BCM Family NewsLink, July 15, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Schaaf receives Duke Foundation award for neuropsychiatric research

Dr. Christian P. SchaafDr. Christian P. Schaaf, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, received a three-year $486,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It will support his research into new approaches for the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, depression and bipolar and autism spectrum disorders.

Schaaf is one of 16 recipients nationwide of the 2011 Clinical Scientist Development Award from the foundation, which established the program to support the development of the clinical research work force. He is a part of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.

Eagleman book hits best seller list

Dr. David EaglemanDr. David Eagleman isn't just an assistant professor of neuroscience, he is also a best-selling author. His latest book, "Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain," has been on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best seller list for the past four weeks. His book asks the question, "If the conscious mind – the part you consider you – is just the tip of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the rest doing?" Throughout the book he examines the role our unconscious brain plays in decision making and how we live our lives. An excerpt can be found at Dr. Eagleman's website.

Events

Texas Medical Center Orchestra auditions

Auditions for the Texas Medical Center Orchestra will be held Aug. 24. Go to TMC Orchestra to register or contact Dr. Daniel Musher at dmusher@bcm.edu.

The TMC Orchestra is a high-quality, full-size symphony orchestra consisting of members of the health care professions, including faculty and health care practitioners from all disciplines, residents, fellows, researchers, and graduate, medical and nursing students. The orchestra performs five to six concerts each year, including three at the downtown Wortham Theater. The orchestra supports local educational and medical charities through outreach and shared fund-raising events.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the McGovern Campus of the Medical Center. Parking is free. Members are expected to attend nearly all rehearsals, play the concerts and pay dues.

Join the BCM, Smith Breast Center Komen race team!

Houston Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 1BCM and the Smith Breast Center have teamed up for the Houston Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Oct. 1. Team members can sign up to walk in the Family Walk/Kids K, 5K Timed Competitive Run, 5k Non-Competitive Run or 5K walk.

To sign up for the team, click here. Search for the "Baylor College of Medicine – Smith Breast Center" team and follow the instructions on how to join. All BCM faculty, staff and students and their family and friends are welcome to join. Please contact Glenna Picton at picton@bcm.edu or 713-798-7973 if you have questions.

Money raised supports the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, which provides innovative breast cancer education, screening and treatment projects for the medically underserved and uninsured in Southeast Texas.

College News

New pediatric center

The Harris County Hospital District opened a new Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center Community in Pasadena June 27. The center is staffed by BCM physicians who are all bilingual. They care for patients from infancy up to age 18 and up to 21 for special-needs patients. The facility, at 3925 Fairmont Pkwy., is expected to attract 24,000 patients per year. It will offer basic health care and will offer specialized care in the areas of pulmonary medicine, developmental/high risk patients, special needs patients, rheumatology, gastrointestinal medicine, psychiatry, behavioral health therapy and adolescent weight management with psychology.

Faculty in the News

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