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Monthly Archives: September 2016

NJHA’s Betsy Ryan to Step Down; First Woman CEO Led Organization Through ‘Transformative Time’ in Healthcare

Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan

Princeton, NJ, September 23, 2016 — New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) President and CEO Elizabeth “Betsy” Ryan, the first woman to lead the 98-year-old healthcare trade group, announced yesterday that she is stepping down after nine years at the Association’s helm.

Ryan’s resignation will be effective in July 2017.

“It has been a privilege to work with the healthcare provider community in New Jersey in taking good care of the people of our state,” said Ryan.

“My tenure has coincided with one of the most transformative times in healthcare history,” Ryan said.  “It’s not easy to step down from a meaningful, fulfilling job, but I do so knowing that I’ve accomplished what I wanted in my career at NJHA.  Change is good, and it’s the right time for me and my family.” Continue reading

Meet Rutgers’ RADICAL Supercomputing Guru; Shantenu Jha Says Computing Is Making The ‘Impossible Possible’ and ‘The Barely Possible Routine’

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Dr. Shantenu Jha

New Brunswick, NJ, September 23, 2016 Shantenu Jha, Ph.D. is a RADICAL man.  The Rutgers professor wants to enhance personalized medicine, global health, science and engineering through high-performance computing.

Dr. Jha and his RADICAL (Rutgers Advanced Distributed Cyberinfrastructure and Applications Laboratory) team operate at the crossroads of computing and science, and their work has benefited research in the molecular sciences, polar sciences and high-energy physics.

Dr. Jha’s expertise earned him a summer invitation to The White House, where he attended a workshop organized by its Office of Science and Technology Policy. Continue reading

Zuckerberg and Dr. Chan Dedicate $3 Billion for Initiative to Rid World of Major Diseases by End of Century

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Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan

San Francisco, CA, September 22, 2016 ― Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, a pediatrician, yesterday announced a $3 billion effort to accelerate scientific research with the wildly ambitious goal of “curing all disease in our children’s lifetime.”

Cha reports that the many components of the initiative include creating universal technology “tools” based on both traditional science and engineering on which all researchers can build, including a map of all cell types, a way to continuously monitor blood for early signs of illness, and a chip that can diagnose all diseases (or at least many of them).

The money will also help fund what they referred to as 10 to 15 “virtual institutes” that will bring together investigators from around the world to focus on individual diseases or other goals — an idea that has the potential to upend biomedical science. Continue reading

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Expands Reach to Greater Newark with University Hospital Partnership

Rutgers CINJ redNew Brunswick / Newark, NY, September 22, 2016 ― A new partnership between Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and University Hospital in Newark is resulting in the expansion of National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center services to the greater Essex region.

The multidisciplinary service line at the cancer center at the Newark hospital now includes care provided by Rutgers Cancer Institute medical oncologists, which augments radiation oncology services that have been provided by Rutgers Cancer Institute for the past seven years and surgical oncology services provided by Rutgers faculty members.

An infrastructure to bring additional cancer clinical trials to patients in the region is also part of the new partnership, as is the expansion of community outreach, education and screening programs. Continue reading

PhRMA Brings Scientists to Capitol Hill to Shine Spotlight on Cutting-Edge Science and Innovation

Medical Technology 2Washington, DC, September 21, 2016 — Today, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is bringing more than 60 researchers and scientists from its member companies to meet with members of Congress to discuss how they can help support development of new, innovative medicines for patients in need.

“America’s biopharmaceutical researchers and scientists are on the frontlines of cutting edge science bringing new treatments and cures to patients,” said PhRMA president and CEO Stephen J. Ubl.

“I’m excited that our companies will be visiting with members of Congress to share why it’s critical to support pro-innovation policies that continue to allow America to be the leader in biopharmaceutical innovation around the globe,” Ubl added. Continue reading

Leaders Gather at United Nations for Global Summit on ‘Superbug’ Threat

united-nations-un-1New York, NY, September 21, 2016 ― Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that for decades, public health experts have warned of the dangers of “superbugs,” microbes that can’t be stopped with drugs.

Now, for the first time, world leaders are tackling the problem at a high-level summit today at the United Nations in New York.

The meeting underscores the growing awareness by governments as well as disease experts that drug resistance is not just a health problem but an enormous economic and security threat.

It’s also an international threat, because drug resistance spreads easily across species and throughout the world, observing no political boundaries. Continue reading

Million Women Mentors-New Jersey to Host ‘Women in Stem’ Summit in Iselin on September 29

STEM WomenIselin, NJ, September 21, 2016 ― The Million Women Mentors-New Jersey (MWM-NJ) will host “Women in STEM Summit,” which will highlight the importance of mentoring in creating and maintaining a gender diverse STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) talent pipeline in NJ and discussing the critical need to increase the number of mentors for women and girls in STEM.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been invited to speak.  Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16) will speak.

Speakers and attendees will include STEM professionals, educators and policymakers.

The summit will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 29 at Cisco Systems, 111 South Wood Avenue, Iselin.

For information, click here.

 

President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers; Four New Jersey Educators Honored

white-house-apWashington, DC, September 19, 2016 — President Obama last month named 213 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

These awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a ceremony in Washington, DC on September 8.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country.

The New Jersey honorees were: Continue reading

TEDxNJIT Event on ‘Innovation and Collaboration’ Set for September 28

njit-ted-talksNewark, NJ, September 19, 2016 — A TEDxNJIT event will take place on September 28, 2016, in the Jim Wise Theatre on the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) campus and also via an accompanying live simulcast broadcast available to viewers worldwide.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, is themed “Innovation and Collaboration,” and will feature leaders from business, academia and the arts addressing a range of topics.

Speakers will explore new modes of collaboration, celebrating art in the urban environment, social entrepreneurship, new media music and self-awareness. Continue reading

House Chairman Upton Seeks Fresh Start for ‘21st Century Cures’ Bill

Rep. Fred Upton

Rep. Fred Upton

Washington, DC, September 19, 2016 — Peter Sullivan last Thursday reported in The Hill that U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan) is pushing to get his signature healthcare bill moving again.

Chairman Upton is working on a new version of his 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House on July 10, 2015.

Sullivan reports that Upton’s revamp could be introduced as soon as this week, though lobbyists and aides say that there is still much work to be done, and it would be tough for the legislation to move before the November elections. Continue reading