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Match Day 2018: Dr. Emilie Rouah, assistant professor of pathology & immunology, shares a moment with Michelle Lin during Match Day festivities held last Friday for 187 fourth-year medical students. The culmination of years of training and education, Match Day is when graduating students learn where they will do their residencies. See where they matched and photos and videos from the event.


College Rankings: U.S. News & World Report has announced its latest rankings for medical schools, and the College made a significant jump in both medical school categories. For research intensive medical schools, we are No. 16, which is five spots above last year. For primary care, we are No. 5, three spots above last year. Baylor is ranked higher than any other medical school in Texas and the Southwest in both categories. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is ranked No. 26 in the country and the Pediatrics program is ranked No. 10. Read the press release.

Faculty Kudos

imageKimberly Cotner David, senior vice president and chief business officer, was recognized as a Prominent Houston Woman You Should Know by the Houston Chronicle and Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her work at the College, she serves on boards including Child Advocates Inc., Houston Harris County Immunization Registry and Shoulder to Shoulder.


imageDr. Christie Lincoln, assistant professor of radiology - neuroradiology, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. She represents her department’s faculty on the Senate.


imageDr. Bijan Najafi, professor of surgery and director of iCAMP and of clinical research in vascular surgery and endovascular therapy, recently was honored with the prestigious Best Research Project Award from Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chair of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, for his diabetic foot research. He also was awarded a grant from Hamad Medical Corporation for his SmartSox technology.


imageDr. James Suliburk, associate professor of surgery, Dr. Wendong Yu, assistant professor of pathology, and Dr. Chandandeep Nagi, associate professor of pathology, are part of the team that won a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for the MasSpec Pen, a device that will allow surgeons to identify cancerous tissue in seconds. Dr. Livia Eberlin, assistant professor of chemistry at UT Austin, led the team.


imageimageDr. Jeffrey Sutton, Friedkin Chair for Research in Sensory System Integration and Space Medicine and director of the Center for Space Medicine, Dr. Virginia Wotring, associate professor of space medicine, and colleagues from NASA including flight surgeon Dr. William Carpentier, published the first integrated summary of the biomedical findings from NASA’s Project Mercury (May 1961 – May 1963) in Nature partner journal Microgravity this month. The historical data indicate that the major physiological changes associated with those short-term spaceflights correlate more strongly with time spent by the astronaut in an uncomfortable spacesuit than with time spent in space.


imageDr. Xiang Zhang, associate professor and McNair Scholar in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Sue Eccles Young Investigator Award from the Metastasis Research Society. The award recognizes his outstanding work related to the interactions between tumors and connective tissue cells in the metastasis of breast cancer. Zhang, a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will deliver a lecture at the society’s 17th Biennial Congress in August.

College Events

Team Discovery: “Initiating and Maintaining Productive Team Collaborations” with Dr. Margaret Connor, associate professor of virology and microbiology, Dr. Hugo Bellen, March of Dimes Chair in Developmental Biology and faculty senator, and Dr. Donald Parsons, associate professor of pediatrics – oncology and genetics, is 3:30 – 5 p.m. today, March 22, in Room N311, main Baylor. Part of the Team Launch program, Team Discovery sessions focus on the skills faculty, students, trainees and staff need to work well together. A light reception follows the discussion.

DocTalk: Dr. Waqar Qureshi: professor of medicine – gastroenterology, discusses “Colorectal Cancer Awareness” at noon Wednesday, March 28, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Sign-in before 12:15 p.m. to receive 100 BCM BeWell points.

McLean Lectures: Dr. Tony Hunter of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies speaks on “Protein Phosphorylation: Pancreatic Cancer and New Frontiers in Histidine Phosphorylation” and Dr. Susan Taylor of the • University of California, San Diego speaks on “Lessons Learned from PKA: From Molecules to Cells” at the 46th Annual Verna & Marrs McLean Lectures in Biochemistry, 2 – 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Postdoctoral associate Dr. Muyuan Chen and Dr. Steven Ludtke, Charles C. Bell Jr. Professor in Structural Biology, will be honored with Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Excellence in Research Awards at the event.

Storytelling: The Narrative Medicine Program presents Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine on the theme of "Regeneration/Degeneration." The storytelling hour is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room M112, main Baylor. For more information, please see the website.

