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New Tumor Board: Baylor College of Medicine and CommonSpirit Health have launched a Molecular Tumor Board as a joint precision medicine initiative. It is intended to be a forum for oncologists, molecular pathologists, geneticists and genetic counselors throughout the CommonSpirit system, which includes Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The next monthly Molecular Tumor Board is at 8 a.m. Friday, March 20, in Room M100, main Baylor, and via Zoom. You may submit a case by downloading the form and emailing lab information, clinical notes and radiology studies by March 10. More information is available online.

Coronavirus Update: The College has enacted a temporary policy change to cease all College-funded travel to China and South Korea. Individuals who recently have traveled anywhere in South Korea may not return to work for a 14-day period from the time of re-entry to the U.S. At the end of the 14-day period, furloughed employees must be evaluated by the Occupational Health Program prior to resuming their professional duties at Baylor. To reach OHP regarding a post-travel evaluation, please call (713) 798-7880 or email ohp@bcm.edu.

Super Tuesday: Primary Election Day in Texas is Tuesday, March 3, and early voting is underway through Friday, Feb. 28. Registered voters in Harris County may cast an early ballot at any early voting location in the county. See additional early and Election Day voting information for Harris County, Fort Bend County and Brazoria County. View the Election Guide from the League of Women Voters.

Faculty Kudos

CPRIT Grants: The College has been awarded nearly $2.7 million by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support new cancer research. Fifty-five new grants totaling more than $78 million were awarded to institutions across Texas, including three individual investigator grants to Baylor faculty members:

Dr. Feng Yang, assistant professor of molecular & cellular biology, member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and faculty senator, received a grant of $900,000 for “Targeting AKT signaling in MAPK4-high Triple Negative Breast Cancer.”

CPRIT awarded Dr. Joshua Wythe, assistant professor of molecular physiology & biophysics, a $899,847 grant for “Targeting Endothelial Transcriptional Networks in Glioblastoma.”

Dr. Hyun-Sung Lee, assistant professor of surgery and DLDCCC member, received a grant of $897,527 from CPRIT for “Spatial Profiling of Tumor-Immune Microenvironment by Multiplexed Single-Cell Imaging Mass Cytometry.”

Dr. Sylvia Hysong, associate professor of medicine – health services research, was selected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology for her outstanding contributions to the field through practice, research, teaching and administration. Hysong is a research scientist in the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, IQuEST, a combined program of Baylor and the DeBakey VA Medical Center.

image Dr. Gordon Schutze, professor and executive vice-chair of pediatrics, has been named interim chair of pediatrics and Dr. Jim Versalovic, Milton Finegold Professor of Pathology & Immunology and pathologist-in-chief, has been named interim physician-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital, effective immediately. The College and hospital will conduct a national search for the position of pediatrics chair and physician-in-chief.

Dr. Hardeep Singh, professor of medicine – health services research, was appointed to an expert panel on patient safety for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This project aims to improve patient safety and reduce or eliminate hospital-acquired conditions, evaluate and address performance gaps and identify opportunities for improvement.

College Events

Girls Elevated: Teen and preteen girls and their parents are invited to an event focused on living a healthy adolescence. Hosted by the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the interactive sessions cover the critical topics girls want and need to know about, such as healthy relationships, contraceptives and personal safety. The event begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, at the United Way – Greater Houston, 50 Waugh Dr. Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and parking. Purchase tickets online.

Market Day: Shop with BCM BeWell at its Market Day featuring vendors of local, organic and sustainable goods, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.

Women in Science: The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity launches the formation of an AAMC Group on Women in Science and Medicine chapter at Baylor with “Strategies to Advance Your Career,” noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room N311, main Baylor. All Baylor women are invited to attend this professional development talk with Baylor leaders and to tweet or Instagram about their role at the College using hashtags #BCM WomeninMedicineandScience, #GWIMS, #AAMC and tag @BCM_equity.

Faculty Opportunities

Student Committees: The Student Services Committee and Student Appeals and Grievances Committee seek faculty members to serve on the committees, which represent students in all degree-granting programs at the College. Full-time physicians and scientists with teaching or mentoring experience are encouraged to apply. See Faculty Opportunities online for additional requirements and more information.

Off Script: Calling all creative writers! The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy invites physicians, researchers, faculty, students and staff to submit a story to the Narrative Medicine program. This round's theme is hope. Submit a 600-900-word story sketch by Monday, March 9. Finalists will workshop and share their stories at an event on April 16. Find more information online.

For a Good Cause

Marfan Walk: Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor of surgery, and Dr. Shaine Morris, assistant professor of pediatrics - cardiology, are the medical chairs of the Marfan Foundation's 2020 Walk for Victory, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Discovery Green. This one-mile walk raises money and awareness for Marfan syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that affects the heart, eyes, bones and spine. Fun activities include face painting, games, a photo booth and more! Join Coselli's Crusaders or Texas Children's Champions for Health.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Best of SABCS: The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology present the Best of SABCS, a concise critical review of advances in breast cancer research that are changing clinical practice, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online to attend.

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. James Fleshman, Sparkman Endowed Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center and Texas A&M School of Medicine, delivers the William D. Seybold Distinguished Lecture at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Room N315, main Baylor or via Zoom.

Transplant Roundup: The 5th Annual O.H. “Bud” Frazier Transplant Roundup, discussing trends in the management and treatment of transplant patients, starts at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The continuing education credit-eligible conference is free to Baylor employees but registration is required.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds:“ACCE Framework for Clinical Molecular Genetics Laboratory Testing” is the topic of a CME-eligible presentation by Dr. Robert Nussbaum, chief medical officer of Invitae Corporation and clinical volunteer faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, at noon Monday, March 9, in the Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Physiology: “Active Genetics Come Alive” is the title of a seminar by Dr. Ethan Bier, professor and science director of Tata Institute for Genetics and Society at University of California, San Diego, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room 409B, main Baylor.

Immunology: Dr. Miriam Shelef, assistant professor of medicine – rheumatology at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine, speaks on “Citrullination, PADS, Autoantibodies and Rheumatoid Arthritis,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Room M112, main Baylor.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read about Dr. Bing Zhang’s research to advance personalized medicine for endometrial cancer in this week’s post. Zhang, professor of molecular and human genetics in the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, is also a CPRIT Scholar and a McNair Scholar. 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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