New on the Human Capital Section of the RWJF Website

Sep 25, 2012, 9:00 AM

The Human Capital section of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) website carries breaking news, profiles and features about the pioneering work and discoveries of scholars, fellows and grantees the Foundation supports. Check out a few of the latest stories:

RWJF Medical Scholar, the First African American to Head NHLBI, Discusses His Plans for the Agency
Gary H. Gibbons, MD, cardiologist and RWJF Medical Faculty Development Program Scholar, has been named director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Gibbons took the helm in August and will work with a budget of more than $3 billion to advance research in treatment and prevention of heart, lung, and blood diseases and sleep disorders. Gibbons discusses his goals for NHLBI, the third largest research organization at the National Institutes of Health.

Caught in the Gambling Zone: RWJF Health & Society Scholar Examines Modern Slot Devices, the ‘Machinery of Addiction’
Psychologists have long recognized gambling’s power to draw people into a cycle of dependence that can empty bank accounts and ruin lives. In her new book, RWJF Health & Society Scholar Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, MA, describes how the gaming industry has tailored the experience of playing electronic gambling machines to lock players into a rhythm that blocks out everything else around them.

Medical Professionals Should Lead the Way to Healthier Eating Habits
RWJF Clinical Scholar Lenard Lesser, MD, advises physicians, and other medical professionals, to take an active, more public and personal role in encouraging healthy eating habits. Lesser suggests physicians, nurses and their colleagues should change their behavior and take a stand to set new nutritional standards.

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Creates Guidelines to Help Breast Cancer Patients Choose the Most Effective Treatment
Deciding what to do after testing positive for a mutation in breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes is one of toughest decisions a patient can face. Stanford University School of Medicine oncologist and RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Allison W. Kurian, MD, MSc, decided to create a decision-making tool to guide patients through the maze of confusing options.

For Cardiac Resuscitation, Longer May Be Better, RWJF Clinical Scholar finds
RWJF Clinical Scholar Zachary Goldberger, MD, finds evidence that may challenge conventional medical wisdom regarding the relationship between cardiac resuscitation times and the likelihood of patient survival from cardiac arrest. Goldberger and his team found that approximately 15 percent of patients who survived needed at least 30 minutes to regain a pulse—and longer resuscitation times did not necessarily have a severely negative effect on brain health.

See these stories and more on the Human Capital section of the RWJF website.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.