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Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series at HS/HSL: Oct. 23-25

As part of this year’s Open Access Week, the Health Sciences and Human services Library will be hosting a Scholarly Publishing Workshop Series. All workshops will be held in Room LL03 on the library’s lower level.

Walk-ins are welcome, but you also may register at this link.

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
“Choosing the Right Journal for Your Research”

  • Key factors to consider when choosing a journal
  • Tools to help you identify potential journals that match your research

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
“Open Access and Predatory Publishing”

  • What is open access and why should you publish in OA journals?
  • Red flags and evaluating journal quality

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
“Author IDs”

  • Author IDs in ORCID, Google Scholar, and Scopus
  • How author IDs can enhance your impact

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Drop-in session for individual help with your author ID

Thursday, Oct. 25

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
“Enhancing Your Research Impact”

  • Establishing your scholarly identity
  • Making strategic publishing decisions

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Drop-in session for individual help with enhancing your impact

Everly BrownCollaboration, Education, People, ResearchOctober 16, 20180 comments
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Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures and Medical Prescriptions

New Exhibit at HS/HSL: ‘Pick Your Poison’

From the National Library of Medicine, produced in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, “Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions” will be on display in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library’s Weise Gallery through Nov. 24.

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history and will continue to change. The exhibition explores the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.

For more information, go to this HS/HSL webpage.

Everly BrownClinical Care, Education, People, ResearchOctober 16, 20180 comments
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President's Panel on Politics and Policy

A Conversation with Former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski

Former U.S. Senator Barbara MikulskiBarbara A. Mikulski, MSW ’65, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years before retiring in 2017, will be the featured speaker at the next President’s Panel on Politics and Policy. Now a Homewood Professor of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University, Mikulski participates in speaking engagements across the country on the topics of leadership, innovation, and women’s empowerment. All members of the UMB community are invited to the event.

The President’s Panel on Politics and Policy is a speaker series examining issues important to the UMB community that are likely to be affected by the Trump administration and Congress.
With so much at stake in terms of health and higher education policy, federal budget priorities, and issues of civil rights and social justice, President Jay A. Perman, MD, encourages the UMB community to take part in these timely conversations.

Here are the event details:

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 27
  • Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (breakfast 8 to 8:30)
  • Where: SMC Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms A and B
  • Registration: Go to this link.
  • More information and past speakers: Go to this webpage.
Melanie MooreBulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 16, 20180 comments
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Dean Reece and Dr. Perman with Dr. Thomas Scalea

UMB States Its Case at Founders Week Gala

From the Berger Cookie-inspired cupcakes to the state flag on the program, there was no doubt that “Taking Care of Maryland” was the theme of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) 23rd annual Founders Week Gala on Oct. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor.

“There’s scarcely a Marylander who hasn’t been touched in some way by the work we do here at UMB,” said University President Jay A. Perman, MD, who hosted the Gala, attended by more than 500 UMB faculty, staff, students, and supporters. “By the professionals we graduate; by the research we conduct; by the technologies we invent; by the care, counsel, and service we provide.

“You know, each year when I go before the legislature, I tell our lawmakers where their investment goes: how we use the money they give us to make Maryland better, its people healthier and happier; its laws more just; its communities more resilient. UMB is Maryland’s No. 1 asset in supplying the workforce we need to care for the state’s citizens.”

Dean Reece, Valli Meeks and Dr. PermanSpeaking about combating chronic pain as well as the opioid crisis that killed 2,200 Marylanders last year, Perman added, “We’re bringing all seven of our schools together to end this epidemic of addiction, to tie together the science, policy, and practice that save lives — and kindle hope.”

Those are some of the Big Ideas being addressed by UMB’s multi-year $750 million Catalyst Campaign. Catalyst co-chair Ellen H. Yankellow, PharmD ’96, was happy to inform the crowd of supporters that the campaign, which was launched at the 2017 Gala, has surpassed $424 million in gifts and commitments for student scholarships, faculty excellence and research, and school-specific and community engagement endeavors.

