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This image from From the Labs shows heart "scar" cells that can beat like typical heart cells after reprogramming. Cell reprogramming is a main interest of the lab of Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair and professor of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, whose research focuses on finding innovative therapeutic approaches for heart failure.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Fritz Sedlazeck, associate professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, is part of a research team led by Stanford Medicine that just set the first Guinness World Record for the fastest DNA sequencing technique, which was used to sequence a human genome in only 5 hours and two minutes. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about their work online.


Baylor Shuttle: Effective Jan. 24, the BCM shuttle stop at Baylor Clinic, 6620 Main St., will be temporarily changed due to construction in the valet lane. The temporary shuttle stop location for Baylor Clinic will be on Southgate Street, across from the Baylor Clinic parking garage entry/exit. See a map on the Shuttle Services InTouch page.

Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy Annual Report: The Center's 2021 annual report is now available to read online. The report highlights efforts to reboot, reframe and reimagine medical ethics and health policy and goals for the year ahead.

Merchandise Sale: A Baylor Team Shop sale has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Clearance items will be up to 70% off.

Coming Up

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.

Baruch A. Brody Award Lecture in Bioethics: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy will host a virtual lecture at noon Feb. 1 featuring 2021-22 award winner Dr. Govind Persad, J.D., assistant professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics. Persad will give a lecture called "Fair Allocation in an Unfair World: The Ethics of Allocating Scarce Medical Resources." Register online.

TCH-BCM Joint Book Club: The Medical Humanities group at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy will host a virtual book club event at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 featuring "The Collected Schizophrenias" by Esmé Wang. Join hosts Dr. Kriti Puri and Dr. Andrew Childress to discuss the book. A limited number of books are available for free by emailing medicalhumanities@texaschildrens.org. To join the Zoom event, use meeting ID 987 4051 1824 and password 979189. To phone in, dial (713) 798-9666.

Norton Rose Fulbright Workshop: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will host a Norton Rose Fulbright portfolio preparation workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18. The workshop will provide an overview of this award, deadlines and strategies to complete a successful educational portfolio. Please RSVP to faced@bcm.edu. For more information, contact Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-7285.

Faculty Opportunities

Curriculum Committee Vice-Chair: The School of Medicine Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations from current faculty members for the role of vice-chair. A successful candidate will serve in a leadership progression of two years as vice-chair, two years as chair and two years as past-chair. Curriculum Committee meetings are held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. For more information on the necessary criteria to apply, contact the Curriculum Committee Chair Dr. Karen Schneider at kmschnei@bcm.edu, or the vice-chair Dr. Sandra Haudek at shaudek@bcm.edu. To apply by March 14, fill out the SOM Education Leadership Role Application Form.

Collaborative Research Projects: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center is soliciting proposals to conduct collaborative cancer-related research with the Helis Medical Research Foundations. Proposals will only be accepted by full-time, regular rank faculty members. The primary goal of this collaborative research opportunity is to foster fundamental, discovery driven biomedical research that may lead to target validation, new target identification and drug development. For more information, email DLDCCCgrants@bcm.edu. Upload a completed proposal by March 21 using the DLDCCC Proposal Submission Form.

CPRIT Academic Research Program: The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced the release of RFAs for the new Academic Research program cycle, which include individual investigator research awards in five areas: Individual Investigator Research Awards; IIRAs for Computational Systems Biology of Cancer; IIRAs for Cancer in Children and Adolescents; IIRAs for Clinical Translation; and IIRAs for Prevention and Early Detection (maximum duration of award period has been extended to five years). The application period is March 16 through June 8. Proposals must be submitted through CPRIT's online grant application system.

Math tutoring: The Center for Educational Outreach is recruiting math tutor volunteers for middle and high school math at BCM's associated middle and high schools. If you enjoy math and enjoy working with youth, please sign up for an orientation and any available time slots. A weekly or near-weekly volunteer is needed to help close the learning gap. Virtual tutoring is possible. However, if you will be able to tutor in person, please indicate on the form. Apply online.

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