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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

School of Medicine Researchers Find Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities for Parkinson's Disease and Similar Conditions

African American patients and those with lower socioeconomic status have more advanced disease and greater disability when they seek treatment from Parkinson’s disease specialists, according to a study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The researchers found that race, education and income were each significant and independent factors in determining a patient’s level of disability.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Center for Vaccine Development Holds 17th Annual Frontiers in Vaccinology Lecture

The 17th Annual Frontiers in Vaccinology lecture, sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), was held on December 8, 2010. This year’s speaker was Ciro de Quadros, MD, MPH, Executive Vice-President of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, DC, who spoke about the advances being made in vaccinology that are helping to eradicate diseases like polio, measles and rubella around the world.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Generous Gift from Former Department Chair Funds Two Endowed Professorships in Anesthesiology

An investiture ceremony on November 30, 2010 recognized Gary Fiskum, PhD, as the Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology and Mary Njoku, MD, as the Matjasko Professor for Education in Anesthesiology. This ceremony was the first of its kind at the school, awarding two endowed professorships funded by one donor, Jane Matjasko, MD.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

University of Maryland Medical Center Named "Top Hospital of the Decade" for Safety and Quality

The University of Maryland Medical Center has been designated by the Leapfrog Group, as a Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality of care.

Wednesday, November 25, 2010

School of Medicine Students, Faculty, and Staff Serve Annual Thanksgiving Feast for the Homeless

Students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine held their 21st annual "Project Feast" Nov. 25, a Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and disadvantaged persons in West Baltimore.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

School of Medicine Researcher Has Identitfied Genetic Mutation In Debilitating Skin Disorder ARCI

A new study from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has identified a genetic mutation that seems to be critical to a debilitating inherited skin disorder called autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI). The researchers hope the discovery could lead to new treatments for the devastating condition, according to the paper published recently in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The senior author is Richard L. Eckert, Ph.D., the John F.B. Weaver Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Study Shows New Blood Test May Help Predict Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Death in Apparently Healthy Older Adults

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine report that a new, highly sensitive investigative blood test may help predict the risk of heart failure and cardiovascular death much earlier than previously possible in older people who do not have symptoms of heart failure.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Multiple School of Medicine Faculty Are Recognized With UMB Founders Week Awards

Bartley P. Griffith, M.D., professor of surgery, is Research Lecturer of the Year. Cedric Yu, DSc, the Carl M. Mansfield, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology is Entrepreneur of the Year. Yvette Rooks, MD, is Public Servant of the Year.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

World's First Robotically Assisted, Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Bypass Performed By School of Medicine Surgeons

Cardiac surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore were the first in the world to use a surgical robot to help perform minimally invasive aortic valve bypass surgery. The robot gives surgeons a very precise tool to complete the complex bypass procedure.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

When Bad Tastes Good: Discovery of Taste Receptors in Lungs Could Help People With Asthma Breathe Easier

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have discovered that bitter taste receptors are not just located in the mouth but also in human lungs. What they learned about the role of the receptors could revolutionize the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dr. Thomas Scalea Awarded the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine

Dr. Thomas M. Scalea, the Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and director of the Program in Trauma at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, was honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 35th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 23, 2010. Dr. Scalea received the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Science and Medicine at the black-tie dinner and awards ceremony.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

In Memoriam: Meg Zupancic, PhD, Research Fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences

Margaret (Meg) Zupancic, a research fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), passed away on October 7, 2010 at the age of 36. She is survived by her husband, Bill Vinje, and sons Maxwell Charles (Max), 2, and Tobias David (Toby), born October 6.

Dean Reece is the 2010 recipient of the Health Services Leadership Award From the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and the Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, was chosen as the 2010 recipient of the Health Services Leadership Award, presented by the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

66 School of Medicine Physicians Make Baltimore Magazine's Top Docs List

A total of 66 School of Medicine doctors, all of whom also practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center, were selected to Baltimore Magazine's 2010 list of "Top Doctors." Pediatric oncologist Teresa York, MD, even made the cover!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

School of Medicine Teams Up to Bring $200 Million Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment Center to Baltimore

The University of Maryland School of Medicine, through its affiliated clinical faculty practice group, is playing a key role in plans for an estimated $200 million project to bring to Maryland for the first time the most advanced radiation technology in cancer treatment, called proton therapy.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown Helps the School of Medicine Celebrate 10 Years of Mini-Med School

This year, the University of Maryland School of Medicine celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Mini-Med School, a free educational program for residents of Baltimore. In a special 10th anniversary graduation ceremony October 6, the School of Medicine welcomed Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown as an honored guest. Lt. Gov. Brown also presented proclamations from Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake recognizing and commending the program on its 10th anniversary.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Memorial Service Gave Friends One Last Chance to Say Farewell to Beloved Teacher Larry Anderson

A memorial service and reception was held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at Westminster Hall to honor Dr. Larry Anderson, longtime professor of anatomy & neurobiology. The School of Medicine lost a beloved teacher, mentor and friend when Dr. Anderson died unexpectedly at his home in May.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Nationally Known Transplant Surgeon and Researcher Joins the School of Medicine Faculty

Dr. Jonathan S. Bromberg, a national leader in uncovering the secrets of the immune system in order to prevent rejection following organ transplants, has joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine as professor of Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Working Together, Bringing Out the Best: Dean Reece Delivers the 2010 State of the School of Medicine Address

"We have had an extraordinary year in many ways,” said Dean Reece, who addressed faculty staff, students and university leaders in the MSTF Auditorium.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

UMB President Dr. Jay Perman Is Holding Town Hall Sessions to Answer Your Questions

On September 20, 2010, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) President Jay Perman, MD, held the first in a series of Q&A sessions with students, faculty and staff at the SMC Campus Center. Dr. Perman took questions from the audience, and also answered queries that had been submitted online.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Baltimore Youth Summit Brings Together HIV-Positive Youth from USA and Africa

On September 16, The University of Maryland School of Medicine, in collaboration with Catholic Relief Services, held an International Youth Leadership Summit in which a delegation of HIV-affected and infected young people from Africa met with HIV-affected and infected youth from Baltimore and across the country to exchange ideas and come up with recommendations for how HIV can best be prevented and managed in young people throughout the world.

Wednesday, September 9, 2010

Mini-Med School Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary

Our tenth annual Mini-Med School kicked off on September 8, 2010, with nearly 300 participants joining us for this milestone anniversary. Offered as a public service by the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Mini-Med School is a series of tuition-free classes designed to help Baltimore residents improve their health and well being. Mini-Med School lectures are presented by faculty physicians from the medical school one night a week for five weeks each fall.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

School of Medicine Scientist Awarded $11.4 Million to Study Effectiveness of Gene-Directed Therapy for Cardiac Patients

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Alan R. Shuldiner, M.D., an $11.4 million five-year grant to lead a multi-center study to gauge the effectiveness of treating cardiac patients with anti-platelet drugs to prevent blood clots, based on their genetic makeup.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Dr. Nate Schnaper, Longtime Professor of Psychiatry, Dead at Age 92

Nate Schnaper, MD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry for more than 50 years, passed away on August 23, 2010 after a brief illness. He was 92. Dr. Schnaper, though retired, was still seing patients until just shortly before his death, counseling them at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center (UMGCC).

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

A School of Medicine Faculty Member is Making the Climb of a Lifetime for Charity

A University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty member and his son will take on the expedition of a lifetime when they climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for diabetes and it’s complications through the support of research.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Institute for Genome Sciences Scientists Complete Genome Sequence of Castor Bean

A team of researchers from the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) have sequenced and analyzed the genome of the Castor bean (Ricinus communis). The Castor bean is the source of highly valuable castor oil. Their findings will be published in the September issue of Nature Biotechnology.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Innovative Imaging System May Boost Speed and Accuracy in Treatment of Heart Rhythm Disorder

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have developed a novel 3-D imaging approach that may improve the accuracy of treatment for ventricular tachycardia, a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm disorder that causes the heart to beat too fast. The new approach couples CT (computed tomography) images with conventional ablation techniques to eliminate erratic electrical circuits in the heart that produce arrhythmias.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Department of Psychiatry Is Making Gala Plans for Its 60th Anniversary

This year the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is celebrating its 60th anniversary! This celebratory year will culminate in a scientific symposium and evening gala on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

School of Medicine Inspires the Next Generation of Doctors at Fourth Annual Kids Mini-Med School

More than 30 children between the ages of 5 and 16 got a taste of medical school throughout July and August when the University of Maryland School of Medicine held its fourth annual Mini-Med School for Kids at the Salvation Army's Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club summer camp in West Baltimore.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

University of Maryland School of Medicine Receives $7.9 Million From NIH for Superconducting Research Magnet

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has received a $7.9 million federal grant
to acquire a superconducting 950 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) magnet that will help researchers unravel the mysteries of molecules and develop new agents to treat cancer, AIDS and other diseases. The grant is among the largest of its kind ever awarded.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Dean Reece Announces Senior Staff Promotions; Greg Handlir to Retire

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine, is announcing the retirement of one - and the promotions of three other - outstanding leaders at the School of Medicine.

