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                            Maryland school            of    Medicine              SOMnews                      septeMber 2008 vol.10 no.1



                                                      Appointments
We applaud our colleagues on their recent appointments!
J Janine Good, MD, associate professor, Department of Neurology, was invited       J Yvette Rooks, MD, CAQ, FAAFP, assistant professor,
to be a member of the University Health Consortium’s (UHC) Operations              Department of Family & Community Medicine,
Committee. The University Health Consortium is a nationwide organization           was installed as president of the Maryland Academy
composed of academic medical centers. This committee is comprised of 12            of Family Physicians, effective June 27, 2008, for a
individuals, including administrative and physician leaders, who represent         two-year term. Additionally, she was promoted to
a broad geographic distribution as well as a variety of ambulatory care struc-     vice chair of the Department of Family & Commu-
tures. The Operations Committee acts in an advisory role to provide strategic      nity Medicine, effective July 1, 2008.
perspective and tactical input on the value of UHC, with focus on identifying
                                                                                   J Thelma B. Wright, MD, assistant professor, Depart-
opportunities for UHC to meet member needs through its initiatives, products
                                                                                   ment of Anesthesiology, was appointed director of
and service offerings.
                                                                                   the Pain Medicine Division. Dr. Wright is board
                            J Seung Lee, MD, was promoted to assistant profes-                                  certified in anesthesiol- Yvette Rooks, MD, CAQ, FAAFP
                            sor in the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Lee                                    ogy and pain medicine
                            is board certified in anesthesiology and practices                                  and directs the University of Maryland Pain
                            pain medicine at the University of Maryland Pain                                    Medicine Fellowship Program for the Depart-
                            Management Center at Kernan Hospital.                                               ment of Anesthesiology and the University of
                            J Stephen B. Liggett,                                                               Maryland Pain Management Center at Kernan
                            MD, professor, Depart-                                                              Hospital.
                            ments of Medicine
                            and Physiology, was
                            inducted into the In-
Seung Lee, MD               terurban Clinical Club                                 Thelma B. Wright, MD
                            in Boston on April 4,
2008. Founded by Sir William Osler in 1906, the
organization consists of physician investigators
from Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, New Haven
and New York.
                                                     Stephen B. Liggett, MD


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                                                    Honors                               & Awards

Congratulations to the following who have received honors
and awards!
                             J Timothy B. Gilbert, MD, MBA, MSc, FACC, professor   J Mario Pizarro, graduate student, Department
                            and vice chair, Department of Anesthesiology, and      of Medical & Research Technology, received a
                            professor, Department of Medicine, was awarded         fellowship from the American Society of Limnol-
                            the 2008 Distinguished Service Award for his ser-      ogy and Oceanography-Minority Program for
                            vice as an officer, board director and long-standing   his project entitled “Characterization of a Nudix
                            member of the Baltimore City Medical Society.          Hydrolase BM2 from Bacteriovorax marinus SJ.”
                            Dr. Gilbert has been a member of the Baltimore         This fellowship award covered all his expenses to
                            City Medical Society since 1992.                       participate in the 2008 Ocean Sciences Meeting
                             J Donna S. Hanes, MD,                                 in Orlando in March 2008, where he gave an oral
                             associate professor,                                  presentation. Mr. Pizarro’s research investiga-
                             Department of Medi-                                   tion was conducted under the mentorship of Silvia      Silvia Piñeiro, PhD
Timothy B. Gilbert, MD, MBA,
MSc, FACC                    cine, was chosen by the                               Piñeiro, PhD, assistant professor, in the Department
                             School of Medicine’s                                  of Medical & Research Technology.
Class of 2008 to receive the American Medical                                      J Steven J. Prior, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Department of Medicine, re-
Student Association’s Golden Apple Award. Dr.                                      ceived a three-year VA Career Development Award from the Department of
Hanes received the Golden Apple Award at the                                       Veterans Affairs for his work entitled “Aging, Angiogenesis and Metabolic
pre-commencement on May 16, 2008. The award                                        Responses to Aerobic Exercise.”
recognizes a faculty member who has shown par-                                     J Shayna Rich, MD/PhD Student (Graduate Student II, Department of Epi-
ticular interest in medical education and excellence Donna S. Hanes, MD            demiology & Preventive Medicine), was awarded the American Geriatrics
in teaching in both the preclinical and clinical                                   Society’s 2008 Edward Henderson Student Award. The Henderson Award is
years.                                                                             presented to a student interested in pursuing a career in geriatrics and who has
J Miriam Laufer, MD, assistant professor, Department                               demonstrated excellence in the field. In order to be eligible for the award, Ms.
of Pediatrics and Center for Vaccine Development,                                  Rich had to demonstrate her commitment to the field of geriatrics through
received the prestigious Clinical Scientist Develop-                               leadership in areas pertinent to geriatrics, initiation of new information or
ment Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foun-                                    programs in geriatrics or scholarship in geriatrics through original research
dation. Her project, “Malaria in Pregnancy,” which                                 or reviews. Mona Baumgarten, PhD, associate professor, Ann Gruber-Baldini, PhD,
is funded by this award, will identify the timing of                               associate professor, and Ram Miller, MDCM, MS, FRCPC, assistant professor, all of
maternal peripheral malaria infection that causes                                  whom are faculty members in the Department of Epidemiology & Preventive
placental infection and also will determine the                                    Medicine, nominated Ms. Rich for her outstanding achievements as a medical
vulnerable period during pregnancy when malaria                                    student who has demonstrated significant interest in geriatrics development
infection is most likely to cause low birthweight,                                 and leadership.
preterm delivery and maternal anemia.                  Miriam Laufer, MD




