baltimore Convention Center Hilton on May 21 as the Class of 2010 celebrated their convocation. Hundreds of friends and family were on hand to cheer the graduates as they reached this milestone in their medical education, receiving their doctoral hoods and officially becoming practicing physicians.
Monday, May 17, 2010
The School of Medicine Mourns the Loss of Beloved Teacher Larry Anderson
Larry D. Anderson, PhD, professor of anatomy & neurobiology, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday. With his passing, the School of Medicine has lost a beloved teacher, mentor and friend. Dr. Anderson taught anatomy to nearly 4,500 Maryland students – well over half of our living alumni.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Building for the Future: Ground-breaking Ceremony Celebrates the Start of Shock Trauma Expansion
A groundbreaking ceremony on May 13, 2010 marked the start of construction for the University of Maryland Medical Center's newest facility. The new facility will be connected to the existing R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building. It will expand the Shock Trauma Center, boost the capacity of the Medical Center's adult and pediatric emergency departments and provide additional beds for surgical intensive care patients.
A Special Spring Session of Mini-Med School Explores Bioethics in Research
A special Spring edition of Mini-Med School kicked off the evening of May 12 with nearly 200 students in attendance. Presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Bioethics Research Center, this four-week session was supported by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at NIH.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Dr. Stephen Davis Officially Welcomed as the New Chairman of the Department of Medicine
A reception was held April 1, 2010 to officially welcome Stephen Davis, MBBS, to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Davis, who was recruited from Vanderbilt University, is the Theodore E. Woodward Endowed Chair and Professor of the Department of Medicine. His welcome was originally scheduled for February, but unprecedented back-to-back blizzards spoiled those plans.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Annual Fund for Medicine Gala Draws Its Largest Crowd Ever
"New Waves in Medicine" was the theme of this year’s Fund for Medicine Gala, held March 27, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The gala drew a record number of guests, who raised much-needed funds for both translational research and clinical initiatives at the School of Medicine.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Medical Team Strives for Sustained Aid to Haiti
The UMMC Medical Team is developing a long-term relationship with the surviving staff of a Haitian teaching hospital – St. François de Sales. The Maryland volunteers are available to the Haitians for as long as the fundraising effort back home sustains their mission to help the earthquake-ravished country.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Stephen Bartlett, MD, is the Recipient of the First Peter Angelos Distinguished Professorship in Surgery
An investiture ceremony was held March 2, 2010 in Westminster Hall to award Stephen Bartlett, MD, professor and chair, Department of Surgery, the first Peter Angelos Distinguished Professorship in Surgery. Mr. Angelos is a well-known local lawyer as well as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Baltimore Orioles. He is also a member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Has Been Named Acting President of UMB. Read his letter to the campus community.
William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, has appointed E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, as acting president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Reece has served as vice president for medical affairs at UMB and dean of the School of Medicine since September 2006. His appointment as acting president is effective March 1, 2010.