BCM Family NewsLink, Oct. 28, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Phung awarded with cancer society grant

Dr. Thuy PhungDr. Thuy Phung, assistant professor of pathology, has been awarded the prestigious Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. The award, in the amount of $720,000, was given in support of Phung's research project, "Novel functions of Akt isoforms in vascular tumors." The American Cancer Society grant is awarded to researchers whose work is expected to make great contributions to the fight against cancer.

Vartabedian named a social media leader

Dr. Bryan VartabedianDr. Bryan Vartabedian, assistant professor of pediatrics, was named one of 11 faces to follow in health care social media by Fierce Health IT, a weekly source of health care information technology news. The newsletter noted, "On any given day, his Twitter feed is flooded with advice-filled tweets, as well as re-tweets of advice and articles from fellow doctors and health professionals. His blog tends to focus on physicians in the online space, but he's not afraid to tackle other topics, such as teaching compassion to medical students, either."

Vartabedian can be found on Twitter and on his blog, 33 Charts.


Community Health Day Nov. 5

BCM medical students will host the sixth annual Community Health Day Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Nueva Casa de Amigos, 1809 N. Main St., Houston, Texas 77009.

The event will include free screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, vision and HIV. Those wishing to have their blood sugar tested should fast for eight to twelve hours prior to the test. Workshops on physical fitness, nutrition and healthy living will take place and the event will include raffles, door prizes, entertainment and healthy snacks.

Those interested in signing up for the Gold Card and CHIP/Children’s Medicaid should bring a photo ID, proof of income/child support, birth certificate, tax returns and proof of residence. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services.

Health policy forum Nov. 12

National Health Care Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly will be held Friday, Nov. 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Dore Commons at James A. Baker III Hall, Rice University. BCM is one of the sponsors of the forum, which will feature five of the nation's foremost health economists who will discuss issues including the economic aspect of health care reform legislation, the prescription drug industry and the long-term care sector.

RSVP by Monday, Nov. 7, to bipprsvp@rice.edu.

TMC Orchestra to perform Nov. 13

The Texas Medical Center Orchestra will perform the opening concert for the 2011-12 season Sunday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Wortham Center in downtown Houston. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wortham box office at 713-222-5400 or online at TMC Orchestra. The concert will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The TMC orchestra, made up of medical professionals from throughout the medical center, including BCM, will feature "The Festive Overture" by Shostakovich and "Scheherezade" by Rimsky-Korsakov. The featured soloist will be Tony Prisk of the Houston Symphony.

College News

Elephant documentary

The documentary "SurvivorTales: Herding For A Cure," detailing the collaboration between BCM and the Houston Zoo, will air Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. on KPRC. The film, produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research, describes how BCM and the Houston Zoo are working together to find a cure for the deadly elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).

Since their efforts began in 2009, a diagnostic test has been created and two healthy calves have been born at the Houston Zoo. One is named Baylor in honor of the collaboration. The documentary will feature Dr. Paul Ling, associate professor of molecular virology and microbiology at BCM, Dr. Alan Herron, professor of pathology & Immunology at BCM and Dr. Jeff Stanton, postdoctoral fellow in molecular virology and microbiology at BCM. The documentary was screened this week for those involved in the research.

Faculty in the News

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