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The Little Yellow Engine that Could

Long considered more poisonous than precious, bilirubin starts to show its true colors as one of the human body's strongest defenders against oxidative assault.

By Mary Ann Ayd

If neurotransmitters is the first word that springs to mind when Solomon Snyder's name comes up, spotting the Lasker Award winner's moniker on a study of the pigment that causes jaundice could raise an eyebrow. But for the School of Medicine's director of neuroscience, the intellectual links between his career-beginning work on the molecular basis of psychiatric disorders and the latest studies emanating from his lab are all of a piece. According to Snyder, you can get from serotonin to bilirubin.

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Those Summers Down North

In 1907, a charismatic missionary doctor began luring Hopkins medical students to Newfoundland for a clinical experience like no other. One returned for a lifetime.

By Anne Bennett Swingle

On a September morning in 1932, John Olds, a 26-year-old graduate of Yale and the School of Medicine, boarded a boat in New York City that was headed north up the Atlantic coast to the British colony of Newfoundland. With him was the woman he'd married that day, Elizabeth (Arms), a 1930 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School for Nurses. They were returning to Twillingate, a remote island on Newfoundland's northeastern coast.

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Enter: The Living Medical Textbook

Huge lecture courses could soon become obsolete here. Taking their place are animated online videos that students watch in their dorm rooms.

By Patrick Gilbert

Two years ago, Murray Sachs, head of biomedical engineering, went before his department's advisory council with a proposal. Sachs wanted to use discretionary funds to produce an electronic version of BME's flagship course, Physiological Foundations for Biomedical Engineering. Faculty had grown tired, he said, of giving their introductory lectures to huge groups of students with little opportunity for exchange. By putting the lectures online, they would be able to use classroom time discussing key topics like experimental design and applied physiology.

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Period of Adjustment

Four years ago, setting up a branch of Johns Hopkins Medicine in Singapore seemed pretty simple. It turned out to be anything but.

By Kate Ledger

The jungle is probably the last place in the world you'd expect to find a CEO. And yet it is here, to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, that Howard Califano comes when he needs a brisk walk-and a place to think. In this fragment of preserved primary jungle, long-tailed macaque monkeys scamper in the trees, vines dangle from the leafy canopy 40 feet in the air, and the thicket reverberates with the hum of insects. The fast-paced, modern metropolis of downtown Singapore, five miles to the east, with its whizzing traffic, beeping cell phones and sleek, fingerlike skyscrapers, couldn't feel further away.

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