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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The University of Maryland Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Announces Winner of Excellence in Mentoring Award

This year’s recipient is Dr. Maureen Black, the John A Scholl and Mary Louise Scholl Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Renowned scientist Dudley Strickland, PhD, to lead Graduate Program in Life Sciences and Postdoctoral Scholars Program.

Monday, December 19, 2011

University of Maryland Department of Surgery Continues to Lead Through Surgical Innovation

The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Department of Surgery is continuing to secure research opportunities to advance the science of medicine and improve patient outcomes, as evidenced by the grants awarded to the Department by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Find Restricting Post-Surgery Blood Transfusion Is Safe for Older, Anemic Hip Surgery Patients

New England Journal of Medicine study could change clinical practice and help vulnerable patients avoid transfusion risks.

Monday, December 12, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Examine Potential Benefit of Exercise and/or Memory Training for Parkinson's Patients

Study to see which intervention - or combination of interventions - may prevent memory problems or reverse memory changes in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

University of Maryland Medical Center Again Named Top Hospital for Safety & Quality

For the sixth year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has ranked the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore as a top hospital for patient safety and quality of care.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Chair for the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics

Interim Chair Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, officially replaces Edson Albuquerque, MD, PhD, who led the department for 36 years.

Monday, November 28, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Establishes Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has established a new Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) to foster the translation of fundamental science to patient care and community health.

Monday, November 28, 2011

In Memoriam: Duane Sewell, MD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Duane Sewell, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, passed away on November 27, 2011 following a battle with gastric cancer.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Charles “McC.” Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and EMS Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation in Injury Prevention

More than 75 people gathered in the SMC Campus Center ballroom on November 21, 2011 to Celebrate and reminiscence about the rich history of The Charles “McC” Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Services (NSC) as it marked its 25th anniversary.

Monday, November 07, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Cardiologist Is Honored With Award for Lifelong Dedication to Medical Equality

Elijah Saunders, M.D., FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASH, professor of medicine and head of the Section of Hypertension at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has received the 2011 Herbert W. Nickens Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Class of 2015 Celebrates Their White Coat Ceremony During Medical Family Day

Medical Family Day was held on November 3, 2011 at the Hilton at Camden Yards. This special event gives family members of first-year students a glimpse into what medical school is really like for the students. It is capped off by the White Coat Ceremony.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Two School of Medicine Faculty Members Win Founders Week Awards from the University of Maryland

Scott Strome, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, is the recipient of the 2011 University of Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Gary Fiskum, PhD, the Matjasko Professor for Research in Anesthesiology, is the recipient of the 2011 Researcher of the Year Award.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Discover New Pathway Critical to Heart Arrhythmia

The study, published recently in the journal Cell, examined the electrical impulses that coordinate contraction in heart and skeletal muscles, controlling heart rate, for example. Unraveling how the body regulates these impulses is key to understanding serious health conditions such as paralysis, muscle relaxation and heart arrhythmia.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Researchers Warn of Emerging Public Health Crisis Linked to Mortgage Default and Foreclosure

Researchers warn of a looming health crisis in the wake of rising mortgage delinquencies and home foreclosures. The study, released today in the American Journal of Public Health, is the first long-term survey of the impact the current housing crisis is having on older Americans.

Monday, October 17, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine's Claire Fraser-Liggett, PhD, Elected to the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has announced that Claire Fraser-Liggett, PhD, the Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS), and a faculty member in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is one of 65 new members and five foreign associates named to its membership this year.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dean Reece Delivers the 2011 State of the School Address

“Leading Innovation and Discovery: Changing Lives Worldwide" was the theme for the 2011 State of the School Address, delivered on September 27, 2011 by E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Stephen Reich, MD, Is First Recipient of the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Professorship in Neurology

An investiture ceremony was held on September 22, 2011 to award Stephen Reich, MD, the Frederick Henry Prince Distinguished Professorship in Neurology. This professorship was established through a generous gift from Diana Prince and her husband Frederick through the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Whole-Parasite Malaria Vaccine Shows Promise in University of Maryland School of Medicine Clinical Trial

For the first time, a malaria vaccine that uses the entire malaria parasite has proven safe and shown promise to produce a strong immune response in a clinical trial, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Another Successful Year for Our Annual Mini-Med School!

Our 11th annual Mini-Med School kicked off on September 7, 2011, with nearly 200 participants venturing out in the pouring rain to join us, many for the first time.

Friday, September 09, 2011

First U.S. Patient Receives Specially Processed Donor Lungs From School of Medicine Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center

Surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center have transplanted the first lungs treated in the United States with an experimental repair process before transplantation. The procedure is part of a five-center national clinical research trial to evaluate the efficacy of repairing, before transplant, lungs that might otherwise have been passed over as unsuitable for organ donation.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In Memoriam: Dr. Kenneth Johnson, Former Chair of the Department of Neurology

Kenneth P. Johnson, MD, professor emeritus, Department of Neurology, and former chair of the department (1981 to 2001), passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2011. He was 79.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

School of Medicine Study Finds Young Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer Have Similar Survival With Breast-Conservation Therapy as Mastectomy

Young women with early-stage breast cancer have similar survival rates with a lumpectomy and radiation treatment, known as breast-conservation therapy, as with mastectomy, a new study conducted at the University of Maryland has found.

