BCM Family NewsLink, Dec. 16, 2011
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Awards and Recognitions
The Baylor Teen Health Clinic won a 2012 Texas Medical Association Foundation John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award. The clinic will receive a $2,500 grant from the foundation to support its ongoing programs. The Champion of Health Awards recognize exceptional projects that address urgent threats to public health. The award will be presented at the TMA’s winter conference in Austin in January.
Schaaf, Potocki author new genetics text
Dr. Christian Patrick Schaaf, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Lorraine Potocki, professor in the same department, are co-authors of a newly translated textbook "Human Genetics – From Molecules to Medicine" that highlights the genetics bridges from bench to bedside. The third author is Dr. Johannes Zschocke, professor and division chief of human genetics at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
The book, to be published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins on Dec. 19, is based on the German book Basiswissen Humangenetik (authors: Schaaf/Zschocke). The English book is a translation and adaptation, with the most up-to-date information on genetic basis of disease, pathomechanisms, and genetic testing modalities. In addition to its clinical focus, the book also addresses many of the social and personal aspects of individuals who are diagnosed with inherited disorders.
The Baylor Clinic treats a diverse group of people everyday, but one recent visitor may have been a first. A 3,000 year-old Egyptian mummy on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston was brought to Diagnostic Services at the clinic for a CT scan. Dr. David Eagleman, assistant professor of neuroscience, helped organize the visit. Head over to his recent blog post on his website to learn more about the project, those who helped make the visit happen and to see what the scans revealed.
BCM announced a new social media policy in October and a brief online training program has been created for all faculty, staff and trainees at BCM. The course, entitled "Social Media Survey," may be found at BCM Netlearn and takes 5-10 minutes to complete. The goal is to have all training completed by the end of December.
Faculty in the News
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