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Medicine Moves to McNair: Dr. Jose Perez, assistant professor of medicine – nephrology, took part in the Department of Medicine move to 61 offices and 78 cubicles on the 8th floor of the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center this week. Clinics moving include endocrinology, gastroenterology, general internal medicine, infectious diseases, nephrology, pulmonary/cystic fibrosis/sleep medicine, rheumatology and transition medicine. They will start seeing patients in their new location on Tuesday, Jan. 16. All phone numbers will remain the same.


Academic Council: President Paul Klotman introduced Dr. Chris Amos, the new director of the Duncan Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, at the Jan. 8 meeting. Amos previously led biomedical data science at Dartmouth College and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

  • Provost Alicia Monroe reminded chairs and center directors that the deadline for evaluators to complete faculty evaluations is Jan. 31. Contact PerformanceManagement@bcm.edu for more information.
  • Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye reported that the full Senate voted to approve a resolution on seed funding: “The Faculty Senate recommends that a written institutional practice be developed regarding the allocation of seed funding in the interest of establishing greater transparency for the faculty. We request that this include a mechanism for faculty adversely affected to seek redress.” Chief Operating Officer Joe Doty is developing the practice with Senate input.
  • Gay Nord, president of CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, provided an update on the McNair project. Once the build out of the first patient tower is complete, the process to license the beds will begin. The hospital board of directors is assessing the timing of the construction of a medical office building on the campus.
  • General Counsel Bob Corrigan reviewed the potential effects of the new federal tax bill on the College and said Baylor is working for legislative relief on several fronts.

MLK Day Holiday: The College will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We join the nation in honoring the civil rights leader’s memory and legacy.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Dorit Donoviel, associate professor in the Center for Space Medicine, has been named director of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health at the College. The institute, which works in partnership with NASA’s Human Research Program, will lead a national effort in translating cutting-edge terrestrial research into applied risk mitigation strategies for the human exploration of deep space.


imageDr. Yohannes T. Ghebre, assistant professor in radiation oncology, is the recipient of the 2018 Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science from the American Thoracic Society. This award is bestowed to investigators who are recognized as "Rising Stars" by the Society. He will receive his award at the 2018 ATS meeting in San Diego in May.


imageDr. David Moore, professor of molecular & cellular biology and molecular & human genetics, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. Moore, who also is the R.P. Doherty, Jr. Welch Chair in Science and a DLDCCC member, represents molecular and cellular biology faculty on the Senate.


imageDr. Timothy Stout, chair of ophthalmology and director of the Cullen Eye Institute, will lead the selection process for the inaugural holder of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Presidential Chair in Ophthalmology at the College. The foundation endowed the position to advance its goal of universal sight.


imageimageimageDr. Francois St-Pierre, assistant professor of neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, Dr. Buck Samuel, assistant professor of molecular virology & microbiology, integrative molecular & biomedical sciences, quantitative & computational biosciences and developmental biology, and Dr. Tor Savidge, associate professor of pathology & immunology and pediatrics, along with their multi-institutional teams, recently received seed grants to study hearing, the microbiome and drug-resistant pathogens, respectively, from the John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Awards, administered by the Gulf Coast Consortia.


College Events

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 at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. His talk is titled, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Crossing the Cultural Divide to Talk About Race & Racism in Academic Medicine and Scientific Institutions.” The event is open to all Baylor faculty, staff, students and trainees. Acosta also will speak on “Becoming an Equity-Minded Academic Health Center through Inclusion Excellence: The Next Generation of Work for Academic Medicine” at noon Jan. 17 in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Hickey Auditorium, Room R11.1400, 1515 Holcombe. Lunch will be provided for the first 150 attendees.

New Faculty Orientation: All Baylor faculty members are invited to attend the annual New Faculty Orientation at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in McMillian Auditorium, followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. in Alkek Lobby, main Baylor. Attendees will learn about resources for faculty, guidelines for academic promotion and strategies from senior faculty members about navigating an academic career. RSVP to Deborah Fernandez in the Office of Faculty Development, (713) 798-7285.

Interprofessional Teamwork: The first Team Discovery of 2018, “Interprofessionalism: There is an ‘I’ in Team,” will be held 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 in Room M323, main Baylor. Team Discovery sessions are expert-led panel discussions focused on the skills faculty, students, trainees and staff need to work in teams. A full schedule and more details are available on the Team Launch website. Join the panelists and Team Launch leadership for a light reception following the discussion.

Faculty Opportunities

Clark Service Award: The Office of Faculty Development is accepting nominations for the Clark Faculty Service Award through tomorrow, 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.

Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care: The deadline to submit a portfolio for the Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care has been extended to Friday, Jan. 19. The award is open to full-time assistant professors, associate professors and professors who are engaged in patient care for at least 50 percent of their time and 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 details, see the website.

AAMC Award Nominations: The Association of American Medical Colleges sponsors national awards that recognize the talent and contributions of faculty members who advance innovation in medical education, cutting-edge patient care, groundbreaking research and outstanding community service. Awardees receive prizes and are honored at the AAMC’s annual meeting. The Office of Faculty Development is helping to coordinate nominations from the Baylor community. Please email Deborah Fernandez if you plan to nominate a colleague for one of the following awards with Jan 26 deadlines:

  • Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education – this highest honor in academic medicine is presented to an individual for sustained contributions to American medical education.
  • Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences – the award recognizes a faculty member for exceptional research discoveries.
  • David E. Rogers Award – supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the award honors a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and healthcare of the American people.

