BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 8, 2010

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Awards and Recognitions

Brunicardi earns research award

Dr. F. Charles BrunicardiDr. F. Charles Brunicardi, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM, will receive the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Award from the MacDonald Research Fund at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital. It will be presented at a ceremony Dec. 13. The award will support Brunicardi’s research into a potential new pancreatic cancer therapy that uses gene silencing to block the production of PDX-1 to reduce tumor growth and improve survival. Brunicardi expects clinical trials on this therapy to start this year.

Watson honored by radiology organization

Dr. Alfred Watson, professor of radiology, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology in acknowledgement and appreciation of his ongoing exceptional service in fulfilling the mission of the ABR.


Compassion and the Art of Medicine Oct. 15

Dr. Sherri Onyiego, assistant professor in the department of family and community medicine at BCM, will deliver the lecture "The Face of AIDS: A Global Perspective," Oct. 15 at noon in McMillian Auditorium.

Onyiego completed an HIV medicine fellowship at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and sees patients at the Martin Luther King Health Center and Thomas Street Clinic, a specialty clinic for patients infected with HIV. She traveled on a medical mission trip to Africa in June 2010.

College News

Molecular Physiology training program renewed for five years

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has renewed and expanded a Baylor College of Medicine training program in the molecular physiology of the cardiovascular system for five years.

The program, funded at $2,273,970 over five years in the latest grant, is led by Dr. Susan Hamilton, chair of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM, with co-directors Dr. Mary Dickinson and Dr. Xander Wehrens, both associate professors in the same department.

The program seeks out talented young scientists to work at the interface between basic and clinical research. The grant also supports the newly formed cardiovascular graduate track within the molecular physiology and biophysics graduate program. Read more about the grant and training program on the BCM website.

Educational scholarship showcase

Poster by Harsha Mittakanit, MS3Poster by Dr. Maria KimThe Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators held its sixth annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship Oct. 1. Posters represented numerous departments, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and several surgical specialties. Additionally, two posters were submitted by students.

Poster by Dr. Faisal BakaeenPosters by Harsha Mittakanit, a third year medical student, Dr. Maria Kim, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Faisal Bakaeen, associate professor of surgery-cardiothoracic surgery, were selected as the best posters by a panel of educational scholars from BCM, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston.

Belfort appointed Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Michael A. Belfort has been appointed chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at BCM. A maternal-fetal medicine and fetal intervention specialist, Belfort has most recently served as a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, and also as the director for perinatal research, fetal therapy and obstetric telemedicine at HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN. He is a native of South Africa and received his medical degree (MBBCH) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, a Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his Ph.D. at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

His appointment will become effective Jan. 1, 2011. He will also serve as obstetrician and gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital.

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