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Lab Pods in Liberia: Members of the Baylor Global Health group recently traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, to deploy mobile laboratory units with advanced biosafety protection at the University of Liberia. The Paul Allen Family Foundation sponsored the project to increase and improve the response to disease outbreaks and emergencies like Ebola. Pictured is Dr. Elena Petrova, director of technology development, showing the Lab Pod, a retrofitted shipping container, to executive officers from the university.

Faculty Senate: Dr. C. Michael Fordis Jr., senior associate dean of continuing medical education, gave an overview of the College’s telemedicine initiatives at the Feb. 21 meeting. He also previewed the media platform he is developing to host Grand Rounds, physician education and clinical resources.

  • Doug Miller, executive director of information technology, discussed plans to better manage the security of College-owned desktops, laptops and tablets and asked for senate representatives to review guidelines and standards.
  • Volunteers also were requested to review the rollout process of the human resources component of the Mosaic Project and to provide user feedback through the Senate’s Administrative Operations Committee.
  • Following up on the recently endorsed Group Viewing Locations Resolution, the Communications & Public Affairs Committee announced that the Office of Communications will pilot viewing locations for the upcoming Spring Faculty Town Hall at some affiliate sites, based on senators’ recommendations.
  • The Curriculum & Educational Mission Committee provided feedback for the Academy of Distinguished Educators’ proposal for updating the group with more membership levels and more activities focused on professional development.

Baylor Medicine: The College has opened a new family medicine clinic in Houston’s River Oaks area. The Baylor Medicine – Family Medicine clinic is located at 3743 Westheimer Road at Weslayan. The 8,000 square foot facility has 14 exam rooms, onsite labs and diagnostics. Same-day and next-day appointments are available at this convenient location. Parking is free. To schedule an appointment, please call (713) 798-7700.

Faculty Kudos

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded physicians and scientists from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital a combined $9,266,605 for seven projects in breast cancer, childhood cancers, T-Cell therapy and lung cancer prevention.

Dr. Austin L. Brown, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was awarded $1,187,006 for his research project, "Multiomic Biomarker Discovery for Therapy-Related Neurocognitive Impairment in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

Dr. Andras Heczey, assistant professor of pediatrics – oncology and DLDCCC member, received $2.4 million from CPRIT for his research project, "Interleukin-15– and -21– Armored Glypican-3–Specific CAR T-Cells for Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma."

For his project, "Mechanisms of Prevention of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) – Mediated Lung Carcinogenesis by Omega3 Fatty Acids," Dr. Bhagavatula Moorthy, professor of pediatrics – neonatology and DLDCCC member, was awarded $899,151.

Dr. Cory Noel, assistant professor of pediatrics – cardiology, received $1,192,412 from CPRIT for his research project, "Utilization of Imaging and Serum Biomarkers to Predict the Development of Cardiac Dysfunction in Childhood Cancer Survivors."

Dr. Debananda Pati, professor of pediatrics – oncology and DLDCCC member, was awarded $1,189,218 for his research project, "Development of a Precision Drug to Target STAG2 (SA2)– Mutant Ewing Sarcoma."

For her project titled "Improving T-Cell Therapy of Neuroblastoma With a Novel Cytokine Modulator: A Phase 1 Clinical Trial," Dr. Cliona M. Rooney, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology and cell & gene therapy, was awarded $1,499,252.

image Dr. Rachel Schiff, associate professor in the Breast Center and DLDCCC member, received $899,566 from CPRIT for her project, "Targeting the Mechanism of Hyperactive FOXA1 in Transcriptional Reprogramming Toward Endocrine Resistance and Metastasis in Breast Cancer."

College Events

DLDCCC Symposium: Dr. Shunichi Takeda, professor and chair of radiation genetics at Kyoto University Medical School, is the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, March 1, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Online registration is available.

Physician Wellness: The Texas Medical Association Physician Health and Wellness Exchange brings together medical students, residents and faculty members to collaborate on ideas and best practices for wellness and resilience in academic medical centers. The CME-eligible seminar begins at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online for the seminar.

Marfan Walk: Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery, invites you to join Coselli's Crusaders at noon Saturday, March 2, at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., for the 2019 Annual Walk for Victory benefitting The Marfan Foundation. To help raise awareness for Marfan syndrome, see the website.

Health Equity Grand Rounds: You have two opportunities to hear Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, assistant professor of family medicine and physical medicine & rehabilitation and director of medical student programs in the Office for Health Equity & Inclusion at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, speak on health equity topics during his campus visit:

  • “Linguistic and Cultural Competency in a Primary Care Setting: Needs, Barriers, Solutions” is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, Suite 600, 3701 Kirby Dr. The lecture is eligible for CME and ethics credit.
  • "Disabusing Disabilities" is at noon Wednesday, March 6, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Faculty Opportunities

Biochemistry Faculty: The School of Health Professions is seeking enthusiastic and dynamic faculty members to teach biochemistry. The course is designed to equip about 60 physician assistant and nurse anesthesia students with the basics of clinical biochemistry, so they may better understand aspects of metabolism and the fundamentals of human physiology and pathophysiology. Faculty members are needed to teach on the topics of DNA (five lectures in late June), carbohydrate metabolism (one lecture early August) and lipid metabolism (one lecture early August) under course director Dr. Kristina Hulten. Faculty members who are passionate about these topics and are prepared to use engaging and interactive methods to teach students are encouraged to apply. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Dr. Aimee Gardner, assistant dean of the School of Health Professions, before Monday, March 11.

