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2020 News

February 11, 2020

The Department of Anesthesiology achieves “top ten” status; now ranked 6th in the country amongst all anesthesiology departments for NIH funding

According to the latest rankings of NIH funding, the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology is now the sixth-ranked department amongst all US Departments of Anesthesiology. We are also the second amongst all Anesthesiology Departments in US Public Universities. Only 52 out of the approximately 130 anesthesiology departments have any NIH funding, placing us in the top 5% of all US Departments of Anesthesiology. According to Dr. Peter Rock, the Chair of the Department, we have been making a steady climb in the rankings for more than 10 years. Entering the top 10 for our specialty is a very special accomplishment and is the culmination of a long-term effort to raise the Department’s research profile to the highest echelons of anesthesiology departments. The Department’s research funding is spread out over many investigators resulting in a deep “bench” and a broad research portfolio.

This ranking could only be accomplished by the hard work of our entire faculty and staff. We congratulate and thank our investigators for their hard work, dedication, innovation, and commitment to discovery.

For a full listing of all US Departments of Anesthesiology, please click here.


No longer with us- Post Doc Fellow FIskum

March 2, 2020

Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Neuronal Death Protection

Molly Goodfellow, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Apurva Borcar, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow; Julie Proctor, MS, Lab Manager; Tiffany Greco, PhD, former UMB PhD student; Robert Rosenthal, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director, Hyperbaric Medicine; Gary Fiskum, PhD, Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology and Vice-Chair; all from the Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) were among the co-authors of “Transcriptional activation of antioxidant gene expression by Nrf2 protects against mitochondrial dysfunction and neuronal death associated with acute and chronic neurodegeneration” which will publish in the June 2020 issue of Experimental Neurology.

February 24, 2020

Potential New Treatment for TBI

Rebecca Henry, PhD, Research Associate; Rodney Ritzel, PhD, Post Doc Fellow; James Barrett, PhD, Research Associate; Sarah Doran, MD, PhD, Research Assistant; Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor; Bogdan Stoica, MD, Associate Professor; Alan Faden, MD, Professor; David Loane, PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor; all from the Department of Anesthesiology published their findings in The Journal of Neuroscience, suggesting a potential new treatment for TBI and possibly other brain injuries. Read the full article here.

February 21, 2020

National Institutes of Health to fund “Modulation of Inflammation in Aging Lung”

Konstantin Birukov, MD, PhD, The Anesthesiology Endowed Professor in Entrepreneurial Research, Department of Anesthesiology, has received a two-year, $383,634 grant (NIH R01) from the National Institutes of Health which will fund his study entitled “Modulation of Inflammation in Aging Lung.” 

February 4, 2020

AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marta Lipinski, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology for being awarded the AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award by the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park for her research project titled "Development of a predictive multi-omics platform for the study of aging and age-associated diseases". Dr. Lipinski along with Drs. Michael Cummings and Jace Jones were awarded $200,000 for one year funding, with subsequent years contingent.

The AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award seeks to fund big research initiatives in the field of artificial intelligence and medicine that will contribute to major scientific discoveries, secure sizable extramural funding, and lead to meaningful improvements in patient care and treatment.

January 27, 2020

UM School of Medicine's Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center Announces Leadership Transition

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOMs Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center will begin the next phase of its history with new leadership. The Center, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, has been led by Alan Faden, MD, the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma at UMSOM, since its founding. Associate Directors Rosemary Kozar, MD, PhD and Wei Chao, MD, PhD, will now serve as the new Co-Directors of the STAR Center. Full story>