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Translational Research Institute: The new Baylor-led consortium seeks innovative and disruptive technologies, techniques and countermeasures that will enable and enhance human exploration of deep space. Funding topics of interest for individual PIs include human brain imaging, inflight surgical capabilities, increasing organisms’ resistance to radiation, pharmaceuticals that preserve muscle mass, inflight production of fresh food, microbiome based therapies for improving health in spaceflight and lymphatic imaging in microgravity. (Photo credit: NASA)


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Academic Council: At the March meeting, Provost Alicia Monroe explained that accreditors are requiring greater transparency in quantifying the faculty effort involved in delivering degree-granting programs. To better link pay to specific teaching roles, the College will hold T-dollars, funds allocated for education, centrally in the fiscal year 2018 budget, rather than distributing them to the departments. Graduate Medical Education is not reflected in the budgeting and some education roles are not yet compensated. President, CEO and Executive Dean Paul Klotman stated that all faculty are expected to devote 2-3 percent of effort to College service as a component of their current compensation.

  • Chief Operations Officer Joe Doty reported on the College’s financial health and planned actions that will affect operating and capital budgets for FY18. He also outlined a longer term improvement plan for expense reductions and revenue generation totaling $40 million to ensure financial covenant compliance, positive cash flow and achieving break-even from baseline operations in FY2020.
  • To improve the probability of tech transfer success, Senior Vice President and Dean of Research Adam Kuspa said Baylor is making select investments in proof-of-concept research through Alkek Foundation Pilot Projects in Experimental Therapeutics, in experimental therapeutics infrastructure for pharmacology and the Center for Drug Discovery, and in the formation of startup companies or Podcos. The Podco concept provides up to 24 months of College support and a generous equity share to the inventor. FGH Biotech, Inc. and Diversigen, Inc. are recent examples.

Faculty Senate News: The Senate has voted unanimously to fully endorse the proposed Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program at the recommendation of the Education Committee, which thoroughly reviewed the program plan.

  • The full faculty voted to approve amendments to the Faculty Senate Constitution that include allowing electronic voting, extending terms to two years for the Basic Sciences and Clinical Sciences Representatives and creating the non-voting officer position of Past President.

Match Day: Join us for Match Day festivities for our fourth-year medical students at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 17, in the courtyard of the Cullen Building at main Baylor. As you know, Match Day is the culmination of four years of tireless work for our medical students, and we are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments as they learn where they will do their residencies. The Match Day board is revealed precisely at 11 a.m. The event will be livestreamed.


Cybersecurity Initiative: Baylor is addressing security vulnerabilities in the College’s vital systems, devices and applications that store and permit access to sensitive employee, student and patient data. The offices of the President, Compliance, IT and Communications are serving as early adoptors of Intune and Dell Defender Cloud, mobile apps that are in common use at peer institutions. The technology upgrades are not required, but are necessary if you wish to use BCM email on your phone or access Baylor computing resources remotely. They will roll out in phases to the College through June.


Top Graduate Schools: The 2017-2018 U.S. News & World Report annual list of top graduate schools was released this week. In the research intensive category, Baylor remains among the top 25 medical schools in the nation at 21st and in the primary care category, Baylor rose to 8th. These rankings place the College in the top 15 percent of all U.S. medical schools. The Department of Pediatrics is ranked 9th among all pediatric programs, reflecting the strong affiliation with Texas Children's Hospital and Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Faculty Kudos

imageDrs. Mary Brandt, Steven Curley, Joseph Coselli, Kenneth Mattox, Joseph Mills, Todd Rosengart and David Sugarbaker reflected on their own experiences throughout their careers and outlined seven common attributes of the academic surgeon in a report appearing in the American Journal of Surgery. The attributes can be summarized as the ability to ask “why” or “why not,” and then persist to answer when others are not able to do so.


imageDr. Gabriel Loor, has joined the College as director of lung transplantation in the division of cardiothoracic transplantation and circulatory support in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. He is a national principal investigator on several trials using ex vivo lung perfusion and is credited with the first “breathing lung” transplantation in the Midwest.


