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2014 News Archives

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 State of the School: From Vision to Venture

In the 20th annual State of the School address on October 22, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece emphasized the need to link basic scientific and biomedical research to practical application that are useful to patients, society and industry. The theme of the presentation was “Vision to Venture.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Young Cancer Survivor from Baltimore Helps Celebrate Countdown to Opening of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

In October 2015, the Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) will open its doors to patients. The center will provide an innovative, precise approach to cancer, which targets tumors while minimizing harm to surrounding tissues.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine and Malian Ministry of Health begin Human Trials of Experimental Ebola Vaccine in Mali, West Africa

Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali (CVD-Mali) and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers (and other front-line workers) to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine.

Friday, October 03, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine and Ottawa Heart Insitute Researchers Identify New Pathway Linking the Brain to High Blood Pressure

New research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and the Ottawa Heart Institute has uncovered a new pathway by which the brain uses an unusual steroid to control blood pressure. The study, which also suggests new approaches for treating high blood pressure and heart failure, appears today in the journal Public Library of Science (PLOS) One.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Video: Dean Reece Discusses University of Maryland Ebola Virus Vaccine Research on WebMD

Dean Reece says the School of Medicine, and its Center for Vaccine Development, is working with the World Health Organization to Address the Ebola Virus Crisis.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Institute of Human Virology (IHV) Welcomes Renowned Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Shyamasundaran Kottilil

Robert C. Gallo, MD, director of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Shyamasundaran Kottilil, MBBS, PhD, a world-renowned expert in infectious disease, has joined the faculty as Co-Director of IHV’s Clinical Research Unit and Associate Director for Clinical Research in the Institute’s Division of Clinical Care and Research.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Internationally-Recognized Surgeon-Scientists, Dr. Joseph S. Friedberg as Division Head of Thoracic Surgery, and Dr. Shamus Carr as Associate Chief

Stephen T. Bartlett, MD, the Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Joseph S. Friedberg, MD, one of the preeminent authorities in the thoracic surgical community, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he will be the Thoracic-Surgeon-in-Chief of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), and the Charles Reid Edwards Professor of Surgery in the School of Medicine. Joining Dr. Friedberg in his new position will be Shamus Carr, MD, his long-time research collaborator, who will become Associate Chief in the UM SOM’s Division of Thoracic Surgery.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Institute of Human Virology Hosts Prominent AIDS Researchers During 16th Annual International Meeting

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is hosting the IHV 16th Annual International Meeting Sunday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 17 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The Annual Meeting will feature themes on HIV cure research; HIV pathogenesis; HIV structural biology, immunology and vaccines; advances in clinical, prevention and public health research, and a cross-cutting session on the molecular and immunological insights from cancer biology and treatment.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Robert V. O'Toole As Division Head Of Orthopaedic Traumatology And Chief Of Orthopaedics At R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Andrew N. Pollak, MD, Chair, Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Director of the Program in Trauma and Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, have announced that Robert V. O’Toole, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics at UM SOM, has been appointed as the Head of the UM SOM’s Division of Orthpaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s (UMMC) R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Unprecedented International Consortium -- Including the University of Maryland School of Medicine and NIH -- Now Assembled to Accelerate Collaborative Multi-Site Trials of Candidate Ebola Vaccine

A candidate Ebola vaccine could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK, The Gambia and Mali as early as September, as part of an series of safety trials of potential vaccines aimed at preventing the disease that has killed more than 1,400 people in the current outbreak in West Africa.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine's Dr. Alan Schmaljohn Explains Ebola Virus In Q & A With Science Magazine

Science Magazine recently interviewed Dr. Alan Schmaljohn, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to explain the complex science behind the Ebolavirus and what the virus actually does to the immune system.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI, Installed as the Inaugural Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry

An investiture ceremony was held on August 7, 2014, to recognize Bankole Johnson, DSc, MD, MBChB, MPhil, FRCPsych, DFAPA, FACFEI, as the inaugural Dr. Irving J. Taylor Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry.

