Archive for February, 2018

Mass Spectrometry Center to Host Symposium on March 13

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s Mass Spectrometry Center, in partnership with Waters Corporation, will host a symposium titled “Mass Spectrometry: An Expanding Tool for the Biophysicist” on March 13, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Pharmacy Hall as part of the Biophysical Society’s Annual Biophysics Week.

Mass spectrometry-based methods such as footprinting, hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX-MS), native spray, ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS), and chemical cross-linking have proved highly valuable in the detailed structural and biophysical characterization of proteins. Such methods can extract unique structural details using considerably less sample and often are very complementary to other classical structural/biophysical probes.

As part of Biophysics Week, this symposium aims to showcase the insights that can be garnered from mass spectrometry-based biophysical approaches. Building on the Mass Spectrometry Center’s expertise in hydroxyl radical footprinting methods, HDX-MS, and IM-MS, the School of Pharmacy is pleased to host this innovative symposium, which will feature invited presentations from leading experts in mass spectrometry-based biophysical studies.

The event is free, but registration is required to attend. Click here to register.

Erin MerinoEducationFebruary 15, 20180 comments
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Bringing Substance Abuse Education to High School Students

Note: This post by second-year student pharmacist Anoopa Poovathodi was originally published on Inside SOP, the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s blog. It is reprinted here with permission.

Recently, I volunteered to assist with an event organized by Generation Rx, a branch of the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) chapter at the School of Pharmacy. The mission of Generation Rx is to promote safe medication use among members of the local community. To help fulfill this mission, student pharmacists who volunteer with this group visit high schools each semester to deliver presentations about marijuana and opioid use. Last semester, presentations were held  Nov. 30 at Gaithersburg (Md.) High School.

Tackling a Hot-Button Issue

I offered to volunteer for this event given the relevance of the topic to the broader opioid abuse epidemic that is rattling nearly every state in the country. It is important for teenagers to be aware of the epidemic, because research has shown that the younger students are when they first become aware of the problem, the more vigilant they will be about taking steps to prevent drug and opioid abuse in their own lives. Our presentations provide students with important scientific data, which can help them understand the serious consequences associated with drug and opioid use.

Our group delivered multiple presentations to students throughout the day. The presentations began at the start of the school day and ended after students’ last class. Students from across the School of Pharmacy volunteered to assist third-year student pharmacist Larissa Nguy and second-year student pharmacist Michael Ho, co-chairs for Generation Rx at the Universities at Shady Grove, with presenting the talks. Each presentation lasted about 40 minutes and was followed by a question-and-answer session.

Having the Important Conversations

It was great to see the students become actively engaged during the presentations, sharing their knowledge and asking questions. Although they appeared to know a lot about the opioid abuse epidemic, it had not necessarily “hit home” enough to  make them think about the seriousness of the problem. In fact, many students didn’t think that using marijuana or opioids could lead to problems with addiction. They also were unaware of the health problems that could occur as a result of abusing these substances. It was truly an eye-opening experience.

At the end of each presentation, we could see changes in the attitudes of many students.  It was a very gratifying experience to have this opportunity to interact with young, active minds and to help plant new ideas within them that hopefully will help them lead healthy lives. It feels great to know that our words can make a lifelong impact on these students since we are presenting them with scientific facts from reliable sources.

Getting Involved with a Good Cause

Generation Rx is always looking for new volunteers for this event. As student pharmacists, it is our responsibility to make our communities — and especially our young people — aware of the substance abuse problem that is looming in our area. As an APhA-ASP member, I urge other student pharmacists to take part in this event and others like it. Let us work together to make a positive impact in our community by educating future generations about this nationwide epidemic.

 

Anoopa PoovathodiEducation, University Life, USGAFebruary 15, 20180 comments
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Women In Bio Meet-Up Scheduled for March 14 at The Grid

The next Women In Bio (WIB) Baltimore Meet-up will be held at the Grid, 875 Hollins St., Suite 102, on Wednesday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Deborah Wild, vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at Paragon Bioservices, will be the featured speaker at the event, titled, “Pioneering Spirit or Stuck in a Rut? Keeping the Pioneering Spirit in Leadership.”

WIB is an organization of professionals committed to promoting careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship of women in the life sciences. The Baltimore meet-ups are a way to hold meetings, networking events, etc., in the area throughout the year.

