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June 11, 2024

Medical School's Revamped Website Is Live!

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After nearly a year of detailed planning, production and content reviews, the new Robert Wood Johnson Medical School website went live at the end of May.

The massive project was led by the university's communications team at R-Comm, in conjunction with the medical school's Department of Communications and Public Affairs and Office of Information Technology.

With a more modern design, faster site exploration, and better accessibility, the new site offers improved opportunities to attract students, increase visibility for our programs and research, recruit faculty, staff and learners, and more. Content managers are currently being trained to maintain and update the site, and refresher trainings will be available.

Check out the redesigned site here!

Dr. Ian Oldenburg Selected for Prestigious Searle Scholars Program

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Ian Oldenburg, PhD, assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the medical school and Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, was named as a recipient in this year's prestigious Searle Scholars Program, which annually funds up to 15 exceptional young scientists across the United States in the biomedical sciences and chemistry fields.

The Searle Scholars Program supports high-risk, high-reward research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Each recipient receives an award of $300,000 in flexible funding to support their work over the next three years.

This year's scholars include researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California (San Francisco, San Diego, and Berkeley), and the Marine Biological Laboratory. Dr. Oldenburg was selected for his exceptional promise and his exciting research on "How Population Codes Connect Brain Areas for Movement."

Learn more here.

New Study Investigates 'Brain Fog' in Long COVID

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A recent study by medical school researchers has uncovered new insight about "brain fog" -- described as difficulty thinking or concentrating -- as a long COVID symptom.

The study, published in Cell Reports Medicine and one of the most detailed investigations to date on brain fog, showed that COVID does not elicit Alzheimer's-type changes in the body and is instead more comparable to a viral infection than to Alzheimer's disease or post-infectious processes.

"The findings from our study lead us to believe that interferon -- the body's natural antiviral -- and other drugs which target COVID-19 will be most beneficial in people with long COVID," said William T. Hu, MD, PhD, associate professor and chief of cognitive neurology at the medical school, and director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research at Rutgers Institute for Health, Heath Care Policy, and Aging Research (pictured).

Because brain fog shares "gene signatures" with acute infections, future clinical studies should focus on interferon and antiviral-based therapies, in hopes of reaching a faster recovery rate for patients experiencing long COVID symptoms, added Dr. Hu, senior author of the study.

Study researchers included individuals from the medical school's Department of Neurology and Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, as well as the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Learn more in Rutgers Today.

Infertility Treatment Doubles Risk of Postpartum Disease

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Patients who have undergone infertility treatment were twice as likely as those who conceived naturally to be hospitalized with heart disease in the year after delivery, a new study has found.

In addition, these patients were were 2.16 times as likely as those who conceived naturally to undergo hospitalization for dangerously high blood pressure or hypertension, the study showed.

"Postpartum checkups are necessary for all patients, but this study indicates they are particularly important for patients who undergo infertility treatment to achieve a conception," said Rei Yamada, MD, an obstetrics and gynecology resident at the medical school and lead author of the study, which was published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

These latest findings, combined with a series of recent studies by medical school researchers showing serious risks of heart disease and stroke within 30 days after delivery, demonstrate the importance of earlier follow-up care, said senior author Cande V. Ananth, PhD, MPH, chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Learn more here.

MUST-SEE VIDEO: Graduation Banquet Highlights

View some of the fun in this celebratory highlights video from the May Graduation Banquet for the medical school's Class of 2024!

Dr. Feingold Chosen for Association Leadership Role

Daniel Feingold, MD, professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at the medical school and Rutgers Cancer Institute, was selected to serve as one of the members-at-large for the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Executive Council.

Dr. Feingold, who completed advanced fellowship training in colorectal surgery here in 2004 and in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute, joined the medical school faculty in 2019, after serving as The Stanley Edelman, MD-Stephen Jarislowsky Endowed Chair in Surgery at Columbia University. He is the immediate past-president of the New Jersey Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and currently serves as an associate editor for Diseases of the Colon & Rectum, an Annual Meeting Abstract reviewer, and a senior advisor for ASCRS' Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.

Congratulations, Dr. Feingold!

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The American Neurotology Society (ANS) President Elizabeth H. Toh, MD, MBA, awarded P. Ashley Wackym, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, a presidential citation.

In her award announcement May 18 at the annual meeting of the ANS, Dr. Toh praised Dr. Wackym for his immense dedication to mentorship, sponsorship, and diversity, equity and inclusion leadership. She presented the Award of Presidential Citation in recognition and appreciation of his dedication to inspiring, developing, and sponsoring talent in the field of neurotology and his commitment to a lifetime of academic research and scholarship.

Congratulations, Dr. Wackym, on this recognition!

Dr. Fred Silver

Frederick Silver, PhD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, was named an inaugural Highly Ranked Scholar by ScholarGPS for his "prolific publication record, the high impact of [his] work, and the outstanding quality of [his] scholarly contributions," which the organization noted placed him in the top 0.05% of scholars worldwide.

In addition to the Highly Ranked Scholar designations, ScholarGPS includes quantitative rankings for research institutions, universities, and academic programs, providing rankings overall, in 14 broad fields (e.g., medicine, engineering, or humanities), in 177 disciplines, and in more than 350,000 specialties. Dr. Silver's scholar profile and rankings can be viewed on the ScholarGPS site here.

Congratulations, Dr. Silver, on this recognition!

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Keep Your Children Safe from Lyme Disease During Peak Tick Season -- Uzma Hasan, MD -- TAPinto South Plainfield

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'Make it a priority': #YourDigestiveHealth campaign spotlights key role in quality of life | Oral Microbiome 'has the potential' to be a noninvasive biomarker for gastric cancer -- Shruthi Reddy Perati, MD -- Healio

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