BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 7, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

BCM scientists receive early career awards for brain cancer research

Dr. Will Parsons and Dr. Benjamin Deneen, both of BCM, have received two of five national awards from The Sontag Foundation to early career scientists for unique and novel brain cancer research proposals. To read more about their individual projects, see the press release.


Center for Space Medicine lectures

Dr. Jonathan B. ClarkMembers of the BCM community can learn about space medicine this fall during a lecture series hosted by BCM's Center for Space Medicine. The series, "Topics in Human Space Exploration and Medicine," features presentations about health conditions and other medical-related aspects of space exploration.

The next lecture in the series is Oct. 12 from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in M321 (DeBakey). Dr. Jonathan B. Clark, assistant professor of neurology and part of the Center for Space Medicine, will speak on "A Day in the Life of a Flight Surgeon."

Houston mayor to speak at BCM

Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be the guest speaker at the Thursday, Oct. 13 meeting of the Gay-Straight Alliance, a BCM student organization. The meeting is open to all of BCM at 5 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium.

Dr. Stacey Berg to discuss how genomics is changing medicine

Dr. Stacey BergDr. Stacey Berg, professor of pediatrics at BCM and a member of the Texas Children's Cancer Center, will be a panelist on a discussion about how genomics is improving life. The event is on Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Trevisio restaurant in the McGovern Commons.

Berg will be one of five speakers on the panel, which includes physicians, physician-scientists and patient advocates offering their perspective on how genomics is changing medicine. Registration is required. To register, visit Invitrogen.

The event is sponsored by Life Technologies, a company pioneering new methods and manufacturing the research equipment for next-generation sequencing.

Chronic illness and disability conference

The 12th annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care is Oct. 20 – 21 at the Onstead Auditorium in the MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building. Now in its 12th year, the conference brings together internationally, nationally and locally recognized experts in the transition of patients with special needs to adult-based care.

This year, the conference will also include a research day on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from noon to 5:30 p.m. in the same location. There is no cost to attend the research day but registration is required.

For more information and to register, view the online brochure.

College News

BCM faculty elected to TANA board

Brant GrundyDonovan EarleyTwo BCM School of Allied Health Sciences faculty members were elected to the board of directors of the Texas Association of Nurse Anesthetists at the group's annual convention, held in Plano Sept. 23 – 25. Brant Grundy was elected to a one-year term as vice president, and Donovan Early was named a director for a two-year term. Both are assistant professors of anesthesiology.

In addition, allied health faculty members Michael Mathews, Donovan Earley and Jim Walker gave presentations at the meeting, and the school set up an exhibit with information about BCM's nurse anesthesia program. Finally, a reunion for BCM alumni of the allied health program was held during the conference, with about 40 people attending.

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.