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Revving Up Drug Discovery

In an effort to bring the benefits of drug discovery to patients in need, Johns Hopkins University and MedImmune, AstraZeneca’s global biologics R&D arm, have entered into an ambitious research collaboration that will focus on cardiovascular and metabolic disease; oncology; respiratory, inflammation, and autoimmunity; infectious disease; and neuroscience.

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Having a Ball

In focusing on the needs and concerns of medical students of color, the Johns Hopkins chapter of the Student National Medical Association has helped boost minority enrollment at Hopkins’ School of Medicine—and enriched the lives of students from nearby Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

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Toying with Cancer

In a new video series, “Science Outside the Box,” Johns Hopkins researchers like Andrew J. Ewald take a show-and-tell approach using common toys to make biomedical breakthroughs both accessible and relevant to a broad audience.

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Bedside Manner(S)

The p’s and q’s of good doctoring.

A recent study of medical interns at Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center found that just 4 percent used five key strategies of “etiquette-based communication” in every patient encounter.

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Gowning Up

Anthony Fauci, world-renowned scientist and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is slated as the featured speaker at the School of Medicine Convocation Ceremony on May 22, where some 115 medical students are expected to earn degrees. Widely known for his research in HIV/AIDS, Fauci made seminal discoveries that led to the development of effective treatment for several previously incurable rheumatologic conditions. He has led NIAID since 1984 and is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Medal of Science, and many other awards. 

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A Milestone in Pediatric Urology

A few decades ago, babies born with cloacal exstrophy (one of the most severe birth defects compatible with life) did not survive. Today, infants with this condition can go on to lead normal, healthy lives, thanks to a series of surgeries that restore normal anatomy and function. Carter Cline is one such child and the 100th patient to undergo cloacal exstrophy at the Hopkins Children's Center, which has performed more such procedures than any other hospital in the country.

At a time when most Internet users search for health information online, has become the fourth most visited of all hospital or academic medical center websites, with about 37 million views each year, according to Aaron Watkins, director of e-strategy and Web services for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The JHM Health Library ( is responsible for nearly a third of that traffic. The site, continually updated with fresh content, includes an A-Z directory of health topics, including diseases, treatments, tests, and procedures and links to relevant research, nutritious recipes, and screening guidelines.

A New Venture in Saudi Arabia

Johns Hopkins Medicine and Saudi Aramco, a world leader in energy, will work together to expand health services for about 350,000 people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—by providing medical services, education for clinicians and other health care professionals, and opportunities for research collaborations—through Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare.

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Top Matches at Wilmer

For the first time in the history of the Wilmer Eye Institute, the top five ranked candidates in the nationwide residency program (out of 500 total) all chose to match into Wilmer's residency program this past year, reports Wilmer director Peter J. McDonnell, in the spring issue of Wilmer's Sightline magazine.

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125 Years Young

The Johns Hopkins Hospital celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 7th, 2014. View a video tribute to the hospital, established in 1889, that set a new course for American medicine.