News Briefs


Two top physicians hired to Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Joshua M. Hare and Eli Gilboa, Ph.D., were recently hired to the Miller School of Medicine’s faculty in an attempt to broaden the school’s national expertise. Dr. Hare was named chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the school’s new interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute. Hare, a cardiologist from Johns Hopkins University, directed the heart failure programs at Johns Hopkins and helped pioneer the use of stem cell therapy to repair damaged hearts. Gilboa, who previously held dual appointments at Duke University’s Department of Surgery and Immunology, received a dual appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and in the Division of Hematology Oncology at UM. Gilboa is best known for his work in developing immune therapies against cancer and HIV/AIDS.


Alcohol dependence in college slows recovery later, study says

By Lauren Magnuson
The Daily Free Press (Boston U.)

(U-WIRE) BOSTON – Drinkers who become alcohol-dependent at a young age are less likely to recover quickly and without complications than their peers, according to study released Sept. 3 by the Boston University School of Public Health (SPH).

SPH professors Ralph Hingson, Timothy Heeren and Michael Winter conducted the study, which showed a strong correlation between the age of dependence onset and the difficulty of recovery.

The study follows a July report, based on the same set of data, that found adolescents more likely to become alcoholics if they begin drinking at a young age. According to Hingson, almost half of the individuals in the recent national study of adults 18 and over who had become dependent developed dependence before the legal drinking age, and two-thirds before age 25. These young people were less likely to seek treatment for their dependence and waited longer to do so if they made that decision.

According to Hingson, a study conducted at the University of California at San Diego found that alcohol-dependent adolescents have less frontal lobe activity and difficulty with memory and planning. While it is unknown if these findings were a direct result of alcohol abuse, Hingson said “we know that the brain develops until we are in our mid-twenties.”

The researchers stressed the importance of education, screenings and treatment programs to help delay the onset of alcohol dependence.


The Toppel Career Center will be holding several internship informational programs this fall and is looking for students with prior internship experience to take part in their student-led panel discussion. The next session will be on Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Toppel Career Center. Interested students are advised to call (305) 284-1816.