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End-of-Year Message: President, CEO and Executive Dean Dr. Paul Klotman touts Baylor achievements during 2017 in this video message.


Race for the Cure team: Join the Baylor College of Medicine team and run (or walk) alongside soccer star and BCM brand ambassador Carli Lloyd on Jan. 27 at the Komen Race for the Cure. When you sign up, your dollars will be used for breast cancer education, research, advocacy and social support. Register Here. As a bonus: Benefits-eligible employees can earn 250 BCM BeWell Vitality points for completing this event and submitting documentation to the BCM BeWell portal.


The Menninger Clinic: Accomplishments from 2017 and plans for 2018, new faculty appointments, Menninger 360, upcoming events and a new peer-recognition program are highlighted in January’s newsletter. Read additional news in The Menninger Update.


Register Now for Partnership Event: Join The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine for a special evening program and reception with Dr. Mark Adickes, former NFL offensive lineman and chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. The event takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at The Briar Club. Dr. Adickes and Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen, assistant professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will discuss recent advances in sports medicine and ways to prevent injury and stay in top shape as you age. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $50. RSVP by Jan. 10.


Health Equity Grand Rounds: Dr. David Acosta, chief diversity officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will present the inaugural Health Equity Grand Rounds of Baylor’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity at 8 a.m. Jan. 17 in Cullen Auditorium. His talk is titled, "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Crossing the Cultural Divide to Talk About Race & Racism in Academic Medicine and Scientific Institutions." A family medicine physician, Acosta served in diversity leadership roles at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the University of Washington School of Medicine before joining the AAMC. The event is open to all faculty, staff, students and trainees.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. David Durgan, assistant professor of anesthesiology, was recently awarded an RO1 from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute for his project “Examining the Role of Gut Dysbiosis in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Induced Hypertension.” This award will provide funding in the amount of $1,250,000 over the next five years.


imageDr. Robert McLaughlin, dean, School of Allied Health Sciences, and associate professor, Allied Health and the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been elected to a three-year term as secretary of the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Medical Centers. Members include academic health centers in states served by the Southern Regional Education Board.


imageKatherine M. Erdman, MPAS, PA-C, has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She is the assistant director and academic coordinator of BCM’s Physician Assistant Program and is an assistant professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences. She practices emergency medicine at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and has been a PA for 22 years. The Distinguished Fellow program was established by AAPA in 2007 to recognize the exceptional contributions of PAs to the profession through professional achievement, leadership, professional interaction, learning and community service. Distinguished Fellows of AAPA represent only two percent of the entire AAPA membership.


imageDr. Manju Monga, professor and vice chair of clinical affairs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was selected as a 2018 Mark Wallace Catalyst Leader at Texas Children’s Hospital.


imageDr. Dorit Donoviel, associate professor of the Center for Space Medicine, interim director of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health at Baylor and a faculty senator, was a presenter at a session on “Networking for Scientists,” during the Career Development Center’s inaugural Career Symposium and Employer Fair. Check out some of the networking tips.


Faculty Opportunities

Star Award Nomination deadline extended: The deadline to submit a nomination portfolio for the Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care has been extended to Jan. 19. The award is open to full-time assistant professors, associate professors or professors engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of their time and who have at least six years of clinical service as a Baylor faculty member. Candidates may self-nominate. However, all nominations must be approved and submitted to the selection committee by the faculty member’s section chief, chair, medical director or center director. For more info, check the Faculty Resources website.


Clark Service Award: The Office of Faculty Development is accepting nominations for the Clark Faculty Service Award through Jan. 12. Any Baylor faculty member may nominate a fellow faculty member whose exemplary service, with professionalism, has made significant and enduring contributions to the College but has not previously been recognized with an official BCM award. Criteria and nomination information are available online.

For a Good Cause

Immune Response: Healthy volunteers are needed to test a new drug to increase the body’s natural immune response. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18-40, not had the flu vaccine in the last month or Td vaccine in last five years, and be able to come to the clinic three times over a six-week period. Your time will be compensated and parking paid. Call (713) 798-6463.


Upcoming events focus on connective tissue disorders: The 2018 Houston Regional Symposium on Marfan, Loeys-Dietz and Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes is Saturday, Jan. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way Community Resource Center, 50 Waugh Drive. Several Baylor experts will speak at the symposium, which includes educational sessions and networking opportunities for patients and families. Register online. In addition, a kick-off party for the third annual Marfan Foundation Houston Walk for Victory will be held Jan. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dave and Buster's, 7620 Katy Freeway. Baylor experts in Marfan syndrome and related disorders will participate in the event and will lead teams for the upcoming walk.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Clinical Research Methods: This is a face-to-face beginner’s course offered by the department of Family and Community Medicine aimed at training health professionals how to analyze simple data using SAS. The course will be held the weekend of Jan. 13-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register on or before Jan. 7 to qualify for an early-bird rate of $500 for the course (33 percent off). Interested parties can register and view feedback from previous sessions.


Immunotherapy Summit: The Cancer Research Institute Immunotherapy Patient Summit is set for 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, main Baylor. The free, half-day event for patients, caregivers and advocates features DLDCCC members Dr. Carlos Ramos, associate professor in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Dr. Jun Zhang, assistant professor in medicine-hematology and oncology, and Dr. Andrew Sikora, associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, discussing clinical trials and the latest research.


Center for Precision Environmental Health Inaugural Symposium: Keynote speaker Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences of the National Institutes of Health and National Toxicology Program, will focus on the opportunities and challenges for environmental health in the era of precision medicine on Tuesday, Jan. 16, McMillian Auditorium, main Baylor, from 1-5:30 p.m. Additional topics will include chemical warfare and environmental influences on birth defects, neurodegenerative disorders, chronic and metabolic disease, and cardiovascular health. A reception will follow. Contact Dan Na Luo or call (713) 798-2173 if you have questions.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Limited PCORI Funding: The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will release the “Dissemination and Implementation of PCORI-Funded Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Results” limited funding announcement on Jan. 16, 2018. This limited PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA) is designed to move evidence developed with PCORI research funding toward practical use in improving health care and health outcomes. PCORI will fund projects that aim to disseminate and implement patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) results obtained from PCORI-funded studies. Review the preannouncement on the website for more information about changes to this PFA for Cycle 1 2018.

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