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December 15, 1998

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Fintan R. Steele, Ph.D., Appointed Johns Hopkins Medcast News Bureau Chief

Fintan R. Steele, Ph.D., has been appointed bureau chief and editor of the Hopkins channel of Medcast, Johns Hopkins Medicine's new venture with Greenberg News Network in Atlanta. Medcast, a proprietary daily news and information service for physicians, is distributed via the Internet through a non-Web-based system directly to subscribers' computers. The Hopkins channel offers a novel means of presenting a wide range of information about and from Johns Hopkins Medicine directly to physicians both in the United States and abroad.

Steele will be responsible for the daily preparation and dissemination of Hopkins-related material on the Medcast network, including faculty commentaries; news of research, clinical trial openings and continuing education opportunities; disease-specific content and information relevant to referring physicians, practice management, outcomes research and consultations.

Steele brings both science journalism and scientific research experience to this new position. Prior to his appointment as Medcast bureau chief, he was the executive editor and science editor of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, where he was responsible for both editorial content and publication (print and electronic) management. Prior to that, he had served as both News and Views editor and news editor of Nature Medicine, and also wrote for the Journal of NIH Research. He is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Steele, who earned his doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Notre Dame, was a research fellow at Hopkins' Department of Comparative Medicine from 1993 to 1994 and did several years of neurobiological and vision research in human and Drosophila retinal disease genetics at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. During his years of active research, he published several research papers in leading peer-reviewed journals.

"The combination of science and journalism experience makes Steele very aware of the information needs of both ‘bench' researchers and ‘bedside' physicians, two groups whose interests are increasingly interwoven as the pace of biomedical research has quickened," said Scott Sherman, assistant dean of medicine and director of the Office of Corporate Liaison. According to Steele, "Medcast provides an incredible opportunity for Hopkins to serve those interests, as well as a chance for Hopkins to showcase the strengths that have made it the leading medical institution in the world."

In addition to his science and journalism training, Steele has master's degrees in philosophy and theology, and is particularly interested in medical and genetic ethics.

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