Date: June 7, 2010
Nancy Craig, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and genetics, and King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and ophthalmology, have been elected to membership of the National Academy of Sciences. The NAS is an honorary organization that advises the federal government on scientific matters. Craig, who also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, focuses her work on the molecular mechanisms by which discrete pieces of DNA known as transposable elements move and how they can be exploited for genome engineering. Yau primarily researches the flow of molecular signals important in sight and smell. He has made significant discoveries that advance the understanding of hereditary blinding diseases and other causes of vision loss.
Andrew Feinberg, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and director of the Center for Epigenetics, and Craig Montell, Ph.D.,
professor of biological chemistry and a member of the Center for Sensory Biology, have received honorary doctor of medicine degrees from separate European scientific institutions. Feinberg, a pioneer in the study of how genetic factors outside DNA are related to disease, received his honorary degree from the Karolinska Institutet of Sweden in Stockholm. Montell, whose groundbreaking genetic studies have transformed our understanding of how animals detect a broad array of sensory stimuli, received his honorary degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Mood Disorders Center, is scheduled to receive an honorary degree later this month from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Jamison, author of six books, including the bestseller An Unquiet Mind and her recent memoir, Nothing Was the Same, is considered perhaps the nation’s foremost writer about manic-depressive
The Johns Hopkins Health System received a Peer Choice Award for critical supply chain efficiency at the Spring IDN Summit & Expo in Florida. The IDN (integrated delivery network) group, which includes 144 executives from 56 health systems, praised JHHS’s use of an electronic bidding system to foster more competitive bidding for medical supplies, rather than renegotiating existing contracts. In a test case involving specialty and therapeutic bed rentals, a bidding process that normally would have taken weeks was concluded within two hours. The Hopkins system since has held 49 e-sourcing events and documented savings exceeding $10 million.
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William Bishai, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and co-director of the Center for Tuberculosis Research, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of HHMI’s new KwaZulu Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH), which will be located on the campus of the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa. Bishai will remain as co-director of the Hopkins TB center and continue leading his research team here as he assumes directorship of the K-RITH, to which HHMI has committed $60 million over the next decade. South Africa has more HIV cases than any other nation, and drug-resistant TB also has become a public health crisis there.
J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D., professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, has received a 2010 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance of Mental Health (NAMI). The metropolitan Baltimore chapter of NAMI nominated DePaulo for the honor.
Christoph Lehmann, M.D., associate professor in pediatrics and health sciences informatics and director of clinical information technology for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Medical and Surgical Center (JHCMSC) has been invited to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum’s 25-member Health Information Technology Advisory Committee for a one-year term. The National Quality Forum is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, founded in 1999 to improve the quality of health care nationwide. Its membership includes consumer groups, public and private health care purchasers, physicians, nurses, hospitals and accrediting agencies, among others. It sets, endorses and promotes national priorities and goals for health care performance improvement.
Harold Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and director of training and research in health sciences informatics, has been awarded a $3.75 million federal grant to develop a post-baccalaureate and masters-level health IT workforce-training program at the schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. Patricia Abbott, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of health systems and outcomes in the School of Nursing; and Jonathan Weiner, Ph.D., professor of health policy and management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will co-direct the grant. The award, funded as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aims to increase the availability of people qualified for health information technology work.
Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and molecular biology and genetics, has received the American Association for Cancer Research’s 30th annual Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research Award. Mendell, also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist, received the award for his work to advance understanding of small, regulatory RNA molecules known as microRNAs (MiRNAs), which are genetic signaling elements involved in gene “silencing.” They are important for normal physiology, and delivering them to cancer cells could be a promising strategy for cancer therapy.
Akira Sawa, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the program in molecular psychiatry, has been given the Tsukahara Award, the highest honor of the Japanese Society for Neuroscience.
Karen Swartz, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Moods Disorders Consultation Clinic, has received the 2010 Outstanding Merit Award from the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, which recognized the Adolescent Depression Awareness Program that she leads.
Mark Shelhamer, Sc.D., associate professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery and biomedical engineering, has been chosen by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute to be among just 11 out of 50 researcher applicants to receive grants to develop programs that address astronaut health and performance risks during future space missions. Shelhamer’s proposal, funded through approximately $10 million in NASA research and technology development money set aside for such research, will examine procedures and equipment for the sensorimotor assessment and rehabilitation apparatus for future astronauts.
Thomas Quinn, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine and deputy director of the division of infectious diseases, has received the Senior Clinical Virology Award from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. The award recognizes the major impact that Quinn’s contributions to clinical virology have had on the epidemiology, treatment or understanding of the pathogenesis of viral diseases. Also director of Hopkins’ Center for Global Health in the Bloomberg School, Quinn has been involved in HIV/AIDS clinical and epidemiological investigations in 25 countries.
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Sleep Disorders Center has received a National Sleep Achievement Award from ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine, a magazine that covers the fields of pulmonology, respiratory care and sleep. The award recognized such innovative programs at the center as its effort to promote sleep awareness among inpatients and improve the hospital’s sleep environment for them. The 12-member, interdisciplinary center’s team of pulmonologists, neurologists, psychologists and anesthesiologists is headed by Nancy Collop, M.D., associate professor of medicine.
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Manuela (Meme) de Carvalho, M.B.A., an international care coordinator in the Latin America/Europe regional office on the East Baltimore campus, received a Friend of the Brazilian Army Commission certificate for the superb service she has given to patients whom the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C., have referred to Hopkins. De Carvalho was the only non-Brazilian to receive the honor during a ceremony held at the embassy in April.
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Archie Golden, M.D., associate professor and chief of pediatrics from 1984 to 1988, has received an award from the president of Peru in recognition of his longtime service to the people of that nation as a volunteer physician for Project HOPE. Golden was given the Decoration of the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services in the Degree of Commander at a ceremony in the Washington, D.C., residence of the Peruvian ambassador to the United States. Golden was Project HOPE’s first medical director in Peru from 1962 to 1965. Last year, he returned to Peru with Project HOPE to help the University of Trujillo’s medical school prepare primary care physicians to work within the country’s new universal health system.
David Hellmann, M.D., professor, director of medicine and vice dean, has received the C. Lockard Conley Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Physicians. The award honors his outstanding contributions as a role model and mentor to generations of housestaff and researchers. A 1977 graduate of the School of Medicine, Hellmann was a protégé of Conley, a legendary Hopkins hematologist who died in January at the age of 94. At Conley’s memorial service, he spoke on Conley’s influence on students, residents, fellows, faculty—and Hellmann himself.