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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

NIH Awards Grant to Train Global Health Scientists in Low-and-Middle-Income Countries

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) received a $5.5 million award from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Center to help foster the next generation of global health scientists. The award entitled, “Integrated Network of Scholars in Global Health Research Training (INSIGHT)” will expand global health research across sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean by providing one-year mentored research training to U.S. and lower-middle income country scholars.


Friday, May 20, 2022

NIH Grant Awarded to Study HIV Drug-Resistant Genetic Mutations Across Africa

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)’s Institute of Human Virology (IHV) researchers received funding from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for $2.7 million to study genetic changes in two genes from the HIV-1 virus that may make it resistant to antiretroviral therapy. The study, named INSPIRE, will analyze genetic variation in types of HIV circulating in a handful of African countries that will help to better understand the implications of these mutations and will improve clinical management of patients.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

UM School of Medicine Announces Dean Emeritus Dr. Donald E. Wilson as Recipient of American Heart Association’s 2022 Watkins-Saunders Award

Longtime champion for health equity and advocate for minority representation in medical academia, Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, AGAF, Dean Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), will receive the 2022 Watkins-Saunders Award given by the American Heart Association (AHA) of Baltimore & Greater Maryland. Recipients must be an individual or organization who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to overcoming health and community disparities in the state of Maryland. Dean Wilson, who served as dean of UMSOM from 1991 until his retirement in 2006, will be honored on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the AHA’s virtual Watkins-Saunders Award Ceremony.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to Deliver Graduation Address to the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 213th Graduating Class

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, will deliver the keynote address for this year’s graduating class. The UMSOM graduation ceremony will take place at the Hippodrome Theatre on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Doors open at 12:00 pm, the procession begins at 1:30 pm, and the ceremony begins at 2:00 pm.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

UM School of Medicine Researchers Participate in Big Ten Health Registry to Study Heart Inflammation in Athletes Recovering from COVID-19

Research Findings from the Registry Suggest Hidden Myocarditis Detected on Heart Scans of Some Athletes Who Had No Clinical Symptoms


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Longtime Academic and Clinical Affairs Leader, Department Chair, and Faculty Member, Tony Lehman, MD, Announces Retirement

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Anthony Lehman, MD, MSPH, who served the UMSOM for more than 30 years as Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Department Chair, and distinguished faculty member in the UMSOM Department of Psychiatry, will retire, effective June 30, 2022.


Friday, May 06, 2022

University of Maryland School of Medicine Helps Launch New Center to Accelerate Advancement of Virtual Reality into Patient Care

BALTIMORE, May 6, 2022 – The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) is the joint recipient of $4.75 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to establish a new Center for Medical Innovations in Extended Reality. The Center, known as MIXR, will help accelerate the development of virtual reality, augmented reality, and other immersive media technologies – referred to as “extended reality”—for use in clinical trials and eventually widespread use in medical care.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

UMSOM Names Noted Faculty-Scientists, Dr. Lisa Schocket and Dr. Osamah Saeedi, To Leadership Appointments in Department of Ophthalmology

UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that two senior faculty members in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences have been named to leadership positions.


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Mark T. Gladwin, MD, to Lead University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, has appointed leading heart, vascular, and lung physician-scientist Mark T. Gladwin, MD, as the new dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and Vice President for Medical Affairs. The selection was made following a rigorous national search and is effective August 1, 2022. Dr. Gladwin is the Jack D. Myers Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) and founder of the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood, and Vascular Medicine Institute.


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Worth the Wait

After years of hard work and steadfast perseverance, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) medical students gathered at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on March 18, 2022 to take part in this year’s Match Day ceremony. In this annual ceremony, graduating medical students from around the country and at UMSOM discover where they will begin their careers as physicians. This year was especially significant because it was the first in-person celebration with families and friends since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-awaited day was worth the wait as students were finally able to reflect and celebrate their milestone accomplishment.


Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Medical Alumni Association Hosts Traditional and Historic Portrait Unveiling Ceremony; Dean Reece Joins Past UMSOM Deans

In a time-honored tradition that has taken place throughout the 212-year history of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the official portrait of its 30th Dean, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, was unveiled at a special ceremony held in Davidge Hall last week. The tradition dates back to the UMSOM's first Dean in 1807, Dr. John Beale Davidge (portrait shown above left). Since then, a portrait has been painted and unveiled for each Dean as they approach the end of their tenure. Dean Reece has announced that he will complete his 16-year tenure as Dean in June of this year (2022), and will return to the UMSOM faculty as Director of the new Center for Advanced Research Training & Innovation (CARTI), and continue his research as Co-Director of the Center for Birth Defects Research.


