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BUSM Whitecoat Ceremony Photos on Facebook

August 5th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

On Monday, Aug. 4,  members of the BUSM Class of 2018 received their white coats on Talbot Green.  View the pics on Facebook. 

BUSM Researchers Uncover New Possible Approach for Treating Schizophrenia

July 31st, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have uncovered important clues about a biochemical pathway in the brain that may one day expand treatment options for cognitive deficits seen in schizophrenia. The study, published online in the journal Molecular Pharmacology, was led by faculty members David H. Farb, PhD, Terrell T. Gibbs, PhD, and... More

Saying Goodbye to BU’s Former “First Lady”

July 30th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Jasmine Chobanian remembered as a patron of the arts and a humanitarian. Jasmine Chobanian, who was regarded as the “First Lady” of Boston University during the many years that her husband Aram V. Chobanian, MD, served in University leadership, both as dean of the School of Medicine and the ninth president of Boston University (2003–2005), died... More

Dr. Domenic Ciraulo Appointed Chairman of NIAAA Review Group

July 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

BUSM's Domenic A. Ciraulo, MD, was appointed as the chairman of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) study section AA-3, which reviews all grant applications requesting funding for clinical studies of treatments for alcoholism and health services research on alcoholism. He has been funded by NIAAA for more than 18 years, serving... More

Researchers Identify Potential Biomarker for Alzheimer’s

July 28th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. These findings appear in the Annals of Neurology. AD is the most frequent... More

Engaging Patients to Improve Health Care Outcomes

July 22nd, 2014 in Uncategorized.

How can engaged patients improve health care? BUSM's Suzanne Mitchell, MD, and other expert panelists tackled the question during a recent TEDMED#GreatChallenges discussion, "Examining the Case for Patient Activation Measures." Research indicates clinical sites using the Patient Activation Measure (PAM) -- a tool developed by researchers at the University of Oregon to measure patients' knowledge, skills and confidence... More

BUSM Study: Obesity May Be Impacted by Stress

July 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

A new study shows that stress may play a role in the development of obesity. Using experimental models, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that adenosine, a metabolite released when the body is under stress or during an inflammatory response, stops the process of adipogenesis, when adipose (fat) stem cells differentiate into adult... More

Researchers Release Clinical Update on Transient Ischemic Attacks

July 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

BUSM researchers have released a guide to help primary care doctors navigate the new May 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines on transient ischemic attacks (TIA). TIA's, commonly known as "mini-strokes" can be the first and only warning sign of a larger, debilitating stroke to come. The most common symptoms are temporary weakness on one... More

Emergency Responders More Comfortable in Active Shooting Scenarios After Training

July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responders felt better prepared to respond to an active shooter incident after receiving focused tactical training according to a new study in the journal Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. This is the first study to specifically examine the EMS provider comfort level with respect to entering a scene where a shooter has not... More

Dr. Michael F. Holick Receives American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Award

July 15th, 2014 in Uncategorized.

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research awarded Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), with the 2014 Louis V. Avioli Award. Holick, a professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at BUSM, is internationally known for revolutionizing the understanding of vitamin D and its role in disease prevention. The award... More