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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

UM School of Medicine Establishes Endowed Professorship in Neurosurgery Through Private Gifts and Matching State Funds

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM has been awarded matching funds from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The funds, when combined with private philanthropy, will enable UMSOM to establish the Howard M. Eisenberg, MD, Distinguished Professorship in Neurosurgery.


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

First-Year University of Maryland School of Medicine Medical Students Celebrate White Coat Ceremony

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) held its annual White Coat Ceremony on November 1 at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore.


Monday, November 04, 2019

UM School of Medicine has New Requirement for Students: Culinary Medicine

First- and second-year medical students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have a new requirement this year in order to earn their medical degree: culinary medicine. Among the first medical schools in the nation to implement the required course, UMSOM aims to increase future physicians’ nutrition knowledge through a class that combines didactic lectures on the evidence supporting many different approaches to healthy eating with experiential techniques that involve the proper chopping of onions, sautéing of vegetables, and garnishing of freshly baked salmon.


Monday, November 04, 2019

UM School of Medicine Set to Host Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

The National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will host its 24th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health in Austin, TX on November 7-9, 2019. This year’s theme focuses on teaching evidence-based programs that help children feel safer and more supported in schools, while highlighting the important role schools play in addressing child and adolescent mental health and well-being.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, to Receive Prestigious Lifetime Award for Five Decades of Pioneering Vaccine Research

Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, the Simon and Bessie Grollman Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases, and Founder and Former Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) is a co-recipient of the 2020 Research! America Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award for his pioneering vaccine and infectious disease research.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

UMB’s 2019 Founders Week - Public Servant of the Year Awarded to Michelle G. Giglio, PhD

Giglio, is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)


Monday, October 21, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Kathleen M Neuzil Elected as Member of Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in recognition of her pivotal research that has informed and shaped global vaccine and public health policy. Her membership was announced at the annual NAM meeting in Washington, D.C., placing her among the 2,178 U.S. members of this important organization. Membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors for individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Diabetes Worsens Respiratory Illness Due to Abnormal Immune Response, UM School of Medicine Study Finds

Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, there have been more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the infection, resulting in greater than 800 deaths – an alarming fatality rate of 35 percent. For this reason, researchers have been eager to identify any risk factors that contribute to the development of severe or lethal disease. Current clinical evidence points to diabetes as a major risk factor in addition to other comorbidities including kidney disease, heart disease, and lung disease.


Friday, October 18, 2019

UMSOM Mourns "Passionate Advocate" Rep. Elijah Cummings

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) mourns the loss of Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland’s 7th District.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Researchers Discover Potential Therapy to Treat Detrimental Effects of Marijuana in Pre-Adolescent Individuals Exposed to THC in Womb

As a growing number of U.S. states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an increasing number of American women are using cannabis before becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy often to treat morning sickness, anxiety, and lower back pain. Although emerging evidence indicates that this may have long-term consequences for their babies’ brain development, how this occurs remains unclear.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Theme of 'Courage, Hope and Faith' Highlights Investiture of Dr. Charles Hong as the Melvin Sharoky, MD, Professor of Medicine

In a moving address to an audience of family members, UMSOM faculty and staff, and distinguished invited guests, Charles Hong, MD, PhD, echoed a theme that was heard throughout the ceremony of his investiture as the Melvin Sharoky, MD, Professor of Medicine: “Courage, Hope and Faith.”


Monday, October 14, 2019

In Memoriam: Dr. Kathirkamanathan Shanmuganathan (K. Shan) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology

Shanmuganathan (Shan), who earned his medical degree at the University of Sri Lanka, has been with the University of Maryland School of Medicine for over twenty-five years, and has held the position of Professor of Diagnostic Radiology since 2003.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Invention of the Year: University of Maryland School of Medicine’s kidney delivery by drone

The partnership behind the flight included a collaboration between Dr. Joseph Scalea of University of Maryland School of Medicine and UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, surgeons and researchers at UMMC, the Living Legacy Foundation and AiRXOS.


