|Appointments to National Organizations|
Vincent D. Pellegrini, MD, James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, was elected to the position of second president-elect of the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) during its 120th annual meeting in June in Asheville, N.C. Pellegrini’s term as second president-elect is scheduled to continue through the AOA’s next annual meeting to be held in Quebec City, Canada. He will assume the role of AOA president in June 2009 and continue to June 2010. Founded in 1878, the AOA is the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world and the home of academic orthopaedics. Its mission is to identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics.
Thomas MacVittie, PhD, professor, department of radiation oncology and program in oncology, was appointed by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve a three-year appointment on the inaugural National Biodefense Science Board. He is one of 12 voting members.
Meredith Bond, PhD, professor and chair, department of physiology, was named president-elect of the Associ-ation of Chairs of Departments of Physiology.
Walter Royal, MD, associate professor, department of neurology, was elected to membership in the American Neurological Association.
|Awards & Honors|
Harris, MD, MPH, department of epidemiology & preventive medicine, received the annual Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Mentor Scholar Fund Award. Only one award is made per year.
Marcelo Sztein, MD, professor, department of pediatrics and center for vaccine development, was elected as a standing member of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Microbiology, Infectious Diseases and AIDS Initial Review Group/ Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Committee (MIDRC). The MIDRC is responsible for reviewing K08, K22, K23, K24, K25, K99/R00, T32 and T35 applications. Sztein will serve in this capacity from August 16, 2007, to June 30, 2011.
Richard Colgan, MD, associate professor, department of family & community medicine, was nominated as one of 42 physician faculty members for the 2007 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award. Members of the Organization of Student Representatives at the University of Maryland School of Medicine submitted the nomination for Colgan, singling him out as a positive and caring role model among the medical school’s entire faculty and as a physician whom students would like to emulate. The AAMC’s intent, through the humanism award, is to advance the ideals of humanism in medicine, including compassion, understanding and partnership, by recognizing and celebrating the achievements and contributions of humanistic physicians.
|Events, Lectures & Workshops|
Timm-Michael L. Dickfeld, MD, PhD, assistant professor, department of medicine, presented “Real-Time Computed Tomography (RT-CT) for Guidance of Catheter Navigation, Transseptal Puncture and Anatomically Targeted Radiofrequency Ablation” and “Integration of True Three-Dimensional Scar Maps Simultaneously Displaying the Left Ventricular Anatomy (Derived from CT) and Left Ventricular Scar (Derived from PET) into a Clinical Mapping System to Guide Ventricular Tachycardia Ablations” at the American Heart Association Scientific Meeting in Orlando in November 2007. Additionally, Dickfeld presented “Scar Substrate Characterization for Ventricular Tachycardia Using PET/CT” at the Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigator’s Forum 2007 in Chicago.
Howard Eisenberg, MD, professor and chair, department of neurosurgery, was an invited speaker at the 5th scientific meeting of the Neurorehabilitation and Reconstructive Neurosurgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies in conjunction with the 2nd Congress of the International Society of Reconstructive Neurosurgery in September 2007. The meeting was held in China.
Anita Kishore, MD, assistant professor, department of psychiatry, chaired a workshop entitled “The Resident as Teacher: Building Skills for Residency and Beyond” at the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting in October 2007. Additionally, Kishore co-chaired a workshop entitled “Ambassadors in Training: Psychiatry Resident Educators” at the Association for American Psychiatry annual meeting in September 2007.
Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM, FACP, associate dean for faculty affairs & professional development, and assistant professor, department of medicine, chaired the Association for American Medical College’s (AAMC) Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) Continuing Medical Education (CME) national meeting in November and moderated a GEA focus session on “Transitions in CME.” Lowitt is also chair for the AAMC GEA CME Section. Additionally, Lowitt, along with Wendy Sanders, MA, assistant dean for faculty affairs & professional development, presented “How to Design, Teach, and Track Outcomes of Grant Writing Workshops: Beyond the Dog and Pony Show” at the same AAMC conference in November.
Dean L. Mann, PhD, professor, department of pathology and program in oncology, was a speaker at the International Symposium on Cancer Biology in New Delhi, India, in November 2007. Mann presented “Intra-tumoral Injection of Immature Dendritic Cells: An Immunotherapeutic Approach to Cancer Treatment.”
