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That's the Way: The Department of Medicine's section of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, led by Dr. Kay Guntupalli, is the latest winner of the College's $10,000 "That’s the Way" challenge as the team that improved its Press Ganey patient satisfaction scores by the largest margin over a six-month period. Read all about it in this month’s BCM Family.


Academic Council: The chairs and center directors voted to endorse the establishment of a M.S. in Genetic Counseling program to be administered in the School of Allied Health Sciences in Monday’s Academic Council meeting. If approved by the Board, the program could begin in fall 2018 with a class of eight students. Dr. Mary Dickinson, chair of the Faculty Senate, announced that nominations for the Senate positions up for election in 2017 will open Thursday, April 13, and close May 11. Department, center, school and affiliate leaders will receive letters indicating the status of their unit's Senators so that they can encourage their faculty to run for election or re-election. Two officer positions, secretary and chair-elect, also are open for nominations. Elections will be held in May and June. Dr. Jennifer Christner, dean of the Medical School, said an external review of the Office of Graduate Medical Education concluded that the GME office needs to improve its integration with departments, its customer focus and its strategic operations. In coming months, the office will work on improving communications, defining roles for program directors and coordinators and transitioning from evaluation tool E*Value to MedHub. Longer term plans include developing metrics for program directors and coordinators, right-sizing programs and improving medical education pedagogy and scholarship.


The Menninger Clinic: The Board of Directors has approved plans to add a $16 million outpatient and education center to the Menninger Clinic’s campus. The 26,000 square foot facility, housing an expansion of outpatient services, space for individual and group therapy, a conference center and the Center for Brain Stimulation, is scheduled to open in fall 2018. Read more news in this month’s Menninger Update.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Jane Edmond, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics, has been elected president elect of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. She will serve as the sixth woman president of the organization in 2020.


imageDr. Mary Jane Mahoney, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of nursing practice and research at Menninger Clinic, has been elected president of the Texas Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.


imageDr. Kent Osborne, director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was honored for his leadership at the 2017 Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine Café Society Soiree April 7. The event, chaired by Cora Sue and Harry Mach, welcomed more than 270 guests and raised $420,332 to establish an adult phase 1 clinical trial unit for the Center.


imageDr. Edward Lee Poythress, associate professor of medicine at Ben Taub Hospital, has been selected as one of 12 top inpatient internal medicine teachers in the country and featured in the newly published book, Teaching Inpatient Medicine by Dr. Molly Harod, Dr. Sanjay Saint and Robert W. Stock. The book looks at the techniques and practices used by these attending physicians to teach residents and medical students in today's educational environment.


imageDr. Ted Rosen, professor and chief of dermatology at the DeBakey VA Medical Center, was the 2017 recipient of the American Academy of Dermatology's Thomas G. Pearson Memorial Education Award during its Annual Scientific Assembly. This award recognizes an AAD member who has advanced the organization's mission by developing educational programs, coordinating educational activities and providing cross-specialty education.


College Events

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.

Joan and Stanford Alexander Award: Dr. Thomas Insel, a distinguished neuroscientist and psychiatrist and leader of the mental health team at the life sciences research organization Verily, will receive this year's Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry and present grand rounds at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. His lecture is titled "Three Revolutions in Psychiatry."

Biomedical Research Awareness Day: The College joins research institutions, medical schools and veterinary schools across the country in commemorating Biomedical Research Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 19. Stop by Alkek Lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for information and interactive activities on the important role that laboratory animals play in advancing scientific discovery. Dr. Rodney Samaco, an assistant professor of molecular and human genetics, will speak on “Perspectives on the utility and value of rodents in understanding the complexities of the brain” at 1:30 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor.

March for Science: The March for Science – Houston starts at Sam Houston Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, 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.

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. It qualifies for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Call in to register at (713) 798-9666, meeting ID: 517 471 817. A live webcast is available.

Breakthrough Prize Winner: Dr. John Hardy, professor and chair of neuroscience at University College London Institute of Neurology, presents the Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecture on “Genomic Analysis of Neurodegeneration” at noon April 26 in Cullen Auditorium, with a poster session and reception following in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. Hardy also headlines the Huffington Center on Aging’s Spotlight on Health with “Into Dementia: Where and How Far Are We from Effective Treatments” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Junior League of Houston. For tickets, contact the center at (713) 798-5804.

