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This week, Johns Hopkins University announced that the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation has awarded Johns Hopkins professors $10 million in grants to explore Lyme disease and develop potential new therapies to address the illness. It will be divided amongst two Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty members studying Lyme and the director of the Johns Hopkins Lyme Disease Research Center, John Aucott.

Ying Zhang, (from the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology) is looking for new ways of treating Lyme disease, particularly through new drug combinations for post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. His $2.5 million grant will provide stability to his research over the next five years.

The second professor, Brian Schwartz, is focusing his research on Pennsylvania, which has one of the highest populations of Lyme disease. From the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (formally the Department of Environmental Health Sciences), Schwartz has a two phase study planned. Phase I examines the epidemiology of the Lyme disease population. From 2001 to present, there is data from over 500,000 patients. Phase II is a questionnaire-based study and will look at vulnerabilities within the population.

As the sixth most common infectious disease in the U.S., there is surprisingly little information on Lyme disease. For more information on the research funded by the grants, read the whole article.

Everybody has their own Public Health Story. You know, the one where we discovered Public Health and had our “That’s what I want really want to do!” epiphany. And then we each have our own little niche in Public Health, or our area that we are passionate about. Sometimes that niche is a well-known problem, while others are not as well-known and lack much needed attention.

It is for this reason that Global Health Now, along with NPR’s Goats and Soda blog and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) sponsor the annual Untold Stories of Global Health Contest. In 2015, the winner was the chronic inflammatory disease mycetoma while 2016 featured the paralytic disease konzo.

If you came across a global disease that lacks the attention it needs to serve the affected people in your Public Health Story, whether it’s through your own research or your travels, I encourage you to submit the 150-word nomination. The deadline is November 30, 2016.

Let’s keep improving Global Health by sharing those untold Public Health stories.

Reminder to all 2017 applicants, take your standardized test early! It can take three to four weeks for test scores to arrive, even if you send them the day that you take the test.

Also keep in mind that the GRE is most universally accepted, but some programs allow other types of test scores. For that reason, don’t forget to check our Standardized Test Score Chart to see if your program will accept or require another type of test.

And remember, use the GRE code 3738 when sending your test scores to SOPHAS so that the Bloomberg School of Public Health will see your scores!

JHSPH BoothHappy Halloween! The annual American Public Health Association (APHA) conference is underway. Once again it is falling over Halloween, so you know what that means, right? We have some sweet treats at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Booth (#114 and 116)! So stop by to talk to our faculty and staff and learn more about our programs.

The ASPPH This is Public Health Graduate School Fair is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, November 1.

If you aren’t attending the conference, but are in the Denver area, there is a Free Student Visit Day on November 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Also, you can see when our faculty are presenting by going to www.jhsph.edu/apha.

The Paper Moon

When a friend of mine suggested we meet for brunch over the weekend, I wasn’t expecting to drive up to a diner with an elephant on the roof and decorated mannequins on the property. I previously looked up the menu online and thought the space themed named food was cute, after all the diner’s name is The Paper Moon. However, what I found was not space themed at all.

Inside the Paper MoonWalking inside, the eclectic decorating continued with a vestibule filled with PEZ dispensers of all kinds and the restaurant adorned with vintage toys, dolls, more mannequins and other random objects covering every surface from floor to ceiling. Needless to say, I was rather unsure what to think and started to wonder about the quality of food and where exactly my friend insisted I eat as a Baltimorean.

Egg OmletI shouldn’t have worried. It was delicious! The brioche French toast was the best I’ve ever had and my friend’s spinach ricotta omelet was light and fluffy. The service was friendly and speedy, but they didn’t mind us taking our time and visiting.

Located in Charles’ Village (a popular neighborhood for students), The Paper Moon is close to the Homewood Campus and I highly recommend it to anybody, whether a Baltimore native or newbie. For those living closer to the East Baltimore/Medical Campus the diner is easily assessable via the University’s shuttle to the Homewood campus. The Paper Moon is the definition of unique and should be on everybody’s “Discovering Baltimore” list.