BCM Family NewsLink, Sept. 30, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Tolias receives NIH honor

Dr. Andreas Tolias, assistant professor of neuroscience, has been awarded the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award. The award, up to $500,000 per year for five years, is given to scientists who show exceptional creativity in proposing bold and highly innovative research approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research. Tolias' research goal is to unravel the elementary principles that underlie cortical computations.

Grabois honored by physiatrist association

Dr. Martin GraboisDr. Martin Grabois, professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at BCM, was selected as a Distinguished Member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The award recognizes distinguished physiatrists of international status who are major contributors to the field through teaching, research and scholarly publication. Only one member of the association is nominated each year.

In addition, Grabois is currently serving as president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and will succeed to the presidency at the annual meeting in February 2012. The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the primary organization for physicians practicing the specialty of pain medicine in the United States.

Eye foundation grant awarded to Poche

Kenneth Fischer (left) and Dr. Ross Anthony Poche (right)Dr. Ross Anthony Poche, postdoctoral associate in molecular physiology, was awarded a $40,000 research grant by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Poche was honored at a ceremony Sept. 27 where he was given the first installment of the grant. A scientific advisory council composed of seven ophthalmologists and other researchers determine who will receive the grant based on whose research will best impact eye care of infants and children. The Knights of Templar Eye Foundation is a Masonic Charity under the auspices of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the USA.


Flu shots

Flu ShotThe Occupational Health Program is providing flu shots for staff, faculty, residents and students. Flu shots will be available next week at the following locations and times:

Oct. 3, 9 a.m. – noon, Texas Children's Hospital, Abercrombie Auditorium
Oct. 4, 9 a.m. – noon, Main Campus, Alkek Lobby
Oct. 6, 2 – 5 p.m., TCH Clinical Care Center
Oct. 7, 8 – 11 a.m., Ben Taub General Hospital, Room 6D9001

Check the OHP calendar for additional locations.

Benefit fairs

Open Enrollment will be held Oct. 1-14. Changes and elections made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective Jan. 1, 2012. Several benefit fairs will be held across campus next week to give you the opportunity to speak with benefits vendors about choices that are offered during Open Enrollment. In addition, other vendors will provide information about healthy products and services in the community.

The fairs will be held:

Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture

Drs. Yasmeen Quadri and Nageeb Abdalla, both with the department of family and community medicine, will deliver the next Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture on Oct. 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in McMillian Auditorium.

Their talk is titled "Health Care for the Homeless." Quadri was medical director at Casa De Amigos Community Health Center and currently is the assistant director of the Harris County Hospital District's Healthcare for the Homeless program. Abdalla is medical director of Healthcare for the Homeless.

Clinical psychiatry meeting Oct. 7

Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 2011 will be held Oct. 7 at the Medical Office Building on the McNair campus. The featured speaker is Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, who will speak on bipolar disorder.

This event is designed for specialists in psychiatry and may also be of interest to other health and mental health professionals. Information and registration is available online.

Alzheimer's Walk

There is still time left to join the Baylor College of Medicine & Friends team taking part in this year's "Walk to End Alzheimer's" on Oct. 22. The 3K walk is organized by the Alzheimer's Association and raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This year the walk will take place at Minute Maid Park. Everyone, including family and friends of BCM employees, are welcome to join the team. For more information, to make a donation or to join the team, log onto Walk to End Alzheimer's or e-mail Deborah Taylor dtaylor@bcm.edu.

College News

ID required for TMC Library

Starting Oct. 3, the TMC Library will require visitors to scan their institutional ID badges to enter and exit the library. Pick up an orange flyer at the entrance of the library, fill in the form on the back of the flyer and take it to the circulation to register for access to the library with your badge. For more information, contact circulation at 713-799-7147 or circdesk@exch.library.tmc.edu.

Plants in Space update: First trial growth featured in video

The first five-day trial is complete for the Plants in Space project examining root growth in microgravity. The Center for Educational Outreach has produced a video, "Plantango," which includes time-lapsed imagery from the first trial on the International Space Station and in a ground-control laboratory. The video was scheduled to make its NASA TV debut on Thursday. The video and other Plants in Space information and materials can be accessed at Plants in Space.

The Plants in Space project is supported by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and is a cooperative effort between NSBRI, BCM's Center for Educational Outreach, Bioserve Space Technologies at the University of Colorado and NASA.

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.