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On the Rise: Facilitating the
Growth in Knowledge of Yeast Genetics
by Budding Researchers
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Faculty member Marc R. Gartenberg, PhD, is helping lead the
world's seminal course in yeast genetics and genomics, giving
rise to budding researchers and impacting processes at his own lab.
By Beth-Ann Kerber
Where Are They Now?
Alumni Excel in Residency Programs Nationwide
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From the East Coast to the Pacific Rim, Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School graduates are training in the full spectrum of clinical
specialties and opening doors for the alumni who will follow them.
By Kate O'Neill
Leading the Way to Improve Health Care
for Veterans and Active Military
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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is helping lead the
way in training designed so health care professionals learn
how to better care for veterans and active military personnel.
By Beth-Ann Kerber
An Island in the Mediterranean Is
Furthering Diabetes Research in New Jersey
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Lisa Denzin, PhD, is working with geneticists from Sardinia to help
understand the genetic underpinnings that trigger type 1 diabetes
mellitus to discover a potential druggable target.
By Lynda Rudolph
Collaborative Movement Programs Meet at
the Intersection of Arts Engagement and Health
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A collaborative effort between the medical school and
Mason Gross's Department of Dance is demonstrating how arts
engagement can be used as a healing medium.
By Beth-Ann Kerber
Thomas J. Giordano, MD '90, PhD
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Collaborating with bioinformatics experts across North America, Dr. Giordano is working
in genome research to help catalyze the discussion about the classification of thyroid cancer.
By Lynda Rudolph
Jennifer Endres Jimenez, MD '07, and
Manuel Jimenez, MD '06, MSHP
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Dr. Jennifer Jimenez has brought her skills as clinician and teacher home to New Jersey.
Dr. Manuel Jimenez joined the faculty as an inaugural Chancellor Scholar.
By Kate O'Neill
Robert J. Vinci, MD '80:
Exceptional Care without Exception"
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In his exceptional three-decade career at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston
Medical Center, Dr. Vinci has not only led the growth of academic and clinical programs, he has
also nurtured new programs that build on these institutions' history of service to the community.
By Kate O'Neill
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Letter from the Dean
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News
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Research News
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Letter from the
Alumni Association President
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Alumni News
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Class Notes
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Last Page
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RobertWoodJohnson
MEDICINE
A Publication for Alumni and Friends of
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Interim Dean
Vicente H. Gracias, MD
Executive Editor
Patricia M. Hansen, MA
Director, Communications
and Public Affairs
Editor
Roberta Ribner
Writers
Beth-Ann Kerber
Kate O'Neill
Lynda Rudolph
Copy Editor
Richard Slovak
Art Director
Barbara Walsh
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Alumni Association
Officers:
President
Sonia Garcia
Laumbach, MD '99
Vice President/
President-Elect
Thomas McPartland,
MD '01
Treasurer
Hank Lubin, MD '83
Secretary
Paul Weber, MD '87
Chair, Membership
Committee
Geza Kiss, MD '95
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