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                                                           Grants &                                         Contracts

      Congratulations to our very productive faculty on their recent                                 J Feng Jiang, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department of
      grants and contracts!                                                                         Pathology, received a two-year $150,000 RO3 grant from
                                                                                                  the National Cancer Institute for his project entitled “A
      J Eric Balzer, PhD, Graduate Program in Life Sciences PhD student, received a              Genetic Test for Lung Cancer Early Detection.”
      three-year $97,200 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Breast
      Cancer Pre-doctoral Fellowship for his work entitled “Molecular Alterations                J H. Moo Kwon, PhD, professor, Department of Medicine,
      that Reduce Cortical Containment of Tubulin Microtentacles and Their                       received a five-year $1.6 million competitive renewal R01
      Impact on Breast Tumor Metastasis.” Stuart Martin, PhD, assistant professor,               grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
      Department of Physiology, is Dr. Balzer’s mentor.                                          and Kidney Diseases for his work entitled “Tonicity Signaling
                                                                                                 to TonEBP Transcription Factor.”
                           J Edward Cho, PhD, Graduate Program in Life Sciences PhD
                           student, received a three-year $97,200 Congressionally Directed                                   J Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, pro-
                           Medical Research Program Breast Cancer Pre-doctoral Fellow-                                       fessor, Department of Physiology, H. Moo Kwon, PhD
                           ship for his work “Elucidating the Role of Aberrant Microtubule                                   received a five-year $1 million
                           Nucleation in Breast Cancer Metastasis.” Stuart Martin, PhD,                                      competing renewal National Institutes of Health
                           assistant professor, Department of Physiology, is Dr. Cho’s mentor.                               pre-doctoral training grant from the National
                                                                                                                             Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
                           J Ronald B. Gartenhaus, MD, associate professor, Department                                       for her work entitled “Training Program in
                           of Medicine and Program in Oncology, received a three-year
                                                                                                                             Neuroscience.”
                           $325,000 Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute Clini-
                           cal Innovator Award for “Translational Control and Breast                                       J Stuart S. Martin, PhD, assistant professor, Depart-
Ronald B. Gartenhaus, MD   Cancer Development.”                                                                            ment of Physiology and Program in Oncology,
                                                                                                 Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD received a two-year $230,000 Maryland Stem Cell
                      J Geoffrey Girnun, PhD, assistant professor, Department of
                                                                                                                           Exploratory Research Grant from the Maryland
      Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Program in Oncology, was awarded
                                                                                                 Technology Development Corporation for “Novel Therapies to Destroy Circu-
      a three-year $450,000 Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Award for his work
                                                                                                 lating Breast Tumor Stem Cells.”
      entitled “Bioenergetic Control of Breast Cancer Growth by the Transcriptional
      Coactivator PGC1alpha.                                                                     J James Nataro, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Pediatrics
                                                                                                 and Center for Vaccine Development, received a four-year
                           J Anne Hamburger, PhD, professor, Department of Pathol-
                                                                                                 $3,414,292 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and
                           ogy and Program in Oncology, received a one-year $112,500
                                                                                                 Infectious Diseases entitled “Live Attenuated Bacterial Vac-
                           Department of Defense Concept Award for “Negative Regula-
                                                                                                 cines against Plaque.” This grant will provide support for
                           tion of ErbB Signaling in Breast Cancer by the ErbB3 Binding
                                                                                                 final pre-clinical development of a Salmonella-based plat-
                           Protein Ebp1.”
                                                                                                 form technology, the ultimate intent of which is to provide
                           J Margit Horiba, MD, clinical fellow, Department of Medicine,         protection against anthrax and plague in a single vaccine,
                           received a two-year $80,000 International Association for the         combined with protection against typhoid fever provided by
                           Study of Lung Cancer Fellowship Award for her work entitled           the vector itself.
                           “Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in NSCLC Influence
                                                                                                 J Yun Qiu, PhD, associate professor, Department of Pharmacol- James Nataro, MD, PhD
                           of Tumor Bulk and COX-2.” Martin Edelman, MD, professor,
                                                                                                 ogy & Experimental Therapeutics, has received two three-
     Martin Edelman, MD    Department of Medicine, is Dr. Horiba’s mentor.
                                                                                                 year grants, each for $562,500, from the U.S. Army Research and