The March 14 meet-up is free, and you can register at this link.

Karen UnderwoodCollaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyFebruary 15, 20180 comments
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Hospice and Palliative Care Interest Group Meeting on Feb. 22

University of Maryland Medical Center faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students of all the UMB professional schools are invited to attend the Hospice and Palliative Care Interest Group meeting on Feb. 22, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the Round Room of the Weinberg Pavilion at UMMC.

The meeting is titled “Existential Despair and Dignity Preservation at Life’s End,” with Shapir Rosenberg, MD, as group leader.

Click here to learn more about the meeting and the group, which aims to promote awareness and enrich our understanding of caregiving. In monthly gatherings, group members will explore topics related to caring for seriously ill and dying patients through various forms of art.

Light snacks will be served. To RSVP, email srosenbe@som.umaryland.edu.

Briana MathisClinical Care, UMB NewsFebruary 14, 20180 comments
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Annual Competition Spotlights Student Innovation in Regulatory Science

Although treatment options for patients diagnosed with cancer have been historically limited to surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy, the emergence of new immunotherapies that leverage patients’ immune systems to attack cancer cells has offered tremendous promise for individuals fighting the ultimate battle for their lives, particularly those who have not responded to or have relapsed after traditional treatments. Unfortunately, no universal tracking system exists to help drug manufacturers, regulatory agencies, health care systems, and patients monitor the manufacturing and post-market distribution of these products, an important concern when one considers that the safety and effectiveness of these therapies depends on quality manufacturing.

To help address this unmet need, third-year student pharmacists Nam Nguyen and Laetitia N’Dri developed a proposal for GeneTrack — a universal tracking system that could capture the manufacturing process, perform live tracking, and identify adverse events associated with each individual drug for one of the most advanced immunotherapies available today: CAR T-cell therapy. Nguyen and N’Dri presented their proposal to a panel of three judges from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at this year’s America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent competition on Feb. 2, and they were awarded first place for their innovation and creativity.

“Our team was honored and humbled to be selected as the winner for this year’s America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent competition,” says Nguyen, who served as captain of the team and is pursuing a dual degree with the school’s MS in Regulatory Science program. “My strong interest in oncology research and drug development initially influenced the idea for our project, and I am very appreciative of my teammate Laetitia, who worked collaboratively with me to help realize the idea for GeneTrack. I also thank our mentor, Million A. Tegenge, PhD, pharmacology/toxicology scientist at the FDA, for his guidance and support in fostering the growth of our idea. All of the teams that participated worked so hard, and I am inspired by all of my peers at the school.”

Advanced Tracking for Advanced Treatments

CAR T-cell therapy uses an inactive virus to genetically engineer T-cells that have been separated from a patient’s blood to produce special receptors on their surface called chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). Once infused into the patient, the modified T-cells can recognize and kill cancer cells that harbor a specific protein on their surfaces. Only two CAR T-cell therapies have been approved by the FDA, one to treat children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the other for adults with advanced lymphomas. Both are last-line therapies used only in patients who have not experienced success with other available treatment options.

“The manufacturing process for CAR T-cell therapy is quite extensive and involves a number of complex steps,” N’Dri said. “Yet there are currently very few tools available to capture the manufacturing and post-market distribution for this therapy. There is also a concerning lack of transparency in communication between manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and health systems. The question for us was: What can we do to ensure that all stakeholders — including manufacturers, regulatory agencies, health care professionals, and patients — know with certainty that the therapy has been tracked and monitored appropriately from one site to another?”

Nguyen explained how the GeneTrack system — a publicly available tracking database — would capture the manufacturing process, including the extraction of T-cells from patients’ blood and subsequent gene modification, and help to ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy of the therapy once it arrived in the hospital or clinic.

“The system would employ a simple two-step process,” Nguyen said. “The first step would involve a user generating a unique gene tracking number for each therapy prior to cell extraction and gene modification. The tracking number would be linked to the therapy’s packaging via a RFID chip that could be scanned at predetermined checkpoints, allowing for live tracking and alerting if the product becomes damaged due to external circumstances, such as an unanticipated change in temperature.

“For the second step, staff from the manufacturing center or health system would complete separate online forms with detailed questions about the drug development, manufacturing, and distribution process.”

