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New Orthopaedic Surgeon joins BMC and BUSM faculty

August 1st, 2012 in News Releases, School of Medicine 0 comments

Contact: Gina Orlando, (617) 638-8490, gina.orlando@bmc.org

(Boston) – Robert J. Nicoletta, MD has joined Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) as an orthopaedic surgeon and assistant professor and co-director of sports medicine in the department of orthopaedic surgery. Nicoletta will see patients at both the Shapiro Ambulatory Care Center at BMC and the Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Boston University starting August 1.

Nicoletta is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with specialty training in the field of sports medicine. His clinical interests include arthroscopic procedures of the knee and shoulder including anatomic and double bundle ACL reconstruction, cartilage injuries in the knee and shoulder rotator cuff injuries and instability.

Team physician for numerous local high schools, collegiate and professional athletic teams, Nicoletta most recently served as a team physician at Boston College, the Boston Cannons Men’s Professional Lacrosse team and the Boston Breakers Women’s Professional Soccer team. Before coming to Boston University Medical Campus, Nicoletta served as chief of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

Recently named to the national List of 65 Outstanding Shoulder Surgeons and Specialists by Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review, Nicoletta completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery at BMC after earning his medical degree from Syracuse University.

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BUSM researchers find link between childhood abuse and age at menarche

July 27th, 2012 in News Releases, School of Medicine 0 comments

Contact: Gina Orlando, 617-638-8490, gina.orlando@bmc.org

(Boston) – Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have found an association between childhood physical and sexual abuse and age at menarche. The findings are published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Researchers led by corresponding author, Renée Boynton-Jarrett, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at BUSM, found a 49 percent increase in risk for early onset menarche (menstrual periods prior to age 11 years) among women who reported childhood sexual abuse compared to those who were not abused. In addition, there was a 50 percent increase in risk for late onset menarche (menstrual periods after age 15 years) among women who reported severe physical abuse in childhood. The participants in the study included 68,505 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study II, a prospective cohort study.

“In our study child abuse was associated with both accelerated and delayed age at menarche and importantly, these associations vary by type of abuse, which suggest that child abuse does not have a homogenous effect on health outcomes,” said Boynton-Jarrett. “There is a need for future research to explore characteristics of child abuse that may influence health outcomes including type, timing and severity of abuse, as well as the social context in which the abuse occurs.”

Child abuse is associated with a significant health burden over the life course. Early menarche has been associated with risks such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, cancer and depression, while late menarche has been associated with lower bone mineral density and depression.

“We need to work toward better understanding how child abuse influences health and translate these research findings into clinical practice and public health strategies to improve the well-being of survivors of child abuse,” added Boynton-Jarrett.

This research was supported by the William T Grant Foundation, the Charles Hood Foundation, and the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 HD043444 NIH Office of Women’s Health Research funded data analysis, manuscript preparation. The Nurses’ Health Study II is supported by Public Health Service grant CA50385 from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Nurses‟ Mothers‟ Cohort Study was funded by the Intramural Research Program of the National Cancer Institute, Research Contract N02-RC-17027 from the National Cancer Institute, and by P.O. 263 MQ 411027 from the National Cancer Institute. The 2001 supplemental violence assessment questionnaire was funded by R01 HL064108.

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Boston University names James Collins Innovator of the Year

July 24th, 2012 in News Releases 0 comments

Contact: Chelsea Roberts, 617-353-8754, chelsear@bu.edu

(Boston) – Boston University School of Engineering Prof. James Collins, co-director of the BU Center for Biodynamics and considered the father of synthetic biology, today was awarded the university’s 2012 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.

BU Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison presented this year’s Innovator of the Year award at “Tech, Drugs and Rock & Roll” event — BU’s annual networking party for Boston area inventors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, tech-industry professionals and academic scientists involved in technology transfer.

“Professor Collins is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Sample6 Technologies, a start-up company intent on using engineered bacteriaphage for detecting harmful bacteria in the food and healthcare industry,” said Morrison.  “His accomplishments in the past year include 10 peer-reviewed papers published, four invention disclosures, five patent filings, $2.3 million in research funding and $5.6 million invested in Sample6.”

The Boston University Innovator of the Year award highlights translational research at BU by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member and the potential for commercialization and/or wider adoption of their inventions.  It also encourages faculty to become entrepreneurial while promoting role models who can inspire graduate students to pursue entrepreneurial careers.

