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Summer 2018 Student Global Health Project Applications are Open

The Center for Global Education Initiatives is pleased to announce five global health interprofessional projects for the summer of 2018. Students have an opportunity to participate in projects in Costa Rica, Israel, Rwanda, The Gambia, and Zambia. Applications are open until Dec. 3.

  • Costa Rica: A comparative analysis of emerging infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response in Costa Rica and the United States.
  • Israel: Expanding greywater reuse in water-scarce regions in Israel.
  • Rwanda: First assessment of injection drug use practices and associated HIV risks in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The Gambia: Health system strengthening in The Gambia: A continuation of prior work.
  • Zambia: Assessment of medical and pharmacy student knowledge of antimicrobial spectrum in Lusaka, Zambia.

For more information on these projects, go here.

Additional information about the grant application process can be found here.

Heidi Fancher Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Education, Research, USGANovember 7, 20170 comments
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Entrepreneur of the Year Griffith Revisits ‘Road To A Deep Breath’

Bartley P. Griffith, MD, took a riveted audience on the “Road to a Deep Breath” at the Entrepreneur of the Year presentation Oct. 18, one of the highlights of UMB’s Founders Week celebration.

Griffith, the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery at the School of Medicine, has spent 20 years developing the world’s first wearable, artificial lung system and founded Breethe, Inc., in 2014 to perfect and commercialize it.

“There is no worse death than one from loss of lung function,” Griffith says.

To demonstrate his point, Griffith showed a PowerPoint slide of a huge rock sitting on a stick person’s chest to the audience at the BioPark Life Sciences Conference Center. It included the words “Empathy Drives Everything.”

Empathy is what has inspired Griffith in his Breethe quest. Hundreds of thousands of people die annually from lung failure. Griffith, as a surgeon who has done more than 1,250 heart transplants and 685 lung transplants, has seen firsthand the demoralizing life of those who are tied to a breathing machine in a hospital bed.

“If we build a better mousetrap, people can get up and live a more normal life, and we can get them out of the hospital,” Griffith told the audience of his original thoughts. The road wasn’t easy. There were setbacks as well as successes. “I love firsts,” says Griffith, who also was the first surgeon in America to implant a Jarvik heart in a patient and developed a pediatric heart pump.

It took decades but Griffith and his team have developed the first wearable artificial lung system. Fully portable, the pump lung unit, which is a little larger than a Coke can and sits on the patient’s belt, draws blood out down through the cannula. It oxygenates and removes carbon dioxide from the blood, which then goes back into the body. The unit also is attached to a portable pack on wheels, which contains batteries, the oxygen source, and the pump motor to control it.

“Our artificial lung device is different because of its inherently biocompatible and efficient design,” says Griffith, who also has built a resistance to clotting into it, saying “moving blood is good blood; stagnant blood is bad blood.”

With business partners Carl Cohen and Steve Orwig, who attended the presentation, and medical device executive Marshal Linder, who was out of the country, Griffith and the Breethe team are proceeding toward filing a 501(k) request for approval with the Food and Drug Administration in 2019.

Griffith, UMB’s 2010 Researcher of the Year, also credited funders like NIH and Robert Embry of the Abell Foundation, who was on hand, bioengineers like Jon Wu and Jiafeng Zhang, the UMB tech transfer office, and University leadership.

“I would be the poster boy for learning that multidisciplinary involvement is the key and the crutch that most surgical scientists have to fall upon,” said Griffith. He said the pump lung unit, which crams a surface area of 72 square meters, the size of a tennis court, into a Coke can-sized device, really is the work of the bioengineering community.

“We have passion, we have direction,” Griffth said, “but it’s that partnership between the empathetic physician that draws in the people who have the math skills to do the engineering that makes it click.”

He urged others to “innovate fearlessly” and humbly said he was just a surgeon. E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs at UMB and dean of the School of Medicine, disagreed in his introduction.

