BCM Family NewsLink, May 25, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Darouiche earns international award

Dr. Rabih DarouicheDr. Rabih Darouiche, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, received the Gold Medal for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut. Darouiche is also a physician with the Medical and Spinal Cord Injury Care Lines at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. He has conducted extensive translational research on the prevention, treatment and diagnosis of various health-acquired infections including device-related and surgical site infections with selected research funded by the National Institutes of Health.

BCM faculty elected to Association of American Physicians

Dr. Peter HotezDr. Christie BallantyneTwo BCM faculty members have been elected to the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the BCM National School of Tropical Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics, and Dr. Christie Ballantyne, professor of medicine and section chief of cardiology and cardiovascular research in the department of medicine at BCM, join 59 other doctors and researchers from across the county as new 2012 members.

Physicians are nominated in recognition of their work toward the advancement of medical knowledge through experimentation and their application to clinical medicine.

Gabbiani earns research award

Dr. Fabrizio GabbianiDr. Fabrizio Gabbiani, associate professor of neuroscience, earned a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his achievements in research. He was nominated for the award by German scientist Dr. Alexander Borst, MPI fuer Neurobiologie in Planegg-Martinsried. As an awardee, he is invited to carry out research projects of his own choice in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Wensel honored for ophthalmology research

Dr. Theodore WenselDr. Theodore Wensel, interim chair and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received the Proctor Medal from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. He shares the award with Dr. Vadim Arshavsky of Duke University. The medal is presented annually by the association to recognize outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology.

Student wins ACP competition

Fourth-year medical student Joshua Liao recently traveled to New Orleans to attend the annual meeting for the American College of Physicians and compete in its 18th National Medical Student Clinical Vignette Competition. Liao was named first winner for his presentation, "Infectious Assassin: Intramedullary Spinal Cord Abscess Disguised As Brown-Sequard." The College sponsors local and national abstract competitions for medical students, and winning entries in both the National Clinical Vignette and Research competitions are featured each year at its premier annual internal medicine meeting.


Surgical Research Day June 1

Faculty and graduate trainees will showcase their work through presentations, posters and lectures at the 2012 Edmond T. Gonzales Jr. Surgical Research Day at Texas Children's Hospital. The event is Friday, June 1, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion for Women fourth floor conference room. Keynote speaker Dr. Thomas Spray, an internationally recognized leader in congenital heart surgery from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will speak at 8:30 a.m. on "Evolution of Surgical Therapy for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome." For more information about the event, contact Toni Fontenot at 832-826-5702.

Tropical medicine inaugural lecture

Neglected tropical diseases in southern Mexico will be the focus of keynote talk by Dr. Alfredo F.J. Dájer, Rector of Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán, at the inaugural lecture of the Diploma in Tropical Medicine Course. His talk is Friday, June 1, at 4 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium.

College News

2012 Commencement

Congratulations to the 2012 M.D. and Ph.D. graduates. Commencement was held Tuesday, May 22, at Jones Hall in downtown Houston. View a photography slide show of the event.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.