Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine and its...

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March 15, 1997|By From staff reports

ANNAPOLIS — Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine and its Applied Physics Laboratory will participate in a five-year NASA project to study the medical needs of people on long-term space missions.

The two institutions are part of a consortium based at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston. The consortium's contract could be extended to as long as 20 years, with a total value of $145 million.

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, said the participation of Hopkins' scientists in the study "means new jobs, new opportunities and new knowledge for Maryland's biomedical research industry."

People with brain tumors expected at meeting Sunday

More than 150 people who have been recently diagnosed with brain tumors are expected to attend a town hall meeting tomorrow with their families. The goal is to provide information about the latest treatments and let patients meet each other.

The forum, to be held at the Marriot Inner Harbor Hotel from 12: 30 p.m. to 4 p.m., is free, and walk-ins are welcome. The event is sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association, a nonprofit organization that funds research, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The center has a Gamma Knife, a noninvasive instrument that delivers radiation to the head.

ANNAPOLIS -- Police officers injured in their police cars might be entitled to workers' compensation, even if the injuries occur while the officer is off duty, the Court of Appeals ruled yesterday.

The court said Montgomery County Officer Pamela Wade was entitled to compensation for injuries sustained in her police cruiser while on an off-duty trip to her mother's house in 1988. The county had appealed after the Workers' Compensation Commission ordered it to pay Wade $267 for the nine days she missed work.

The court said that even though Wade was off duty, she was subject to department regulations and would have had to stop for any emergencies.

Punitive damages require pretrial filing, court rules

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- To collect punitive damages, lawyers must request them in filing suit and explain in the pleadings why the award is merited, the state's highest court ruled yesterday.

The Court of Appeals reversed a Prince George's County jury's decision to award $1,000 in punitive damages to Terry N. Jenkins, who sued a police corporal in 1990 after juvenile charges placed against Jenkins were dismissed. The decision reversed a 1995 ruling by the Court of Special Appeals that had affirmed the punitive award. The Court of Appeals said Jenkins' lawyer should have requested punitive damages when he filed suit because the defendants were entitled to notice before trial.

Pub Date: 3/15/97

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