BCM Family NewsLink, April 22, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Health Care for the Homeless dental clinic honored

The Healthcare for the Homeless - Houston dental clinic was selected as a recipient of the 2011 Texas Dental Association Certificate of Merit by the Texas Dental Association. The clinic is directed by Dr. Teresa Grygo, an instructor in BCM's department of family and community medicine. She will accept the honor at the TDA's 141st Session of the House of Delegates on May 5.

Health Care for the Homeless started as a partnership between Baylor College of Medicine and SEARCH Homeless Project. It is now an outreach entity of the Harris County Hospital District's Community Health Program. Dr. David Buck, associate professor of family and community medicine, is the director of Health Care for the Homeless.

El-Serag received award for liver research

Dr. Hashem El-SeragDr. Hashem El-Serag, chief of gastroenterology and hepatology at BCM and GI section chief at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has received the Blue Faery Award for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research from the Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association.

He was recognized for his efforts to increase public awareness and promote early detection of the disease to give liver cancer patients the best chance of survival.

The mission of Blue Faery is to prevent, treat and cure primary liver cancer, specifically hepatocellular carcinoma, through research, education and advocacy.

Garber named to leadership position in endocrinologist group

Dr. Alan J. GarberDr. Alan J. Garber, professor of medicine - endocrinology, was elected vice president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists at its 20th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress in Boston on April 16.

Garber will act on behalf of the AACE president and/or president-elect in the event that both are unable to fulfill their duties, and he will also serve on the association's executive committee and the board of directors. AACE is a professional medical organization with more than 6,500 members in the United States and 91 other countries. AACE members are physicians who specialize in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.

Events

Harvard professor to deliver Huffington lecture May 4

Dr. Ronald A. DePinhoThe Huffington Center on Aging in collaboration with the department of molecular and cellular biology will host the Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecture on May 4 at 4 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. A poster session and reception will follow at 5 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge.

Dr. Ronald A. DePinho will speak on "Telomeres in Cancer and Aging." He is a professor of medicine and genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

For more information contact Patricia Horgan at the Huffington Center on Aging at 713-798-5804 or phorgan@bcm.edu.

Pediatric conference

The Primary Care Pediatric Conference will be held June 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort in the Texas Hill Country. It is sponsored by BCM, Texas Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital at Scott & White.

This conference has provided updates in pediatric primary care to pediatricians, family physicians and physician assistants for more than 20 years. It will provide opportunities for attendees to interact directly with faculty from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital Scott & White.

Complete conference information and registration can be found at the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

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