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  • Ashikaga Lab

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    We specialize in unconventional, multi-disciplinary approaches to studying the heart at the int...ersection of applied mathematics, physics and computer science. We focus on theory development that leads to new technology and value delivery to the society. Currently we have three research programs:

    1. Precision Medicine
    To develop a quantitative approach to personalized risk assessment for stroke and dementia based on patent-specific heart anatomy, function and blood flow.
    Disciplines: Cardiac Hemodynamics; Medical Imaging Physics; Continuum Mechanics; Computational Fluid Dynamics

    2. Information Theory
    To quantify and perturb cardiac fibrillation that emerges as a macro-scale behavior of the heart from micro-scale behaviors of inter-dependent components.
    Disciplines: Cardiac Electrophysiology; Spiral Wave; Information Theory; Complex Networks

    3. Artificial Intelligence
    To develop artificial intelligence algorithms to predict the future risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden death, and to assist surgical interventions to prevent these outcomes.
    Disciplines: Medical Imaging Physics; Artificial Intelligence; Robotically Assisted Interventions
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    Research Areas: complex systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics, spiral wave, artificial intelligence, informational theory
  • Braunstein Lab

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    Principal Investigator:
    Evan Braunstein, M.D., Ph.D.
    Medicine

    Dr. Braunstein's research focuses on inherited predisposition to hematologic diseases. His labo...ratory studies the inherited genetic changes in DNA that increase susceptibility to disease. Blood cancers such as myeloproliferative neoplasms and myelodysplastic syndromes are traditionally thought to be acquired disorders, however there is increasing evidence that inherited genetic changes play a role. In addition, Dr. Braunstein studies non-malignant blood diseases including atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and related thrombotic disorders such as APLS, TTP and HELLP syndrome which are caused in part by genetic mutations. His work has identified a germline variants in the ERBB genes that predispose to hematologic malignancies. In addition, his research group found that patients with catastrophic APLS and HELLP syndrome frequently harbor germline mutations in complement regulatory genes. This has led directly to clinical trials designed to test the efficacy of complement inhibition in patients with these disorders. Dr. Braunstein continues to work toward translating the scientific findings from the laboratory into improved care and treatment for patients. view more

    Research Areas: Myeloproliferative neoplasms, complement disorders
  • Charles W. Flexner Laboratory

    Principal Investigator:
    Charles Flexner, M.D.
    Medicine

    A. Laboratory activities include the use of accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) techniques to m...easure intracellular drugs and drugs metabolites. AMS is a highly sensitive method for detecting tracer amounts of radio-labeled molecules in cells, tissues, and body fluids. We have been able to measure intracellular zidovudine triphosphate (the active anabolite of zidovudine) in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from healthy volunteers given small doses of 14C-zidovudine, and have directly compared the sensitivity of AMS to traditional LC/MS methods carried out in our laboratory.

    B. Clinical research activities investigate the clinical pharmacology of new anti-HIV therapies and drug combinations. Specific drug classes studied include HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitors, protease inhibitors, entry inhibitors (selective CCR5 and CXCR4 antagonists), and integrase inhibitors. Scientific objectives of clinical studies include characterization of early drug activity, toxicity, and pharmacokinetics. Additional objectives are characterization of pathways of drug metabolism, and identification of clinically significant harmful and beneficial drug interactions mediated by hepatic and intestinal cytochrome P450 isoforms.
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    Research Areas: antiretroviral drugs, infectious disease, HIV protease inhibitors, HIV, drugs, accelerator mass spectrometry
  • Edgar Miller Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Edgar Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
    Medicine

    Research in the Edgar Miller Lab focuses on nutrition, hypertension and kidney disease. Current... projects include a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute study on dietary carbohydrate and glycemic index effects on markers of oxidative stress, inflammation and kidney function; and a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases randomized controlled trial that examines the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on urine protein excretion in diabetic kidney disease. view more

