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The Debakey Museum

The Michael E. DeBakey Library and Museum, which chronicles the life of the pioneering heart surgeon and the history of Baylor College of Medicine, is open for internal tours after a long pandemic closure. The museum is open for self-guided visits Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Wu Chen, postdoctoral associate in neuroscience, has been named a 2022 Young Investigator Draft Pick by Uplifting Athletes for his research on rare muscular and neurological illnesses. Wu is one of nine researchers named to the draft who will be awarded grants to support their work focused on rare diseases. Uplifting Athletes recognizes up-and-coming researchers who will accelerate scientific advancements for rare disease treatments, and eventually, cures. On Feb. 5, an award ceremony draft be at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Dr. Brooke Bernhardt, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, has been selected as the first recipient of an NIH P20 Developmental Research Program Pilot Award. Bernhardt has been designated to investigate outcome disparities in Hispanic children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Bernhardt's Pilot Award, Clinical implications and predictors of delayed clearance of high dose methotrexate in pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is funded by an NIH P20 Program Grant.

This Month

Datathon 2022: Project proposals for the second annual Datathon will be accepted Jan. 17- Feb. 14. The scope of this year's event has been expanded to data related to patient care at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and Baylor Medicine, as well as education data. Proposals for new projects must encompass one of four focus areas: quality improvement, population health, research projects or education projects. Submit a one-page proposal to datathon@bcm.edu. Find more criteria and examples of past proposals online. The virtual Datathon will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 21.

Human Genome Sequencing Center: The Human Genome Sequencing Center will host a virtual seminar titled "Learning About Long-Read Sequencing Utility and Applications" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 28. The utility of long-read sequencing has proven to be a valuable source of scientific discovery and medical relevance. Seminar organizers are Dr. Fritz Sedlazeck, Dr. Harsha Doddapaneni and Shalini Jhangiani. Find more information and register for the seminar online.

Hackathon: The Department of Education, Technology, & Innovation is searching for the next big idea in health professions and health sciences education. Teams will compete for up to $25,000 to develop and grow an innovative project to pitch March 2 to a panel of judges at an event hackathon. A kickoff event will be at noon Jan. 19 in Cullen Auditorium, featuring speaker Grace Rodriguez, CEO of Impact Hub Houston. Rodriguez will share how she has created innovative ecosystems across Houston and programs to uplift women and minority entrepreneurs. To attend the kickoff virtually, register online.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Baylor's Department of Family and Community Medicine will host a pre-recorded webinar with a live question-and-answer session at noon Jan. 24. Learn more about how certain experiences during childhood can change our brains, affect our physical and mental health and impact our behaviors throughout our life. You'll learn how to identify factors to create and increase resilience. Register online. For more information, contact Ashley Silverand at silverand@bcm.edu.

Faculty Opportunities

Texas Developmental Center for AIDS Research: The National Institutes of Health-funded Texas Developmental Center for AIDS Research (Texas D-CFAR) invites Pilot Project grant applications offered through its Developmental Core. Proposals in all areas of HIV/AIDS basic, clinical, behavioral, substance use, and implementation science research are welcome. The Texas D-CFAR is especially interested in proposals aligned with its theme: "Ending HIV and Optimizing Health in Texas." Learn more in the grant announcement and see the application instructions.

CryoEM/CryoET core: Advanced Technology Core Labs have several new services and instruments available for use in the CryoEM/CroET core, including ThermoFisher Glacios TEM; JEOL 1230 TEM; and ThermoFisher Aqulilos 2 Cryo FIB/SEM. The facility will offer subsidized rates for cancer-related projects provided by a CPRIT Award. Get more information on services and instruments.

Clinical Research Methods: Starting in 2022, the Department of Family and Community Medicine will offer beginner's and intermediate clinical research methods classes virtually. The beginner's course aims to train health professionals how to analyze simple data using SAS programming. Sessions will be in February, April and June. Get more informatio online.

Merchandise Sale: A Baylor Team Shop sale has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rayzor Lounge.

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