Names in the news

NAMES IN THE NEWS

July 28, 2006

AWARDS

Dr. Jonathan Samet, professor and chairman of the department of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, has been awarded the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion.

Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona presented his department's highest award July 13. It recognized Samet's work as senior scientific editor of the Report of the Surgeon General on the Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke, which was released June 27.

PROMOTIONS

The Delmarva Foundation has named Dr. Christian E. Jensen to be chief executive of the nonprofit health care quality organization. He formerly served as the foundation's chief operating officer and medical director.

A family and occupational medical specialist, Jensen has also served as medical director of the Western Integrity Center for Computer Sciences Corp. and as a medical supervisor for the DuPont Co.

A graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, Jensen also had a Naval career including service in the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf. His last military duty was as director of occupational and preventive medicine at the U.S. Naval Academy.

L. Mario Amzel has been appointed head of the department of biophysics and biophysical chemistry in the Institute of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

An expert on proteins and antibodies, Amzel was the first to solve the structure of part of an antibody, the molecule that helps the human immune system fight infection.

He was also on the team of researchers that produced the first high-resolution pictures of how antibodies interact with antigens, foreign molecules invading the body.

Amzel received the 1994 Teacher of the Year award from the graduate students at the School of Medicine and the 1999 University Alumni Teaching Award.

GRANTS

Dr. Marcia Canto, associate professor of medicine and oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been awarded a $500,000 grant to support the first multicenter national American screening study of individuals with an inherited predisposition for pancreatic cancer.

The study, financed by the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, aims to refine screening methods for early detection of the disease, which responds well to treatment in its initial stages.

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