BCM Family NewsLink, Aug. 3, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Naik presents at summit on elder fraud

Dr. Aanand NaikDr. Aanand Naik, an investigator with the Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence and assistant professor of medicine at BCM, was invited to participate in the first Texas Elder Financial Exploitation Summit Aug. 3. His talk focused on the complexities surrounding elder financial abuse and investment fraud, the magnitude of the issue, reasons why it continues to grow and ways to mitigate the problem by educating consumers and stakeholders on how they can recognize and prevent elder fraud.

Grants awarded for Sjögren's research

Dr. Sandeep AgarwaDr. Cintia S. De PaivaThe Biology of Inflammation Center awarded two pilot project awards of $25,000 each supporting research for Sjögren’s syndrome to two investigative teams. The first team is led by Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, assistant professor of medicine - immunology, allergy and rheumatology. The second team is led by Dr. Cintia S. De Paiva, assistant professor of ophthalmology.  These awards were made possible by the generosity of Shani Corbiere, a long-standing benefactor to the Center. 

Events

Graduate Student Council Art Show

The annual art show sponsored by the Graduate Student Council will be held Aug. 6-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Alkek Lobby. Come to the show to bid on a variety of art, including photography, painting, pottery and jewelry. Proceeds support the Arts in Medicine program at Texas Children’s Hospital.

College News

Online faculty survey opens July 30

Faculty members are encouraged to fill out the BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey. The survey can be found online and will be open from July 30 through Aug. 31. The BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey is an opportunity for faculty to anonymously express their opinions regarding their work environment. When completing the survey, don’t forget to enter the raffle for a $500 Amazon gift card.

Anthrax study

BCM is conducting an anthrax vaccine study looking at different schedules of shots to an approved anthrax vaccine. To be eligible you must be a healthy male or non-pregnant female 18 to 65 years of age. The study involves 16 scheduled study visits with blood draws, three or four shots, depending on which group you are in, a diary of symptoms and signs you keep for one week after each shot. The total study time is about 8 months. Compensation will be provided for completing study procedures and parking will be validated. For more information call the Baylor Vaccine Research Center at 713-798-4912 and ask about the anthrax vaccine study.

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.