Archive for January, 2017

Center for Vaccine Development

Research Volunteers Needed

You may be eligible if you are:

• 19-64 years of age or older
• In Good Health

The Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is studying an investigational
Influenza A/H5N8 Virus Vaccine.

The study will require a commitment of approximately 13 months and you will receive two vaccinations.

Compensation up to $1,200 will be provided.

For more information, call 410-706-6156

Jennifer Courneya Bulletin Board, Community Service, People, Research, University LifeJanuary 30, 20170 comments
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Gift Support for UMB on the Rise

Halfway through this fiscal year (FY2017) philanthropic giving and nongovernment-sponsored research funding at UMB are on strong upward trajectories.

As of Dec. 31

  • Philanthropy brought in $43.4 million, a 25 percent increase over the same period last year. Philanthropic donations comprise 62 percent of UMB’s annual fiscal year fundraising goal of $70.8 million.
  • Private philanthropy (exclusive of nongovernment research support) brought in more than $25.6 million, a 41 percent increase over the same period last year.
  • Nongovernment-sponsored research brought in $17.6 million, an 8 percent increase over same period last year.

Gift dollars are raised primarily through UMB’s schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and the Graduate School. These philanthropic donations are crucial to providing supplemental funding for scholarships, research, technology, community benefits, and an array of other initiatives throughout the University.

Learn more about giving at UMB or make a donation.

Claire Murphy Bulletin Board, UMB News, University AdministrationJanuary 27, 20170 comments
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Oral Health Month

HS/HSL Supports Children’s Dental Health Month

Dental Health Month is a perfect time to use a new list of 22 recommended children’s books on oral health created by the Maryland Dental Action Coalition in conjunction with the Health Sciences & Human Services Library (HS/HSL).

The book list supports increased access to oral health information for children, families, and health professionals and provides guidance to those who purchase and utilize children’s books to promote oral health.

Every book is available for check out at the HS/HSL!

Check out the list.

Everly Brown Community Service, Education, PeopleJanuary 26, 20170 comments
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Demonstrating Your Value

UMBrella Lunch & Learn: Demonstrating Your Value

Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Noon1:30 p.m.
BioPark – Discover Auditorium

Empirical research demonstrates that women and their work are disproportionately undervalued within organizations. Join us for a robust discussion of this research and proven strategies for ensuring that the value you add to your institution is recognized and rewarded.

This is a brown bag lunch event. Light refreshments will be served.


Paula Monopoli, JD
Sol & Carlyn Hubert Professor of Law
Founding Director, Women, Leadership & Equality Program
Francis King Carey School of Law

Camilla Kyewaah Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, University LifeJanuary 26, 20170 comments
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cardinal health

Pharmacy Receives Cardinal Health Grant, Joins Collaborative

Faculty in the Departments of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) and Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy have received a multiyear, $150,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation’s E3 Grant Program to help improve health outcomes for high-risk patients, while reducing health care costs. The grant, which targets patients with chronic illnesses and a history of frequent hospital readmissions, will support a new School of Pharmacy initiative titled “Patient-Activated Medication Safety (PAMS),” which will offer patients a personalized, interprofessional intervention following their discharge from the hospital.

This one-on-one engagement with patients and their family members will encourage proactive medication safety measures to help patients maintain or improve their health and reduce patients’ need for costly hospital readmissions. The School of Pharmacy is one of 13 organizations nationwide – and the only school of pharmacy – to receive this multiyear grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation and will join other grantees in a learning collaborative facilitated by the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM). The collaborative is designed to help the organizations share their learning and more quickly implement evidence-based practices.

“Since 2008, the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested $8.6 million in hundreds of health care organizations through the E3 Grant Program,” says Dianne Radigan, vice president of community relations at Cardinal Health. “We support a wide array of patient safety work, but the focus is always on accelerating the rate of change with two goals: improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs. On behalf of Cardinal Health, we are pleased to support the work of the School of Pharmacy on this important initiative.”

Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Patients

Transitions in care refers to patients’ movement through the health care system as their condition and care needs change. Examples include patients leaving the emergency department to return home or being transferred from an inpatient unit to a skilled nursing facility. During these transitions, patients are often prescribed new medications or have existing medications modified, placing them – particularly those who are taking multiple medications – at risk for experiencing an adverse drug event, such as an accidental overdose or allergic reaction.

“Taking steps to ensure medication safety for patients with chronic conditions, particularly during transitions in care, impacts not only the health of the patient, but also the health system, insurers, and the community,” says Magaly Rodriguez de Bittner, PharmD, FAPhA, professor in PPS and associate dean for clinical services and practice transformation at the School, who will lead clinical implementation for the grant. “Our pharmacists are excited to help guide patients and their families as part of this unique experience to become collaborators in their health care with nurse practitioners, social workers, legal professionals, other pharmacists, and hospital staff.”

The launch of this study builds on research conducted by Ebere Onukwugha, MS, PhD, associate professor in PHSR, which showed that patients can provide actionable input that health care professionals can use to design patient-centered transitional care plans following their discharge from the hospital. Onukwugha will lead data collection and evaluation for the grant. “We want our patients to actively participate in developing discharge plans that support safe medication use and improved outcomes. We also estimate that the savings from reduced hospital readmissions and hospital stays will exceed $1 million over the three-year grant period,” she says.

Building on Past Successes

To help reduce hospital readmissions and encourage patients to take an active role in their health care, the School will offer PAMS to high-risk Medicare/Medicaid patients with chronic illnesses discharged from Prince George’s Hospital Center. PAMS is an adaptation of the School of Pharmacy’s Maryland P3 Program, a pharmacist-delivered comprehensive medication management program for patients with chronic diseases. Following the P3 model, pharmacists and other members of the health care team will work with patients after discharge to develop a customized care plan that incorporates patient preferences for follow-up care, such as an in-person visit to the clinic or speaking with a pharmacist online using telehealth technologies.

The services will be offered through an interprofessional clinic housed on the hospital’s campus with support from the School of Pharmacy’s e-Health Center, which will provide telephonic and telehealth services to patients. “Patients participating in PAMS will become active collaborators in their care, expressing their preferences for the type of visit and services that will work best for their unique circumstances. This initiative not only reinforces the importance of the patient and family as key partners in care, but also provides a renewed appreciation of the value that medications, when used appropriately, can have in promoting positive patient outcomes,” says Rodriguez de Bittner.

Patient services supported by the grant are expected to begin in Spring 2017.

About the Cardinal Health Foundation

The Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national, and international programs that improve health care efficiency, effectiveness, and excellence and the overall wellness of the communities where Cardinal Health’s (NYSE:CAH) nearly 37,000 employees live and work. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage community service among its employees and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster; because Cardinal Health is #AllInForGood. To learn more, visit and visit the Facebook page at

About the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management

The Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM) is a nonprofit organization working to support widespread adoption of team-based medication management services into the care of high-risk, high-cost patients suffering from multiple chronic health conditions. AIMM partners with health care providers, schools of pharmacy, payers, and other stakeholders to drive change in our health care system from the ground up by creating accountability for patient safety and health, improving quality of care, and championing new payment models to coordinate care for high-risk and complex patients who can benefit from a comprehensive medication management approach.

Malissa Carroll Clinical Care, UMB NewsJanuary 26, 20170 comments
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Security and Privacy in the Digital Age

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Maryland Law Review proudly present:

The State of Cyberlaw: Security and Privacy in the Digital Age

This symposium will address dynamic policy and legal issues related to cybersecurity, surveillance, and consumer privacy. The event will consist of four panels featuring 19 highly respected legal scholars and practitioners. Travis LeBlanc, chief of enforcement for the Federal Communications Commission, will deliver the keynote address.

Breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception will be provided. For additional information on the panels and speakers, please see below.

On the eve of the symposium, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Maryland Law Review will host a book talk with Woodrow Hartzog on his new book, Privacy’s Blueprint: How Should the Law Regulate Privacy by Design.

This symposium is generously sponsored by Microsoft, Inc. The Maryland Law Review would like to thank Microsoft, Inc. for its support and sponsorship of our symposium.

