UM ex­pands its ties to Jerusalem univer­sity

Ho­gan an­nounces accord while on trip to Is­rael

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Reece said the new re­searchers will work with fac­ulty in de­part­ments through­out the Univer­sity of Mary­land sys­tem. The med­i­cal school has put more em­pha­sis on re­search across dis­ci­plines — so, for ex­am­ple, the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment in Col­lege Park could work on health strate­gies with the med­i­cal school in Bal­ti­more.

Michael Cryor, chair­man of the med­i­cal school’s board of vis­i­tors, said sci­en­tists want to work in an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages in­no­va­tion.

“The abil­ity to re­cruit has be­come much eas­ier be­cause the physi­cian-sci­ence com­mu­nity re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates this is a grow­ing in­sti­tu­tion, cou­pled with col­lab­o­ra­tion with Johns Hop­kins and prox­im­ity to the NIH,” Cryor said.

The new hires in­clude den­tists Mo­tomi Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan, dur­ing Enomoto-Iwamoto and Masahiro Iwamoa week­long trade mis­sion to Is­rael, said to, a hus­band-and-wife team from the the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more Perel­man School of Medicine at the Univeris ex­pand­ing ties with the He­brew sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and The Chil­dren’s Univer­sity of Jerusalem. Hospi­tal of Philadel­phia spe­cial­iz­ing in

Ho­gan said the “agree­ment will or­tho­pe­dics who will start in Jan­uary. fur­ther strengthen the suc­cess­ful partMasahiro Iwamoto wasn’t look­ing to ner­ship be­tween th­ese world-class move when a re­cruiter called him a year univer­si­ties and help to ad­vance reago. His in­ter­est was piqued when he search in Mary­land, par­tic­u­larly in the learned of the school’s work with trauma study of mil­i­tary medicine.” pa­tients. He said a mem­o­ran­dum of un­derHe be­lieves his work on the rare dis­ease

“Our goal is to ad­vance dis­cov­er­ies for FOP, in which the body forms bone over stand­ing was signed Sun­day “to ex­there are new treat­ments and cut­ting-edge the ben­e­fit of pa­tients,” Reece said. “Sec­mus­cles and lig­a­ments, can be use­ful in plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for joint re­search care,” said Alexan­der Om­maya, chief scienon­dar­ily, there may be other ben­e­fits, such treat­ing soldiers who suf­fer sim­i­lar bone or train­ing, ex­change schol­ars for tific of­fi­cer of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can as more pa­tients, but that is not our pri­mary for­ma­tion af­ter am­pu­ta­tions. sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences, and in­Med­i­cal Col­leges. “And that hap­pens in goal.” The ex­tra bone can be painful, he said. crease the ex­change of stu­dents and places where you have this ro­bust con­necHe said the re­search ar­eas — brain “Univer­sity of Mary­land is the per­fect fac­ulty for re­search, teach­ing, and tion and com­mit­ment to re­search.” dis­or­ders, cancer, and car­dio­vas­cu­lar and place for me to ap­ply my re­search,” he said. study over the next five years.” The bud­get of the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of meta­bolic dis­eases — were cho­sen for the “I like that they are ea­ger to ex­plore new