Friday, October 11, 2019

New Treatment Combination Could Work Against Broader Array of Cancer Cells, Study Finds

In continuing efforts to find novel ways to kill cancer cells, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified a new pathway that leads to the destruction of cancer cells. The new finding, published this week in the journal PNAS, could pave the way for the broader use of a class of anticancer drugs already on the market. These drugs, known as PARP inhibitors, are currently approved by the FDA to treat only a limited group of breast and ovarian cancers associated with BRCA gene mutations.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

UM School of Medicine Researchers Announce Promising Early Results from Immunotherapy Study on High-Risk Soft Tissue Sarcoma

A combination of two immunotherapy drugs and radiation prior to surgery could offer a potential new treatment for soft tissue sarcomas, a rare type of cancer, according to University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers who presented their early results this week at the annual Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) meeting in Portland, OR.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Experimental Growth Factor Shows Promise for Preventing Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

More than 10 percent of Americans over age 60 experience knee pain related to osteoarthritis, the most common disease of the knee joint. Osteoarthritis of the knee causes pain, activity limitation, physical disability, reduced health-related quality of life and excess mortality compared with the general population. The pain is usually treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, local steroid injections and sometimes surgery. There are currently no drugs approved to treat the underlying cause of the condition, which results from the breakdown of joint cartilage covering the long bones due to increasing age, injury/overuse, obesity, genetics and/or local inflammation. A new experimental growth factor therapy, however, appears to prevent a worsening of osteoarthritis by increasing the thickness of cartilage in the knee joint and preventing further loss, according to results from an early clinical trial that were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Friday, October 04, 2019

Institute of Human Virology Hosts 21st Annual International Meeting of Top Scientists on Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America and the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine commenced IHV2019 held Thursday, October 3 through Friday, October 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This year “Progress in HIV/AIDS: Challenges in 2020” opened with highlights about the recent plan for "Ending the HIV Epidemic by 2030” with expert opinions by ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Friday, October 04, 2019

Dr. Thomas S. Monahan III, University of Maryland School of Medicine Surgeon who Worked with the Needy, Dies

Dr. Thomas S. Monahan III, an academic vascular surgeon at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a vascular surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center who worked tirelessly to bring surgical care to the poor, incarcerated, veterans, uninsured and the mostly forgotten, died Sept. 12 from heart failure at his Baltimore home. He was 44.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Tests New CDC Measures to Control Nursing Home Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, resulting in approximately 23,000 deaths annually. Many of these infections spread in nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation facilities, and the CDC issued new guidance in July on the use of personal protective equipment (masks, gowns) by healthcare providers to protect patients in these facilities from acquiring and spreading antibiotic-resistant germs to others. The guidance recommends that workers be required to don a gown and gloves during high-contact activities like wound care, bathing, assisting with toileting, adjusting invasive devices like urinary catheters, or changing dirty bed linens.


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Receives Prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Alexandros Poulopoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. The award provides $2.3 million to support an “exceptionally creative early career investigator” as part of The High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program of the NIH Common Fund. The award is reserved for scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers, before receiving other research program funding from the NIH.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Announces Dr. William T. Carpenter, Jr. as the Recipient of the 2019 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation today announced that William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2019 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health. The award will be presented on Friday, November 1, in New York City.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Receives NIH Award to Study Heart Disease Related to Down Syndrome

The National Institutes of Health announced today that Zhe Han, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), will be awarded a supplemental funding of $772,500 to the ongoing $1.75 million NIH-funded project in Dr. Han’s lab for studying genes involved in Congenital Heart Disease. This supplemental fund will support the research to identify the genetic causes of Congenital Heart Disease that occur in half of all patients with Down syndrome. The goal is to identify genes associated with Down syndrome congenital heart disease and to study the molecular mechanism underlying the cardiac defects. This can potentially lead to better treatments for these heart abnormalities which are a major cause of mortality in those with Down syndrome.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dr. Tracy Bale Elected President of the International Brain Research Organization

Tracy L. Bale, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Epigentic Research in Child Health & Brain Development has been elected President of the International Brain Research Organization.


Friday, September 20, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health Receives NIH Contract of up to More than $200 Million for Influenza Research

Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced that CVD has been awarded a contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with total funding up to more than $200 million over seven years if all contract options are exercised.


Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Reading on the Brain Program Teaches Baltimore City Elementary Students About the Brain-Building Power of Reading

A giant mural with images depicting reading and the brain was unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Baltimore's Callaway Elementary School. It was part of Reading on the Brain, a University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) program to teach young students about the importance of reading and how reading can stimulate brain development and inspire future success.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Study Questions Use of Routine Sleep Studies to Evaluate Snoring in Children

Pediatricians routinely advise parents of children who snore regularly and have sleepiness, fatigue or other symptoms consistent with sleep disordered breathing, to get a sleep study; this can help determine whether their child has obstructive sleep apnea, which is often treated with surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids (adenotonsillectomy). Often pediatricians make surgery recommendations based on the results of this sleep study.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Multicomponent Home-Based Treatments Improve Mobility in Older Adults After Hip Fracture, New Research Shows

Each year more than 260,000 older Americans are hospitalized for hip fractures, a debilitating injury that can severely and permanently impact mobility. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) studied two types of home-based interventions and discovered that these treatments are effective in helping individuals regain their ability to walk, but not enough to do every day functions like crossing the street.