Friday, August 08, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientist is at Forefront of Developing Vaccine for Ebola Virus

Alan Schmaljohn, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), has spent decades studying the Ebola virus and similar viruses identifying key characteristics that have aided in the development of vaccines, antivirals and treatment methods.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Receive $10.7 Million Grant to Conduct Systems Biology Research on Control and Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections

The University of Maryland Schools of Dentistry (UM SOD) and Medicine (UM SOM) jointly announced today that they have received a five-year $10.7 million grant award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health to study the causes, prevention and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dr. Robert Gallo Op Ed in USA Today: Boomerang Missile Hit AIDS Victims, Too

HIV is spreading in Russia and the Ukraine. Rebels only hurt themselves and their nations by shooting down those trying to help alleviate and ultimately end the epidemic ravaging the two nations.

July 2, 2014

All-Encompassing Approach to Commemorating National HIV Testing Day Pulls Community and Campus Together for a Worthy Cause

On June 28th, more than 500 people were tested for HIV. 30 were persons living with HIV who were offered linkage to HIV care and supportive services. Additionally, more than 1,700 units of service were provided and delivered by a diverse group of University of Maryland faculty and students, the STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV Clinic, Baltimore Legal Aid and other local service providers to include linkage to health care, blood pressure screening, healthy lifestyle education, medication counseling, case management services, oral cancer screening and oral health education.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

UM School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences Awarded $15 .2 M NIAID Grant on Infectious Disease Research

The Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has received a grant award of $15.2 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to create a research center to apply genomic techniques to the study of pathogens and their hosts, and to expand understanding of the ways that pathogens can cause harm.

Monday, June 30, 2014

University of Maryland Scientists Identify New Microbes Linked to Severe Diarrhea

In a finding that may one day help control a major cause of death among children in developing countries, a team of researchers led by faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified microorganisms that may trigger diarrheal disease and others that may protect against it. These microbes were not widely linked to the condition previously.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

National Institutes of Health Awards $10.7 Million to University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 'Maryland Psychiatric Research Center'

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), a research center in the School’s Department of Psychiatry, was awarded a $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a Silvio O. Conte Neuroscience Research Center that will examine the causes of schizophrenia and search for possible new treatments.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine's Board of Visitors Chair Michael E. Cryor Awarded 2014 Icon Award by the Associated Black Charities

The Associated Black Charities has honored Michael E. Cryor, Chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) Board of Visitors and President of The Cryor Group, LLC, with an Icon Award during its ABC2014 Annual Gala in Baltimore.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Amish Gene Research Cited in New York Times Front Page Story

Two major studies by leading research groups independently identified mutations in a single gene that protect against heart attacks by keeping levels of triglycerides — a kind of fat in the blood — very low for a lifetime. The University of Maryland played an important role in the research.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop Personalized Medicine Program For Genetic Types of Diabetes

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a four-year, $3.7 million grant to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to develop a personalized medicine program to help doctors diagnose and treat monogenic diabetes – a form of diabetes caused by a mutation in a single gene. The study will evaluate methods to implement this program in various health care settings, with an objective to develop a model that could also be applied to caring for patients with genetic variations of other common diseases.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Cyclotron Arrival: A Construction Milestone for the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

The $200 million Maryland Proton Treatment Center is a step closer to completion, now that the cyclotron has arrived at the construction site at the University of Maryland BioPark in West Baltimore. Made of iron, the cyclotron is a 90-ton particle accelerator that will produce a beam of protons used to treat cancer patients. The beam can be used to precisely target tumors while dramatically reducing radiation exposure to surrounding tissue.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Distinguished Founder and Longtime Director of the Center For Vaccine Development Named Associate Dean For Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, as Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases. This appointment will become effective in January 2015, after Dr. Levine transitions from his current role as Director of the Center for Vaccine Development, which he co-founded and has led for 40 years.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Aldo Iacono, MD, Awarded the Hamish S. and Christine C. Osborne Professorship in Advanced Pulmonary Care

