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Happy Mother's Day: Dr. Joan Shook, professor of pediatrics – emergency medicine, and her daughter Hannah Starke, a medical student, and Dr. Khoulood Fakhoury, assistant professor of pediatrics – pulmonary, and her son Dr. Alexander Hanania, a resident in medicine, are among the Baylor families featured in our special Mother’s Day video.


Academic Council:

  • 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 is rolling out in phases to departments and centers.
  • Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Mary Dickinson announced that nominations for 34 Senate seats are open through Thursday, May 11, with elections beginning a week later on May 18. Information about the elections and a link to the nomination form are online.
  • Medical School Dean Dr. Jenny Christner provided an update on the learning environment. Medical students are surveyed twice a year about their perceptions and experiences related to mistreatment and professionalism. She said the College is moving in the right direction, with the fewest adverse responses in two years. Dr. Paul Klotman reminded the chairs and center directors that Baylor has zero tolerance for student mistreatment.
  • Vice President for Academic Integration and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam reported on the progress of the Clinical Research Center at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, which now includes two dedicated inpatient rooms at the Texas Medical Center campus for clinical research studies. He credited Dr. Susan Blaney and Erica Malkasian for their work establishing the CRC as a resource for the College, CHI St. Luke’s Health and CHI Institute for Research and Innovation.
  • Academic Council members approved the awarding of degrees to 160 M.D. candidates in the School of Medicine and nine M.S. and 38 Ph.D. candidates in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Final Day to Run for the Faculty Senate: Nominations are open through 11:30 tonight for Faculty Senate seats representing the following entities: Biochemistry, 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 deadline for nominations is 11:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, with elections starting May 18. Information about the Senate and a link to the nomination form are online.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, a pediatric neurology resident and physician-scientist in the laboratory of Dr. Hugo J. Bellen at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, was honored as the first recipient of the Neurology Research Training Scholarship by the American Academy of Neurology at its annual meeting in Boston. Chao’s research studies the transcriptional and neural circuit mechanisms underlying complex childhood neurologic diseases.


imageDr. Max Mamonkin and Dr. Giedre Krenciute, both instructors in pediatrics – hematology/oncology, were awarded grants for their work at the Young Immuno-Oncology Investigators Forum held earlier this month in Houston. The investigators conduct research on T cell therapy to treat cancer and are part of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy led by Dr. Helen Heslop.


imageDr. Jordan Orange, professor of pediatrics - rheumatology, accepted the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics from the Society for Pediatric Research last week. His research focuses on primary immunodeficiency and the fundamental cell biology of intercellular immune interactions.


imageDr. James Pool, professor of medicine and Pool Presidential Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacology, was honored at the 2017 Men of Distinction luncheon held May 3 at the River Oaks Country Club. Dr. Michael Belfort, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Penelope Bonnen, associate professor of genetics, each received $100,000 grants from the event that raises funds for projects focused on pediatric research, education and patient care in the Texas Medical Center.


imageKristin Wade, vice president of nursing, and R.N. Deiny DeLaCerda are featured in the May issue of BCM Family in recognition of National Nurses Week, May 6-12. You also can learn about the typical day of nurse manager Samantha Khan in this I Am BCM video.

College Events

DeBakey Excellence in Research Awards: This year’s honorees, Dr. Benjamin R. Arenkiel, associate professor of genetics and neuroscience and a McNair Scholar, Dr. Joseph S. Coselli, professor of surgery and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, Dr. Mary K. Estes, distinguished professor of virology and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair, Dr. Bert W. O’Malley, distinguished leadership and distinguished service professor and Thomas C. Thompson Chair in Cell Biology, and Dr. Jordan Orange, professor of pediatrics - rheumatology, will present their research at the symposium and ceremony at 2 p.m. Monday, May 15, in DeBakey Auditorium, M112, main Baylor. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

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 Tuesday, May 16. Registration information is online.

Dr. Stephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, speaks on “The Role of DNA Damage Response in Tumor Suppression and Aging” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. His lecture is sponsored by the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations and Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. A reception follows in Rayzor Lounge.

