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New Nurse Anesthesia Students: Twenty-four students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program – Nurse Anesthesia, started class this month. The registered nurses will spend 18 months in didactic coursework followed by an 18-month clinical practicum in general, regional and local anesthesia.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman introduced Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, the new Harris Health System chief executive, to chairs and center directors. Formerly executive vice president and chief strategy and integration officer at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, Porsa has an interest in population health.

  • Senate Chair Laila Woc-Colburn said senators are voting on a resolution calling for improved guidance and clarified review processes in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. The Senate is reviewing concerns from senators regarding the Defining Pathways & Possibilities staff leveling project.
  • Research Dean Mary Dickinson announced the start of an assessment of the Center for Comparative Medicine. Researchers who work with animals will receive a survey about CCM services and facilities next week.
  • Chief Operating Officer Joe Doty said the College is monitoring the UnitedHealthcare – Houston Methodist negotiations for any potential impact to Baylor employees.
  • Clinical Dean Jim McDeavitt reported that the “easy button” online scheduling form for employees to transition care to Baylor Medicine physicians is getting good use.
  • Medical School Dean Jennifer Christner invited the Council to the kickoff event for the College’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education self-study, featuring Dr. Barbara Barzansky, director of Undergraduate Medical Education and LCME co-secretary with the American Medical Association. The event is at noon Feb. 7 in Cullen Auditorium. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
  • Provost Alicia Monroe encouraged faculty leaders to try the Well-Being Index to confidentially track their wellness levels, using the invitation codes BCM PHYSICIAN for clinical faculty, BCM GSBS for research faculty or BCM SOHP for health professionals and advanced practice providers.

Faculty Kudos

image The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas has named five Baylor faculty members to its list of TAMEST 2020 Protégés. The protégé program gives TAMEST members an opportunity to invite an early career researcher to accompany them to the annual conference and engage with highly accomplished members. Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, professor and associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, was invited by Dr. Peter J. Hotez; Dr. Lindsay Burrage, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, was invited by Dr. Brendan Lee; and Dr. Sean Hartig, assistant professor of medicine and molecular & cellular biology, was invited by Dr. David Moore.

image TAMEST Protégés also include Dr. Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, associate professor of pediatrics and neuroscience, invited by Dr. Huda Zoghbi, and Dr. Maksim Mamonkin, assistant professor in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, invited by Dr. Malcolm Brenner.

Dr. Peggy Goodell, chair of molecular & cellular biology and director of the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, was honored with the Tobias Lecture Award by the International Society for Stem Cell Research. The prize recognizes original and promising basic hematology research as well as direct translational or clinical research related to cell therapy in hematological disorders. The award will be presented in June during the ISSCR 2020 Annual Meeting in Boston.

Dr. Marisa Hilliard, associate professor of pediatrics, has received the Routh Early Career Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology. The honor recognizes her research in diabetes and the impact her work has had on the field of pediatric psychology. Hilliard will accept the award at the SPPAC meeting in Dallas in March.

Dr. Rajani Katta, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, is featured in “Growing Up Baylor” on the Momentum blog. An alumna of the medical school, she also interned at Baylor before completing her residency and returning to join the faculty as a dermatologist.

Dr. Asim Shah, professor and vice chair in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was appointed chair of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Greater Houston for 2020. It is the area's longest serving mental health education and advocacy organization.

College Events

Scholarship Fundraiser: The Mary Susan Moore Medical Society hosts a special preview of the stage production of “The Green Book” by Calvin Alexander Ramsey at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at The Ensemble Theatre. A jazz reception precedes the play at 1:30 p.m. All proceeds support MSMMS scholarships for African American female medical students and physicians in training at Baylor, UTHealth and UT Medical Branch, Galveston. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online.

Holiday Closing: Baylor College of Medicine is closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We join with those around the nation in honoring his memory and his legacy.

McNair Moves: Several Baylor Medicine specialty clinics are relocating to the 6th floor of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center on the McNair Campus, 7200 Cambridge St. Clinics will move Friday through Monday, Jan. 17-20, and will start seeing patients in their new location on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Clinics moving include Acute Care Surgery, Cardiology, Comprehensive Healthcare Clinic, Lung Institute, Cystic Fibrosis, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery. All administrative and clinic phone numbers will remain the same.