imageDr. Ricardo Quiñonez, associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor and section head and service chief of pediatric hospital medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital, will serve as editor-in-chief of a new collaboration connecting Baylor pediatricians with physicians using Medscape Consult. He will oversee a team of Baylor faculty and fellows providing insight, responses and replies to physicians’ questions about complex clinical concerns related to infancy, childhood and adolescence, unusual cases and emerging pandemics.


imageDr. David Rowley, professor of molecular and cell biology in the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center, chair of the Education Committee of the Faculty Senate and Baylor alumnus is profiled in the current Center for Reproductive Medicine newsletter.


imageDr. Marc Willis, associate professor of radiology, and his Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment program won Harris Health System’s 2017 Ben Taub and Quentin Mease Hospital Innovation of the Year Award. The program provides just-in-time education for frontline staff that lets them solve complex problems and achieve quality improvement.


College Events

Global Health Collaborative: SUSTAIN Conference 2017 is March 23-25 at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business. The conference connects individuals and institutions in the Texas Medical Center to address global health challenges through education, research and service. More than 60 speakers, many from Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital, will cover a variety of topics centered on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Complimentary food and beverages are available during the event. Register online.

Win Rodeo Tickets: The College’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sponsorship, featuring a Baylor Chuck Wagon, allows us to provide tickets and parking passes to members of the Baylor community for Rodeo performances through March 26. Register for a chance to win Rodeo tickets at www.bcmprint.org.

Marfan Foundation Walk: Two Baylor/TCH teams are competing in the Houston Walk for Victory at noon Saturday, March 25, at Discovery Green. Sign up with Coselli’s Crusaders and Texas Children’s Champions and raise awareness about Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that puts individuals at risk of sudden early death due to a tear in the aorta.

Harley’s Angels Fun Run: Join the BCM team for Harley’s Angels Cruzin’ to Cure 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the San Jacinto Battleground. Harley’s Angels is one the longest running annual supporters of the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center. Register online, team name: Baylor College of Medicine, password: breastcenter06.

Alumni Awards Dinner: Join the Alumni Association in celebrating the College’s alumni and faculty for excellence in achievement and service, including 2017 awardees Dr. Carol Baker ’68, Dr. Susan M. Blaney, Dr. Mary L. Brandt ’83, Dr. Janet S. Butel ’66, Dr. Barry H. Goodfriend, Res. ’65, Dr. Brendan Lee, Res. ’95, Dr. Charles H. McCollum, Res. ’66, and Dr. James R. Walker ’92. The Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner begins at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Register now. It’s not too early to nominate for 2018. Find out how here.

Faculty Opportunities

New Faculty Service Award: The deadline to submit a nomination for the Clark Faculty Service Award has been extended to Saturday, March 25. Up to five awards will be granted, accompanied by a cash honorarium of $1,000 and a certificate. Any Baylor faculty member may nominate a fellow faculty member for this award for "exemplary service to the College with professionalism" by submitting (1) a completed nomination form, (2) a letter of support (maximum of two pages) and (3) a two-page biosketch from the nominee (preferably NIH or NSF format). Additional information will be requested of nominees who are selected as finalists. Nomination letters must be submitted to Maria Lopez in the Office of Faculty Development. Additional details and the nomination form may be found online.

Mid-Career Faculty at the Associate Professor Level are invited to apply to attend the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Mid-Career Minority Faculty Leadership Seminar June 15-17 in Washington, D.C. The Office of the Provost will nominate one faculty member to attend. The internal application process requires a CV (no more than 5 pages) and statement of interest (less than 500 words) that includes your goals for attending the conference and how it will benefit your career and the College’s mission and vision. Please submit that information to InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu by Friday, March 17. Your department chair or center director will need to support your nomination if you are selected.

