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Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Research: Controlling Diabetes with Your Phone Might be Possible Someday

Newark, NJ, November 27, 2017 — Think about this.  You have diabetes, are trying to control your insulin levels and instead of taking a pill or giving yourself an injection, you click an app on your phone that tells your pancreas to bring blood sugar levels back to normal.

Sound improbable?  Not according to Luis Ulloa, an immunologist at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in a paper published in Trends in Molecular Medicine.

“Our bodies are a lot like rooms in a house,” says Ulloa. “In order to see when you enter a darkened room, you need electricity to turn on the lights. Our body is like that room and has an electrical network that can be used to manipulate and help control how it works.” Continue reading

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Scientists Study How Worm Infections Can Weaken Immune Systems — And Life-Saving Vaccinations

New Brunswick, NJ, August 9, 2017 — Why are malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis so prevalent in developing nations?  And why are most vaccines against these pathogens so ineffective?

Two Rutgers New Jersey Medical School scientists believe they may have found an answer in parasitic intestinal worms — which infect more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and can weaken the immune system’s ability to fend off disease, rendering vaccines less effective.

George Yap and William Gause received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health this spring to study how worms prevent vaccinations from bolstering the immune system. Continue reading

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Names Dr. Steven Kirshblum as Chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Newark, NJ, April 10, 2017 — Steven Kirshblum, M.D., Senior Medical Officer at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and Chief Medical Officer at Kessler Foundation, has been named Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Kirshblum, internationally recognized for his work in the field of medical rehabilitation, is also the Chief of Service at University Hospital in Newark.

In announcing the appointment, Robert L. Johnson, MD., Dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, noted that, “We are honored to have Dr. Kirshblum at the helm of our PM&R Department.  His knowledge of rehabilitation medicine and his commitment to excellence in education, patient care and research make him the ideal individual to lead us forward.” Continue reading

Rutgers Researchers Using Power of Web to Help Stop Zika Virus

Rutgers NJ Medical SchoolNew Brunswick, May 19, 2016 ― Lindy Washburn reports today in The Record that a global project led by researchers at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark is using a crowd-sourced supercomputer network to test potential cures for the Zika virus, the infection expected to spread into the southern United States this summer.

You can help: Just download an app to allow the IBM-sponsored “world community grid” to use your computer when it’s idle.

The massive supercomputer, created by donations of such excess capacity by hundreds of thousands of computer users, will enable speedy screening of millions of potential compounds to identify promising drug candidates for testing in the laboratory.

It’s already been harnessed to winnow potential new treatments for malaria, HIV/AIDS and Ebola. Continue reading