BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 7, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Community groups honor Guillory

Dr. Charleta GuilloryDr. Charleta Guillory, associate professor of pediatrics at BCM, has received two recent awards for her professional and community work.

She was honored by the NAACP Houston branch with a 2010 Presidential Award in recognition of her commitment to research and advocacy in decreasing infant mortality and morbidity in Houston's African American community.

Guillory, who is also associate director of the level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and director of the Neonatal-Perinatal Public Health Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, was also honored with a Texas Executive Women 2010 Women on the Move Award for her exemplary professional activities, community service and for being a steadfast advocate for mothers and babies.

Goodell receives 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award for medicine

Dr. Peggy GoodellDr. Peggy Goodell will be presented with the 2011 Edith and Peter O’Donnell award in medicine at the annual meeting of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas Jan. 6-7 in Austin.

Goodell is director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center (STaR) at BCM, professor in the departments of pediatrics and molecular and human genetics and a member of the BCM programs for cell and molecular biology; developmental biology; translational biology and molecular medicine; the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy and the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center.

Reddy to lead medical society

Dr. Guru N. ReddyDr. Guru N. Reddy, BCM clinical assistant professor, will be installed as the 110th president of the Harris County Medical Society at a ceremony Jan. 21. Reddy, who is board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, will serve a one-year term.

HCMS, established in 1903, is the professional society for physicians in Harris County. It is the largest county medical society in the nation, with a membership of nearly 11,000 physicians and medical students. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for its member physicians, their patients and the community, in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health.

Eagleman appointed fellow in ethics and technology

Dr. David EagletonDr. David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience and director of the Laboratory of Perception and Action, has accepted an appointment as Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies for 2011. Fellows with the IEET work to ensure the developments in biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence improve the common good. The IEET’s mission is to use technological progress as a catalyst for positive human development so long as the technologies are safe and equitably distributed.

Events

Weight Watchers meetings

BCM is kicking off a pilot program with Weight Watchers to bring you weight management solutions that work – at a great price. All Weight Watchers programs are being offered to BCM at discounted rates. Plus, all benefits-eligible employees and their spouses can receive a 50 percent subsidy on program rates. The subsidy is available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must sign up through BCM's toll-free number. To learn more, go to BCM Weight Watchers Program.

A series of meetings are being held to provide information about the Weight Watchers Pilot Program, how to sign up for At-Work meetings and discounts available to members of the BCM family.

College News

New Faculty Group Practice physicians

New physicians have recently joined the BCM Faculty Group Practice:

Read more about these new members of the team who are providing care to patients of the Baylor Clinic.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.