BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 12, 2012

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First Annual Vaccine Biotechnology Conference in TMC

The National School of Tropical Medicine at BCM will host the TMC's First Annual Vaccine Biotechnology Conference Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Onstead Auditorium at the MD Anderson Basic Sciences Research Building, 6767 Bertner. The one-day symposium will foster collaboration and highlight the achievements in vaccine development in the TMC. Topics include new vaccines for global health, new vaccines for public health preparedness and biodefense, chronic non-communicable disease vaccines and vaccine policy. Registration is free and open online.

Graduate Research Symposium Oct. 18

Dr. Mauro FerrariThe 24th annual Graduate Research Symposium will be held Thursday, Oct. 18. The event will include the Joseph L. Melnick Distinguished Guest Lecturer, Dr. Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, who will speak on "Nanomedicine and Transport Oncophysics," from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Poster presentations will be set up in Rayzor Lounge with talks throughout the day in Cullen Auditorium. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and reception.

Join BCM’s Alzheimer’s Walk team

BCM's Team Menninger has raised more than $2,100 in the fight to end Alzheimer's. The team, which will participate in the Oct. 20 Walk to End Alzheimer's at Reliant Park, has made the Alzheimer Association's Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter team honor roll as one of the top 20 fund-raising teams and is steadily aiming toward No. 1. Help the team achieve its goal by joining the team for the walk or by donating.

Faculty meeting Oct. 24

There will be an all-faculty meeting with Dr. Paul Klotman Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m., in Cullen Auditorium. The meeting will include the results of the first Annual BCM Faculty Satisfaction Survey and a discussion of next steps in this process. Please make plans to attend.

College News

Open enrollment ends Oct. 16

Don't forget to complete the open enrollment process for health benefits by logging on to Employee Self-Service by Tuesday, Oct. 16. For assistance, try using Alex, an interactive benefits counselor. More information is available on the 2013 Benefits Open Enrollment webpage.

Audiology Awareness Month

October is National Audiology Awareness Month sponsored by the American Academy of Audiology, and BCM is taking part. Dr. Adriana Rodriguez-Miciak, an audiologist in the department of otolaryngology at BCM, says hearing loss can be caused by more than just the normal aging process. Exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, ear diseases and even certain medications can harm hearing. Among the more than 36 million adult Americans who suffer from hearing loss, many don’t recognize the first symptoms. Regular screenings can help prevent or diagnose a problem so that treatment can begin immediately. BCM audiologists specialize in a variety of procedures such as hearing evaluations, prescribing and fitting of hearing aids and assisting with cochlear implant programs, to name a few. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (713) 798-HEAR.

Faculty in the News

A study by BCM's Rachelle Doody on an Alzheimer's drug received national media attention this week, including in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the Associated Press. See her media coverage as well as other BCM faculty members featured or cited in news and media outlets in this week's Faculty in the News.