“With the exceptional leadership of Dr. Perman and his team of excellent academic and administrative leaders, the University benefits from the interest and support of a growing number of alumni, friends, and benefactors who strive on behalf of a cause that is undeniably improving the human condition,” said Yankellow, president and CEO of Correct Rx Pharmacy Services, Inc. “We enthusiastically aim to take this extraordinary effort to lofty new levels of achievement and distinction.”

UMB has done much to “take care of Maryland.” For instance:

  • 77 percent of UMB’s students are Marylanders
  • UMB confers 53 percent of the professional doctorate degrees awarded each year in Maryland
  • UMB creates 18,000 jobs in Maryland
  • Every year, UMB’s people contribute 2 million hours in volunteer service to Marylanders
  • Last year, UMB won a record-breaking $667.4 million in research grants and contracts, fueling Maryland’s knowledge economy
  • Every year, UMB provides $40 million in uncompensated care to Maryland residents
  • UMB has a $2.8 billion economic impact on Maryland
  • UMB returns $13 to Maryland for every dollar of state support

After Perman, Yankellow, and emcee Deborah Weiner, anchor of WBAL-TV, had praised the University’s many achievements, UMB Foundation chair Harry C. Knipp, MD, FACR, presented the foundation’s Distinguished Service Award to Margaret “Meg” Woodside, MBA, MSW ’07, for her “extraordinary dedication and impactful service” to the School of Social Work.

The Gala is the signature event of Founders Week, which honors UMB’s proud 211-year history, marks the achievements of current faculty, staff, and students, and looks ahead to the innovations to come. This year’s top researcher, teacher, public servant, and entrepreneurs — who were honored after dinner — carry on that fine UMB tradition.

MARS teammates Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM, Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM, and Steven I. Hanish, MD, FACS (School of Medicine and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center) were named Entrepreneurs of the Year. Their innovative application of the Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (MARS), considered a “dialysis machine for the liver,” has given new hope to acute liver failure sufferers, allowing time for spontaneous recovery or transplantation.

Karen L. Kotloff, MD, is UMB’s 2018 Researcher of the Year. Considered a leading authority in the world on human controlled infection models for shigellosis, a major cause of diarrhea mortality in children, Kotloff’s work with the School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health has saved the lives of countless children in the U.S. and developing countries.

A 30-plus-year UMB employee like Kotloff, Geoffrey L. Greif, PhD, MSW, was named Teacher of the Year. In addition to shaping the next generation as a challenging professor at the School of Social Work, Greif is a researcher, author of 14 books, and community organizer, counseling prison inmates, AIDS patients, and parent support groups.

Valli Meeks, DDS, MS, RDH, an alumna of the School of Dentistry who has worked there for 29 years, is UMB’s Public Servant of the Year. She not only opened (and still directs) the state’s first dental clinic for Marylanders with HIV/AIDS and no insurance but also led a collaboration that helped form the first school of dentistry in Rwanda.

After the awards presentation, the attendees enjoyed a dessert reception of Maryland-inspired treats and enjoyed the music of the Sounds Good! jazz ensemble.

— Chris Zang

View the Gala photo gallery and learn more about the award winners and Founders Week.


Chris ZangCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeOctober 15, 20180 comments
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Eighth Grade: From West Baltimore

Watch New Documentary on UMB CURE Scholars on Sunday, Oct. 14

Five scholars from the UMB CURE Program will be featured again on Maryland Public Television (MPT) thanks to the new documentary Eighth Grade: From West Baltimore.

A pipeline program that began in 2015 and guides West Baltimore students with an interest in science from sixth grade through high school and beyond, UMB CURE Scholars was first featured by MPT in the acclaimed documentary From West Baltimore. Both films, which follow the same five scholars, will be aired Sunday, Oct. 14, at 5 and 6 p.m., respectively.

The new documentary will provide an update on Shakeer Franklin, Davioin Hill, Courtney Jacobs, Tyler McKenzie, and Princaya Sanders as they navigate eighth grade before embarking on their high school years, supported by their UMB CURE mentors.

