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Circling the Dome

Grappling with health policy, launch of the Center for Transgender Health, video gaming as therapy, resetting the clock on resident hours and more.

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Medical Rounds

A bacteria boost for HIV, linking to the future of keratoconus, of printers and patches, the Felix Project, a clearer picture of plaque, the fix is in, a new way into the brain and more.

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Hopkins Reader

A mentee offers fresh insights on the multifaceted J.B.S. Haldane. Plus: Providing psychological first-aid.

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Class Notes

News from and about our graduates. Plus: Why scholarship support is crucial for today’s students.



Second Opinion

Greater transparency will speed the development of drugs and devices at the FDA.

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In defense of a beaten path: the case for clinical care pathways.

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This issue’s letter from the editor and reader responses.

In Focus

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Space for Startups

Twenty promising startups—most in the life sciences with Johns Hopkins connections—have a new home in the FastForward 1812 innovation hub, which opened in late April in the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) business accelerator at 1812 Ashland Ave. The hub is just a few blocks north of The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Eager Park neighborhood.

“Biotech is one of our region’s great strengths, but for too long Baltimore simply didn’t have the infrastructure in place to support biotech startups,” says JHTV head Christy Wyskiel. That’s changing with FastForward, which helps entrepreneurs bring discoveries to market by providing affordable space and support services such as legal advice and networking opportunities. JHTV supported 22 company launches in the 2016 fiscal year.


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‘Nintendo Neurosurgery’

Using 3-D printing technology, and tapping into the expertise of Hollywood special effects experts, a Johns Hopkins team has created a lifelike simulator of a 14-year-old pediatric patient. The goal? To give surgical trainees a more accurate feel for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), a minimally invasive procedure commonly used to treat some forms of hydrocephalus.

While cadavers are traditionally used for such training, they aren’t able to precisely simulate the experience of performing ETV, which requires a special type of hand-eye coordination dubbed “Nintendo Neurosurgery” by Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alan R. Cohen, whose team reported on the simulator in the April 25 Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The 3-D simulator is “realistic, reliable, reusable and cost-effective,” notes Cohen, and “can even be designed to be patient-specific.”

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