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Awards and Recognitions

Srivaths earns grant to study bleeding disorder

Dr. Lakshmi SrivathsDr. Lakshmi Srivaths, associate professor of pediatric oncology and co-director of the Texas Children's Young Women's Bleeding Disorder Clinic, received funding of $311,000 from Baxalta US Inc. for a three-year grant, "Genotype and Phenotype Analysis of Adolescents with Heavy Menstrual Bleeding and Low Von Willebrand Activity." Srivaths will partner with the national Women and Girls with Blood Disorders-Learning Action Network members for this research to provide better phenotypic and genotypic characterization of adolescent females with low Von Willebrand activity, which will in turn aid in optimizing therapy, tailored to the patient's clinical and molecular framework.

Trautner receives prestigious award for research paper

Dr. Barbara TrautnerDr. Barbara Trautner, associate professor of infectious diseases in the departments of medicine and surgery, and her research team have received the VA Health Services Research and Development's 2016 Best Research Paper of the Year Award for their JAMA Internal Medicine paper, "Effectiveness of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Approach for Urinary Catheter-Associated Asymptomatic Bacteriuria." Trautner also is a researcher with the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston.

Baylor doctors among city's best

Baylor doctors were featured prominently in the Houston Chronicle's Top Doctors 2016 article. The local list was taken from a larger list of America's Top Doctors, compiled by industry specialist Castle Connolly. See all the Baylor doctors featured in the Chronicle article.


Allied Health commencement Dec. 3

The School of Allied Health Sciences Commencement will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Grand Hall at Lancaster Center located at 71 Oakdale Street, Houston, Texas 77004. The allied health graduating class includes 18 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program students, 19 Orthotics and Prosthetics Program students and 39 Physician Assistant Program students. Congratulations to all the graduating allied health students!

Marfan symposium Dec. 3

Several Baylor doctors will speak at the Marfan Foundation Houston Regional Symposium Dec. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way Community Center, 50 Waugh Drive. Speakers will present the latest information about Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders, and patients and families will have the opportunity to network. Register online.

Baylor merchandise sale Dec. 6

Baylor merchandise, including T-shirts, hoodies and lots more, will be on sale Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the E-hallway in front of the cafeteria at main Baylor.

Strategies to deal with difficult conversations

Faculty, staff and trainees are encouraged to attend a discussion led by Ombuds Laurel Hyle on "Communications Strategies for Difficult Conversations" Tuesday, Dec. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Sponsored by the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the small group sessions provide opportunities to address feelings and concerns associated with post-election and campus climate incidents that have occurred across the country.

DocTalk on diabetes Dec. 7

DocTalk will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at noon in Cullen Auditorium with Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam, who will discuss "Living with Diabetes." Balasubramanyam is professor of medicine – endocrinology. DocTalk is a series of informal, lunchtime talks with Baylor physicians on a variety of health topics. Eligible employees who attend will receive BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Compliance presentation Dec. 7

The Compliance Office will hold its quarterly education talk on "Inpatient Evaluation and Management Services" on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the McNair conference room A. Open to all medical providers. To register, email bl1@bcm.edu.

Holiday concert Dec. 8

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology presents the Houston Tuesday Musical Club Chorus performing a holiday concert, "The Very Best Time of the Year," on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge. Cookies and punch will be served after the concert.

Dec. 8 events to focus on science, biomedical research

Dr. Bruce Alberts of the University of California – San Francisco and a past president of the National Academy of Science, will speak at two campus events Dec. 8. He will give a talk titled "Spreading Science Throughout Society: How and Why," presented by the Center for Professionalism Medicine, at noon in room N315 in the Alkek building. Pizza will be served to the first 125 attendees. At 4 p.m. in McMillian Auditorium, he will speak on "Maintaining Excellence in the Biomedical Research Enterprise: Much Work to Do." This talk is part of the Team Launch program. A reception will follow in the DeBakey museum.

Bone marrow drive Dec. 12

Be the Match and the BCM Postdoctoral Association will host a marrow donor registry drive Monday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the TMC Commons. Come sign up and do a cheek swab to see if you can save the life of a blood cancer patient. Nearly 80 percent of donations are from blood stem cells – a procedure similar to donating plasma. All donor expenses are covered. Read an FAQ online or drop by on Dec. 12!

College News

Section of emergency medicine ACLS/BLS Certification Program

Time to renew your advanced cardiac life support or basic life support certification? The section of emergency medicine's ACLS-BLS Program offers semi-monthly ACLS, BLS and combined re-certification in-person courses. The program is American Heart Association certified and offered for $135 for ACLS or $175 for ACLS and BLS combined. The next course is Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. on the main Baylor campus. For more information and register online or contact the program coordinator Whitney Grant.

Volunteers needed for COPD research study

Are you a healthy adult between the age of 40 and 60 or an adult patient who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis or emphysema and quit smoking after a heavy smoking history of 20 pack-years? A pack year is defined as 20 cigarettes smoked every day for one year. You may be eligible to participate in a clinical research study being conducted at the Baylor Airways Clinical Research Center. Compensation will be provided for time and travel. Health insurance is not necessary to participate. For more information, call Laura Bertrand at 713-798-2681 or Mustafa Atik at 713-798-2683, or e-mail copd@bcm.edu.

2016 BCM BeWell Year End Survey

BCM BeWell provides opportunities for employees to be involved in health and wellness in a fun and innovative way through the wellness portal, free biometric screenings, Baylor-wide and individual challenges and much more. Your input is needed to keep this award-winning wellness program moving in the right direction. Please take a moment to complete the 2016 BCM BeWell Year End Survey to evaluate your wellness experience over the past year. The survey is confidential and takes about 10 minutes. With questions, email BCM BeWell at wellness@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Atul Chopra and Dr. Peter Hotez were featured in separate article in the New York Times. Read Baylor's news media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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