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Moon Landing: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with "Health, Moon & Beyond," 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Dr. RSVP to attend the event, which features a panel discussion with Dr. Jeffery Sutton, director of the Center for Space Medicine, Dr. Dorit Donoviel, director of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, Dr. David Hilmers, former NASA astronaut and professor of medicine, and Dr. Robert Satcher, former NASA astronaut and oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Following the panel is a screening of Smithsonian’s “The Day We Walked on the Moon.” Photo courtesy of NASA.

Wakil Memorial: Dr. Salih Wakil, longtime chair of biochemistry, passed away July 11. A distinguished service professor and member of the National Academy of Sciences, he was internationally recognized for his work in fatty acid metabolism. Dr. Wakil served as chair for 35 years and was at Baylor more than 47 years. Visitation and a reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, July 18, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Dr.

  • Memorial contributions may be made payable to Baylor College of Medicine and mailed to the Salih J. Wakil Memorial Fund for student support at the Department of Biochemistry, c/o Office of Institutional Advancement, MSC #800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, TX 77210. Secure online gifts may be made by credit card.

Ben Taub Kudos: Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the American College of Cardiology for its life-saving care of stroke and heart attack patients. Baylor's affiliate recently received five 2019 national awards: Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll, Get With the Guidelines Heart Failure Silver, Mission: Lifeline - STEMI Receiving Center – Gold Plus, Mission: Lifeline - NSTEMI – Gold and the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Katherine King, associate professor of pediatrics – infectious disease, has received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The Department of Health and Human Services nominated her for this high honor bestowed by the federal government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Dr. SreyRam Kuy, assistant professor of surgery, has been named an Aspen Institute Health Innovator. The two-year fellowship is designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the U.S. healthcare ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.

Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, tackles the changing age demographic of physicians in “Nothing but a Number,” the latest episode of Body of Work, the podcast where Baylor scientists and physicians explore the impact of hot button issues on healthcare, research, community and education.

Dr. Daniel Yoshor, professor and Marc J. Shapiro Chair of Neurosurgery, has been elected membership chair on the executive council of the Society of Neurological Surgeons, the prestigious representative body for North American academic neurosurgery department chairs and residency program directors.

The Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium and the College recently awarded seed grants for novel pediatric medical device development. Winners include:

image Dr. David Spielberg and Dr. Shailendra Das, assistant professors of pediatrics - pulmonary, who, with Strados Labs, have developed a small wearable device and connected platform that tracks respiratory rate and detects and records abnormal breath sounds such as wheezing. A pilot clinical trial in inpatient pediatric asthma patients is planned to validate the device's sound algorithms in the pediatric population. It has the potential to be used for real-time monitoring of asthma patients, as well as to help children identify unrecognized symptoms of poor asthma control.

Dr. Benjamin Choi, assistant professor of pediatrics – emergency medicine, who, with VITLS, has devised a flexible, waterproof, unobtrusive and noninvasive wearable that monitors body temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, blood oxygen levels, sleep and movement (including fall detection). This allows for continuous and remote monitoring of patient’s vital signs reliably and undisturbed. A pilot clinical trial is planned in pediatric emergency room patients.

Dr. Thao Galvan, assistant professor of surgery, who will begin pre-clinical studies for the pediatric version of a novel implantable, dialysate-free, bioartificial kidney to address end-stage renal disease in children, and especially in global and low resource settings.

Dr. Stuart Corr, assistant professor of surgical research, who will continue to develop Lil' Halos, a non-invasive monitoring device to monitor breathing and movement patterns in infants as well as alert healthcare providers of life-threatening events to avoid Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.

Faculty Resources

Storytelling Workshop: The Association of Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston (AWIS GCH) chapter hosts a “Leading Through Mindful Storytelling” workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Cubio Innovation Center, 7707 Fannin St. The event features Katie House, a female empowerment and success coach who advocates for women in STEM. To learn more about becoming a member of AWIS GCH, please visit its website.

Taquitos de Sesos: BCM Cerebro offers an online session as part of its international, cross-cultural didactic program focused on diversity and neuropsychology from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 26. “Women in Academic Medicine: Where Are We Now?” features Dr. Jennifer Stinson, assistant professor of neurology. The Houston Neuropsychological Society co-sponsors the session, which kicks off a three-month series examining women’s issues in academic medicine. Register online or contact Dr. