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BUSM Faculty and Framingham Heart Study Researchers Among Thompson Reuters’ World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014

August 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

  BUSM faculty members and Framingham Heart Study Researchers are listed in Thompson Reuters’ The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. Reuters’ list of “some of the best and brightest scientific minds of our time” is determined by analyzing data on which researchers have produced work that is most frequently acknowledged by peers. Reuters analyzed at... More

MED Student Presents Policy Relevant Research at New York Academy of Medicine

August 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

  On August 11, third-year BUSM student Leslie Maness, one of six 2014 Margaret E. Mahoney Fellows, presented her summer research project at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM). The Mahoney Fellowship program of the NYAM provides stipends for outstanding medical, dental, public health, public policy and graduate nursing students to conduct summer research projects on... More

Review of Bronchiolitis Treatment in Infants Reveals Overreliance on One Test

August 21st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

An editorial published in this week’s JAMA highlights the importance of physicians using all available clinical assessment tools when considering how to treat patients. Written by Robert Vinci, MD, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and chair of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Howard Bauchner, MD, editor-in-chief of JAMA, the editorial... More

Boston University/Boston Medical Center CTSI Pilot Grant Awards Announced



August 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The recipients of the CTSI pilot grants for 2014 have been announced by BU Medical Campus Provost and BU School of Medicine Dean Karen Antman, MD. Funding for these grants come entirely from BU, BMC and the VA this year for the first time, without relying on NIH funds, an accomplishment meeting the goals of the... More

Assumptions on Teen Sexual Activity Mean “Missed Opportunities” for HPV Vaccine

August 19th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Probing deeper into the complex decisions that parents and providers face regarding the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, researchers found that though both parties appreciated importance of the HPV vaccine, their personal assumptions surrounding timing of administration relative to onset of sexual activity resulted in decreased vaccination rates. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM)... More

Researchers Identify a Mechanism that Stops Progression of Abnormal Cells into Cancer

August 18th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that a tumor suppressor pathway, called the Hippo pathway, is responsible for sensing abnormal chromosome numbers in cells and triggering cell cycle arrest, thus preventing progression into cancer. Although the link between abnormal cells and tumor suppressor pathways—like that mediated by the well known p53 gene—has been... More

Research from Boston and Duke Universities Offers New Hope for HIV Vaccine Development

August 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

In a scientific discovery that has significant implications for HIV vaccine development, collaborators at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Duke University School of Medicine have uncovered novel properties of special HIV antibodies. The paper, published in Cell Host and Microbe, describes how some HIV antibodies experience an unusual type of mutation, a... More

Common Chemical in Mothers May Negatively Affect the IQ of Their Unborn Children

August 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

In some women abnormally high levels of a common and pervasive chemical may lead to adverse effects in their offspring. The study, published recently in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, is the first of its kind to shed light on the possible harmful side effects of perchlorate in mothers and their children. Using data... More

A Gene That May Increase Alzheimer’s Disease Risk in African-Americans

August 12th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report that two rare variants in the AKAP9 gene significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in African-Americans. This previously unknown association furthers the understanding of the role of genetic factors in the development of AD, according to the researchers, whose findings appear in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. AD... More

BUMC Students to Enjoy Newly Renovated Space on 11th Floor Alumni Medical Library

August 7th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A recently completed renovation on the 11th floor of the Alumni Medical Library now provides a state-of-the-art, 220 seat testing center. The testing center is among the first of its kind, and will serve to both facilitate the administration of exams while at the same time enhancing the quality of study space for BUMC students. Renovations... More