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From the Labs: The laboratory worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, stars as the March image of the month. It plays a major role in advancing knowledge of somatic aging, lipid metabolism and reproduction senescence in the lab of Dr. Meng Wang, Robert C. Fyfe Endowed Chair on Aging and professor of molecular & human genetics in the Huffington Center on Aging. Image courtesy of Dr. Tao Chen in the Wang lab.

Caring Hearts: Medical and health professionals at Baylor College of Medicine and Ben Taub Hospital were honorees at the Institute for Spirituality and Health Caring Heart Celebration Feb. 25. Dr. Ken Mattox received the Rabbi Samuel E. Karff Caring Heart Award on his colleagues’ behalf at the virtual event, which recognized frontline and essential workers during COVID-19 for their sacrifices and expressed gratitude for their service. See the montage of testimonials online.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, has been appointed to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee aimed at developing recommendations to optimize vaccine research and development for future seasonal and pandemic influenza events. The committee is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Gloria Echeverria, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, was awarded the 2021 Breast Cancer Alliance Young Investigator Grant. She will receive $125,000 for her project titled "Characterizing and targeting mitochondrial metabolism in chemoresistant triple negative breast cancer."

The Center for Professionalism has received the 2020 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Professionalism Award. This one-time award of $10,000 recognizes faculty, programs and institutions with the best practices in medical professionalism education. The center, under the leadership of director Dr. Ellen Friedman, professor of otolaryngology, supports Baylor's commitment to professionalism through its speaker series, recognition and award program, mini grants and more.

Dr. Lisa Kahalley, associate professor of pediatrics, was awarded a $6.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for a multi-national, multi-disciplinary study comparing symptom burden/toxicity, neurocognitive change and functional outcomes in pediatric brain tumor patients treated with proton vs. photon radiotherapy. Dr. Donald Mabbott at The Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Pamela Hinds at Children’s Hospital, MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and The Royal Children’s Hospital are participating in the study.

Dr. Susan Kirk, assistant professor of pediatrics - hematology and oncology and physician assistant at Texas Children's Hospital, was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of PAs for her outstanding dedication to her profession.

Dr. Sandeep Markan, associate professor and co-interim chair of anesthesiology, has been named the new chief of staff for Ben Taub Hospital, effective April 1. In this role, he will lead the hospital’s continuing emphasis on high-value, safe patient care through oversight of all aspects of physician performance, quality and clinical integration. He will be part of the leadership teams at Baylor, Ben Taub Hospital and Baylor-staffed Harris Health Ambulatory Care Services Clinics in the Harris Health System. Markan succeeds Dr. Ken Mattox, who continues to serve Baylor and the DeBakey Department of Surgery.

Dr. Ted Rosen, professor and vice chair of dermatology, has received the 2021 Presidential Citation Award from the American Academy of Dermatology. The prestigious award recognizes his commitment and service to the field of dermatology and to the Academy.

College Events

Global Health: The Houston Global Health Collaborative hosts its annual conference virtually today, March 4, and March 11. The event includes speakers from Baylor and other institutions addressing topics like COVID-19, immigrant health and more. Register online.

DLDCCC Lecture: Dr. Nada Jabado, professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology at McGill University Health Centre, speaks on “Deciphering the Role of Histone 3 Mutations in Cancer” as part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at noon Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom, meeting ID: 9275 3580 987, password: NADA.

DocTalk: Dr. Ruchi Gaba, assistant professor of medicine – endocrinology, discusses “Adrenal Fatigue” at noon Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom, meeting ID: 917 0508 4054, passcode: 943944.

Butel Lecture: Dr. Alison McBride, section chief of the DNA Tumor Virus Section, Laboratory of Viral Diseases at NIH-NIAID, presents the Janet S. Butel, Ph.D. Lecture, “Location, Location, Location: How Papillomaviruses Persist” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom. meeting ID: 917 5935 7882, passcode 402872.

Evenings with Genetics: “Race & Genetics: Perspectives of Precision Medicine” is the topic of a panel discussion with Dr. Rick Kittles, professor and director of health equities at City of Hope, Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, professor of psychiatry at Medical University of South Carolina, and J. Hoxi Jones, senior advocate, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom. Registration is required for this free event.

Picture a Scientist: Attend a virtual screening of "Picture a Scientist," then participate in a panel discussion on strategies to address discrimination in science and medicine at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, via Zoom. When you register for the discussion, you will receive a link to view the film March 7-9. Panelists include Drs. Mary Dickinson, Stacy Lloyd and Matthew Rasband; presented by the Center for Professionalism with co-sponsorship by the Provost's Office and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Faculty Opportunities

Call for Abstracts: The Cardiovascular Research Institute will accept abstracts for its 8th Annual Symposium through Monday, March 8. The event, set for April 7-8, features Dr. Alan Daugherty, associate vice president for research and director of the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center at University of Kentucky, as the keynote speaker. Email CVRI for further details.

Off Script: Submissions are now open for “Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine,” Houston’s premiere medical storytelling event featuring tales from physicians, nurses, medical students, undergrads and others. The topic is “family.” Submissions are due Monday, March 15, and the event will take place virtually at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8. See the website for more information.

Health Equity: Early-stage investigators are invited to apply to the Diversity in Clinical Trials Career Development Program aimed at increasing diversity in clinical trials. Sponsored by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and National Medical Fellowships, the program provides the support and tools that emerging investigators need to conduct clinical trials that will yield new treatments that are effective in all populations. The application deadline is July 2.

Faculty Resources

Storm Recovery: Your gifts to the Employee Emergency Relief Fund help financially support Baylor family members as they recover from the winter storm. To request emergency funds, go to your employee profile in SuccessFactors and select “Emergency Relief Request” in the profile links. Once submitted, the form routes to your manager and then to HR for further review, approval and processing.

Education Webinars: The International Association of Medical Science Educators Spring 2021 Webinar Series topic is “Strategies for Promoting Inclusivity in Health Science Education” with the first of five Thursday sessions starting at 11 a.m. today, March 4, and archived. Contact Faculty Development to register.

Big Data Tool: Training on the EPIC SlicerDicer data analytics tool starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 12, via Zoom, passcode 000150, and continues into April. The one-hour session is geared to clinicians and researchers with access to BCM EPIC who are interested in using clinical data to address questions that arise in their work. Read more about the tool and the training online.

Taub & Alexander Symposium: The Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium is set for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, with poster presentations available on VoiceThread and a keynote address by Dr. Teri Lee Turner, professor of pediatrics and Martin I. Lorin Endowed Chair in Medical Education.

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