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                                                                                                    In the News
Grants & Contracts continued
Material Command for her work entitled “The Role of Tyrosine Kinase Etk            A job well done to all who have
in Chemoresistance of Prostate Cancer” and “The Role of EZH2 in Prostate           kept us in the media spotlight!
Cancer Progression.”
                                                                                                                    J Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhD, assistant profes-
J Feyruz Rassool, PhD, associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology                                        sor, Department of Medicine, was interviewed by
and Program in Oncology, received a three-year $1.5 million Maryland Stem                                           ABC News about the diagnostic and therapeutic
Cell Exploratory Research Grant from the Maryland Technology Development                                            approaches of supraventricular and ventricular
Corporation for “Dissecting the Genetics and Epigenetic Origins Underlying                                          tachycardia during the American College of
Tumorigenic Potential of Human Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells.”                                                     Cardiology’s annual meeting on March 30, 2008.
J Jacques Ravel, PhD, associate professor, Department of Microbiology & Im-                                         Dr. Dickfeld’s interview can be seen on ABC
munology and Institute for Genome Sciences, and Rebecca Brotman, PhD, MPH,                                          News’ Heart Health Web site at http://abcnews.
interim visiting assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive                                       go.com/Health/HeartDisease.
Medicine and Institute for Genome Sciences, received a one-year $50,000                                          J Elijah Saunders, MD, professor, Department of
Other Tobacco-Related Diseases Research Grant from the Maryland Tobacco            Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhDMedicine, was interviewed on NBC Nightly News
Restitution Fund for their work entitled “Effects of Smoking on Women’s                                          on March 31, 2008, about the Baltimore Hair,
Reproductive Health.”                                                              Heart and Health Program. This program trains area barbers and hair stylists
                              J Edward Sausville, MD, PhD, professor, Department   to reach out to their customers and pre-screen them for high blood pressure,
                              of Medicine and Program in Oncology, received        based on the American Heart Association guidelines, and then make appro-
                              a two-year $750,000 R21 Quick Trial from the         priate healthcare referrals. This effort is proving
                              National Cancer Institute (NCI) for his work         to be highly successful in the African-American
                              entitled “Treatment of Melanoma with Wild-Type       community. The program, launched in 2006, is a
                              P53 and Detectable S10B Using Pentamidine: A         collaborative effort of the University of Maryland
                              Phase II Trial with Correlative Biomarker End-       School of Medicine, the school’s Community
                              points.” Additionally,                               Health Awareness and Monitoring Program and
                              Dr. Sausville received                               CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.
                              two more grants from
Edward Sausville, MD, PhD
                              the NCI, a five-year
                              $4 million K-12 Paul
Calabresi Award for Clinical Oncology and a five-
year $2.9 million U01 award for “Early Clinical                                                                                              Elijah Saunders, MD

