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Match Day: Class president Jiwen Li stood with Associate Dean Clay Goodman, President Paul Klotman, Dean Jennifer Christner, Provost Alicia Monroe and Associate Dean Joseph Kass as 164 fourth-year medical students awaited the results of the National Resident Matching Program March 17. Primary care residency programs in the fields of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and emergency medicine gained 95 Baylor students. This represents 58 percent of the students participating in the match. Thirty-seven students matched with residency programs at Baylor; 70 matched with residency programs in Texas.

Commencement 2017: The ceremony for our graduating M.D. and Ph.D. students will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 30 at Jones Hall. Please note this is 30 minutes earlier than in previous years. The speaker is Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. You are encouraged to attend and support our students. Please complete the form to RSVP and to reserve regalia, if needed, and submit it no later than Monday, April 3.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Robert Britton, professor of molecular virology and microbiology, was awarded the Stein Innovation Award by the Research to Prevent Blindness organization. The $300,000 grant will support his work to pursue a causal link between the intestinal microbiome and inflammatory diseases of the eye.


imageDr. Matthew Ellis, McNair Scholar, Dan L Duncan Chair and director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, received the 2017 Impact Award from the National Consortium of Breast Centers. The NCBC Impact Award is presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact in the general field of breast health, specifically the development of breast centers.


imageDr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Neurological Society during its annual winter meeting in Austin. Jankovic was selected for the honor by his peers based on his dedication as a clinician and educator in neurology.


imageDr. Hani Jneid, associate professor of medicine and an interventional cardiologist, is chairing Heart Health: Prevention, Treatments and Innovations, an evening education course through Rice's School of Continuing Studies, March 29 – April 26. Geared toward non-health professionals, the course will present the latest clinical and research insights on heart disease. Learn more and register online.

image Dr. Silke Paust, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Center for Human Immunobiology, was awarded a $363,101 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for her research on influenza A. The goal of her project is to develop a universal prophylactic or therapeutic agent to prevent or treat influenza A infection and associated pathologies.


College Events

Alford Lecture: The third annual Bobby R. Alford, M.D., Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture is at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in McMillian Auditorium, main Baylor. It features Dr. Bert O'Malley, Jr., professor and chair of otorhinolaryngology and co-director of the Center for Head and Neck Cancer at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking on "TORS Story: An Odyssey into the Diffusion of Innovation." The lecture is endowed by the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

Positive Exposure: A Photographic Exhibition by Rick Guidotti, who uses photographs to transform public perceptions of people living with genetic, physical, intellectual and behavioral differences, will be on display in Alkek Lobby at main Baylor March 27 – April 3. A lecture by Giodotti caps the exhibition at 5 p.m. Monday, April 3, in Room M112, followed by a reception at 6 p.m. in Alkek Lobby. The event is sponsored by the Association for Graduate Student Diversity, the Office of Career and Student Services and the Office of Philanthropy with support from the John E. Whitmore Endowed Lectureship. Learn more online.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Timothy Lotze, associate professor of pediatrics - neurology, discusses the first drug treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy at this month's seminar, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the Children's Museum of Houston. For more information, please call (832) 822-4280 or visit the event's registration page.

Disability Access Series: Student Disability Services and the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion are sponsoring two educational sessions about provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act on Wednesday, March 29. Dr. Judy Kim, assistant professor of medicine in the Transition Medicine Clinic, speaks at noon in Cullen Auditorium on how to interact professionally with individuals with disabilities and ensure their full access to healthcare. Lucia Ostrom, an attorney with Disability Rights Texas, speaks at 4 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium on equal access to the learning and work environment.

Faculty Opportunities

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 session is set for 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 coordinator.

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 by Saturday, March 25. Additional details and the nomination form may be found online.

Master Teachers Fellowship: The Office of Professional Development is accepting applications for the Master Teachers Fellowship Program through Saturday, April 1. The primary aim of the two-year program is to enhance the educational mission of the College by improving the knowledge, skills and scholarship of faculty members. More information about the program and its application form can be obtained online.

Faculty Resources

Leading through Influence: The You FIRST program will offer a management training class for faculty from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, on the McGovern (Nabisco) Campus. Topics include hiring, conflict resolution and employee morale. Register online.

The Center for Professionalism at Baylor College of Medicine seeks to create, support and sustain a culture of professionalism and integrity among all members of the College's community. Lapses in professionalism that are reported to the Center are handled through a variety of interventions. View a summary of reports made to the Center through Dec. 30, 2016.

For a Good Cause:

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 connective tissue disorder that affects the heart, eyes and bones.

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.

Team Baylor MS 150: Baylor cyclists will host a silent auction Thursday, March 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the E Hallway, main Baylor. All money raised will go towards a donation on behalf of Team Baylor to combat multiple sclerosis. See the list of silent auction items such as a 6-month YMCA membership, sports memorabilia, gift cards and more. If you have any questions or would like to donate an auction item, please contact Jesse Gavin.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Call for Volunteers

Avon Walk Medical Tent: This year’s Avon Walk is April 22-23, and once again the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center will be running the medical tent. For this walk, more than 1,000 walkers complete a two-day, 39-mile journey to support breast cancer awareness and treatment. Led by Dr. Stacey Carter, assistant professor of surgery, medical volunteers will help care for the walkers, who may develop blisters, dehydration, heat stroke, strains and sprains, allergic reactions and other special circumstances. Volunteers are needed for Saturday shifts: Noon - 5 p.m., 3 - 8 p.m. and 4 - 9 p.m. Plus a Sunday shift: 6 - 8:30 a.m. To volunteer, complete the medical volunteer form and send it to Rosa Contreras along with a copy of your credentials.

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.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Applications

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. A pre-proposal webinar for all interested proposers is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23. See login information online.

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.

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 apply for a Chao Physician-Scientist Award, made possible by a generous gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation. Basic, clinical and translational research projects will be considered for one-year awards (up to $100,000) through ICTR. Applicants must hold a primary appointment in a Baylor department and be in the process of seeking or awaiting funding of a K08 or a K23. Applications are due by 6 p.m. Friday, March 31. Read more information and apply online.

Research Symposium

CVRI 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. The online registration deadline is Thursday, March 23. If you have questions, please call (713) 798-6580 or (713) 798-6951, or email cvri@bcm.edu.

Research Resources

Genialis Platform: The Office of Research is pleased to announce a new software license available to faculty. Genialis Platform is an NGS data analytics solution that facilitates data and metadata management; bioinformatics pipeline development and automation; data visualization and exploration; and collaboration and dissemination. The software has been deployed on a computer cluster at the OIT Nabisco facility and is currently in beta test phase. If your lab generates NGS data, however big or small, and you would like to learn more about the available Genialis Platform tools, please contact: bcm@genialis.com.

From the Labs: Dr. Chenghang Zong, McNair Scholar and assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, describes a new method for determining gene expression in single cells in the latest From the Labs. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to https://fromthelabs.bcm.edu/ and entering your email address in the 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 Research’s list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for March.

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