VP, general counsel takes leave; Savage to serve in her
Kumiki Gibson, vice president and general counsel, has
requested a leave of absence for family health reasons, and
the university has granted the leave. Frederick Savage will
serve as acting vice president and general counsel.
Academic health care systems to study electronic data
A coalition of the Baltimore-Washington region's major
academic health care systems--Johns Hopkins Medicine,
University of Maryland Medicine and MedStar Health--in
collaboration with private practice physicians and
community hospitals has been awarded a $100,000 planning
grant to develop a local electronic health data exchange to
improve the quality of health care delivery and reduce
health care costs through the use of information
The Foundation for eHealth Initiative made the
announcement July 21 in Washington. The Maryland/D.C.
Collaborative for Healthcare Information Technology was one
of nine communities nationwide culled from a pool of 134
applicants to receive more than $2 million in funding
through the Connecting Communities for Better Health
program and the U.S. Department of Health and Human
The coalition intends to undertake a five-year pilot
project in Howard County, Md., to establish a community
data exchange that will serve as a "learning laboratory"
for physicians, health-care providers and hospitals who are
given protected electronic access to patient records.
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NSBRI funds two biomedical projects at Applied Physics
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute in
Houston has approved funding for two biomedical projects at
APL that will continue the institute's research to resolve
the health and medical challenges related to long-duration
One is a Ground-Based Clinical System using Advanced
Multiple Projection Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
principles to go beyond bone densitometry to measure the
structural mechanics of bones and muscles. By providing
high-precision scans of astronauts before and after space
flights, the system will be able to monitor musculoskeletal
strength and the effectiveness of countermeasures.
According to project director Harry K. Charles, who
heads APL's Technical Services Department, this research
also could have an impact on clinical medicine, "especially
in monitoring and assessing the efficacy of treatments for
the millions of people who suffer from osteoporosis and
other disorders that degrade bone strength."
The second project, a prototype Combined Ion and
Neutron Spectrometer, is intended to improve on existing
charged particle species and energy spectrometers. It will
provide a single and complete ionizing radiation
environment monitor for application in space habitats and
transport vehicles. Researchers expect that the instrument
will be the ultimate radiation environment monitor for
manned space missions. Richard H. Maurer heads the
'Gazette' archives president's column, resource stories
Two features that run regularly in The Gazette have
been archived online in order to provide readers with easy
access. Links to both can be found on The Gazette's home
under the heading Departments.
An occasional series on university resources and
services available to faculty, staff and students is linked
under the word Resources. A column by President William R.
Brody, which runs in the first issue of every month, is
archived under President's Column.
Summer Internship Program plans Aug. 5 poster
The Summer Internship Program brings about 70 talented
underrepresented and underserved college students to the
East Baltimore campus, where they spend 10 weeks engaged in
research in one of Johns Hopkins' clinical, public health
or basic science laboratories.
This year's students, whose institutions include the
University of Puerto Rico, Xavier University of Louisiana,
Morehouse College, Howard University and University of
California, Davis, will present their work at a poster
session from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, in Turner
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