Improving Collaboration and Data Collection

Nguyen and N’Dri also noted that the cornerstone of their system would be its ability to track adverse events (side effects) for each therapy through a MedWatch-integrated form.

“Because CAR T-cell therapy is an individualized therapy, each patient treated will likely experience different adverse events,” N’Dri said. “However, because these therapies are new to the market, there is no system in place to collect reported adverse events. By allowing patients and health care professionals to use each therapy’s unique gene tracking number to report any adverse events that they experience or witness, our GeneTrack system will establish the foundation for long-term risk-benefit studies associated with these treatments.

“Our system will not only streamline manufacturing for CAR T-cell therapy but also increase transparency and improve collaboration among all stakeholders in the drug development process, including manufacturers, regulatory agencies, health care professionals, and patients.”

Celebrating a Friendly Competition

Before announcing Nguyen and N’Dri as the winners of this year’s competition, judge Scott Winiecki, MD, medical officer in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, took a moment to congratulate all of the teams. “Selecting the winning team for today’s competition was not an easy task. All of the teams tackled incredibly complex subjects, and your hard work was reflected in the proposals that you presented. I truly appreciate the fresh, new thinking that each of you demonstrated,” he said.

Four teams competed in the talent competition, with second place awarded to first-year student pharmacists Anna Dizik, Jordan Fraker, and Michelle Nguyen for their project AlesiaRx, a mobile application that would leverage diverse data and artificial intelligence to help improve medication adherence among patients.

Two additional teams of third-year student pharmacists also delivered presentations during the competition. Waleed Khan and Ghania Naeem spoke about GlycoLow — a mobile application that would help prevent complications in patients with diabetes who are at high risk for developing hypoglycemia — while My Ngo and Eric Sohn spotlighted their plan to improve inhaler technique through the use of improved illustrated and video instructions for patients.

“The America’s Got Regulatory Science Talent competition is one of my favorite student events at the School of Pharmacy,” says James Polli, PhD, the Shangraw/Noxell Endowed Chair in Industrial Pharmacy and Pharmaceutics at the school and co-principal investigator at the University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI), which sponsored the competition. “It’s an event that truly pushes the envelope, taking students beyond the curriculum that we teach in the classroom and introducing them to the vital role that regulatory science plays in all that we do in drug discovery and development. I continue to be impressed by the time and dedication that our students commit to their proposals.”

Individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the field of regulatory science are encouraged to explore the Master of Science and Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Science programs offered at the School of Pharmacy.

Malissa CarrollEducation, UMB NewsFebruary 14, 20180 comments
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School of Nursing Accepted to Maryland Green Registry

The University of Maryland School of Nursing has been accepted to the Maryland Green Registry, a free, voluntary program that offers tips and resources to help businesses and other organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

Members are required to demonstrate that they have shared information about a minimum of five environmental practices at their facility and must provide a measurable result for at least one of the practices. For example, in fall 2006, UMSON instituted a pay-for-print system in student computer labs and dropped the number of student computer labs from four to one, decreasing the school’s monthly use of printing paper from 1.5 cases per week to three reams per week. And in 2017, UMSON adopted a desktop printer policy for faculty and staff that has reduced toner cartridge use from 500 per year to 35. Also in 2017, the school implemented an online, interdisciplinary elective course on climate change, thanks to a grant from the MADE CLEAR organization. Additionally, UMSON implemented water bottle-filling stations about four years ago.

“At our institution, we are doing what we can to improve the environment and create sustainability, both through education and action,” said Robyn Gilden, PhD ’10, MS ’01, RN, assistant professor and chair of UMSON’s Climate Change Committee. “We are focused on reducing UMSON’s negative impact on the environment, and it is important to show that the nursing profession is leading the way toward safer and healthier communities and workplaces.”

As a registry member, UMSON has the opportunity to increase the visibility of its environmental efforts through the registry’s website, to have access to free information and technical assistance for implementing new environmental best practices, and to receive information about webinars and conferences to help continue its greening efforts. Additionally, UMSON is eligible for the annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards.

