BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 23, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Koch honored as top ophthalmologist

Dr. Doug KochDr. Doug Koch, professor of ophthalmology, was named among the country's top 135 ophthalmologists by Becker's ASC Review, a publication that offers general business, legal and clinical guidance on a variety of topics.

Koch is one of the leading refractive surgeons in the nation. He is past president of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, as well as a charter member of the executive committee of the Refractive Surgery Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is editor of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Nurses honored at national conference

Dr. Marilyn HockenberrySeveral nurses from BCM and the Texas Children's Cancer Center were honored at the 35th annual national conference of the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses, held in Anaheim, Calif., earlier this month.

Dr. Marilyn Hockenberry, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was recognized with the 2011 Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award and the 2011 Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing Writing Award. In addition, Hockenberry, along with colleagues Kate Mazur, Dr. Mary Nell Suell, Dr. Roz Bryant and Dr. Heidi Russell, all of BCM and the Texas Children's Cancer Center, and Shelly Wilke of Texas Children's Hospital, won first prize for their poster presentation, "Urgent Care Bay in an Outpatient Pediatric Cancer Center."

Other BCM/TCCC nurses participating in the conference included Sameeya Ahmed-Winston, Melisa Landry, Suzette Stone, Katherine Crockett and Cheryl Rodgers.

Kosten awarded grant for innovative research

Dr. Tom KostenDr. Tom Kosten, who holds the Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was awarded with an Avant-Garde Award for Innovative Medication Development Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The grant of $500,000 per year for five years supports his work to accelerate the development of a methamphetamine vaccine, which is expected to undergo initial clinical trials within the next five years. Currently, there is no FDA-approved medication for methamphetamine addiction, so a vaccine could have substantial impact on the treatment of methamphetamine addiction.

Buckmaster honored for outstanding work in her field

Cindy BuckmasterDr. Cindy Buckmaster, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine, received the 2011 Founder's Award from the Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange in recognition of outstanding education in the field of laboratory animal science and/or regulatory compliance. She was also appointed to the board of directors for Americans for Medical Progress, an organization for public outreach and research advocacy.


Compassion lecture Sept. 30

Megan Cole, a professional actress and artist-in-residence at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will talk Friday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium as part of the Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture series. Her lecture is titled "The Wisdom of WIT," which is also the name of a solo play in which she starred. The series is sponsored by the department of family and community medicine.

College News

BCM team top fundraiser at Tour de Pink

The BCM Tour de Pink team has raised more than $12,000 for the Pink Ribbons Project, the third most funds of the 99 teams that participated in the cycling event Sept. 18 at Prairie View A & M University.

Of the members of the BCM team, five were from the Poythress family: parents Dr. Michelle Schmidt and Dr. Lee Poythress, both internal medicine faculty members at Ben Taub General Hospital/Quentin Mease Hospital, and their three children. Together, the family raised more than $2,500 in honor of Michelle Schmidt, a breast cancer survivor.

All funds raised go to support the Pink Ribbons Project to fight breast cancer through awareness and education programs and the support of proper screening for the medically underserved. Donations can still be made through Nov. 18 on Tour de Pink.

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