For news and updates on the symposium, please follow the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law on the following social media sites: Twitter (@UMDLaw); Instagram (@marylandcareylaw); and LinkedIn.

Panels and Speakers

1. New Technology & Challenges to Personal Privacy: 9:45 to 11 a.m.

Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law
Woodrow Hartzog, Samford University Cumberland School of Law
Margot Kaminski, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Moderator: Danielle Keats Citron, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

2. Surveillance & National Security: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Orin Kerr, George Washington School of Law
Jennifer Daskal, American University School of Law
Brent McIntosh, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP
David Gray, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Moderator: Jeramie Scott, Electronic Privacy Information Center

3. Personal Data & the Consumer: 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
Mike Hintze, former Chief Privacy Counsel at Microsoft, Inc.
Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
Kimberly Peretti, Alston & Bird, LLP
Moderator: Jason Walta, National Education Association

4. Surveillance & Law Enforcement: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

Andrew Ferguson, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law
Rachel Levinson-Waldman, The Brennan Center for Justice
Neil Richards, Washington University Law School
Priscilla Regan, George Mason Antonin Scalia Law School
Moderator: Markus Rauschecker, University of Maryland Center for Health & Homeland Security


Joshua CarbackBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, Research, UMB NewsJanuary 24, 20170 comments
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Ombuds Office

Ombuds Services Available


Confidential ombuds services are now available to UMB faculty and staff for assistance with workplace concerns.

Reasons to visit the ombudsperson include situations that make one uncomfortable in the workplace such as feeling something unfair has taken place; being unsure about a school or University policy or procedure; conflict with a coworker; needing a neutral person to listen; or needing help when one does not know where else to turn.

Upon request, the ombudsperson also offers mediation or shuttle diplomacy.

The ombudsperson does not advocate for persons or groups; give legal advice; provide psychological counseling; or participate in formal procedures such as grievances. The ombudsperson cannot change or waive school policies, nor can she serve as an agent of notice for the University.

Laurelyn Irving holds a PhD from the University of North Texas, an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA from Purdue University. She has over 20 years of experience teaching university staff how to resolve conflict and eight years in practice as a mediator.


To make an appointment, call 410-706-8534 or email


The Office of the Ombudsperson is located in Room 201 of the Environmental Health and Safety Building, 714 W. Lombard St.

For more information, visit

Clare BanksBulletin Board, People, University LifeJanuary 24, 20170 comments
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Take a Closer Look Before You Click

To protect yourself as you read email and surf the web, you need to know where links are going to take you. Compared to where you expect to go, links and their associated addresses can be misleading.

Email sent by phishers and hackers may contain links that look like they go to familiar, expected locations – but don’t. Do you know how to tell an authentic link from a fake?

For more detailed information and advice, please visit the CITS News Article.

Brian CoatsBulletin Board, Education, People, Technology, University AdministrationJanuary 20, 20170 comments
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Zika epidemic

Addressing the Zika Epidemic

As the Zika virus moves deeper into North America, different sectors of U.S. society are mobilizing to address the epidemic by preventing the spread of the virus, identifying patients, treating affected individuals, and working toward a vaccine. How Zika is addressed in the United States and our own community in Baltimore will be greatly informed by the experience of countries in South and Central American where the virus first emerged.

Come learn from faculty members at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) who are using their expertise to develop and refine the legal, medical, and regulatory tools needed to face a new epidemic and from the Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States who brings his perspective as both a government official in an affected country and a biotechnologist.


  • Roman Macaya, PhD, MBA, ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States.
  • Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, FIDSA, director, Center for Vaccine Development at University of Maryland School of Medicine. CVD has been chosen as one of three study sites in a human safety trial of a new Zika vaccine.
  • Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and co-author of “Zika Virus: Critical Information for Emergency Providers.”
  • Michael Greenberger, JD, professor at Maryland Carey Law and director of the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) who is working with governmental clients on Zika concerns.
  • Leslie Meltzer Henry, PhD, JD, MSc, professor at Maryland Carey Law and co-investigator on Wellcome Trust-funded project to develop ethical and legal guidance for conducting research with pregnant women during public health emergencies including the Zika crisis.