Said Reece: “If I had the skills to develop the perfect School of Medicine physician/scientist, that person would look highly likely like Bart Griffith. That person would be a gifted and dedicated clinician, a collaborative and determined researcher, and an innovative and visionary entrepreneur. That’s the full package, and Dr. Griffith, I believe you are the embodiment of that.”

After Griffith’s presentation, Phil Robilotto, assistant vice president in UMB’s Research and Development Tech Transfer Office, honored UMB faculty who received patents in the previous year. (See the list here).

— Chris Zang

Chris Zang Clinical Care, Education, People, UMB NewsOctober 26, 20170 comments
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Intimate Partner Violence IPE Course

Learning Opportunity: Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence

The UMB Community Collaborative on Intimate Partner Violence is sponsoring the one-credit elective course “Interprofessional Responses to Intimate Partner Violence: What We All Need to Know.”

About the Course

This course is comprised of seven consecutive sessions and will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning on Sept. 20 and ending on Nov. 1. Course instructors will include faculty and staff from the schools of social work, law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant societal problem, which has persisted despite efforts to eradicate it using numerous intervention strategies. In this course, the student will be introduced to key concepts, processes, measurements, and related theories across diverse practice settings (i.e. dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) to be able to effectively address IPV in practice.

We will cover Issues related to those who experience and witness IPV as well as those who perpetrate IPV, including social and cultural factors (e.g., race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status) associated with IPV, including theory practice on intersectionality. The student will explore various strategies established for ending IPV and clinical, policy, and social change interventions from an interprofessional perspective.

Course activities will be designed to help the student think critically and apply understanding of theories from the individual to macro levels of intervention and change across practice settings in social work, law, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and medicine.

Weekly Class Topics

  • Class 1: Definitions, Prevalence and Impact of IPV
  • Class 2: History and Theories of IPV
  • Class 3: Practice: Social Work and Law (Screening for IPV, IPV Programs [crisis, clinical, advocacy], Civil and Criminal Legal Options, Child Welfare Advocates and Victim Advocates, and Safety vs. Autonomy)
  • Class 4: Practice: Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy (How Is IPV Visible in My Practice?, Screening and Brief Interventions in Health Settings, Intimate Partner Sexual Violence, and Reproductive Coercion)
  • Class 5: Policy (Local, State, and Federal Law and Policies, Limitations of Current Practice, Promising Practices, and Reporting Requirements)
  • Class 6: Special Populations/Considerations (Minority, Immigrant, LGTB, HIV, Disabled, and Male Victims, Intersection of IPV and Human Trafficking, and Adolescent Relationship Abuse)
  • Class 7: Where are we now? Where do we need to go? (Best Practices, Intersectionality, Social Justice, and Social Change)


To enroll, contact your school’s registration office. For additional information on the topics covered in this course, contact Lisa Fedina at

Lisa Fedina Bulletin Board, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, People, UMB NewsJune 12, 20170 comments
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Flow Cytometry

Lunch and Learn Flow Cytometry – Software FCS Express 6

Get a head start with FCS Express!

Good to know:

  • One account works on multiple computers
  • Easily export to PowerPoint with FCS Express’ intuitive interface
  • Import FACS DIVA files
  • Analyze imaging cytometer AMNIS FlowSight and ImageStream files
  • Analyze high throughput 96 well plate files

Lunch will be provided with registration for site license trial. Register for free!


June 20, noon to1:30 p.m. – lecture
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Q/A
MSTF Room 354
685 W. Baltimore St.

Xiaoxuan Fan Bulletin Board, Education, People, Research, TechnologyJune 7, 20170 comments
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Employees Embrace Davidge Hall Tour

Davidge Hall is the most distinctive building on the UMB campus. As the oldest medical school building in continuous use for medical education in the Western Hemisphere, its historic columns and dome are the basis for the logo shared by UMB and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

But what lies inside its walls is still a mystery to many, which is why Larry Pitrof, executive director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association, provided a lecture and tour on May 24, the latest event sponsored by UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture. Completed in 1812, Davidge Hall still fascinates faculty, staff, and students, who filled the available 25 slots the first day the notice was posted.