Entrepreneurship Class: Dr. Jack Gill's Life Science Entrepreneurship class, "Role of Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers in High-tech Startups," will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. March 20 to April 25, mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the BioScience Research Collaborative. Topics include the roles of physicians, scientists, engineers and MBAs in biotech, medical device and other life science companies and trends and innovations driving the creation of new products in established and startup companies. For more information visit the Rice website, then register online by Friday, March 17.

Graduate Programs for Educators: Are you interested in becoming a better educator? The University of Houston will present an information session on its graduate programs for health sciences faculty, trainees, students and staff focused on teaching, educational research and uses of instructional technologies. The information session will be held at noon Friday, March 24, in Room M413/M414, main Baylor. Detailed information about the programs may be found online or you may contact Dr. Bernard Robin, the program's coordinator.

Faculty Resources

Ombuds Reminder: It is not uncommon to feel anxiety or experience uncertainty about how to have conversations with people whose opinions differ from yours. In these circumstances, remember that the Ombuds Office provides a confidential, off-the-record forum for trainees, students, faculty and staff for discussion and problem solving, including strategies for effective communication and conflict resolution. Feel free to stop by Ombuds Laurel Hyle’s office in N205 or make an appointment by calling (713) 798-5039 or emailing ombudsoffice@bcm.edu.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Call for Abstracts

Educational Symposium: The Academies Collaborative Educational Symposium (co-sponsored by educator academies at BCM, UT Health and UTMB) is accepting abstract submissions for the May 12 conference in Galveston. The due date for abstracts is March 20. More information about the conference and abstract submission may be found online.

Clinical Symposia

Schwartz Rounds: Baylor physicians are invited to attend this multi-disciplinary forum for discussing the emotional and social issues that arise in patient care from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium at Texas Heart Institute. A box lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Schwartz Rounds are designed to increase clinicians’ sense of community and enhance compassionate care.

DFCon 2017: This international, interdisciplinary diabetic foot conference is set for March 23-25 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. Led by Dr. Joseph Mills, Dr. Bijan Najafi and Dr. Miguel Montero-Baker, all in the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, the conference is designed for the wide spectrum of generalists and specialists who diagnose and manage the diabetic foot. CME credits are available. Register online through March 22.

Venom Conference: Join the National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Houston Zoo for the fifth annual Houston Venom Conference, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 11 in Cullen Auditorium. Led by Dr. Spencer Greene, director of medical toxicology and assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics, the course features medical toxicologists and wilderness medicine experts from around the country and is designed to teach providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and EMS providers how to manage common envenomations like snakebites, spider bites and jellyfish stings. CME credits are available. Register online.

Clinical Resources

Telehealth Survey: Baylor College of Medicine and CHI are planning a robust telehealth/telemedicine outreach initiative to advance professional education and healthcare services reaching providers and patients at a distance. All clinical faculty are invited to participate in a brief survey to capture current activities and identify opportunities that faculty are interested in pursuing. The survey, results of which will be used to inform this new initiative, will close on Thursday, March 23.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Applications

NIH S10 Grants: The NIH has issued calls for submission of S10 shared instrument grants ($50,000 - $600,000) and high-end instrumentation grants ($600,000 - $2.0 million). 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 Monday, March 27. More information is available online.

Research Symposium

CVRI Symposium: The 5th annual Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium, set for April 4 in Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge, features keynote speakers Dr. Christin Seidman, co-director of the Seidman Lab in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dr. Richard Gibbs, Wofford Cain Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics and director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor. Online registration closes at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20. If you have questions, please call (713) 798-6580 or (713) 798-6951, or email cvri@bcm.edu.

Research Resources

Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Core: This Advanced Technology Core Lab assists investigators with projects that involve generating mutations in the germline and somatic tissues of mice by performing homologous recombination in ES cells. Mouse ES cell services include electroporation, Rosa26 and Hprt locus targeting, clone expansion, the generation of primary mouse ES cell lines, and murine virus testing. In addition, the core provides specialized expertise essential for the production of genetically engineered mice using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC website.

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Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Research’s list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for March.

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