Monday, September 09, 2019

Food Insecurity in Early Childhood Linked to Poor Health But Not Obesity

Young children, who grow up in homes with limited access to nutritious foods (known as food insecurity), are more likely to experience poor overall health, hospitalizations, and developmental problems, but they are not at higher risk of developing obesity, a new University of Maryland School of Medicine study finds. The research, published today in the journal Pediatrics, examined the impact of food insecurity among children from birth to age four and found that obesity rates generally did not differ among those who lived in households with food insecurity compared to those who had access to healthy foods.


Friday, September 06, 2019

UMSOM's Dr. Margaret McCarthy Awarded Indiana University's Gill Transformative Investigator Award for Neuroscience Research

Indiana University’s Gill Center for Biomolecular Science has given Margaret McCarthy, PhD, The James & Carolyn Frenkil Endowed Dean’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), The Gill Center for Biomolecular Science 2019 Gill Transformative Investigator Award.


Thursday, September 05, 2019

UMSOM's Dr. Jay Magaziner Elected President of Fragility Fracture Network

Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), was elected to serve as president of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN), a global network of professionals that help sets policy and care standards for treatment and secondary prevention of serious fractures impacting mobility, such as spinal and hip fractures.


Thursday, September 05, 2019

UM School of Medicine Announces New Assistant Deans to Expand Student Education Programs and Implement New Curriculum

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Donna Parker, MD, FACP, along with James Kaper, PhD, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, and UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced the appointment of new Assistant Deans in Medical Education, Student Affairs and Admissions.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Distinguished ENT Physician-Scientist Rodney J. Taylor, MD, MPH, Named Next Chair of UM School of Medicine's Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Rodney J. Taylor, MD, MPH, Professor and Interim Chair in the UMSOM Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (HNS), a distinguished physician-scientist and head and neck surgeon, will become the next Chair of the Department, effective September 1, 2019. In addition, he will also serve as the Chief of Otorhinolaryngology for the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).


Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mini-Med School for Kids Program Celebrates Graduation

This year as in the past, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty delivered engaging talks about health and science to local city youth as part of the Mini-Medical “Mini-Med” School for Kids Program. Offered as a public service since 2001, Mini-Med School is a tuition-free lecture series provided by UMSOM faculty, during which the lay public learns about diseases and their prevention. Established through a collaboration with the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club of Franklin Square, the Mini-Med School for Kids Program has reached over 600 children since its inception in 2008.


Monday, August 19, 2019

UM School of Medicine Researcher Warns of Need for Malaria Drug to Treat Severe Cases in U.S.

Each year there are more than 200 million cases of malaria worldwide, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite that brings on fever and body aches and, in some cases, more serious conditions such as coma and death. While the vast majority of these cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the U.S. each year sees more than 1,500 cases, and currently there is limited access to an intravenously-administered (IV) drug needed for the more serious cases, according to a top malaria researcher at the University of Maryland School Medicine (UMSOM).


Monday, August 19, 2019

Doctors Should Consider Prescribing Purified Omega-3 Capsules to Reduce Heart Risks in Those with Moderately High Triglyceride Levels

Taking a prescription omega-3 fatty acid capsule is an effective way of lowering moderately elevated levels of triglycerides (a type of fat in the blood) and protecting against heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events, according to a new Science Advisory issued today by the American Heart Association (AHA). The advisory noted that prescription omega-3 fatty acids (a component found in fish oil) are an “effective and safe option for reducing triglycerides” when used either alone or with a cholesterol-lowering statin drug.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

UM School of Medicine Researchers Begin Phase 1 Clinical Trial of Vaccine Against Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases including malaria, dengue and yellow fever, have a severe impact resulting in millions of deaths worldwide, hitting the world’s most vulnerable populations the hardest. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have begun testing an experimental vaccine that is designed to protect against a series of these diseases.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Researchers Identify How Vaginal Microbiome Can Elicit Resistance or Susceptibility to Chlamydia

The vaginal microbiome is believed to protect women against Chlamydia trachomatis, the etiological agent of the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in developed countries. New research by the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) shows how the microbiome can either protect or make a woman more susceptible to these serious infections.


