I am delighted to welcome you to the latest edition of CATALYST, a showcase of our collective achievements, innovations, and the unwavering spirit that defines the University of Maryland, Baltimore. This issue highlights remarkable innovations and milestones from across our schools and departments, recognizing the invaluable contributions of our students, faculty, and staff.
From School of Pharmacy students learning how to administer long-acting injectable medicines to Maryland Carey Law students working with their counterparts in Malawi as part of the Environmental Justice, Human Rights, and Public Health collaborative course, UMB’s spirit of innovation and discovery abounds. You’ll read about work to save lives through the development of a whole blood product to transfuse wounded soldiers in the field and the second historic xenotransplanted heart.
UMB’s mission to improve the human condition and serve the public good guides our work. Learn about the Center for Violence Prevention and hear from its executive director, Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, MS. You’ll also read about the School of Social Work’s $5.5 million education grant to train mental health experts and place them in high-need schools and the new Kahlert Institute for Addiction leveraging the most advanced research and clinical care to overcome addiction. Celebrate our Founders Week Award Winners and hear from our new deans.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is a dynamic community of scholars, innovators, and leaders, and I’m proud to celebrate them in this edition of CATALYST magazine. Friends of UMB, I hope that CATALYST inspires you as you read about the work that your support and generosity make happen every day in West Baltimore.
Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS
University of Maryland, Baltimore