Monday, August 29, 2011

It's Not Easy Bein' Green -- But We Have a Plan

With a wealth of green resources for faculty, staff, and students, UM Go Green — the heart of the University of Maryland’s (UM) commitment to sustainability — has launched online.

Monday, August 29, 2011

University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center Receives Renewal of National Cancer Institute Designation

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has won renewal of its National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation for five years, along with $7.6 million in new federal funding for cancer research.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Department of Family & Community Medicine Leads Education Effort for State's Patient-Centered Medical Home Program

A team from the University of Maryland Department of Family and Community Medicine will lead education and training for Maryland’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, a pilot project to examine if a new patient care structure can improve care and bring down health care costs.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

School of Medicine's Institute for Genome Sciences Cracks Genomic Code of Deadly German e. Coli

A team led by University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences researchers has unraveled the genomic code of the E. coli bacterium that caused the ongoing deadly outbreak in Germany that began in May 2011. To date, 53 people have died in the outbreak, which has sickened thousand in Germany, Sweden and the U.S.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Discover Possible Drug Targets for Common Type of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have discovered a novel interaction between two proteins involved in regulating cell growth that could provide possible new drug targets for treating diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, the most common type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New Rankings Place University of Maryland Medical Center Among the Best Hospitals in the Nation, and School of Medicine Physicians among "Top Doctors"

Patients benefit through partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and all its Faculty Physicians.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Jonathan Bromberg as New Head of the Division of Transplantation in the Department of Surgery

Jonathan S. Bromberg, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed head of the Division of Transplantation within the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Bromberg is a professor of surgery and of microbiology and immunology.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Annual Mini Med School for Kids Takes Health Education to the Children of West Baltimore

More than 60 children between the ages of 5 and 16 will get a taste of medical school throughout July and August when the University of Maryland School of Medicine holds its fourth annual Mini-Med School for Kids at the Salvation Army's Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club summer camp in West Baltimore.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Scott Thompson, PhD, Has Been Appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Physiology

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has appointed Scott M. Thompson, Ph.D., as interim chair of the Department of Physiology. Dr. Thompson, a professor of the physiology, has been a member of the department since 1998 and professor since 2004.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Three New Members Inducted Into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence

On June 22, 2011, three more School of Medicine faculty members were accepted into the Pass and Susel Academy of Educational Excellence, named for the alumni who made these awards possible through their generous contributions to the School of Medicine. Carolyn Pass, MD, and Richard Susel, MD, a husband and wife team from the Class of 1966, established the academy in 2008 to recognize exemplary medical educators.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Department of Epidemiology & Public Health Mourns the Death of Renée Royak-Schaler, PhD

Renée Royak-Schaler, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and director of the Masters in Public Health program, died unexpectedly on Sunday May 22, 2011.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Goodbye and Good Luck, Class of 2011

After a week full of rain, the sun finally broke through, but it could not outshine the 151 newly minted MDs from the Class of 2011, who received their doctoral hoods on May 20, 2011 in a convocation ceremony at the Baltimore Hilton.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Student Awards Breakfast Honors Scholarship and Academic Award Recipients from the Class of 2011

Commencement festivities kicked off on May 19, 2011 with the annual Student Scholarship and Awards Breakfast. The ceremony gave graduating students who have been supported by scholarships the chance to recognize and thank the donors who established those rewards. It also also honored students who have shown great promise in a variety of medical disciplines.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine Launches 20th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign

The University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine (CIM) kicked off its 20th anniversary by announcing a $20 million fundraising campaign and cutting the ribbon on new office space in East Hall.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

University of Maryland, Baltimore and University of Maryland Medical Center Unveil New Unified Look

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) have unveiled a new visual identity, including logos and colors, that reflects the collaboration between the two institutions.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Shock Trauma Physician-in-Chief Thomas Scalea Returns from Afghanistan Trip to Enhance Preparation of USAF Medics

Thomas M. Scalea, MD, physician-in-chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Francis X. Kelly Professor in Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, traveled to Afghanistan in October 2011 at the invitation of the U.S. military. He observed the “Wounded Warrior” care system in the field, during transport and in military hospitals.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Dean Reece Was Special Guest at Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

The Department of Medicine welcomed a special guest for Grand Rounds on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean of the School of Medicine.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Investiture Ceremony Awards Sharon Henry, MD, FACS, the Inagural Anne Scalea Professorship in Trauma

On June 6, 2011, an investiture ceremony was held to award Sharon M. Henry, MD, FACS, with the Anne Scalea Professorship in Trauma. The professorship was established by Thomas M. Scalea, MD, the Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and Director of the Program in Trauma, in honor of his mother.