Thursday, August 08, 2019

UMSOM’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health Part of NIH-Funded Study of Two Seasonal Flu Vaccines

An early-stage clinical trial is evaluating two licensed seasonal influenza vaccines, administered with or without novel adjuvants, for their safety and ability to generate an immune response. Adjuvants are compounds added to vaccines to induce stronger and longer-lasting immune responses. The Phase 1 study is enrolling healthy adult volunteers at eight sites across the United States. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.


Thursday, August 01, 2019

Award-Winning Scholar and Clinical Expert in Pediatric Physical Therapy, Victoria Marchese, PhD, PT, Named New Chair of the UM School of Medicine's Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Victoria Marchese, PhD, PT, Associate Professor and Interim Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), has been selected to be the next Chair of the Department. She will begin her new role on August 15, 2019.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Inconsistent Reporting of Methodologies Makes Most Radiation Biology Studies Impossible to Replicate

Nearly 80 percent of radiation oncology studies funded by the National Institutes of Health involve investigating the effects that radiation has on tumor cells and healthy tissue in pre-clinical settings, such as experiments done in cell cultures or mice. A majority of these radiation biology studies, however, have serious flaws in how their irradiation methodology is described, which makes them very difficult to replicate, according to a new finding from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).


Monday, July 29, 2019

University of Maryland School of Medicine Recruits Preeminent Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon-Scientist Christine Lau, MD, MBA, To Be Next Chair of the Department of Surgery

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, today announced that Christine Lau, MD, MBA, the George Minor Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia (UVA), will become the new Chair of the Department of Surgery at UMSOM and the Chief of Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).


Friday, July 26, 2019

Dr. Amit Sawant Named Chief of Division of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology

William F. Regine, MD, FACRO, the Isadore and Fannie Schneider Foxman Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Amit Sawant, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, has been named Chief of Medical Physics in the Department of Radiation Oncology.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Distinguished Neuroscientist, Longtime Chair of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Director of the Program in Neuroscience, Michael Shipley, PhD, to Step Down and Return to Faculty

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Michael Shipley, PhD, the Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP Distinguished Professor, longtime Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Founding Director of the UMSOM Program in Neuroscience, will be stepping down from his role as Department Chair and Program Director, effective July 31, 2019. He will continue as a member of the faculty in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology.


Thursday, July 18, 2019

UM School of Medicine Awarded HRSA Grant to Establish Rural Residency Program, Partners with University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Choptank Health System

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and David Stewart, MD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, jointly announced that Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator (HRSA), George Sigounas, MS, PhD, has awarded a $750,000 grant to establish a residency program in Maryland’s rural Eastern shore communities.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Vaccines Tested in UM School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development Protect Children Around the World

For 30 years, the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has collaborated with the Pediatric Center of Frederick to test vaccines used in pediatric care.


Wednesday, July 03, 2019

UMSOM Class 2021 Celebrate Annual Student Clinician’s Ceremony

The Annual Student Clinician Ceremony was held today, to mark the Class of 2021 progression from basic sciences classroom instruction to their clinical years of medical education. The Class gathered in Davidge Hall, to hear inspirational messages from their mentors and revisit the Hippocratic Oath taken during the White Coat Ceremony.


Monday, July 01, 2019

James Kaper Receives Prestigious American Society for Microbiology D.C. White Mentoring Award

James B. Kaper, PhD, the James and Carolyn Frenkil Distinguished Dean’s Professor Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), received the 2019 American Society of Microbiology (ASM) D.C. White Award for his accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and mentoring in microbiology.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Nationally-Recognized Physician-Scientist Allan Doctor Joins University of Maryland School of Medicine; Will Lead New Research Center

Steven J. Czinn, MD, The Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Endowed Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Adnan T. Bhutta, MMBS, FAAP, Professor and Division Head in the UMSOM Department of Pediatrics, along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that nationally-recognized physician-scientist Allan Doctor, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, has joined the Department of Pediatrics in UMSOM and is opening a new Center for Blood Oxygen Transport & Hemostasis.