    Research Areas: nutrition, kidney diseases, diabetes, inflammation
  • Gail Daumit Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Gail Daumit, M.D., M.H.S.
    Medicine

    Research in the Gail Daumit Lab is devoted to improving overall health and decreasing premature... mortality for people with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. We have conducted observational studies to determine and convey the burden of physical health problems in this vulnerable population, and are currently leading a randomized trial funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to test a comprehensive cardiovascular risk reduction program in people with serious mental illness. view more

    Research Areas: mental health, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, cardiovascular diseases
  • Haughey Lab: Neurodegenerative and Neuroinfectious Disease

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    Principal Investigator:
    Norman Haughey, Ph.D.
    Neurology
    Neurosurgery

    Dr. Haughey directs a disease-oriented research program that address questions in basic neurobi...ology, and clinical neurology. The primary research interests of the laboratory are:

    1. To identify biomarkers markers for neurodegenerative diseases including HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In these studies, blood and cerebral spinal fluid samples obtained from ongoing clinical studies are analyzed for metabolic profiles through a variety of biochemical, mass spectrometry and bioinformatic techniques. These biomarkers can then be used in the diagnosis of disease, as prognostic indicators to predict disease trajectory, or as surrogate markers to track the effectiveness of disease modifying interventions.
    2. To better understand how the lipid components of neuronal, and glial membranes interact with proteins to regulate signal transduction associated with differentiation, motility, inflammatory signaling, survival, and neuronal excitability.
    3. To understand how extracellular vesicles (exosomes) released from brain resident cells regulate neuronal excitability, neural network activity, and peripheral immune responses to central nervous system damage and infections.
    4. To develop small molecule therapeutics that regulate lipid metabolism as a neuroprotective and restorative strategy for neurodegenerative conditions.
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    Research Areas: multiple sclerosis, PTSD, HAND, HIV
  • Hsin-Chieh Yeh Lab

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    Principal Investigator:
    Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Ph.D.
    Medicine

    Work in the Hsin-Chieh Yeh Lab focuses on clinical trials and cohort studies of diabetes, obesi...ty and behavioral intervention, cancer and hypertension. Recent investigations have focused on novel risk factors and complications related to obesity and type 2 diabetes, particularly lung function, smoking and cancer. We recently co-led a randomized clinical trial of tailored dietary advice for consumption of dietary supplements to lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular disease risk factors in hypertensive urban African Americans. view more

    Research Areas: epidemiology, African Americans, cancer, obesity, hypertension, diabetes, behavioral medicine
  • James Pekar Lab

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    How do we see, hear, and think? More specifically, how can we study living people to understand... how the brain sees, hears, and thinks? Recently, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a powerful anatomical imaging technique widely used for clinical diagnosis, was further developed into a tool for probing brain function. By sensitizing magnetic resonance images to the changes in blood oxygenation that occur when regions of the brain are highly active, we can make "movies" that reveal the brain at work. Dr. Pekar works on the development and application of this MRI technology.

    Dr. Pekar is a biophysicist who uses a variety of magnetic resonance techniques to study brain physiology and function. Dr. Pekar serves as Manager of the F.M. Kirby Research Center for Functional Brain Imaging, a research resource where imaging scientists and neuroscientists collaborate to study brain function using unique state-of-the-art techniques in a safe comfortable environment, to further develop such techniques, and to provide training and education. Dr. Pekar works with center staff to serve the center's users and to keep the center on the leading edge of technology.
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    Research Areas: magnetic resonance, functional magnetic resonance imaging, radiology
  • Jennifer Lee-Summers Lab

    Research in the Jennifer Lee-Summers Lab explores cerebrovascular autoregulation, particularly ...during anesthesia. Our previous studies have examined cerebrovascular autoregulation and blood flow in patients with hypothermia, in neonatal patients with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and in pediatric patients with moyamoya disease. view more