MedSchool Maryland Productions, which produced both documentaries led by director Susan Hadary, MA, describes the new film this way:

“Eighth grade, a year of incredible pressure for these young teens, determines their future. They must get a very high composite score to be accepted at one of the few highly competitive college preparatory schools in Baltimore. The stress of middle school now intensifies as they challenge themselves to get good grades and excel on standardized tests. Their future will be delivered in the all-important acceptance letter — the first hurdle to overcome in their personal fight for a better life.”

From West Baltimore, the original documentary, was nominated for an Emmy Award by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the five CURE Scholars attended the Emmy gala June 23 in Bethesda, Md.

To watch a trailer of the new documentary, go to the Eighth Grade: From West Baltimore webpage. For a look at the original documentary, go to the From West Baltimore webpage. To learn more about the UMB program, which involves the youngest students ever funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Program, go to the CURE Scholars website.

(Note: Poster by Kellie Gable; poster photo by John Anglim, MedSchool Maryland Productions)

Communications and Public AffairsCommunity Service, Education, For B'more, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 12, 20180 comments
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Celebrate UMB at Founders Week Events

Each year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrates the achievements and successes of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and philanthropic supporters and pays tribute to UMB’s 200-plus-year history with a series of Founders Week events. The celebration kicks off with the Founders Week Gala on Saturday night, followed by these events next week:

Monday, Oct. 15

Staff Luncheon
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Westminster Hall

To offer everyone a chance to enjoy lunch, there will be two seatings: 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., followed by 12:20 to 1 p.m. Tickets are required.

Register here.

Entrepreneurs of the Year Presentation and Reception
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Shock Trauma Auditorium

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Presentation by Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM – Supporting Failing Organs
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Reception immediately following in lobby outside of the auditorium

Register here.

Read about the Entrepreneurs of the Year, the MARS team: Scalea; Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM; and Steven I. Hanish, MD, FACS.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Art Sculpture Unveiling
11 a.m. to noon

Health Sciences Research Facility (HSRF) III plaza

Special guests: First Lady of Maryland Yumi Hogan and members of the Maryland State Arts Council

Researcher of the Year Lecture and Reception
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
HSRF II Auditorium

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Lecture presented by Karen L. Kotloff, MD — Global Health: Where Science Meets Humanity
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Reception immediately following in atrium of HSRF II

Register here.

Read about Kotloff, the Researcher of the Year.

Thursday, Oct. 18

Student Cookout
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
School of Nursing Courtyard

The student cookout offers free food, greetings from President Jay A. Perman, MD, and the chance to be served by a school dean, University vice president, or UMB administrator.

Register here.

More on Founders Week

Read about the Public Servant of the Year, Valli Meeks, DDS, MS, RDH.

Read about the Teacher of the Year, Geoffrey L. Greif, PhD, MSW.

Visit the Founders Week website for more information.

Communications and Public AffairsBulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeOctober 12, 20180 comments
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Next UMGCCC Flow Cytometry Lecture Set for Nov. 5

The next Flow Cytometry Monthly Lecture will be held Monday, Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the Bressler Research Building, Room 7-035.

This course — led by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD, director, Flow Cytometry Shared Service — is needed  to become a trained user at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Shared Services. However, all are welcome to attend.

This lecture will cover:

  • How flow cytometry works
  • Multi-color design and compensation
  • Instruments and services
  • New technology and tools.

To RSVP, go to this link.

Karen UnderwoodBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, ResearchOctober 11, 20180 comments
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Trump and the ACA: A Panel Discussion on Multi-City Litigation

The Law & Health Care Program at the Francis King Carey School of Law is hosting a panel discussion Oct. 25 on the multi-city lawsuit brought against the Trump administration for failure to implement the Affordable Care Act.

On Aug. 2, several cities (including Baltimore) filed suit against the administration for actions they say sabotage the Affordable Care Act. The suit alleges violations under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution.

We will hear from Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis, JD ’78, who is engaged in the lawsuit as the attorney for the city of Baltimore. Vincent DeMarco, JD, MA, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, will provide perspective on the impact of Trump administration actions on Maryland residents. Professor Mark Graber, PhD, JD, MA, will discuss the constitutional arguments asserted in the complaint, particularly the argument that the administration’s actions violate the Take Care Clause.

