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Released: May 26, 2016

Cells enable easier study of genetic variations among patients


Johns Hopkins researchers report they have inadvertently found a way to make human muscle cells bearing genetic mutations from people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. 

Released: May 26, 2016


This year, the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission awarded 19 of its 26 grants to Johns Hopkins researchers. The grants will support projects contributing to cures for a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions, including heart failure, stroke, multiple sclerosis, vascular diseases, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders and cancer. In all, this year’s grants to researchers in Maryland will total more than $8 million.

Released: May 24, 2016


Theodore DeWeese, M.D., assumes additional responsibilities as vice president of interdisciplinary patient care for Johns Hopkins Medicine. In this capacity, he will work with other directors to develop new service lines across the enterprise. In concert with faculty members, physicians, nurses, and clinical and administrative staff members, Dr. DeWeese will help lead ongoing pursuits to improve care for the patients and families Johns Hopkins serves.

Released: May 20, 2016


In a new study using mice and lab-grown human cells, a scientific team led by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center researchers show how a triple-drug cocktail can shrink triple-negative breast cancers by killing off cancer cells and halting new tumor growth.

Released: May 19, 2016


Studying fruit flies, whose sleep is remarkably similar to that in people, Johns Hopkins researchers say they’ve identified brain cells that are responsible for why delaying bedtime creates chronic sleepiness.

Released: May 19, 2016


Many breast cancers are marked by a lack of HOXA5 protein, a gene product known to control cell differentiation and death, and lower levels of the protein correspond to poorer outcomes for patients. Now, results of a new study by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists suggests a powerful role for the protein in normal breast cells, acting as a tumor suppressor that halts abnormal cell growth.

Released: May 19, 2016


Deborah Baker, D.N.P., C.R.N.P., has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president for nursing for the Johns Hopkins Health System. She will also serve concurrently as the vice president of nursing and patient care services for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, an interim role she has held since September 2015.

Released: May 18, 2016


A laboratory blood test developed at Johns Hopkins for the diagnosis of a rare genetic red blood cell disorder also shows promise in identifying HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening high blood pressure condition affecting 1 percent of all pregnant women.

Released: May 18, 2016


On May 21, 2016, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is sponsoring a free education event for breast cancer survivors.

Released: May 17, 2016

Doctors, staff members, patients to gather Thursday to mark historic milestone


In a little more than a year, 1,000 people infected with the hepatitis C virus have been cured with help from the Johns Hopkins Infectious Disease Center for Viral Hepatitis. Doctors, nurses and other staff members from the clinic will celebrate this historic milestone with many of their cured patients on Thursday, May 19, at the William H. Welch Medical Library on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine campus.

Released: May 16, 2016


Alan R. Cohen, M.D., has been named the new chief of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and holder of the Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D., and Dr. Evelyn Spiro, R.N., Professorship in Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Released: May 12, 2016

Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., to Become the Hospital’s 11th Person to Hold the Title


Johns Hopkins Hospital is making history today with the announcement of its new president, Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., the first female in this role since the hospital was founded in 1889. She will assume the role on July 1.

Released: May 10, 2016

Study finds only one measure out of 21 to be valid


Common measures used by government agencies and public rankings to rate the safety of hospitals do not accurately capture the quality of care provided, new research from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality suggests.

Released: May 9, 2016


Latino Youth: A Glimpse into Baltimore’s Future is the theme for the Latino Health Conference 2016, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Centro SOL and the Urban Health Institute.

Released: May 6, 2016


Carol Greider has been elected to join the American Philosophical Society, an honor that recognizes academics for extraordinary intellectual accomplishments in their fields of expertise. She joins five other researchers elected this year from the biological sciences, in addition to 27 from other academic fields.

Released: May 4, 2016

Candida infections also more common among those with memory loss


In a study prompted in part by suggestions from people with mental illness, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders, and that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who tested positive for Candida performed worse on a standard memory test than women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who had no evidence of past infection.

Released: May 4, 2016

Blend of natural and man-made materials works best, study in mice shows


To make a good framework for filling in missing bone, mix at least 30 percent pulverized natural bone with some special man-made plastic and create the needed shape with a 3-D printer. That’s the recipe for success reported by researchers at The Johns Hopkins University in a paper published April 18 online in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering.

Released: May 4, 2016

Andrew Cherlin, Timothy Heckman, Kenneth Kinzler, Geraldine Seydoux among 84 new members of nonprofit institution


Four members of the Johns Hopkins University faculty are among 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

Released: May 3, 2016

Physicians advocate for changes in how deaths are reported to better reflect reality


Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) third leading cause of death — respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

Released: April 28, 2016


This Friday, April 29, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center will celebrate National Pet Therapy Day in the Children’s Center lobby from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.