BCM Family NewsLink, March 25, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Hollinger awarded for work with liver disorders

Dr. F. Blaine HollingerDr. F. Blaine Hollinger, professor of medicine, virology and epidemiology, received the Dr. S.R. Naik Memorial Oration Award at the annual conference of the Indian National Association for Study of the Liver. The talk is the most prestigious at the conference.

The award is named for the late professor S.R. Naik, who is one of the key architects of hepatology in India. Hollinger was selected for his contribution to the understanding and management of different liver disorders.

Events

Med-Peds conference

The National Med-Peds Residents' Association Southern Regional Conference sponsored by BCM and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will be held April 16.

Featured topics will include the impact of health care reform on med-peds physicians, outpatient procedure workshops, international health, adult and pediatric palliative health, transition medicine and adult and pediatric nephrology.

Several BCM faculty members will be speaking at the event, which will be held at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston medical school building, 6431 Fannin.

For more information and to register go to Med-Peds Residents' Association.

Reconnect with Alumni at Reunion Weekend

Reunion Weekend for alumni who graduated in years ending in one and six is April 8-10. Several alumni and faculty awards will be presented Saturday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m., at the Class Gala Luncheon and Award Presentation, at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main St.

Alumni would enjoy seeing you there. Alumni Association faculty award recipients are Dr. Rachelle Doody, professor of neurology and director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, and Dr. Richard Gibbs, professor and chair of molecular and human genetics and director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center.

The luncheon is open to BCM faculty, staff and trainees. Tickets are $90 and can be reserved by contacting Sara Tristan at 713-798-4054 or escamill@bcm.edu. Find the full reunion schedule online.

College News

Parents' Night Out highlighted in publication

BCM Parents Night OutThe Baylor Pediatric Student Association's annual Parents' Night Out Event at Texas Children's Hospital was featured in the student newsletter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read the article at the American Association of Pediatrics (page 10).

Parents' Night Out is held each fall at the TCH Clinical Care Center. Children with genetic disorders participate in games, arts and crafts and other activities and eat dinner while their parents have a night out. The Pediatric Student Association hosts the event in conjunction with the TCH department of genetics. The group hosts a similar event in the spring at Bo's Place, an organization that aids children through the grieving process after losing a parent or sibling.

BCM medical volunteers needed for Avon Walk April 16 - 17

The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer HoustonThe Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Houston is weeks away and the BCM medical team is still in need of licensed health care professionals to volunteer. For the fourth year in a row, BCM will serve as the official medical sponsor for the walk.

Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, will lead the medical team. The most common issues treated include blisters and dehydration. If you are interested in joining the BCM medical team, please contact Lauren Wood at 713-798-4564 or lauren@bcm.edu.

Funds raised during the Avon Walk go to support breast cancer awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services and scientific research.

BCM supporting Japan relief efforts

Japan Relief DonationsBCM faculty, students and staff wishing to donate to the Japan relief efforts can do so through the Red Cross in a variety of ways.

Online donations may be made or members of the BCM Family may bring cash or check (made payable to the Red Cross) donations to the Office of Communications, room 176-B in the Cullen Building.

Continental frequent flyer customers can donate to the Red Cross through the Continental website and receive bonus miles based on the level of their donation.

Through the Employee Assistance Program, BCM is offering counseling services for BCM faculty, staff and students and their family members affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Counselors are available to talk 24 hours a day seven days a week. The EAP services are provided at no cost and are always confidential. The Employee Assistance Program number for faculty and staff is 713-500-3008. Baylor residents, fellows, and students should call 713-798-4881. Additional details may be found online at BCM Employee Relations.

Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences administrative offices and psychiatry clinic have new location

The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences administrative offices and psychiatry clinic are now in their new location in the Medical Building of the McNair Campus, 1977 Butler Blvd.

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.