Here are the details:

  • When: Thursday, Oct. 25
  • Time: 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Location: Ceremonial Moot Courtroom, Francis King Carey School of Law, 500 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201
  • Note: The panel is free and open to the public.
  • Registration: Go to this link.
Lauren LevyBulletin Board, EducationOctober 9, 20180 comments
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Researcher of the Year: Karen Kotloff

Founders Week-Researcher of the Year: Karen Kotloff

Every fall, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) commemorates our rich history and celebrates the future we’re building together during Founders Week, which this year runs Oct. 13 to 18. Among the highlights is recognizing the extraordinary work of UMB’s faculty and staff with four awards, each signifying outstanding accomplishment in one facet of our mission. Leading up to Founders Week, we will highlight the award winners every Tuesday on The Elm. For more information on UMB’s annual celebration and associated events, please check out the Founders Week website.

Sign up to attend the Researcher of the Year presentation and reception.

Today: Researcher of the Year

Karen L. Kotloff, MD
School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Head, Division of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics
Associate Director, Clinical Studies, Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health

When Karen Kotloff accepted a fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s (UMSOM) Department of Pediatrics and Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) in 1983, she didn’t realize she was signing on for a lifetime commitment. That’s just the way it turned out.

“During my fellowship at the CVD, I was exposed to the field of global health,” says Kotloff, a professor in UMSOM’s Department of Pediatrics and associate director of clinical studies for the CVD. “I learned that in addition to treating children one-by-one as a clinician, I could help to introduce public health interventions like vaccines that improve the lives of millions of children at once.

“I began traveling to amazing places, seeing things I never imagined, working next to incredible, dedicated people to solve some of the toughest problems. But what plagued me was that in countries of Africa and Asia, one in every 10 children did not survive until their fifth birthday. Trying to change that became my life’s work and I never looked back.”

Today, Kotloff is an international figure in the field of vaccinology and a leading authority in human controlled infection models for shigellosis, a major cause of diarrhea morbidity and mortality in children.

CVD Director Kathleen Neuzil, MD, MPH, is one of Kotloff’s biggest supporters. “Karen is a pioneer and has performed more Shigella challenge studies than anyone in the world,” Neuzil says. “She modified an earlier challenge model to make it more standardized, reproducible, and safe for participants. The model that she developed is the one currently used throughout the world. She’s a tireless champion for access to vaccines and children’s health around the globe.”

In addition to conducting large epidemiologic studies to understand the causes and health outcomes associated with infectious diseases in children, Kotloff has tested numerous vaccines in adults and children, including for influenza and group A streptococcus. An advisor to the World Health Organization, and author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, Kotloff’s research portfolio totals over $50 million.

“My career has really evolved in two intertwined tracks: studying the epidemiology of infectious diseases to understand what causes disease and death in children and conducting clinical trials to test new and improved vaccines to prevent these infections,” Kotloff says. “I have been fortunate to receive funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and NIH to pursue both tracks.”

One of her favorite projects took place in Mali, a poor country in West Africa with one of the world’s highest childhood mortality rates. Kotloff has worked there steadily since 2001, conducting a series of epidemiologic studies to understand the causes and consequences of fever, pneumonia, diarrheal diseases, and tonsillitis from group A streptococcus. Whenever possible, she helped to introduce vaccines and other interventions to curb the disease burden and then measure the impact of that intervention.

“I received the Legion of Honor in Mali for our initial work,” Kotloff recalls. “As a result of this project, I met Dr. Samba Sow, who was the coordinator of our field site and is now the Malian Minister of Health. Working with Dr. Sow and his incredible team of dedicated epidemiologists and doctors has been one of the greatest joys of my career.”

“Enormously honored” to be named the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Researcher of the Year, Kotloff says she shares the award with colleagues like Sow, Neuzil, former CVD Director Myron “Mike”  Levine, MD, DTPH, and others. “This award really goes to the group of dedicated, talented physicians, scientists, and health professionals with whom I work every day both here and at the international sites where my projects are conducted,” Kotloff says. “And of course those who have mentored and supported me.”