Faculty Resources

Stalking Awareness: January is Stalking Awareness Month. Did you know that the College defines stalking as "engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes that person (or a member of that person's family or household) to fear for his or her safety or the safety of others"? Stalking includes unwanted calls, texts, emails and gifts. Learn more on the Baylor Title IX website. Need help? Contact the BCM Security Office at (713) 798-3000 or Title IX Coordinator Mikiba Morehead at (713) 798-8137.

For a Good Cause

Science Fair Judges: Volunteers are needed to serve as judges for the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan Middle School Science Symposium Competition starting Saturday, Jan. 13, on the BCMAR campus. Judges will score student projects, which will help determine which projects advance to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston. Volunteers should commit a minimum of one hour, or judging about six posters. >Sign up online or contact Beatriz Perez-Sweeney for more information.

Houston Premedical Academy: Volunteer as a judge for the HPA Symposium, where Houston Premedical Academy students from the University of Houston and BCM Summer Research students present their research findings, on Jan. 31 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Faculty members are needed to evaluate the morning poster session (anytime between 9 a.m. and noon) and afternoon oral presentations (noon to 2 p.m.). Dr. Rayne Rouce, instructor in the Center for Cell & Gene Therapy and a faculty senator, is the symposium’s keynote speaker. Please contact Laura Perry in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion & Equity to volunteer.

Race for the Cure: Soccer star Carli Lloyd captains the College team for Komen Race for the Cure Jan. 27 in downtown Houston. When you sign up, your dollars are used to support breast cancer education, research, advocacy and social support programs in the community and at Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. You can earn 250 BCM BeWell Vitality points for completing the race. Register online.

Spin for Gyn: Help raise funds for BCM Woman to Woman gynecologic cancer support program by cycling for a cure from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at DEFINE body & mind, 2518 Bissonnet. Participants will enjoy a spin cycling class led by trainers, plus food, music and door prizes. Register or donate online.

BP MS 150: Join Team BCM for the BP MS 150 bike ride April 28 – 29 as a rider or a volunteer. Participants will receive a free team jersey, catered lunches, massages and more! Riders should complete the internal cycling team registration and register for the BP MS 150 using the password: BCM. To volunteer, complete the volunteer registration. For those interested in joining as a team captain or with questions, email wellness@bcm.edu.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Duke E. Cameron, professor of surgery and pediatrics and chief of cardiac surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, speaks on “Aortic Aneurysms and Congenital Heart Disease” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in N315, main Baylor. Webcast live, meeting I.D.: 517 471 817.

Breast Cancer Update: Learn about the most significant advances in diagnosis and treatment presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium with Dr. Karla Sepulveda and Dr. Mothaffar Rimawi, associate professors in the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. CME credit is available for attending the seminar from 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 20 in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online.

Clinical Ethics Case Consultation: The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy offers a continuing medical education webinar that leads participants through an interactive presentation of a complex ethics consultation case from beginning to end from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan 22. Register online.

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 & Gene Therapy, Dr. Jun Zhang, assistant professor in medicine - hematology & oncology, and Dr. Andrew Sikora, associate professor of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery, discussing clinical trials and the latest research. Register online.

Neuromuscular Disorders: The 4th Annual Neuromuscular Disorders Seminar: Diagnostic Modalities is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Dr. Aziz Shaibani, clinical professor of medicine, is the course director for this CME activity. The deadline to register online is Sunday, April 1.

Clinical Event

Find a Physician Happy Hour: Come network with your fellow colleagues and meet the physicians who recently have joined the College at a reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 18, in Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. With free food, beverages and underground parking, the event is a great way to build meaningful relationships and promote internal referrals. If you have any questions, please email Hannah Munsey.

Call for Nominations

Alpha Omega Alpha: The Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha is pleased to announce a call for nominations for faculty, alumni, resident and fellow inductees into AΩA. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. The nomination period is open through 10 p.m. Feb. 5, with nomination information available online. Please direct any questions to Dr. Daniel Chelius, BCM AΩA chapter councilor and assistant professor of otolaryngology.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar


The Environment and Your Health: 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, focuses on the opportunities and challenges for environmental health in the era of precision medicine during the Center for Precision Environmental Health inaugural symposium 1 - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, McMillian Auditorium, main Baylor. 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.

Cardiovascular Research Institute: Dr. Wendy Chung, professor of pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University, speaks on the “Use of genomics to understand broken hearts and implications for clinical care” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Room 201A, main Baylor. Lunch is provided to CVRI seminar attendees.

Call for Nominations

Collaborative Faculty Research Investment Program, jointly sponsored by Baylor Scott & White Health, Baylor University and the College, provides seed funding for inter-institutional and interdisciplinary research teams to position them to compete successfully for externally funded grants. Funds will be awarded primarily to test novel approaches to significant biomedical or healthcare issues, develop innovative therapeutic or diagnostic tools, and conduct exploratory work in its early stages where experimental data are not yet available. Teams must include faculty from at least two of the three sponsoring institutions and budgets are limited to $25,000 for each institution, to be expended in FY2019. Request an application from OARD@BSWHealth.org and copy awards@bcm.edu on your request. Applications are due to awards@bcm.edu by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

NCI Transition Award: The College may submit one nomination to the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require 1-2 years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). More information about the award is available online. To be considered, submit a letter of nomination (self nominations are not permitted), an NIH biosketch and a two-page summary of the proposed research strategy via the limited submission awards portal by 5 p.m. Jan. 22.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Jeannie Chin, assistant professor of neuroscience, found that even infrequent seizures may lead to persistent memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez, with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion & Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for January.

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