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Call for Volunteers: 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 (2016 volunteers pictured above). 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 in the Department 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 back to Rosa Contreras along with a copy of your credentials.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Meenakshi Hegde, assistant professor of pediatrics, received a Stand Up to Cancer Innovative Research grant for her cancer immunotherapy research project, “Reworking Negative Receptor Signals for Improved Anti-glioma T-cell Therapy” at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.


imageDr. Leroy Hubert, Jr., a postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Sarah Elsea, associate professor molecular and human genetics, is the recipient of the ACMG Foundation/David L. Rimoin Inspiring Excellence Award, announced at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in March. The cash award is given to a select student, trainee or junior faculty member whose abstract submission is chosen as a platform presentation at the meeting.


imageDr. George P. Noon, professor and Meyer-DeBakey Chair in Investigative Surgery, and Dr. Shelley McKellar of Western University, gave the inaugural Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine. Noon discussed DeBakey's efforts to expand the regional medical library system as chair of President Johnson's Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer and Stroke. Watch the lecture online.


imageDr. Rachel Rau, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, received a $25,000 grant from the Ladies Leukemia League for her research studying the causes of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, specifically the role of the gene IKZG-1. Her focus is on developing new therapies for the treatment of pediatric leukemia.


imageDr. Peggy Smith, Dr. Peggy Smith, professor of obstetrics & gynecology and director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic, was honored in March with the David C. Wiley Award by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for her dedication to pregnancy prevention efforts and her tireless work on behalf of young people in the state.


imageDr. Marc Willis' web-based program, Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation), recently was selected by the ABIM Foundation, Costs of Care and the Leapfrog Group as a winner of the Teaching Value award under the Creating Value Challenge. Willis, an associate professor and associate chair for quality improvement in radiology, created the program to teach students and practicing providers about appropriate imaging through simulation education. Read more about it on Momentum.

College Events

Drug Pricing: Join the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Rice University’s Center for Health and Biosciences at noon Friday, April 7, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor, for “The Underbelly of Overpricing” with Dr. Peter Bach, director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Center for Health Policy and Outcomes. Bach has written extensively on the cost and value of anticancer drugs. He is leading efforts to increase understanding of the U.S. drug development process and develop new models for drug pricing that include value to patients as a critical component.

Doc Talk: Dr. Bengi Melton, assistant professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, and Dr. Mark Yurewicz, a psychiatry resident, present a Doc Talk on the practice of mindfulness at noon Thursday, April 13, in Conference Room B, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus.

Evening with Genetics: Dr. Edward Buchanan, assistant professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, discusses Craniosynostosis: Science, Surgery and Support with genetic counselor Haley Streff, and Erica Mossholder, executive director of Children’s Craniofacial Association, at this free event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Diversity Admissions Interviews: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is recruiting faculty members and chief residents with admissions or recruitment experience to conduct mock admissions interviews from 11 a.m. to noon on April 22 at main Baylor. The second annual BCM Diversity Admissions Symposium brings together select undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students from across Texas to learn more about our allied health, medical, and biomedical science programs and gain advice on academic preparation, professional development and navigating the admissions process. To volunteer, please email institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu.

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine and Distinguished Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, speaks on “Data Sharing in Clinical Trials” at 7 a.m. April 26 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. A live webcast is available, or call in at (713) 798-9666, meeting ID: 517 471 817.

Quality and Safety: Baylor’s Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference is 4-8 p.m. April 26 in Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 6767 Bertner Ave. Led by Dr. Emily Sedgwick, chief quality officer of the Faculty Group Practice and holder of the Pat Korell Professorship in Breast Imaging, the conference offers discussion and strategies related to patient safety and value in healthcare, and Baylor faculty, fellows, residents and students will present their peer-reviewed work in the area of quality and safety. The free conference is open to physicians, residents, health professionals and medical and allied health students from the Houston region. It qualifies for 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. More information is available online.

Faculty Resources

Faculty Career Coaching: Faculty Development now offers one-on-one sessions with experienced senior faculty coaches. These sessions are designed to provide guidance on career progression, readiness for academic promotion, development of award portfolios, academic writing and educational research and evaluation. Contact the Office of Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285 for scheduling.

For a Good Cause

The Bowling Ball: Baylor medical students invite you to attend the Bowling Ball charity event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 21 at the University of Houston’s games room. Proceeds will benefit the H.O.M.E.S. Clinic, a non-profit health clinic for the homeless. The night of activities includes a bowling tournament, billiards, ping pong, dinner and silent auction. Tickets may be purchased as a team of six or individually. Register or make a donation online.

March for Science: The March for Science – Houston starts at Sam Houston Park and ends at Houston City Hall on April 22 (Earth Day). Scientists and science enthusiasts are uniting as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and evidence-based policies. Speakers include Dr. Brian Bruel, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Andreas Tolias, associate professor of neuroscience, and Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. Baylor neuroscience band Tulipfinger will perform. Information on getting involved is available online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Resources

Life Support Certification: The Department of Emergency Medicine is offering an advanced cardiac life support and basic life support certification course on May 20-21. This is the ideal course for people seeking first-time certification or for those whose certification has lapsed past one year. The two-day course will include a review of the 2015 AHA guidelines and a written test and skills verification. The cost for ACLS certification is $260 and BLS is $80. Both prices include the course and card; manuals are sold separately. For more information and registration, please visit the emergency medicine website or contact program coordinator Whitney Grant.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Applications

Eppendorf & Science Prize: This annual international award honors young scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based in molecular and cell biology. The winner and finalists are selected by a committee of independent scientists, chaired by the senior editor of Science, Dr. Peter Stern. Researchers who are not older than 35 years are invited to apply for the prize, which includes $25,000, publication in Science, and support to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. The deadline is June 15. Learn more online.

T32 Training in Lung Disease: The Selection Committee of the T32 Research Training in Lung Disease directed by Dr. N. Tony Eissa, professor and Nancy Chang, Ph.D. Endowed Chair for the Biology of Inflammation Center, is seeking applications for post-doctoral research positions starting on or prior to July 1. The applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Please submit nominations and/or applications including applicant CV and brief description (1/2 page) of research project to Eissa.

Research Symposium

McNair Symposium: Sir Mike Stratton, director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and chief executive officer of the Wellcome Genome Campus, will present the McNair Medical Institute Distinguished Lecture at 11 a.m. May 5 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The sixth annual McNair Symposium also includes a poster session for the McNair Scholar labs beginning at 10 a.m. and a reception following the lecture. Both events are in Rayzor Lounge.

Research Resources

From the Labs: Dr. Daoyun Li, associate professor of molecular and cellular biology, describes how the brain remembers fearful experiences 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 April.

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