In 2013, Univer­sity of Mary­land, Health, which funds the ma­jor­ity of med­i­broad shadow they cast on the pop­u­la­tion. ther­apy by do­ing clin­i­cal tri­als.” Bal­ti­more Pres­i­dent Dr. Jay A. Per­man cal re­search in the United States, has “They have had such a demon­stra­tive Physi­cians Kon­stantin Birukov and Anna and He­brew Univer­sity Pres­i­dent de­clined by 22 per­cent in the last decade im­pact on the health and well-be­ing of Birukova, an­other hus­band-and-wife team, Me­na­hem Ben-Sas­son signed a mem­o­when ad­justed for in­fla­tion. peo­ple, and they kill so many peo­ple,” Reece are spe­cial­ists in pul­monary crit­i­cal care at ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing to be­gin Lan­don King is ex­ec­u­tive vice dean of the said. the Univer­sity of Chicago School of Mediex­change pro­grams and ex­plore avJohns Hop­kins Univer­sity School of MediThe Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has made cine and are ex­pected to join the school in enues of co­op­er­a­tion. In 2014 and 2015, cine. He says the in­creas­ing scarcity of find­ing cures to cancer and brain ill­nesses a Jan­uary. He­brew Univer­sity med­i­cal stu­dents re­search dol­lars puts pres­sure on med­i­cal top pri­or­ity. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has Mar­garet M. McCarthy, pro­fes­sor and spent weeks ob­serv­ing care at Maryin­sti­tu­tions to find an ad­van­tage when launched a BRAIN Ini­tia­tive — Brain chair of the school’s depart­ment of phar­ma­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter, the uni­ver­com­pet­ing for grants. Re­search Through Ad­vanc­ing In­no­va­tive col­ogy, says at­tract­ing es­tab­lished sci­en­tists sity said. “There has cer­tainly been a lot of Neu­rotech­nolo­gies — aimed at un­lock­ing can be dif­fi­cult. They might be com­fort­able

“Since 2013 we have strength­ened jock­ey­ing around the coun­try to try to “the mys­tery of the three pounds of mat­ter where they are, or have fam­i­lies they may the al­ready im­pres­sive de­gree of col­i­den­tify good peo­ple and re­cruit them,” he that sits be­tween our ears.” not want to up­root. Their cur­rent in­lab­o­ra­tion in re­search and ed­u­ca­tion said. Obama has also put Vice Pres­i­dent Joe sti­tu­tions might present strong coun­terof­be­tween ourfers.twouni­ver­si­ties,”Per­manTheUniver­si­ty­ofMary­landS­choolofBi­den­in­char­ge­ofa“can­cer­moon­shot” said in a state­ment. “We are com­mit­ted Medicine is al­ready well re­spected as a ini­tia­tive, in­tended to pro­duce a decade’s McCarthy is try­ing to re­cruit a re­searcher

re­search in­sti­tu­tion. worth of progress against cancer in five with ex­per­tise on life stress and how it to pro­vid­ing even greater op­por­tu­niThe school re­ceived $400 mil­lion in years. Bi­den’s son, Beau, died of cancer last in­creases the risk for de­pres­sion, neu­rolog­i­ties for our stu­dents and fac­ulty and to re­search fund­ing last year, and it has made year. cal dis­or­ders and other dis­eases. She wants share our ex­per­tise in such crit­i­cally ground­break­ing dis­cov­er­ies over the years Om­maya says it’s good strat­egy for the her depart­ment to do more re­search in im­por­tant ar­eas as trauma medicine.” in or­gan and limb trans­plants, HIV, and Univer­sity of Mary­land to fo­cus on re­search psy­chi­a­try, given the role of psy­chi­atric

Ho­gan is in Is­rael lead­ing a delepro­ton cancer treat­ment, among other ar­eas that will likely draw an in­fu­sion of med­i­ca­tions in the treat­ment of men­tal gation of busi­ness and aca­demic leadar­eas. fund­ing. ill­nesses. ers along with state of­fi­cials as part of a Reece says ad­min­is­tra­tors want to im“I think it is ex­cit­ing to build on the “I think that it is al­ways good to get week­long economic de­vel­op­ment trip. prove pa­tient care, as well as make the pri­or­i­ties within the gov­ern­ment and take top-notch sci­en­tists, es­pe­cially at stages in

Meet­ings fo­cused on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, school a ma­jor player in solv­ing some of the ad­van­tage of the in­fra­struc­ture be­ing built their ca­reer when they can spark new biotech and med­i­cal in­dus­tries. coun­try’s most press­ing health chal­lenges … and mak­ing sure they have sci­en­tific ini­tia­tives,” she said. and de­vel­op­ing cures or treat­ments for ex­per­tise to su­per­charge this ef­fort,” Om­some of the dead­li­est dis­eases. maya said. Tyler Tarr, left , a post­doc­toral fel­low, and Tom Blan­pied, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor, work in the neu­ro­science lab at the Univer­sity of Mary­land School of Medicine.

BAR­BARA HAD­DOCK TAY­LOR/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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