Women of Excellence Lecture: “Share the Vision Leadership: Facing the Future Together” by Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African-American woman to lead an Ivy League institution and now president of Prairie View A&M University, at noon Friday, March 30, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Box lunches are available for the first 75 attendees.

Faculty Opportunities

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 8 – 12 in Las Vegas. The scholarship will cover all travel expenses and course registration. More information and the application form are available on the Faculty Opportunities website. Applications are due to Deborah Fernandez by 5 p.m. April 4.

TMC Hackathon: The 3rd Annual TMC Biodesign Hackathon, where healthcare solutions are developed in 72 hours, is set for April 20 – 22. If you would like to participate, submit an application by Sunday, April 1. The final pitch presentation and networking event starts at 1 pm. April 22. RSVP online to attend.

Faculty Resources

Commencement Plans: The ceremony for graduating M.D. and Ph.D. students will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 29 at Jones Hall. Graduation is an important event at the College and faculty members are encouraged to attend and support their students. Complete the form to RSVP as well as to reserve regalia, if needed, and submit it by Monday, April 2.

Fraud, Waste & Abuse: This is the last week to take this year’s mandatory compliance training, which covers the important topics of fraud, waste and abuse. All BCM employees and learners are required to review the training and pass the quiz in AMP by March 30 or they will be subject to disciplinary action. Awareness of the College’s new and significantly revised policies is a requisite part of the training.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Seminars

Clinical Events

GI & Liver Course: The 18th Annual GI & Liver Course, honoring Dr. Frank L. Lanza for more than 45 years of service and teaching, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 24 – 25 in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Dr. Manreet Kaur, assistant professor of medicine – gastroenterology, is the course director, with Dr. David Katzka of Mayo Clinic and Dr. Brennan Spiegel of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as guest faculty. CME credit is available. Register online

TMC Health Policy Course: Dr. Joslyn Fisher, associate professor of medicine and medical ethics and faculty senator, moderates and Dr. Savitri Fedson, associate professor of medical ethics, and Dr. Ricardo Nuila, assistant professor of medicine and medical ethics, are panelists for “Ethical Dilemmas in Health Policy,” with a focus on end of life care, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, on the 6th floor of 6550 Bertner Ave. Attendance is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Duke Cameron of Massachusetts General Hospital delivers the Kelsey Research Foundation Lecture on “Aortic Aneurysms and Congenital Heart Disease,” 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 in Room N315, main Baylor.

Alexander Lecture: Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Mental Health and Substance Use, the 2018 recipient of the Joan and Stanford Alexander Annual Award in Psychiatry, will present a lecture on "Informing Federal Healthcare Policy: The Role of Psychiatry" at 10:30 a.m. April 18 in Cullen Auditorium.

Policy Prescriptions: The 5th Annual Policy Prescriptions Symposium, directed by Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is scheduled for April 20 at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus. It provides communities and clinicians with timely and insightful evidence-based analysis designed to shape policy governing healthcare. Online registration is open now.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Virology Seminar: Dr. Gabriel Nuñez, University of Michigan, discusses “Microbiota and Pathogen Virulence” at 4 p.m Wednesday, March 28 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Neuroscience Seminar: Dr. Jose Carmena, University of California, Berkeley, speaks on “Neural mechanisms underlying neuroprosthetic skill learning” at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, in Room N315, main Baylor.

CVRI Symposium: The 6th Annual Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Eric Olson of UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and Dr. John Cooke of Houston Methodist Research Institute, is set for April 10. Register online.

Call for Applications

Chao Physician-Scientist Award: Promising junior faculty members who are in the process of securing K08 or K23 grants but need interim funding are encouraged to submit applications for the Chao Physician-Scientist Award. Applicants must be physicians who hold a primary full-time appointment in a BCM department. The awards, made possible through a generous gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation, are for one year and up to $100,000, with no restriction on research focus. Applications are due by 6 p.m. April 12. Full details are available online.

Space Health: The Translational Research Institute for Space Health seeks research projects in emerging scientific and biomedical advances, disruptive technologies and new engineering capabilities that can be adapted to protect human health in space. This opportunity will fund early stage proof-of-concept and late stage state-of-the-art research and technologies, but not incremental advances. A pre-proposal webinar is at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 28; applications are due by 4 p.m. April 16. More information is available online.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Robert Waterland, associate professor of pediatrics – nutrition and genetics, discovered that identical twins share more than identical genes in this blog post. You can receive weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with "Subscribe me to From the Labs" in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for March.

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