Trials of New Anti-Cancer Agents.” Dr. Sausville’s
co-investigators on the last award are Martin Edel-
man, MD, professor, Maria Baer, MD, professor, and
Ivana Gojo, MD, associate professor, all from the
Department of Medicine.                                 Ivana Gojo, MD




                                                                          the buzz
                                                                                              Publications

    Hats off to those who have been published!                                                Dr. Colgan describes a prediction rule, which will enable doctors
                                                                                              to choose the correct antibiotic more than 95 percent of the
    J Paul A. Anthony, MD, assistant professor, Department of Pathology, co-authored
                                                                                              time for patients by simply asking two clarifying questions to
    an article entitled “Tumor-specific Th17-polarized Cells Eradicate Large Established
                                                                                              patients with bladder infections.
    Melanoma” in the March 2008 issue of Blood: Journal of the American Society of
    Hematology.                                                                                                               J Thomas W. Donner, MD, associ-
                                                                                                                                                                   Richard Colgan, MD
                                                                                                                              ate professor, Department of
    J Rebecca Brotman, PhD, MPH, interim visiting assistant professor, Department
                                                                                                                              Medicine, published an article
    of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine and Institute for Genome Sciences,
                                                                                                                              entitled “Tagatose, A New Anti-diabetic and
    co-published an article entitled “The Effect of Vaginal Douching Cessation
                                                                                                                              Obesity Control Drug,” in the Journal of Diabetes,
    on Bacterial Vaginosis: A Pilot Study” in the American Journal of Obstetrics &
                                                                                                                              Obesity and Nutrition, 2008;10:109-134, as well as
    Gynecology, February, 2008 (DOI:10.1016/j.ajog.2007.11.043).
                                                                                                                              “Diabetes Management in the Hospital,” in Medi-
                       Robert W. Buchanan, MD, professor, James M. Gold, PhD, professor,                                      cal Clinics of North America 2008;92(2):407-425.
                       Robert P. McMahon, PhD, associate professor, William T. Carpenter,
                                                                                                                          J Douglas O. Frost, PhD, professor, Department
                       Jr., MD, professor, all from the Department of Psychiatry, co-
                                                                                                                          of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics,
                       authored “The Cognitive and Negative Symptoms in Schizo-
                                                                                              Thomas W. Donner, MD        co-published an article entitled “The Fibroblast
                       phrenia Trial (CONSIST): The Efficacy of Glutatmatergic
                                                                                                                          Growth Factor System is Down-regulated Follow-
                       Agents for Negative Symptoms and Cognitive Impairments”
                                                                                              ing Social Defeat” in Neuroscience Letters, 430 (2008) 147-150.
                       in the American Journal of Psychiatry,
                       164(10):1593-1602, 2007. Addi-                                         J M. Samir Jafri, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Neurology, co-
                       tionally, Drs. Buchanan, Gold and                                      published “Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging of the
                       McMahon, along with Mary P. Ball,                                      Inner Ear: A Feasibility Study with Implications for Cochlear
                                                                                              Implantations” in Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology,
Robert W. Buchanan, MD RN, CMS, instructor, Department of
                       Psychiatry, co-authored “Galantamine                                   117, 341-46, 2008.
     for the Treatment of Cognitive Impairments in People                                     J Aakanksha Khandelwal, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, Lalji K.
     with Schizophrenia” in the American Journal of Psychiatry,                               Gediya, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, and Vincent C.O. Njar, PhD,
     165(1):82-89, 2008.                                                                      associate professor, all from the Department of Pharmacology
    J Rudolph J. Castellani, Jr., MD, professor, Department                                   & Experimental Therapeutics, co-published an article entitled
    of Pathology, co-authored an article entitled “Redox      William T. Carpenter, Jr., MD   “MS-275 Synergistically Enhances the Growth Inhibitory Effects
    Active Iron Accumulation in Aceruloplasminemia”                                           of RAMBA VN/66-1 in Hormone-insensitive PC-3 Prostate
    in the February 15, 2008, issue of Neuropathology. Additionally, Dr. Castellani           Cancer Cells and Tumours” in the British Journal of Cancer, 2008
                                                                                                                                                                      Vincent C.O. Njar, PhD
    co-authored an article entitled “Bilateral Internal Carotid Absence: A Case               Apr 8;98(7):1234-43. Additionally, Drs. Njar, Khandelwal and
    Report of a Rare Congenital Anomaly” in the March-April 2008 issue of                     Gediya, along with Puranik Purushottamachar, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, T. Sean
    Cardiovascular Pathology.                                                                 Vasaitis, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, and Robert D. Bruno, BS, all from the Depart-
                                                                                              ment of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, co-published an article
    J Richard Colgan, MD, associate professor, Department of Family & Community
                                                                                              entitled “Potent Anti-prostate Cancer Agents Derived from a Novel Androgen
    Medicine, published an article entitled “Risk Factors for Trimethoprim-Sul-
                                                                                              Receptor Down-regulating Agent” in the February 14, 2008, issue of Bioorganic
    famethoxazole Resistance in Patients with Acute Uncomplicated Cystitis” in
                                                                                              and Medicinal Chemistry. Mr. Bruno is a PhD student in Dr. Njar’s laboratory.
    the March 2008 issue of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. In the article,