An investiture ceremony was held recently to award Aldo T. Iacono, MD the Hamish S. and Christine C. Osborne Professorship in Advanced Pulmonary Care. Dr. Iacono was among the many physicians at the School of Medicine who treated Mr. Osborne, after his diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis resulted in a life-saving double-lung transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center a year ago.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

University of Maryland Researchers Identify Mutation In Fat-Storage Gene That Appears To Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified a mutation in a fat-storage gene that appears to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a study published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. Nancy Lowitt as Chief Conflict-of-Interest Officer

Today, University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UM SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., announced the appointment of Nancy R. Lowitt, M.D., Ed.M., as Chief Conflict of Interest (COI) Officer to help researchers and clinicians understand and comply with state and federal regulations, and UMSOM and University policy regarding identification, disclosure and management of financial and scientific conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researcher Leads Team Screening Existing Drugs to Find Compounds Active Against MERS Coronavirus

A team led by a University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researcher, working as a grantee from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has identified a number of existing drugs that could be “repurposed” to fight outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV).

Monday, May 19, 2014

MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and School of Medicine Sponsor Conference Highlighting State’s Groundbreaking Health Enterprise Zones Initiative

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) held a conference on May 19, entitled “Maryland Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ): Using Incentives to Drive Local Progress.” This unique event, supported with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brought together more than 200 local, state and national stakeholders to collaborate on ways to ensure health equality and improved health care for all Marylanders.

Friday, May 16, 2014

So Long and Farewell to the Class of 2014

Monsoon-like weather could not keep the smiles off the faces of the Class of 2014 as they received their doctoral hoods in a special graduation ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 16, 2014.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Student Awards Dinner Honors Top Achievers in the Class of 2014

Graduation celebrations kicked off on Wednesday, May 14, 2013, with the eighth annual Student Awards ceremony. The dinner was held at the Southern Management Company Campus Center and sponsored by The Whiting Turner Contracting Company.

Monday, May 12, 2014

U.S. Cervical Cancer Rates Higher Than Previously Reported, Especially Among Older Women & African-American Women

Cervical cancer rates in the United States are higher than previously believed, particularly among 65- to 69-year-old women and African-American women, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the journal Cancer. Current U.S. cervical cancer screening guidelines do not recommend routine Pap smears for women over 65 if their prior test results have been normal.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

UMB and UMCP to Offer Joint Degrees in Medicine and Bioengineering

The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering have initiated a combined Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering degree program to meet the demand for both medical sciences and bioengineering expertise among health professionals early in their careers.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

2014 Gala Brings Nearly 1,000 Supporters of the University of Maryland School of Medicine

“Designers of Innovation and Discovery” was the theme of the 2014 University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala, held May 3 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year’s gala recognized the collaborative achievements of the School of Medicine academic community – efforts that have propelled innovations and discoveries that have saved lives and improved the quality of life for people throughout the state, the region and the world.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New Experimental Vaccine Produces Immune Response Against Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and Novavax, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX) today announced that an investigational vaccine candidate developed by Novavax against the recently emerged Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) blocked infection in laboratory studies. UM SOM and Novavax also reported that a vaccine candidate against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (SARS-CoV) developed by Novavax on a similar platform also inhibited virus infection.

Friday, April 25, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Prominent Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Researcher Dr. Terry B. Rogers as Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Terry B. Rogers, Ph.D., as the new Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs (ORA). A distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and former Director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program at the School, Dr. Rogers has extensive experience in research and program management.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

James B. Kaper, Ph.D., Distinguished and Preeminent Microbiology & Immunology Professor, Scholar and Researcher, Appointed New Senior Associate Dean For Academic Affairs

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed James B. Kaper, Ph.D., as the new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, effective April 1, 2014. An accomplished scientist, preeminent scholar, and senior SOM leader, Dr. Kaper currently serves as the Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and Associate Director for Bacterial Pathogenesis Research at the SOM’s Center for Vaccine Development.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints Dr. Steven Ludwig to Lead Newly Established Division of Spine Surgery

Andrew N. Pollak, M.D., Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., have appointed Steven C. Ludwig, M.D., as Head of the newly established Division of Spine Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedics.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Can We Eradicate AIDS? A Baltimore Sun Op-ed by Dr. Robert Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology

April 23rd is the 30-year anniversary of the day my colleagues and I reported that a new retrovirus, now known as HIV, was the agent causing AIDS. Over these last three decades I've frequently been asked if I believe we can eradicate HIV and stop the epidemic. I believe the answer is yes — if the public and private sectors begin to invest more resources in research, treatment and in reaching people at risk.