Kotloff is returning the favor, mentoring hundreds of investigators internationally in performing rigorous trials and field studies, conducting research to international regulatory standards, and preparing papers, abstracts, and presentations. James Campbell, MD, MS, Milagritos Tapia, MD, and Wilbur Chen, MD, MS, are just three at UMSOM who have developed their own independent research careers under Kotloff’s tutelage.

Asked about the satisfaction she derives from mentoring students, fellows, and junior faculty, Kotloff says, “The Center for Vaccine Development is a very special place with a legacy, extending over 40 years, of one generation of researchers training the next. Because of the stellar reputation of the CVD, we have been able to attract highly qualified fellows and I have had the pleasure of watching these talented individuals grow into highly successful senior faculty. It is extremely gratifying to me to see that they will carry on the work that I find so important.”

Kotloff also is grateful to her family. “I am married with two wonderful grown children, a fantastic daughter-in-law, and two adorable dogs,” she says. “My husband and children have always been very supportive and enthusiastic about my work, occasionally even joining me on a trip. My favorite activity of all is to spend time with my family. I enjoy hiking and kayaking in my spare time. Believe it or not, I also enjoy traveling.”

That’s a good thing, because she has done a lot of it since her first trip — to Somalia in 1993 during a refugee crisis. “It was an experience I will never forget,” Kotloff says. “I saw firsthand the tireless, impeccably organized efforts of a courageous team of Doctors Without Borders providing life-saving vaccines, treatment, and nutritional support to a devastated population and the gratitude that they received in return.”

Saying “it breaks my heart to see a sick child — it is always better to prevent a disease than treat it,” Kotloff also has focused on infections that affect infants and children in the United States. For example, she led a recent study that showed that an antibacterial ointment could be applied to the nose and skin of infants in the Intensive Care Unit to prevent severe staph infections.

After 35 years at UMSOM, Kotloff says there are more challenges to tackle.

“During my career, I have worked to lay the groundwork for introduction of new and underused vaccines in poor countries in Africa and Asia. Now that there are vaccines for many of the major infectious diseases affecting children, those that remain each make up a small piece of the pie. We need to rethink our approach to preventing deaths,” she says. “My current work has turned to strategies that we hope will improve the underlying health and nutrition of young children in these settings so that the children will be stronger and more able to handle the infectious assaults that they face.”

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, executive vice president for medical affairs at UMB and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean at UMSOM, points out that as of mid-2018, 60 percent of countries in Africa have introduced rotavirus vaccines nationally thanks in part to Kotloff’s efforts. She also has consistently ranked among the top-funded UMSOM researchers for the past five years, he says.

“Dr. Kotloff’s research contributions as well as her mentoring have proven critical in advancing our vaccinology research to the best program worldwide,” Reece says. “She is dedicated to serving the world’s most vulnerable populations and is recognized by her peers as a leader in vaccinology and pediatric infectious disease research.”

—  Chris Zang

Chris ZangEducation, People, Research, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeOctober 9, 20180 comments
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The President’s Message

Check out the October issue of The President’s Message. It includes Dr. Perman’s column on Promise Heights’ game-changing $30 million grant; a look ahead to Founders Week; President’s Symposium and White Paper Project tackles gun violence; John T. Wolfe Jr. talks disruption and diversity at DAC Speaker Series; UMB leaders discuss policing and emergency management; new CURE Scholars documentary to air on MPT; “I’m new to Twitter — come say hello @JayPerman;” and a roundup of student, faculty, and staff achievements.

Chris ZangABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAOctober 8, 20180 comments
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UMB Champion of Excellence: Nicole Mattocks, MSW '10

UMB Champion of Excellence: Nicole Mattocks, MSW ’10

The Champions of Excellence campaign is a multi-year branding campaign at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) in which we highlight individuals and teams that exemplify extraordinary accomplishment and represent excellence at the University. For the past few months, the Elm has featured these UMB Champions, who are making Baltimore, our region, and in some cases the world a better place. (Read about all of the 2017-18 UMB Champions of Excellence.)

