BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 24, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

BCM Board of Trustees names Zoghbi, Fraser to endowed chairs

Dr. Huda ZoghbiDr. Huda Zoghbi was appointed to the Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., Endowed Chair in Pediatrics. Dr. Zoghbi was recruited by Dr. Feigin in 1979 for pediatric residency training and has been with BCM since. She is an internationally recognized neuroscience researcher and is a professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular genetics, neurology and neuroscience. Read Dr. Zoghbi's full bio.

Dr. Charles Fraser Jr.Dr. Charles Fraser Jr. was appointed to the Susan Vaughan Clayton Endowed Chair at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Fraser was appointed as surgeon-in-chief of Texas Children's in July. A world leader in congenital heart surgery, he is chief of the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor and is professor in the departments of surgery and pediatrics. Read Dr. Fraser's full bio.

Rivera honored by MS organization

Dr. Victor M. RiveraDr. Victor M. Rivera, professor of neurology and medical director of the Maxine Mesinger Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, was recently honored by the Latin American Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. He was recognized as the committee's founder and two-time president at the recent LACTRIMS Congress in Santiago, Chile. The Victor Rivera Award was named and given to the best paper presentation at the congress. LACTRIMS includes more than 1,000 neurologists and multiple sclerosis professionals from 19 countries.

Funding expanded for Human Microbiome Project

The National Institutes of Health expanded funding of the BCM Human Microbiome Project clinical program initiated last year at Texas Children's Hospital.

The program will receive $3.4 million over three years to broaden the current study of pediatric abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome.

The BCM Human Genome Sequencing Center has been a part of the Human Microbiome Project since the program was launched in 2008 to help researchers better understand how the trillions of microscopic organisms that live in or on the human body affect human health and lives.

Details on the award and BCM investigators involved are available.

Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center renewed as NCI designated center

The Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine has received renewal as a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, a prestigious honor that recognizes the group for scientific and clinical excellence.

The Duncan Cancer Center first received NCI designation in July 2007. As part of the renewal, the Duncan Cancer Center will receive more than $15 million in NCI funding over the next five years. More information on the award is available.


Tour de Pink

Members of BCM's Tour de Pink teamThe Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center team participated in the Tour de Pink bicycle ride Sept. 19 at Prairie View A&M University. The team included BCM staff, faculty, family and friends who rode one of the 12-, 23-, 47-, 63-, 80- and 100-mile routes.

Volunteers manned a BCM tent that highlighted the work of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. The art cart created by the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities at the cancer center and students at the DeBakey High School for Health Professions was on display. The cart promotes healthy eating. In addition, volunteers handed out the award-winning cancer screening wheel, which tells what screening tests are needed at what age for various cancers.

Additional volunteers worked at a pit stop along the race route, where they provided riders with water and sports drinks.

The race raised money for the Pink Ribbons Project, an organization that raises awareness and educates about breast cancer through its programming and provides mammograms to underinsured women in the greater Houston area.

College News

BCM makes top 100 universities worldwide for life sciences, biomedicine

BCM has been named one of the world's best universities for life sciences and biomedicine in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report.

BCM was ranked 75th in life sciences and biomedicine, higher than any college or university in Texas. Only 32 of the top 100 universities ranked were located in the United States. A complete list of winners is available online.

2010 Information Technology Customer Satisfaction Survey

BCM Information Technology invites you to participate in the 2010 Customer Service Satisfaction Survey. Your input allows IT to recognize areas of service excellence and opportunities for improvement.

The survey will close at 5 p.m. today (Sept. 24). Results will be published on the BCM Intranet by mid-October.

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.


Volunteers needed for nutrient absorption study

Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine are recruiting volunteers for a nutrient absorption study on calcium and vitamin D.

The study includes eight weeks of daily vitamin supplementation and two overnight study visits at Teas Children's Hospital. Researchers are recruiting children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old who can spend a weekday overnight at Texas Children's. Children should be healthy and not on any medications.

Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Call Marilyn at 713-798-7002.

Study enrolling diabetes patients with high blood pressure

One of the leading causes of death for people with diabetes is cardiovascular disease caused by high blood pressure, according to Dr. James Pool, professor of medicine and director of the Hypertension and Clinical Pharmacology Research Clinic at BCM. A study is now under way to examine the best way to treat blood pressure in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The study is currently accepting participants who are 18 years or older and have a hemoglobin A1c level of less than 9 percent. Participants must also be diagnosed with high blood pressure. For more details on study criteria, please contact 713-798-2375.

Visit the Clinical Research Studies page for additional studies underway at the College.