BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 21, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Hollinger to chair FDA advisory panel

Dr. Hollinger

Dr. F. Blaine Hollinger, professor of medicine, molecular virology and epidemiology, was appointed by the Center for Biologics and Evaluation Research at the Food and Drug Administration to serve as chairman of the Blood Products Advisory Committee (BPAC). The BPAC reviews and evaluates available data concerning the safety, effectiveness and appropriate use of blood and blood products or biotechnology that are intended for use in the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of human diseases, and advises the commissioner of food and drugs of its findings. Hollinger also served as chairman of the BPAC from 1996 to 2000.

Brinkley to lead state science group

Dr. Brinkley

Dr. William R. Brinkley, dean of BCM's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and holder of the William R. Brinkley BRASS chair, was elected president-elect of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) at the group's annual meeting this month. He will assume the presidency of the group in 2012.

TAMEST is the state's premier medicine, engineering and science group, made up of Texas residents who are members of one of the National Academies (www.nas.edu) the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering or the Institute of Medicine or who have received a Nobel Prize. TAMEST was established in 2004 to provide leadership on issues of science and technology within the state.

Student's company earns award from Rice U

StepStoneMed, a company founded by BCM medical student Matthew Timberlake, received a "Rising Venture Award" at the 2010 Rice University IT and Web Venture Forum. The company is focused on transforming medical education with an interactive case tool that uses virtual patients to personify disease and make each case memorable.


Symposium on stem cells and cancer Jan. 28

Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will hold a joint symposium Friday, Jan. 28. The focus of the symposium will be on stem cells and cancer. Keynote speakers will be Dr. Ron McKay of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Craig Jordan of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Other speakers include:

Registration is free.

Annual Houston Premedical Academy Research Symposium

Dr. Jesus Vallejo

The 11th Annual Houston Premedical Academy Symposium is Wednesday, Jan. 26. A poster session from 9 to 11 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge will feature the work of undergraduate and high school students who completed a summer research experience. Starting at noon in the Cullen Auditorium, three undergraduate students will give an oral presentation based on their research. Following, Dr. Jesus Vallejo, associate professor of pediatrics infectious disease, will deliver the keynote talk on "Roles of Toll-like Receptors and RIG-like Receptors in Viral Myocarditis."

The Houston Premedical Academy is a partnership of Baylor College of Medicine, DeBakey High School for Health Professions and the University of Houston.

College News

Health Care Hero awards

The Houston Business Journal is accepting nominations for its Health Care Heroes Awards. Categories include innovator; doctor; nurse; community outreach (individual or organization); administrator; biomedical; lifetime achievement; health care educator; dentist; first responder; volunteer; and service philanthropy.

Nominations are due by Feb. 18 and can be submitted online. Nominees will fill out a questionnaire, and winners will be honored at the Health Care Heroes Awards in May. For more information contact Nicole Ferweda, nferweda@bizjournals.com or 713-395-9630.

First pediatrics critical care course offered

Dr. Kevin Roy

Dr. Kevin Roy, assistant professor of pediatrics critical care, directed the first-ever Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support course, offered at Texas Children's Hospital Dec. 2-3. The course teaches the skills required to assess, treat and stabilize critically ill children to non-intensive care health care providers. Participants came from multiple specialties, including emergency medicine, critical care and cardiology. The course is open to registered nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and respiratory therapists. It will be offered regularly in an attempt to continue to reinforce the fundamental skills of caring for critically ill children at Texas Children's Hospital.

Faculty in the News

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