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        Publications continued
        J Stephen B. Liggett, MD, professor, Departments of Medicine and Physiology,             of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Through
        co-published an article entitled “A G Protein-Coupled Receptor Kinase-5                  the study, Dr. Regine, who is the principal investigator, found
                        Polymorphism that Inhibits ß-Adrenergic Receptor Signaling is            that adding the drug gemcitabine to standard chemotherapy
                        Protective in Heart Failure” in Nature Medicine in May 2008.             and radiation following surgery improved survival for patients
                        Dr. Liggett also co-published an article entitled “Alternative           with the most common form of pancreatic cancer. The study
                        Splicing of the G Protein-Coupled Receptor Superfamily in                focused on patients with pancreatic head adenocarcinoma,
                        Human Airway Smooth Muscle Diversifies the Complement                    or cancer of the head of the pancreas. However, researchers
                        of Receptors” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of              concluded that new, more effective systemic therapies are still    Horea Rus, MD
                        Sciences, April 1, 2008; vol. 105 No. 13 pages 5230-5235.                needed to prevent recurrence of this often-deadly disease.
                              J Patricio O’Donnell, MD, PhD, professor, Department of            J Horea Rus, MD, assistant professor, Department of Neurology, published
                              Anatomy & Neurobiology, co-authored an article entitled “P.        an article entitled “B-cells and Humoral Immunity in Multiple Sclerosis” in
                              D2 Dopamine Modulation of Cortico-accumbens Synaptic               Implications for Therapy/Immunologic Research, 2008; 40(3):224-34. This is
                              Responses Changes during Adoles-                                   Dr. Rus’ 100th publication.
Patricio O’Donnell, MD, PhD
                              cence” in European Journal of Neuro-                               J Silvia A. Piñeiro, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Medical & Research
                              science, 27 (2008) 1364-1372.                                      Technology, co-published a manuscript entitled “Phylogenetic Relation-
        J Hong-Qi Peng, MD, MS, assistant professor, Depart-                                     ships amongst the Saltwater Members of the Genus Bacteriovorax using rpoB
        ment of Pathology, co-authored a paper entitled                                          Sequences and Reclassification of Bacteriovorax stolpii as Bacteriolyticum stolpii
        “Evaluation of Performance of EUS FNA in Pre-                                            gen. nov., comb. nov.” in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionaly
        operative Node Staging of Cancers of Esophagus,                                          Microbiology, 58: 1203-1209.
        Lung and Pancreas” in the May 2008 issue of Journal                                      J Barney J. Stern, MD, professor, Department of Neurology, published an article
                        of Diagnostic Cytopathology. This is                                     entitled “Neurology Education Research” in Neurology, 70, March 11, 2008.
                        a collaborative study between the
                        Department of Pathology’s Division                                       J Mohan Suntha, MD, professor and vice chair, and Nancy
                        of Cytology and the Department               Hong-Qi Peng, MD, MS        Kennedy, RN, CCRA, both from the Department of Radiation
                        of Medicine’s Division of Gastroen-                                      Oncology, co-published an article entitled “Cetuximab with
                        terology.                                                                Concurrent Chemoradiation for Esophagogastric Cancer:
                                                                                                 Assessment of Toxicity” in the International Journal of Radia-
                           J William F. Regine, MD, professor and chair, Jeanette Linder, MD,
                                                                                                 tion Oncology Biology Physics, 2008:70(2): 391-395.
                           assistant professor, Ritesh Kataria, MS, research specialist, and
                           Galina Tucker, MD, research manager, all from the Department of       J T. Sean Vasaitis, PhD, post-doctoral fellow, and Vincent C.O.
                           Radiation Oncology, co-published an article entitled “The Pro-        Njar, PhD, associate professor, both from the Department
                           liferation of Primary Cancer Caregiving Stress to Secondary           of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics,
     William F. Regine, MD                                                                       co-published an article entitled “CYP17 Inhibitors for
                           Stress” in Cancer Nursing, 2008:31(2):116-123. Additionally,
       Dr. Regine published “Fluorouracil vs. Gemcitabine Chemotherapy Before and                Prostate Cancer Treatment–An Update” in Current
       After Fluorouracil-Based Chemoradiation Following Resection of Pancreatic                 Medicinal Chemistry, 2008, 15: 868-899. Dr. Vasaitis works in the laboratory
       Adenocarcinoma a Randomized Controlled Trial” in the March 5, 2008, issue                 of Angela Brodie, PhD, professor, Department of Pharmacology & Experimental
                                                                                                 Therapeutics.



