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Pass the Salt?

By Amy Gorel
February 10th, 2015 in In the Media.

BU Today Richard Wainford, PhD, pharmacology Let’s face it: salt is delicious. Sprinkle it on tomatoes and they pop with flavor; shake it over popcorn and it’s movie time. Even Nelson Mandela noted its worth in his inaugural address: “Let there be work, bread, water, and salt for all,” he said. Expert quote: “Something has got to be working... More

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Residential Treatment Program Helps Obese Kids Lose Weight, Study Finds

By Amy Gorel
February 9th, 2015 in In the Media.

U.S. News & World Report Caroline Apovian, MD, medicine and pediatrics Extremely obese kids in an intensive 10-month residential treatment program lost more weight than their counterparts, and appeared to reverse artery damage that could lead to clogged arteries and heart disease, according to a new study from Belgium. Expert quote: Dr. Caroline Apovian, a professor of medicine and... More

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Brigham and Women’s Chief Named NFL Medical Adviser

By Amy Gorel
February 9th, 2015 in In the Media.

Boston Globe Robert Cantu, MD, neurosurgery The National Football League, moving to quell criticism that it has long neglected the safety of players, on Monday named the president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as its first chief health and medical adviser. Expert quote: “She is a very respected clinician but also a very respected administrator. You don’t... More

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Making TB the Next Polio

By Amy Gorel
February 9th, 2015 in In the Media.

BU Today Jerrold Ellner, MD, infectious diseases When Jerrold Ellner started working in infectious disease, schistosomiasis was a greater concern to international health professionals than tuberculosis. Fast forward a few decades and TB is now among the greatest public health threats worldwide. Expert quote: If Ellner’s team is successful, TB could be the world’s next polio. “We could eliminate... More

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Michael Klein Receives Award for Physician Excellence

By Amy Gorel
February 6th, 2015 in Faculty Affairs.

Michael Klein, MD, a clinical professor of medicine at BUSM and an attending cardiologist and Director of the BMC Electrocardiology Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2015 Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence. The award, established in 2010 to commemorate Jerome Klein's 50 years of service to BMC/BUSM, is presented annually to a physician who... More

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The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Honored Dr. Thea L. James

By Amy Gorel
February 6th, 2015 in In the Media.

The Bay State Banner Thea James, MD, emergency medicine The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce recently honored Dr. Thea L. James at its annual Pinnacle Awards celebration held last week. James is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine, and president of the Boston Medical and Dental Staff. She is... More

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BUSM Faculty Intending to Submit Shared Instrumentation Grants in 2015

By Lisa Brown
February 6th, 2015 in Announcements.

 SIG Pre-submission Process The Shared Instrument Grant (SIG) program encourages applications from groups of NIH-sponsored investigators to purchase or upgrade a single item of expensive, specialized, commercially available instruments or integrated systems that cost at least $50,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to: X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and mass... More

Tablets and Smartphones May Affect Social and Emotional Development, Scientists Speculate

By Amy Gorel
February 5th, 2015 in In the Media.

The Guardian Jenny Radesky, MD, pediatrics Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers. Expert quote: “These devices may replace the hands-on activities important for the development of sensorimotor and visual-motor skills, which are important for the learning and application of maths and science,” Radesky said. Read the full... More

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Feb. 6 Cancer-focused Seminar Open to BUMC Community

By Lisa Brown
February 5th, 2015 in Events.

Members of the Medical Campus are invited to the Feb. 6 Cancer-focused Seminar Series (CFSS). The goal of the CFSS is to promote interaction and collaboration of cancer researchers across the Medical and Charles River campuses. Three talks will be presented at this seminar. Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH,  Battaglia Lab, "Repairing the Disconnect: Optimizing Cancer Care... More

BUSM Researchers Awarded $2.5 Million from the NIH-NIGMS

By Lisa Brown
February 4th, 2015 in Grant Awards, Research.

Mikel Garcia-Marcos, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biochemistry was recently awarded two grants from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The grants, totaling approximately $2.5 million, will fund his two projects “Alternative mechanisms of G protein signaling” and “Identification of chemical probes that specifically target the GIV-Gi interface.” Cells composing... More