Tag Archive: News

Low Levels of Cellular Copper Linked to Fatter Fat Cells


Johns Hopkins researchers have found that low levels of cellular copper appear to make fat cells fatter by altering how cells process their main metabolic fuels, such as fat and sugar This article discusses the work of ICTR researcher Svetlana Lutsenko, Ph.D   In studies of mouse cells, Johns Hopkins researchers have found that low levels of cellular copper appear to make fat cells fatter by altering how cells process their main metabolic fuels, such as fat and sugar. The discovery, they say, adds to evidence that copper homeostasis could one day be a therapeutic target for metabolic disorders, including obesity. … Continue reading

Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum 2018


The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing Huffman Splane Emerging Scholars Forum supports early career development and international networking of emerging nursing scholars who are embarking on a research focused career. The Huffman Splane Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum is supported by a generous endowment from Dr. Verna Huffman Splane, a pioneer in nursing in Canada who held a deep conviction that nurses should be taught that they are part of a global profession. Bloomberg Nursing is widely recognized as a research-intensive environment that promotes education and scholarship in nursing. Selected through a peer review application process, participants will be invited to … Continue reading

Johns Hopkins’ New Remington Space Ready to Welcome Students, Entrepreneurs


Article By Morgan Eichensehr  – Reporter, Baltimore Business Journal A new space designed to promote student entrepreneurship is open near Johns Hopkins University’s Homewood campus as the school welcomes students back to campus this week. The space, housed at 29th Street and Remington Avenue, was constructed as part of Johns Hopkins Tech Ventures’ effort to be more proactive about encouraging student entrepreneurship — and building infrastructure to support it. Tech Ventures is the intellectual property and commercialization arm of the university. The organization supports startup companies through funding and mentorship, and manages four FastForward incubator/accelerator spaces near Johns Hopkins’ university and medical … Continue reading

The ABCs of DSMBs: CTSA Program hubs work together to produce much-needed training manual


This article is posted courtesy of Tufts University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) ICTR Research Participant Advocate, Frederick W. Luthardt, DBe, MA, contributed to the writing of this manual. “By combining expertise from so many different organizations, we were able to truly address universal concepts and make a resource that’s applicable to a wide range of scientists and researchers” – Tamsin Knox, associate director of Regulatory Affairs at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and DSMB Training Manual editor. Monitoring patient safety and protecting patient data is without question one of the most important aspects of clinical research. One of the ways … Continue reading

First-Year Hopkins Students Get a History Lesson From an Activist’s Point of View


New students read, discuss Jo Ann Gibson Robinson’s memoir ‘The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It’ The members of the Johns Hopkins University Class of 2022 come from disparate places and backgrounds and bring with them diverse interests and experiences. But there is one thing, at least, that unites them as they start their college journey: this year’s Common Read book selection, The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson. Written by Robinson herself, the 1987 book gives a firsthand account of the crucial female-led activism behind the … Continue reading

Wearable Technology Sparks Conversations, Connections


PhD candidate introduces Aura Spark bracelet at orientation event for first-year electrical and computer engineering students Article By: Katie Pearce Breaking the ice is never easy with a new group, but a few first-year Johns Hopkins University students made connections Monday with the help of a Spark—an apt name for a device that helps relative strangers strike up conversations. The wearable technology—designed by John Rattray, a Hopkins PhD candidate in electrical and computer engineering—made its debut at an orientation event for about 30 electrical and computer engineering students. The Fitbit-like bracelet, now in pilot form, features a light display that … Continue reading

On the Science of Happiness and the Benefits of Positive Psychology


Hopkins psychologist Justin Halberda introduces incoming students to the study of happiness, fulfillment, and meaning Article By: Saralyn Cruickshank If you’re looking for proof that happiness helps you live longer, look to the nuns. A longitudinal study published in 2001 examined the diaries of 180 Catholic nuns, finding that positive emotional content in their journal writing correlated to longevity. After analyzing the writing content—how each nun described her emotions, activities, or viewpoints—and coding positive, neutral, or negative descriptions, researchers discovered that nuns with the highest number of positive writings lived an average of six years longer than nuns with the … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: Dr. Feliciano on Nivolumab in Small Cell Lung Cancer


The following article/video profiles work performed by ICTR researcher Josephine Louella Feliciano, MD, assistant professor of oncology, Johns Hopkins Medicine. Josephine Louella Feliciano, MD, assistant professor of oncology, Johns Hopkins Medicine, discusses the use of nivolumab (Opdivo) in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). In August, the FDA granted an accelerated approval of single-agent nivolumab for the treatment of patients with SCLC with disease progression after platinum-based chemotherapy and 1 other line of therapy. This gives patients another therapeutic option, says Feliciano, though patients with progressive SCLC tend to experience a lot of physical decline, so selecting the right … Continue reading

Commentary: More Malaria Nets Likely Needed Between Campaigns


A new study published in the Lancet journal EClinical Medicine suggests that more mosquito nets are likely needed between mass campaigns to keep malaria cases in check. Writing in an accompanying commentary, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs’ Hannah Koenker, PhD, says the paper shows that the loss of treated bed nets between mass campaigns may have a much greater impact on malaria transmission than previously understood. The study, conducted by researchers at the Institut Pasteur, looked at net distribution in Madagascar from 2009 to 2015 and found that malaria cases began to rise long before the next campaign could distribute … Continue reading

Russian Trolls, Twitter Bots Stoked Vaccine Debate by Spreading Misinformation, Study Finds


Social media bots and Russian trolls sowed discord and spread false information about vaccines on Twitter, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and other institutions. Using tactics similar to those at work during the 2016 United States presidential election, these Twitter accounts entered into vaccine debates months before election season was under way. The study, “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify the Vaccine Debate,” was published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. “These trolls seem to be using vaccination as a wedge issue, promoting discord in American society. … … Continue reading

ICTR in the News: How to Prepare for a Hurricane Barging in on Your Vacation


The following article contains commentary from ICTR researcher Lauren Sauer, an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins, and a scientific advisor to the Red Cross on issues related to disasters and preparedness. What to do if your trip of a lifetime gets interrupted by a natural hazard. Article By: Mary Beth Griggs  Millions of tourists visit Hawaii every year, longing to visit the famed beaches and stunning tropical landscapes. But this week, the islands are expecting another visitor; Hurricane Lane, a category 4 storm making a rare trip toward the Hawaiian islands. There are currently about 270,000 tourists … Continue reading