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ICTR in the News: For Keeping X Chromosomes Active, Chromosome 19 Marks The Spot


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Hans T. Bjornsson.  After nearly 40 years of searching, Johns Hopkins researchers report they have identified a part of the human genome that appears to block an RNA responsible for keeping only a single X chromosome active when new female embryos are formed, effectively allowing for the generally lethal activation of more than one X chromosome during development. Because so-called X-inactivation is essential for normal female embryo development in humans and other mammals, and two activated X chromosomes create an inherently fatal condition, the research may help explain the worldwide … Continue reading

Paul Rothman and Arturo Casadevall Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences today announced the election of 228 new members, including Paul B. Rothman, M.D. and Arturo Casadevall, M.D., of The Johns Hopkins University. Rothman is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. A rheumatologist and molecular immunologist, Rothman serves as the Frances Watt Baker, M.D., and Lenox D. Baker Jr., M.D., Dean of the Medical Faculty. He is also vice president for medicine at The Johns Hopkins University and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: 11 Johns Hopkins Nurses Receive 2017 Excellence in Nursing Award from Baltimore Magazine


The following article mentions ICTR researchers Karen Davis, Ph.D., R.N., Barbara Case, R.N., C.N.N., and Zakk Arciaga, B.S.N., R.N.  Johns Hopkins nurses earn more top honors than nurses from any other health system in the region Baltimore magazine is honoring 11 Johns Hopkins nurses and nurse leaders for their extraordinary contributions to health care in its third annual “Excellence in Nursing” issue this May. The publication honored more nurses from Johns Hopkins on its list of the top 50 nurses in the region than from any other area health system. The Johns Hopkins honorees, representing three hospitals within the Johns Hopkins Health System—The … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: El Niño Shifts Geographic Distribution of Cholera Cases in Africa


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Alexandra Hill. DURING THE WARMER, WETTER WEATHER, 50,000 ADDITIONAL CASES OCCUR IN EAST AFRICA AS COMPARED TO YEARS WITHOUT EL NIÑO Cholera cases in East Africa increase by roughly 50,000 during El Niño, the cyclical weather occurrence that profoundly changes global weather patterns, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. The findings, researchers say, could help health ministries anticipate future cholera surges during El Niño years and save lives. The researchers, reporting April 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used sophisticated mapping … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Johns Hopkins Experts Propose Business Training Requirement for Med Students


The following article contains contributions from ICTR researcher Peter Pronovost, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Health care increasingly requires business management acumen, authors say Article by: Patrick Ercolano Modern health care increasingly demands that people working at all levels of the industry—from community physicians to hospital CEOs—possess strong business management skills to go along with their medical know-how. By and large, however, they don’t possess those skills, and in order to remedy that shortcoming, a “Management 101” course should be embedded into the curriculum of every medical school, say two Johns Hopkins University professors in an invited commentary … Continue reading