University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine Researcher Leads Analysis of Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for acupuncture appointments. But should physicians consider recommending acupuncture to these patients? In a feature article published in the July 29 edition of the "New England Journal of Medicine," researchers examine the current studies into acupuncture for low back pain and make treatment recommendations for a sample patient.

Friday, July 02, 2010

UM School of Medicine Study Finds That Simple Two-Question Survey Can Better Identify Hungry Children

Asking parents just two simple screening questions could help health care providers and social workers to easily and quickly identify families whose young children are suffering from hunger, enabling early interventions that could prevent serious health consequences, according to a new study led by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

UM School of Medicine Scientists Develop New Strategy That May Improve Cognition

For the first time, scientists have linked a brain compound called kynurenic acid to cognition, possibly opening doors for new ways to enhance memory function and treat catastrophic brain diseases, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New School of Medicine Study Finds More Variation in Human Genome Than Expected

Scientists are finding more variation in the human genome than they had previously expected, now that new technologies are allowing researchers a closer look at the genomes of many individuals, according to a new study from University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The School of Medicine Says Farewell to Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science Chair Dr. Hugh Mighty

A reception was held on June 28, 2010 to say farewell to Hugh Mighty, MD, MBA, who has stepped down as associate professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the School of Medicine to accept a position as Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs at Lousiana State University Health Sciences Center, where he will also be a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

UM Institute for Genome Sciences Announces New Associate Directors

Dr. Jacques Ravel, Associate Professor in Microbiology and Immunology, has been appointed to Associate Director, Genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS). Dr. Owen White, Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, has been appointed Associate Director, Bioinformatics at IGS.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Reception Honors Faculty and Staff Who Helped School of Medicine Secure More Than $60 Million in Stimulus Grant Funding

The School of Medicine will be receiving more than $60 million in stimulus grants over the next two years through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). A reception was held June 23, 2010 to acknowledge those faculty and staff members who have been awarded these grants.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

School of Medicine Scientists Find Hormone Influences Sensitivity to Sweetness

A hormone that helps to regulate blood sugar levels may also influence a person’s sensitivity to sweet-tasting foods, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

School of Medicine Study Discovers Vaginal Microbes Vary Among Healthy Women in Different Ethnic Groups

The delicate balance of microbes in the vagina can vary greatly between healthy women, according to a new study led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences. Researchers hope further study will lead to personalized reproductive medicine for women.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Surgeon General and School of Medicine Faculty Lead "Exercise Is Medicine" Walk

Pamela Peeke, MD, clinical assistant professor, and Yvette Rooks, MD, assistant professor, both from the Department of Family & Community Medicine, joined Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, at the “Exercise Is Medicine” community walk on June 2, 2010. The walk was part of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual meeting, which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Study By School of Medicine Researchers Links Bacteria, Genetic Makeup and Obesity

Bacteria may play more of a role in people predisposed to obesity than previously thought, according to studies presented by University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers at the 110th general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in San Diego on May 26.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Goodbye and Good Luck to The Class of 2010

Laughter mixed easily with tears at the Baltimore Convention Center Hilton on May 21 as the Class of 2010 celebrated their convocation. Hundreds of friends and family were on hand to cheer the graduates as they reached this milestone in their medical education, receiving their doctoral hoods and officially becoming practicing physicians.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Student Scholarship and Awards Breakfast Honors Exceptional Students From the Class of 2010

Graduation festivities kicked off May 21, 2010 with the annual Student Scholarship and Awards Breakfast, held at the Southern Management Company Campus Center. The ceremony gave students who have been supported by scholarships the chance to recognize and thank the donors who established those rewards.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The School of Medicine Mourns the Loss of Beloved Teacher Larry Anderson

Larry D. Anderson, PhD, professor of anatomy & neurobiology, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday. With his passing, the School of Medicine has lost a beloved teacher, mentor and friend. Dr. Anderson taught anatomy to nearly 4,500 Maryland students – well over half of our living alumni.