Faculty Awards Day: Cheer for your peers at this omnibus awards ceremony encompassing the Clark Faculty Service Award, Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award, Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award, Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care and Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism. The event is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, with a reception to follow. See the list of award winners.

Multicultural Festival: The Association of Graduate Student Diversity hosts a Multicultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 19, in Rayzor Lounge. Attendees will learn about traditions around the globe and sample international cuisine, art, fashion, music and performances. Students, trainees, staff and faculty interested in showcasing their culture may email AGSD social outreach chair Anne Hause.

Faculty Opportunities

IMSD-PREP Program Director: 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. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 12.

SMART Program Director: 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. Friday, May 12, is the application deadline.

Medical Director for PA Program: The Physician Assistant Program in the School of Allied Health Sciences seeks a licensed physician to provide guidance about the content of the clinical components of the curriculum, assist core faculty to develop and maintain high quality clinical training experience and advance understanding of the PA profession within the medical community. Please see the Faculty Opportunities intranet page for more information. Applications are due by Monday, May 15.

The Student Disability Committee is seeking nominations to fill an open School of Medicine faculty member seat. Committee members participate in the review of requests for accommodation from students with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal law. More information is available online. Nominations and self-nominations should include a personal statement of interest or a nomination letter as well as a current CV, emailed to committee vice chair Dr. Daryl Shorter no later than midnight Friday, May 19.

For a Good Cause

Bike to Work: Join a Texas Medical Center ride train and bike into the TMC for coffee and breakfast at McGovern Commons in celebration of National Bike Month. Escorted ride trains depart from four locations at 7 a.m. Friday, May 12. View the route map and register online.

Great Strides 5K: The Baylor Adult CF Center team is walking in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Houston Zoo. Make a gift or join the walk.

Houston Take Steps: Support Baylor Gastroenterology as the team walks for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America at 7 a.m. May 20 at the Houston Zoo. Donation and registration information is online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Clinician-Patient Communication: The Center for Professionalism hosts Dr. Richard Frankel, professor of medicine and geriatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, speaking on “We Are What We Repeatedly Do: Four Communication Habits of Highly Effective Physicians” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in McMillian Auditorium, main Baylor. Ethics CME credit will be offered and a reception will follow the 4 p.m. session. RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.


Physician Sunshine Act: Since 2013, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act has required applicable manufacturers to report certain payments made to physicians (including fellows). Physicians have until Monday, May 15, to review and dispute industry payments that will be publically available on the Open Payments Database on June 30. We encourage Baylor physicians 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.

Clinical Opportunities

Women Faculty Study: Female physicians are invited to participate in a research study titled Creation and Validation of the Unconscious Gender Bias Index. You will be asked to answer some basic questions about your experiences with barriers and obstacles in the workplace. These questions will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete online. For more information and to take part in the study by May 30, see the webpage.

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 Monday, May 15.

Transition Medicine Grant: Through a generous gift from the family, the Ligums Family Transition Medicine Grant is available to support projects focusing on adolescents and young adults who have chronic conditions originating in childhood and are transitioning from pediatric to adult care. The grant’s purpose is to support quality improvement in the transition experience, with the ability to partner with community leaders or interest groups. Its maximum annual amount is $10,000, with the possibility of renewal for a second year. Please see the announcement for more information. Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m. June 30.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Forum

DLDCCC Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Serena Nik-Zainal, group leader of the Cancer Genome Project at Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, gives the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture on “Advances in the Understanding of Mutational Signatures in Human Cells” at noon Friday, May 12, in Room N315, main Baylor. CME credit is available and lunch will be served.

Research Resources

GSBS Helpline: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences now has a general email box that faculty and students can contact with any questions related to the grad school. It is Gsbs-Help@bcm.edu.

From the Labs: Read how mutated genes and rogue proteins can reveal new ways to treat breast cancer in a Nature Communications study co-senior authored by Dr. Matthew Ellis, professor, director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and McNair Scholar, and highlighted in the latest 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 May.

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