Today’s Champion:
Nicole Mattocks, MSW ’10
Advancing Positive Community Health Outcomes

In 2009, as a University of Maryland School of Social Work student, Nicole Mattocks interned with a community development organization in Northeast Baltimore. Shortly after earning her Master of Social Work in May 2010, Mattocks worked at a local high school in West Baltimore.

It didn’t take long for her to realize how different the two neighborhoods were.

“The physical environment was drastically different … and the really stark contrast struck me,” says Mattocks, who now is pursuing her PhD at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). “There was not nearly as much green space in Harlem Park [West Baltimore]. It wasn’t as well-kept [as Northeast Baltimore], with a lot of broken glass and trash. There were all these signs of what’s called physical disorder — graffiti, litter, vacant and abandoned buildings.”

Her mind bursting with knowledge from her coursework, Mattocks wondered how living in these conditions might affect a person’s well-being. Through her years of studying at UMB, she had gained a base knowledge about how having access to green spaces and healthy, safe environments leads to overall positive community health.

“I started thinking that there’s got to be a connection between growing up in this concrete jungle where everything’s falling apart and one’s experience and perception of the world,” she says. “That was the beginning of being interested in the relationship between the physical environment and all kinds of outcomes.”

Now, as she completes her doctorate in social work, she has focused her dissertation on the relationship between the physical environment and urban green spaces of Baltimore’s neighborhoods and mental health outcomes, such as depression and anxiety.

Mattocks was a logical fit for an opportunity that arose when two School of Social Work faculty, Caroline Burry, PhD, MSW, and Carolyn Tice, DSW, MSW, applied for a grant to develop an environmental social work course. The aim was to design a course that would be taught at both UMB and at its sister school, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, in India. The faculty needed someone to go to India to gather information about what environmental social work looked like and what environmental challenges were most important to the people in that region. Burry and Tice chose Mattocks.

For two weeks, she visited Indian environmental groups and agencies, learning about their needs and brainstorming ways to incorporate an environmental social work course into the college’s curriculum.

“The experience was really interesting because I had never traveled to a developing country before,” she says. “There’s not a lot of infrastructure in place to manage the environment there. They don’t even have trash pickup. There aren’t organized processes there in the way that we have, and take advantage of, here [in the United States].”

But Mattocks is quick to add that the problems with the environment in India have nothing to do with the community’s lack of caring.

“I talked to so many people who cared about the environment. There are these grass-roots initiatives to develop nonprofits and organizations to manage recycling and trash pickup,” she says. “It was more that the government didn’t prioritize the environment or that there weren’t enough resources.”

Mattocks worked closely with professors Burry and Tice to add her knowledge from India into the course curriculum. She hopes to see the final product of their efforts by spring 2019, when the course is piloted on both campuses — UMB and Rajagiri.

As she prepares for graduation in May 2019, Mattocks is open to a future working in either an academic or non-academic job.

“If I end up at a research institution studying the environmental impacts on health, I would like that,” she says. “I definitely want to stay local; I like the Baltimore region because it’s such a good place to do research.“

Mattocks, who was born in Prince George’s County and raised in Ellicott City, says her experience at UMB is, without a doubt, a contributor to her love of Baltimore.

“It’s nice to be in an environment where everyone is working on a professional degree,” she says. “There are a lot of faculty to work with in other disciplines and good opportunities for interdisciplinary research. Baltimore has many needs and a lot of populations we can serve. It’s the perfect location.”

Communications and Public AffairsCollaboration, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeOctober 8, 20180 comments
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Drug Take-Back Day

DEA Drug Take-Back Initiative: Oct. 24 and Oct. 27

To help improve medication safety in the local community, student pharmacists from Generation Rx in the American Pharmacists Association-Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will partner with the UMB Police Force for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Take-Back Initiative on Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SMC Campus Center.

UMB faculty, staff, students, and members of the local community are invited to turn in their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.

