BCM Family NewsLink, May 18, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Mattox to lead surgical association

Dr. Ken MattoxDr. Kenneth L. Mattox, professor of surgery at BCM and chief of staff, Ben Taub General Hospital, was elected vice president of the American Surgical Association, becoming the first Houston-area surgeon elected to the prestigious academic, scientific and surgical organization. He will serve a one-year term in that position for the association through May 2013. Founded in 1880, the ASA is the nation's oldest surgical organization.

In addition, Mattox was honored by the Rotary Club of Houston with the organization's 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award. Mattox is one of only five other physicians to ever receive this honor, including his mentor, renowned surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey.

BCM doctors recognized by Heart Rhythm Society

Dr. Sameer Ather, a fellow in the department of medicine working with Dr. Xander Wehrens, won the Young Investigator Award from the Heart Rhythm Society in the basic research category at the organization's 33rd annual scientific sessions. The title of his presentation and manuscript was "Destabilization of Ryanodine Receptor - Junctophilin 2 Interaction Causes Sarcoplasmic Reticulum Ca2+ Leak and Atrial Fibrillation." He placed 1st out of 46 international entries.

Dr. Jun Wang was awarded The Michael Bilitch Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology from the Heart Rhythm Society. This one-year fellowship supports Wang's program, "Investigation of MicroRNAs in Atrial Fibrillation." Wang is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. James Martin, professor of molecular physiology.

Events

Tropical medicine inaugural lecture

Dr. Alfredo DajerThe inaugural lecture of the Diploma in Tropical Medicine Course will take place Friday, June 1, starting at 2:30 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium. The keynote speaker, Dr. Alfredo F.J. Dájer, Rector of Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán, will give a lecture entitled "Strategic Alliances to Address the Burden of NTDs in the Southern States of Mexico," at 4 p.m. in Kleberg. The event is open to the public.

College News

TMC Library offers new resource

The TMC Library has launched LibAnswers, a reference service platform that allows you to search for answers in the knowledge base to any library question you may have. It also connects you to a librarian to ask for help via e-mail, chat, or text. Text questions to 713-636-5295. For more information on LibAnswers visit the TMC Library online.

Faculty in the News

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