Awards and Recognitions
Chan to deliver visiting professor lecture
Dr. Lawrence Chan, professor of medicine and of molecular and cellular biology and the Betty Rutherford Chair in Diabetes Research, will serve as a 2014 James H. Horner Distinguished Co-Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Chan, who is also director of the Diabetes Research Center, will deliver a lecture as part of an alumni weekend activity focused on diabetes. James Horner was a medical student who died shortly before his graduation. His degree was awarded posthumously, and his family established the distinguished professorship in his name to promote education, compassion and academic excellence.
McPherson honored for ophthalmology work
Dr. Alice McPherson, professor of ophthalmology and founder of the Retina Research Foundation, has been selected for the oldest and most prestigious medal in ophthalmology, the Gonin Medal. It will be presented at the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo in April. The Gonin Medal and diploma is awarded every four years to an ophthalmologist who is notable for outstanding work or research. It was instituted by the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the Swiss Ophthalmological Society. The recipient is selected by the International Council of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees.
Zoghbi to receive neuroscience award
Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of neuroscience, pediatrics, molecular and human genetics and neurology, is the winner of the Edward M. Scolnick Prize in Neuroscience. It is awarded annually by the McGovern Institute for Brain Research in Cambridge, Mass., to recognize outstanding advances in the field of neuroscience. Zoghbi will receive the award and deliver a lecture “A neural tipping point: MeCP2 and neuropsychiatric disorders,” followed by a reception, at the Institute April 30.
Childhood cancer fundraiser March 9
Drs. Jason Yustein, Karin Rabin and Paulina Velasquez of Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer Center will participate in a question-and-answer session at a St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at the Gooses Acre Bistro and Irish Pub in the Woodlands. The event raises money for childhood cancer research. For more information visit the event page.
Bowl for charity March 14
It’s not too late to sign up for the Bowling Ball, the student-led charity event to raise money for the Houston Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation and Baylor Teen Health Clinic. It will be held Friday, March 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Palace Bowling Lanes on Bellaire. To buy individual or group tickets, become a sponsor or make a donation with or without attending the event, visit the event site. Hope to see you there for some friendly competition!
Register for CVRI Symposium
Don’t forget to register to attend the second annual Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, with poster presentations in Rayzor Lounge and Cullen Auditorium. There will be two keynote lecturers this year. Dr. Steven Houser from Temple University will discuss, “Repairing the Damaged Heart,” and the TMC Distinguished keynote speaker Dr. James Willerson, president and medical director of the Texas Heart Institute, will give an “Update on Stem Cell Treatment of Coronary Heart Disease and Severe Heart Failure in Humans.” Registration is not required but lunch is free to those who do so. Register for the symposium online.
Eat yogurt, support student program
Support the Baylor Student Wellness program by eating at Berripop in the Rice Village or Meyerland Plaza. Simply mention Baylor College of Medicine and Berripop will donate 10 percent of your purchase to the Student Wellness Program, which sponsors the annual Wellness 5K Race/Walk.
Volunteers needed for dry eyes study
The department of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine needs volunteers for a dry eye study. Participants must be 18 to 90 years old, in good health and must have been told by a doctor that they suffer from dry eyes. If interested, call 713-798-8419 or e-mail email@example.com.
Become a Wellness Champ
Human Resource’s BCM BeWell program is looking for people to serve as Wellness Champs. These volunteers will serve as wellness program coordinators in their department, help communicate wellness initiatives and drive engagement in the program, organize and participate in wellness activities and promote a healthy workplace culture. For more information or to volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by March 28.
Faculty in the News
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