The Johns Hopkins Gazette: March 4, 2002
March 4, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 24


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

ALS Center's director is recognized for contributions

Jeffrey Rothstein, director of the Center for ALS Research, has been honored as the first recipient of the annual Diamond Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in the field of ALS research. The award carries a cash prize of $320,000, which will be used by the center to provide grants for cutting-edge, collaborative research in ALS.

The award, named for ALS patient Toni Diamond, was presented at a benefit gala organized by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and held at the Tavern on the Green in New York.

The Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, a collaborative effort by some of the world's most respected ALS and non-ALS scientists, is the only institution of its kind dedicated solely to the disease. Research conducted by the center is meant to translate rapidly from bench to bedside.

Rothstein's work has formed the basis for a decade of drug discovery leading to the only FDA-approved drug for ALS, called Riluzole. Currently, he and others with the center are working with national pioneers in stem cell research for a possible therapy.

Real Estate Office heads to Johns Hopkins at Eastern

On Thursday, March 7, Johns Hopkins Real Estate will leave behind its Fells Point offices and move into new quarters, suite 100 at Johns Hopkins at Eastern. The main telephone number will be 443-997-3737 and the main fax number, 443-997-3773.

'Healing Heartburn' is topic of Wednesday Noon Series

Lawrence J. Cheskin and Brian E. Lacy of Bayview Medical Center's Division of Digestive Diseases will provide advice for heartburn sufferers during their lecture 'Healing Heartburn' at noon on Wednesday, March 6, in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus.

Based on their Johns Hopkins University Press book by the same name, the lecture will focus on the most common gastrointestinal disorder in the United States. The doctors will present a step-by-step approach to treatment, evaluate the effectiveness of medications, explain how to avoid complications and describe special considerations for pregnant women and for children. Copies of their book will be available for sale and signing.

Cheskin is the director of the Division of Gastroenterology at Bayview, an associate professor of gastroenterology at the School of Medicine and an associate professor of international health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Lacy is assistant professor of medicine at the School of Medicine and an attending physician in gastroenterology at Bayview.

The lecture is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by the university's Office of Special Events and is co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Press. The talk is open to the public, and admission is free. For more information, call 410-516-7157.