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Match Day: Graduating medical students at Baylor College of Medicine learned on Friday where they will conduct their residency training. Fifty-four of the 158 students will continue their education in residencies at Baylor and its affiliates. Pictured are Doug Lawson, CEO of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (at left), and George Masi, president and CEO of Harris Health System, who attended Match Day with President Paul Klotman.

Compliance Training: Annual Compliance Education runs through Thursday, March 28. This year's required training for all employees focuses on the important issues of outside interests and disclosures. It emphasizes obligations to disclose financial interests and avoid activities that may adversely impact Baylor’s reputation and its mission. The training is available through the College’s on-line learning system, AMP.

Faculty Kudos

image The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) will award Young Physician-Scientist Awards to two Baylor assistant professors of molecular & human genetics who have made notable achievements in their research. Dr. Lindsay Burrage was recognized for her abstract, “Biallelic variants in TONSL cause SPONASTRIME dysplasia and varied skeletal dysplasia phenotypes.” Dr. Jennifer Posey was acclaimed for her “Rare variant family-based genomics reveals impact of population substructure on rate of multiple molecular diagnoses.” They will accept their awards at the Association of American Physicians, ASCI and American Physician-Scientists Association Joint Meeting April 6.

Dr. Teresa Davis, professor of pediatrics – nutrition, was selected to be a member of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The independent advisory group works to ensure America's dietary guidance reflects the latest science. Davis was one of 20 nationally recognized scientists named to the committee by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Richard Dunham, assistant professor of neurology, received the 2019 AB Baker Teacher Recognition Award from the American Academy of Neurology and will be recognized at the Academy's annual meeting in May. The award recognizes contributions to neurologic education. Dunham also is the associate clerkship director of the Maxine Mesinger Multiple Sclerosis Clinic.

Dr. Jeremiah Johnson, assistant professor of neurosurgery, is a recipient of a 'Houston Knuckleball' Patients' Choice Award from the Joe Neikro Foundation. He will be honored at the foundation's annual awards and fundraising dinner in April in Houston. The foundation, named for the late Astros pitcher known for his knuckleball pitch, funds research, treatment and awareness of brain aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and hemorrhagic strokes, and provides patient and family support.

Dr. Henri Justino, associate professor of pediatrics - cardiology, and the company he co-founded, PolyVascular, won Pediatric Health Pitch Competition awards in the Medical Devices and Health Disparities and Equity categories at the 2019 SXSW festival in Austin earlier this month. PolyVascular, which designs heart valves that grow with the child, received a $25,000 grant in the competition.

image Dr. Sarah Lyons and Dr. Marisa Hilliard, assistant professors of pediatrics, edited the first edition of Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care in Endocrinology: A Clinical Handbook. Published by Springer International, the book provides endocrinologists with a guide to understanding developmental and psychosocial issues of young adulthood and how they relate to healthcare and disease self-management.

Dr. James Versalovic, Milton J. Finegold Professor of Pathology and Immunology and director of the Texas Children's Microbiome Center, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

College Events

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 Saturday, 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. Please register online. CME/CE credits are available. Contact PHR with any questions.

OB/GYN Grand Rounds: “Military Research, Development and Innovation in Hemorrhage Control and Its Relation to High-Risk Obstetrics Care” is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Todd Rasmussen, Shumacker Professor of Surgery and associate dean for clinical research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and attending vascular surgeon at Walter Reed National Military Medical School. He speaks at 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Texas Children’s Hospital Auditorium, AB120.01. CME credit is available.

Women of Excellence Awards: Provost Alicia Monroe hosts the Baylor Women of Excellence award recipients at noon Thursday, March 28, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health, serves as the keynote speaker, discussing "NIH’s Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence." This college-wide event (co-hosted by the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and the Department of Medicine) is open to all. CME offered courtesy of the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds.

STAT Vote: We've made it to the Sweet 16 in the STAT Madness bracket-style research competition. Help us move on to the Elite 8 by voting for our research on a common antibiotic that has been shown to damage the heart. Vote online now!

