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Extreme Medicine: Dr. Dorit Donoviel, director of the Biomedical Innovation Laboratory and a faculty senator, and Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, director of Baylor Global Initiatives, participated in a panel discussion with NASA's Dr. Anil Menon and Dr. Richard T. Jennings of Space Adventures on “Extreme Medicine: Quality Care Anywhere” at the South by Southwest conference last month. Read about their experience in the Momentum blog.


Faculty Senate: Chief Information Officer Lee Leiber explained how IT is using the Microsoft Intune app to protect BCM data and security of access to the data on mobile devices, with College policy providing oversight for personal privacy protections. Affiliate hospitals including Texas Children’s, Methodist and MD Anderson and academic healthcare institutions like University of Connecticut, University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech already are using Intune or other mobile device management technology to protect their data. The app will roll out to departments and centers this spring.

  • Wendy Stewart, team leader for regulatory compliance in HR, discussed the maternity, paternity and adoption leave benefits available to faculty through FMLA, medical leave and personal leave. She encouraged faculty to email leaveofabsence@bcm.edu or call her office at (713) 798-3310 for more information.
  • Provost Alicia Monroe invited faculty participation in meetings in April and May on curriculum innovation, faculty development, student support and other topics as part of the Education Mission Strategic Planning process.
  • Senate Chair Mary Dickinson announced that nominations are now open for 33 Faculty Senate seats and two officer positions, with elections scheduled for May and June. Information about the elections and a link to the nomination form are online.

Faculty Kudos

imageSurgeons Dr. Lauren Gillory, Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Dr. Christy Chai, Dr. Natasha Becker and Dr. Lorraine Cornwell took the #NYerORCoverChallenge, a recent Twitter trend inspired by Malika Favre’s illustration for the cover of the “Health, Medicine and the Body” issue of The New Yorker (April 3).


imageDr. Jacqui Levesque, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education, presented one of the top 5 highest rated sessions at the 2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference. She will repeat her session, “Where is Jim Collins When You Need Him” in the ACGME Summer Spotlight Webinar Series live at 10 a.m. June 14.


imageDr. Heidi Russell, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was appointed to a Texas Health and Human Services Clinical Champions’ advisory team charged with reviewing possible metrics for pay-for-performance on the future rounds of Delivery Service Reform Incentive Payment under Medicaid.


imageDr. Hardeep Singh, associate professor of medicine – health services research, recently won Corporate Vision Magazine’s Patient Safety Expert of the Year 2017 – Texas Award in recognition of his tireless work to ensure that the health and safety sector is kept up-to-date with new developments and that implementation of changes goes smoothly.


imageDr. Adriana Strutt, associate professor of neurology, was elected president of the Houston Neuropsychological Society for 2017. She was welcomed at the annual Presidents’ Reception, where she gave an address on “Neurocognitive Complexities of Tourette Syndrome.” Dr. Jennifer Stinson, assistant professor of neurology, was elected to the society’s board as a member at-large.


imageDr. S. Rob Todd, professor and chief of acute care surgery, was elected vice president of the Southwestern Surgical Congress, a position that will ascend to president in three years. He also gave the Thomas G. Orr Memorial Lecture on “Performing Under Stress” at the SWSC Annual Meeting.

College Events

March for Science: The March for Science – Houston starts at Sam Houston Park downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day). Scientists and science enthusiasts will walk to City Hall 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.

Fifty Shades of Gray: Dr. Amy Bonomi, professor at Michigan State University and nationally known researcher in the area of gender-based violence, presents “Fiction or Not? Fifty Shades is Harmful,” at noon Tuesday, April 25, in Rooms M321-323, main Baylor. Sponsored by the Title IX office, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Professionalism, the presentation will use the 2011 novel as a tool to explore the role of popular culture in shaping women’s identity.

NEJM Editor: 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. Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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. Tuesday, April 25 at the Junior League of Houston. For tickets, contact the center at (713) 798-5804.

Quality and Safety: Dr. Emily Sedgwick, chief quality officer for the Faculty Group Practice and holder of the Pat Korell Professorship of Breast Imaging, directs the 4th Annual Baylor College of Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference, 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in Onstead Auditorium, MD Anderson Mitchell Basic Science Research Building. Learn more online.

Alumni Reunion: Join the Alumni Association in welcoming the College’s medical and allied health alumni from years ending in -2 or -7 and graduate school alumni from the immunology, molecular & cellular biology, molecular physiology & biophysics, molecular virology & microbiology, translational biology & molecular medicine and clinical scientist training programs to campus on Friday, April 26. Reunion Weekend starts with the Alumni Awards and Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston and continues through class dinners Saturday evening. See the full schedule of events and register online.

Teens and Tweens: The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Texas Children's Hospital will host Girls Elevated, an interactive daylong session for girls ages 10 to 18 and their parents/caregivers, on Saturday, April 29, at United Way Community Resource Center. Topics include skin care, hygiene, communication skills, safety, finances and decision making. Baylor Physician Assistant Program instructor and alumna Trisha Harris is the keynote speaker. Register online.

Policy Prescriptions Symposium: Registration is open for the Department of Emergency Medicine’s fourth annual health policy symposium, set for May 19 at Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the 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.

The Global Health Hackathon is a two-week summit June 12-28 that provides a collaborative environment for the best and brightest minds to be a part of something exciting, inspiring and fun that could impact the way healthcare is delivered to millions of people around the world. If you are interested in participating in the hackathon, online registration has been extended to May 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty Resources

Online Civility: Politics and campus climate incidents can spark heated conversations online. Be sure to check out Social Media Resources for tips on communicating and responding with respect, integrity and excellence.

For a Good Cause

The Bowling Ball: Baylor medical students invite you to attend the Bowling Ball charity event, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Nominations

Grand Challenges Explorations: This Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded initiative fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest health and development challenges. This round’s topics are Health Systems Strengthening: Ensuring Effective Health Supply Chains, New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings, Wearables and Technology for Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Behavior Change and Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems. Applications for grants of $100,000 will be accepted until May 3. More information is available online.

Research Symposia

Verna & Marrs McLean Lectures: The 45th annual lecture series in biochemistry features two Lasker Award-winning scientists Thursday, April 27, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Dr. Peter Walter, University of California - San Francisco professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, presents “From Protein Folding to Cognition: A Serendipitous Path of Discovery” at 2 p.m. and Dr. F. Ulrich Hartl, Max Planck Institute professor, discusses "Molecular Chaperone Functions: From Protein Folding to Proteome Maintenance" at 3:35 p.m.

Texas Forum for Reproductive Sciences: Basic and clinical scientists are gathering for 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.

Bone Scientific Retreat: Dr. Maurizio Pacifici, the Bong S. Lee Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedics and director of orthopedic research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will deliver the keynote lecture, “Hereditary Multiple Exostoses: a complex pathology involving biological borders,” during the Scientific Retreat for the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program of Texas, 1 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Hickey Auditorium, MD Anderson Cancer Center. More information is available 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

Export Control Caution: U.S. Trade Controls regulate the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology or services and restrict the release of certain information to foreign nationals in the United States. Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual and the College, as well as the loss of research contracts, governmental funding and the ability to export items. Traveling, importing or exporting any items to or through any U.S. sanctioned country, such as Syria, Sudan and North Korea, can trigger violations. The OOR Export Control site can help you comply with these regulations, which are complex and change depending on the needs of national security. Contact Research Compliance Services for more information.

From the Labs: Learn how Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair and professor of molecular & human genetics, and his lab team identified a previously unknown gene mutation that drives a rare human skeletal dysplasia in this issue of 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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