BCM Family NewsLink, March 2, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Postdoc earns Prostate Cancer Foundation award

Dr. Kalpana Kannan, a postdoctoral associate in the department of pathology & immunology, was one of only 15 researchers to receive a 2012 Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The award will support her study of novel prognostic markers and therapeutic targets for prostate cancer. The awards promote long-term careers in the field of prostate cancer by providing three-year grants for transformation research focused on prostate cancer treatments to improve patient outcomes.


Support childhood cancer research

Show your support for childhood cancer research at a fun event on March 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Brian O'Neill's Irish Pub in Rice Village. Dr. Rishikesh Chavan, clinical postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics - hematology/oncology, and Michael Flores, ophthalmology IT manager, will shave their heads for a fund-raiser benefiting St. Baldrick's Foundation. Donations can be made online to the BCM team. They are a volunteer-driven charity that supports childhood cancer research grants.

March CNRC seminars

The seminar series at the Children's Nutrition Research Center will feature the following speakers in March:

All talks are from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Howland Auditorium, CNRC, 1100 Bates St. For more information call 713-798-7164.

Support the Teen Health Clinic at AIDS Walk Houston

The Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic is one of the sponsors of the 2012 AIDS Walk Houston, set for March 11. The Teen Clinic will also have a team in the walk. Donate to the Baylor Teen Health Clinic team and to join the team, contact team captain Nettie Johnson at 713-873-3601 or ajohnson@bcm.edu. The walk will start at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston, with check-in at 8 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. Walkers will hit the road at 10 a.m.

College News

Bone marrow registration

The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association will be registering individuals for the National Marrow Donor Program March 5-9 from noon to 1 p.m. in the E hallway near Luby's. Each addition to the registry increases the chance that patients in need will be able to find matching donors whose cells will enable their survival. For more information about bone marrow donations, FAQs and donor requirements, please visit National Marrow Donor Program.

Win a Lexus, support the Smith Breast Center

Pink Ribbon House As part of the 2012 Pink Ribbon House, the largest fundraiser solely benefitting research and patient care the Smith Breast Center at BCM, a raffle is being held to win a brand new 2013 Lexus GS 350. Tickets are $50 or three for $100. For more information on the contest or to purchase a ticket at the Cullen Building, contact Glenna Picton at 713-798-7973 or picton@bcm.edu or Chris Horaist at 713-798-1645 or horaist@bcm.edu. To purchase a ticket at the Baylor Clinic, contact Margaret Voorhees at 713-798-1985 or Voorhees@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

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