BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 2, 2012

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Awards and Recognitions

Hollinger recognized for work on U.S. committee

Dr. F. Blaine HollingerDr. F. Blaine Hollinger, professor of medicine, was presented with the Advisory Committee Service Award by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research in recognition of distinguished service as chairman of the Blood Products Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2012.

Leal heads genetic epidemiology society

Dr. Suzanne Leal, professor of molecular and human genetics, and director of the Center for Statistical Genetics, has been elected president of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society. The Society is devoted to the study of genetics components in complex biological phenomena.


Learn about saving for health care expenses

Emeriti Retirement Health Solutions is presenting workshops to BCM employees throughout the day on Nov. 7 – 8. The workshops will focus on topics including the Emeriti program's benefit options in retirement and learning how to save early for health care expenses in retirement. There will also be drop-in sessions for general information and questions.

The full schedule of workshops is available online. For more information, contact the Emeriti program at 1-866-363-7484.

TCM Orchestra concert Nov. 18

The TMC Orchestra will honor Dr. Richard Wainerdi, outgoing president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, at a concert Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater. Tickets are available through the TMC Orchestra website or the Wortham Center Box Office, 713-222-5400.

College News

VA/BCM health services group part of new initiative

The Houston Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, a joint effort of BCM and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, was selected as one of six sites for a Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE) initiative by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The award totals $4,375,300 for three projects that will focus on improving quality and safety through better communication and coordination in the VA's Primary Care Patient-Aligned Care Teams. The center is director by Dr. Laura Peterson, professor of medicine – health services research at BCM.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members were cited several times in the inaugural issue of the Houston Chronicle’s new health section, Health Zone. See the coverage and other BCM faculty members who were featured in the media in this week’s Faculty in the News.