                                                                                            the buzz
                                            Events, Lectures                                               & Workshops

    Kudos to our colleagues who are experts in their fields and give                                      Allergy Center, spoke at the Children’s National Medical Center in
    their all to represent the School of Medicine!                                                        Washington, DC, presenting “New Insights into Polymorphic Variation
                                                                                                          of the ß2-Adrenergic Receptor and ß-Agonist Ther-
                    J Thomas Blanpied, PhD, assistant professor, Department of
                                                                                                          apy,” and presented “Pharmacogenomics of Asthma
                    Physiology, and a recent R01 National Institute of Mental
                                                                                                Treatment” at the Howard University College of Medicine.
                    Health (NIMH) grantee, was one of four new NIMH investigators
                    invited to present research at the 218th Meeting of the National            J William F. Morgan, PhD, DSc, professor, Department of Radia-
                    Advisory Mental Health Council Open Policy Session in Bethesda,             tion Oncology, presented “Low Dose Radiation: Strengthening
                    MD, in May 2008. Dr. Blanpied’s R01 is entitled “Internal Dynam-            Scientific and Industrial Cooperation in Support of Effective
                    ics of the Postsynaptic Density.”                                           Risk Management” at an international scientific symposium
                                                                                                in Miami in April 2008. Also that month, Dr. Morgan gave an
                     J Rudolph J. Castellani, Jr., MD, professor, Department of Pathology,
                                                                                                invited lecture at the National Council on Radiation Protection
                     presented “Prion Diseases in the United States” at the International
                                                                                                and Measurements’ 44th Annual Meeting in Bethesda, MD, fol-
                     Congress for Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity in Bucharest, Ro-
Thomas Blanpied, PhD                                                                            lowed by a lecture entitled “Omics for Assessing Unclear Risks”     Alan Shuldiner, MD
                     mania, in March 2008. Additionally, Dr. Castellani presented “Prion
                                                                                                at an international workshop in Berlin, Germany, in May 2008.
                     Diseases in the Baltimore, Maryland Area: A Recent Survey” at the
    American Association of Neuropathologists Meeting in San Diego in April 2008.               J Alan Shuldiner, MD, Whitehurst Professor of Medicine, pre-
                                                                                                sented “Translating Type II Diabetes and Related Traits Whole
                    J Niel Constantine, PhD, professor, Department of Pathology and
                                                                                                Genome Association Studies” at the National Institutes of
                    Institute of Human Virology, was an invited speaker for the HIV
                                                                                                Health’s Genes, Environment and Health Initiative Symposium
                    Congress 2008 in Mumbai, India, in March 2008. In his presenta-
                                                                                                on Translating Whole Genome Association Data into Clinical
                    tion, “Point of Care Testing and Monitoring for HIV Infection,”
                                                                                                Practice in Bethesda, MD, in March 2008. Additionally, Dr.
                    Dr. Constantine spoke about newer technologies appropriate for
                                                                                                Shuldiner presented “Pharmacogenomics of Antiplatelet Agents”
                    HIV identification and manual CD4 monitoring of infected persons
                                                                                                at the International Conference on Pharmacogenomics, in
                    in physician offices, public health clinics and health care facilities in
                                                                                                Busan, Korea, in April 2008.
                    remote venues.
                                                                                                J Sanford A. Stass, MD, professor and chair, Department             Sanford A. Stass, MD
                      J Timm-Michael Dickfeld, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Department
                                                                                                of Pathology, and interim chair, Department of Medical &
                      of Medicine, presented an abstract entitled “AV- Freeze: Prospec-
                                                                                                Research Technology, moderated a session called “Expanding
Niel Constantine, PhD tive Safety Assessment of Cryo-Effects on the Human AV Node”
                                                                                                the Biomarker Pipeline” at the National Cancer Institute’s 5th
                      at the meeting of the American College of Cardiology in Chicago
                                                                                                Annual Early Detection Research Network Scientific Workshop
     in March 2008. This study demonstrated that unwanted effects of cryoenergy can
                                                                                                in Bethesda, MD, in March 2008.
     persist in a large number of patients.
                                                                                                J Loren P. Thompson, Ph.D, associate professor, Department of
    J Stephen B. Liggett, MD, professor, Departments of Medicine and Physiology, was
                                                                                                Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, was an invited
    an invited speaker at the Johns Hopkins University Pediatric Pulmonary Research
                                                                                                speaker at the International Conference on High Risk Pregnancy
    Conference in March 2008. His lecture was entitled “Unexpected Partners in
                                                                                                and Fetal Maternal Medicine in Xian, China, in May 2008. His
    GPCR Signaling in Airway Contraction/Relaxation Relevant to Asthma.” Addi-
                                                                                                lecture was entitled “Impact of the Adverse Intrauterine Environ-
    tionally, in April 2008, Dr. Liggett presented “Atypical Signal Switching Modulates
                                                                                                ment on Fetal Growth and Organ Function.”
    Airway Contraction and Relaxation” at the Johns Hopkins University Asthma and
                                                                                                                                                                    Loren P. Thompson, Ph.D