Friday, April 11, 2014

AAMC President Dr. Darrell Kirch Visits the University of Maryland School of Medicine for the Theodore E. Woodward 33rd Annual Lecture

Who will lead us into the new world of healthcare? That was the question addressed by Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), who spoke at the Theodore E. Woodward 33rd Annual Lecture.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Recruits Renowned Pathologist J. Stephen Dumler, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) professors Sanford A. Stass, MD, Chair of the Department of Pathology, and James B. Kaper, Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, along with Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., are pleased to announce the recruitment of John Stephen Dumler, MD, an expert pathologist and infectious disease specialist, as a Professor in the Department of Pathology.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dr. Sanjay Rajagopalan Receives The Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship In Medicine

An investiture ceremony was held on April 8, 2014 to award Sanjay Rajagopalan, MBBS, FACC, FAHA, the Melvin Sharoky, MD Professorship in Medicine. This professorship was established through a generous gift from Dr. Melvin Sharoky through his family's charitable foundation.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Leading Behavioral Neuroscience Expert Dr. Diana Fishbein As Director Of New C-Trans Center

Bankole A. Johnson, D.Sc., M.D., M.B., Ch.B., M.Phil., Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) and Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., are pleased to announce the appointment of leading behavioral neuroscience expert Diana H. Fishbein, Ph.D., as Director of the new SOM Center for Translational Research on Adversity, Neurodevelopment and Substance Abuse (C-TRANS).

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Dr. Eduardo Davila Wins LIFE Award for Advances on Successful Platform to Fight Cancer Using the Body's Own Immune System

A University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researcher whose work has opened the door to successfully treat cancer with the body’s own immune system was recognized with a 2014 BioMaryland LIFE (Leading Innovative Faculty Entrepreneurs) award. The award is presented every year to researchers who have made groundbreaking discoveries that could someday affect human health.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Renowned Social Scientist Dr. David R. Williams Gives the First Renée Royak-Schaler Memorial Lecture in Health Disparities

Harvard sociologist Dr. David R. Williams gave the inaugural Renée Royak-Schaler Memorial Lecture in Health Disparities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His address was titled “Making America Healthier for All: How Social Policies Can Promote Health.”

Friday, March 21, 2014

No Worries for the Class of 2014 When It Comes To Finding a Perfect Match

For the first time, the Match Day ceremony for the University of Maryland School of Medicine was not held in historic Davidge Hall. Fitting for an event that includes laughter, tears and even musical interludes and dancing, the hoopla moved this year to the Hippodrome Theater for the ceremony on March 21.

Monday, March 24, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints Director of the Center For Biomedical Engineering And Technology

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed W. Jonathan Lederer, M.D., Ph.D., as the permanent director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BioMET).

Stephen Bartlett, MD, Receives the University System of Maryland Board of Regents 2014 Faculty Award

Stephen Bartlett, MD, the Peter G. Angelos Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and surgeon-in-chief and senior vice president at the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), was recognized with the University System of Maryland Board of Regents 2014 Faculty Award.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Claudia R. Baquet Receives Watkins-Saunders Award for Health Disparities in Baltimore

he American Heart Association (AHA) is proud to announce the selection of Claudia R. Baquet, MD, MPH, Associate Dean of Policy Planning, Professor of Medicine, and the Director of the Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as the recipient of AHA’s 2014 Watkins-Saunders Award.

