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dr. utz herbig receives nih grant for $1.618 million

Utz Herbig, Ph.D. joined the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School-University Hospital Cancer Center in the summer of 2006. Dr. Herbig's research focuses on cellular senescence, a stable cellular growth arrest with tumor suppressing functions and pro-aging properties. His work may lead to a better understanding of cancer progression in humans as well as the development of novel anti-cancer therapies.

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Congratulations to the Pozen Scholars

A group of New Jersey Medical School students conducted community service projects for six weeks in 2010, thanks to the generosity of Richard Pozen, MD, NJMS '74, and his wife, Ann Silver Pozen. The students shared their experiences on February 11 during the Pozen Community Service Scholarship Award Annual Poster Presentation. The Pozens gave $1 million to the Foundation of UMDNJ to establish an endowment that supports NJMS student participation in community service projects.

The NJMS students are (from left to right): Fatemah Mamdani, Ahmed Desmond Sesay, Jessica Spiegelman, Andrew Elden, Allison Jeddis, Katherine Lubarsky, John Flynn and Leila Mady.

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TRauma Center health educators receive awards

The New Jersey Society for Public Health Education (NJSOPHE), a professional organization of health educators statewide, hosted an annual meeting at the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton. More than 140 public health professionals, including several UMDNJ staff members, were honored at the meeting, which held the theme, "The Art and Science of Effective Leadership: Things That You Didn't Know, But Must Know To Thrive as a Leader."

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And the Winner is...

Suma Gondi from Basking Ridge, NJ, won the fourth Annual Northern New Jersey Regional Brain Bee. The event was organized by Steve Levison, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosciences at New Jersey Medical School, and Susan Lomanto, Administrator/Executive Assistant to the Dean at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The UMDNJ Office of the Vice President for Research sponsored the event with the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Pictured here (from left to right) are: Daimler Vadlamuri, winner of the 2009 UMDNJ Regional Brain Bee, who served as a judge; Steve Levison, Ph.D.; Suma Gondi; and Amber Ziegler, winner of the 2002 Central Pennsylvania Brain Bee, a Ph.D. student at GSBS who also served as a judge.



Dr. George Studzinski, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School, was recently awarded a $170K grant from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). He and a team of researchers in Israel are studying leukemia cells to determine which antioxidants in foods can prevent or reduce this disease in humans.

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George F. smith library hosts lecture and traveling

exhibit on Surgeons

Although faculty, students and staff filled a section of the UMDNJ George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, the only voice you heard was that of Dorian J. Wilson, M.D. During a lecture entitled, the "Making of an African American Surgeon," he described his educational journey that led to a career in academic medicine.

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