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The Rebecca Ava Rabinowitz Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory

University of Maryland Hospital for Children at the University of Maryland Medical Center

In August 2007, leaders of the University of Maryland Hospital for Children at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the R Baby Foundation gathered for a special ceremony to dedicate a new laboratory devoted to the development of new and improved diagnostic tests for infectious diseases afflicting babies and children in the United States and around the world. The Rebecca Ava Rabinowitz Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory utilizes modern diagnostic research equipment and the employment of outstanding microbiologists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in cooperation with engineers at the Ibis Division of Isis Pharmaceuticals. The 400-square-foot laboratory is located in the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Health Sciences Faculty II building.

SECOND YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The University of Maryland Hospital for Children has continued to make rapid strides in the detection of multiple respiratory viruses. With the assistance of the Luminex 200, identification of causative viruses can be shortened from an average of twelve days to fewer than 48 hours. The initial study of 529 specimens for ten respiratory viruses has been completed, the transition of the project from research to clinical use has commenced, and the department is on its way to becoming a respiratory virus reference laboratory for the state of Maryland. Their program, led by Dr. Steven Czinn, adheres to achieving R Baby’s long-term goal of proving that detecting viral infections quicker will lead to better care, saving lives with the consequent decrease of unnecessary testing, medicinal errors, hospital stays, and overall costs.

FIRST YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
The University of Maryland Children’s Hospital’s Rebecca Rabinowitz Laboratory is working to identify up to 100 different infections in a single sample, reducing a 2 week turnaround to under 12 hours for most lab results. Already, 10 important viruses can be detected in only 3 hours vs. a 2-7 day norm. The lab team stepped up for the recent outbreak of swine flu and now offers an emergency resource statewide. Detecting infections faster in babies can mean the difference between life and death.
 

Published Findings
& Other Documents

Rapid Detection of Viruses Technical Abstract
[0k/] posted: August 19, 2009

Prevalence of Respiratory Viruses during Influenza Season Abstract
[0k/] posted: May 03, 2010

Prevalence of Respiratory Viruses during Influenza Season Poster
[0k/] posted: May 03, 2010

Dr. Johnson at PASCV
[0k/] posted: May 03, 2010

Team

Steven J. Czinn, MD Full profile »
University of Maryland

James Nataro, MD Full profile »
University of Maryland
Office: 410-706-5328
jnataro@medicine.umaryland.edu