Monday, June 24, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology Awarded $40 Million Grant to Conduct HIV Population Surveys

Man Charurat, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (CIHEB), and Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct HIV population-based HIV impact assessments worldwide to measure the progress towards the control of the HIV epidemic


Monday, June 17, 2019

Primate Study Finds New Evidence that Growth Factor Plays Key Role in Maintaining Healthy Pregnancy

About 1 in 10 pregnant women experience placenta abnormalities that lead to life-threatening preeclampsia (hypertension), preterm labor and fetal growth problems, but finding effective treatments to effectively prevent or reverse these conditions has so far been elusive. A new research finding from University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers, published in the June issue of the journal Endocrinology, could have important implications for developing novel treatments to prevent placental abnormalities.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

UM School of Medicine's J. Kathleen Tracy, PhD, is Named 2019-20 Fellow by the American Council on Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that J. Kathleen Tracy, PhD, Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been named an ACE Fellow for academic year 2019-20. Following nomination by the senior administration of their institutions and a rigorous application process, 39 Fellows were selected this year.


Wednesday, June 05, 2019

University of Maryland School of Medicine Research Suggests New Computer Analytics May Solve the Hospital Readmission Puzzle

A University of Maryland School of Medicine study suggests that a novel machine learning model developed at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), called the Baltimore score (B score), may help hospitals better predict which discharged patients are likely to be readmitted.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Human Microbiome Project expands the toolbox for studying host and microbiome interactions

New studies provide a framework for future studies of the role of the microbiome in health and disease.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

County Executive Johnny Olszewski Announces Plans to Accelerate Baltimore County’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Expert working group will lead public engagement effort to gather input and develop recommendations


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

UM School of Medicine Announces New Leadership for Program in Health Disparities and Population Health

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg, Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced new leadership for UMSOM’s Program in Health Disparities and Population Health (HDPH), a program housed in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health that combines research, education and service to advance health equity.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In Memoriam: Edmund M. Glaser, PhD

Emeritus Professor Dr. Edmund Glaser passed away on May 16, 2019. Dr. Glaser was a professor in the Department of Physiology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1972 until his retirement in 1995.


Monday, May 20, 2019

University of Maryland Medicine Establishes New Palliative Medicine Division

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean. E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) President and CEO Mohan Suntha, MD, and Stephen Davis, MBBS, The Dr. Theodore E. Woodward Chair and Professor, Department of Medicine, announced that a new Division of Palliative Medicine has been established within UMSOM’s Department of Medicine.


Friday, May 17, 2019

So Long, Farewell, Class of 2019

The Class of 2019 received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Hippodrome Theater on May 17. The ceremony marked the culmination of at least four years of studies for the 162 physicians, who earned medical degrees, as well as combined MD/PhD and MD/Masters degrees. Hundreds of family, friends, and faculty were there to cheer on the graduates as they officially transitioned from students to doctors.


Friday, May 17, 2019

13th Annual Student Awards Ceremony Recognizes Top Medical Graduates

“Tonight, we celebrate our exceptional students who have worked diligently in the pursuit of excellence towards their medical degrees,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at UM Baltimore, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as he welcomed distinguished guests, donors, faculty, students and their families at the 13th annual Student Awards Ceremony and Dinner held on Wednesday, May 15 at the Baltimore Marriot Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Dr. Christopher Welsh (SOM, UMMC) and Dr. Michelle Gourdine (UMMS) have been appointed to an opioid addiction working group by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski.

Expert working group will lead public engagement effort to gather input and develop recommendations


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

"Vital Signs, Vital Victories”

“Tonight, we are gathered to celebrate our many victories in medicine though the extraordinary power of collaboration.” With that greeting, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at UM Baltimore, John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, welcomed more than 1,000 alumni, faculty, staff, students, and other distinguished guests to the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Annual Gala on May 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center.


Monday, May 06, 2019

UMSOM Researchers Discover Certain Skin-Related Stem Cells Could Help in Treating Neurogenerative Diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) affect millions of people worldwide and occur when parts of the nervous system lose function over time. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have discovered that a type of skin-related stem cell could be used to help regenerate myelin sheaths, a vital part of the nervous system linked to neurodegenerative disorders.


Monday, May 06, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Dr. Karen Kotloff Receives 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from Temple University

Karen Kotloff, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has received the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.


Thursday, May 02, 2019

Leading Child Health Expert and NIH Official Dr. Diana Bianchi to Deliver Graduation Address to the University of Maryland School of Medicine's 210th Graduating Class

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Diana W. Bianchi, MD, Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), will deliver the keynote address for this year’s graduating class. The UMSOM graduation ceremony will take place at the Hippodrome Theatre on May 16. Doors open at 12:30 pm, the procession begins at 1:30 pm and the ceremony begins at 2:00 pm.


