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Awards and Recognitions

Chao earns neurology award

Dr. Hsiao-Tuan ChaoDr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, pediatric neurology medical resident at Baylor and a physician-scientist at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Hugo J. Bellen, was honored as one of the inaugural recipients of the highly competitive Child Neurology Career Development Program award based at the Hugo Moser Research Institute at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. The award provides $369,000 in funding over three years as physician-scientists in pediatric neurology transition into their full-time careers. It will support her research studies on the transcriptional and inhibitory neuronal signaling mechanisms underlying complex childhood neurologic diseases.

Ghebre receives AHA grant

Dr. Yohannes GhebreDr. Yohannes Ghebre, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has received an American Heart Association grant to support his research project on the role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors in endothelial dysfunction and prevention of atherosclerosis.

Hotez honored with visiting lectureship

Dr. Peter HotezDr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor, was the 2017 Children's Hospital Foundation Harris D. Riley, Jr., M.D., Visiting Professorship Lecturer. He delivered a talk on diseases associated with poverty that also exist in wealthy countries and highlighted the opportunity for developing vaccines to combat the world's neglected diseases. The Children's Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City.

Samuel receives research grant

Dr. Buck SamuelDr. Buck Samuel, assistant professor of molecular virology and microbiology and in the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research, earned a Community Science Program microbial genomes grant from the Joint Genome Institute for genomic analyses of the natural microbiome of free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The grant supports the sequencing and annotation of nearly 100 bacterial genomes of a model core microbiome of C. elegans, many of which are closely related to those found in the human infant microbiome.

Student group honored

Global Health Society, a Baylor student group, was named one of Unite for Sight's Global Health Societies of the Year for the 2016–2017 academic year. Unite for Sight, a nonprofit that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness, engages students in leadership training and global health education as they raise funds for international eye care programs. Baylor students participating include Rachel Scott, a second-year medical student and the president of BCM's Global Health Society, Giovanni Campagna, Douglas Jin, Daniel Morse, Sergio Navarro and Andres Parra. They helped raise more than $2,000 for Pranav Eye Foundation in Chennai, India, which provides eye care to patients living in poverty.


Educational performance on colorectal cancer June 20

Learn more about colorectal cancer at an educational performance Tuesday, June 20, at noon in Cullen Auditorium at main Baylor. Presented by the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, "The Bottom Line," presents important information on colorectal cancer through a monologue that focuses on a man who has just lost his best friend to the disease. A question-and-answer session will follow. Light refreshments will be served and disease information and resources will be provided.

Spanish seminar for families of children with special needs June 24

The sixth annual seminar for Spanish-speaking families of children with special needs is June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ripley House, 4410 Navigation Blvd. Experts from Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital will provide information on health and genetics as well as education and community resources. Register online.

Stroke symposium June 24

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons Acute Stroke Care Symposium is June 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Houston Marriott Medical Center. Geared toward critical care and emergency department health professionals, the symposium will include the latest research, best practices and insight needed to provide state-of-the-art care for acute ischemic stroke, with breakout sessions on developing a stroke center and actions to take before a stroke occurs. Register online. Sponsored by Baylor, Houston Methodist Hospital and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Support BCM Pride

The student group BCM Pride is raising money for street relief backpacks for homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Houston. Support the initiative online. In addition, BCM Pride invites the Baylor community to visit its space at the Houston Pride Festival, June 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at Hermann Square in front of City Hall, followed by the Pride parade.

College News

Video features Baylor dads

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there, including those dads at Baylor College of Medicine who have children working or training here. Check out their stories in this video.

Submit nominations for RIITE awards

The deadline for the RIITE Role Model nominations is Friday, June 30. As a reminder, winning nominations receive 25,000 points that can be redeemed on the RIITE Rewards site. Submit nominations online and review past winners.

Financial Wellness Week feedback survey

HR-Benefits would like your feedback as it plans the next Financial Wellness Week. Even if you were unable to participate in the BCM BeWell Financial Wellness Challenge or attend a workshop or presentation this year, please take a moment to complete the Financial Wellness Week Feedback Survey by Tuesday, June 20. For additional questions, please email ask-retirement@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi was quoted in the Houston Chronicle about NIH funding. 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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