Erin MerinoEducation, For B'more, University LifeOctober 5, 20180 comments
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Vucenik to Give Keynote at International Symposium in Japan

Ivana VucenikIvana Vucenik, PhD, associate professor and graduate program director of medical and research technology and pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will present a keynote lecture on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Third International Symposium on Rice Science in Global Health in Kyoto, Japan.

Vucenik has been investigating the effect of IP6 on cancer cell growth, differentiation, and its interaction with intracellular signal transduction pathways to understand the molecular mechanism(s) underlying this antineoplastic action. Dr. Vucenik also has been studying the antiplatelet and natural killer (NK)-cell enhancing functions of IP6. Another research project in her laboratory focuses on platelet function testing and the phenomenon of aspirin resistance in humans.

As a recognized nutrition researcher and educator, Vucenik has made numerous presentations at national and international meetings. Her research has been supported by grants from the Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the University of Maryland Designated Research Initiative Fund, and the University of Maryland Women Health Research Foundation.

Lisa RodgersEducation, Research, UMB NewsOctober 4, 20180 comments
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Fifth Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care:

Nov. 8: Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care

The Fifth Annual Interprofessional Forum on Ethics and Religion in Health Care: Exploring Mental Health from a Trauma-Informed Care Lens, will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at the SMC Campus Center.

Trauma-informed care (TIC) involves an approach to health care delivery that recognizes the destructive and long-term impact of violent experiences, abuse, and neglect on a person’s lifelong physical, mental, emotional, and economic well-being. The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) identifies the following components of a TIC approach:

  • Realizing the widespread impact of trauma and understanding potential paths for recovery
  • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of trauma in patients, families, staff, and others involved with the system
  • Responding by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices, and seeking to actively resist retraumatization.

A focus on resilience (among both clients and caregivers) is central.

In this conference, we present an evolving case study highlighting key concepts of a TIC approach from an interprofessional, interfaith perspective, examining common ethical issues that arise. Attendees will have opportunities to interact in applying skills and knowledge relevant to TIC.

This educational program is designed to facilitate interprofessional learning. We welcome all health care professionals as well as laypersons interested in exploring these questions from the lens of ethics, religion, and spirituality, with an emphasis on how different health care professions contribute.

Registration is required, and the fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, continuing education, and materials.

  • Full-time students and medical residents: $55
  • Individuals: $100
  • Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network (MHECN) members: $80

FOr more information, go to this School of Nursing webpage.

Emily ParksClinical Care, Collaboration, EducationOctober 2, 20180 comments
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Stein and Scalea

Founders Week-Entrepreneurs of the Year: The MARS Team

Every fall, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) commemorates our rich history and celebrates the future we’re building together during Founders Week, which this year runs Oct. 13 to 18. Among the highlights is recognizing the extraordinary work of UMB’s faculty and staff with four awards, each signifying outstanding accomplishment in one facet of our mission. Leading up to Founders Week, we will highlight the award winners every Tuesday on The Elm. For more information on UMB’s annual celebration and associated events, please check out the Founders Week website.

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Today: Entrepreneurs of the Year

The MARS Team
Steven I. Hanish, MD, FACS
Thomas M. Scalea, MD, FACS, MCCM
Deborah M. Stein, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCM
School of Medicine
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center
University of Maryland Medical Center

Entrepreneurs transform their discoveries into outcomes that benefit the people they serve. In the case of MARS (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System), the three physician-scientists listed above have demonstrated how discovery-based clinical innovations can make the difference between life and death for thousands of patients.

Liver failure is a devastating disease that affects around 1,600 patients in the U.S. each year. Modern medicine has developed a variety of devices to support failing organs — ventilators for the lungs, ventricular assist devices for the heart, dialysis for the kidneys. Until recently, there was nothing for the failing liver.

Thanks to these three outstanding physician-scientists and their innovative application of MARS now there is hope. This “dialysis machine for the liver” can remove toxins, improve clotting, and reduce brain swelling. MARS can be used to buy time for the liver to recover. In some cases where recovery is not possible, MARS is a bridge to liver transplant.

