|Celiac Disease: Unmasking an Elusive Enemy
Alessio Fasano, MD, arrived at the University of Maryland from Italy in the 1990s when celiac disease was believed to affect no more than one in 10,000 people in America. The professor of pediatrics, medicine, and physiology, who directs the medical school’s center for celiac research, initiated a campaign to educate Americans about the disease as well as to develop new methods to treat it. Fasano’s research has shown that the disease actually affects one in every 133 Americans, and his work has led to a greater understanding of the ailment, food labeling and, hopefully in the not-too-distant future, a more effective treatment.
|The 133rd Medical Alumni Association Reunion
More than 800 alumni, faculty, students, and guests turned out for the annual reunion in spring. Highlights of the three-day event included an awards luncheon, historical clinicopathological conference, crab feast, a brunch with the dean, and class reunion parties.
|Alumnus Profile: Nelson H. Goldberg, ’73
Rebel with a Cause
As a youngster, Nelson H. Goldberg, ’73, was a fan of TV characters Ben Casey and Jim Bronson. One was an idealistic surgeon, and the other an ex-newspaperman who helped people while riding cross-country on a motorcycle. There is a piece of each of these characters in Goldberg. As professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Maryland, he has devoted himself to helping the less fortunate. He also likes to ride fast bikes.
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