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Splice Now or Splice Later

Cells often multi-task when synthesizing and splicing RNA. But when unconventional splicing is required, they synthesize first and splice later, according to a study led by researchers at the Public Health Research Institute of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and published in Cell on November 23.


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Mapping MRSA's Family Tree

Check into a hospital and you run the risk of infection with a methicillin-resistant strain of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. But present day MRSA might have been worse if it had descended directly from a 1950s version of the bug, according to a study co-authored by Barry N. Kreiswirth, PhD, a professor at the Public Health Research Institute of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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NJMS MD/PhD Student Named First Student/Trainee ARVO Trustee

Anton M. Kolomeyer, a seven-year MD, PhD student at NJMS, has been appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) as its first Member-In-Training (MIT).


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New Edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine Open to Public

According to Associate Vice President of Scholarly Information/University Librarian Judith S. Cohn, members of the university community can view the latest edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine by logging onto the following links: E-Books list or the Libraries' online catalog.


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NJMS Establishes Room for Breastfeeding Mothers

NJMS has opened a private room for NJMS faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows and students who are breastfeeding. The new initiative is the result of a Faculty Mentoring meeting during which junior faculty members expressed a desire for a family-friendly environment at NJMS.


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NJMS Faculty and Benefactors Honored on University Day

Several NJMS faculty members and benefactors were honored for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to UMDNJ during the Sept. 13th celebration of University Day.



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Nimala Hariharan (left), PhD, a former Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) graduate student who earned a PhD in cell biology and molecular medicine in 2010 at NJMS, has been selected by the editors of Circulation Research for a Best Manuscript Award for the following paper: "Deacetylation of FoxO by Sir1 Plays an Essential Role in Mediating Starvation-Induced Autophagy in Cardiac Myocytes."

This award is particularly significant because Hariharan received it for a paper she authored while a graduate student at UMDNJ. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Mark Sussman, PhD, at San Diego State University. Circulation Research has an impact factor of 9.214 and ranks #4 among 78 journals in the cardiac & cardiovascular Systems category.


NJMS Student-Run Clinic Receives Grant to Expand Services

The Department of Family Medicine at NJMS received a $940,265 grant that will expand and improve NJMS' Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC), one of the oldest student-run medical facilities in the nation. The SFHCC, located on UMDNJ's Newark campus, provides free health care to medically underserved Newark residents.

The clinic is run by NJMS students under the supervision of family and internal medicine physicians and faculty advisor Robin Schroeder, MD (above, left), assistant professor and interim chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Chantal Brazeau, MD (right), NJMS associate professor of psychiatry and family medicine, serves as the principal investigator of the SFHCC improvement project. Click here for more information.


New Jersey Blood Services and UMDNJ Host Successful Blood Drive in Commemoration of 9/11

UMDNJ and New Jersey Blood Services hosted a blood drive at NJMS to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Scores of strangers came together to lend their support and help those in need. Their selfless donations were reminiscent of those who came together the days and weeks following the wretched events of Sept. 11, 2001 to help save lives.

According to Christine Schetelich of the New York Blood Center, the outpouring of support from students, faculty and staff brought in 232 donations which could save about 550 lives. We would like to congratulate everyone that came out to make a difference. To view more photos, visit our Facebook and Flickr pages.