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Thursday, December 19, 2019

UM School of Medicine Cutting Edge Research Featured Among 'Top Things That Made the World a Better Place in 2019'

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is being recognized by a national news publication for groundbreaking biomedical research that “is making the world a better place.” The publication, WIRED magazine, is featuring the innovative work of UMSOM’s Samuel Tisherman, MD, Professor of Surgery, and the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center on a list of 19 items or advances recognized in 2019.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Institute of Human Virology Scientists Propose New Theory for Cancer Immunotherapy

Scientists from the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) this week proposed a new theory, based on the findings of three previously published studies, to improve both the efficacy and safety of immunotherapy drugs. The theory calls for a new design for these drugs that would prevent side effects like life-threatening immune system reactions and enable a higher dose of the drug to be administered.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

UM School of Medicine Celebrates Longtime Board of Visitors Chair Michael E. Cryor; Announces Corporate Governance Professional and Former Financial Services Executive Cynthia L. Egan to Become New Chair

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean, E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, kicked off a celebration and recognition of longstanding Chair of the UMSOM’s Board of Visitors (BOV), Michael E. Cryor, President of The Cryor Group and recognized strategic counselor and public leader, for his distinguished service to the UMSOM for the past 10 years. At the celebration, Dean Reece announced that current UMSOM Board Member Cynthia L. Egan has been selected as the new Chair of the UMSOM Board.


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

UMSOM Researchers to Test Vaccine Designed to Protect Against Serious Illness from Contaminated Food and Water

Each year, millions of people contract serious diarrheal illnesses typically from contaminated food and water. Among the biggest causes of diarrheal diseases are the bacteria Shigella and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), and researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are testing a vaccine designed to offer protection against these serious pathogens.


Frisday, December 06, 2019

University of Maryland Medicine Launches Treatment Centers for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance) have joined together to launch first-of-a-kind centers in Maryland to treat adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism.


Friday, December 06, 2019

Led by Medical Students, Project Feast Turns 30

In a tradition that has brightened Thanksgiving Day for three decades, second-year students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine organized Project Feast in West Baltimore on Nov. 28 to serve nearly 800 meals.


Tuesday, December 03, 2019

UM School of Medicine Researchers Institute for Genome Sciences' Researchers Discover Potential New Treatment for Tropical Parasitic Disease Using Genomics

Using innovative RNA sequencing techniques, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Institute for Genome Sciences identified a promising novel treatment for lymphatic filariasis, a disabling parasitic disease that is difficult to treat. The potential new therapy is an experimental cancer drug called JQ1 and targets proteins found prominently in the worm’s genome; it appears to effectively kill the adult worms in a laboratory setting, according to the study which was published today in the journal mSystems.


Monday, December 02, 2019

UMB Team Receives Grant to Address Opioid Crisis

A team from the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) schools of social work (SSW), nursing (UMSON), and medicine (UMSOM) has received a three-year, $1.35 million workforce development grant from the Health Services Resources Administration (HSRA) to address the opioid crisis. The long-term goal is to build a behavioral health workforce focused specifically on this population in high-need locations and to model the effectiveness of using interprofessional core competencies to change future practice and improve health outcomes.


Friday, November 22, 2019

Making a World of Difference: “Global Health Research” is Focus of UMSOM’s 2019 Festival of Science

“This year, I’m delighted that we will showcase the incredible work that our faculty conduct, which not only improves – but saves the lives of millions of patients worldwide. As we focus today’s presentations on key projects in our Global Health Research portfolio, we do so while remembering our connectivity to our “neighbors,” whether they live around the corner or half-way around the world.”


Friday, November 22, 2019

UM School of Medicine Marks 10th Anniversary of Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center

The Shock Trauma and Anesthesiology Research (STAR) Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), one of the first centers in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to studying the prevention and treatment of trauma, held a full-day symposium to mark the Research Center’s 10-year anniversary. Over the past decade, the world-class, multi-disciplinary research center has focused on traumatic brain injury, critical care, organ support, injury prevention, and surgical outcomes.


Thursday, November 21, 2019

19th Annual Mini-Med School Celebrates Graduation

Since 2001, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) has extended free health screenings and medical education to nearly 8,000 Marylanders of all ages, from elementary school students to their grandparents, through its Mini-Medical “Mini-Med” School programs.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Two UM School of Medicine Experts Receive Prestigious 2019 Bailey K. Ashford Medal for Distinguished Work in Tropical Medicine

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) awarded the Bailey K. Ashford Medal for distinguished work in tropical medicine to two experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD): Sharon Tennant, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Shannon Takala-Harrison, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Dr. Eric Weintraub Recognized as "Community Star" in Conjunction with National Rural Health Day 2019 for His Opioid Disorder Treatment Work

Eric Weintraub, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Head of the Division of Alcohol & Drug Abuse, was named “Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

UMSOM's Center for Integrative Medicine Set to Merge with UM Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kevin Cullen, MD, Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC), and University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, have announced that the UMSOM Center for Integrative Medicine has merged with the Cancer Center in order to increase cancer patients’ access to a number of complementary therapies and initiatives including yoga therapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy to help improve their symptoms, psychological outlook, and overall quality of life.


