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ICTR in the News: Blood-Based Epigenetic Research May Hold Clues to Autism Biology, Study Suggests


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher M. Daniele Fallin, PhD, chair of the Bloomberg School’s Department of Mental Health and director of the School’s Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Using data from blood and brain tissue, a team led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that they could gain insights into mechanisms that might help explain autism by analyzing the interplay between genes and chemical tags that control whether genes are used to make a protein, called epigenetic marks. The findings, to be published Oct. 24 in Nature Communications, could ultimately … Continue reading

10 Baltimore Startups Selected for Support from Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab


Participants will receive funding, mentorship, training, and office space over next six months The Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab announced its 2017-18 cohort Thursday, introducing the 10 promising nonprofit ventures that will receive business and financial support over the next six months. From November through April, these 10 fledgling startups will receive funding, mentorship, training, and office space to help them develop into sustainable ventures. “Our mission is to give them the tools and the resources to transform their ideas and innovations into viable ventures that make a meaningful impact here in Baltimore or around the world.” Darius Graham Director … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: This Training Exercise Boosts Brain Power, Johns Hopkins Researchers Say


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researchers Kara J. Blacker, a former Johns Hopkins post-doctoral fellow in psychological and brain sciences, Susan Courtney, a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and professor of psychological and brain sciences, and Joshua B. Ewen, a neurologist with Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Article by: Jill Rosen One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention, Johns Hopkins University researchers found. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity. Though this exercise didn’t make anyone smarter, it greatly improved skills people … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Junk Food is Almost Twice as Distracting as Healthy Food, Study Finds


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Howard Egeth, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Corbin A. Cunningham, Distinguished Science of Learning Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Article by: Jill Rosen Even when people are hard at work, pictures of cookies, pizza, or ice cream can distract them—and these junk food images are almost twice as distracting as healthy food pictures, concludes a new Johns Hopkins University study. Researchers also found that after a few bites of candy, people found junk food no more interesting than kale. The study—which … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Bill Clinton to Visit Johns Hopkins for Discussion of U.S. Opioid Epidemic


ICTR reseracher Ellen J. MacKenzie, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will be a panelist for the following event. Bloomberg School to host experts Oct. 30 for forum on how to translate evidence to action and combat opioid crisis Former President Bill Clinton will be among the participants Monday in a forum focused on high-impact solutions to the nation’s opioid epidemic. The event, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in East Baltimore, will be co-hosted by the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative and the Bloomberg School. Registration for the event is full, but … Continue reading

Don’t Let These Creepy Skeletons Get Under Your Skin


On Halloween night, from their haunted hiding places beneath the Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus, scary skeletons will come to life in the dark depths of Hackerman Hall—and begin to dance! It’s no holiday gag. These creepy projections are generated by magic mirrors, a new high-tech tool that’s designed to teach future physicians about anatomy. Perfectly harmless. We think… The project is led by Nassir Navab, a Whiting School of Engineering computer science professor and director of the Computer-Aided Medical Procedures Lab, working with physicians from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The goal is to help tomorrow’s doctors get … Continue reading

The Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Host Inaugural Media Medica Event


Johns Hopkins hosts the inaugural Media Medica: Medicine & the Challenge of New Media event Oct. 27-28 as part of the launch of its new Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine. The event will explore the changing role of new media in medicine. Medicine never takes place in a vacuum. Patients become ill in the context of work and family, physicians make diagnostic and therapeutic choices based on their professional training and institutional affiliations, researchers pose questions based on funding opportunities and the interests of their peers. Over the past half-century, scholarship in medical history, anthropology, sociology and the … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Cases of the Flu Have Been Reported in Maryland, But There Is Still Time to Get Vaccinated


The following article contains contributions from ICTR researchers Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention for the Johns Hopkins Health System and associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Aaron Milstone, M.D., associate hospital epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Johns Hopkins experts discuss why getting the flu vaccination is a good idea Maryland’s 2017-2018 flu season has officially begun with the first cases recently reported by the Maryland Department of Health. Johns Hopkins experts say getting the flu … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Medical School Leaders Call for Dialogue, Study on Merit-Based Scholarships


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Roy Ziegelstein, M.D., M.A.C.P., vice dean for education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In a “Perspective” article in The New England Journal of Medicine that is being published online today, leaders at Johns Hopkins, along with their counterparts at Harvard and Stanford universities, call for critical examination of the value of merit-based scholarships for medical students, as well as consideration of potential unintended consequences of merit aid. The authors suggest that without further study and possibly some course correction, the increased use of merit-based financial awards may be … Continue reading

ICTR Deputy Director to Lead New CTSA Data Center


The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) announced earlier this month a $25M, five-year award to establish the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H) within the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. Dr. Christopher Chute, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, is a co-PI of the project.  According to the announcement, the new center will “focus on creating and harnessing an ecosystem for translational scientists to discover and share their software, data and other research resources within the CTSA Program Network.” The CTSA Program Data to Health … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Scientists Track Ovarian Cancers to Site of Origin: Fallopian Tubes


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Victor Velculescu, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Some scientists have suspected that the most common form of ovarian cancer may originate in the fallopian tubes, the thin fibrous tunnels that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Now, results of a study of nine women suggest that the genomic roots of many ovarian tumors may indeed arise in the fallopian tubes, potentially providing insights into the origin of ovarian cancer and suggesting new ways for prevention and intervention of this disease. The fifth largest … Continue reading