For presenting your thesis proposal, today on December 1st at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.
This week, ERGOT Faculty Dr. Tanjala Purnell-Idowu and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor Dr. Lisa Angeline Cooper launched a new course in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, “Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research.” The course involved an amazing team of faculty members, including ERGOT Faculty Dr. Macey Henderson and several faculty members from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. Students (from all over the world) were very enthusiastic and actively engaged in the course and learned about novel methods, practical tools, and skills required to conduct health equity research and to translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy.
We are proud to support Dr. Purnell and her ongoing work addressing health equity.
We were excited for the opportunity to present our work at the first ever Hopkins Surgery Research Day (May 24, 2017)! We brought 12 posters and gave 2 talks.
Congrats to our Research Data Analyst Mary Grace Bowring for her award winning poster on Sex and Size Disparity in Liver Transplant!
Core Faculty member and 2015 Rothman Early Career Development Award for Surgical Science award winner Dr. Tanjala Purnell gave an update on her ongoing research titled, “Patient Centered Research to Improve Equity in Access to Kidney Transplantation.”
Another highlight was our Halsted resident and PhD candidate Dr. Sandra DiBrito sharing her research in general surgery and transplantation, titled, “Outcomes Following General Surgery in Kidney Transplant Recipients.”
Thank you to the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery for facilitating a great day of sharing engaging surgical science!
Tanjala Purnell, PhD, MPH, was recently appointed to a 3-year term as the new Region 2 Representative to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) / United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Minority Affairs Committee. The OPTN/UNOS is a public-private partnership that links all professionals involved in the U.S. donation and transplantation system to develop national organ transplantation policy. In this role, she will provide insights from her research findings to inform policy development, research and data analysis, and educational and informational projects to promote equity in access to transplantation in the United States. She will also communicate her committee’s activities to medical professionals, transplant recipients, and donor families in Region 2 (including MD, DE, NJ, PA, WV, and D.C.) and gather input to make certain that members of this region have an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions. Congratulations, Tanjala!
Completing the trilogy of papers published in the December issue of the American Journal of Transplantation that was dedicated to living donors, our lab looks for Patterns of End-Stage Renal Disease Caused by Diabetes, Hypertension, and Glomerulonephritis in Live Kidney Donors.
We looked at studies averaging less than 10 years of follow-up to better understand postdonation ESRD.
ERGOT’s Douglas Mogul, MD MPH led a team to create the new Facebook application: Liver Space. Mogul wanted to create a community that connected pediatric liver disease patients and their families and provided them with useful information.
“It’s designed to strengthen online communities, serving as a bridge to health care providers and a portal for conducting research,” Mogul told Sarah Richards at Johns Hopkins.
Mogul is currently in talks about creating a similar site for patients with kidney disease.
After six years of starting the campaign in Washington D.C. and after three years of passing the HOPE Act, Johns Hopkins performs the first HIV-positive to HIV-positive transplant in the US. ERGOT’s own Dr. Dorry Segev took part in front-running for the change in legislation that now allows the once illegal practice of donating and transplanting HIV-positive organs.