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Measles Statement: The year 2019 is notable for the dramatic return of measles, with more than 1,000 cases in the United States since January. Baylor College of Medicine has issued a response to this outbreak, a position statement calling on the public to communicate with elected officials, family and friends about the importance of vaccinations and evidence-based vaccine policies that promote public health. An accompanying video features Dr. Amy McGuire, director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, and Dr. Mark Kline, chair of pediatrics and an infectious diseases expert.

Fourth of July: The College will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

  • Morrison Café and Coffee Corner at main Baylor and Mary O’s at Jamail Specialty Care Center will be closed on July 4 and 5.
  • Shuttles will resume the regular schedule July 5.
  • Faculty Commons is taking a vacation and will next publish on July 11.

image image Faculty Senate Officers: In the last round of annual voting, senators have elected two colleagues to serve as officers in the Faculty Senate. Dr. Christie Lincoln, senator for radiology, will be chair-elect and Dr. Jonnae Atkinson, senator at-large, will be secretary on the Senate’s Committee on Committees. Dr. Laila Woc-Coburn, senator for the National School of Tropical Medicine, will assume the role of chair. Their two-terms begin Monday, July 1.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Dennis Bier, director of the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Society for Nutrition. He and other awardees were honored at the society’s flagship meeting, Nutrition 2019, earlier this month in Baltimore.

Erin Biscone, certified nurse midwife in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was honored by the American College of Nurse Midwives at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in May. She received the 2019 Public Policy Award for her advocacy on behalf of certified nurse midwives in Texas. She also was inducted into the Fellowship of the ACNM.

Nancy Brownlee, nurse practitioner in the Department of Urology, served as the author of two chapters in the recently published Manual of Men's Health, written by nurse practitioners and physician assistants for advanced practice providers. Her chapters focus on "History and Physical" and "Peyronie's Disease."

Dr. Rui Chen, professor of molecular & human genetics, and his team have been awarded a grant by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support the Human Cell Atlas project. Chen and his colleagues will work to establish a cell reference atlas of the human neural retina, build a high-resolution spatial map and develop single cell classification and integrative analysis software tools.

Dr. Imad Jarjour, associate professor of neurology and pediatrics, was elected last month to the board of directors of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. On the board, he represents the subspecialty of Autonomic Disorders.

Dr. Tom Kosten, professor and Jay H. Waggoner Endowed Chair of Psychiatry Research, discusses the opioid epidemic and addiction in “Hooked,” the latest episode of Body of Work, the podcast where Baylor scientists, physicians and specialists explore the impact of hot button issues on healthcare, research, community and education.

Dr. Ashwin Viswanathan, associate professor of neurosurgery and a faculty senator, has been awarded a research project grant (RO1) of more than $2 million by the National Institutes of Health. His research focuses on the efficacy of cordotomy, a surgical procedure for treating advanced cancer pain, and builds on his work funded by the American Cancer Society to study surgical pain interventions.

Faculty Opportunities

PPS Preceptors: Clinical faculty members are invited to participate as preceptors for the Patient, Physician and Society (PPS) course starting in mid-August. PPS preceptors help prepare first-year medical students to function effectively in a clinical setting by allowing them to visit their offices a few times a month to observe and practice interview and exam skills. For more information and to volunteer, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Patient Safety Course: The Medical School is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small group facilitators for the Patient Safety Course, which meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 30 through Sept. 17. Each facilitator will be trained and then assigned about ten MS2 students to work through a clinical case. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Quality & Safety: Applications close Sunday, June 30, for the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety's QI Jumpstart, starting Sept. 10. This intermediate-level training course to is designed for healthcare providers with an introductory knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety but who would benefit from hands-on experience in applying the learned principles to improve their healthcare practice and to mentor trainees. There is no charge to attend the CME-eligible course but space is limited. Learn more and apply online.

Spino-Plastics Reconstruction: Learn about the latest advances and innovations in spinal surgery, including pedicled bone grafting, free tissue transfer, allograft and autograft arthrodesis and newer spino-plastics frontiers in a CME seminar for care teams in surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery and plastic surgery Aug. 3 at main Baylor. Online registration is open.

Advances in Critical Care: This CME-eligible course brings together all members of the multidisciplinary team caring for the critically ill patient to explore cutting edge tools, technologies and processes. Dr. E. Wesley Ely, professor of medicine – pulmonary and critical care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Distinguished Service Professor in Surgery, deliver keynote addresses Sept. 13-14 at the Intercontinental Houston – Medical Center. Register online to attend.

Clinical Note

Otolaryngology Services: All otolaryngology clinical operations are consolidating into one location on the fifth floor of Jamail Specialty Care Center. Clinics will move from the 17th floor of Smith Tower, ninth floor of the hospital building on the McNair Campus and sixth floor of Jamail to E5.200. Audiology and the Balance Center will remain in E5.100. Clinics will open for patients in this new consolidated location at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 1. Patient appointments can be made by calling (713) 798-5900. Referring physicians should use referral codes REF23 – AMB REF to ENT.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Data Science Boot Camp: Rice University offers a week-long course Aug. 12-16 to get you up to speed on skills required to start leveraging the latest data analytics tools. Participants should have some previous exposure to basic probability, statistics, linear regression, matrix and vector notation, as well as some familiarity with R and Python programming languages. For more information and registration, please go online.

Tissue Engineering: Rice University hosts its 27th annual short course, Advances in Tissue Engineering, Aug. 14 -17 on its campus. Dr. Michael Longaker of Stanford University School of Medicine delivers the keynote lecture on “Skeletal Stem Cells in Repair and Regeneration” at the course, which surveys the latest technologies in the world of patient-specific therapeutics, from cellular treatments to 3D printing and biofabrication of complex tissues. Early registration price available until July 23.

Environmental Health: The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health has pilot project funding available for projects in genetics/epigenetics, environmental health and data science to understand individual and place-based determinants of disease risk. The pilot projects are for one year and a maximum budget of $40,000. To apply, submit a letter of intent including a cover letter and a one-page summary of the research objectives to Tracie Albritton by 5 p.m. Friday, June 28.

The Nancy Chang, Ph.D. Award for Research Excellence, which funds investigators with exceptional basic, clinical or translational research projects at the College, is accepting applications through 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 2. Endowed by Dr. Chang, a Baylor scientist, philanthropist and entrepreneur, one or two grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded in fiscal year 2020. For more information and to apply, please see the website.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Kjersti Aagaard, professor and Henry and Emma Meyer Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology, found out about the presence of microbes in the placenta in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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