Day: October 26, 2009

Unraveling the physics of cancer

October 26, 2009

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology have been awarded a $14.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to launch a research center aimed at unraveling the physical underpinnings that drive the growth and spread of cancer. The new Johns Hopkins Engineering in Oncology Center at INBT includes 11 Johns Hopkins faculty members affiliated with the INBT and four investigators from partner universities. The project’s participants say that they hope this new line of research will lead to never-before-considered approaches to cancer therapy and diagnostics.

Armstrong Medical Education Building dedicated

October 26, 2009

More than a century ago, Johns Hopkins revolutionized the teaching of medicine with a new curriculum that merged evidence-based science with patient-centered clinical care. This so-called Hopkins model became the national gold standard for modern medical education.

Online medical informatics journal to launch in December

October 26, 2009

Two Johns Hopkins Children’s Center researchers have assembled a 25-member editorial board of international experts to launch a quarterly online medical journal devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine.

Instrumental arrangement

October 26, 2009

When Daniel Trahey joined Peabody’s Music Teacher Mentoring Program in 2004, the Conservatory graduate and professional tuba player assumed he’d focus on pedagogy. Trahey thought he would show Baltimore City’s public school music teachers proper woodwind finger techniques, teach them how to play the bassoon or find ways to make the school’s band tighter or choir more in tune.

Two new Whiting School Faculty Scholars named

October 26, 2009

Natalia Trayanova and Louis Whitcomb have been selected as the first recipients of two new Faculty Scholar awards in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins. This designation, awarded for a three-year term, provides exceptional faculty with flexible financial support to promote their research, teaching activities and entrepreneurial thinking.

Recovering from surgery, Daniels says ‘the news is very good’

October 26, 2009

Ten days after his Oct. 12 surgery, President Ronald J. Daniels sent a broadcast message to faculty, staff and students to update them on his physical condition, medical prognosis and activities on the university’s behalf.

Homewood junior dies of injuries from hit-and-run accident

October 26, 2009

The Homewood campus is mourning the tragic death of Miriam Frankl, a 20-year-old junior in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, who died in the early morning hours of Saturday, Oct. 17, after being struck by a truck the previous afternoon.

Design contest seeks student ideas for group study space

October 26, 2009

The Sheridan Libraries has launched a design competition and is inviting design submissions for a group study space for the new Brody Learning Commons. Called yrBLCspace, the contest is open to all Johns Hopkins University students and is being sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.

Physicians have less respect for obese patients, study suggests

October 26, 2009

Doctors have less respect for their obese patients than they do for patients of normal weight, a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests. The findings raise questions about whether negative physician attitudes about obesity could be affecting the long-term health of their heavier patients.

Now hear this: Scientists show how tiny cells deliver big sound

October 26, 2009

Deep in the ear, 95 percent of the cells that shuttle sound to the brain are big, boisterous neurons that, to date, have explained most of what scientists know about how hearing works. Whether a rare, whisper-small second set of cells also carries signals from the inner ear to the brain and has a real role in processing sound has been a matter of debate.

Genetic hint for ridding the body of hepatitis C

October 26, 2009

More than 70 percent of people who contract hepatitis C will live with the virus that causes it for the rest of their lives, and some will develop serious liver disease, including cancer. However, 30 percent to 40 percent of those infected somehow defeat the infection and get rid of the virus with no treatment. In the Sept. 16 advanced online edition of Nature, Johns Hopkins researchers working as part of an international team report the discovery of the strongest genetic alteration associated with the ability to get rid of the infection.

Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund now accepting grant applications

October 26, 2009

Faculty, staff, students and retirees who are involved with nonprofit organizations that need funding to provide programs and services to communities near Johns Hopkins campuses are encouraged to submit requests for funding from the Johns Hopkins Neighborhood Fund. Applications for the 2010 grant year are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Nerve transplants possible treatment for ALS-related respiratory failure

October 26, 2009

Because the inability to breathe is an ultimate cause of death of patients with ALS, Johns Hopkins scientists are targeting the diaphragm as a therapeutic target by transplanting stem cells directly into rats’ cervical spinal cords, precisely where the motor neurons that control this respiratory muscle are located.

Call for nominations for MLK Jr. Community Service Award

October 26, 2009

Outside of their normal workday, hundreds of faculty, staff and others at Johns Hopkins find the energy, compassion and time to advocate for and help others by lending a hand at a food bank, collecting clothing for needy families, repairing homes for the elderly and more.

Two films by multimedia artist Matthew Barney to be screened

October 26, 2009

The avant-garde films Cremaster 4 and Drawing Restraint 10 by multimedia artist Matthew Barney will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, in Homewood’s Shriver Hall Auditorium.

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