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Dream Team: Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announced Monday that Dr. Helen Heslop, Dan L Duncan Chair and director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, will lead its Meg Vosburg T-Cell Lymphoma Dream Team. The $8 million project focuses on finding therapies for T-cell lymphoma using chimeric antigen receptors to trigger the immune system to both attack and destroy cancerous cells. Baylor scientists on the team include Drs. Malcolm Brenner, Carlos Ramos, Maksim Mamonkin, LaQuisa Hill, Rayne Rouce and Natasha Lapteva. Pictured, left to right, are Sung Poblete, SU2C president and CEO; Craig Vosburg, husband of the late Meg Vosburg; Heslop, team leader; Dr. Barbara Savoldo, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, investigator; Rouce, young investigator and faculty senator; and Rusty Robertson, Robertson-Schwartz Agency/SU2C.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. H. Courtney Hodges, assistant professor of molecular & cellular biology, has been named a V Scholar by the V Foundation. This prestigious award will fund studies of SMARCA4 addiction in high-risk neuroblastoma, which may reveal new avenues for therapies against the fast-growing pediatric cancer as well as several other malignancies with epigenetic dysfunction.

Dr. Nasser Lakkis' partnership with the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines program at Harris Health's Ben Taub Hospital has led to an invitation for him to chair a session at the April AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research conference. He will share the team's experience with the program, which focuses on improving heart failure outcomes. The program's success also was featured in the AHA quality improvement email newsletter. Lakkis is a professor of medicine in the section of cardiology.

Dr. R. Taylor Ripley, associate professor of surgery and director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, was elected to the board of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The charity provides patient support services and funds research on this thoracic cancer.

Dr. Mas Takashima, associate professor of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery and director of the Sinus Center, has been part of the BCM community since he was six years old. Read about his faculty mentors and experiences “growing up Baylor” in this blog post.

College Events

Go Red Friday: Participate in National Wear Red Day Friday, Feb. 1, in support of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, a nationwide movement to fight heart disease in women. Be sure to take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing red and send it to Anna Kiappes by 2 p.m. Feb. 1 to be featured on Baylor's social media channels.

History of Medicine: Dr. Carlos Hamilton, professor of medicine at McGovern Medical School, speaks on “Medical Aspects of the War for Texas Independence” at noon Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, as part of the elective course sponsored by the College, McGovern Medical School and TMC Library.

Mosaic Town Hall: President Paul Klotman discusses the importance of staff members to the operation of the College and the Project Mosaic Team provides an update on the Human Resources implementation and a review of the Defining Pathways and Possibilities initiative at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, or via Zoom.

Mindfulness: Join the BeWell Team for “Maintaining Mindfulness: An Oasis in Stressful Times” and earn 100 Vitality points at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor.

Three Minute Thesis: The Career Development Center hosts the Three Minute Thesis Competition starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in McMillian Auditorium. The event, founded by the University of Queensland, challenges graduate students to present their research in three minutes with one slide.

Faculty Opportunities

CTAPS Positions The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting applications for faculty members to support the active learning course Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTAPS). CTAPS is required for all first-year medical students and directed by Dr. Sarah Bezek. In this course, medical students will acquire skills of critical thinking, which involve purposeful, self-regulatory judgment based on evidence and experience, through a variety of teaching methods. The school is looking for innovative faculty members to serve as an associate director, session designer and TBL facilitators. Administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See Faculty Opportunities for complete job descriptions and apply by Feb. 28.

Faculty Resources

Learning Environment Series: The International Association of Medical Science Educators Winter 2019 Webinar Series topic is “The Learning Environment in Health Sciences Education,” with a session at 11 a.m. today, Jan. 31, and Tuesday, Feb. 7. Contact the Office of Faculty Development to register for free participation on your computer or join the viewing party from in Room N112, main Baylor.

Women in Science: The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston hosts its monthly networking event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Benjy’s, 2424 Dunstan Rd. The first Tuesday of each month is your time to network with other women in the sciences and discuss workshops and career development opportunities. Information and registration are online.

Career Advancement Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers a trio of classes to get you on the right track for promotion. To RSVP, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

  • Get an overview of promotion guidelines at noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room N112, main Baylor or via Zoom. The class repeats on Feb. 26.
  • Develop and strengthen your Curriculum Vitae at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Room N311, main Baylor. The class repeats on March 20.
  • Current associate professors are the focus of the Pathways to Promotion Workshop, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Room M319, main Baylor. A class for assistant professors is set for Feb. 22.

Education Grand Rounds: "The Social Side of Leadership: Developing Meaningful Relationships to Foster Community and Improve Performance” is the topic of Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester’s presentation at noon Feb. 20 in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. She is an assistant professor of management at University of Houston.

HLS&R Tickets: General Admission tickets and season passes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, barbecue contest tickets and half-price carnival packs can be purchased through 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Office of Communications, Room 176B, main Baylor. Concert tickets are not available. Cash or check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information, email Rudy Lopez or call the Office of Communications at (713) 798-4710.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Sawaya Lecture: Dr. Raj Narayan, professor and chair of neurosurgery at Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, discusses “Traumatic Brain Injury, Memories of the Past and Glimpses of the Future” at the 5th Annual Raymond Sawaya Lecture, 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave.

Bioethics Course: Registration is open for the Intensive Bioethics course, to be held April 29 – May 3. Sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital, the course is geared toward professionals who encounter complex ethical challenges in the healthcare setting and want advanced training. Register by Feb. 15 to receive the early bird special tuition discount. CME credits will be offered. Learn more and register online.

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: Dr. Claire Horner, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, presents “Million Dollar Baby: Surrogacy Contracts, Reproductive Technologies and the Changing Face of Parenthood” as part of the Center’s Conversation Series. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Damian’s Cucina Italiana, 3011 Smith St. Register online to attend.

Clinical Note

Health Care Heroes: Nominate Baylor's outstanding physicians and healthcare professionals for Houston Business Journal's Health Care Heroes. Awards will be presented in several categories at a ceremony in May. See criteria and put forward your clinic's top people by March 1.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Alford Lecture: Dr. Joy Wu of Stanford University School of Medicine presents “Interactions Between Bone and Blood in Health and Disease” as the 5th Annual Bobby R. Alford, M.D. Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture, 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in Room M112, main Baylor. The lecture is endowed by Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

Research Resources

Digestive Diseases: Submit an abstract and poster for the Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center’s 10th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium, March 2. All abstracts should be submitted electronically to Sara Tristan by Friday, Feb. 8. Abstracts and posters can be related to any digestive diseases research. Cash prizes are available.

Training Grant Update: In circumstances in which a Baylor College of Medicine faculty member is subject to administrative or disciplinary action that significantly impacts his/her ability to fulfill his/her obligations as a Program Director or Principal Investigator or other Key Personnel on a federally funding training grant [e.g. National Institutes of Health (NIH) institutional training grants: T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TL4], the faculty member and/or his/her supervisor must immediately notify the Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, who will assess the impact of the action on the training environment and coordinate with the College's NIH Signing Official to develop a formal request for NIH prior approval for the change in status of the faculty member.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Laising Yen, associate professor of pathology & immunology and molecular & cellular biology, is making “sense” of the “cart before the horse” in mammalian cells in this blog post. You can receive twice-weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" 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.

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