ESME Scholarships: The Office of Faculty Development and Academy of Distinguished Educators are pleased to announce the availability of two faculty scholarships to attend the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course conducted at the annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators June 7 – 11 in Roanoke, Va. The scholarship will cover all travel expenses and course registration. More information and the application form are available on the Faculty Opportunities webpage. Applications are due to Deborah Fernandez by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1.

AAMC Leadership Development: The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity seek to collaborate with department chairs/center directors to identify and encourage Baylor faculty to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges Minority Faculty Leadership Development Seminar (June 27-30 in Atlanta) and the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar (July 27-30 in St. Louis). Please read additional information online. Applications are due by Monday, March 4.

Storytelling: The Narrative Medicine Program seeks story submissions for Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine on the theme of "Resistance or Resilience." The submission deadline is Monday, March 4, and the storytelling hour is set for April 11. For more information, please see the website.

Faculty Resources

History of Medicine: Dr. Sanders Marble, senior historian at the U.S. Army Office of Medical History, speaks on “Mending the casualties of WWI: The Army rehabilitates the wounded, 1918-1920” at noon Tuesday, March 5, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Women in Science: The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston hosts its monthly networking event at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Michael E. DeBakey Library & Museum, main Baylor. This month, AWIS GCH is partnering with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity to celebrate Women’s History Month. This event welcomes all STEM professionals, faculty and staff at all levels as well as students and trainees. Information and registration are online.

Career Advancement Workshop: The Office of Faculty Development offers strategies to facilitate and manage learning in small groups in the Leading Small Groups workshop, 3-5 p.m. Friday, March 8, in Room N317, main Baylor. To reserve your seat, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Digestive Diseases Symposium: "Infection and Injury as a Precursor to GI and Liver Cancer" is the topic of the 10th Annual Frontiers in Digestive Diseases Symposium set for Saturday, March 2, in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. It includes presentations from Dr. Hashem B. El-Serag, professor and chair of medicine, Dr. David Graham, professor of medicine - gastroenterology, Dr. Timothy Wang, Columbia University, and Dr. Barbara Rehermann, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Register online.

Global Health Conference: The seventh annual conference, Unlimited 2019, offers two days of global health topics highlighting global surgery, health policy, health ethics, migrant health, global innovation and health environmental behaviors Friday and Saturday, March 8 – 9, at Houston Methodist Hospital. Abstracts will be accepted through Thursday, March 7. For more information or to register, go online.

Transplant Roundup: Dr. Bartley Griffith, cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center, delivers the keynote address at the fourth annual O.H. “Bud” Frazier Transplant Roundup: Current Trends in Management and Treatment of Transplant Patients, March 29 at Houston Marriott at TMC, 6580 Fannin St. Register online to attend and earn CME credit.

Clinical Event

Forensic Evaluations: Physicians for Human Rights offers a day-long training session on conducting psychological and physical evaluations for people applying for asylum in the United States on March 23 in Room M112, main Baylor. Professionals will conduct the evaluations with the assistance of students and residents. All who receive training will be eligible to volunteer in the new Baylor College of Medicine Human Rights and Asylum Clinic, opening in summer 2019. Register online. CME/CE credits are available. Contact PHR with any questions.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Pharmacology: Dr. Peng George Wang, professor of chemistry at Georgia State University, speaks on “Sugar Analysis and Chemical Biology Tools for Biomedical and Translational Research” at 10 a.m. Friday, March 1, in Room 201A, main Baylor.

Cancer: Dr. Barbara Andersen, distinguished professor of psychology at Ohio State University, discusses biobehavioral aspects of cancer and their implications for disease progression at noon Tuesday, March 5, in Room N315, main Baylor, as part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture Series.

Artificial Heart: “The Past, Present and Future of the Total Artificial Heart” is the topic of Dr. Billy Cohn’s talk at JLABS @ TMC, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the McGovern Campus, 2450 Holcombe Blvd. A professor of surgery, Cohn is vice president for medical devices and director of the Center for Device Innovation at Johnson & Johnson. Buy tickets online.

Research Resources

NIH S10 Grants: The NIH has issued calls for submission of S10 shared instrument grants ($50,000 - $600,000), high-end instrumentation grants ($600,000 - $2.0 million) and shared instrument grants for animal research ($50,000 - $750,000). Each institution is limited to one S10 application submission per type of instrument. To prevent duplications a letter of intent must be submitted, pre-reviewed and approved by the Office of Research prior to submission to NIH. Please submit an NIH biosketch and two-page maximum letter of intent to awards@bcm.edu by Wednesday, March 13. More information is available online.

Interim Funding: The Interim Funding Program provides short-term relief funding up to $100,000 for established laboratories that have experienced a lapse in federal funding. The College provides awards for up to twelve months' duration. Full eligibility, award and application information for fiscal year 2020 is available online. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. April 17.

Bridge Funding: Through the Bridge to Independence Program, the College provides bridge funding of up to $100,000 for junior faculty members who have spent down their seed but not yet obtained independent funding. Full eligibility, award and application information for FY 2020 is available online. The application deadline is 5 p.m. April 17.

Read how Dr. Zheng Sun, assistant professor of medicine and molecular & cellular biology, identified a brain circuit that allows the feeding and memory centers to talk to each other in this blog 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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