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Opoid Overdose Training

Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction

There is no question that the opioid crisis in Maryland has reached epidemic proportions. In the first three quarters of 2016, the state reported 1,468 unintentional deaths caused by substance abuse, with a majority of the fatalities attributed to heroin and fentanyl. In the same period, there were approximately 500 deaths reported in Baltimore City alone, an increase from approximately 300 the previous year. With overdose numbers this staggering, individuals working in public health and clinical health care have started to wonder what more can they do to address this problem.

Through the Emerging Leaders program, I met an individual from the School of Nursing who invited me to join the planning committee for the Baltimore Area Health Education Center’s (BAHEC) Interdisciplinary Training on Opioid Overdose. We organized an event called “Empowering Students to End the Cycle of Addiction,” which took place on April 8, 2017. Students, staff, and faculty, representing the Graduate School and the Schools of Law, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), came together to learn about the opioid epidemic in Baltimore City and to discuss their professional and personal roles in reducing opioid overdoses. Attendees also left the training certified to administer naloxone – a lifesaving drug that can reverse opioid overdoses.

Preparing Students to Save Lives

The day began with an eye-opening presentation from David Richard Fowler, MD, chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland, in which he presented data on the number of overdose deaths. He discussed the implications that this public health crisis is having on his office, noting that the increase in fatalities has caused a huge strain on his office’s human resources.

Next, Miriam Alvarez, the opioid education and naloxone distribution (OEND) outreach program coordinator at Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore, provided an inspired naloxone training. She engaged the audience by asking questions about their knowledge of opioids and their ability to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose. She stressed that while opioid misuse was once considered a low income, inner-city problem, it affects individuals from all walks of life, and we should all be prepared to respond in the event that we witness an overdose.

Representing the School of Pharmacy, Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) and director of the Behavioral Health Research Team, discussed the pharmacist’s role in preventing opioid overdose. She spoke about Maryland’s naloxone standing order, which allows registered pharmacists to dispense naloxone without a prescription and discussed different measures that pharmacists and pharmacies can take to ensure that they are actively involved in preventing opioid misuse, including an explanation of the risks of prescription opioids with patients and querying the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) before filling a prescription. Shaya closed her presentation by mentioning a variety of public health prevention programs on which her team works related to this issue.

Making the Discussion Hit Home

Following the presentations, faculty from the medical, dental, and social work schools presented students with a case study that profiled a young man who began misusing prescription opioids following a sports injury, and subsequently developed a dependency on heroin. Faculty encouraged students to identify areas of health care intervention, which sparked a lively discussion among attendees. The event closed with Mellissa Sager, JD, staff attorney at the School of Law, presenting an overview of the Good Samaritan Law and an update from a Baltimore City Health Department representative, who described the city’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic.

This training proved to be a huge success, with more than 55 students attending the Saturday morning training to take action on this important issue. Considering the interest in this event and the urgency of this public health epidemic, the BAHEC plans to host another training in the fall. Everyone at UMB has a role to play in reducing opioid overdoses, and this event provided an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to become more empowered to do so.

Marianne Gibson Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Education, For B'more, Global & Community Engagement, People, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 24, 20170 comments
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UMB Employee Assistance Program

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Know the services available to you at UMB!

Do you need a sympathetic professional to talk to and consult with? Are you having trouble at home, work, or with life’s changes? The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is here for you.

The EAP is an excellent resource for supervisors for team-building, conflict resolution, and employee support.

Experienced counselors can offer support and structure to help individuals and groups talk about issues.

This service is completely confidential and free for UMB employees.

Feel free to call us at 667-214-1555 to schedule an appointment.

Carol McKissick Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, UMB News, University LifeApril 19, 20170 comments
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Women in Bio Pop Up Meeting

Women in Bio Baltimore Pop Up Meeting

Don’t miss the Women in Bio Baltimore May pop-up meeting. The meetings are free! Network and develop possible collaborations, while learning how to develop your career. May’s speaker will be Christy Wyskiel, advisor to the president of Johns Hopkins University.

