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Kay Redfield Jamison's bio of poet Robert Lowell named Pulitzer finalist

Read more about Jamison and other School of Medicine faculty receiving recent recognition

Kay Redfield Jamison

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Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, wrote a biography of American poet Robert Lowell that was a finalist in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize category of autobiography or biography.

Of Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire, the Pulitzer nominating committee said: "A superb examination of the life, work, and struggles of Robert Lowell, which painstakingly explores the bipolar disorder that plagued the poet and elicits greater understanding of the relationship between mania and creativity."

Jamison is co-director of the Mood Disorders Center and is also the Dalio Professor in Mood Disorders.

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Deidra Crews, a nephrologist and epidemiologist, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, and associate vice chair for diversity and inclusion in the Department of Medicine, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the School of Medicine's Institute for Excellence in Education conference in March. Election to Alpha Omega Alpha is an honor signifying a physician's lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service.

Matthew DeCamp, an assistant professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine and in the Berman Institute of Bioethics, is the recipient of the 2018 Award for Excellence in Mentoring sponsored by the Scholarly Concentrations Program. This award recognizes the faculty mentor who best embodies the goals of the program in fostering the spirit of independent scholarship among Johns Hopkins medical students.

Travis Edmiston, a fourth-year physiatry resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, was chosen by his residency training program as the winner of the Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. The honor is awarded annually to the resident in each program who exemplifies clinical excellence defined as a level of mastery in certain aspects of patient care: communication and interpersonal skills, professionalism and humanism, diagnostic acumen, skillful negotiation of the health care system, knowledge, scholarly approach to clinical practice and exhibiting a passion for patient care, and explicitly modeling this mastery to medical trainees.

Jonathan A. Forsberg, an assistant professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins and a professor in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Department of Surgery, has been selected to receive a 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Forsberg, who is also a Navy captain, was among 100 individuals chosen from throughout business, government, medicine, art, and education, as well as honorees from all branches of the military, whose accomplishments in their fields and service to the nation are "a cause for celebration," according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, which sponsors the Medal of Honor.

Morgan Grams, an associate professor of medicine, has received the 2018 Young Investigator Award presented by the American Society of Nephrology and the Council on the Kidney of the American Heart Association to an individual with an outstanding record of achievement and creativity in basic or patient-oriented research related to the functions and diseases of the kidney. The award is limited to individuals who are age 45 or younger on Dec. 31 of the year in which the award is presented. It consists of a certificate of recognition, an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to the laboratory of the awardee, and paid travel expenses to the ASN's annual meeting. The Young Investigator Award recipient also gives a presentation during the plenary session at the annual meeting, to be held this year in October.

Carol Greider, a Nobel laureate and the Daniel Nathans Professor and director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has received a 2017 Alma Dea Morani, M.D., Renaissance Woman Award from the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine. Greider, who won her Nobel Prize in 2009 for a groundbreaking discovery on what makes cells age, received the Morani award for making a significant mark on history and pivotally advancing the future, according to the FHWIM.

Daniel Hanley Jr., a professor of neurology, has received the 2018 ACCM Distinguished Investigator Award on behalf of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. The organization's highest recognition, this award is given to an individual whose scientific and educational contributions to the art and science of critical care demonstrate career commitment and excellence. Hanley investigates stroke and brain injury treatment.

Julia Johnson, a neonatologist and assistant professor of pediatrics, is leading a team of researchers who have been awarded two contracts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the study "Preventing Neonatal Healthcare Associated Infections in Low Resource Settings." The study, conducted at four sites in Pune, India, will describe the epidemiology of neonatal sepsis in the intensive care unit, assess the impact of several interventions on infection rates, and ascertain the relationship between bacteria colonizing mothers and neonatal infection.

Serkan Karakus, a fellow in the Department of Urology, has been awarded the 2018 Research Scholar Award sponsored by the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. Karakus received the award for his study titled "Implantable Neurostimulator Improves Recovery of Erection and Micturition via cAMPPKA-dependent Mechanisms in a Rat Model of Cavernous Nerve Injury." The society provides funding for the mentored award through contributions to an endowment fund held by the American Urological Association's Urology Care Foundation. Karakus' study will be conducted at Johns Hopkins' James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute under the mentorship of Arthur L. Burnett, a professor of urology.