Co-presented by Maryland Carey Law’s Law & Health Care Program and the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives. Registration is not required. For more information, please contact Virginia Rowthorn at

Nadia Hay Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, Research, UMB NewsJanuary 19, 20170 comments
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Cold and Flu Season

Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

The holidays might be over, but cold and flu season is just reaching its peak. While many of the ailments often associated with the winter months usually aren’t serious for healthy adults, their symptoms can leave people feeling miserable and cause them to miss time with family, work, and school. For children and older adults, the risk for developing complications from these illnesses is much higher. In fact, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications each year.

However, there are steps that all individuals can take to reduce their risk of becoming sick during winter. Below, Tim Rocafort, PharmD, BCACP, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science (PPS) at the School of Pharmacy, answers some frequently asked questions about the common cold and flu, and offers advice to help people stay healthy.

Are people more likely to become sick in the winter?

Health care professionals continue to debate the reasons why people seem more likely to become sick in the winter. Recent studies have shown that some viruses responsible for the common cold and flu peak during this time because they are able to replicate easier. Combine this knowledge with the fact that our immune systems are also less efficient at protecting us against certain viruses during the colder months of the year and we have the perfect environment to facilitate the spread of those illnesses. In addition, people often stay indoors as the temperatures outside drop, which further facilitates the transmission of a host of illnesses.

What are some of the most common illnesses associated with the winter months?

The most common illnesses associated with the winter months are the common cold and flu.

What are some indicators that a person might be too sick to go to work or school?

Experiencing symptoms that appear to get progressively worse or last longer than three days are good indicators that a person should remain at home to limit the spread of the illness to others. In addition, if a person experiences any of the hallmark symptoms associated with the flu, including fever, muscle and body aches, fatigue, and even nausea and vomiting, he/she should stay home and seek care from a health care provider.

What over-the-counter medicines are available to help manage cold symptoms?

There are a myriad of over-the-counter medicines to help individuals manage cold symptoms. I recommend that patients only use those medicines that are specific to the symptoms they are experiencing at the time, such as a cough or congestion. There are numerous medications that have been designed to treat several symptoms at the same time, but those medications are often more expensive and you might not be experiencing all of the symptoms that they address. Always be sure to read the medication labels carefully before purchasing, or ask a pharmacist to help guide you in selecting the best one for your symptoms.

Can over-the-counter medications or other treatments speed an individual’s recovery from a cold?

Some medications promise to shorten the duration of a cold if patients take them within a certain time frame after the onset of symptoms. However, it truly is a combination of rest, good nutrition, and proper medications that will help individuals recover as quickly as possible from a cold.

How can individuals tell whether they have a normal cold or a more serious illness, such as the flu?

The common cold will include symptoms such as coughing, runny or stuffy nose, and congestion. On the other hand, symptoms associated with the flu – while often similar to the common cold – will include fever, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, and headache.

What is the flu vaccine? How effective is it, and who should receive it?

The flu vaccine is an immunization that nearly all individuals ages 6 months and older should receive each year to help protect against the flu. There are different types of flu vaccines that individuals can receive depending on their age, existing medical conditions, and allergies. Although it is not 100 percent effective against preventing the flu, it is a great source of protection when combined with other healthy habits.

Are there any side effects associated with the flu vaccine?

There are no serious side-effects associated with the flu vaccine. Some people who receive the vaccine may experience some initial redness or pain at the site of injection, but that is just a temporary reaction.

What additional steps can people take to avoid becoming sick in the winter?

Handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs that cause the cold and flu. In addition, it is very important that patients take care of themselves and allow adequate time to recover – whether through rest and/or treatment – when they feel ill. These measures will not only help patients get better sooner, but also prevent others from getting sick.

What other advice can you offer to individuals who want to stay healthy this winter?

To help keep you and your family healthy during the winter months, I recommend that you bundle up as the temperatures drop, regularly wash your hands – regardless of whether you are sick or not – and lessen your interaction with others who might potentially be sick, as you are more likely to contract their illness during this time of the year.

Malissa CarrollABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, University Life, USGAJanuary 19, 20170 comments
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