May Meeting

“Revitalizing East Baltimore Through Entrepreneurs in Science: Update on Impact of FastFoward & JHU Ventures on Baltimore Neighborhoods”
Johns Hopkins
1812 Ashland Bldg., Ground Level
May 11, 2017,  8 to 9:30 a.m.

Karen Underwood Collaboration, Education, People, ResearchApril 19, 20170 comments
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Lunch and Learn Flow Cytometry

The UMGCCC Lunch and Learn Lecture Series

On May 11, the University of Maryland Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) Flow Cytometry Lunch and Learn Lecture Series with Transnational Laboratory Shared Services will present “Advanced imaging cytometry for high throughput cell, colony, and spheroids analysis.”

The UMGCCC Lunch and Learn Lecture Series is a great way to network, learn about new technologies and/or procedures, and make possible collaborations. The event is free. Registration required.


Karen Underwood Clinical Care, Collaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyApril 19, 20170 comments
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SOM Gala

University of Maryland School of Medicine Gala

The annual School of Medicine Gala is more than a night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing. It also provides critical funding for basic science and translational research and clinical initiatives at the School of Medicine.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Becky Herman at or 410-706-5057.

Becky Herman Collaboration, Education, Research, Technology, UMB News, University LifeApril 10, 20170 comments
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4th Annual Health Disparities Lecture

The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health invites faculty, staff, and students at UMB to attend the 4th Annual Renée Royak-Schaler Memorial Lecture in Health Disparities on April 18, 2017, at 4 p.m. in Taylor Lecture Hall of the Bressler Research Building (655 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201).

Note: 1 CME credit will be offered for this event.

Anthony Iton, MD, JD, MPH, senior vice president of the California Endowment, will be speaking on the topic: “Does your zip code matter more than your genetic code? Targeting the root causes of health inequity.”

A reception will follow in the Bressler lobby.


Yimei Wu Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, Research, UMB News, University Life, USGAApril 7, 20170 comments
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National Public Health Week

Celebrate Public Health

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Every year, the Association develops a national campaign to educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about issues related to each year’s theme.

Join the MPH Program for NPHW

Sign up now for our events!

Monday, April 3
7:30 to 9 a.m.
Ronald McDonald House Breakfast
635 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Help relieve one worry for families by preparing a home cooked meal. Join the MPH Program as we prepare a healthy breakfast for Ronald McDonald House residents.

Noon to 1 p.m.
#NPHW Photo Session
SMC Campus Center Lobby
621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Start the trend and spread the word! Join the MPH Program for a fun photo session in the SMC!

Tuesday, April 4
Noon to 1 p.m.
Movie: “Unnatural Causes…is inequality making us sick?”
660 W. Redwood St., Baltimore, MD 21201, Howard Hall 101B
An acclaimed documentary series that sounds the alarm about the extent of our glaring socioeconomic and racial inequities in health and searches for their root causes.
*Snacks will be served.

Wednesday, April 5
Noon to 1 p.m.
“Join the Movement” Walk
School of Nursing, Courtyard, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (starting location)
Influential leaders, companies, and organizations are taking important steps to create the healthiest nation. We also can build momentum and show a higher commitment to our nation’s public health. Join the MPH Program as we walk with community members around West Baltimore!

Thursday, April 6
9 to 5:30 p.m.
Public Health Research @ Maryland 2017
University of Maryland, College Park, 1220 Stamp Student Union, College Park, MD 20742
The University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, cordially invite you as active participants to explore and learn through poster sessions and panel discussions about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities, and the potential for new collaborations. REGISTER NOW

Friday, April 7
Noon to 2 p.m.
“Got Public Health?” Table Booth
University of Maryland Medical Center Cafeteria, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (1st Floor, South Building)
What are the best sources for public health information? Stop by the public health booth and learn how to get useful preparedness tips, updates, and health alerts.

