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2013 News Archive

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Institute of Medicine Honors University of Maryland School of Medicine Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology with International Prize in Mental Health

William T. Carpenter, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been awarded the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health for achievements in broadening the understanding of schizophrenia, as well as for his research on ethics and informed consent in studying schizophrenia.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dudley Strickland, Ph.D., Will Receive the University of Maryland School of Medicine Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Award

Dean Reece will present the award at the Celebrating Diversity Dinner at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor on February 1, 2014.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Local Community is Grateful for Project Feast and Our Medical Students

Students from the School of Medicine organized the 24th annual University of Maryland Project Feast, a Thanksgiving meal for homeless and disadvantaged persons held November 28, 2013 in West Baltimore.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Christopher Harman, MD receives The Sylvan Frieman, MD Endowed Professorship In Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences

An investiture ceremony was held on November 18, 2013 to award Christopher Harman, MD, the prestigious Sylvan Frieman, MD Endowed Professorship in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Friday, November 22, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Holds First "Festival Of Science" To Launch New Program For Accelerating Innovation And Discovery In Medicine

Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine (ACCEL-Med), a major initiative of the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine was launched on November 22, 2013. ACCEL-Med will increase the pace and scope of clinical and basic sciences research and will dramatically impact and improve human health and wellbeing. The initiative kicked off with a full-day symposium, the SOM Festival of Science. Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, delivered the inaugural keynote address.

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints Associate Dean for Practice Plan Affairs

Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed William E. Tucker, MBA, CPA, as the new Associate Dean for Practice Plan Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Mr. Tucker will remain as Chief Corporate Officer of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s faculty practice plan, Faculty Physicians Inc. (FPI), a role in which he has served since 2006.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pioneering Virologist Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Named First Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor In Medicine

Robert C. Gallo, M.D., was named the first Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine during a ceremony November 7. The ceremony also honored the Gudelsky Family Foundation for their extraordinary generosity in supporting the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Monday, November 09, 2013

Study: Genetic Variation Increases Risk of Kidney Disease Progression in African Americans

New research provides direct evidence that genetic variations in some African Americans with chronic kidney disease contribute to a more rapid decline in kidney function compared with white Americans.

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Class of 2017 Welcomed to Medicine at Annual White Coat Ceremony

Medical Family Day was held on November 7, 2013 at the Hippodrome Theater. 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 a ceremony welcoming the students to the field of medicine by presenting them with their first white coat.

Friday, November 08, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center Celebrates Opening of New Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) today dedicated its new Shock Trauma Critical Care Tower, marking the near-completion of 140,000 square feet of new space designed to care for the region’s most critically ill and injured patients.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Emergency Medicine Doctor Is Both Teacher and Student While Working in Africa

Andrea Tenner, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, reported for her first shift in the emergency department at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on the morning of March 29, 2013. Later that day, a 16-story building under construction in the city collapsed, killing 36 people and sending 18 people to the ED.

Monday, November 11, 2013

SOM Tops List of Winners of Prestigious Travel Fellowships in Tropical Medicine

On September 4, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) announced the 2013 recipients of their Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowships in Tropical Medicine. Through a highly competitive process, 20 Fellows from 12 medical schools were selected. Four of the honorees were from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, more than any other medical school.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Nobel Laureate Comes to Campus to Share His Love of Science

As part of the Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative, Nobel Laureate Craig Mello, PhD, came to the University of Maryland School of Medicine on November 4. The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative is a global program designed to help Nobel Laureates share their inspirational stories and insights.

Friday, October 25, 2013

NEW STUDY SHOWS PROMISE FOR FIRST EFFECTIVE MEDICINE TO TREAT COCAINE DEPENDENCE

New research published in JAMA Psychiatry reveals that topiramate, a drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat epilepsy and migraine headaches, also could be the first reliable medication to help treat cocaine dependence.

Mini-Med School Wraps Up Another Successful Session of Educating Our Neighbors

More than 200 Baltimore-area residents participated in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s 13th annual Mini-Med School.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Study: Universal Use Of Gowns And Gloves By Healthcare Workers In ICU Reduces MRSA By 40 Percent

20-Site Study Finds Increase in Handwashing Frequency and No Harm to Patients; Another Common Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, VRE, Not Reduced. Healthcare workers’ use of disposable gowns and gloves upon entering all patient rooms on an intensive care unit (ICU), versus only in rooms on standard isolation protocol, helped reduce patient acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by approximately 40 percent, according to new research co-led by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Healthcare Solutions.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

State of the School Address: “Purposeful Actions, Promising Results: Relentlessly Advancing”

