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Women of Excellence: Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health, served as the keynote speaker for the Women of Excellence Awards last week, discussing "NIH’s Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence." Dr. Brendan Lee, the Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Genetics, introduced her at the 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.

Faculty Elections: Nominations are now open for 30 Senate seats, with elections scheduled for May and June. This is your opportunity to participate in shared governance and strategic planning for the College through involvement with the Faculty Senate.

  • You may self-nominate to represent the faculty at large or one of the following electoral units: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Center for Space Medicine, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, DeBakey VA Medical Center, Family & Community Medicine, Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, Medicine (2 seats), Molecular & Human Genetics, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, School of Health Professions and School of Medicine.
  • Information about the elections and a link to the application form are online.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Sridevi Devaraj, professor of pathology & immunology, director of clinical chemistry and point of care at Texas Children's Hospital and a faculty senator, was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which encourages the growth, application and standards of chemical science. Achieving Fellow status denotes a high level of accomplishment as a professional chemist and impact in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Charleta Guillory, associate professor of pediatrics – neonatology, was awarded the President's Cup Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., last month. The award is one of the most prestigious pediatric awards to be given nationally.

The Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, led by Dr. Joseph Jankovic, Distinguished Chair in Movement Disorders, has been chosen by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as one of five academic centers to receive the Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders to support training of new clinician-researchers. Dr. Chintan Shah, currently a neurology resident at the College, has been selected as the first recipient the fellowship.

The Narrative Medicine Program, led Dr. Ricardo Nuila, associate professor of medicine, received a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program, part of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, will administer the grant in partnership with the Rice University Humanities Research Center in support of writing and storytelling initiatives in the Texas Medical Center.

imageimage The Office of the Provost and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity announced the appointments of three faculty members to new diversity, inclusion and equity roles this week. Dr. Rayne H. Rouce, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology and a faculty senator, and Dr. Kimberly Kay Lopez, assistant professor of pediatrics – public health, were named associate directors of community engagement, while Dr. Antonie Rice, assistant dean of education and student affairs in the National School of Tropical Medicine, was appointed director of diversity, inclusion and equity training.

College Events

Second Look Reception: The College hosts a recruiting event for accepted applicants to re-visit Baylor before deciding on their medical school choice on Friday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the courtyard. You are invited to stop by and chat with the applicants while enjoying refreshments and entertainment.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: “Using Networks to Understand the Genotype-Phenotype Connection” is the topic of Dr. John Quackenbush’s CME-eligible presentation at noon Monday, April 8, in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. He is the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and chair of biostatistics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Daryl Scott, associate professor of molecular & human genetics, and Dr. Andy Groves, professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, present “Can You Hear Me Now? Genetic, Environmental and Age-Related Hearing Loss.” The public seminar starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Admission is free but registration for this event is required.

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: “Faith and Healing: Patients, Miracle Language and a Space for Faith in Medicine” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Trevor Bibler, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The luncheon lecture, part of the Center’s Conversation Series, begins at noon Thursday, April 11, at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. Register online to attend.

Faculty Opportunities

Call for Posters: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research invites submissions for poster presentation proposals from faculty, staff, trainees and students for the COE Summer Research Summit June 18. Posters should highlight innovative research in health equity or health disparities that will contribute to the promotion and improvement of minority health and the elimination of health disparities. For consideration, please email your abstract by Friday, April 19. Requirements and additional information are available on the COE website.

Call for Papers: The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics seeks manuscripts exploring the ethical complexities of cancer prevention as a global public health imperative for an upcoming theme issue edited by Dr. Zachery Tabb, pediatrics resident. More information can be found here (scroll to the February 2020 issue). The deadline for submissions is May 31 and there is no charge with either submission or publication.

Faculty Resources

Career Advancement Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers classes to get you on the right track for promotion. To RSVP, contact Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

  • Current associate professors are the focus of the Pathways to Promotion Workshop, 3:30 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Room N317, main Baylor.
  • Get an overview of promotion guidelines at noon Thursday, April 19, in Room N112, main Baylor, or via Zoom.