Mandeep R. Mehra, MD, Herbert Berger Professor, Department of Medicine, presented a research abstract titled, “Transforming Growth Factor-ÿ Polymorphisms and Prediction of Clinical Outcome with Prophylactic Defibrillator Implantation in Chronic Heart Failure” at the American Heart Association scientific meeting in Orlando in November 2007. Additionally, Mehra served as annual scientific program chairman at the Heart Failure Society of America’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, in September 2007. He will also chair the 2008 scientific meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, to be held in Toronto.
Hugh E. Mighty, ’82, FACOG, MBA, associate professor and chair, and Jenifer Fahey, MSN, CNM, MPH, assistant professor, both from the department of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences, presented “The Use of Simulation in Training for Obstetric Emergencies” at the 2007 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical Meeting in San Diego.
Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Francis X. Kelly Professor of Trauma Surgery, Department of Surgery, and director, program in trauma, presented the 33rd William T. Fitts Lecture at the 66th Annual meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) in Las Vegas in September 2007. Scalea’s talk was entitled “Optimal Timing of Fracture Fixation: Have We Learned Anything in the Last 20 Years?” The Fitts Lecture is considered to be among the most prestigious lectures in the field of trauma care and is presented once a year at the AAST meeting. William T. Fitts, MD, was considered one of the first pioneers in trauma care around the world. Because of his dedication and service to the organization, the Fitts Lecture was established by the AAST in 1974.
Alan R. Shuldiner, MD, John Whitehurst Professor of Medicine, presented “Pharmacogenomics of Antiplatelet Agents,” which included results from a genome-wide association of aspirin response, at an invited symposium at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association in Orlando.
|Grants & Contracts|
Claire M. Fraser-Liggett, PhD, professor, department of medicine, and director of the institute for genome sciences, received a five-year $2.9 million award from the National Institutes of Health as part of a P01 project based at Washington University in St. Louis entitled “Metagenomic Studies of the Gut Microbiomes of Obese and Lean Twins.” This grant represents collaboration between Fraser-Liggett, Jeffrey Gordon, MD, from Washington University in St. Louis and Robin Knight, PhD, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. This work will provide new information on the role of the microbial flora in the gut in regulation of energy balance in humans.
Bradley K. McConnell, PhD, assistant professor, department of physiology, received a five-year $1,902,600 research grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute entitled “Targeted Disruption of Beta-Adrenergic Signaling to Increase Cardiac Contractility.”
Alan R. Shuldiner, MD, John Whitehurst Professor, Department of Medicine, and Fredric Wondsford, MD, chief of the division of metabolism at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, received a five-year $7.4 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish the Baltimore Diabetes Research and Training Center. The Baltimore center will be one of five sites funded by the NIH.
Soren Snitker, MD, PhD, assistant professor, division of endocrinology, department of medicine, received a five-year $2,971,000 R01 research award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to determine the genetic underpinnings of why some people do not respond to thiazolidinediones, a frequently prescribed class of diabetes drugs.
Eugene D. Albrecht, PhD, professor, department of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences, and director of the center for studies in reproduction, received a five-year $3.04 million competitive renewal award for project years 26 through 30 of his National Institutes of Health RO1 HD 13294 grant. The study focuses on the role of estrogen on placental vascular development and fetal growth during nonhuman primate pregnancy. Additionally, Albrecht received a non-competitive renewal award of $1.01 million for project year 2007 to 2008 of his National Institutes of Health U54 HD36207-6-10 grant. This is a Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPRIR) grant entitled “Multidisciplinary Program in Female and Male Reproduction.” Co-Investigators on the grant are Graham Aberdeen, PhD, assistant professor, and Thomas Bonagura, PhD, research associate, both from the department of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences; Robert D. Koos, PhD, professor, department of physiology, is project leader; Gloria E. Hoffman, PhD, professor, department of anatomy & neurobiology, is cell morphology core leader.
Igor Lukashevich, PhD, associate professor, department of medicine and institute of human virology, received a three-year $1.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. The grant will further Lukashevich’s research at the institute of human virology into a recombinant Yellow fever 17D-Lassa vaccine. Yellow fever and Lassa fever are viral hemorrhagic fevers endemic to West and Central Africa.