Kevin NashBulletin Board, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAFebruary 13, 20180 comments
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Free Seminars in Columbia Will Discuss Pediatric Health Issues

Join physicians from the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital and University of Maryland Eye Associates as they discuss common health concerns affecting children and available treatment options as well as answer your questions. Registration is required and lunch will be served on these dates:

  • Friday, March 2, noon to 1 p.m.: “Persistent Pain: When It’s More Than a Belly Ache.”
  • Thursday, March 8, noon to 1 p.m. “Snoring and Nighttime Breathing Problems in Children.”
  • Thursday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m. “Keep Your Kids in Focus: Common Pediatric Eye Problems.”

All three Lunch & Learn seminars will be held at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044

Visit this link or call 1-800-492-5538 for more information

Merideth MarrBulletin Board, Clinical Care, People, University LifeFebruary 13, 20180 comments
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Wear Red Day

2018 Heart Gala Planned for Feb. 23

Don’t miss the Heart Gala planned by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart committee.

The event is being held Feb. 23, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the SMC Campus Center to raise awareness of women’s cardiac health to improve health outcomes in women and the entire community. Students can come and show off their red outfits and compete in a fun, heart-healthy trivia/pageant style show where a winner is selected by a group of judges. The event also will include a speaker from the American Heart Association, heart-health trivia, and raffles to win prizes. At the end, “Mr. and Mrs. Heart” will be selected.

RSVP or sign up to compete in the Heart Gala here.

All funds raised from the event will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Michael ObinemeContests, University Life, USGAFebruary 13, 20180 comments
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Grantees Discuss Global Education Experiences

The steak in Botswana is inexpensive and “really, really good” because they have 3 million cows there and only 2 million people. Nigerian women are remarkably open to new self-administered screening tools for cervical cancer. Malawi has five sewage treatment plants; only one is working to full capacity. The Jordan River in Israel has receded almost into a stream.

These are among the observations of the 2017 grantees from the UMB Center for Global Education Initiatives as they held an annual recap on Jan. 29 in the President’s Boardroom. Prodded by questions from UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, the grantees not only spoke about their two- to six-week interprofessional research projects, but also the influence it has played on reshaping their future professional and personal goals.

Students Kim Graninger of the School of Nursing and Rhiya Dave of the School of Medicine discussed their project, “Clinical outcomes of HIV-positive individuals treated with dolutegravir-containing regimens in Botswana.” The students examined 1,200 files looking for adverse reactions to the antiretroviral therapy.

“I’m interested in doing travel nursing after I get my degree,” Graninger said. “I’d ideally like to go back to Botswana and South Africa where HIV is such a huge health crisis.” There is much to learn from countries like Botswana, which has one of the highest rates of HIV but also one of the most effective and comprehensive treatment programs.

Dave, who aspires to become an infectious disease physician, found it “enlightening to see how the nurses there not only looked at the patients and their health outcomes, but they also would talk to them about their families.”

Experiencing the system of universal health care practiced in Botswana up close also brought a new perspective to the two students, which Perman and Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM, executive director of the center, said is a strength of the grant program.

“Students come back from these trips with things that they would have never figured out here,” Perman said. “I see Virginia nodding her head. That’s why I appreciate all of you taking on these experiences.”

Teaming Up Against HIV

Chelsea McFadden, a School of Pharmacy student, was part of a team studying barriers to the new “Treat All” approach to HIV/AIDS treatment (treating all patients and removing conditions for initiation of antiretroviral therapy) in Rwanda and its capital city, Kigali.

“We did see quite a few barriers that were very common,” McFadden said. Pressed for details, she added, “There weren’t as many cultural barriers in terms of stigma as I expected, but barriers such as financial situations or concerns over revealing infidelity that prevent people from receiving treatment.”

Salam Syed, a second-year student at the School of Medicine, also learned about the social determinants of health in her monthlong project, “Impact of educational intervention on self-sampling for cervical cancer screening in Nigeria.” She was on a team looking to see if women in Nigeria were willing and able to collect their own cervical samples for cervical cancer screening.

“They were fine with it,” Syed told the group, “and they thought it was very easy. Some would come to us afterward to volunteer their time, saying, ‘If you need us to teach other people how to do it, sign us up.’ ”

A follow-up study Syed is involved in with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN, an outgrowth of UMB’s own IHV) will measure if self-sampling is as reliable as health care provider sampling.

She said the experience was transforming. “I’ve always been interested in women’s health and I am interested also in global health, and this experience solidified that for me,” Syed said. “But also there was a huge education component to our project, and I never really thought of myself as wanting to be a health educator, but I really enjoyed that aspect. I think that’s something I’d want to incorporate more into my career now.”