Collins’ lab is focused on using synthetic biology – the melding biology and engineering to create novel biological entities — to construct gene networks with a particular focus on curing infectious diseases.  It also is using network biology to study antibiotics and the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  With this technology, Collins has founded two companies: Sample6 Technologies and EnBiotix.

“Jim has been a prolific academic entrepreneur but this past year was especially productive making it easy to select him as the Innovator of Year,” said Vinit Nijhawan, managing director of the BU Office of Technology Development.

Collins is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Medicine at Boston University.  He is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.  His patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical devices companies.   His awards and honors include a Rhodes scholarship, a MacArthur “Genius” award, an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the World Technology Award in Biotechnology, as well as numerous teaching awards.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.  Along with Boston Medical Center, Boston University receives about $500 million annually in sponsored research funding.

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Boston University’s Excellence-in-Teaching honors to three professors

May 3rd, 2012 in News Releases 0 comments

Contact:  Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626, rtaffe@bu.edu

(Boston) — Boston University will bestow its highest teaching award, the 40th Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, to College of Arts and Sciences physics Master Lecturer Andrew G. Duffy, one of nearly 3,500 faculty members.  BU also will recognize at Commencement on May 20th School of Medicine Associate Professor Robert C. Lowe and College of Arts and Sciences Senior Lecturer Marisa Milanese as recipients of Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“The Metcalf Awards are Boston University’s highest honor for excellence in teaching and reflect our commitment to exemplary scholarship and instruction,” said BU President Robert Brown.  “By presenting these honors at commencement, we make clear to the BU community our deepest appreciation and highest respect for those individuals who embody the teaching excellence which we so value.”

The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000.  The Metcalf Award winners each receive a prize of $5,000.  Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

Andrew G. Duffy

“I find teaching to be a tremendously creative activity and I’m constantly coming up with new exercises for the students to do and continually improving the worksheets and course materials,” says Duffy, who infuses his teaching with ‘clicker’ technology, YouTube videos he creates, an online homework system, and iPhone and iPad apps the students can use to learn outside the classroom.  “Class time has evolved from the students passively sitting, to a much more dynamic and interactive environment.”

Duffy, who grew up in New Brunswick, Canada, and now lives in Shrewsbury, Mass., joined the BU faculty in 1995 as director of the Physics Lecture Demonstration Facility and is now one of only four master lecturers in the College of Arts and Sciences.  A nationally recognized advocate for developing creative new ways to teach physics, he currently is principle investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project to recruit and train future teachers to meet national needs.  He earned his undergraduate physics degree from Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick, and both his masters’ and Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Ontario.

Robert C. Lowe

“My approach to teaching is best described as using active learning principles and real-life cases to help students integrate the basic principles of medical science with the practical knowledge that underlies clinical medicine,” says Lowe, who both teaches at the BU School of Medicine and is on the affiliated Boston Medical Center staff as the Medicine Gastroenterology Department’s director of education.  “In addition to teaching professional behavior, I try to instill a sense of the history and value of the medical profession as a whole.  I take very seriously the trust and power that society gives us as physicians, and I explicitly remind students of their responsibility to individual patients and society as a whole.”

A native of New York City who now lives in Westford, Mass., Lowe joined the BU faculty in 2001 after a three-year appointment at Harvard Medical School.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard College and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, with postdoctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Boston Medical Center.  He recently was selected by Boston magazine as one of the “Best in Boston.”

Marisa Milanese

“I teach required writing courses that many students would rather not take,” says Milanese, a long-time widely published freelance journalist.  “This challenge fascinates me, and I am continually creating new courses, redesigning lesson plans, and refining explanations.  There is no one form or formula for successful writing; it remains a process requiring individual care and intense commitment.  I absolutely love my work.  But when my students leave my class, I want them to appreciate not what I have done, but how much they can do.”

A resident of Auburndale, Mass., who grew up in Livermore, Calif., Milenese teaches three classes in the freshman writing program and serves as its curriculum coordinator, mentoring fellow teachers, editing the journal of student writing, and managing the teaching resource database.  Prior to joining the BU faculty in 2005, she taught writing at the University of Missouri and at Moberly Area Community College in Columbia, Mo., and was a high school and college English teacher in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s from San Francisco State University.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.  BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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