Chief of Surgery Throws First Pitch for White Sox
Edwin A. Deitch, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and chief of surgery at UMDNJ-University Hospital, throws the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game. Deitch is the President of the American Burn Association, which is based in Chicago.
- Stress may play an important role in the formation of kidney stones, according to a new study from UMDNJ-New Jersey
Medical School. A team of researchers led by G. Reza Najem, MD, compared 200 patients with symptomatic kidney stones
with 200 matched controls with no history of kidney stones. (Each control was closely matched in race, sex, and age.)
The researchers found that the kidney stone sufferers reported a greater number of stressful life events, particularly
financial and family problems, than the control group. The findings are significant enough to warrant further study.
- "A quiet hero of health care" is how former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell described William Cinotti, DDS, of
UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, upon presenting him with a 1997 Primary Care Achievement Award from The Pew Health
Professions Commission. Cinotti was honored for his efforts in improving access to primary dental care in New Jersey's
underserved communities. He is the first dentist ever to receive the award, which carries with it a $5,000 prize.
- The Violence Institute of New Jersey at UMDNJ recently sponsored a conference "Violence Against Women," featuring
presentations on such subjects as trauma assessment, date rape, and children at risk. Approximately 300 health care professionals and consumers attended.
- A new vaccine against Lyme disease has been proven to be 100 percent effective, based on clinical trials of 10,000
adults in five states. Leonard Sigal, MD, of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, principal investigator of the
study, presented the results at the Infectious Diseases Society of America's annual meeting in September.
- UMDNJ-University Hospital trauma surgeon Jordan Garrison, MD, recently appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The show, titled "How To Get Out Alive," offered information from experts on coping with all kinds of emergencies.
- A gene responsible for Batten disease, a fatal neurological disorder affecting children, has been discovered by
researchers from the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, a joint program of UMDNJ and Rutgers University. The research team, led by Peter Lobel, PhD, and David E. Sleat, PhD, announced their
findings in the September, 1997 issue of Science. The finding will facilitate reliable diagnosis and carrier testing
for the disease and aid in developing an effective treatment.
- A new $78 million International Center for Public Health will be developed in Newark, to be part of University
Heights Science Park. The Center will be a public/private partnership combining basic infectious disease research and
clinical service delivery. The Public Health Research Institute of New York City, an internationally prestigious
research organization, will relocate to the new facility.
- Esther Deblinger, PhD, clinical director of the Center for Children's Support, UMDNJ- School of Osteopathic Medicine,
received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to conduct research on sexually abused
eight to fourteen year-olds. Deblinger is comparing the effectiveness of two individual therapy approaches: cognitive
behavioral therapy and traditional supportive therapy.