BCM Family NewsLink, Feb. 15, 2013

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Awards and Recognitions

Bier honored for contributions to nutrition

Dr. Dennis BierDr. Dennis M. Bier, director of the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at BCM, was awarded the Rhoads Lecture and Award by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition during its annual meeting in February. The award was presented for his outstanding contributions to the field of nutrition support therapy and a career-long commitment to improving the nutritional status of patients.

Conference room named for Watson

Dr. Alfred WatsonThe fourth floor conference room of the Harris Health System's Smith Clinic was dedicated to Dr. Alfred B. Watson Jr., professor of radiology at BCM, at a Jan. 7 ceremony in recognition of his commitment to the field of radiology and breast imaging. The ceremony included presentations by faculty, residents and administrators and the unveiling of a plaque honoring him, followed by a lunch. Watson is a nationally recognized specialist in mammography. Among many other honors, he received the Certificate of Excellence awarded by the American Board of Radiology for his years of committed service as an Oral Board Examiner for Breast Imaging

Simmons research grants

Several BCM researchers have received grants from the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund. The fund promotes novel solutions to difficult medical problems through the combined expertise of Texas Medical Center scientists, engineers and physicians who might not otherwise collaborate. Read more about the research projects of BCM's Drs. Malcolm Brenner, Michael Wangler, Benjamin Arenkiel and Brendan Lee that are being funded through the grants.


Next-gen sequencing goes Hollywood with a play

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy will host a play called "What's Next?: Ethical and Psychological Implications of Next Gen Sequencing" Feb. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cullen Building, room 201A. The interactive, vignette play highlights the ethical, psychological, social, legal and policy concerns surrounding the sharing of information generated by next-generation sequencing. Written by Karen Rothenberg, special advisor to the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, the play stars BCM's Drs. Amy McGuire, Stacey Berg, Steve Scherer, Carl Fasser and others. It will be followed by a discussion led by Rothenberg.

Joint symposium focuses on pediatric oncology

BCM will host its annual symposium with MD Anderson Cancer Center Friday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium. This year's symposium focuses on pediatric oncology and includes four sessions: biology, clinical, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy.

Dr. Susan Blaney, professor of pediatric oncology at BCM and associate director of clinical research at the Dan L. Dunan Cancer Center, will give opening remarks and several other BCM faculty will lecture at the symposium. The keynote lectures will be delivered by Dr. Charles Mullighan of St. Jude Children's Hospital and Dr. Alice Yu, deputy director at the Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica.

Registration is free but must be completed by Feb. 19. For more information, or to download the agenda for the day, visit the BCM/MDACC Joint Symposium page.

Dynamo at BCM

Soccer lovers, don't miss a special visit by representatives of the Houston Dynamo Feb. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge above Luby's on the main BCM campus. The event will include the chance to win prizes, giveaways the opportunity to buy game tickets.

Shoulder to Shoulder gala

A gala benefiting the Houston Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation will be held April 6 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Houston Club, 910 Louisiana St. in downtown Houston. The event will include dinner, dancing and presentations honoring Shoulder to Shoulder supporters. Individual tickets are $150 per person, or $75 for students. Donor tables are $2,000 for a 10-person table.

Shoulder to Shoulder was started by BCM's department of family and community medicine to improve health and health services for underserved people in Santa Ana, Intibuca, Honduras, and to promote their self-sufficiency. The foundation gives students and faculty at BCM and affiliated institutions as well as community members the opportunity to work at a grass-roots level to address the medical challenges faced by people in resource-poor areas.

For tickets, contact Roshan Sethna at 713-856-9359 or rosh@sbcglobal.net or purchase tickets online.

College News

Petersen named to new role at VA

Dr. Laura PetersenDr. Laura Petersen, professor of medicine at BCM, was recently selected as the associate chief of staff for research at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. In her new post, Petersen will be charged with management of one of the largest research programs in the VA health care system. In addition to her new position, Petersen will continue the role she has held since 2007 as the director of the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Robert Atmar's work to find a norovirus vaccine was featured in HealthCheck on Houston's ABC 13. Check out this coverage and other BCM faculty featured in the media in this week's Faculty in the News.