Tag Archive: news

ICTR in the News: Mid-Life Chronic Inflammation May be Linked to Frailty Later


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researchers Keenan Walker, Ph.D., a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Jeremy Walston, M.D., the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins. A study of nearly 6,000 Americans followed for 24 years from middle to late adulthood found that having chronic inflammation in middle age may be linked to an increased risk of frailty and overall poorer health decades later. A report on the study, led by Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators, is published in the March issue of The Journal of … Continue reading

The New (Fully Visible) Face of Surgery: Hopkins-Grown Startup Scores $25K


ClearMask takes top prize at Social Innovation Lab showcase Article By: Katie Pearce Somewhere between the waiting room and the fog of anesthesia, Alyssa Dittmar lost all ability to communicate. On the day she was scheduled for a surgery a few years ago, Dittmar, who is deaf, found herself lacking a sign-language interpreter. She got by reading lips and facial expressions—until the moment her doctors and nurses put on their surgical masks. From that point on, Dittmar was effectively isolated, unable to understand or respond to any basic questions. “Eventually the staff gave up on me,” she said Wednesday night. … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Americans’ Bedtime Habits Affirmed in New Study


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Vadim Zipunnikov, Ph.D., assistant professor of biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A new analysis by Johns Hopkins researchers of national data gathered from physical activity monitors concludes that most Americans hit the sack later on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Delayed bedtimes are especially pronounced for teens and young adults. A report of the findings, published in the April issue of Chronobiology International, adds evidence to support recent pushes for later school start times, say researchers from the Johns Hopkins Wearable and Implantable Technology … Continue reading

Johns Hopkins Teams with Lockheed Martin to Enhance STEM Programming for PreK-12th Grade Students


The Johns Hopkins University and Lockheed Martin today announced a partnership aimed at enhancing opportunities for Baltimore City public school students pursuing academic and career fields in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The collaboration is designed to close the STEM gap that exists primarily in Pre-K through 12th grade. Through the partnership with the university’s Whiting School of Engineering, Lockheed Martin will contribute financial support, staff engagement, and technical assessment expertise to the engineering school’s Center for Educational Outreach, a team of scientists, engineers, and educators dedicated to inspiring and preparing Pre-K through 12th grade students to pursue STEM … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Smartphone App Successfully Promotes Child Car Safety


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Bloomberg School. Clinical trial finds that parents reported safer child car seat practices after using innovative new app A smartphone app designed to promote proper child car seat use among parents proved effective in a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Bloomberg School researchers and their colleagues developed the interactive app, Safety in Seconds v2.0, and tested it in a randomized, controlled trial involving more than 700 participants. … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Engineering Students Devise Blood-Clotting ‘Super Gel’ That Could Make Oft-Repeated Procedures More Efficient and Economical


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Christos Georgiades, a medical doctor and director of interventional oncology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. A simple way to stop the bleeding Article By: Sukanya Charuchandra Stemming the flow of blood to starve a tumor or stop hemorrhage can be an expensive, repetitive task for doctors, requiring a variety of approaches and materials for different patients and different sized blood vessels. Often the interventional radiologists who perform these important procedures must try several times in order to successfully stop the bleeding. A team of students from Johns Hopkins University’s Department … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: When There’s an Audience, People’s Performance Improves


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Vikram Chib, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Often people think performing in front of others will make them mess up, but a new study led by a Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist found the opposite: being watched makes people do better. When people know they are being observed, parts of the brain associated with social awareness and reward invigorate a part of the brain that controls motor skills, improving their performance at skilled tasks. The findings, which could help people become more effective … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Five Johns Hopkins Scientists Among 83 Who Will Share in $15 Million Award From Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Fund Computer-Based Research on Human Cells


The following article profiles research funding awarded to ICTR researchers Elana Fertig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Oncology, and Kasper Hansen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biostatistics. Five Johns Hopkins scientists, with specialties spanning computation, genetics, statistics and engineering, are among 83 others from 53 institutions in the U.S and eight other countries, who will share in a $15 million award from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The award, which is called Collaborative Computational Tools for the Human Cell Atlas, has been given to scientists who will develop open access tools that use computing, algorithms and other ways to visualize, collect and analyze … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Safety Measures Could Save 250,000 Lives a Year in Low and Middle Income Countries


The following article profiles work performed in part by ICTR researcher Adnan A. Hyder, MD, director of Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit and a professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of International Health. Peer review identifies most effective injury interventions covering 84 countries Interventions such as speeding enforcement and formal swimming lessons for young children could potentially save more than 250,000 lives a year if they were implemented across populations living in extreme poverty in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The review found the most successful … Continue reading

A Foodborne Illness Outbreak Could Cost a Restaurant Millions, Study Suggests


Foodborne outbreaks can compromise a restaurant’s annual profits, markedly outweighing preventative costs A single foodborne outbreak could cost a restaurant millions of dollars in lost revenue, fines, lawsuits, legal fees, insurance premium increases, inspection costs and staff retraining, a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. The findings, which will be published online on Apr. 16 in the journal Public Health Reports, are based on computer simulations that suggest a foodborne illness outbreak can have large, reverberating consequences regardless of the size of the restaurant and outbreak. According to the model, a fast food restaurant could … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Direct Electrical Current Used to Preferentially Inhibit Pain-Transmitting Neurons


The following article profiles work performed by ICTR researchers Gene Fridman, Ph.D., M.S., assistant professor of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and biomedical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Yun Guan, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of anesthesiology, critical care medicine and neurological surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Using computer models and laboratory rats, Johns Hopkins researchers have demonstrated that “direct electrical current” can be delivered to nerves preferentially, blocking pain signals while leaving other sensations undisturbed. The researchers say the experiments advance the search for improved implantable devices able to treat chronic … Continue reading