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Date: September 1, 2012


Robert Adams, associate professor of molecular and comparative pathobiology, has been appointed associate provost for animal research and resources.  Adams, a 35-year veteran of the faculty, has been filling the position on an interim basis, directing the care of more than 150,000 animals—mostly mice and rats—used by university researchers.

Lawrence Appel, professor of medicine and director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, has received the 2012 National Award for Career Achievement and Contributions to Clinical and Translational Science. It was awarded jointly by the American Federation for Medical Research, the Association for Clinical Research Training, the Association for Patient Oriented Research, and the Society for Clinical and Translational Science.

Frederick Brancati, professor of medicine and epidemiology and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been named Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine by the university’s board of trustees.  Such a designation is given to select, senior faculty to recognize their exemplary service. Brancati is recognized worldwide as an expert on the epidemiology and prevention of type 2 diabetes and related conditions.

Hugh Calkins, professor of medicine, cardiology, and pediatrics and director of the arrhythmia service, electrophysiology laboratory, tilt table diagnostic laboratory and the ARVD (arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia) program, has been named president-elect of the international Heart Rhythm Society. Calkins also is the lead author of the 2012 Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation.

Phillip Dennishas been named director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview and director of the Department of Oncology. He plans to expand and integrate oncology care across departments to provide better access to cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment. He also will lead all lung cancer treatment efforts within the center’s Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Program, including the creation of a Center of Excellence in Thoracic Oncology.

Paul Englund, professor emeritus of biological chemistry;Rachel Green, professor of molecular biology and genetics; andSe-Jin Lee, professor of molecular biology and genetics, have been inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the United States’ top scientific honors.

Sewon Kang, professor and director of the Department of Dermatology, has been elected president of the Photomedicine Society, an international organization of physicians, molecular biologists, physicists, and engineers based in the United States.

Pamela Lipsett, professor of surgery, has been given the 2012 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. The award is bestowed on a woman physician who has made exceptional contributions to medical science, especially in women’s health.

Constantine Lyketsos, professor and director of the Department of Psychiatry at Hopkins Bayview, has received the 2012 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry’s Distinguished Scientist Award, the highest national honor in geriatric psychiatry.  Lyketsos is a lifetime member of the association, which strives to enhance the knowledge and practice standards in geriatric psychiatry.

Gregg Semenza, professor of pediatrics, medicine, oncology, and radiation oncology, is among three recipients of the Institute of France’s Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation Scientific Grand Prize for 2012. The award recognizes Semenza’s work at Hopkins in purifying and isolating the protein HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1), which switches genes on and off in cells in response to low oxygen levels. Co-recipients of the award were William Kaelin Jr., a Hopkins intern and resident from 1987 to 1988 and now a professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, andPeter Ratcliffe, of Oxford University, who discovered how oxygen regulates HIF-1.

Patrick Walsh, Distinguished Service Professor of Urology and former director of the Brady Urological Institute, has been named the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Francis Amory Prize. Awarded since 1940, the Amory Prize recognizes major advances in reproductive biology and medical care.

Pamela Zeitlin, professor of pediatrics, director of pulmonary medicine, and co-director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center, has received the American Thoracic Society’s 2012 Elizabeth A. Rich, M.D. Award. The honor recognizes outstanding women and leaders who have made significant contributions to the thoracic society in pulmonary, critical care, or sleep medicine.

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