Friday, February 21, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Associate Director for Basic Science at the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., and Kevin Cullen, M.D., the Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology and Director of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, have appointed Richard L. Eckert, Ph.D. to serve as Associate Director for Basic Science at the Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Recruits Renowned Cardiovascular Expert to Lead Newly Named Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., and Stephen Davis, M.B.B.S, the Dr. Theodore E. Woodward Professor and Chair in the Department of Medicine, have appointed renowned cardiovascular expert Sanjay Rajagopalan, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A., to lead the newly named Division of Cardiovascular Medicine within the School’s Department of Medicine to new heights in research and patient care. The division was previously known as the Division of Cardiology.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Study: Bevacizumab (Avastin) Fails to Improve Survival for Patients Newly Diagnosed With Glioblastoma

Adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to standard chemotherapy and radiation treatment does not improve survival for patients newly diagnosed with the often deadly brain cancer glioblastoma, researchers report in the Feb. 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Establishes New Brain Science Research Consortium To Study The Intricacies Of The Brain

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today the establishment of a new brain science research unit that will bring together faculty from multiple disciplines to probe the inner workings of the brain and to develop therapies for a wide range of neurological disorders.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Find Association Between Stroke and Cocaine Use

Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center have found a significant increase in the risk for ischemic stroke in young adults within 24 hours after cocaine use. The researchers presented their findings today at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference.

Monday, February 03, 2014

School of Medicine Celebrating Diversity Dinner Supports Funding for Student Scholarships

The University of Maryland School of Medicine held its seventh annual Celebrating Diversity reception and dinner on February 1, 2014. The event honors diversity at the School of Medicine, recognizes those who have helped elevate the School’s diversity profile, and raises money for the Dean Emeritus Donald E. Wilson Endowed Scholarship fund and other UMSOM diversity scholarships that provide financial assistance to students.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute Using Exoskeleton Walking System For Paralyzed Patients

The University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute is now using a robotic exoskeleton that allows some individuals with spinal cord injuries the opportunity to stand and walk during therapy sessions.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

University of Maryland School of Medicine Awarded Accreditation with Commendation from ACCME

The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced today that is has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Students Represent the School of Medicine in Annapolis During Annual Legislative Day

More than 40 medical students and faculty members traveled to Annapolis on January 23, 2014 to speak with members of the Maryland General Assembly about issues of importance to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

New Study Shows Partnership Between University of Maryland School of Medicine and Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center May Help Address Cancer and Health Disparity Issues

Robust partnerships between rural community health education centers and academic health care institutions can make substantial strides toward addressing race-, income- and geographically-based health disparities in underserved communities by empowering both the community and leading University institutions, according to newly published research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

University of Maryland Study: Two-Sizes-Too-Small 'Grinch' Effect Hampers Heart Transplantation Success

Current protocols for matching donor hearts to recipients foster sex mismatching and heart size disparities, according to a first-of-its kind analysis by physicians at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Matching by donor heart size may provide better outcomes for recipients, who already face a scarcity of resources as they await a transplant.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Statement on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 from the Leadership of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The Institute of Human Virology sends our thoughts and prayers to the friends and families of those aboard Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which crashed in Ukraine yesterday.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Joint Recruitment Strengthens Collaboration Between Basic and Clinical Departments

The School of Medicine has a tradition of interdepartmental collaboration that will be magnified even further through ACCEL-Med initiatives.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

How New SOM Research Communications Network Can Help You Promote Your Research

Everyone at the School of Medicine (SOM) has a role in the Dean’s Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med) initiative, especially the Office of Public Affairs and Communication (OPAC).

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Progress Report: The Research Resource Advisory Group

Dean Reece has appointed a small group of senior faculty to develop specific strategies to achieve the goals for Shared Vision 2020 for Research. This oversight resource advisory group began meeting last year to discuss how they could use “strategic disruptive innovation,” defined as a product or service that takes root initially in simple applications and then relentlessly advances, eventually displacing established competitors, to advance Shared Vision 2020.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Relocating Patient Services and Leading-Edge Research To UMMC Midtown Campus

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is moving patient services to the UMMC Midtown Campus this month. Adult and pediatric patients currently served by University of Maryland diabetes and endocrinology specialists at 22 S. Greene Street in downtown Baltimore and other UMMC outpatient sites will now have all services conveniently located at UMMC Midtown, 827 Linden Avenue, starting March 26.

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