“Purposeful Actions, Promising Results: Relentlessly Advancing” was the theme of the 2013 State of the School addressed delivered on September 25, 2013 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.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

NIH Renews Funding for University of Maryland Vaccine Research in Response to Emerging Public Health Issues

The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) has successfully competed for and received a renewed contract to conduct basic research and clinical studies of vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Support for this work to combat existing and emerging infectious diseases is provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Chair of Department of Physiology

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed innovative neurophysiologist Scott Thompson, PhD, as Chair of the Department of Physiology. Dr. Thompson is a professor in the Departments of Physiology and Psychiatry. He has been Interim Chair of Physiology since 2011.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Chairman of Department of Orthopaedics

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed orthopaedic trauma surgeon Andrew N. Pollak, M.D., as the new chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics. Pollak will also serve as Chief of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Pollak was previously Professor of Orthopaedics at the School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopaedics and head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

University of Maryland Researchers Studying Vaccine To Prevent Potential Bird Flu Pandemic

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development are part of nationwide vaccine research aimed at protecting adults from a new and virulent strain of avian (bird) influenza (flu) virus. The virus, called H7N9 influenza virus, emerged in China last spring. As of mid-August, 135 confirmed human cases, including 44 deaths, have been reported by the World Health Organization.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

University of Maryland Breaking Ground on $305.4 Million School of Medicine Research Building

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. joined University of Maryland, Baltimore campus President Jay A. Perman, M.D. in announcing that the University of Maryland is breaking ground on a 428,970-square-foot, 10-story, $305.4 million research facility that will enable the School of Medicine to retain its position as one of the leading biomedical research institutions in the world.

Friday, September 06, 2013

NKF Maryland To Honor Dr. Stephen Bartlett as “Kidney Champion”

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) has named Dr. Stephen T. Bartlett one of its 2013 “Kidney Champions” for his accomplishments in the surgical and medical world, specifically relating to transplantation and kidney health.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Research Could Result In New Approach To Prevent Diabetes-Induced Birth Defects

A research team at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has identified a cell signaling pathway which plays a significant role in causing developmental defects of the fetal spinal cord and brain in babies of women with diabetes.

Monday, August 19, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Chair of Psychiatry and Leader of New Brain Science Research Consortium Unit

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed Bankole Johnson, DSc., M.D., MPhil, a leading expert in Neuroscience and the psychopharmacology of addiction research, as the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He will also lead the new Brain Science Research Consortium Unit (RCU).

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Reece Announces Leadership Transition in Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Dean Reece is announcing that Mary Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, the George R. Hepburn Dynasplint Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS), has chosen to step down from her position as Chair, effective September 1, 2013. Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD, an internationally recognized expert in neuromotor control and rehabilitation research, has been appointed Interim Chair of the department.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

UMMC Opens Unique Critical Care Resuscitation Unit

A new Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU) opened at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center on July 18, 2013. The CCRU is designed to improve the flow of critical-care patients to appropriate patient care areas at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Find that Marijuana Use in Adolescence May Cause Permanent Brain Abnormalities

Regular marijuana use in adolescence, but not adulthood, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, according to a recent preclinical study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Maryland's Innovative Health Disparities Initiatives Highlighted in JAMA Viewpoint Co-Authored by Dean Reece

Maryland’s innovative health disparities initiatives are highlighted in a new Viewpoint article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.; Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown, J.D.; and Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gammapod System Developed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Targets Early-Stage Breast Cancer

An experimental innovation in cancer treatment from the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine could provide a new, high-precision, noninvasive method of treating early-stage breast cancer.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Seed Program Between UMB and UMCP Is Growing Into a Great Success

A reception was held on July 11, 2013 at the BioPark to recognize this year’s recipients of Seed Grants from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP).

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Assistant Dean for Office of Development

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has recently appointed Darren M. Parker, as Assistant Dean for the Office of Development.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Kernan Hospital Will Now Operate As the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute

New Name Reflects Intensified Research Focus and Partnership with University of Maryland

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Sixth Annual Kids Mini Med School Brings Medical Knowledge to Children In West Baltimore

More than 50 children between the ages of five and 15 will get a taste of medical school throughout July and August as the University of Maryland School of Medicine holds its sixth annual Mini-Med School for Kids.

Monday, July 01, 2013

University of Maryland Review Finds Mixed Results for Acupuncture to Improve In Vitro Fertilization Rates

Acupuncture, when used as a complementary or adjuvant therapy for in vitro fertilization (IVF), may be beneficial depending on the baseline pregnancy rates of a fertility clinic, according to research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Friday, June 21, 2013

School of Medicine Researchers Find Bacterial DNA May Integrate Into Human Genome More Readily in Tumor Tissue

Bacterial DNA may integrate into the human genome more readily in tumors than in normal human tissue, according to a new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences.

