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The Baylor College of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) training program has been awarded a five-year grant totaling $2.3 million to support the goal of preparing diverse leaders in adolescent and young adult health through didactic, experiential and research-based interdisciplinary education and training in core health disciplines of medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology, social work and public health. It is one of seven such training programs funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Read more.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Thomas Cooper, professor of pathology and immunology, was awarded the Steinert Award for Excellence in Myotonic Dystrophy Basic Science Research at the 13th International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium Meeting held in Osaka, Japan.

Dr. Mayar Al Mohajer, associate professor of infectious diseases, was selected to serve as the incoming vice chair, chair and past chair for The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America mentorship program for 2023, 2024, and 2025, respectively.

Dr. Anthony Mustoe, assistant professor of biochemistry, has been awarded $600,000 over four years as part of the 2022 class of Beckman Young Investigator Awardees. Through this award, the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation supports young faculty members in early stages of their academic careers in chemical and life sciences. Mustoe was chosen from a pool over more than 225 applicants; he is one of 10 winners.

imageDr. Jeffrey Rosen, distinguished service professor of molecular and cellular biology and co-leader of the breast cancer program at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award at the 2022 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December. He will present a lecture titled "Leveraging preclinical models for translational breast cancer research." Read more about the award here.

imageDr. Michael Scheurer, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology and co-leader of the cancer prevention and population sciences program at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was recently named U.S. co-president of the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium (BTEC) and will serve a two-year term. The goals of BTEC's international group of researchers are to learn the causes of brain tumors, reduce the incidence through prevention and early detection and improve outcomes for those diagnosed with these diseases.

Coming Up

Education Grand Rounds: At noon July 7, join Dr. Satid Thammasitboon, associate professor of pediatrics – critical care, for a virtual talk on "Wicked Problems in Health Professions Education through System Thinking, Imagineering and Agile Teams." Please RSVP to Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu.

DeBakey Anniversary: Are you a Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions graduate? We're celebrating DeBakey High's 50th anniversary and want to hear from you! Send us an email at pa@bcm.edu with your name, which year you graduated and a brief summary of how your experience at DeBakey influenced your career and life.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty needed:

  • The Student Appeals and Grievances Committee was established to advise the Provost during final resolution of student appeals and grievances. The committee needs additional faculty members across Baylor's schools to serve. If interested, please email Neelam Ali at neelam.ali@bcm.edu  or Dr. Carolyn Smith at carolyns@bcm.edu by July 24.
  • The Student Services Committee was established to discuss student issues related to academic and institutional learning environments to better enhance students' experiences and learning outcomes. The committee needs additional faculty members from all schools to serve.  If interested, please email Neelam Ali at neelam.ali@bcm.edu or Dr. Carolyn Smith at carolyns@bcm.edu by July 24.

Faculty Advisor for the Graduate Medical Education Resident Council: The GMERC is a group of elected representatives who champion issues important to residents with the goal of addressing their concerns while improving the learning environment and trainee quality of life. Residents serve a two-year term and attend all GME Committee meetings and have full voting rights as well as sit on selected GMEC sub-committees. The ideal candidate should have experience working with trainees across multiple affiliate hospitals, experience in educational administration and should be two years post their last training program. Interested candidates should email Dr. Wesley Mayer at wesley.mayer@bcm.edu and include a copy of their CV and a brief statement about their interest in the position, experience in resident education and areas necessary for enhancement or innovation. Find qualifications here.

Science & SciLifeLab Prize: Apply for the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists, an annual prize awarded to early career scientists. The prize is presented in four categories: cellular and molecular biology; ecology and environment; molecular medicine; and genomics, proteomics and systems biology. Applicants will submit a 1,000-word essay that is judged by an independent editorial team, organized by the journal Science. Essays are assessed on the quality of research and the applicants' ability to articulate how their work would contribute to the scientific field. If selected as a winner, you will have your essay published by Science, win up to $30,000 and be invited to Sweden to receive your award, present your research and meet with leading scientists in your field. Deadline to apply is July 15.

Immunology Prize: The Michelson Philanthropies and Science Prize for Immunology focuses on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. This international prize supports investigators ages 35 and younger, who apply their expertise to research that has a lasting impact on vaccine development and immunotherapy. It is open to researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, artificial intelligence/machine learning, protein engineering, nanotechnology, genomics, parasitology and tropical medicine, neurodegenerative diseases and gene editing. Apply by Oct. 1. For more information, visit Michelson Medical Research Foundation.

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