BCM Family NewsLink, June 17, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Zoghbi honored with prestigious neuroscience award

Dr. Huda Y. ZoghbiDr. Huda Y. Zoghbi, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at TCH and Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2011 Neuroscience Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation for her pioneering work in unlocking the genetic and molecular mysteries behind a number of devastating neurological disorders, including Rett syndrome, spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 and brain tumors called medulloblastomas.

Photo slideshow of Dr. Huda Zoghbi arriving at a congratulatory surprise party organized by her lab and colleagues.

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Dr. Huda Zoghbi arriving at a congratulatory surprise party organized by her lab and colleagues.

Jankovic named one of the top Parkinson's researchers

Dr. Joseph JankovicDr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic at BCM, has been named one of the top Parkinson's disease researchers since 1985 in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Parkinson's Disease.

An analysis published in the journal identified the top 100 Parkinson's disease investigators since 1985 and measured their scientific productivity as well as the impact of their contributions to the field. The number of citations an article received is widely accepted as a measure of its impact, according to the authors of the analysis.

Jankovic was ranked as the 18th most cited researcher over the past 25 years and as the 11th most cited over the past decade.

Abu-Elheiga awarded best poster at scientific conference

Dr. Lutfi Abu-ElheigaDr. Lutfi Abu-Elheiga, assistant professor in biochemistry, was awarded first place in his research category of poster presentation at this year's American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting. Abu-Elheiga won Obesity Best Thematic Poster Award for his work conducted in the Wakil Lab at BCM. Organizers from each of the ten scientific categories judged more than 1,000 poster presentations.

Thematic Best Poster Awards are given each year at the Society's annual meeting in an effort to encourage the research of young scientists. Each award includes a cash prize.


Jazz concert at McGovern

A summer concert featuring the Jackson Truett Band is set for the McGovern Commons on Thursday, June 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will feature a buffet and drinks available for sale.

Volunteer for Humana Senior Games

Humana Senior GamesThe 2011 Summer National Senior Games presented by Humana needs your help. There are a number of volunteer opportunities for BCM employees at this year's event. Those who sign up will be asked to assist organizers at either the George R. Brown Convention Center or Track & Field in Humble, Texas. The event began this week and will continue until June 30. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, log onto Humana Senior Games or call Amanda Payne, Humana volunteer director, at 713-853-8307.

College News

Hoxhaj named chief of emergency medicine

Dr. Shkelzen HoxhajDr. Shkelzen Hoxhaj has been named chief of the section of emergency medicine at BCM. He joined BCM in 2007 as assistant professor of medicine and medical director of the emergency center at Ben Taub General Hospital. Hoxhaj has served as interim chief of the section of emergency medicine since June 2010.

Baylor Family Medicine receives new designation

Baylor Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine has been recognized for its efforts to improve quality and efficiency of care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Physician Practice Connections®- Patient-Centered Medical Home (NCQA PPC-PCMH) program.

Baylor Family Medicine clinics were recognized using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term relationships between doctor and patient. Rather than just treating patients, doctors and staff work to coordinate care that supports prevention, health and healing.

To receive this recognition, which is valid for three years, Baylor Family Medicine had to meet the program's key elements. These standards are established in conjunction with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

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.