Thursday, March 24, 2022

UM School of Medicine Leads Research to Assess Meningococcal Vaccine for Infants and Young Children in Africa

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM)’s Center for Vaccine Development & Global Health (CVD) are leading a study to evaluate the use of a pentavalent – or five in one – meningococcal conjugate vaccine (NmCV-5) among infants and young children in the meningitis belt of sub-Saharan Africa. This is the final and pivotal study for World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification of this vaccine, which is the last stage to make the vaccine available for low- and middle-income countries.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Dr. Alice S. Ryan Named Associate Director for Translational Science in the UM School of Medicine’s Center for Research on Aging

Jay S. Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg, Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and Director for the Center for Research on Aging at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), announced today that Alice S. Ryan, PhD, Professor of Medicine, has been appointed to serve as the Associate Director for Translational Science in the Center for Research on Aging, effective immediately.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Longtime Leader of UM School of Medicine Faculty Clinical Practices, William Tucker, Announces He Will Retire July 1; Led More Than Two Decades of Growth and Success

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that William Tucker, MBA, CPA, Associate Dean for Practice Plan Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Chief Corporate Officer for the UM Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI), will retire from his position on July 1. For the past 22 years, he led the organization to its highest levels of operational performance and excellence in patient care, while successfully expanding outpatient practice locations across the State of Maryland.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

IT Executive Scott Stefan Appointed Assistant Dean and Deputy Chief Information Officer at University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Associate Dean and Chief Information Officer (CIO) Sharon Bowser, MB, along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Scott Stefan, MBA, an information technology executive and veteran of the UMSOM’s Office of Information Technology, has been appointed Assistant Dean and Deputy CIO, effective immediately.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Two University of Maryland School of Medicine Women Faculty Leaders Featured in New Book

Dr. Kathleen Neuzil and Dr. Donna L. Parker are Two of 33 Women Included in Case Studies Featured in Lessons Learned: Stories from Women Physician Leaders


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

University of Maryland School of Medicine Announces New Integrated Model for UM Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI), Positions for Accelerated, Long-Term Business Growth and Success

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed new interim leadership for University of Maryland Faculty Physicians, Inc. (FPI), as part of a new FPI integrated model that has been designed for over a year.


Monday, March 14, 2022

Dancing Laboratory Rats Show How the Brain Learns, Perfects, then Unconsciously Performs a Skillful Movement

Learning a complex skilled movement like tying your shoes or playing an instrument takes practice. After repeating the same movements over and over, people often develop a formulaic way of performing the task, and may not even have to think about it anymore. Although we accomplish such repetitive tasks every day, little is known about how the brain learns, repeats, and perfects them.


Monday, March 14, 2022

UMSOM Transplant Surgeon Performs Maryland's First Robot-Assisted Living Donor Kidney Transplant

Innovative Surgery Performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center Promises Reduced Hospital Stay and New Options for Obese Patients


Wednesday, March 09, 2022

IN MEMORIAM: David Bennett, Sr.

David Bennett, the 57 year old patient with terminal heart disease who made history as the first person to receive a genetically modified pig’s heart, passed away yesterday on March 8. Mr. Bennett received the transplant on January 7 and lived for two months following the surgery. His condition began deteriorating several days ago. After it became clear that he would not recover, he was given compassionate palliative care. He was able to communicate with his family during his final hours.


Monday, March 07, 2022

Financial Strain Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Older Adults Recovering from Heart Attack, UM School of Medicine Study Finds

Older adults who report being under severe financial strain were substantially more likely to die within six months of having a heart attack compared to those with moderate or no financial strain, according to a new study led by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers. Findings were published last week in the JAMA Internal Medicine and point to glaring disparities in medical outcomes due to financial circumstances.


Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Dr. Bennie Jeng Announces He Will Assume Chair of Department of Ophthalmology at Penn

Bennie H. Jeng, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, announced today that he has accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania and will be stepping down as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the UM School of Medicine, effective June 30, 2022.


Monday, February 28, 2022

UM School of Medicine Research Leads to Innovative Non-Invasive Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease at UM Medical Center

– A non-invasive ultrasound treatment for Parkinson’s disease that was tested in a pivotal trial led by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers is now broadly available at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The device, called Exablate Neuro, was approved in November by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced Parkinson’s disease on one side of the brain.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Study Shows New Drug Combination More Effective Against SARS-CoV-2

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine have identified a powerful combination of antivirals to treat COVID-19. The researchers showed that combining the experimental drug brequinar with either of the two drugs already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, remdesivir or molnupiravir, inhibited growth of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in human lung cells and in mice. Their findings suggest that these drugs are more potent when used in combination than individually.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

UM School of Medicine Awarded $1.87 Million Grant to Increase Diversity in Genetic Counseling Programs

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty members in the Master’s in Genetic Counseling (MGC) Training Program have been awarded a $1.87 million grant from the Warren Alpert Foundation (WAF) to recruit and retain genetic counseling students from diverse backgrounds, both at the level of incoming students and as practicing genetic counselors.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Multi-Country African Research Reports High Rates of COVID-19-Related Deaths Among Hospitalized Children and Adolescents

African children and adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 experience much higher mortality rates than Europeans or North Americans of the same age, according to a recently published study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN). Both organizations are members of the Global Virus Network (GVN).