Monday, April 29, 2019

UMSOM’s Reading on the Brain Program Teaches Baltimore City Elementary Students About the Brain-Building Power of Reading

Acting Baltimore City Mayor Jack Young joined 4th and 5th grade students at Callaway Elementary School to help paint a mural about the brain. It was all part of Reading on the Brain, a University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) program to teach young students about the importance of reading and how reading can stimulate brain development and inspire future success. Tracy Bale, PhD, is leading the pilot program, which also emphasizes science and helps children to understand how the brain works.


Friday, April 26, 2019

University of Maryland's Schools of Medicine and Engineering First to Use Unmanned Aircraft to Successfully Deliver Kidney for Transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center

In a first-ever advance in human medicine and transplantation, an unmanned aircraft has delivered a donor kidney to surgeons for successful transplantation in a patient with kidney failure. Transplant physicians and researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in Baltimore joined aviation and engineering experts at the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, part of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park to complete this landmark 2.8 mile, 9.52 minute flight on April 19, 2019..


Thursday, April 04, 2019

Margaret "Peg" McCarthy, PhD, is Invested as the Second James and Carolyn Frenkil Dean's Professor

In front of a standing ovation at Westminster Hall on March 26, Margaret McCarthy, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, became the second University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty member to hold the James and Carolyn Frenkil Dean’s Professorship. The two professorships, made possible by the generosity of UMSOM Board of Visitors member and longtime philanthropist Carolyn B. Frenkil, were established to recognize distinguished faculty in the basic sciences. The ceremony followed the investiture of James Kaper, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, in March.


Thursday, April 04, 2019

Mobile Addiction Treatment Unit Serves Maryland Eastern Shore

Health and addiction treatment officials from the Caroline County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Denton, MD., launched the Eastern Shore Mobile Care Collaborative (ESMCC), a mobile system designed to provide state-of-the-art treatment for opioid disorders for those in need on the Maryland Eastern shore.


Thursday, April 04, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences Awarded $17.5 Million Grant for Infectious Disease Research

The Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) was awarded $17.5 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to fund the IGS Genome Center for Infectious Diseases (GCID) for another five years.


Friday, March 29, 2019

12th Annual Dr. Aaron I. Grollman Visiting Professorship in Basic Sciences Lectureship Features Dr. Eva Harris

Eva Harris, PhD, never met a mosquito she didn’t like. A Professor of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology and Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of California, Berkley, Dr. Harris was recently the guest speaker at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Dr. Aaron I. Grollman Visiting Professorship in Basic Sciences Lectureship, where she shared her research on the control of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya—the most prevalent mosquito-borne diseases in humans. She is also the Co-Founder and President of the Sustainable Sciences Institute (SSI), an international non-profit dedicated to developing sustainable local research and public health systems in resource-poor settings.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Allergic Reactions Play Role in Sexual Behavior Development in Unborn Males and Females, UMSOM Research Shows

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and colleagues at Ohio State University have discovered that allergic reactions trigger changes in brain behavior development in unborn males and females. This latest brain development discovery will ultimately help researchers better understand how neurological conditions can differ between men and women.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

UM School of Medicine Announces Leadership Transition in Department of Neurosurgery

Dean E Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that longtime Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and nationally-recognized neurosurgeon Howard M. Eisenberg, MD, will be stepping down at the end of this academic year as chair after 23 years. He will return to the full-time faculty of the UMSOM Department of Neurosurgery, retaining his title as the R.K. Thompson Professor of Neurosurgery. He will continue his research and his efforts advancing surgical techniques including gamma knife radiosurgery and image-guided focused ultrasound.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

UMSOM Researchers Discover a Critical Receptor Involved in the Response to Fast-Acting Antidepressants Like Ketamine

Effective treatment of clinical depression remains a major mental health issue, with roughly 30 percent of patients who do not respond to any of the available treatments. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have discovered a crucial receptor called mGlu2 that is critical to the mechanism of fast-acting antidepressants such as ketamine when used to treat depression.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New Study Finds That Bacteria and Immunity in the Cervix May be Key to Predicting Premature Birth

Spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB), defined as birth before 37 weeks of gestation, and the related complications, are the largest contributors to infant death in the United States and worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have discovered that bacteria and innate immune factors in a woman’s birth canal and cervix may increase the risk of spontaneous preterm birth or provide protection against such births.


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.