Your gift to the BCM Fund provides funding to the critical mission areas of Baylor College of Medicine. Read about projects being funded this year by your generosity.
In the Huffington Center on Aging, Dr. Andre Catic and his team are researching how cells adapt to environmental, developmental, and metabolic cues. Specifically, how genes are regulated in this context. At Baylor, this research can be done in models of clinical relevance. The goal is to find principles of gene dynamics that may be critical for aging and cancer and to devise new and less invasive therapies for patients.
Patient Care and Community Service
Through the Baylor Clinic and the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Dr. Roger Zoorob and his team are gaining national recognition as they develop and integrate innovative methods of care delivery, and work to prepare the next generation of primary care providers for a rapidly changing healthcare system.
Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president for the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs, is committed to fulfilling Baylor’s mission of advancing the education of the next generation of healthcare leaders. This year the BCM Fund provided the preliminary funding for the following educational initiatives.
The creation of a Career Development Center focused solely on Baylor students and their future career paths. This center will be staffed by a director who will work one-on-one with students, and will develop robust programs and services specific to the needs of the student population, as well as create strong partnerships with the faculty and College leadership to develop comprehensive career services.
The appointment of an Ombudsperson within the provost’s office to allow students to meet with an impartial person to discuss their concerns or complaints about programs, services or the learning environment at Baylor College of Medicine.
The development of a central, coordinated and standardized curriculum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement to be implemented across all 89 Baylor resident and fellowship programs.
A Decade of Funding College Priorities
This year we celebrate 10 years of the BCM Fund supporting critical needs as they arise. Whether you have made a gift each of the 10 years, or you made your first gift to the BCM Fund this year, you have made a difference.
- 2005 – Research focused on the development of novel delivery systems for healthcare in medically underserved areas in the United States and the developing world, especially the cultural and theoretical bases of healthcare decision making.
- 2006 – The How to Talk to Your Doctor forum was a community outreach program to improve doctor-patient communication in the elderly, the poor, the chronically ill, and those with low English proficiency.
- 2007 – The Transition Medicine Clinic provides primary care for young patients with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism, cancer and congenital heart disease, and helps them make the switch to adult health care.
- 2008 – Human Neuroimaging Lab, part of the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, conducts research projects covering topics including hyperscanning, social neuroscience and neural circuitry of valuation and decision-making.
- 2009 – Development of the Scholarly Project, which pairs medical students with faculty mentors to prepare and present independent research projects.
- 2010 – Autism research focused on the genetic and epigenetic causes of autism, work investigating epimutations causing autism, and conducting a trial of drug therapy in children with autism caused by deletion of the CHRNA7 gene.
- 2011 – The Center of Addiction, Learning and Memory (CALM) research advances have shown how addiction arises within the brain, and bring together scientists to investigate fundamental brain mechanisms that control learning and memory.
- 2012 – Innovative facility planning to provide an unparalleled patient experience through the implementation of lean design and operational principles and the leadership of faculty to complete the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus.
- 2013 – The Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics (MSOP) program trains healthcare professionals who design, build, fit and maintain prosthetic limbs and custom orthopedic appliances for individuals with limb loss and physical impairments.
- 2014 – See Research, Education, Patient Care and Community Service sections above!