February 1996
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Hopkins Animal Labs Accredited. The American Association for the Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care has again fully accredited the animal care and use program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The program, which oversees all animals used in research, education and testing, has been accredited at Hopkins since 1974. The accreditation process is based on self-evaluation and peer review by veterinarians and researchers experienced in lab animal management. The national association accredits 600 animal programs at academic institutions and commercial, government and nonprofit organizations. Hopkins houses and cares for a variety of animals, mostly rodents that are used in basic and clinical science studies.

Cardiology Receives $2.5 Million Gift. Johns Hopkins' cardiology division recently received a $2.5 million gift to create a professorship and fund two junior faculty researchers. The E. Cowles Andrus, M.D., professorship is named after Hopkins' first director of cardiology, a pioneer in patient care, teaching and research for more than 50 years. The gift was made by the Andrus family. The adult cardiology clinic in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center is named in his honor. "This gift underlines the importance of private donations to academic medical centers at a time when government and industry grants are under increasing pressure," says Ken Baughman, M.D., cardiology director. The cardiology division also has created a statewide network of cardiologists to compete better in the managed care arena. The network includes 113 cardiologists and offers a full range of outpatient and inpatient services.

Grant For Religion and Medicine Curricula. Thomas Adams Corson, M.D., M.P.H., of Abingdon, Daniel E. Ford, M.D., of Glen Arm, and Stuart R. Varon, M.D., of Stevenson, of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions received a $10,000 grant to expand medical school curricula relating to religion and medicine. The grant was awarded by the National Institute of Healthcare Research in Rockville and is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The new religion and medicine program, slated to begin in the 1996-97 academic school year, will be incorporated into Hopkins' "Physician and Society" course for medical students. It will examine the role of spirituality in patient care and assess the significance of religious commitment in improving outcomes in illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, depression, substance abuse and recovery from surgery.

Chernow Honored by College of Nutrition. Bart Chernow, M.D., of Hunt Valley, professor of medicine and anesthesiology and critical care at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is the 1995 recipient of the American College of Nutrition Annual Award, a lifetime achievement honor for nutritional research. Chernow was recognized for his long-term interest in calcium and magnesium, nutrients that play a model role in critical care medicine. He also serves as chairman of the Johns Hopkins/Sinai Hospital program in internal medicine and physician in chief of the Department of Medicine at Sinai. Nationally, Chernow is president-elect of the 17,000-member American College of Chest Physicians, a scientific and educational group involved with pulmonary medicine, cardiology and critical care medicine. He continues to serve as editor in chief of Critical Care Medicine.

Hopkins' Manis Heads Panel at NIH. Paul B. Manis, Ph.D., of Columbia, associate professor of otolaryngology--head and neck surgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, with a joint appointment in neuroscience and biomedical engineering, has been appointed chairman of the hearing research study section in the division of research grants at the National Institutes of Health. He will serve until June 30, 1997.

Hopkins' Continuing Medical Education Reaccredited. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been awarded reaccreditation for six years as a sponsor of continuing medical education after a resurvey by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Few medical schools in the nation win accreditation for longer than four years.

Hopkins' Breakey Assumes National Public Health Role. William R. Breakey, M.B., F.R.C.Psych., of Towson, professor and deputy director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, assumed the chairmanship of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association.

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