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8th Annual Lacks Lecture Spotlights Baltimore Health Disparities


The event also honored a city nonprofit dedicated to job training.   Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Lisa Cooper’s research focuses on health inequalities in Baltimore, particularly as experienced by the city’s African-Americans. In her keynote address at the eighth Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on October 7, Cooper illuminated the differences that African-Americans living in impoverished sections of the city experience when it comes to health. Cooper spoke to a nearly full Turner Auditorium on The Johns Hopkins Hospital campus at what has become an annual tradition. The lecture celebrates the life and contributions of Henrietta Lacks, whose proliferating cell samples have provided the foundation for many … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Seven Faculty Members Among New Electees to National Academy of Medicine


The following article profiles the elections of ICTR researchers Tina L. Cheng, M.D., M.P.H., Felicia Hill-Briggs, Ph.D., Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert F. Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D. Seven faculty members of The Johns Hopkins University have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Announcement of the new members (80 in all) was made today in conjunction with the academy’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The NAM is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields, including health, medicine and the natural, social and behavioral sciences. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Johns Hopkins Scientists Develop Experimental “Nano-Chemo” Particle to Treat Bladder Cancer


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researchers Max Kates, M.D., a urology chief resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins scientists Abhijit Date, Ph.D., and Laura Ensign, Ph.D., and Trinity J. Bivalacqua, M.D., Ph.D., director of urologic oncology at the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute and the R. Christian B. Evenson Professor of Urology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Kimmel Cancer Center. Working with mice and rats, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to successfully deliver nano-sized, platinum-based chemotherapy … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Fruit Fly Muscles with a Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutation Don’t Relax Properly


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Anthony Cammarato, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Study reveals mechanism behind heart dysfunction that may translate to human condition Using fruit flies, Johns Hopkins researchers have figured out why a particular inherited human heart condition that is almost always due to genetic mutations causes the heart to enlarge, thicken and fail. They found that one such mutation interferes with heart muscle’s ability to relax after contracting, and prevents the heart from fully filling with blood and pumping it out. More specifically, the researchers … Continue reading

Cooper Receives Rodriguez-Trìas Social Justice Award


Lisa Cooper, professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and keynote speaker of the 2017 Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, is being honored was named the recipient of the Helen Rodriguez-Trìas Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for her dedication to improving the health of underserved communities, addressing issues such as health disparities, workforce diversity and cultural competency. She will be presented the award at the APHA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Expo in Atlanta this November.       Article courtesy of Kelsey Bennett/Medicine Matters

Paul Rothman Appointed to Second Term as Leader of Johns Hopkins Medicine


Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels announced today the appointment of Dr. Paul B. Rothman to a second term as CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and dean of the medical faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Over the past five years, Dr. Rothman has provided exceptional leadership, advancing our clinical, research and educational missions in the midst of a turbulent landscape for academic medicine,” Daniels said this morning. “Conversations with students, faculty, staff and administrators throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine confirmed our strong belief that Paul possesses and articulates a sharp and nuanced understanding of this institution’s … Continue reading

ICTR Deputy Director Awarded National Institute on Aging (NIA) Grant


Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, MS is the deputy director for Biostatistics and Research Design and the program director of the Biostatistics Center.   Jeremy Walston, professor in Geriatrics, Karen Bandeen-Roche, professor in biostatistics and Geriatrics, and Ravi Varadhan, associate professor in Oncology, were recently awarded a U2U3 grant mechanism sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for their clinical research project entitled “Characterizing Resiliencies to Physical Stressors in Older Adults: A Dynamical Physiological Systems Approach.” This  award totals $11,560,771 over five years and is focused on the identification of physiological and molecular signatures of resiliency in older adults undergoing stressful procedures. The immediate goal of the study … Continue reading

Firearm-Related Injuries Account for $2.8 Billion on Emergency Room and Inpatient Charges Each Year


Analysis reveals some surprising trends in suicide attempts and firearm types A new Johns Hopkins study of more than 704,000 people who arrived alive at a United States emergency room for treatment of a firearm-related injury between 2006 and 2014 finds decreasing incidence of such injury in some age groups, increasing trends in others, and affirmation of the persistently high cost of gunshot wounds in dollars and human suffering. A report on the analysis, published in the October issue of Health Affairs, is designed to highlight updated trends in types of firearm injuries and the kinds of firearms commonly used … Continue reading

Donate to the Ciencia Puerto Rico Registry


  Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPr) is a network that connects over 8.000 scientists, students and educators with ties to Puerto Rico across the United States and globally.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, many scientists among the network have reached out to see how they can help Puerto Rico through their institutions.  In response, a registry has been created help coordinate and disseminate offers of aid to affected scientists and students.  This can include offers of workspace, courses, reagents or equipment. The registry can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/CienciaPRMaria For questions regarding donations or to find specific information regarding assistance with … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Johns Hopkins Go Team Embarks on Medical Humanitarian Mission to Help Victims of Hurricanes Maria and Irma in Collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies


The following article contains commentary from ICTR researchers Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Gabor Kelen, M.D., director of CEPAR and the Department of Emergency Medicine. A team of medical experts from Johns Hopkins Go Team is on the island of St. John to provide and support patient care in the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma. In collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, this humanitarian mission brings much-needed supplies, medicines and medical personnel to the badly damaged clinic and triage center on the island. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria tore through the Caribbean as a Category … Continue reading

Media Alert: Jeeps for Joy to Donate More Than 100 Stuffed Animal Bears to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center


On September 30 Jeeps for Joy will form a Jeep procession and drive from Newark, Delaware to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to donate more than 100 Build-a-Bear stuffed animals to Children’s Center staff to later distribute to patients. Jeeps for Joy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need within the Mid-Atlantic region. Build-a-Bears are stuffed animals that often come with personalized accessories and attire, making them one-of-a-kind comfort items for children adjusting to being in the hospital. The stuffed animals will be used as birthday presents and bingo prizes for patients. What: … Continue reading