Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine study shows high-fat diet during adolescence may inhibit ability to cope with stress

  A new study published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity shows that adolescent rats who consume a diet high in saturated fats have a harder time coping with stress as adults. Moreover, researchers from Loma Linda University in California found that the areas of the brain that handle the fear/stress response were altered to the point that subjects began exhibiting behaviors that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The teen years are a very critical time for brain maturation, including how well (or not) we'll cope with stress as adults," said Dr.
Loma Linda University School of Medicine professor Mary Kearns-Jonker wins prestigious International Space Station research award

School of Medicine professor receives International Space Station award for stem cell research

By Sheann Brandon, LLUH News, August 2018 A Loma Linda University School of Medicine faculty member was awarded the 2018 International Space Station Compelling Results Award in Biology and Medicine in July for her research on the impact of microgravity and spaceflight on neonatal and adult cardiovascular progenitor cells.  Mary Kearns-Jonker, PhD, received the award at the International Research and Development Conference on July 26 in San Francisco.
Medicine and Religion student Landon Sayler receives inaugural Maxwell Scholarship

Medicine and Religion student Landon Sayler receives inaugural Maxwell Scholarship

By Heather Reifsnyder, LLUH News, August 2018 Landon Sayler, the first student to receive the Arthur Graham Maxwell Scholarship for Excellence in the Study of Religion, remembers being inspired by the ideas of the late Seventh-day Adventist theological statesman before he even knew Maxwell’s name. Maxwell was a professor of New Testament at Loma Linda University for 27 years, among many notable contributions to the church, and is widely known for his writings and teachings on the foundationally loving and trustworthy nature of God.  As a professor, Maxwell had a passion for educa
Dean LaBarba, Loma Linda University School of Medicine Class of 2018

Class of 2018 graduate saves first patient on an airplane three weeks after commencement

By Genesis Gonzalez, LLUH News, July 2018 Finding something to do on an airplane has a new meaning for Dean LaBarba, MD, who in June traveled from Zurich to Los Angeles on a 12-hour flight and ended up saving the life of a fellow passenger after she abruptly collapsed.  LaBarba, who graduated last month from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, was returning home with his wife, Ivy, after a celebratory trip to Sicily. It was on this trip he met his extended family for the first time.

American Spinal Injury Association recognizes School of Medicine study as the "best paper" of 2017

A paper entitled “Cervical spine imaging for young children with inflicted trauma: Expanding the injury pattern” received the 2018 Vogel award from the American Spinal Injury Association, which recognizes the most impactful paper on pediatric spinal cord injury from the preceding year.  Winners are selected by the association’s Research and Awards Committee. Self-nominations are not accepted.
School of Medicine adds new biomedical sciences program

LLUSM unveils three new biomedical sciences programs

By Genesis Gonzalez, LLUH News Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Medicine is adding three new biomedical sciences programs — cancer, development and regenerative biology (CDRB); infection, immunity and inflammation (III); and neuroscience, systems biology and bioengineering (NSBB) — available in master and doctoral degrees, to modernize and promote translational research. Applications are now being accepted for all three programs.