Johns Hopkins Magazine -- November 1997
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Illustrator Terry Allen ("Fighting Back Against Brain Attack") can be reached via his website at
Polly Becker, whose illustration leads off "Uncertainty in the Archives," can be reached by calling 617/247-0469.
Jeffrey Bohlander, whose illustration accompanies the Public Policy In Short "NATO expansion is a mistake," can be reached by calling 410/602-9296.
Mike Ciesielski, whose photos appear in "Taming the Terabyte," can be reached by calling 410/235-8274.
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Jeffrey Brian Fisher, whose illustration accompanies this issue's Essay, can be reached by calling 410/744-6112.
Ron Haisfeld, whose photo accompanies "Bringing home the Lasker," in the Health & Medicine In Short section, can be reached by calling 410/385-0294.
Lynne Lamberg, who authored "Preserving the Life of a Lab," can be reached via e-mail at
Kevin O'Malley, whose illustration accompanies the Public Policy In Short, "Evolution of a first-grader," can be reached by calling 410/377-4582.
Louis Rosenstock, whose photo accompanies "Presidential summit," in the On Campuses In Short section, can be reached by calling 410/467-4635.
Peter Stember, whose photograph appears on the cover and in the opener to "Nightmare in Nanking," can be reached by calling 415/851-2123.
Keith Weller, whose photograph of Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. appears in "Fighting Back Against Brain Attack," can be reached by calling 410/381-2400.

Medical writer Marjorie Centofanti knows she's on to a good story when, in the course of an interview, the hairs on the back of her neck stand up. That's what happened when she was doing the reporting for "Fighting Back Against Brain Attack".

Deep in the labyrinth of a Hopkins magnetic resonance imaging facility (MRI), Centofanti came upon radiologist Norman Beauchamp Jr. and colleagues, who are tweaking conventional MRI to allow them to "see" strokes in the brain more quickly and accurately. Time is of the essence in treating stroke, particularly in light of the new clot-busting drug, tPA, that can only be used if administered within three hours of the onset of stroke.

Centofanti says she was immediately impressed by the researchers' excitement--and the strength of their experimental results. "They are just so enthusiastic because they can see things that they could never see before," she says. "It's like a puzzle. What makes it nice is that you can see that the solution is going to come fairly soon."

Before turning to science and medical writing, Centofanti spent years teaching college-level biology. She earned her MA at Hopkins in 1995, in The Writing Seminars' science writing program, and has been published in Science News, The Washington Post, and the Hopkins Medical News.

While Centofanti may be done with her stroke article, she's not done with Hopkins radiology: she recently began volunteering one afternoon a week as a "gurney pusher" for stroke patients about to undergo MRI. --SD