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“The Lane” turns 61, AMEN to that, in good company, partnering with Kaiser, changing of the guard and more.
An Icy Affair
August was quite a month for ALS research, thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the world by storm, raising awareness and money on an unprecedented level. At Johns Hopkins, the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research saw an 800 percent increase in donations compared to the same time period in 2013. “All I can say is that the power of social media is wonderful,” says center director Jeffrey Rothstein. In a video filmed on Aug. 13, he and nearly two dozen ALS researchers and clinicians doused themselves in front of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, challenging colleagues at other research institutions to join the effort.
To view the video: hub.jhu.edu/2014/08/21/als-ice-bucket-challenge
All Lit Up
A Wilmer Eye Institute research team led by M. Valeria Canto-Soler has created a miniature “human retina in a dish” that has the ability to sense light through rod photoreceptors (seen here in green). The team reported on the breakthrough in the June 10 issue of Nature Communications.
For more on other efforts at Johns Hopkins to create human tissues in a dish, read “A Gutsy Endeavor.”