“I actually walked through here 30 years ago and am curious to see what has changed,” said Larry Miller, a longtime member of financial services and the first to arrive. “It was fascinating then; I remember the acoustics in one room where someone could whisper at one end and be heard at the other. That and the skeleton in the doorway,” he said with a laugh.

Pitrof said there are lots of skeletons in the Davidge Hall closet. Going over the building’s history in Chemical Hall while the visitors munched on boxed lunches, he spoke of how the first building used by Dr. John Beale Davidge to teach anatomy was destroyed by an angry mob citing the dissection of cadavers as the desecration of human remains. Grave digging was the prime source of cadavers then.

When 10 percent of Baltimore City’s population died of yellow fever in the late 1790s, it inspired support for an entity to bring together those like Dr. Davidge who understood the mysteries of medicine, and the School of Medicine, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Davidge Hall came to be. “Dr. Davidge and his colleagues paid about $40,000 to have the hall built on land that was donated,” Pitrof recalled.

Design of the building exhibits characteristics found in the architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who built America’s first anatomical theater at the University of Pennsylvania in 1806, said Pitrof, who showed side-by-side slides of the two buildings. Such a “classical looking building would elevate the medical profession at the time,” he said.

Indeed, medicine in the early 1800s wasn’t the respected field it is today. “Remedies were crude then — cupping and bleeding. You went to the hospital to die, not to be cured,” Pitrof said. Later he added, “Layer upon layer is how medicine is based. The benefits we enjoy today are all based on what happened then and our School of Medicine is a big contributor to that.”

After the history lesson, Pitrof discussed necessary renovations for Davidge Hall, starting with the exterior (roof problems despite a 2002 restoration) and the interior (complete overhaul of the heating and cooling system). The School of Medicine and its Alumni Association is raising $5 million through naming opportunities but the overall Davidge renovation is expected to cost $25 million.

The need for repairs became more apparent when the group moved to the Anatomical Hall, directly above Chemical Hall. Aside from their rising circular seating, the two rooms couldn’t be more different in ambience. Chemical Hall is dark, almost foreboding. Anatomical Hall, a room with the great acoustics Miller remembered, is energetically bright with light streaming through the circular skylights and domed ceiling. “The jewel of the building,” in Pitrof’s eyes.

That once proud ceiling of decorative semicircles and rosette patterns that saw Marquis de Lafayette awarded the first honorary doctorate from the university in 1824 has fallen on hard times, with water damage and decay at the base of the dome forming a patchwork of problems.

In the next couple of months we hope the exterior work will begin,” Pitrof said. After answering a few questions, he dismissed the group to check out the various displays in the building — the Allan Burns collection of medical artifacts, portraits of early SOM deans, eyewear and World War II collections, and much more.

Asked the reason for the tour, Pitrof replied, “Despite its distinction as America’s oldest existing medical teaching facility, there is a surprisingly large segment of our campus community that has never visited the building. This tour is part of a larger campus effort to engage colleagues in a manner that enriches their experience and makes them even more proud of our university.”

Lingling Sun, a laboratory research specialist in the Institute of Human Virology, said it did exactly that for her. “I knew of the symbol, now I know the history of Davidge Hall,” she said. “I’m proud to be part of the School of Medicine.”

Miller was happy to get an updated look at the building. “I don’t remember all the display cases. This was real interesting.”

And there were several visitors like Karen Hornick from the Department of Medicine who had only had brief glimpses of Davidge Hall previously. “I finally made it,” she said with a smile. “The tour was great. I’d definitely recommend it.”

