The Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 29, 2001
January 29, 2001
VOL. 30, NO. 19



Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

SOM neuroscientist honored for breakthroughs in ALS

The University of Miami School of Medicine has announced that Jeffrey Rothstein, a professor of neurology at Hopkins, will be honored with the Lois Pope LIFE International Research Award, which was established in 1999 to honor outstanding scientists who have made significant medical breakthroughs in their specialty.

Rothstein will receive the $100,000 award for his work in Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. More than 30,000 people in the United States are affected by ALS, a progressive, degenerative disease which destroys nerves that control voluntary movement and can lead to muscle weakness and waste.

As a resident at Hopkins, Rothstein detected alterations in glutamate metabolism in the brains of ALS patients. In 1992, his research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, illustrated for the first time a defect in glutamate transport in the brains of ALS patients, which marked a pivotal moment in what scientists understood about glutamate.

Discovery Health Channel rolls out air dates for 'Nurses'

If you got so caught up in watching the Super Bowl that you forgot to tape the premiere episodes of Nurses, don't worry. The Discovery Health Channel's five-part series, shot entirely at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, will have additional air dates, as follows:

"Pediatrics": Jan. 29 at 3 a.m., Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. "Critical Care": Jan. 30 at 3 a.m., Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. "Battling for Babies": Feb. 18 at 8 and 11 p.m., Feb. 19 at 3 a.m., Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. "Touch of Mercy": Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. and midnight, Feb. 20 at 3 a.m., Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. "Nursing the Mind": Feb. 18 at 1 a.m. and 10 p.m., Feb. 21 at 3 a.m., Feb. 24 at 7 p.m.

Donors needed: Blood drive is next week at Homewood

Faced with a dwindling regional blood supply, the American Red Cross is reaching out to the Hopkins community to donate blood on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 7, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Levering's Glass Pavilion, Homewood. The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region has a severe shortage of types O and B.

To make an appointment, or for more information, go to or contact Daria Bollinger at 410-516-0138.

The Red Cross also needs apheresis donors, whose platelet donations help to support lives of cancer patients and children with special need. To schedule an immediate appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Group of international educators heads to Washington

As the 107th Congress and the Bush administration settle in, international educators are taking the opportunity to make their voices heard in Washington. Representatives of Hopkins are among the 200 members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators who will gather in D.C. on Jan. 29 and 30 to advocate directly to Congress on the importance of international education and exchange.

Educators are expected to raise such varying issues as the need for increased funding for exchange programs, the importance of encouraging more U.S. students to study abroad, the urgency of developing a coordinated strategy to attract international students to U.S. higher education institutions and the reform/reorganization of the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service.