Steven HanishIn addition to the expertise of Thomas Scalea, physician-in-chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Deborah Stein, its chief of trauma, and Steven Hanish, a liver transplant surgeon who has since left Shock Trauma, good old-fashioned luck played a part in Shock Trauma becoming the first to use MARS when a gunshot victim being treated there developed profound liver failure.

“We had heard of the MARS. It seemed like the perfect application. We called the company and it turned out there was one in the area. An institution had bought it but then changed its mind,” Scalea recalls. “The device was on a truck passing through Maryland. I called Karen Doyle [senior vice president at Shock Trauma] and we purchased it that day. It was delivered within hours.”

When the patient and then several more responded to the MARS treatment, which can replace hepatic function in acute liver failure sufferers, Scalea, Stein, and Hanish began a formalized study.

From January 2013 to December 2016, they assessed data from increasing numbers of liver patients, who were referred to Scalea and his team as word spread of their MARS success. At the conclusion of their study, the three reported their encouraging results before the American Surgical Association.

“The results are nothing short of amazing,” says Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM, director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center. “These are patients who surely would have died, but they survive and go on to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.”

Adds School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, “Working collaboratively, Drs. Hanish, Scalea, and Stein have repurposed an existing technology to help extend and, indeed, save the lives of patients who have experienced acute liver failure. They have published the results of their life-saving work with MARS, paving the way for other clinicians to use this device and affect the lives of countless other patients,” says Reece, who is also executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). “Their results using MARS as a bridge-to-transplant could also serve as an important first step in gaining FDA approval for liver transplant recipients.”

One of the foremost authorities in the world on trauma research, education, and clinical practice, Scalea is a seemingly round-the-clock fixture at Shock Trauma, where he has worked 80- to 100-hour weeks since becoming physician-in-chief in 1997. He says he is grateful for the Entrepreneur of the Year recognition of “the wonderful interaction between clinical care and investigation. It is especially meaningful to be recognized in conjunction with Dr. Stein. I have really enjoyed watching her career mature and seeing her develop into a master clinician, administrator, and investigator. Watching our trainees excel makes me know that our specialty is in good hands going forward.”

Stein, who said she was “pleased and honored” by the award and whose national service includes active participation in virtually every major trauma, critical care, and surgical society, paid tribute to Scalea when she was invested as the R Adams Cowley, MD, Professor in Shock and Trauma in May 2016.

Stein, whose father and grandfather were physicians, called Scalea her voice, her conscience, her source of confidence, her mentor in every way. “What can I possibly say to the man who, quite literally, changed my life?” she said of Scalea. “You have trained me to be the best, to provide the absolute best care to patients. You have modeled kindness and compassion and humanity and sympathy and service.”

Hanish, who is now director of adult, pediatric, and living donor liver transplant at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, recognizes firsthand the hardship that patients must endure while waiting for a suitable organ donor. According to national statistics, the liver transplant waiting list contains nearly 14,000 people — many of whom may die before they can receive surgery.

“MARS allows us to hopefully save those who wouldn’t be saved without the technology,” Hanish says. “The beauty of the system is not the box and cartridges, but how it represents a multidisciplinary/multi-modal approach to a critical care organ failure problem.”

James L. Hughes, MBA, oversees the Entrepreneur of the Year process as UMB’s chief enterprise and economic development officer and vice president, and he says the MARS team’s pioneering spirit symbolizes what the award is about.

“Entrepreneurship combines innovation and impact,” Hughes says. “Through persistence and meticulous research, the MARS team is on the path to turn inspiration to save one life into a new standard of care for thousands of patients.”

Adds Anthony F. Lehman, MD, MSPH, senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine, “We believe that this team is a perfect example of what differentiates UMB and its faculty from other universities: Our collaboration and entrepreneurial mindset is focused on helping the most critical patients when life is truly on the line.”

— Chris Zang

(Note: Top photo is Stein and Scalea; inset photo is Hanish)

Chris ZangEducation, People, Research, UMB News, University Administration, University LifeOctober 2, 20180 comments
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