Univer­sity of Mary­land be­gins test­ing Zika vac­cine

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The Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Medicine be­gan test­ing a new vac­cine for Zika this week, in­ject­ing it into 18 healthy vol­un­teers from the cam­pus and the com­mu­nity. Mary­land is one of three test­ing sites for vac­cine de­vel­oped by the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health. The oth­ers are Emory Univer­sity in At­lanta and the NIH Clin­i­cal Cen­ter in Bethesda. The vac­cine is one of sev­eral in the works to pre­vent Zika, which be­came a pub­lic health emer­gency when sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered it causes mi­cro­cephaly, a severe birth de­fect char­ac­ter­ized by small heads and brains in the fe­tuses of in­fected women. The vac­cine tested at Mary­land uses the DNA code for Zika rather than live virus. It builds on a sim­i­lar vac­cine de­vel­oped for West Nile virus. Sci­en­tists be­lieve that once the vac­cine is in­jected, a per­son will re­spond by cre­at­ing an­ti­bod­ies that pro­tect against the virus. It can’t cause an in­fec­tion. The trial process has just be­gun and will take time, said Dr. Kath­leen M. Neuzil, di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Vac­cine De­vel­op­ment in the univer­sity’s school of medicine. Another12 vol­un­teers will be vac­ci­nated later this month, said Dr. Monica McArthur, the prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Mary­land trial. “Live Like You Were Dy­ing,” which be­came a fa­vorite of the gover­nor’s dur­ing his bat­tle with can­cer. Ho­gan is pay­ing for the event, Mayer said. Julie Kim is the youngest of Yumi Ho­gan’s three daugh­ters from her first mar­riage. Ho­gan be­came a step­fa­ther af­ter his wed­ding to Yumi in 2004, but he refers to Julie Kim, Jaymi Ster­ling and Kim Velez as his daugh­ters. Julie Kim lives in Michi­gan, and the other two daugh­ters re­side in Mary­land. Ho­gan will also at­tend the wed­ding of his brother, Tim Ho­gan, in Italy this month. Ho­gan will fly to the Florence-area event di­rectly from Is­rael, af­ter con­clud­ing a trade mis­sion there. Ho­gan is sched­uled to re­turn to Mary­land on Oct. 2. He will be out of the coun­try for 14 days.

Hop­kins sym­po­sium brings may­ors to Bal­ti­more

Lo­cal lead­ers from across the coun­try will meet in Bal­ti­more this week to dis­cuss ways to ad­dress so­cial and eco­nomic prob­lems con­fronting cities. The sym­po­sium, led by the new 21st Cen­tury Cities Ini­tia­tive at the Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, will draw may­ors from Philadel­phia, At­lanta, Bal­ti­more and else­where to dis­cuss ef­forts to cre­ate more eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity in city neigh­bor­hoods, re­duce vi­o­lence and close gaps in ed­u­ca­tion. The 21st Cen­tury Cities Ini­tia­tive, launched last year, is led by Ben Seigel, a for­mer Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial. The group will de­tail ef­forts by the White House to en­gage more di­rectly with in­di­vid­ual cities — in­clud­ing Bal­ti­more — to tai­lor fed­eral re­sponses to their spe­cific chal­lenges. White House of­fi­cials have cre­ated sev­eral pro­grams to help city of­fi­cials na­tion­wide work with fed­eral agen­cies — to give guid­ance in ap­ply­ing for fed­eral tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance or grants, for in­stance. The sym­po­sium is sched­uled for to­day and Fri­day in Fed­eral Hill. It is not open to the pub­lic. Gov. Larry Ho­gan has ap­pointed Kathy Bays Arm­strong, a Howard County fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant, to the Mary­land Trans­porta­tion Author­ity’s gov­ern­ing board, of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day. Arm­strong, a cer­ti­fied fi­nan­cial plan­ner at Her­itage Fi­nan­cial Con­sul­tants in Hunt Val­ley, was pre­vi­ously vice pres­i­dent of in­vest­ment and wealth man­age­ment for Mer­can­tile-Safe De­posit & Trust Co., now PNC Bank. She has served as a fac­ulty mem­ber at Georgetown, Tow­son, Johns Hop­kins, and Notre Dame of Mary­land uni­ver­si­ties, and has pub­lished ar­ti­cles and given key­note speeches re­lated to fi­nan­cial plan­ning. Her ap­point­ment took ef­fect Sept. 1. Arm­strong re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in eco­nomics from Loy­ola Univer­sity Mary­land and a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Roanoke Col­lege. The board is the pol­i­cy­set­ting and gov­ern­ing body of the trans­porta­tion author­ity, which fi­nances, owns and op­er­ates the state’s eight toll fa­cil­i­ties.

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