Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Brittney Williams for her Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award. Her project entitled "Role of miRNA-TLR7 Signaling in Platelet Activation and Dysfunction in Sepsis" was approved for funding by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Williams stated she was very pleased with the new NIH support and that her work in the next 3-5 years will focus on delineating platelet signaling pathways involved in immune-mediated thrombotic complications in sepsis.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Congratulations to Kerri Lopez, MD for being awarded the US SHOCK SOCIETY Diversity Enhancement Award for her abstract entitled "Impact of Hypobaric Exposure on Inflammation and Organ Injury in a Non-Hemorrhagic Mouse Model of Polytrauma". Dr. Lopez is a PGY-3 surgical resident and has just completed her two-year research training in the Anesthesiology Translational Research Program working on a research project funded by the US Air Force.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Dr. Brian Polster receives R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Brian M. Polster, Ph.D. Associate Professor, and co-investigators Drs. Bogdan Stoica, Rebecca Henry, James Barrett, and Marta Lipinski from the Department of Anesthesiology, was awarded a five-year, $2,891,532 R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke (NIH/ NINDS) for “Reprogramming proinflammatory microglia by restoring mitochondrial function”.
Monday, July 06, 2020
Jonathan Chow, MD, Assistant Professor was featured in U.S. News & World Report for working with robots to help keep health care workers safe while treating the sickest COVID-19 patients. The article focuses on how Dr. Chow’s and colleagues conduct rounds in the intensive care unit’s biocontainment section using robots. The two robots named “Blue Bertha” and “Red Randy” are controlled by Dr. Chow using a few keystrokes movements to help examine seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Dr. Chow states “They change the way you’re able to take care of the patient; and we don’t need to bring our team of clinicians inside an air-locked room for four hours, risking exposure to the virus. It makes me a lot more confident when I come home that I won’t bring the virus home”
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Congratulations to Rodney M. Ritzel, PhD, for being the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Michael Shipley Postdoctoral Award
Congratulations to Rodney M. Ritzel, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Alan Faden’s lab, for being the inaugural recipient of the 2020 Michael Shipley Postdoctoral Award. This award recognizes a postdoctoral fellow who has exemplified excellence in research with an exceptional record of accomplishments. Dr. Ritzel was commended for his critical thinking and passion for continued learning in neuroscience. He will be honored at the Program in Neuroscience Retreat with the presentation of an engraved award and honorarium.
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, receives R01 grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Congratulations to Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Anesthesiology and Long-Jun Wu, PhD, Professor at the Mayo Clinic, received a five-year, $2,392,596 grant (NIH R01) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for “The Function and Mechanisms of Voltage-Gated Proton Channel Hv1 in Spinal Cord Injury”. Click Here for more information.
Friday, May 01, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mazzeffi, MD Associate Professor for being awarded the 2020 Mid-Career Grant by the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). Dr. Mazzeffi received this award for his research project titled “Von Willebrand Factor Concentrate for Treatment of Acquired Von Willebrand Syndrome During ECMO: An in vitro Dose-Finding and Efficacy Study.” The award, $100,000 over two years, supports investigators' research projects in the field of cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia.
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Congratulations to Mary J. Njoku, MD, recipient of the Matjasko Professorship for Education in Anesthesiology, Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Education, on being elected by the School of Medicine’s 2020 Graduation Class to serve as one of two Graduation Faculty Marshals. Due to the current healthcare crisis, the School of Medicine will not hold its in-person ceremony, but will still recognize Dr. Njoku for this honor in the Graduation Program which will be distributed to all students. Let us join Dr. Njoku in Congratulating the UMSOM Class of 2020!
Friday, March 27, 2020
Obstetric Anesthesiology Division awarded SOAP’s 2019 Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care of Obstetric Patients’ Designation
Congratulations to the Obstetric Anesthesiology Division of the Department of Anesthesiology on being awarded SOAP’s 2019 Center of Excellence (COE) for Anesthesia Care of Obstetric Patients’ Designation. This 4-year certificate recognizes institutions and programs that set a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally and to provide a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care.
Friday, March 20, 2020
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.
Monday, February 24, 2020
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.
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Marta Lipinski, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Lipinski was awarded the AI + Medicine for High Impact (AIM-HI) Challenge Award by the University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park.
Monday, January 27, 2020
UM School of Medicine's Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center Announces Leadership Transition
University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM”s Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center will begin the next phase of its history with new leadership.