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Bioethics Week

Some 20 events are planned for the week of April 16–20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Johns Hopkins Berman Bioethics Institute. Among the highlights: Grand rounds with U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin. A talk on gene patenting by best-selling author Michael Crichton. The Power of Wit, a drama based on Wit, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. “Take a Break!,” vignettes, music, and poetry with actress Megan Cole (ER, Seinfeld, Crossing Jordan). The Shallenberger Lecture on “Urban Bioethics,” delivered by Alan Fleischman, professor of epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Rubenstein Building

This month, the new child health building, opened last summer, will be formally dedicated and named in honor of David Rubenstein, a member of the University’s board of trustees and cofounder and managing director of the Carlyle Group, a large private equity firm.

The David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, on the corner of Orleans and Wolfe streets, will be dedicated April 26 at 5 p.m. under a tent at the site. (Wolfe Street will be closed between Orleans and Fayette.) A reception will follow.

Lab Week

Every week of the year, we depend on our clinical and anatomic laboratory staff to perform critical testing. But during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, always the fourth week in April, we get the chance to express special appreciation for our phlebotomists, laboratory assistants, pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists. This year, National Lab Week takes place from April 22 to April 28. Look for special displays and activities that illuminate the vital role these skilled professionals play.

Radiothon Totals

The 18th annual Mix 106.5 Radiothon, featuring the stories of young patients, families, physicians and staff, raised nearly $1.1 million to benefit patient care at the Children’s Center during its four-day broadcast ending Sunday, March 4. In all, Radiothon has raised more than $10.5 million for the Children’s Center.

Donor Wall

Since 1999, the Hopkins Hospital’s organ donor memorial wall has paid tribute to those who have donated organs and tissue. Now, 50 more names are about to be added, and on April 11 at 7 p.m. in Hurd Hall, donors and their families will be honored. The 50 names include donors from 2003 to 2005. In August another ceremony will be held to honor donors from 2006.

EP at Bayview

At Bayview Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art electrophysiology laboratory, cardiologists are making significant advances in the interventional diagnosis and treatment of heart arrhythmias. In the EP lab, pacemakers and defibrillator devices are implanted and tested; electrophysiology studies and catheter ablations, carried out. Joseph Marine, director of electrophysiology services, calls the facilty “a major milestone in the development of the Hopkins Bayview arrhythmia/electrophysiology program.”



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