Monday, November 18, 2019

Internationally-Recognized Scientist Richard I. Eckert, PhD, Named Deputy Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kevin Cullen, MD, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology, and Director of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), along with UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that Richard L. Eckert, PhD, the John F.B. Weaver Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been named the Deputy Director of the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC).


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

UM School of Medicine Establishes Endowed Professorship in Neurosurgery Through Private Gifts and Matching State Funds

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, announced today that the UMSOM has been awarded matching funds from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The funds, when combined with private philanthropy, will enable UMSOM to establish the Howard M. Eisenberg, MD, Distinguished Professorship in Neurosurgery.


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

First-Year University of Maryland School of Medicine Medical Students Celebrate White Coat Ceremony

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) held its annual White Coat Ceremony on November 1 at the Hippodrome Theatre in downtown Baltimore.


Monday, November 04, 2019

UM School of Medicine has New Requirement for Students: Culinary Medicine

First- and second-year medical students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have a new requirement this year in order to earn their medical degree: culinary medicine. Among the first medical schools in the nation to implement the required course, UMSOM aims to increase future physicians’ nutrition knowledge through a class that combines didactic lectures on the evidence supporting many different approaches to healthy eating with experiential techniques that involve the proper chopping of onions, sautéing of vegetables, and garnishing of freshly baked salmon.


Monday, November 04, 2019

UM School of Medicine Set to Host Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health

The National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) will host its 24th Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health in Austin, TX on November 7-9, 2019. This year’s theme focuses on teaching evidence-based programs that help children feel safer and more supported in schools, while highlighting the important role schools play in addressing child and adolescent mental health and well-being.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, to Receive Prestigious Lifetime Award for Five Decades of Pioneering Vaccine Research

Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, the Simon and Bessie Grollman Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), Associate Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases, and Founder and Former Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) is a co-recipient of the 2020 Research! America Geoffrey Beene Foundation Builders of Science Award for his pioneering vaccine and infectious disease research.


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

UMB’s 2019 Founders Week - Public Servant of the Year Awarded to Michelle G. Giglio, PhD

Giglio, is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Genome Sciences (IGS) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM).


Monday, October 21, 2019

UM School of Medicine's Kathleen M Neuzil Elected as Member of Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

Kathleen M. Neuzil, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in recognition of her pivotal research that has informed and shaped global vaccine and public health policy. Her membership was announced at the annual NAM meeting in Washington, D.C., placing her among the 2,178 U.S. members of this important organization. Membership in the Academy is considered one of the highest honors for individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.


Friday, October 18, 2019

Diabetes Worsens Respiratory Illness Due to Abnormal Immune Response, UM School of Medicine Study Finds

Since the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012, there have been more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the infection, resulting in greater than 800 deaths – an alarming fatality rate of 35 percent. For this reason, researchers have been eager to identify any risk factors that contribute to the development of severe or lethal disease. Current clinical evidence points to diabetes as a major risk factor in addition to other comorbidities including kidney disease, heart disease, and lung disease.ndary prevention of serious fractures impacting mobility, such as spinal and hip fractures.


Friday, October 18, 2019

UMSOM Mourns "Passionate Advocate" Rep. Elijah Cummings

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) mourns the loss of Rep. Elijah Cummings from Maryland’s 7th District.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Researchers Discover Potential Therapy to Treat Detrimental Effects of Marijuana in Pre-Adolescent Individuals Exposed to THC in Womb

As a growing number of U.S. states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, an increasing number of American women are using cannabis before becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy often to treat morning sickness, anxiety, and lower back pain. Although emerging evidence indicates that this may have long-term consequences for their babies’ brain development, how this occurs remains unclear.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Theme of 'Courage, Hope and Faith' Highlights Investiture of Dr. Charles Hong as the Melvin Sharoky, MD, Professor of Medicine

In a moving address to an audience of family members, UMSOM faculty and staff, and distinguished invited guests, Charles Hong, MD, PhD, echoed a theme that was heard throughout the ceremony of his investiture as the Melvin Sharoky, MD, Professor of Medicine: “Courage, Hope and Faith.”


