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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Researchers to Present Their Work on Capitol Hill

June 12, 2017
CONTACT: Tracey Reeves
Office: 443-997-9903
Cell: 443-486-4053

Early career scientists, physicians, engineers and specialists in public health, nursing, music and marketing from Johns Hopkins University will gather on Capitol Hill in Washington to present their federally-funded research, emphasizing the importance of continuing federal support in the pursuit of new knowledge and innovation.

Projects such as a suit designed to protect healthcare workers from Ebola, nanoparticles used in cancer treatment and virtual reality technology will be presented in a “science fair” format at a gathering open to the public. The full program can be found here.

WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13.

WHERE: Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20002.

WHO: Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland will make remarks. Twelve researchers are scheduled to showcase their work, including Dr. Deidra Crews and Jordan Green, both of the School of Medicine. Dr. Crews has researched the link between food insecurity and declining kidney function. Green’s laboratory has pursued the use of nanotechnology to deliver treatment for cancer.

Also scheduled to present are:

  • Tara MacDowell, a public health specialist at Jhpiego who will present the novel suit they developed to protect field healthcare workers from the Ebola virus
  • Brock Wester of the Applied Physics Laboratory, who will demonstrate virtual and augmented reality technologies used to teach children about anatomy and prosthetics
  • Matt Johnson of the Applied Physics Laboratory, who will showcase Robo Sally, a remote-controlled robot designed to perform tasks in harmful or dangerous situations such as disarming explosive devices.

WHY: The Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 as the first university in the United States based on the European research institution model, and remains the country’s top research institution, topping all others in research and development expenditures since 1979. Discoveries made at Johns Hopkins have led to water purification, launched the field of genetic engineering, and created the first implantable and rechargeable heart pacemaker. Hopkins experts completed a flyby of Pluto with the New Horizons space probe and authenticated the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The first-ever Johns Hopkins University presentation of federally-funded research on Capitol Hill is meant to demonstrate the importance of government support for this work, underscoring Hopkins’ commitment.

For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Reeves at 443-997-9903 or 443-986-4053.


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