NEWS R W J M S Dr. Kaufman Honored Department of Emergency Medicine Chair K enneth R. Kaufman, AM, MD, FRCPsych, DFAPA, professor of psychiatry, neurology, and anesthesiology and deputy editor, BJPsych Open, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The college is the professional body in the United Kingdom that is responsible for education and training, as well as setting and raising standards in psychiatry. Both nationally and internationally, the college plays a vital role in representing the expertise of R COURTESY OF KENNETH R. KAUFMAN, AM, MD, FRCPSYCH, DFAPA obert M. Eisenstein, MD, Professor Kaufman receiving RCPsych Fellowship from the president, Professor Sir Simon Wessely. the psychiatric profession to governments and other agencies. I FACEP, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed chair, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Eisenstein had served as interim chair of the department since November 2011, after a six-year role as vice chair. He is also chief, ambulatory service, division of emergency care, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ). A member of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty for the past 13 years, Dr. Eisenstein was integral in the creation New Study ID’s Protein's Role in Cell Stability L ed by Estela Jacinto, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, as principal Estela Jacinto, PhD investigator, a team of researchers has been studying how the protein mTOR helps to regulate cell machinery, which drives the growth of every cell in the body. As cells break down nutrients during metabolism, they create metabolic products called metabolites, which serve as fuel and building blocks to make more cells. Previous studies found that when there are sufficient nutrients, mTOR promotes cell growth. In this new study, published online in Molecular Cell, the researchers discovered that mTOR also responds to decreasing levels of nutrients, acting as “traffic control” to help stabilize cells as nutrient intake fluctuates. Specifically, Dr. Jacinto’s laboratory discovered that when glucose availability is limited, mTOR responds by mobilizing the amino acid glutamine, which serves as an alternative to glucose. Metabolism of glutamine enables the cells to survive under glucose starvation. Although it is known that disruption in glucose and glutamine metabolism plays a role in diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and aging, this is the first study to indicate that mTOR actively participates in the process to restore cell stability when there are not enough nutrients to fuel cell growth. I of the Department of Emergency Medicine on the New Brunswick campus. Since its inception, the department has seen tremendous growth, from three to more than 30 full-time and per diem faculty. Dr. Eisenstein has recruited faculty with expertise in emergency medical services (EMS), critical care, research, Robert M. Eisenstein, education, MD, FACEP toxicology, and emergency ultrasound. The department has instituted a required fourth-year medical student clerkship, EMS/disaster medicine and emergency ultrasound fellowships, and an Emergency Medicine Residency Program. It also created the division of emergency and critical care ultrasound and developed a clinical toxicology service. An instructor and mentor for residents as well as for medical and physician assistant students, Dr. Eisenstein is a researcher who is published in several peerreviewed journals, books, and abstracts. He is an ad hoc reviewer in the Journal of Emergency Medicine and Annals of Emergency Medicine. I JOHN EMERSON 32 Robert Wood Johnson I MEDICINE JOHN EMERSON