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                                                                                 New Faculty
        We welcome our new faculty!
        J Joyce Frye, DO, MBA, MSCE, joined the Departments of Family & Community
        Medicine and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences in March 2008                                        medicine in 1989, Dr. Richter has been practicing as a primary
        as a clinical assistant professor. Previously, Dr. Frye worked for the Center for                                care physician since 1986, and has been a primary care provider
        Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania as a                                   at Maryland Primary Care Physicians in Anne Arundel County
                            National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medi-                                      since December 2000. She obtained her licensure as a medical
                            cine post-doctoral fellow and the City of Philadelphia Health                                acupuncturist in the state of Maryland in 2004. Dr. Richter
                            Department as a clinician. Also, Dr. Frye served as chair of the                             consults with patients at the Integrative Medicine clinic in
                            Department of Gynecology at Presbyterian Medical Center and                                  Kernan Hospital and provides a full range of family practice                      Lauren Richter, DO, Mac
                            has practiced integrative medicine since her earliest medical                                services.
                            training days, co-founding the Center for Integrative Medicine
                                                                                                                         J Mark W. Rogers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, joined the Department of Physical Therapy &
                            at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Frye provides homeopathy
                                                                                                                         Rehabilitation Science in May 2008 as interim visiting assistant professor, vice
                            consultations and second opinions regarding gynecological sur-
                                                                                                                         chair for Research and director of the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Science.
                            gery and infertility as well as osteopathic manipulative medicine
                                                                                                                         Previously, Dr. Rogers was associate professor and associate chair for Post-pro-
                            and nutritional and guided imagery support to surgical patients.
                                                                                                                         fessional Education and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilita-
Joyce Frye, DO, MBA, MSCEJ Lauren Richter, DO, Mac, joined the Department of Family                                      tion in the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences at
                         & Community Medicine in April 2008 as a clinical assistant                                      Northwestern University. His research interests include motor control of human
        professor. Previously, Dr. Richter was an associate professor of Clinical Medicine                               posture and balance in healthy adults and persons with movement dysfunction
        at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Board certified in family                                   due to aging, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.




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