BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 20, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Heggeness to lead NASS

Dr. Michael H. Heggeness Dr. Michael H. Heggeness, professor of orthopedic surgery, was recently named the 2011-2012 president of the North American Spine Society. NASS is a multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to fostering the highest quality, ethical, value-based and evidence-based spine care through education, research and advocacy. Heggeness plans to increase attention to the basic science of the spine and reach out to the society’s international membership during his presidency.


Genetics series on eye, skin conditions Jan. 24

Dr. Richard Lewis"Ectodermal Dysplasias: an update on treatment of eye and skin conditions" will be the focus of this month’s Evenings with Genetics seminar series sponsored by BCM and Texas Children’s Hospital. Held Jan. 24 at The Children’s Museum of Houston, the discussion will feature Dr. Richard Lewis, professor of ophthalmology at BCM, and Dr. Alanna Bree, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at BCM. The seminar starts at 7 p.m. It is free but seating is limited. To register, visit Evening Genetics or call Donna Page at 832-822-4261.

Continuing studies course

BCM is a co-sponsor of "New Developments at the Texas Medical Center," a continuing study course at Rice University’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The course will be held on six Mondays, March 5 – April 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. on the Rice campus. Speakers during the series will include Dr. Jeffrey Sutton, director of the Center for Space Medicine at BCM, and Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the new National School of Tropical Medicine at BCM. For more information, call 713-348-4803, e-mail gscs@rice.edu or visit Susan M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

College News

BCM's new Center for Reproductive Medicine seeks members

The newly-formed Center for Reproductive Medicine at BCM is looking for new members interested in collaborating in many areas of reproductive health, including research, training and education. For more information on the center, see this press release. To inquire about membership, contact Lauri Nelson at 713-798-6266 or laurin@bcm.edu, or view this membership form.

Joining Forces

BCM and more than 100 other medical schools from around the country pledged their commitment to enhancing the wellness of America’s veterans, service members and their families through participation in the Joining Forces Initiative. The comprehensive national initiative will mobilize all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned, including medical care.

Medical schools will do their part by ensuring that all physicians are trained in the unique clinical challenges of caring for military service members, veterans and their families, sharing the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic information on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder, and expanding the body of knowledge leading to improvements in health care and wellness for this important group.

Finally, these institutions will join with others to strengthen the supportive community of physicians and health care professionals dedicated to improving the health of the military.

Rodeo tickets

Houston Livestock Show and RodeoHouston Livestock Show and Rodeo tickets can be purchased in the Office of Communications (Room 176B – Cullen building) through Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. Cash and checks will be accepted. Tickets for sale include:


Huffington Center goes green

Kudos to the administrative group at the Huffington Center on Aging who are doing their part to take care of the environment through 100 percent participation in alternative transportation and/or schedules: Dr. Hui Zheng, walk; Patricia Horgan, MetroRail; Maria Pesantez, bicycle; Tonta Marchand, carpool; Diana Fincher, Metro Park and Ride; and Marcia Yparraguirre, flex schedule.

Faculty in the News

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