BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 14, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Bellen honored by Gill Center

Dr. Hugo BellenDr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics, was awarded the 2012 Gill Distinguished Award from the University of Indiana's Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science. He will be honored at the annual Gill Symposium, where he will also present a featured lecture. The honor includes a plaque and a $25,000 award. It recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to cellular or molecular neuroscience.

Events

You FIRST kick-off events

The You FIRST program is being expanded throughout the college to recognize and reward BCM employees. Events for the kick-off include:

All events are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

College News

Flu study seeking participants

Participants are being sought for a BCM study examining reactions and protection responses to an investigational flu vaccine. To be eligible, you must be a healthy male or nonpregnant female ages 18 to 70. The study involves six to seven scheduled visits with blood draws, two scheduled phone calls, two to three shots and a diary of symptoms and signs you keep for one week after each shot. Study time is 40 to 70 weeks depending on which group you are placed in.

Compensation will be provided and parking will be validated. For more information, call the Baylor Vaccine Research Center at 713-798-4912.

Nominate 'Top Doctors'

Castle Connolly's nationwide Top Doctors nomination site is now open to all licensed M.D.s and D.O.s. BCM medical staff is encouraged to visit Castle Connolly online for more detailed information and to nominate their colleagues who they feel are deserving of being named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor. Castle Connolly is now collaborating with U.S. News & World Report to enhance the exposure of those selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Wooten joins BCM to lead research business development

Andrew Wooten has joined BCM as executive director of research business development and strategy. He will work to boost the college's technology commercialization and clinical translation efforts by developing connections with industry. Wooten will work closely with Drs. Susan Blaney and Thomas Kosten, co-directors of the Dan L. Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and Michael Dilling, director of the Baylor Licensing Group. He has an extensive background in new venture development, entrepreneurship and successful commercialization of technologies from academia.

Mothers' aid stations

Two mothers' aid stations are available in the main Baylor building for breastfeeding women. The private rooms are located at 411-A and 312-D. There is also a mothers' aid station at Baylor Clinic, room 12B.91.

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.