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Thursday, March 09, 2023

Leading Physician-Scientist Dr. William F. Regine Named Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at UM School of Medicine and President of UM Faculty Physicians, Inc.

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD announced today that William F. Regine, MD, FACR, FASTRO, FACRO has been appointed to the executive role of Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM), effective immediately.

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Claire Fraser, PhD, To Step Down from Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Claire Fraser, PhD, a pioneer and global leader in genomic research, will step down from her position as Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) in the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) effective immediately. She will continue as the Dean E. Albert Reece Endowed Professor and Professor of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at UMSOM and scientist at IGS until she retires 2024.

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Baltimore PKD Research and Clinical Core Center Receives Prestigious ‘Center of Excellence’ Designation from PKD Foundation

The PKD Foundation recently recognized the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) clinical center that treats polycystic kidney disease (PKD)with a highly prestigious “Center of Excellence” designation. The designation recognizes the center as a leader in providing multidisciplinary, comprehensive clinical services for families affected by autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD), a hereditary condition. It is one of just 28 clinical centers in the receive this recognition.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Parkinson’s Disease Patients Experience Significant Reduction in Symptoms with Non-Surgical Focused Ultrasound Treatment

Patients with Parkinson’s disease achieved a significant improvement in their tremors, mobility, and other physical symptoms after having a minimally invasive procedure involving focused ultrasound, according to a new study today published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

The Molecular Mechanism Behind Abdominal Aneurysms

When the artery that supplies the stomach and the liver forms a bulge that ruptures, this medical emergency results in the deaths of 50 percent of patients before they reach the hospital. This “silent killer” condition, known as abdominal aortic aneurysm , led to the death of Albert Einstein — and is responsible for nearly 5,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. Now researchers have found new clues that eventually could lead to earlier detection methods to save lives in the future.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor Appointed Chief of New Branch at NIH

Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has been appointed as Chief of the newly established Neurotology Branch in The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Friday, February 17, 2023

Neuroscience Tool’s Structure May Lead to Next Gen Versions

In order to more fully understand how diseases arise in the brain, scientists must unravel the intricate way neurons relay messages (either chemical or electrical) along a complex web of nerve cells. One way is by using a tool called DREADDs, which stands for Designer Receptors Activated by Designer Drugs. When introduced to a nerve cell or neuron, DREADDs acts like a specialized lock that only works when a key — in the form of a synthetic designer drug — fits into that lock. DREADDs can enable researchers to turn specific cell functions on or off to examine groups of neurons in circuits more precisely.

Tuesday, February 07, 2023

HIV Treatment and Prevention in Zambian Prisons May be Model for Prisons Worldwide

A recent study performed in Zambia by University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Institute of Human Virology researchers found that high uptake of HIV preventative medicine, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is possible in prison populations with adequate resources and support from the criminal justice health system.

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

IN MEMORIAM: Mark J. Cowan, MD

The School of Medicine Community mourns the loss of one of our faculty members, Mark J. Cowan, MD, who passed away yesterday following a brief illness. Dr. Cowan was an outstanding pulmonologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is survived by his wife, Lauren Strong Cowan.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Artificial Blood Product One Step Closer to Reality With $46 Million in Federal Funding

A University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) physician-scientist will head a new federally-funded research program to develop and test a whole blood product, storable at room temperature, that can be used to transfuse wounded soldiers in the field within 30 minutes of injury, potentially saving thousands of lives. UMSOM will manage the $46.4 million four-year research project administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in collaboration the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) and more than a dozen universities and biotech companies.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Small Study Shows Promise for Antimalarial Monoclonal Antibody to Prevent Malaria

A monoclonal antibody treatment was found to be safe, well tolerated, and effective in protecting against malaria in a small group of healthy volunteers who were exposed to malaria in a challenge study, according to new research published in by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Special Vascular Cells Adjust Blood Flow in Brain Capillaries Based on Local Energy Needs

When we smell hot dogs, it may trigger memories of backyard barbeques or attending baseball games during childhood. During this process, the areas of the brain that control smell and long-term memory are rapidly firing off impulses. To fuel these signals from neurons, the active brain regions need oxygen and energy in the form of blood sugar glucose, which is quickly delivered through blood vessels.

Monday, January 23, 2023

In Memoriam: Bernard A. Carpenter, Jr.

Bernard A. Carpenter, Jr. (Bernie) passed away after a long illness on January 17th while at Ginger Cove in Annapolis.

Monday, January 23, 2023

New Recommendations Aim to Help Prevent Future Lung Injuries from Vaping

Nearly four years ago, federal health officials reported on a frightening new epidemic linked to e-cigarette use that caused a life-threatening and potentially irreversible lung condition. The condition – called e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) – was primarily linked to the inclusion of vitamin E acetate (VEA) in e-liquids used in vape cartridges. It was mainly found in marijuana vape products that were unregulated.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Aspirin as Effective as Blood Thinner Injections to Prevent Deadly Complications in Patients Hospitalized with Bone Fractures

Patients hospitalized with fractures typically receive an injectable blood thinner, low-molecular-weight heparin, to prevent life-threatening blood clots. A new clinical trial, however, found that inexpensive over-the-counter aspirin is just as effective. The findings, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, may lead surgeons to change their practice and administer aspirin to these patients.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

University of Maryland Medicine Philanthropy Appoints Heather S. Culp, JD, as new Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) have jointly announced today that senior advancement leader Heather S. Culp, JD, has been named as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy

Friday, January 06, 2023

UM School of Medicine Scientists Create First Extensive Brain Cell Data Repository

Neuroscience researchers now have access to 50 million brain cells to better understand how the brain develops and functions or changes with disease or trauma. Last month, scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) unveiled a “one-stop shop” for brain cell data called the Neuroscience Multi-Omic Archive (NeMO Archive). This archive is now available to neuroscience researchers to transform their understanding of the complex workings of the brain.