Faculty Opportunity

Master Teachers: Applications are open for the Master Teacher Fellowship Program, which aims to enhance the educational mission of the College by improving the knowledge, skills, scholarship and attitudes of faculty. The fellowship extends for 24 months, starting in October 2019, with once-a-month afternoon meetings. There is a $500 one-time fee that can be paid in three installments. Past fellows have called their time in the fellowship “a transformational experience.” All Baylor faculty are eligible for the fellowship. Applications are due Monday, April 1. For more information contact the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

Faculty Resources

Pathways to Promotion: Current assistant professors are the focus of this career advancement workshop, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Room N317, main Baylor. To RSVP, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

Team Discovery: The next Team Discovery session focuses on “Toxic Teams.” Dr. Nana Coleman, director of Team Launch, leads the discussion from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in rooms M321 and M323. Team Discovery sessions are dynamic seminars led by experts and are open to all faculty, students, postdoctoral trainees, and staff of Baylor as well as to individuals from other institutions throughout the Texas Medical Center. Learn more about how Team Launch provides opportunities for the Baylor community to learn and apply team skills.

Policy Research Day: The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy hosts Health and Science Policy Research Day Tuesday, April 2, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The lunchtime keynote speaker, Dr. Tim Caulfield from the University of Alberta, addresses “Is Popular Culture Killing Science (and You)?” Registration and more information are available on the website.

For a Good Cause

Bike Ride Social: Houston BCycle and BeWell invite you to join a fun and healthy short bike ride to Axelrad Beer Garden at 6 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Cullen Entrance of main Baylor. Bring your helmet and a bike, or RSVP to reserve a BCycle.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Shearer Symposium: The 4th Biennial William T. Shearer “Innovations in Primary Immunodeficiency and Clinical Immunology” Symposium is Friday, March 22, at the InterContinental Houston-Medical Center, 6750 Main St. Dr. Sergio Rosenzweig, chief of the immunology service, department of laboratory medicine, NIH Clinical Center, is the keynote speaker for the symposium, which offers CME credit. To register, please go online.

Primary Care Update: The Department of Family and Community Medicine sponsors a one-day conference providing evidence-based advice in a non-commercial setting on Saturday, March 23, in McMillan Auditorium, main Baylor. Seven hours of CME credit including ethics credit are available. See the webpage for more information and registration.

Surgery Grand Rounds:Dr. Ronald Stewart, professor and chair of surgery at UTHealth San Antonio, presents the William D. Seybold Distinguished Lecture on “Firearm Injury Prevention Strategy and Process from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom, meeting I.D. 517 471 817.

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, Friday, March 29, at Houston Marriott at TMC, 6580 Fannin St. Register online to attend and earn CME credit.

GI & Liver: The 18th Annual GI and Liver Course, directed by Dr. Manreet Kaur, assistant professor of medicine - gastroenterology, is set to start Saturday, March 30, in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Registration is open online through Sunday, March 24.

Clinical Note

Hospital Votes: The U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings voting period has begun on Doximity. These rankings are important to hospitals, including the College's joint venture hospital, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, and our affiliated hospitals. All physicians are encouraged to participate in the 2019-2020 rankings by logging in to their Doximity profile, then clicking the box in the upper right of their profile to vote for up to five hospitals who provide the best specialty care.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

TB & HIV: Dr. Deepak Kaushal, professor and director of the Southwest National Primate Research Center, discusses “Mechanisms of Reactivation of Latent TB by HIV” at noon Thursday, March 28, in Room N315, main Baylor, as part of the Molecular Virology & Microbiology Seminar Series.

Greenberg Lecture: Dr. James Lupski, Cullen Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics and pediatrics, delivers the 20th anniversary Frank Greenberg Memorial Lecture on “Molecular Mechanisms for Genomic and Chromosomal Rearrangements” at noon Friday, March 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Gene Regulation: The Therapeutic Innovation Center presents its second annual symposium April 11 – 12 to further the understanding of diseases of gene regulation, especially RNA and chromatin biology. Keynote speakers are Dr. Robert Darnell of the Rockefeller University and Dr. Nathanael Gray of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Registration is free, but required to attend the symposium in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor.

Research Resources

Junior Faculty Seed Award: The College supports new investigators at the assistant professor level who are beginning their careers as independent researchers with the Junior Faculty Seed funding program. Several awards of $30,000 each are available for fiscal year 2020 to help junior faculty prepare to submit applications to obtain independent research funding. The deadline to apply is April 25. Applications instructions and more information are available on the website.

From the Labs: The blog celebrates Women’s History Month with a series of posts highlighting the work of Baylor Women of Science. 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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