Theodore Kouo and Hanae Fujii-Rios, both residents in the Harriet Lane Pediatric Residency Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, were recognized by the Academic Pediatric Association during the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in May in Toronto. They earned the Best Research Abstract by a Resident award for "Improving Time from Hospital Admission from the Pediatric Emergency Department." Collaborating on the research were co-residents Keith Kleinman, Lucas Falco, and John Creagh. They were mentored by Oluwakemi Badaki-Makun, Therese Canares, and Julia Kim, all assistant professors of pediatrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Melissa Lavoie, a third-year medical student, was one of 14 medical students chosen for the 2018 Medical Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. The program offers the students the opportunity to participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland this summer, studying the conduct of physicians in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on medical ethics today. The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing doctors can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences.

Reza Manesh, an assistant professor of medicine, has received the 2017-19 Jeremiah A. Barondess Fellowship in Clinical Transaction, given by the New York Academy of Medicine in collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Manesh received the award at the 2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, held in March in Orlando, Florida. The two-year, $50,000 fellowship will support his study of the use of the Human Diagnosis Project as a scalable and objective measure of clinical reasoning.

Diego A. Martinez, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, is among collaborating researchers who have received a Johns Hopkins Alliance for a Healthier World Research Planning Grant for their proposal titled "Planning the Implementation of Data-Driven Computational Technologies to Reduce Waiting Lists in Chile." The grant, which is for $25,000 for four months, supports a collaboration with Diana Prieto, an assistant professor of operations management and business analytics at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and investigators from the University of Chile. The alliance program aims to bring together faculty and students from across the university, along with partners and disadvantaged communities around the world, to integrate and unleash scientific and creative capabilities to advance global health equity.

Caren Meyers, an associate professor of pharmacology and molecular sciences, is among collaborating researchers who have received a $3 million award from the National Institutes of Health to generate new technologies for long-acting administration of antiretroviral drugs for HIV treatment. The research is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Liverpool.

Henry Michtalik, an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, has been inducted as a Senior Fellow in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine. Those so honored have demonstrated a commitment to hospital medicine, system change, and quality-improvement principles.

Daniel O'Connor, an assistant professor of neuroscience, has won the 2018 Hamilton Smith Award for Innovative Research from the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences. O'Connor studies the neural circuits that mediate the sense of touch. Using the mouse as a model system, the O'Connor lab is defining the relationship between defined tactile stimuli and the responses of brain neurons that transmit and modify the incoming sensory information. By combining quantitative behavioral analyses, optogenetic and chemical genetic manipulations, and in vivo electrophysiology and two-photon imaging, O'Connor and his team are laying the foundation for a cellular resolution understanding of sensation and perception.

Phillip M. Pierorazio, an associate professor of urology and oncology, has received a 2018 Data Grant from the American Urological Association. Data Grants fund innovative research studies to address key knowledge gaps and emerging research inquiries related to urologic patient care, workforce development, and health care policy. Awardees receive a one-year grant of up to $25,000. Utilizing federal data on broadband internet access, rurality, urologist density, and cancer mortality, Pierorazio and medical student Paige E. Nichols will establish geospatial relationships between internet access and urologic cancer mortality for all counties in the United States. Subsequently, they will incorporate state-level data on telemedicine regulations to predict the U.S. counties best suited to adopting urologic telemedicine services for care delivery.

Naresh M. Punjabi, a professor of medicine and epidemiology, has won the 2018 William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for exceptional initiative and progress in the areas of sleep education and academic research. Punjabi's research, which is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, focuses on the epidemiology of sleep apnea, with an emphasis on defining the etiological links to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. Punjabi's award will be presented June 4 at SLEEP 2018, the 32nd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, which will take place in Baltimore.

Harry A. Quigley, the A. Edward Maumenee Professor of Ophthalmology, has received the Joanne G. Angle Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. The award is the highest service honor to a volunteer professional bestowed by ARVO. It salutes Quigley's service as a past ARVO executive vice president as well as past editor-in-chief for the ARVO journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. He was recognized in April at ARVO's annual meeting, held in Honolulu.