Oriyomi Dawodu ABAE, Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Collaboration, Community Service, Contests, Education, For B'more, People, Research, Technology, UMB News, University Life, USGAMarch 15, 20170 comments
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Women in Bio

Women in Bio Baltimore Pop-Up Meets

Join Women in BIO (WIB) Baltimore Pop-Up Meets for “Rise of the Guardians – How Personality Styles Influence” with moderator Melissa Reuter, associate director, business development, Partnering for Precision Diagnostics at QIAGEN.

Women in BIO (WIB) Baltimore Pop-Up Meets is a great group for professional development, networking, collaborating, and developing friendships.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8 a.m.
801 W. Baltimore St., Room 602

Karen Underwood Collaboration, Community Service, Education, TechnologyMarch 15, 20170 comments
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Flow Cytometry

How Flow Cytometry Works

In order to be a “trained user” of our core, you must take the “How Flow Cytometry Works” lecture, given by Xiaoxuan Fan, PhD.

This is the first step of our analytical training process. However, the lecture also is perfect if you merely want to learn about flow cytometry.

Event Details

March 28
Bressler Research Building 7-033
10:30 a.m. to noon

The lecture is open and free – register now.

Karen Underwood Education, Research, TechnologyMarch 13, 20170 comments
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Flow Cytometry Shared Services Lunch and Learn

The UMGCCC FCSS is having a Lunch and Learn lecture on the Amins Imagining Flow Cytometer.

Come meet the latest addition to the UMGCCC FCSS Core and find out what it can do for you!

The seminar is free, but you must reserve a spot.

Come meet the AMNIS and FCSS experts from 1 to 4 p.m. in BRB 7-033 to go over ideas, software, and your imaging cytometer questions and needs.

Karen Underwood Collaboration, Education, Research, TechnologyMarch 13, 20170 comments
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Ethics & Law

Law in the Laboratory

Law in the Laboratory: A Primer for Scientists Conducting Federally Funded Research

This workshop, conducted by Robert P. Charrow, JD, from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, will address three areas — misconduct in science, human subjects and privacy, and financial conflicts of interest. To help illustrate the application of the rules that pertain in each area, hypothetical case studies will be presented and discussed. Attendees should read the case studies beforehand and be prepared to discuss each during the workshop. (Case studies will be distributed shortly before the event.)

Charrow focuses his practice on research, biotechnology, and health care issues. He represents health care providers, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, universities, research institutes, and other entities with respect to legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters arising under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and research issues under the Public Health Service Act.

Charrow served as a member of the Secretary’s Task Force on Medical Liability and was Chairman of the Task Force on Scientific Misconduct and has written extensively in the area of science and the law, and in particular on the effects of the legal system on scientific research, product development and health. In addition, he has taught as an associate professor of law at University of Cincinnati College of Law and also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Maggi Smith Clinical Care, Research, UMB NewsMarch 3, 20171 comment
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Neuroimaging retreat

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat

Pain Neuroimaging – Advances and Controversies

April 14, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
School of Nursing, Room 140



  • David Seminowicz
  • Joel Greenspan
  • Rao Gullapalli
  • Chandler Sours

Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat is an annual meeting of Baltimore-Washington area neuroimaging researchers, postdocs, and students.


Brigitte Pocta Bulletin Board, Clinical Care, Education, Research, Technology, University LifeMarch 3, 20170 comments
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Center for Vaccine Development

Volunteers Needed for Reproductive Health Study

In conjunction with the National Institutes of Health, the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development is currently conducting a research study to collect samples to test an investigational rapid laboratory test to screen for two common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. We are in need of healthy, male and female volunteers, ages 18 – 49 for participation in this research study. The research study involves one 30-60 minute visit for which you will be compensated $75 for your time. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Recruiting Office at the Center for Vaccine Development at 410-706-6156 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Jennifer Courneya Bulletin Board, Community Service, Education, People, Research, University LifeMarch 2, 20170 comments
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