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Caption: In a position paper, Baylor College of Medicine announced seven strategies to better understand mental health needs and improve mental healthcare. The College is dedicated to involving the entire Baylor community in building systems and cultures that promote mental health and improving the lives of those suffering due to mental illness.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maya Balakrishnan, assistant professor in medicine – gastroenterology, has received $47,022 in grant funding for one year from the American College of Gastroenterology Health Equity Research Award for her project, "Improving Outcomes Among Mexican and Central American Patients with NAFLD."

This Week

Evenings with Genetics: The All of Us Evenings with Genetics Research Program will host the 2022 Underrepresented Biomedical Researcher Faculty Summit from May 19-21. The summit will provide underrepresented biomedical researchers who are early-career faculty and senior post-doctoral fellows with training in data science and how to use the All of Us research dataset to establish or complement their research programs. Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. March 14. Learn more about the summit here and submit an application here. Email any questions to allofuseveningswithgenetics@bcm.edu.

Faculty Opportunities

Education Grand Rounds: On March 24, the School of Health Professions and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will host the next Education Grand Rounds "Allowing Medicine to Flourish Again: Cultivating Professional Identity in Health Professions Education." Dr. Audrea Burns, associate professor in pediatrics and education, innovation and technology, will deliver the lecture. The virtual session will be from noon to 1 p.m. Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

Virtual Bioethics Grand Rounds: At noon March 30, join Bioethics Grand Rounds for "Use of Potentially Manipulative Communication Practices in Surrogate Decision Making – COVID." Speakers include Dr. Laura Kolbe, assistant professor and internist at Weill Cornell Medical Center and clinical ethics consultant at New York Presbyterian, and Dr. Ryan Nelson, assistant professor at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor and consultant at Houston Methodist. Drs. Joelle Robertson-Preidler and Olivia Schuman, clinical ethics fellows at Baylor and consultants at Houston Methodist will also speak. Register for the virtual meeting. The event is jointly sponsored by Baylor's Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston Methodist and Texas Children's Hospital.

Transplant Roundup: The seventh annual O.H. "Bud" Frazier Transplant Roundup will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25. This year's theme will be Current Trends in Management and Treatment of Transplant Patients. The conference is for all transplant physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals in the field of transplantation. Register and find more information on the event speakers.

Día de la Salud: On March 26, a Baylor team led by Dr. Hoda Badr is co-hosting a community health event called Día de la Salud with the office of Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. The event aims to engage communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Spanish-speaking community health workers will provide COVID vaccination and testing. Preventive health (e.g., vision, dental, cancer screenings), mental health and wellness services will also be provided. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North East Community Center, 10918 Bentley Street in Houston.

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.

Protein and Monoclonal Antibody Production Core: The Protein and Monoclonal Antibody Production Core is an institutional Advanced Technology Core (ATC) available to all Baylor investigators on a fee-for-service basis. The core's mission is to provide high quality monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) and purified recombinant proteins to support basic and translation research. The Core can use synthetic peptides, purified proteins and subcellular fractions as antigens for the generation of custom MAbs that perform for a range of applications. The core also provides comprehensive services for expression and purification of recombinant proteins from one of three over-expression cell systems.  For more information on how to request core services, visit Protein and Monoclonal Antibody Production Core.

Coming Up

Maintaining Effective Communication: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will host "Maintaining Effective Communication: Optimizing Mentoring Relationships" at 3 p.m. March 23. This workshop will focus on the role of effective communication in research mentoring relationships. The workshop will be virtual. Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

BCM BeWell Shoe Drive: Donate your gently worn, like-new or new athletic shoes to Sole Loved, a 501c3 charity located in Sugar Land. Please drop off your gently used shoes April 4-22 at the BCM Gym, on the eighth floor of garage 6 in Main Baylor, during operating hours.

Webcast Audio Seminar Series: Starting this month, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development will host the IAMSE Webcast Audio Seminar Series "To Infinity and Beyond: Expanding the Scope of Basic Sciences in Meeting Accreditation Standards" for spring 2022 to continue exploring how basic science education can be leveraged for student success. To familiarize basic science educators with the domains of medical education, leading experts will present on each during this five-part webinar series. Learn more and register here.

Open Positions

Associate Course Director MS2 Cardiology: The School of Medicine seeks an innovative clinical faculty member with a passion and expertise in cardiology and an interest in medical education to become the associate course director for MS2 Cardiology. Course goals include introducing clinical cardiology, electrocardiography, treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, heart sounds, heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, sudden cardiac death, cardiomyopathies, pericarditis, valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease. The associate course director will be responsible for working with the course director to create course didactic materials and to administer the course and will be supported by .10 full-time equivalent. For more information, inquiries or to submit a CV and letter of interest, please email Traneshia Parker at traneshp@bcm.edu. Apply here by March 14.

Director for M.D./Ph.D. Dual-Degree Program: The Deans of the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are seeking a director for the M.D./Ph.D. Dual-Degree Program. The M.D./Ph.D. Program is supported by the College and a National Institutes of Health Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) T32 award, which seeks to train highly-motivated individuals to become physician scientists. The program may be led by a single director or two co-directors who will be responsible for the Medical Scientist Training Program. Find more information and application criteria here. Candidates should complete the SOM Education Leadership Role application and upload all required documents by close of business March 18.

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