Linda Smith Resar, a professor of medicine, and her lab have received a $100,000 grant for the second year of research titled "Targeting Novel MicroRNA-mRNA Pathways in Relapsed Leukemia." The grant was awarded by the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. Resar studies molecular mechanisms leading to cancer, blood diseases, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia, and other coagulopathies. Her research focuses on the HMG-I/Y gene family, which is widely overexpressed and functions as oncogenes in human cancers.

Jeffrey Rothstein, a professor of neurology and director of Johns Hopkins' Robert Packard Center for ALS Research, has been awarded the 2018 Hartmann-Müller Foundation Prize by the Hartmann-Müller Foundation of Zurich. The prize was designed to support a researcher whose work includes important scientific achievements and who has the ability to impart knowledge not only to university lecturers and students but also to the general public. This year's prize, 25,000 Swiss francs, was given to Rothstein specifically for his excellence in clinical research on neurodegenerative diseases.

Michelle Rudek, an associate professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is the 2017 recipient of the Michaele Christian Oncology Development Award and Lectureship given by the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program. The award was established by the program in 2007 to honor the 20-year career of Michaele C. Christian at the National Cancer Institute. Rudek has been a leader in oncology clinical translational research, with a focus on clinical pharmacology in early-phase trials and special populations in oncology, and has been committed to mentoring and encouraging young translational investigators throughout her career.

Joseph V. Sakran, an assistant professor of surgery and director of Emergency General Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, has been named by Becker's Hospital Review as one of 60 Rising Stars in Healthcare 2017. All honorees are under the age of 40 and, according to Becker's, "have gone above and beyond to achieve greatness in the health care field at a young age."

Rachel Marie E. Salas, an associate professor of neurology, has received the 2018 Clerkship Director Teaching Award from the American Academy of Neurology. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves to neurology education and to creating not only future generations of neurologists but also teaching neurology to students choosing other disciplines.

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Michael Schubert, an associate professor in the departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, has been named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association. The award, which Schubert will receive at the APTA NEXT Conference in late June in Orlando, Florida, signifies his exemplary contributions to the APTA and the profession. Schubert has published 73 peer-reviewed publications, five review articles, four case reports, and 15 book chapters/monographs. Schubert also has made exemplary contributions to the field of vestibular rehabilitation, translating basic science into clinical practice.

Ami Shah, an associate professor in the Department of Rheumatology, has been awarded the Edith Busch Prize for Young Investigators 2017 by the Edith Busch Foundation. The foundation, which supports research on scleroderma aimed at unraveling its pathogenesis and improving therapy, says the decision to give Shah the prize was based on her outstanding contribution to research on systemic sclerosis (scleroderma). Shah's clinical practice is focused on the broad spectrum of patients with scleroderma and related disorders, and her expertise includes management of complications such as Raynaud's phenomenon, digital ischemia, cardiac dysfunction, and concomitant cancer. Shah's prize, which includes 15,000 euros to support her research, was awarded at the World Scleroderma Congress, held in February 2018 in Bordeaux, France.

Ronald L. Sherman has joined Johns Hopkins Medicine as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. A diabetic podiatric surgeon, Sherman focuses on managing the podiatric needs of diabetic patients in the Department of Medicine's diabetes center and in the Heart and Vascular Institute's Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot and Wound Center at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Sherman received his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1982 and earned his master's degree in business administration with honors, specializing in health care management, from the University of Baltimore in 2000. He is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and board-certified in wound care by the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He formerly served as director of the podiatry surgical residency program at the University of Maryland and Mercy Medical Center.

Nicholas Theodore, the Donlin M. Long Professor of Neurosurgery, a professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering, and director of the Neurosurgical Spine Center, was recently appointed chairman of the National Football League's Head, Neck, and Spine Committee. The committee, of which Theodore was named a member in 2017, tries to identify and reduce the number of concussions in the NFL.

Feng-Quan Zhou, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neuroscience, has received a $150,000 grant for his research on glaucoma from the Maryland-based nonprofit BrightFocus, a leading source of funding and support for scientific research to defeat Alzheimer's, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Zhou's study aims to investigate two novel approaches for promoting long-distance (i.e., eye to brain) optic nerve regeneration.

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