Resilience Training: Dr. Sophia Banu, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, coordinates Houston: Building Resiliency, a training workshop for community leaders, teachers, and mental health practitioners to understand how strengthening emotional health can build resilience to violent extremism, 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, April 6. Location provided upon RSVP.

Storytelling: Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine reflects on “Resilience or Resistance” with stories by Dr. Nancy Glass, professor of pediatrics, Dr. Mgbechi Erondu, anesthesiology resident, and other faculty and trainees at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Room M112, main Baylor. The event is organized by the Narrative Medicine Program and UTHealth’s McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.

For a Good Cause

Take the Stairs: Climb First City Tower downtown to support the American Lung Association at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at 1001 Fannin St. The Fight for Air Climb is a skyscraper stair challenge to promote healthy lungs and clean air. More information and registration are online.

Liver Walk: Join the Houston Liver Life Walk, April 27 at Memorial Park. Participants can sign up for either a 1k or 5k and enjoy a festival-like atmosphere. The event supports liver disease research and patient care, including efforts at Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliated institutions.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Joseph Mills Sr., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, presents “Integrating a New Paradigm for Reducing Amputations in a Safety Net Hospital System” at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 11, in Room MSB3.001, UT McGovern Medical School.

Quality & Safety: The College’s Sixth Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference is set for 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Led by Dr. Nana Coleman, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education, the CME-eligible event focuses on the value of teamwork in improving healthcare quality and safety as well as preparation, accreditation and educational compliance. Registration is now open online.

Bioethics Course: Registration is open for the Intensive Bioethics course, to be held April 29 – May 3. Sponsored by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital, the course is geared toward professionals who encounter complex ethical challenges in the healthcare setting and want advanced training. CME credits will be offered. Learn more and register online.

Clinical Note

Physician Sunshine Act: Since 2013, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act has required applicable manufacturers ("industry") to report certain payments made to physicians (including fellows). Physicians have until May 15, to review and dispute industry payments that will be available publicly on the Open Payments Database on June 30. Baylor physicians are encouraged to review the payments reported under their name for calendar year 2018 to verify that it is accurate. For information on how to view and dispute records, see the Physician Sunshine Act on the Compliance intranet page.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

CVRI Symposium: The Cardiovascular Research Institute hosts its seventh annual symposium Wednesday, April 10, in Cullen Auditorium. Featured keynotes are Dr. Mariell Jessup, chief science and medical officer of the American Heart Association, and Dr. Mark Sussman, director of the Integrated Regenerative Research Institute at San Diego State University. Walk-in registrations are welcome.

Translational Pain Research: Registration is free through Sunday, April 7, to attend the Gulf Coast Consortia Translational Pain Research Ninth Annual Symposium, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Kathleen Sluka, University of Iowa, Dr. Ellen Lumpkin, Columbia University, and Dr. Linda Watkins, University of Colorado Boulder.

Haymond Retirement: Colleagues and trainees of Dr. Morey Haymond, professor of pediatrics – nutrition, are invited to a party in his honor from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Sam Foman Conference Room 2002, Children’s Nutrition Research Center. Director of the Diabetes Training Program, his research focuses on the substrate and hormonal regulation of glucose and nutrient metabolism in children and adults.

Research Resources

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. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 12. Read more information and apply online.

Pediatric Device Grants: The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) is pleased to announce pediatric device seed grant awards sponsored by the College. Four seed grant awards of $25,000 each are available to Baylor faculty members to foster the innovation of pediatric medical devices specifically designed for children. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, and will be evaluated based on significance, innovation, feasibility. See Faculty Opportunities for more information and the required SWPDC intake form.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Jihye Yun, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, found that a steady supply of sugar is good news for colorectal cancer in this blog post. 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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