New UMaryland Immediate Care Center Offers Quick Non-Emergency Care to University Employees and Students

The faculty of the Department of Family & Community Medicine has created a new immediate care clinic that will give faculty, staff and students on the university and hospital campus a more convenient way to access non-emergency health care services. UMaryland Immediate Care opened May 12 at 408 West Lombard Street.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Building for the Future: Ground-breaking Ceremony Celebrates the Start of Shock Trauma Expansion

A groundbreaking ceremony on May 13, 2010 marked the start of construction for the University of Maryland Medical Center's newest facility. The new facility will be connected to the existing R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building. It will expand the Shock Trauma Center, boost the capacity of the Medical Center's adult and pediatric emergency departments and provide additional beds for surgical intensive care patients.

A Special Spring Session of Mini-Med School Explores Bioethics in Research

A special Spring edition of Mini-Med School kicked off the evening of May 12 with nearly 200 students in attendance. Presented by the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Bioethics Research Center, this four-week session was supported by a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) at NIH.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Sweet Treat During Finals Week: Dean Reece Hosts UMB Ice Cream Social

The University of Maryland Baltimore campus got a sweet treat May 12 when E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, acting president of the university and dean of the School of Medicine, hosted an ice cream social for all students, faculty and staff.

Monday, May 10, 2010

University of Maryland School of Medicine Receives $12.3 Million to Renovate Research Laboratories

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has received $12.3 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants to renovate research laboratories of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and to build core facilities – centralized areas of technology and expertise – that will provide key support services to cancer researchers.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Doctors Reconsider Health and Death of “El Libertador,” General Who Freed South America

Could one of South America’s greatest military figures have died from a deadly poison, rather than the tuberculosis assumed at the time of his death in 1830? The mysterious illness and death of Simon Bolivar is the medical mystery in question at this year’s Historical Clinicopathological Conference (CPC).

Friday, April 23, 2010

R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center Gala Honors Maryland's Emergency Care Providers

At this year’s University of Maryland Shock Trauma Gala, two trauma survivors personally thanked each of the more than 90 people involved in their rescue and recovery, illustrating in dramatic fashion how many people it takes to save one life.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Study By SOM Faculty Finds Intervention Appears Cost-Effective for Preventing Repeated Teenage Births

A computer-assisted, home-based intervention shown to reduce the risk of repeated births among low-income pregnant teenagers appears to do so at a reasonable cost, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Dr. Stephen Davis Officially Welcomed as the New Chairman of the Department of Medicine

A reception was held April 1, 2010 to officially welcome Stephen Davis, MBBS, to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Davis, who was recruited from Vanderbilt University, is the Theodore E. Woodward Endowed Chair and Professor of the Department of Medicine. His welcome was originally scheduled for February, but unprecedented back-to-back blizzards spoiled those plans.

University Of Maryland Researchers Find New Pathway That May Help Patients with Chronic Anxiety and Depression

Bradley E. Alger, PhD, professor in the Departments of Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been studying natural brain chemicals called endogenous cannabinoids. Endocannabinoids have been called the ‘brain’s own marijuana,’ because they activate the cannabinoid receptors that are also stimulated by THC, the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Annual Fund for Medicine Gala Draws Its Largest Crowd Ever

"New Waves in Medicine" was the theme of this year’s Fund for Medicine Gala, held March 27, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. The gala drew a record number of guests, who raised much-needed funds for both translational research and clinical initiatives at the School of Medicine.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Medical Team Strives for Sustained Aid to Haiti

The UMMC Medical Team is developing a long-term relationship with the surviving staff of a Haitian teaching hospital – St. François de Sales. The Maryland volunteers are available to the Haitians for as long as the fundraising effort back home sustains their mission to help the earthquake-ravished country.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Big Reveal: Match Day Brings Joy (and Relief) to the Class of 2010

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities March 18, 2010 when the School of Medicine's graduating class discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Neurologists Suggest New Approach to Treating Sleep, Constipation and Sex Problems in Parkinson's Disease

University of Maryland Physician Takes Lead Role in New Treatment Recommendations, Pointing Out Urgent Need for More Research Into Non-Motor Symptoms

Friday, March 12, 2010

University of Maryland Cancer Researchers Study Role of "Microtentacles" on Breast Tumor Cells in Spread of Cancer

