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Awards and Recognitions

Edmond to lead ophthalmology group

Dr. Jane EdmondDr. Jane Edmond, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, was elected president-elect of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the association's annual business meeting, held April 3. She will serve as president in 2020.

Poythress featured in inpatient medicine book

Dr. Lee PoythressDr. Edward Lee Poythress, associate professor of medicine, is featured in the newly published book "Teaching Inpatient Medicine" by Molly Harod, Sanjay Saint and Robert W. Stock. The book looks at the techniques and practices used by attending physicians identified as the 12 top inpatient internal medicine teachers in the U.S.

Russell named to state advisory team

Dr. Heidi RussellDr. Heidi Russell, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was appointed to a Texas Health and Human Services Clinical Champions' advisory team charged with reviewing possible metrics for pay-for-performance on the future rounds of Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment under Medicaid.

Smith receives award for teen pregnancy prevention efforts

Dr. Peggy SmithDr. Peggy Smith, professor in the departments of obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, and pediatrics and director of the Baylor Teen Health, received the 2017 David C. Wiley award from the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This award, presented at the Texas Campaign's annual symposium, recognizes exceptional individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the field of teen pregnancy prevention in Texas through service, leadership, advocacy or research.


Evenings with Genetics events

Evenings with Genetics on "Craniosynostosis: Science, Surgery and Support," is Tuesday, April 18, at the Children's Museum of Houston. Presenters are Dr. Edward Buchanan, assistant professor of surgery, Haley Streff, genetic counselor at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, and Erica Mossholder, executive director of the Children's Craniofacial Association. Registration is required but attendance is free. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.; program starts at 7 p.m. Evenings with Genetics is sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor and Texas Children's. Evenings with Genetics also will present "From Stress to Strength" April 29 and May 6. This two-part program for parents of children with special needs offers simple techniques to lower stress, depression and anxiety. Register online or contact Diane Rendón at 832-824-8884 or drendon@bcm.edu.

Alexander Award in Psychiatry and grand rounds April 19

Dr. Thomas Insel, a distinguished neuroscientist and psychiatrist and leader of the mental health team at the life sciences research organization Verily, will receive this year's Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry. Insel will receive the award and present grand rounds on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium. His lecture is titled "Three Revolutions in Psychiatry." The event is open to the Baylor community.

Celebrate biomedical research April 19

Baylor joins research institutions, medical schools and veterinary schools across the country in commemorating Biomedical Research Awareness Day on April 19. Stop by Alkek Lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for information and interactive activities on the important role that laboratory animals play in advancing scientific discovery. Dr. Rodney Samaco, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, will give a talk at 1:30 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium on "Perspectives on the utility and value of rodents in understanding the complexities of the brain."

Earth Day at Baylor April 19

Earth Day at Baylor is Wednesday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the courtyard at main Baylor, where you can visit with your favorite Market Day vendors and Houston environmental organizations, win door prizes and pick up a free recycling bin. Recycle your old cell phones at BCM Earth Day to benefit Action for Apes at the Houston Zoo, a contest between schools and community organizations to see who can recycle the most cell phones and other hand held devices by April 30.

Bowl for charity with students April 21

Join medical students April 21 on the University of Houston campus for a fun night of bowling and games to raise money for the H.O.M.E.S. Clinic. Sign up online.

March for Science April 22

Join the Houston March for Science April 22, at 11 a.m. at Sam Houston Park downtown, to champion for science and science education and advocate for federally funded research. Speakers include Drs. Huda Zoghbi, Andreas Tolias and Brian Bruel of Baylor and other local researchers and scientists. Entertainment provided by Tulipfinger, a band made up of Baylor neuroscientists.

March of Dimes walk April 23

The March of Dimes March for Babies is Sunday, April 23, at the University of Houston. The 4.5 mile walk starts at 9 a.m. Funds raised support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. Join the Baylor ob/gyn team, together with Texas Children's, in supporting the cause. Registration is $25 and includes a T-shirt and lunch. To register, contact Maria Mata at mariam@bcm.edu. For more information, visit the team website.

Register for the Huffington Spotlight on Health April 25

John Hardy, professor and chair of neuroscience at the University College London, Institute of Neurology, London, will present "Into Dementia: Where and How Far Are We from Effective Treatments" at the Junior League of Houston. Hor d'oeuvres and wine at 6 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. Register online.

NEJM editor to speak at surgery grand rounds April 26

The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, on Wednesday, April 26, from 7 to 8 a.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Drazen, who also is the Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will talk on "Data Sharing in Clinical Trials." CME credits available. A webcast is available for those who cannot attend in person.

Focus on tween and teen girls at April 29 event

Baylor's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Texas Children's will host Girls Elevated, an interactive daylong session for young girls and their parents. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29 at United Way Community Resource Center. Girls ages 10 to 18 and their parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend to learn more about skin care, hygiene, communication skills, safety, finances and decision making. Register online.

Save the date: McNair symposium May 11

The sixth annual McNair Symposium is Friday, May 5, in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge. McNair Scholars will present posters in Rayzor starting at 10 a.m., with the Distinguished Lecture by Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the lecture. Open to the Baylor community.

Registration open for emergency medicine health policy symposium

Registration is open for the 2017 Policy Prescriptions Symposium, the Department of Emergency Medicine's fourth annual health policy symposium, set for May 19 at Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus in conference rooms A&B. The event will focus on the rising costs of healthcare and new payment reforms established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act and will evaluate how well the new administration has delivered on its campaign promises. A keynote talk will be presented by Dr. Seema Yasmin, physician and journalist known as the "Disease Detective." See the full schedule and register online.

College News

Read College news in April BCM Family

Catch up on College news in the April issue of BCM Family, including stories on the career of Dr. Joseph Jankovic, community outreach by residents in the Department of Radiology, the patient service accomplishments of the section of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and more.

New items accepted for recycling

Just in time for Earth Day, the Resource Stewardship and Sustainability Program will now recycle plastic bags, plastic packing materials, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, etc. at the following recycling locations at main Baylor:
- DeBakey basement recycling site
- ABBR/Alkek Lobby recycling site
- Fifth floor Jewish building elevator recycling site
In addition, Brita water filters can be recycled in the recycle room, 527D Jewish building. These products will be turned into park benches, outdoor chairs, bike racks and more. Find more information online or email grrosa@bcm.edu.

Join a webinar to learn more about your HSA

Employees who are enrolled in the Health & Savings PPO can attend workshops offered by Optum Bank to help you understand how to use your account to its full potential. Register for an upcoming webinar to find out how your HSA can help you save and pay for qualified medical expenses. For more information, visit the Heath & Savings PPO page.

Faculty in the News

Autism research led by Dr. Robin Kochel was featured on KPRC news. Check out these and other media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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