BCM Family NewsLink, July 1, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Sutton honored by Russian academy

Dr. Jeffrey P. SuttonDr. Jeffrey P. Sutton, professor of medicine and director of the Center for Space Medicine at BCM, was awarded a diploma by the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The honor commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight and acknowledges Sutton's dedication and contributions to the development of space medicine and biology. Sutton is also the president and institute director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, with BCM serving as the lead consortium institution.

Goodman named treasurer of neurology board

Dr. J. Clay GoodmanDr. J. Clay Goodman, associate dean for medical education and professor of pathology & immunology and neurology, has been named treasurer of the board of trustees of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation. He has served on the AAN Foundation board for two years and is also chair of the development committee.

The AAN Foundation raises funds for clinical research training fellowships that support junior faculty members in neurology during the first two critical years of their academic careers. Of the approximately 100 AAN Foundation fellowship recipients who have been funded, all have gone on to receive independent research funding. The AAN Foundation also provides funding for medical students and residents to attend the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting.

College News

Corry appointment

Dr. David CorryDr. David Corry, professor of medicine and pathology & immunology at BCM, has been appointed chief of the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology in the department of medicine and director of the Biology of Inflammation Center at BCM.

He has been a member of the BCM faculty since 1999 and currently holds the Nancy Chang, Ph.D., Professorship in the Biology of Inflammation Center. The focus of his research career has been the identification of immune mechanisms that underlie the pathophysiology of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other allergic illnesses.

New McNair Scholars join faculty

McNair ScholarsTwo new faculty members have joined BCM as McNair Scholars. Dr. Jake Kushner was named a McNair Scholar in diabetes and section head of pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at BCM. He will also serve as service chief of pediatric diabetes and endocrinology at Texas Children's Hospital. A major goal of Kushner's research is to improve the health of children and adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, contributing to the development of novel cell-based insulin replacement therapies.

Dr. Xiang Zhang, whose research focuses on breast cancer metastasis, has also been named a McNair Scholar and will join BCM July 5. He is currently a research associate in the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The McNair Scholar program at BCM, supported by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation and managed by the McNair Medical Institute, identifies "rising stars" in biomedical research in four areas — breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes and neuroscience.

Submit art for annual show

The 10th Annual Graduate School Art Show will be held Aug. 15-19 on the first and second floors of the Alkek building. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arts in Medicine Program at the Texas Children's Cancer Center.

Anyone interested in submitting their art for the show can contact Joana Ozgo at jmwardwe@bcm.edu. Artists are asked to donate a minimum of 30 percent of proceeds to the Arts in Medicine Program.

Faculty in the News

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