Monday, June 10, 2013

University of Maryland Establishes Center for Health Related Informatics and Bioimaging

University of Maryland, Baltimore campus President Jay A. Perman, M.D., and University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., wish to announce the establishment of a new center to unite research scientists and physicians across disciplines.

Monday, June 10, 2013

University of Maryland Study: Outcomes for Traumatic Injury in Patients with Organ Translplants No Worse Than Non-Transplant Patients

In the largest study of its kind, physicians from the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) have determined that outcomes for traumatic injury in patients with organ transplants are not worse than for non-transplanted patients, despite common presumptions among physicians.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences and Center for Vaccine Development Find that Gut Bacteria Play a Key Role in Vaccination

The bacteria that live in the human gut may play an important role in immune response to vaccines and infection by wild-type enteric organisms, according to two recent studies resulting from a collaborative effort between the University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute for Genome Sciences and the Center for Vaccine Development.

Monday, June 03, 2013

The University of Maryland Mourns the Death of Dr. Martin Helrich, former Chair of Anesthesiology

Martin (“Marty”) Helrich, M.D passed away on June 2nd, 2013 at the age of 91 in his home, with his wife Ina by his side. The department, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the specialty of anesthesiology have lost a friend, mentor, teacher, leader, and champion of academic anesthesiology.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Study Finds Bevacizumab (Avastin) As Adjuvant In Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma Fails to Improve Survival

Adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to standard chemotherapy and radiation treatment does not improve survival for patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer, researchers have found.

Friday, May 31, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Otorhinolaryngologist Honored with University System of Maryland Board of Regents' Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Scott E. Strome, M.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was selected as an inaugural recipient of the 2013 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Do Patients on Blood Thinners for Stroke Prevention Need to Stop Them Before Surgical Procedures?

People taking blood thinning medicines, such as aspirin or warfarin, to prevent stroke may have an increased bleeding risk during medical procedures. However, if patients who have had a previous stroke stop these drugs prior to a particular procedure, they may increase their risk for another stroke.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

John Olson, MD, PhD, Is Newest Recipient of the Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professorship in Surgery

An investiture ceremony was held on May 23, 2013, to formally recognize John A. Olson, Jr., MD, PhD, as the newest Campbell and Jeanette Plugge Professor in Surgery.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Annual Gala Brings Out More Than 1,000 Supporters of the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination was the theme of the 2013 University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala, held May 11 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It is also the name of the largest capital campaign in School of Medicine’s history, which was publically launched at the gala.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

University of Maryland Medical Center Launches Genetic Testing Program for Cardiac Stent Patients

Patients with coronary artery disease who undergo treatment at the University of Maryland Medical Center now can receive long-term therapy based on information found in their genes. As part of a new personalized medicine initiative, the medical center is offering genetic testing to help doctors determine which medication a patient should take after a stenting procedure in order to prevent blood clots that could lead to serious -- and potentially fatal -- heart attacks and strokes.

Monday, May 13, 2013

New Global Study Pinpoints Main Causes of Childhood Diarrheal Diseases, Suggests Effective Solutions

A new international study published in The Lancet provides the clearest picture yet of the impact and most common causes of diarrheal diseases, the second leading killer of young children globally, after pneumonia. The study's principal investigator is Dr. Myron Levine, Director of the School of Medicine's Center for Vaccine Development.

Friday, May 10, 2013

What Killed Stonewall Jackson, and Could Modern Trauma Medicine Have Saved Him?

It has been 150 years to the day since Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson died after being struck by friendly fire from his own Confederate troops during the American Civil War. A question still remains for physicians and historians: What type of medical complication killed one of the most influential generals of the Civil War?

Thursday, May 09, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints Interim Director of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Robert W. Buchanan, M.D., nationally recognized expert in schizophrenia research and treatment, to serve as the Interim Director of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC).

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Surgeons Perform Liver Transplant on Patient With Bile Duct Cancer

Transplant surgeons at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Medical Center have performed a liver transplant on a patient with hilar cholangiocarcinoma -- a rare, often-lethal bile duct cancer. This marks the first time a patient with this type of cancer has been treated with this protocol in the state of Maryland.