Friday, May 27, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Radiologists Are Using New Electric Pulse Technology to Target Tumors

Radiologists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, through their clinical practice at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), are using a new minimally invasive technique to treat soft tissue tumors in the liver, lung, prostate, head and neck, kidney and pancreas.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Historical Medical Conference Finds Darwin Suffered From Various Gastrointestinal Illnesses

Two hundred years after the birth of Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, doctors are putting modern medicine to the test to unravel the mystery of the painful illness that plagued the scientist for much of his life.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Recognized as Clinical and Translational Research Leader by National Organization

E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs, University of Maryland, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been honored with the Clinical Research Forum’s 2011 Award for Leadership in Academic Health Centers.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The School of Medicine and Paragon Bioservices, Inc. Announce the Formation of a Public-Private Stem Cell Technology Consortium

The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Paragon Bioservices, Inc., a contract research and GMP manufacturing organization—with its headquarters located at the University of Maryland BioPark—have announced the formation of a public-private partnership for developing and manufacturing stem cell therapies.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Amal Mattu, MD, Named to New Position of Vice Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Brian J. Browne MD, professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, announced today the appointment of Amal Mattu, MD, professor of emergency medicine, to the newly created position of vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

School of Medicine/VA Medical Center Study Finds Low-Intensity Exercise Improves Walking For People With Parkinson's Disease

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VA Medical Center found that Parkinson’s patients who walked on a treadmill at a comfortable speed for a longer duration (low-intensity exercise) improved their walking more than patients who walked for less time but at an increased speed and incline (high-intensity exercise).

Monday, April 11, 2011

School of Medicine Neurologist Helps Create New Treatment Guideline for Diabetic Nerve Pain

A leading panel of neurologists, including a University of Maryland School of Medicine physician, has issued new recommendations to help doctors offer the most up-to-date treatments for people with diabetic neuropathy.

Monday, March 28, 2011

University of Maryland Medical Center Designated as a Cardiac Interventional Care Center

The agency that coordinates emergency medical services throughout Maryland has designated the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) as a Cardiac Interventional Center.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Visits the University of Maryland to Build Partnerships

Bakir Izetbegovic, the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the University of Maryland Medical Center on March 22, to establish a cooperative relationship with the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Luck of the Graduates: St. Patrick's Day Brings Happy News to the Class of 2011

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities on March 17, 2011, when the School of Medicine's graduating class discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Annual Fund for Medicine Gala Raises More Than $500,000 for the School of Medicine

Horizons of Discovery was the theme of this year’s Fund for Medicine Gala, held March 12, 2011 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Physician Selected by President Obama to Serve on National Cancer Advisory Board

Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center and professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been selected by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board, an advisory committee to the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Alan R. Shuldiner, MD, to Become Associate Dean and Director of New Program in Personalized Medicine

Alan R. Shuldiner, MD, the John L. Whitehurst Professor of Medicine, has been appointed Associate Dean and Director of the Program in Personalized Medicine (PPM).

Monday, March 07, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Publish Scientific Paper on 2001 Anthrax Attacks

Researchers at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - with collaborators at the FBI, the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and Northern Arizona University - have published the first scientific paper based on their investigation into the anthrax attacks of 2001. The case was groundbreaking in its use of genomics and microbiology in a criminal investigation.

Monday, February 28, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Identifies Genes Associated With Binge Drinking

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have identified two genes associated with binge drinking that may open doors to new, more effective treatments for excessive alcohol drinking. The scientists found that manipulating two receptors in the brain, GABA receptors and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), “caused profound reduction” of binge drinking for two weeks in rodents that had been bred and trained to drink excessively.

Friday, February 18, 2011

University of Maryland School of Medicine Radiologists Collaborate with IBM to Bring “Watson” Computer’s Brain Power to Health Care

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is one of only two universities working with IBM to test the advanced analytics of the company’s “Watson” computer for potential health care applications.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Study Finds BP Oil Spill Caused Significant Psychological Impact, Even to Nearby Communities Not Directly Touched by Oil

The explosion and fire on a BP-licensed oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 had huge environmental and economic effects, with millions of gallons of oil leaking into the water for more than five months. It also had significant psychological impact on people living in coastal communities, even in those areas that did not have direct oil exposure.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Annual "Celebrating Diversity" Gala Draws Its Biggest Crowd Ever

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) held its fourth annual Celebrating Diversity reception and dinner on Saturday, February 5, 2011. The event was attended by over 200 guests, the largest number in the history of the event. Nearly $20,000 was raised for the Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed Scholarship fund.

Monday, January 27, 2011

Honoring Dr. Edson Albuquerque and his 36 years as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics

A reception was held to honor Dr. Edson Albuquerque, who has stepped down as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics - a position he held for 36 years.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Students Visit Lawmakers in Annapolis to Seek Their Support for Medical Education in Maryland

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and more than 40 medical students and faculty members traveled to Annapolis on January 21, 2011 to speak with members of the Maryland General Assembly about issues important to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Department of Anesthesiology Mourns the Loss of Former Chair M. Jane Matjasko, MD

Jane Matjasko, MD, the former Martin Helrich chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and a faculty member for nearly four decades, passed away on January 10, 2011 following a long illness. She was 68.

Monday, January 03, 2011

School of Medicine Researchers Lead International Effort to Identify Genetic Risk Factors for Stroke

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine are coordinating an international team of scientists working to identify genes or gene variants that may make a person more likely to have a particular type of stroke called an ischemic stroke.

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