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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 27, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 38
In Brief


Johns Hopkins again tops list of NIH awards to medical schools

For the 13th consecutive year, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine earned more grants, awards and contracts from the National Institutes of Health than any of the other 122 U.S. medical schools that receive them. Awards include research grants, training grants, fellowship awards, and research and development contracts.

According to the NIH analysis for fiscal year 2004, Johns Hopkins received 991 awards for a total of nearly $450 million, an increase of $37 million over last year despite the reduced growth rate of the federal NIH budget. The University of Pennsylvania came in second with 947 awards totaling more than $393 million. The University of California, San Francisco; Washington University in St. Louis; and the University of Washington rounded out the top five.


Kenneth O. Johnson memorial service will be held June 30

A memorial service to honor Kenneth Johnson, director of the Mind/Brain Institute and professor of neuroscience and biomedical engineering, will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus. Colleagues, students and friends of Johnson's will share their thoughts and reminiscences, and refreshments will be served.

As one way of remembering Johnson, his colleagues have set up a page on the MBI Web site,, for statements from those who knew him. Those who would like to have something included should e-mail their message to Brance Amussen at Unless designated otherwise, the statement also will be displayed at the service. For more information, contact Susan Soohoo at or 410-516-8640.


Two JHU researchers to serve on California stem cell committee

Two Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers are among 15 nationally known scientists who have been chosen to evaluate and select stem cell research projects to be funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created when the state's voters passed Proposition 71 authorizing CIRM last fall.

Andrew Feinberg, an expert in epigenetics, and Jeffrey Rothstein, an expert on Lou Gehrig's disease, will serve six-year terms on the evaluation committee, known officially as the Scientific and Medical Research Funding Working Group.


Former Blue Jays named to U.S. Men's Lacrosse Team

Kyle Harrison, a star of this year's NCAA championship-winning Johns Hopkins lacrosse team, was one of 23 players named to represent the United States in the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships. Harrison, who earned All-America honors and received the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player, will be playing alongside former Blue Jays John Gagliardi, '97, and A.J. Haugen, '00.

The ILF championship will be held in July 2006 in London, Ontario.


JHU students continue to receive free admission to BMA

In announcing an increase in admission fees, the Baltimore Museum of Art has said that it will retain its policy of free admission for school groups and students at Johns Hopkins and Maryland Institute College of Art.

The new fees are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for full-time college students and free for children 18 and under. Free First Thursdays will continue from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.


Swim event to benefit Johns Hopkins cancer patients

More than 600 athletes from around the country were scheduled to compete June 25 and 26 at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, N.J., to benefit the Johns Hopkins Patient and Family Fund. The fund-raiser assists cancer patients and families with expenses not covered by medical insurance. Planned events included a fun walk, 5k and 10k runs and one- and three-mile ocean swims. In previous years, participants raised as much as $50,000.

The event organizer is Viki Anders, a nurse practitioner in the SoM's Oncology Department and an avid swimmer.


JHM offers new concierge service to assist women patients

Johns Hopkins Medicine is offering a new, personalized service to help women manage their doctors' appointments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Outpatient Center, satellite facilities at White Marsh and Green Spring Station, and at Bayview Medical Center.

To use the Johns Hopkins Women's Concierge Service, women can make a single phone call to 410-502-7465 or can go to the Web site

to contact a specially trained concierge who can schedule and coordinate appointments. The service focuses on providing care that is unique to, or more frequently required by, women.

Redonda Miller, associate professor of medicine, is medical director of the service.



Due to an editing error, a story in the June 13 issue about a new, multidisciplinary Johns Hopkins center to study urban pollutants mistakenly placed the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in the wrong school. DOGEE is in the Whiting School of Engineering.


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