April 04, 2017
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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UM School of Medicine Researchers Awarded $5 Million NIH Grant to Improve Use of Genetic Risk Scores in Diverse Populations
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have received a $5 million federal grant to pool genomic information from existing and new datasets – predominantly in African and African American populations -- in order to calculate the risk of developing specific diseases. They will use sophisticated modeling and genetic datasets to calculate the risk, known as a polygenic risk score, with an emphasis on studying people from different ancestries.
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers to Study Spread of Bacteria in Nursing Homes
Nursing homes are settings with a high prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria, leading to infection and sometimes death in patients. This is a key concern, particularly as there is a growing number of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), making it difficult to treat infections. The current standard of care for preventing the spread of Staph in nursing homes in the U.S. is for healthcare workers to use gowns and gloves when there is expected contact with blood and other bodily fluids. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) will study whether a targeted increase in the use of gowns and gloves is effective in preventing and controlling spread of the dangerous bacteria.
Friday, September 29, 2017
University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Identify Millions of New Genes From Bacteria Living on and in the Human Body
A new study of the human microbiome—the trillions of microbial organisms that live on and within our bodies—has uncovered millions of previously unknown genes from microbial communities in the human gut, skin, mouth, and vaginal microbiome, allowing for new insights into the role these microbes play in human health and disease.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
University of Maryland School of Medicine Names David Marcozzi to Help Lead Health Disparities and Population Health Program
Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MS, Hyg, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), along with UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP, an associate professor in the UM SOM Department of Emergency Medicine, has been named as Co-Director of the UM SOM Program in Health Disparities and Population Health, which is based in EPH.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
When It Comes to Health, Does Zip Code Matter More than Genetic Code?
A range of powerful evidence shows unequivocally that where you live, as well as your social circumstances, play a huge role in your health. This was the message delivered by Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at the California Endowment, in a lecture April 18 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM).
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
UM SOM Launches Unprecedented Initiatives to Create New Generation of Research Scientists Among Students, Trainees and Faculty
New and expanded research development programs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine will include focus on developing junior, minority and female faculty investigators as well as students and trainees.