Friday, May 03, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Assembles New Distinguished Research Leadership Team

Dean, E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed a new and robust Research Leadership Team of six members to aggressively advance our biomedical research enterprise to the next level of excellence.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Find Potential Novel Treatment for Influenza

An experimental drug has shown promise in treating influenza, preventing lung injury and death from the virus in preclinical studies, according to University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers publishing in the journal Nature on May 1.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Leadership in HIV Summit: Preparing the Future, will be held November 4, 2013 - Sponsored by the Jacques Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine

The goal is to mobilize an academic campus, its clinical programs and surrounding community to address the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

Monday, April 15, 2013

University of Maryland Study Finds Longer-Term Benefit with Stents for Dialysis Access Portals

University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers have found longer-term benefit with using a stent to keep blood vessels open for patients on kidney dialysis, a lifesaving treatment to remove toxins from the blood when the kidneys are unable to do so. Results of the 12-month, national study are being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

University of Maryland Optical Center Grand Opening Event with Former Ravens Kicker Matt Stover

Former Baltimore Ravens’ kicker Matt Stover was a special guest when the newly renovated University of Maryland Optical Center held its Grand Opening Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Identify Fish Peptide that May Inhibit Cancer Metastasis

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified a peptide, or protein, derived from Pacific cod that may inhibit prostate cancer and possibly other cancers from spreading,

Monday, March 18, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Suggests Depression Stems from Miscommunication Between Brain Cells

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine suggests that depression results from a disturbance in the ability of brain cells to communicate with each other. The study indicates a major shift in our understanding of how depression is caused and how it should be treated.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Was the Luck of the Irish With the Class of 2013 on Match Day?

Historic Davidge Hall was the site of Match Day festivities on March 15, when the School of Medicine's Class of 2013 discovered where they'll pursue the next step in their medical careers.

Friday, March 15, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Chair for Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has appointed Bennie H. Jeng, MD, MS, a leading expert in cornea and external disease, to serve as the Chair of the School’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researcher Finds Evidence That Even Minor Head Injuries May Have Lasting Impact

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Gunjan Parikh, MD, and collaborators have found that brain imaging done soon after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can detect tiny lesions that may eventually provide a target for treating people with mTBI.

Monday, March 11, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Researchers Discover Adaptations That Could Explain Potential Strategies for Survival on Mars

Research from the University of Maryland School of Medicine has revealed key features in proteins needed for life to function on Mars and other extreme environments. The researchers, funded by NASA, studied organisms that survive in the extreme environment of Antarctica.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Kevin Cullen, MD, Named the First Recipient of the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professorship in Oncology

An investiture ceremony was held on March 5, 2013 to award Kevin Cullen, MD, the first Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professorship in Oncology. Dr. Cullen, who is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, is also Director of the University of Maryland Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Expands Office of Development to Focus on Advances in Academic Scholarship

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is expanding the School of Medicine’s development offices as the school continues to achieve its mission as a top-tier research, patient care and educational institution.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

University of Maryland Announces New Leadership for Clinical Celiac Program

Steven J. Czinn, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, announced today that the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research has appointed Dr. Anca Safta, Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Endoscopy, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, as Interim Director of the Center’s celiac clinical program.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

VIDEO: School of Medicine Study Explaining Why Women Talk More than Men Garners National Media Attention

New research by the University of Maryland School of Medicine indicates there may be a biological reason why women talk more than men. Girl’s brains have higher levels of a “language protein” called Foxp2, according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Program in Trauma Announces New Organizational Structure and Leadership Changes

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, FCCA, Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery and Director, Program in Trauma, have announced some administrative changes in the School of Medicine’s Program in Trauma.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Jacques Ravel, Ph.D., Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Jacques Ravel, associate director of genomics at the Institute for Genome Sciences and professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two University of Maryland School of Medicine Faculty Members and a Board Member Named to the Daily Record's List of Influential Marylanders

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Claire Fraser, PhD, director of the Institute for Genome Sciences and a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology, and Eduardo Rodriguez, MD, DDS, a professor in the Department of Surgery, have both been named to The Daily Record’s 2013 list of Influential Marylanders.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Celebrating Diversity Dinner Honors Strides Being Made at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Fight Against Health Disparities

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM ) held its sixth annual Celebrating Diversity reception and dinner on Saturday, February 9, 2013.

