BCM Family NewsLink, Dec. 3, 2010

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Eyeglasses drive

Have any extra unused eyeglasses laying around? Donate them and give the gift of sight for the holidays. The BCM Ophthalmology Club is sponsoring a glasses drive through Dec. 17. All glasses collected will be donated to the Lions Eye Bank of Texas. All types of prescription eyeglasses are accepted. Bins are located in the Office of Communications, suite 176B; by the top entrance of McMillan Auditorium; by the lecture podium in Kleberg Auditorium; and by the sink and microwaves in the student lounge in the Alkek building.

TMC Orchestra performance

The TMC Orchestra, which includes many members of the BCM family, will present "Hear the Bells: a Holiday Card from Houston" on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Hall in downtown Houston. The classic holiday concert will feature the Bayou City Chorale, the children's chorus KIPP Sharp Singers, the United Nations Association International Chorus and other special guests performing "Christmas Oratorio" and other jewels of the season. Tickets are available on the orchestra's website.

College News

NIH renews grant for BCM-led Center for Protein Folding Machinery

The Center for Protein Folding Machinery at BCM has received a five-year, $20 million renewal award from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/) to continue operating as a Nanomedicine Development Center and advance the field of nanomedicine.

The centers were established in 2005 as part of the NIH's Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative. Nanomedicine refers to highly specific medical intervention at the molecular scale for curing disease or repairing damaged tissues, such as bone, muscle or nerve.

New Faculty Group Practice physicians

New physicians have recently joined the BCM Faculty Group Practice:

Read more about these new members of the team who are providing care to patients of the Baylor Clinic.

BCM physicians practicing at TCH outpatient clinic

Texas Children’s Hospital West CampusThe outpatient clinic at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus at I-10 and Barker Cypress is now open, and many BCM physicians are part of the outpatient team. The team includes: Dr. Jennifer Feldmann, adolescent medicine; Dr. Ellen Friedman, otolaryngology; Dr. Maria Garcia, allergy and immunology; Dr. Frank Gerow, orthopedics; Dr. Edmond Gonzales, urology; Dr. Mohammed Hussein, ophthalmology; Dr. Nikki Janzen, urology; Dr. Imad Jarjour, neurology; Dr. John Jones, otolaryngology; Dr. Binal Kancherla, pulmonary/ sleep; Dr. Walid Kaplan, diabetes/ endocrine; Dr. Daniel Leung, nutrition/ gastroenterology; Dr. Monica Lopez, pediatric surgery; Dr. Allen Milewicz, pediatric surgery; Dr. Siby Moonnumakal, pulmonary; Dr. Jennifer Rama, pulmonary; Dr. Barbara Reid, nutrition/ gastroenterology; Dr. V. Shenava, orthopedics; Dr. Marcelle Sulek, otoloaryngology; Dr. Sharonda Taylor, adolescent medicine; Dr. Steven Wolfe, cardiology; and Dr. Parvin Yazdani, diabetes/ endocrine.

The newly built 220,809-square-foot outpatient clinic building at West Campus offers the most current diagnostic and treatment services in a cheerful, family-focused and welcoming environment. The facility is designed to provide a comprehensive array of specialized pediatric services delivered by a dedicated team of board-certified pediatric specialists and experts.

MetroRail closure

Anyone planning to access BCM and the medical center via rail this weekend should take note of the planned MetroRail service interruption. All MetroRail stations will be closed starting on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 5 at 11:59 p.m. for construction of a new skybridge for Texas Children's Hospital. Bus service will be operating through the medical center during this time.

Faculty in the News

BCM faculty members are regularly featured or cited in news and media outlets. Check out this week's faculty in the news.