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The March for Science - Houston drew an estimated 15,000 people to downtown Houston on Earth Day, April 22. Many were from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Dr. Brian Bruel, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and Dr. Andreas Tolias, associate professor of neuroscience, spoke from the steps of Town Hall. Neuroscience band Tulipfinger provided entertainment and hundreds more Baylor physicians, scientists, postdocs, students from all schools, staff members, families and supporters staffed teach-in tables and marched. Others from Baylor participated in the Washington, D.C. March or in marches around the world. See the Baylor Science March slideshow and Facebook album.


The Faculty Senate Wants You: Nominations are now open for Faculty Senate seats representing the following entities: Family & Community Medicine, Medicine, Molecular & Human Genetics, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Pathology & Immunology, Pediatrics (2 positions), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Radiology, Surgery, Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, Center for Cell & Gene Therapy, Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Menninger Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital and TIRR, plus 12 at-large and two officer positions. The nomination deadline is May 11. Elections are scheduled for May and June. Information about the Senate and a link to the nomination form are online.

Diversity Admissions Symposium: Close to 100 undergraduates from all over Texas attended the Diversity Admissions Symposium on campus April 22. A group of faculty senators including Elizabeth Elliott, Dr. Sandra Haudek, Dr. Kenya Steele, Dr. Connie Tran, Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn and Dr. LeChauncy Woodard joined faculty volunteers Dr. Senait Adebo, Dr. Lanessa Bass, Dr. Maria Gramatges, Dr. Meroë Morse, Dr. Sheri Onyiego, Dr. Quisqueya Palacios, Dr. Stephanie Sherman, Dr. Daryl Shorter and Dr. Sharonda Taylor, as well as education mission leaders and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion team in the symposium sessions and mock interviews. Members of the Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association and Association of Graduate Student Diversity also participated in the event to prepare students for graduate and professional programs and careers in the health professions and science.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Major Bradshaw, physician advisor in the Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations, was named a master of the American College of Physicians at its convocation in March. Masters of the ACP are a small group of highly accomplished physicians who have been selected for their personal character, positions of honor, contributions to the ACP and eminence in the practice of medicine or research. Bradshaw, an alumnus, served as professor of medicine and dean of medical education and as the interim founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Botswana in Africa.


imageDr. William E. Cohn, professor of surgery, received the Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Professionals Foundation (TAPRO) during Doctors’ Day events in April. The award recognizes his expertise in cardiothoracic surgery and his clinical research on the pulseless artificial heart.


imageDr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine, will accept the TMA-MSS C. Frank Webber, M.D. Award at the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates opening session on Friday, May 5, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The award, granted by the TMA Medical Student Section, recognizes Dr. Dark’s support for student efforts and eagerness to promote student involvement in organized medicine.


imageDr. Kevin F. Erickson, assistant professor of medicine - nephrology, has been awarded a new two-year $200,000 Career Development Award from the American Society of Nephrology Foundation for Kidney Research for the project entitled “Dialysis Facility Closures and their Effect on Costs, Health Outcomes, and Access to Care.” His collaborators on this award are Dr. Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, professor of medicine and Gordon A. Cain Chair in Nephrology, Dr. Vivian Ho of Rice University and Dr. Glenn M. Chertow of Stanford University School of Medicine.


imageDr. Ellen Friedman, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Center for Professionalism, and Dr. Jordan Shapiro, clinical postdoctoral fellow in gastroenterology, have been awarded a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant to develop a video on professionalism entitled “The Threads among Us.”


imageDr. Adrian Gee, professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the Clinical Applications Laboratory at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, will receive the Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Cellular Therapy at its annual meeting in May. He is being recognized for his contributions to the cell therapy industry, including building and running one of the world’s largest academic manufacturing facilities that has produced viral vectors and engineered cells for thousands of patients.

imageDr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, is one of “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care,” according to Fortune Magazine. Recognized for his work in research and advocacy, he joins former Vice President Joe Biden and entrepreneurs Bill and Melinda Gates on the Fortune list.

imageDr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, begins a two-year term as chair of the Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section for the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review on July 1. The study section reviews grant applications to develop innovative medical instruments, materials, processes, implants and devices to diagnose and treat disease and injury.

College Events

Tacos with Teachers: The Center for Professionalism in partnership with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion invites junior faculty, trainees and students for Tacos with Teachers, 7-8 a.m. Tuesday, May 9. The goal of the breakfast session is for selected BCM teachers to discuss how they have found meaning in their careers, what keeps them motivated and how they pursued their career paths. This month, Dr. Jesus Vallejo, professor of pediatrics – infectious diseases and a faculty senator, will serve as the guest teacher. Seats are limited—please RSVP to institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu to reserve your seat.

Compassionate Conversations: The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Medicine's Internal Medicine Diversity Council invite you to attend a "Compassionate Conversation" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, in N315, main Baylor. We will be screening Ava DuVernay's documentary "13th" followed by a panel discussion on the current state of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States and a Q&A session. Dinner will be provided. Please email institutionaldiversity@bcm.edu to RSVP.

Aging Family Members: Join Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine and chief medical information officer, and Nancy Wilson, assistant professor of medicine – geriatrics, as they discuss the many emotional and ethical issues that arise when caring for aging family members at the Partnership Educational Luncheon May 16. Registration information is 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 in conference rooms A&B. 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 Global Health Hackathon, registration has been extended to May 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Faculty Opportunities

IMSD-PREP Program Director Position: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences seeks a director for graduate and post-baccalaureate student development to provide leadership and oversight for the IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) program, which supports Ph.D. students from under-represented populations, and PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program), which supports talented post-baccalaureate students seeking to enhance their preparedness for subsequent Ph.D. training in the biomedical sciences. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information.

SMART Program Director Position: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences seeks a director to provide leadership and oversight for the SMART (Summer Medical and Research Training) program, which supports undergraduate students seeking to enhance their preparedness for subsequent Ph.D. and M.D. training following completion of their bachelor degrees. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information.

For a Good Cause

BP MS150: It is not too late to support Team Baylor’s ride to Austin in the BP MS150 Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, with a donation. All gifts benefit multiple sclerosis research and critical programs for people living with MS.

Volunteer Time Off: Did you know that Baylor employees are eligible to take one regularly scheduled workday per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) for participating in community service activities? Find out more about volunteer opportunities.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Notice

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 publically available on the Open Payments Database on June 30. Baylor physicians are encouraged to review the payments reported under their name for calendar year 2016 to verify that it is accurate. For information on how to view and dispute records, see the Physician Sunshine Act page on the Compliance Intranet page.

Call for Applications

The Clinical Scientist Training Program offers academic clinicians an in-depth introduction to clinical research and grant writing in a one-year program leading to a Certificate of Added Qualification in clinical investigation. More information is available on the CSTP website. The deadline for applications to the program is May 15.

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 Wednesday, May 3. More information is available online.

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. Friday, 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

The Advanced Technology Cores expand the research capabilities of all researchers and create unlimited research opportunities at the College. As detailed in the new ATC Catalog for 2017, each of the cores is staffed by a faculty-level academic director, core directors and dedicated research technicians with highly specialized expertise in the technologies provided. A range of research support services is available, such as access to shared instrumentation, analysis of research samples provided by investigators and experiments with core personnel performing specialized portions of the project. In addition to technical procedures, cores provide consultation on experimental design, data analysis and training. For more information about any of the cores, visit the online ATC lab listing.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Center, and her lab team serendipitously found a genetic cause for hyperactivity and intellectual disability while studying the mouse brain in this issue of In 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 May.

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