Learn more about UMB’s Council for the Arts & Culture.

by Chris Zang

Chris Zang Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeMay 25, 20170 comments
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Is Your Drinking Getting out of Control?

A clinical trial is being conducted on an investigational medication for the treatment of heavy drinking. This study is open to men and women ages 18 and older and of European ancestry. Participation is confidential and you will be compensated for your time and effort. Transportation can be provided.

University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobehavioral Center
5900 Waterloo Rd.
Columbia, MD

Olga KolesnikBulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, People, ResearchApril 27, 20170 comments
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Salsa and Bachata Dance Class

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) will be hosting our second dance class fundraiser! Come learn some new moves, get to know students from all over campus, and help raise money to support LMSA.

These classes are for everyone, from the complete beginner to the seasoned dancer – feel free to bring a friend or two!

The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Friday, Feb. 24
5:30 to 7 p.m.
SMC Campus Center, Room 349

Laura Sirbu Bulletin Board, People, University Life, USGAFebruary 14, 20170 comments
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Second Annual Primary Care Day

You are invited to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s second annual Primary Care Day on April 28, 2017.

Proposals on any topic relating to primary care research are welcome from researchers from all professional schools on the UMB campus. Posters will be presented during a dedicated research forum following the keynote address. Please consider the theme of the session, Issues in Urban Primary Care when writing your submission.

  • Deadline for submission: Feb. 17, 2017
  • Selected abstracts will be announced by March 31, 2017
  • Please send submissions to Erinn Smith at by 5 p.m. on Feb. 17, 2017.

Abstract Requirements for Submission

Research Abstract for University of Maryland School of Medicine 2nd annual Primary Care Day

  • Length: Limit abstract to 300 words (not including title and authors).
  • Language: Abstracts must be in English.
  • Format
    1. Type the body of the abstract as one paragraph.
    2. The abstract must be written in third person.
    3. Abstracts should contain the appropriate subheadings described below.
    4. The abstract should not contain references or acknowledgments.

Submit abstracts as pdfs attachments emailed to Erinn Smith (, University of Maryland, Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Abstract Format

Context: The abstract should begin with a sentence or two summarizing the rationale for the study. In addition, the author should give a sentence or two about the importance of this work to primary care.

Objective: State the objective(s) or hypothesis(es) addressed.


Design: Describe the basic design of the study.

Setting: Describe the study setting(s).

Participants: State the important eligibility inclusion and exclusion) criteria and key sociodemographic features of participants.

Instrument (if applicable)

Intervention (if applicable): Describe the essential features of any interventions.

Main and secondary outcome measures (if any)

Results: Main results of the study. If research is in progress, state anticipated results.

Conclusions: Report conclusions with potential implications for primary care.  If research is in progress, state methodological or conceptual problem that is being posed.

Clare BanksBulletin Board, Education, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, USGAJanuary 13, 20170 comments
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Stop or Reduce Drinking

A clinical trial is being conducted on an investigational medication for the treatment of heavy drinking. This study is open to men and women ages 18 and older and of European ancestry. Participation is confidential and you will be compensated for your time and effort. Transportation can be provided.

University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Neurobehavioral Center

For more information call the Clinical Neurobehavioral Center at (667) 214-2111.

5900 Waterloo Rd.
Columbia, Md.

Olga Kolesnik ResearchJanuary 9, 20170 comments
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An Evening of Storytelling: HIV Providers and Professionals United

Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. Please join us for a night of thought provoking discussion with HIV providers and professionals who have dedicated their life’s work to addressing the HIV Epidemic

School of Nursing
655 W. Lombard St.
Room 140
5 to 7 p.m.

A collaboration between: The Student Section of the Maryland Public Health Association (SMdPHA), The JACQUES Initiative of the Institute of Human Virology, School of Medicine (SOM), Nurses for Global Health, Global Health Interest Group, and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity.

Alan Lin Collaboration, USGANovember 23, 20160 comments
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