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Gregory Carey, Ph.D., Honored with University of Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award

Gregory Carey, Ph.D., director of student summer research and community outreach at the School of Medicine, has been honored with the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Award for outstanding faculty/staff.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Interim Chair of Department of Neurology

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Barney J. Stern, M.D., an accomplished expert in stroke and neurosarcoidosis with a distinguished career in clinical medicine and research, to serve as the interim chairman of the Department of Neurology.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Students Speak on Behalf of the School of Medicine at Annual Legislative Day

Dean Reece, President Perman, and more than 40 medical students and faculty members traveled to Annapolis on January 30, 2013 to speak with members of the Maryland General Assembly about issues of importance to the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend To Chair Global Virus Network at the Institute of Human Virology

Former lieutenant governor of Maryland Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, JD, will chair a coalition of the world's leading medical virology research centers. The coalition, the Global Virus Network (GVN), is housed at the the Institute of Human Virology.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine's Maryland Proton Treatment Center Celebrates Its Topping Out Ceremony

The Maryland Proton Treatment Center, a more than $200 million collaborative health care project that will bring to Maryland the most advanced radiation technology in cancer treatment, celebrated its “topping out” with a ceremony at the building’s site on January 17, 2013.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

In Memoriam: Former School of Medicine Dean John M. Dennis, M.D.

John M. Dennis, M.D., ’45, former dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (1974-1990), passed away on January 17 at the age of 90.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Expands Office of Public Affairs to More Effectively Communicate Advances in Discovery and Innovation

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is expanding the School of Medicine’s Office of Public Affairs as the School continues to elevate its national profile, and communicate more broadly about its major discoveries and breakthroughs in biomedical research and clinical innovations.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

University of Maryland School of Medicine Appoints New Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., has appointed Christopher Harman, M.D., an accomplished expert in maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy) with a distinguished career in clinical medicine and research, to serve as the chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

In Memoriam: Andrew "Andy" B. Dunsmore, PhD, Assistant Dean for Development

Andrew “Andy” B. Dunsmore, PhD, Assistant Dean for Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, passed away on December 24, 2012 at his parents’ home in Maryville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

The University of Maryland Mourns the Death Dr. William Weiner, Chair of the Department of Neurology

Dr. Weiner was nationally known for his work with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A calamity in the making for Maryland's economy; Sequestration cuts would hit state's bioscience and federal workforce especially hard

An Op-Ed authored by Dean E. Albert Reece, published in the Baltimore Sun.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

A Strong Educational Foundation in Research & Critical Thinking

The University of Maryland School of Medicine has implemented a new course to stimulate critical thinking and enhance intellectual acuity and inquisitiveness in medical students, in order to prepare them for the challenges of clinical practice or research.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Festival of Science to Accelerate Innovation and Discovery in Medicine

On November 22, 2013 the School of Medicine will launch a major initiative, Accelerating Innovation and Discovery in Medicine, aimed at significantly and measurably increasing the pace and scope of clinical and basic sciences research that ultimately impacts human health.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Institute for Genome Sciences and NIH Co-Host Human Microbiome Project Symposium June 24-26

The University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Institute for Genome Sciences and the National Institutes of Health have organized a symposium, in Bethesda June 24-26, titled, “Human Microbiome Science: Vision for the Future,” to evaluate the state of the science for the field and explore future challenges.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Lessons Learned: Women in Medical Management

Although more and more women are going into medicine, the number of women in leadership roles in the field has not been keeping pace. University of Maryland School of Medicine alumnus Deborah Shlian, MD, Class of 1972, explores this issue in her latest book.

Friday, May 17, 2013

It's Graduation Day for The Class of 2013

The Class of 2013 finally got to put M.D. after their names as they received their doctoral hoods during a special Convocation ceremony at the Baltimore Convention Center on May 17, 2013.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Student Awards Ceremony Honors Top Achievers From the Class of 2013

Graduation celebrations kicked off on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, with the seventh annual Student Awards ceremony.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Graduate Program Spotlight: The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

As one of the oldest physical therapy education programs in the country, the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science (PTRS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has attracted and graduated top-tier students for more than 50 years.

Monday, April 08, 2013

School of Medicine Faculty, Students and Staff Rally for Medical Research

Hundreds of researchers, physicians, students, fellows and staff gathered in University Plaza on Monday, April 8, to show their support for the national Rally for Medical Research, which took place in DC that afternoon.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Re-Imagining the Graduate Student Experience: How GPILS Keeps Up With the Times

The flat federal science budget and the dim prospects that this will improve anytime soon endangers the success of young biomedical researchers and threatens to wipe out a generation of new investigators. Graduate programs, therefore, must remain agile and forward-thinking in educating young scientists. The Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM) is working continuously to meet the diverse needs of its students.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Breast Cancer Research Pioneer Dr. Angela Brodie Appointed Fellow of New American Association for Cancer Research Academy

Angela H. Brodie, PhD, a University of Maryland scientist whose research paved the way for a new class of drugs widely used to treat breast cancer patients around the world, has been selected by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as a fellow of the newly created AACR Academy.

Monday, March 25, 2013

World-Renowned Oncologist Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., Named First Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology

Kevin J. Cullen, M.D., has been named the first Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine at a ceremony March 5.

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