Monday, February 14, 2022

UM School of Medicine Launches Major New Center Focused on Advanced Research Training and Innovation

University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Bruce Jarrell, MD, announced today the official launch of an innovative new University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Center that will focus on inspiring, growing and developing the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical research-scientists who will advance high-impact research and discovery.


Wednesday, February 02, 2022

ADHD Medicine May Treat Symptoms of Genetic Movement Disorder in Children, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Finds

Using a common attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication appears to help manage the symptoms of a rare and currently difficult to treat genetic movement disorder primarily found in children, according to a new study from a University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researcher Andrea Meredith, PhD, and her collaborators.


Tuesday, February 01, 2022

Study: Losing Excess Weight in Adulthood Reduces Risk of Developing Polyps that can Lead to Colorectal Cancer

Weight loss for adults, particularly those who are overweight or obese, may reduce their risk of developing a type of polyp that can lead to colorectal cancer, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). Findings were published today in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum.


Monday, January 31, 2022

New Technique Consistently Works to Open Blood-Brain Barrier, Paving Way for Pre-Clinical Studies of Neurologic Drugs

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers developed a technique in laboratory animals to consistently and reproducibly open the blood-brain barrier. This barrier serves as a barricade securing the brain from the external world blocking out certain environmental toxins, but also prevents drug therapies from reaching their intended targets. The new technique is based on a routine procedure for removing clots from the brain’s arteries in patients. This advancement was conducted by Piotr Walczak, MD, PhD, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Miroslaw Janowski, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.


Thursday, January 27, 2022

16th Annual Medical Student Auction Supports Fight Against Food Insecurity

In keeping with tradition since 2006, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Class of 2024 Student Government has organized this year’s Annual Second-Year Medical Student Auction. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Bmore Community Food, an organization committed to serving the vulnerable and marginalized population in Baltimore City who are experiencing food insecurity. The remaining funds will support the Class of 2024 medical student activities.


Thursday, January 27, 2022

Microbiome of Mother’s Vagina May Affect Infant Mortality Risk and Baby’s Development

A new study in mice from University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers showed that an unhealthy vaginal microbiome in pregnant mothers in combination with an unhealthy diet contributed to increased pup deaths and altered development in the surviving babies.


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Trial Co-led by University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist Confirms Safety of “Mix-and-Match” COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dosing

A University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD), expert is co-leading an ongoing study that was pivotal in recommending adults and teens receive booster COVID-19 shots of their choosing starting in fall 2021. The preliminary clinical trial results, reported today in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that is safe and effective to receive boosters that are the same or a different one from the person’s primary vaccine(s).


Monday, January 24, 2022

UM School of Medicine Surgery Professor Jonathan Bromberg, MD, PhD, Receives Prestigious NIH Award for Research on Immune System Regulation

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA announced today that Jonathan Bromberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery, has received a prestigious aw ard from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research into how the immune system regulates itself in the area of transplantation. The $2.3 million grant will enable him to learn more about how the immune system’s gatekeepers, called regulatory T cells, work to suppress the body’s immune response.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

World-Renowned University of Maryland School of Medicine Trauma Surgeon and Physician-Scientist Celebrates 25th Anniversary

As the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery and Director of the Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and Physician-in-Chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM, has pioneered advances to trauma care for patients in the United States and around the world. He has cared for tens of thousands of Marylanders critically injured in motor vehicle collisions, falls and violent attacks, traveled to China and Haiti to render assistance to earthquake victims, helped train thousands of U.S. Air Force personnel and worked alongside military physicians in war-torn Afghanistan. He has steered Maryland’s highest-level trauma center through two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday, January 10, 2022

University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Scientists and Clinicians Perform Historic First Successful Transplant of Porcine Heart into Adult Human with End-Stage Heart Disease

In a first-of-its-kind surgery, a 57-year-old patient with terminal heart disease received a successful transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart and is still doing well three days later. It was the only currently available option for the patient. The historic surgery was conducted by University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) faculty at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), together known as the University of Maryland Medicine.