Tag: cancer research

Portrait of Henrietta Lacks Coming to City Hall

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Henrietta Lacks (not her portrait)
Henrietta Lacks (not her portrait)

Henrietta Lacks, the Baltimore woman whose cancer cells have contributed to decades’ worth of groundbreaking research after her death, has been memorialized in a portrait that will be hung in City Hall.

Glassybaby Pop-Up Shops at Mouth Party and En Olivier

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Glassybaby
catch of the day fish (2)We’re just going to assume that you’ve had at least one Mouth Party caramel during your life in Baltimore. And if you’ve had one, it’s probably safe to assume that you then had another…and another…and another. Because they’re just that good. Now, what you may not have heard of is Glassybaby— the incredible project started by Lee Rhodes that combines the art of glassblowing with fundraising for cancer patients and research. It may sound like an unlikely combination, but the story that brought Glassybaby into existence makes it all somehow make sense, and enhances the beauty of each unique piece of glass art that is a Glassybaby.

Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Maryland Half Marathon and 5K

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Half Marathon

catch of the day fish (2)So we’ve all been keeping up with our New Years resolution to get fitter this year, right? Still hitting the gym four or five days a week? Upping your mileage steadily? Ticking up the speedometer on the treadmill each time? Well…maybe not. But it’s not too late! Not only are we only (almost) a third of the way through the year, we’ve got almost two months left until the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Half Marathon and 5K.  Sure, a half marathon is a lot to ask if you’re not already at, say, long runs of eight or nine miles each week (you know, no big deal). But a 5K is a pretty manageable—but respectable—goal. And even if you end up walking most of it, you’ll still be doing plenty of good for yourself and others.

Johns Hopkins Shares in Major Cancer Research Gift

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Photo via Cornell Medicine
Photo via Cornell Medicine

For 34 years, Johns Hopkins spent more on research than any other university in the country, amounting to $2.106 billion in 2012 alone. And now you can add to that the $90  million that the university’s Kimmel Cancer Center just received as part of a massive half-billion gift from Ludwig Cancer Research.

Hopkins scientists at the Kimmel Center have received Ludwig money before; in 2006, they used a $20 million gift from the foundation to create one of the first genomic maps of cancer.

Acupuncture Works (Even When It’s Fake), University of Maryland-Baltimore Says

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Photo via ACAOM
Photo via ACAOM

Welcome to This Week in Research, BFB’s weekly exploration of some of the smartest, strangest, or most surprising research coming out of our local universities. Prepare to have your mind blown!

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medical practice of sticking needles in particular spots on a person’s body, sometimes gets a bit of side-eye from the medical community. But a recent study out of the University of Maryland -Baltimore offers some food for thought. It showed that acupuncture helped to ease the harsh side effects of breast cancer treatment — but also that sham acupuncture worked equally well.

Katie Couric to Speak at Hopkins

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Most of us got to know Katie Couric when she joined us in our homes every morning as an anchor on the Today Show. The Arlington native so wove herself into America’s hearts that when her husband passed away from colon cancer, she had the whole country’s sympathy. Since then, Couric has become a tireless advocate for colon cancer screenings. In two weeks, Ms. Couric will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, November 16 for A Woman’s Journey, a symposium right here in Baltimore featuring 30-plus Johns Hopkins physicians presenting on all the latest research and developments on preventing and treating disease, and preserving our health.

Baltimore “Boy Wonder” On 60 Minutes Last NIght

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Jack Andraka, the North County High School sophomore from Crownsville who won the Intel Science Award in 2012 and who we wrote about last year, was featured last night on 60 Minutes.  If you’re not familiar with the superstar student, watch the video.  You’ll feel dumber, but proud!

Baltimorean Makes it Onto Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

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UNCF•Merck Fellow

Forbes’ annual “30 Under 30” list of the most impressive/accomplished/famous people under 30 exists not only to make us all feel like we haven’t done enough with our lives so far, but also to remind us of all the amazing people out there who haven’t been wasting their time. Like Johns Hopkins cancer researcher Isaac Kinde, 29, who made it onto the Forbes list along with other youthful luminaries like Justin Bieber, Usain Bolt, Wiz Khalifa, and Adele. (Baltimore’s on something of a roll: Scott Kidder, Gilman ’03, made the list last year   and this year, too.)

Swim Across America: Swimming to Raise Money and Awareness for Cancer Research

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As home to the world’s greatest swimmer and the world’s greatest hospital, it’s no wonder that in its first year, Baltimore’s Swim Across America,  a fundraiser for cancer research through swimming- related events, set the record for the largest inaugural event in SAA history.  Raising over $400,000 and enlisting over 400 participants, the open water and pool swims were a huge success.  In year two, the swims grew, raising over $500,000 for the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The organizers hope to make the 2012 event, held this coming Sunday, Sept. 23, even bigger, and  it’s not too late to sign-up or support a team.

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