Monday, October 14, 2019

In Memoriam: Dr. Kathirkamanathan Shanmuganathan (K. Shan) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology

Shanmuganathan (Shan), who earned his medical degree at the University of Sri Lanka, has been with the University of Maryland School of Medicine for over twenty-five years, and has held the position of Professor of Diagnostic Radiology since 2003.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Invention of the Year: University of Maryland School of Medicine’s kidney delivery by drone

The partnership behind the flight included a collaboration between Dr. Joseph Scalea of University of Maryland School of Medicine and UMD’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, surgeons and researchers at UMMC, the Living Legacy Foundation and AiRXOS.


Friday, October 11, 2019

New Treatment Combination Could Work Against Broader Array of Cancer Cells, Study Finds

In continuing efforts to find novel ways to kill cancer cells, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified a new pathway that leads to the destruction of cancer cells. The new finding, published this week in the journal PNAS, could pave the way for the broader use of a class of anticancer drugs already on the market. These drugs, known as PARP inhibitors, are currently approved by the FDA to treat only a limited group of breast and ovarian cancers associated with BRCA gene mutations.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

UM School of Medicine Researchers Announce Promising Early Results from Immunotherapy Study on High-Risk Soft Tissue Sarcoma

A combination of two immunotherapy drugs and radiation prior to surgery could offer a potential new treatment for soft tissue sarcomas, a rare type of cancer, according to University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers who presented their early results this week at the annual Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) meeting in Portland, OR.


Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Experimental Growth Factor Shows Promise for Preventing Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

More than 10 percent of Americans over age 60 experience knee pain related to osteoarthritis, the most common disease of the knee joint. Osteoarthritis of the knee causes pain, activity limitation, physical disability, reduced health-related quality of life and excess mortality compared with the general population. The pain is usually treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, local steroid injections and sometimes surgery. There are currently no drugs approved to treat the underlying cause of the condition, which results from the breakdown of joint cartilage covering the long bones due to increasing age, injury/overuse, obesity, genetics and/or local inflammation. A new experimental growth factor therapy, however, appears to prevent a worsening of osteoarthritis by increasing the thickness of cartilage in the knee joint and preventing further loss, according to results from an early clinical trial that were published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


Friday, October 04, 2019

Institute of Human Virology Hosts 21st Annual International Meeting of Top Scientists on Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in America and the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine commenced IHV2019 held Thursday, October 3 through Friday, October 4 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. This year “Progress in HIV/AIDS: Challenges in 2020” opened with highlights about the recent plan for "Ending the HIV Epidemic by 2030” with expert opinions by ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Friday, October 04, 2019

Dr. Thomas S. Monahan III, University of Maryland School of Medicine Surgeon who Worked with the Needy, Dies

Dr. Thomas S. Monahan III, an academic vascular surgeon at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a vascular surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center who worked tirelessly to bring surgical care to the poor, incarcerated, veterans, uninsured and the mostly forgotten, died Sept. 12 from heart failure at his Baltimore home. He was 44.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Tests New CDC Measures to Control Nursing Home Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than two million people are infected with antibiotic-resistant organisms, resulting in approximately 23,000 deaths annually. Many of these infections spread in nursing homes and long-term rehabilitation facilities, and the CDC issued new guidance in July on the use of personal protective equipment (masks, gowns) by healthcare providers to protect patients in these facilities from acquiring and spreading antibiotic-resistant germs to others. The guidance recommends that workers be required to don a gown and gloves during high-contact activities like wound care, bathing, assisting with toileting, adjusting invasive devices like urinary catheters, or changing dirty bed linens.


Tuesday, October 01, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Receives Prestigious NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Alexandros Poulopoulos, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), has received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. The award provides $2.3 million to support an “exceptionally creative early career investigator” as part of The High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program of the NIH Common Fund. The award is reserved for scientists at the beginning of their independent research careers, before receiving other research program funding from the NIH.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Announces Dr. William T. Carpenter, Jr. as the Recipient of the 2019 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation today announced that William T. Carpenter, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2019 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health. The award will be presented on Friday, November 1, in New York City.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

UM School of Medicine Scientist Receives NIH Award to Study Heart Disease Related to Down Syndrome

The National Institutes of Health announced today that Zhe Han, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), will be awarded a supplemental funding of $772,500 to the ongoing $1.75 million NIH-funded project in Dr. Han’s lab for studying genes involved in Congenital Heart Disease. This supplemental fund will support the research to identify the genetic causes of Congenital Heart Disease that occur in half of all patients with Down syndrome. The goal is to identify genes associated with Down syndrome congenital heart disease and to study the molecular mechanism underlying the cardiac defects. This can potentially lead to better treatments for these heart abnormalities which are a major cause of mortality in those with Down syndrome.

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