Researchers at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center have discovered that “microtentacles,” or extensions of the plasma membrane of breast cancer cells, appear to play a key role in how cancers spread to distant locations in the body.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

University of Maryland School of Medicine Awarded Grant to Develop Tiny Heart Pumps for Children

The University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore has been awarded a contract from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, to begin preclinical testing of new, lifesaving devices to help children born with congenital heart defects or those who develop heart failure.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stephen Bartlett, MD, is the Recipient of the First Peter Angelos Distinguished Professorship in Surgery

An investiture ceremony was held March 2, 2010 in Westminster Hall to award Stephen Bartlett, MD, professor and chair, Department of Surgery, the first Peter Angelos Distinguished Professorship in Surgery. Mr. Angelos is a well-known local lawyer as well as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Baltimore Orioles. He is also a member of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors.

Monday, March 01, 2010

School of Medicine Scientists Find Cocaine Exposure Before Birth Not Severely Damaging to Children's Growth, Learning Ability

Children exposed to cocaine in the womb face serious consequences from the drug, but fortunately not in certain critical physical and cognitive areas as previously believed, according to a new comprehensive review of research on the subject from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Has Been Named Acting President of UMB. Read his letter to the campus community.

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, has appointed E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, as acting president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Reece has served as vice president for medical affairs at UMB and dean of the School of Medicine since September 2006. His appointment as acting president is effective March 1, 2010.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reception Officially Welcomes Alan Faden, MD, to the University of Maryland School of Medicine

A reception was held on February 23, 2010 to officially welcome Alan Faden, MD, to the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Faden is the David S. Brown Professor in Trauma in the Department of Anesthesiology, as well as director of the Center for Shock, Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jay A. Perman, M.D., Appointed President of University of Maryland, Baltimore

Clifford J. Kendall, chair of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents has announced the appointment of Jay Perman as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Priority: Prevention - A Call to Action By Baltimore's Medical School Deans

If our nation's leaders truly want to cut health care costs while expanding health care coverage and ensuring the future viability of Medicare and Medicaid, prevention must be the cornerstone of health care reform - not just a piece of it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nationwide Study By School of Medicine Physician Finds Stent Improves Ability to Keep Vessels Open for Dialysis Patients

Research published in New England Journal of Medicine may offer hope to thousands of hemodialysis patients who need repeated procedures to keep blood vessels open

Thursday, February 11, 2010

School of Medicine Researchers Find That New Malaria Vaccine They're Testing is Safe and Protective in Young Children

A new vaccine to prevent the deadly malaria infection has shown promise to protect the most vulnerable patients — young children — against the disease, according to an international team of researchers.

Wednesday, February 3 2010

Dr. Elijah Sauders Named Outstanding UMB Faculty/Staff Member at 2010 Diversity Recognition Awards

Elijah Saunders, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was recognized as Outstanding Faculty/Staff Member at UMB's 2010 Diversity Recognition Awards.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Survey Developed Here at the School of Medicine Finds Surgeons Suffer Occupational Injuries From Performing Minimally Invasive Techniques

Surgeons who engage in minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery are providing great benefits to their patients, but possibly to their own detriment. That’s the finding of the largest survey ever conducted of surgeons in North America who perform laparoscopic procedures.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

School of Medicine Researchers Conduct Clinical Trial of Investigational Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Attack Patients

University of Maryland physicians are collaborating with 41 centers in the United States and Canada in a two-year clinical trial of an investigational intravenous adult stem cell therapy. The therapy will be tested in patients who have had their first heart attack within the previous seven days.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

School of Medicine Faculty in Haiti As Part of University of Maryland Medical Center Team

The first team of 22 doctors, nurses and other health professionals from the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine is preparing to travel to Haiti to aid earthquake victims there.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Students Visit Lawmakers in Annapolis to Speak About Future of Medicine in Maryland

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and nearly 50 medical students and faculty members traveled to Annapolis January 21, 2010 to speak with members of the Maryland General Assembly about issues important to School of Medicine.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

School of Medicine Physician Returns to Haiti to Find Family Members and Assist Victims of Devastating Earthquake

Institute of Human Virology (IHV) staff are helping to treat the earthquake victims in Haiti.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Controversial Weight-Loss Method, Still in Use Today, May Have Contributed to the Early Death of 1950s Film/Recording Star Mario Lanza

The death at age 38 of film and recording star Mario Lanza may have been related to a controversial weight loss program based on a hormone derived from the urine of pregnant women.

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