Syed was based in the Nigerian capital of Abuja where IHVN has its headquarters. “We find that our students benefit greatly from the deep expertise found among local researchers and health care providers at the IHVN facility in Abuja,” explained Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, director of education abroad and safety at UMB. “There is an amazing infrastructure there where the students live and learn with U.S. and Nigerian colleagues.”

Working with local health care providers also was part of the project led by School of Pharmacy assistant professor Emily Heil, PharmD, BCPS, “Antibiotic administration at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia.” Heil’s group, which included pharmacy, nursing, and medical students, spent time in a Zambian hospital laboratory compiling a massive amount of data about antibiotic prescription practices and microbiology data. “We used Year 1 of our project to identify the challenges in slowing antimicrobial resistance and then we’re going back next year to work on a comprehensive antibiotic guideline for the folks on the ground in Zambia.”

Heil, who says in the United States the “No. 1 problem preventing patients with HIV from having their virus suppressed is a lack of medication adherence,” found the Zambian culture much different. “There, medication compliance is high, but you have other problems that contribute to the problem. It was a good way to study the comparative cultural components of the same public health problem. Plus Zambia is beautiful. We went during the dry season, so it was 70 degrees and sunny every day.”

Water Worries

Robert Percival, JD, MA, professor and director of the Environmental Law Program at the Carey School of Law, and law student Taylor Lilley found a less lush setting for their Israel research project, “Governance, capacity and safety for an off-grid water project in Jerusalem.”

“It was an interesting project because we spent a lot of time focusing on the availability of water,” Lilley said. “They’re trying to do a Red Sea/Dead Sea project, which would move water from the Dead Sea into the Red Sea to increase water. That’s problematic because the Dead Sea has receded significantly. We stood on the steps of a previously oceanfront restaurant and couldn’t see the Dead Sea for miles … and the Jordan River has diminished into a small stream.”

Percival recalled the evolution of the project. “The first project, we visited various sites in Israel and the West Bank. Then, in the second and third trips, we had multidisciplinary teams from the School of Public Health [at College Park], the School of Nursing, the business school [at College Park], and the law school,” he said. “The public health students looked at ensuring that the recycled water would be safe. The law students looked at regulatory barriers to expanding greywater recycling projects and the business students — who turned out to be real all-stars — looked at the economics of it. They asked, ‘How can you make this model cheap enough so that it could be readily used elsewhere?’”

The great surprise, Percival said, came at a UMB-UMCP summit after the second Israel trip. “It turned out Amy Sapkota from the School of Public Health was putting the finishing touches on a $10 million grant proposal to USDA, and the one component she was missing was legal expertise on the regulatory issues. So UMB got plugged into the grant and received the grant.”

Water also played a role in the other study Percival and Lilley discussed, “Malawi: Environmental Law Clinic Capacity Building at Chancellor College Faculty of Law.” The project last summer was at the request of professor Chikosa Banda, LLB, LLM, of the University of Malawi Chancellor College Faculty of Law, an international expert in human rights and environmental law.

“They have just launched the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic there,” Percival said.

He said the need is dire. “There are five sewage treatment plants in Malawi, which is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa. Only one plant is working, and they took us to a site where there’s a broken pipe spewing raw sewage into a river that people use downstream to bathe and clean their clothes in. There are really serious issues there that haven’t been tackled to this point.”

Malawi has been a UMB project site since 2010, which started with malaria research and over the years has expanded to include a concentration on law because of the Center for Global Education Initiatives’ primary focus on interprofessional collaboration. The Malawi collaboration has taken UMB faculty and students there as well as brought Malawian faculty and research staff to Baltimore. It’s a practice of partnership and bi-directional learning that Flavius Lilly, PhD, MA, MPH, associate vice president of Academic and Student Affairs, said he hopes will continue.

“I’m so pleased these experiences have been so enriching for our students,” said Lilly, who also was joined by Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, UMB’s executive vice president and provost. “I think back to my experience studying abroad for six months and how it changed me completely. I can see it on some of their faces when they talk about their project that they’ve been changed by the experience as well.