Nutrition Meetings: The 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee holds meetings Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23-24, at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center. The committee advises the U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services on scientific evidence for components of a healthy and nutritionally adequate diet that will promote health and prevent chronic disease. This is the first time the committee has met outside of Washington, D.C. To attend in person or participate via webcast, register online.

Faculty Resources

Latinx Cultural Humility: Healthcare professionals who want to be culturally responsive to Hispanic/Latinx communities are invited to a workshop and lunch presented by Hands United, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Room N317, main Baylor. Pre-registration is required.

Education Grand Rounds: Dr. Aimee Gardner, assistant dean of the School of Health Professions, presents “Selection into Health Professions Education: Applying Lessons from Industry to Create a More Equitable & Evidence-Based System” at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor, or via Zoom.

Career Advancement: The Office of Faculty Development presents winter workshops on managing your career; RSVP to attend:

  • Pathways to Promotion – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Room M321, main Baylor.
  • Building and Refining Your CV – noon Feb. 4 in Room N112, main Baylor or via Zoom.

Title IX Update: Baylor College of Medicine believes that all individuals have the right to be free from all forms of sex and gender-based discrimination, which includes sexual harassment, acts of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. If you have experienced any of these on campus, you can file a confidential complaint through the Integrity Hotline by calling (855) 764-7292, online at the Ethics Point website, or by contacting interim Title IX coordinator Elizabeth Hatfield at (713) 798-5305. Information on filing a criminal complaint is available on the BCM Title IX website.

Bike Racks: The Security Department, working with the Student Services Committee, is moving bike racks located outside of the main campus buildings to more secure spots on campus to reduce theft. Bike racks currently placed outside the Jewish, Cullen and DeBakey buildings will be relocated inside the Anderson courtyard and behind the DeBakey breezeway (the old gazebo area) in the next several weeks.

Faculty Opportunities

Associate Course Director: The School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for an associate course director for the MS1 course, Nervous System, scheduled in the spring semester. The course covers clinically relevant nervous anatomy, physiology, pathology, therapeutics, differential diagnosis and neurology to prepare students for clinical experiences. More information is available on the Faculty Opportunities webpage. Applications are due Feb. 15.

Fellowship Recruitment: Applications are open for the T-32 Primary Care Research Fellowship in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. The fellowship is open to M.D., Ph.D. and other doctoral degree holders who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The program implements a multifaceted training program that comprehensively prepares healthcare professionals for a career in primary care research. For more information, contact Dr. Roger Zoorob, chair.

Quality & Safety Abstracts: Abstracts are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 31, for the seventh annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, April 22 at the Texas Children's Hospital Pavilion for Women. Abstracts that focus on quality and safety research projects and program innovations may be submitted by physicians and other healthcare providers, trainees and students, and staff. See online form for details and to submit.

APP Abstracts: Poster abstracts are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 31, for the Texas Children's Hospital Advanced Practice Provider Conference, set for April 2-4 at the TCH Pavilion for Women. This conference provides attendees with both primary and acute care perspectives on pediatric healthcare and the opportunity to collaborate and network with colleagues. Submit abstracts online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Cancer: “Precision Oncology Clinical Trials and Therapeutics in the United States: Future Directions” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Naoko Takebe, associate chief of the National Cancer Institute, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Room R408, main Baylor.

Women-led Startups: JLABS and IGNITE host an evening of round table discussions on building robust networks of female mentors and attracting investment dollars for female-led biotech startups. The “Girls Just Wanna Have Funds” event begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at JLABS@TMC, 2450 Holcombe Blvd. Purchase a ticket online to attend.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Neuroscience: Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo, professor of physiology & biophysics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, presents “Bridging the Gap between the Spatial and the Mnemonic Views of the Hippocampus” at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Huffington Lecture: Dr. David Sabatini, member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, speaks on “mTOR and Lysosomes in Growth Control” as the Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecture at noon Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. A poster session and reception follow in Rayzor Lounge.

Research Resources

Pfizer Global Grants: Growth Hormone Deficiency Education is the focus of the 2020 Pfizer Global Medical Grants, which support research, quality improvement and education initiatives to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need. The grants have a budget of $300,000. Download complete details and apply by Monday, Jan. 27.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli, professor of neuroscience and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, found that restoring a protein imbalance improves memory deficits in Down syndrome mice in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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