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Awards and Recognitions

Medical student Lewis speaks at dermatology conference

Daniel LewisMedical student Daniel Lewis gave a presentation at the Late-Breaking Research Forums: Clinical Trials session of the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The session is the meeting's most prestigious, featuring presentations on new therapies that can potentially change clinical practice. Lewis, a research assistant with Dr. Madeleine Duvic at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discussed a novel antibody-chemotherapy drug conjugate that demonstrated a 100 percent response rate for lymphomatoid papulosis, a rare skin condition with no approved or curative treatment.

Smith named to maternal mortality committee

Dr. Peggy SmithDr. Peggy Smith, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was named to the Reducing Maternal Mortality Steering Committee of the Houston Endowment. The committee seeks to develop a comprehensive, community-wide plan to reduce maternal mortality in Houston and Harris County. Texas has experienced an increased incidence of maternal mortality in recent years, and there are several communities in Harris County that are particularly affected.

Virani to serve on AHA committee

Dr. Salim ViraniDr. Salim Virani, associate professor in the Section of Cardiovascular Research, an investigator with the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) and a staff cardiologist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has been selected to serve as the vice chair for the American Heart Association Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Committee.

Baylor Academy at Ryan wins prestigious award

After being named one of the top magnet schools in the country earlier this spring, Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan went on to receive the Magnet Schools of America President's Award, one of the organization's top national awards. The award was presented during a ceremony at Magnet Schools of America's 35th National Conference in Los Angeles. The school prepares diverse students for rigorous high school programs, college and careers through an innovative, accelerated health science program.


DeBakey research awards ceremony and symposium May 15

The Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Award for Excellence in Research symposium and ceremony is Monday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in room M112 at main Baylor with a reception following in the Alkek Lobby. Receiving awards and presenting their research are Drs. Ben Arenkiel, Joseph Coselli, Mary Estes, Bert O'Malley and Jordan Orange.

Helis Foundations joint lecture in cancer research May 16

The Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations 2017 Joint Lecture Series in Cancer Research is Tuesday, May 16, at 3 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium featuring Dr. Stephen Elledge, professor of medicine and genetics at Harvard Medical School on "The Role of DNA Damage Response in Tumor Suppression and Aging." A reception will follow in Rayzor Lounge. The event is hosted by Drs. Anthony Means and Bert O'Malley.

Evenings with Genetics May 16

Evenings with Genetics is Tuesday, May 16, on Coffin-Siris Syndrome, a common yet little known genetic condition. Pilar Magoulas, chief of the division of genetic counseling in molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Seema Lalani, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, will discuss the genetic basis, cause, features and management of the condition, along with a parent speaker. Light refreshment at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz 77004. The seminar is free but registration is required.

Faculty Awards Day May 18

Cheer for your peers at this omnibus awards ceremony encompassing the Clark Faculty Service Award, Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care, and Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism. The event is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, with a reception to follow in Rayzor Lounge. See the full list of award recipients.

Multicultural Day May 19

The BCM Multicultural Festival sponsored by the Association for Graduate Student Diversity is Friday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Experience different cultures of the College through food, music, performances and more!

Still time to register for medicine health policy symposium

Register for the 2017 Policy Prescriptions Symposium, the Department of Emergency Medicine's fourth annual health policy symposium, set for May 19 at the McNair Campus in conference rooms A and B. The event will focus on the rising costs of healthcare, new regulations and the policies of the new administration with a keynote talk by Dr. Seema Yasmin, physician and journalist known as the "Disease Detective."

BeWell marks Women's Health Week

In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, May 14-20, BCM BeWell encourages employees to schedule their preventative screenings at one of Baylor's clinics that provide high-quality care to female patients. Eligible employees can receive BCM BeWell Vitality points for completing health screenings such as mammograms. Join BCM BeWell at an informational table from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 15, or Wednesday, May 17, in the E hallway at main Baylor to learn more about preventative screenings and healthy living. Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

ACLS/BLS courses in May and June

Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Basic Life Support initial certification and recertification courses are being offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine. Upcoming dates are May 13 and 27 and June 10 for recertification courses and May 20-21 for initial. Courses are AHA certified. Find more details online or contact program coordinator Whitney Grant at whitney.grant@bcm.edu.

College News

Celebrate nurses!

Baylor recognizes the contributions of nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6 – 12. Learn about two of our nurses, vice president of nursing Kristin Wade and R.N. Deiny DeLaCerda, in the May issue of BCM Family, and watch this I Am BCM video for a look at a typical day for nurse manager Samantha Khan.

Quality and safety conference success!

The fourth annual Baylor Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference was April 26, with almost 200 attendees and 62 posters accepted. Two abstract winners were selected to present their work on quality improvement – Dr. Barrett Lawson, a medical resident in pathology, and Dr. Bheru Gandhi, assistant professor of pediatrics. Poster winners were: First place, Dr. Yangyang Yu, a surgery resident, "A same-day discharge protocol for pediatric appendicitis: improving healthcare delivery," and second place, Dr. Elanie Vo, also a surgery resident, "Early results of a preoperative decontamination protocol to reduce surgical site infections in patients undergoing oncologic resections."

Grants available to support transition medicine efforts

The Ligums Family Transition Medicine Grant is available to support projects focusing on late adolescents and young adults who have chronic conditions originating in childhood and who are transitioning from pediatric to adult care. Projects should offer quality improvement in the transition experience of this patient population, with the ability to partner with community leaders or interest groups. For questions about new funding opportunity, email Caitlyn.Barrow@bcm.edu.

Nominations open for Student Disability Committee

The Student Disability Committee is seeking nominations to fill an open School of Medicine faculty member seat. The committee consists of seven faculty members who serve three-year terms and six student ex-officio non-voting members who serve one-year terms. Committee members participate by attending meetings, responding to emails, maintaining confidentiality and may serve on the nomination subcommittee. Nominations must include a personal statement of interest or a nomination letter as well as a current CV. Electronic versions of nomination documents may be sent to Dr. Daryl Shorter at shorter@bcm.edu by midnight Friday, May 19.

Giordano to lead medicine faculty and staff development

Dr. Thomas Giordano, associate professor of medicine, was selected to serve as the inaugural vice chair for faculty and staff development for the Department of Medicine, effective May 1. Giordano has experience working across many of the groups and organizations critical to the successful development of department faculty and staff.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day from the Baylor family! In honor of this special day, check out this video featuring mothers who are Baylor faculty and staff and their children who also work or attend school here.

You FIRST expanding program, hosting ice cream socials

The You FIRST program is launching a new phase of the RIITE recognition program and hosting several ice cream socials on campus to introduce the program. See the dates and locations online.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Grace Lo's research on arthritis in the knee was featured in the New York Times. Check out this 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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