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Awards and Recognitions

Belfort recognized for advancing women’s health

Dr. Michael BelfortDr. Michael Belfort, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, was the recipient of the 2016 Kathryn S. Stream Award for Excellence in Women’s Health from the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes a Houston-area researcher, educator, practitioner or community leader with a record of achievement in advancing women’s health. Dr. Lisa Hollier, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Terri Lynn Woodard, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, were both finalists for the award, which honors Dr. Kathryn Stream, a former Texas Medical Center leader and founding member of the TMC Women’s Health Network.

Sutton honored for contributions to aerospace medicine

Dr. Jeffrey SuttonDr. Jeffrey Sutton, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Space Medicine, was elected as a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association for his contributions to aerospace medicine. Sutton also was recognized by having the annual Scientific Achievement Award of the Space Medicine Association named in his honor.

Emergency medicine chief residents earn national award

Dr. Jeffrey SuttonSection of emergency medicine chief residents Sara Andrabi, Elijah Jamie Bell, Richina Bicette and Michael Jaung were named Chief Residents of the Year by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association. This national award recognizes a team of chief residents who act as mentors and role models to their classmates. They will accept the award May 12 at the annual Society of Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in New Orleans.


DocTalk May 17

The next DocTalk will be held Tuesday, May 17, at noon at the Jamail Specialty Care Center fourth floor conference room with Dr. David Corry, chief of immunology, allergy and rheumatology, on asthma and chronic sinusitis. DocTalk is a series of informal talks with Baylor faculty members on a variety of health topics, followed by a question-and-answer session. Eligible employees who attend will receive BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Helis Joint Lecture Series in Cancer Research May 17

The 2016 Helis Joint Lecture Series in Cancer Research is Tuesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Dr. James Allison of MD Anderson Cancer Center will speak on “Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy: New Insights, Opportunities and Prospects for a Cure.” The lecture is supported by the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

Venom conference May 18

The fourth annual Houston Venom Conference is Wednesday, May 18, at Baylor and the Houston Zoo. Presented by Baylor’s National School of Tropical Medicine and the Zoo, the conference will educate healthcare providers on the management of various envenomations and will feature toxicologists and other wilderness medicine experts from throughout Texas. Lectures will be held at Baylor, and behind-the-scenes tours at the Houston Zoo are available. Texas Children’s Hospital is offering 4.5 category I CME credits, and EMS providers can earn continuing education units sponsored by Rice University. Find more information and register online.

Samosa sale May 18

The next ever-popular samosa sale by the Indian Students and Scholars Association is Wednesday, May 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the E hallway near the cafeteria at main Baylor. Two samosas for $4, 10 percent off 10 or more, 20 percent off 20 or more; cash only. Send preorders to bcm.issa@gmail.com.

Networking party at Medical World Americas May 19

Baylor students, faculty and medical professionals are invited to the TMC Student Networking Party at Medical World Americas May 19 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event offers the opportunity to mingle with attendees of the Medical World Americas Conference and Expo and to get a sneak peek of the Expo before it opens. Registration at Medical World Americas is not required to attend the party. To register for the party or for more information, email tmcevent@tmc.edu.

Academies Collaborative Conference May 20

Join Baylor, UT Houston and UTMB – Galveston for a one-day conference focused on assessment in education. The 2016 Annual Academies Collaborative Conference is Friday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pavilion for Women at Texas Children’s Hospital. The conference will feature plenary speaker Dr. Jason Frank, a clinician-educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as the opportunity to interact with medical educators from across the region and learn about educational innovations. Find more information and register online.

Cancer symposium May 20 honors Osborne

“Making a Difference: Breast Cancer and Beyond,” a special symposium honoring the 70th birthday of Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be held May 20 in Cullen Auditorium. This all-day event will include opening remarks from Baylor and Harris Health leadership and breakout sessions led by cancer researchers and clinicians from Baylor and other institutions. A reception will follow in the DeBakey Library and Museum. Register online.

College News

BCM BeWell Healthy Habits Challenge

A healthy lifestyle starts with small decisions we make every day. Our doctors have been sharing their own tips in the Healthy Habits series on Momentum, the Baylor blog. Now it’s your turn to adopt (or maintain!) healthy habits through a new, four-week challenge offered by the BCM BeWell program. Starting May 23, participants in the challenge will track their daily healthy habits, and those who complete 15 of the 25 recommended habits three out of the four weeks will be eligible for 500 BCM BeWell Vitality points and a certificate of recognition. Register for the Healthy Habits Challenge. For questions, please email wellness@bcm.edu.

Volunteers needed for study on depression and gut function

Participants are needed for a study to understand how depression and gut function may be related in youth. Volunteers between the ages of 7 and 17 years who have experienced symptoms of depression and those who have not are both needed for the study. Volunteers must be healthy, not have taken any antibiotics in the past six months and not have taken any psychiatric medications in the past three months. The study visit will involve completing questionnaires, providing a stool sample, taking a sugar solution and collecting urine for 24 hours, a blood draw and bone scan. Volunteers will be compensated for their time and mileage will be reimbursed. Those interested should complete the following online screening form. For more information, call 832-824-5002 or email Calarge_Research@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Virginia Wotring was interviewed by CNN on periods in space. See this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest post in From the Labs on Baylor research on the activation mechanism of protein kinase G that plays a role in various diseases.

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