“I hope that we continue to have conversations about how we can take the work of the Center for Global Education Initiatives and make these opportunities available to many, many more of our students who, as you know, Dr. Perman, have been asking for those kinds of opportunities.”

The Center for Global Education Initiatives grants are $5,000 for faculty grantees and cover student grantees’ airfare, which is the most expensive aspect of international projects. To learn more about the grants, click here. To read more about the projects, click here.

In the photo above, Dr. Perman and grantees (clockwise, from left) Emily Heil, Kim Graninger, Chelsea McFadden, Salam Syed, Taylor Lilley, Rhiya Dave, and Robert Percival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris ZangCollaboration, Education, People, Technology, UMB NewsFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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UMB Police Force Officers Make Two Arrests in One Day

Chances are, you see them on your way to class or as you head toward your office. The men and women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore Police Force (UMBPF) work hard to keep our campus safe. Their watchful eyes and quick thinking often lead to arrests. And that was the case recently when their dedicated service led to the arrests of two men in one day Feb. 8.

In the first incident, which occured around 8:20 a.m., Cpl. Thaddeus Baker saw a man in the 100 block of North Pine Street acting suspiciously near an EZ parking meter. Campus police have been noticing an increase in individuals obtaining EZ parking meter tickets by fraudulent means. Baker interviewed the man, who admitted to trying to use a stolen debit card to get an EZ parking ticket. The man provided Baker with a false name, but assisting Police Officer First Class Kelli Blackwell noticed a hospital bracelet around his wrist, and he was identified correctly.

As a warrants check was being conducted, the suspect tried to run away but was quickly caught and arrested.

In the second incident, which occurred around 4:40 p.m., UMBPF Officers Tia Marie Taylor and Tremell Jones, Security Officer Katarius Brown, and Sgt. Matthew Johnson responded to the 200 block of Arch Street to investigate a possible theft after it was reported a man was seen stealing a package from a FedEx dropoff box. When police caught up with the man not far away on West Lexington Street, they found a package with a dress inside, addressed to a female UMB employee who had placed the package in the FedEx dropoff box earlier that day. The dress, valued at more than $200, was returned to the employee. The suspect was placed under arrest and found to be wanted on two outstanding warrants from the Maryland Transit Administration.

The UMB community is grateful to the men and women who protect our campus and have our safety as their top priority. The next time you see an officer, share your gratitude and thank them for a job well done!

— Mary T. Phelan

Mary PhelanBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, People, UMB News, University LifeFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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Cancer Survivorship: Fostering Resilience for Cancer Survivors

“Cancer Survivorship: Fostering Resilience for Cancer Survivors” is an interprofessional, full-day conference focused on preparing cancer survivors for the challenges of completing treatment and for not only bouncing back but also “bouncing forward” after cancer.

The conference will be held March 7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Auditorium.

Participants will learn from physicians, nurses, social workers, nutritionists, physical therapists, and cancer survivors  ways in which survivors, their support systems, and their health care team can build resilience after a diagnosis of cancer throughout their survivorship journey.

After participating in this program, you will be able to:

  • Facilitate building resilience within your patients, their family, and caregivers.
  • Apply strategies to foster healthy living during cancer survivorship.
  • Apply ethical strategies in caring for cancer survivors.
  • Discuss your role as part of an interprofessional team in caring for cancer survivors.
  • Describe compassion fatigue for families during cancer survivorship.

Click here to learn more about topics, speakers, continuing education, the schedule, and registration.

This program is collaboration between the schools of medicine, nursing, and social work and the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Emily ParksClinical Care, EducationFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair to be Held Feb. 24

The American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists’ (APhA-ASP) Operation Heart will be hosting the Charm of a Million Hearts Health Fair on Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Lexington Market.

This is an interprofessional initiative with collaborations from several pharmacy school organizations and fellow health care professional schools. The aim of the health fair is to promote and empower patrons of Lexington Market to lead more informed and healthier lives and to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of our fellow community members and on our community as a whole.

The event will provide patient-centered education on varying health topics and raise awareness about local resources and services. Screening opportunities for oral cancer, HIV, and hepatitis C will be provided.

You can reach out to Teny Joseph at teny.joseph@umaryland.edu or Jenn Miller at jennifer.miller@umaryland.edu for more information or to collaborate.

Teny JosephClinical Care, Collaboration, Community ServiceFebruary 12, 20180 comments
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