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Soccer on the courtyard

Trainees headed to the courtyard at main Baylor to enjoy the warmer temperatures and some friendly competition.

Awards and Recognitions

Blaney honored by NCI

Dr. Susan BlaneyDr. Susan Blaney, professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor and deputy director of Texas Children's Cancer Center, received a Director's Service Award from the National Cancer Institute for her outstanding and dedicated service to the Institute and the Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee from 2015 to 2017.

Estes honored with two gastroenterological awards

Dr. Mary EstesDr. Mary Estes, professor of molecular virology and microbiology, is the recipient of two annual recognition awards from the American Gastroenterology Association. She earned the William Beaumont Prize for her contributions of major importance to the field of gastroenterology. Estes’ research on rotavirus and norovirus has had a world-wide impact on children and adults. In addition, she received the Distinguished Mentor Award for her dedication to mentoring trainees in the field of gastroenterology. This marks the first time two AGA recognition awards have gone to the same person. The awards will be presented during the AGA's Digestive Disease Week in June in Washington, D.C.

Papageorgiou earns grant for neuro-therapeutics

Dr. T. Dorina PapageorgiouDr. T. Dorina Papageorgiou, assistant professor of neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation, received a grant from the McNair Medical Institute to continue her work focused on investigational targeted brain neuro-therapeutics, including the rehabilitation of visual cortical blindness, speech/motor impairment and chronic pain as a result of traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumor, neurodegenerative disease and pain syndromes.


March 6: Women's History Month networking event

College events throughout March will commemorate Women's History Month, starting with a networking event on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room M112 and Alkek Lobby at main Baylor. Faculty, staff, students and trainees can build new contacts and relationships to support their personal and professional goals and participate in group discussions led by Baylor faculty on leadership, advancement and engagement at the College. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu. See more Women's History Month events.

March 7: Gold Humanism, Alpha Omega Alpha inductions

Two national medical honor societies will recognize outstanding Baylor students and trainees at induction ceremonies Wednesday, March 7.
The Gold Humanism Honor Society will induct 31 medical students, 19 residents and three fellows at a ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. They join more than 300 Baylor Gold Humanism members who have been inducted since the College's chapter was formed in 2007. This international organization recognizes, supports and promotes the values of humanism and professionalism in medicine.
Alpha Omega Alpha will initiate 25 medical students, three residents, one fellow, one alumna and four faculty members in a ceremony and banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Third Coast Restaurant in the Texas Medical Center Commons. A lifelong honor, membership in the national society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. The College's chapter was established in 1949.

March 8: Student Research Symposium

The Henry J.N. Taub and James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium is Thursday, March 8. Poster presentations will be in Rayzor Lounge and the keynote address is at 12:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, with Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Molecular and Human Genetics and professor and chair of molecular and human genetics, on "Translating Discover to Therapy in Genetic Diseases of the Skeleton."

March 9: Global health and surgery conference

GLOCAL 2018: Global Health Conference is March 9 -10 at Rice University. For health professionals and students interested in global health, this event will include the Global Surgery Symposium on March 9 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. where Ted Talk-style presentations and panel discussions featuring Baylor faculty and trainees will explore the expanding field of global surgery. See the full schedule and register online.

Life science entrepreneurship course

The Life Science Entrepreneurship course will be held March 19 – April 24, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rice University. This long-running course focuses on the role of physicians, scientists, MBAs and engineers in high-tech startup companies. Leaders from Baylor and other TMC institutions will serve as guest speakers, and the course is led by Dr. Jack Gill, a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist. For credit, certificate or audit. Find more information and register online. Questions? Email norah@enventure.org or aht2@rice.edu.

College News

Nominations open for HBJ Health Care Heroes

The Houston Business Journal is seeking nominations for its Health Care Heroes honors. The city's top healthcare professionals and researchers will be selected in several categories and will be recognized at an event in May and in the May 18 issue of the Houston Business Journal. See criteria and nominate.

Foundation supports surgery fellows

A $140,000 gift from the George A. Robinson IV Foundation will help general surgery residents in the global surgery track at Baylor College of Medicine get the international experience needed for their training. The foundation will fund travel for the residents, who are training in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor. Read more.

Quality Metrics Award winners announced

The Patient Experience Team and Quality and Safety Team in the Faculty Group Practice recently presented Quality Metrics Awards for FY18, quarter 1. The Transition Medicine Clinic was recognized as the top performer in the areas of quality metrics, patient experience and patient safety, and the Neurology Clinic was most improved.

Faculty in the News

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