    Research Areas: hypothermia, moyamoya, neonatal, cerebrovascular, anesthesia, pediatrics
  • Jeremy Sugarman Lab

    Research in the Jeremy Sugarman Lab focuses on biomedical ethics—particularly, the application ...of empirical methods and evidence-based standards to the evaluation and analysis of bioethical issues. Our contributions to medical ethics and health policy include work on the ethics of informed consent, umbilical cord blood banking, stem cell research, international HIV prevention research, global health and research oversight. view more

    Research Areas: global health, medical ethics, stem cells, HIV, evidence-based medicine, bioethics
  • Jinyuan Zhou Lab

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    Dr. Zhou's research focuses on developing new in vivo MRI and MRS methodologies to study brain ...function and disease. His most recent work includes absolute quantification of cerebral blood flow, quantification of functional MRI, high-resolution diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), magnetization transfer mechanism, development of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) technology, brain pH MR imaging, and tissue protein MR imaging. Notably, Dr. Zhou and his colleagues invented the amide proton transfer (APT) approach for brain pH imaging and tumor protein imaging. His initial paper on brain pH imaging was published in Nature Medicine in 2003 and his most recent paper on tumor treatment effects was published in Nature Medicine in 2011. A major part of his current research is the pre-clinical and clinical imaging of brain tumors, strokes, and other neurologic disorders using the APT and other novel MRI techniques. The overall goal is to achieve the MRI contrast at the protein and peptide level without injection of exogenous agents and improve the diagnostic capability of MRI and the patient outcomes. view more

    Research Areas: magnetic resonance, functional magnetic resonance imaging, brain, stroke
  • Jodi Segal Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    Jodi Segal, M.D., M.P.H.
    Medicine

    Research in the Jodi Segal Lab focuses on developing methodologies to use observational data to... understand the use of new drugs, particularly drugs for treating diabetes, blood disorders and osteoporosis. We apply advanced methods for evidence-based review and meta-analysis, and—in collaboration with Johns Hopkins biostatisticians—we have developed new methodologies for observational research (using propensity scores to adjust for covariates that change over time) and methods to account for competing risks and heterogeneity of treatment effects in analyses. view more

    Research Areas: blood disorders, osteoporosis, diabetes, drugs, evidence-based medicine
  • John Schroeder Lab

    Principal Investigator:
    John Schroeder, Ph.D.
    Medicine

    The John Schroeder Lab focuses on understanding the role human basophils and mast cells play in... allergic reactions, as it relates not only to their secretion of potent inflammatory mediators (e.g., histamine and leukotriene C4) but also to their production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. We have long utilized human cells rather than cell lines in order to address the parameters, signal transduction and pharmacological aspects underlying clinically relevant basophil and mast cell responses. As a result, the lab has established protocols for rapidly isolating large numbers of basophils at high purity from human blood and for growing culture-derived mast cells/basophils from human progenitor cells. A variety of assays and techniques are also in place for concurrently detecting cytokines and mediators following a wide range of stimuli. These have facilitated the in vitro testing of numerous anti-allergic drugs for inhibitory activity on basophil and mast cell activation. The lab also studies counter-regulation between the IgE and innate immune receptors on human immature dendritic cell subtypes. view more

    Research Areas: cell biology, allergies, inflammation
  • John T. Isaacs Laboratory

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    Principal Investigator:
    John Isaacs, Ph.D.
    Oncology

    While there has been an explosion of knowledge about human carcinogenesis over the last 2 decad...es, unfortunately, this has not translated into the development of effective therapies for either preventing or treating the common human cancers. The goal of the Isaacs’ lab is to change this situation by translating theory into therapy for solid malignancies, particularly Prostate cancer. Presently, a series of drugs discovered in the Isaacs’ lab are undergoing clinical trials in patients with metastatic cancer.