Alumni Awards Dinner: Join the Alumni Association in celebrating the College’s alumni and faculty for excellence in achievement and service, including 2017 awardees Dr. Carol Baker ’68, Dr. Susan M. Blaney, Dr. Mary L. Brandt ’83, Dr. Janet S. Butel ’66, Dr. Barry H. Goodfriend, Res. ’65, Dr. Brendan Lee, Res. ’95, Dr. Charles H. McCollum, Res. ’66, and Dr. James R. Walker ’92. The Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner begins at 6 p.m. April 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Register now. It’s not too early to nominate for 2018. Find out how here.

Policy Prescriptions Symposium: Registration is open for the Department of Emergency Medicine’s fourth annual health policy symposium, set for May 19 at Conference Rooms A and B, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center McNair Campus. The event will focus on the rising costs of health care, new payment reforms established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, and will evaluate how well the new administration has delivered on its campaign promises. A keynote talk will be presented by Dr. Seema Yasmin, a physician and journalist known as the “Disease Detective.” See the full schedule and register online.

Faculty Resources

Last-Minute Tax Forms: If you have given consent to receive an electronic W-2, the 2016 form is available online by logging into ESS, clicking on "Payroll Services," selecting “W-2 Copies,” and clicking “Submit for year 2016.” You can view, print or save the form from that screen. To give consent, log into ESS, go to “Payroll Services” and select "Electronic W-2 Consent."

Nondiscrimination Notice: As part of the Living Our Values initiative, the College has posted a notice of nondiscrimination and a list of reporting options and support services for any members of the BCM community experiencing discrimination or harassment.

For a Good Cause

BP MS150: Friday, April 14, is the final day to participate in the silent auction in support of Team Baylor’s ride in the BP MS150 April 29-30. All donations support multiple sclerosis research and critical programs for people living with MS.

The Bowling Ball: Baylor medical students invite you to attend the Bowling Ball charity event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, 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 including 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.

Bladder Cancer Walk: The Amp Up BCAN Walk/Run to End Bladder Cancer starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23, in Terry Hershey Park. Join Team Baylor to participate in this family- and pet-friendly event.

March for Babies: Join the Baylor Ob/Gyn Team and Texas Children’s Hospital at the March of Dimes walk, 9 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at the University of Houston. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt and lunch. To register contact Maria Mata. Funds raised support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. For more information, visit the team website.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Call for Nominations

National Academy of Medicine Awards: Do you know someone who has had a significant affect on health care services or improved mental health? Each year, the National Academy of Medicine presents two prestigious awards recognizing individuals in the fields of health, medicine, and science. The Gustav O. Leinhard Award recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the U.S. and includes a medal and $40,000. The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations worldwide for their outstanding achievement in improving mental health. This award includes a medal and $20,000. Nominate a friend or colleague now through May 23. The nomination process is online.

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 Nominations

Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise: Dedicated to raising awareness of immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences, the Vilcek Foundation invites scientists born outside of the United States who are age 38 or younger and are directly responsible for the design and execution of their research to apply for a 2018 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Works in basic, applied, or translational biomedical science are welcome. Three winners will be selected to receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize. May 31 is the deadline to apply. Application information is online.

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.

Research Symposia

Texas Forum for Reproductive Sciences: Basic and clinical scientists interested in the female and male reproductive systems are invited to the TFRS 2017 meeting April 27-28 in Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 6550 Bertner Ave. In addition to short talks and poster sessions by trainees and junior faculty, Dr. Kjersti Aagaard, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will speak on “The Perinatal Microbiome” and Dr. Ricard Behringer of MDACC will present “Genetic Regulation of Male Sex Differentiation” in plenary sessions. Register online.

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

Genialis Platform: A new software license is 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: Read how Dr. Pengfei Liu, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics and assistant lab director of Baylor Genetics, has discovered that a burst of genetic changes can occur early in human development 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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