Formerly known as NJMS E-News, INSIDE NJMS is an online news publication that provides updates on activities, events, honors, and accomplishments of New Jersey Medical School's faculty, students and staff. Send your topic ideas and photos to the NJMS Marketing and Communications Department at njmsmarketing@umdnj.edu. Please identify each person in the photo and each person's title should be included. Should you have questions, contact LaCarla Donaldson or Iveth Mosquera, of the NJMS Department of Marketing and Communications, at 973-972-1216.

   

NYU and UMDNJ Share National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant for HIV Prevention Research

New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry and UMDNJ will share a $3.2 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant for HIV Prevention research. Min Lu, MD, NJMS professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Public Health Research Institute, is leading this prevention research along with Daniel Malamud, MD, NYU College of Dentistry professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, and, director of the HIV/AIDS Research program. This will be the first study to evaluate whether gp340, a protein found in saliva and other mucosal secretions, can prevent HIV transmission in vivo. Dr. Malamud will generate a laboratory analysis of gp340molecules, while Dr. Lu will examine the biophysical interactions of these proteins with HIV. This research will study the protection that salivary proteins can have against HIV and, also, assess whether introducing the gp340 into the female reproductive tract would reduce the risk of HIV. Findings from the study could help in the development of new antiviral drugs to protect against HIV.



Pictured above, left to right, are: Martha Bahamon, Foundation of UMDNJ; Iveth Mosquera, project manager, NJMS, and committee co-chair; Nayeli Salazar, office of Sen. Menendez; Dr. Christian Mauricio Rodriguez Anzola; Maria Soto-Greene, MD; students Eugenio Villareal, NJMS, and Christopher Disla, New Jersey Dental School (NJDS); Elizabeth Ketterlinus, Foundation of UMDNJ; students Carlos Penaherrera, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Olga Gonzalez-Lopez, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Rosa Chaviano-Moran, DMD, director of multicultural affairs, NJDS, and committee co-chair; students Michael DeLaGuardia, School of Health Related Professions, and Yvette Alvarez, School of Public Health; Sabrina Chase, PhD; and James Giffin of NJFCU. Not pictured: students Suleima Rosario-Diaz, SN, and Megan Jimenez, School of Osteopathic Medicine
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Latino Heritage Month: Celebrating Our Culture

UMDNJ celebrated Latino Heritage Month with several special events during October. Among the highlights was a presentation by Sabrina Chase, PhD, assistant professor of the Joint Urban Systems PhD program at the UMDNJ-School of Nursing, who offered an inspiring look at the resilience of Latinas living with HIV/AIDS. Other events included a talk by Maria Soto-Greene, MD, vice dean at New Jersey Medical School, titled "Fostering the Development of Latinos in Medicine." Special guest Dr. Christian Mauricio Rodriguez Anzola from the Colombian Consulate in Newark discussed Bi-National Health Week, a campaign to improve the health and well-being of underserved Latinos. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from the North Jersey Federal Credit Union (NJFCU), eight deserving students (one from each UMDNJ school) received gifts for their outstanding academic performance and service to the community.

 


David S. Perlin, PhD,

Executive Director and Professor at the Public Health Research Institute of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, led a group with expertise in the diagnosis and management of Aspergillus infections. Dr. Perlin is a founding board member of the international awareness group called LIFE, which addresses fungal infections worldwide. He is an advocate of incorporating routine testing for fungal pathogens into quality control during the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. Click here to read to read his letter to The New York Times about the role of fungal pathogens in the recent meningitis outbreak in patients who received steroidal injections.


Walking for Wellness

Whether it is for relaxation, weight management, or to take a break from one's daily routine, a pathway in the Medical Science Building (MSB) has become a popular place for health enthusiasts. Some stroll alone and others walk swiftly in pairs or groups while circling the perimeter of lecture halls in New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Read More >>