    The ongoing drug discovery in the lab continues to focus upon developing agents to eliminate the cancer initiating stem cells within metastatic sites of cancer. To do this, a variety of bacterial and natural product toxins are being chemically modified to produce “prodrugs” whose cytotoxicity is selectively activated by proteases produced in high levels only by cancer cells or tumor associated blood vessel cells. In this way, these prodrugs can be given systemically to metastatic patients without un-acceptable toxicity to the host while being selectively activated to potent killing molecules within metastatic sites of cancer.

    Such a “Trojan Horse” approach is also being developed using allogeneic bone marrow derived Mesenchymal Stem cells which are genetically engineered to secrete “prodrugs” so that when they are infused into the patient, they selectively “home” to sites of cancers where the appropriate enzymatic activity is present to liberate the killing toxin sterilizing the cancer “neighborhood”.
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    Research Areas: anti-cancer drugs, stem cell biology
  • John Ulatowski Lab

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    Research in the John Ulatowski Lab explores the regulatory mechanisms of oxygen delivery to the... brain and cerebral blood flow. Our work includes developing and applying new techniques and therapies for stroke as well as non-invasive techniques for monitoring brain function, fluid management and sedation in brain injury patients. We also examine the use of novel oxygen carriers in blood. We’ve recently begun exploring new methods for perioperative and periprocedural care that would help to optimize patient safety in the future. view more

    Research Areas: cerebrovascular, brain, stroke, oxygen, blood
  • Jun Hua Lab

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    Dr. Hua's research has centered on the development of novel MRI technologies for in vivo functi...onal and physiological imaging in the brain, and the application of such methods for studies in healthy and diseased brains. These include the development of human and animal MRI methods to measure functional brain activities, cerebral perfusion and oxygen metabolism at high (3 Tesla) and ultra-high (7 Tesla and above) magnetic fields. He is particularly interested in novel MRI approaches to image small blood and lymphatic vessels in the brain. Collaborating with clinical investigators, these techniques have been applied 1) to detect functional, vascular and metabolic abnormalities in the brain in neurodegenerative diseases such as Huntingdon's disease (HD), Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and mental disorders such as schizophrenia; and 2) to map brain functions and cerebrovascular reactivity for presurgical planning in patients with vascular malformations, brain tumors and epilepsy. view more

    Research Areas: imaging technology development, applications in brain diseases
  • Komatsu Lab

    Malfunction and malformation of blood vessels are associated with a broad range of medical cond...itions, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and neurological disorders. The ultimate goal of the Komatsu lab is to find a way to reverse the process of abnormal vessel formation and restore normal function to these vessels. In cancer, normalization of tumor blood vessels facilitates lymphocyte infiltration, potentiating anti-tumor immunity, and enhances the efficacy of immunotherapies as well as conventional cancer treatments. Normalization of regenerating blood vessels is also necessary for reestablishing blood flow to ischemic hearts and limbs, and preventing blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy or macular degeneration. Komatsu lab’s research is uncovering key molecular pathways important for the normalization of pathological vasculature. view more

    Research Areas: Tertiary lymphoid structure (TLS) in cancer, Drug targeting, High endothelial venules and their role in lymphocyte recruitment, Vascular normalization
  • Linda Smith-Resar Lab

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    Principal Investigator:
    Linda Smith Resar, M.D.
    Medicine

    The Linda Smith-Resar Lab primarily investigates hematologic malignancy and molecular mechanism...s that lead to cancer as well as sickle cell anemia. Recent studies suggest that education is an important and effective component of a patient blood management program and that computerized provider order entry algorithms may serve to maintain compliance with evidence-based transfusion guidelines. Another recent study indicated that colonic epithelial cells undergo metabolic reprogramming during their evolution to colorectal cancer, and the distinct metabolites could serve as diagnostic tools or potential targets in therapy or primary prevention. view more

    Research Areas: blood disorders, sickle cell diseases, blood management programs, hematologic malignancies
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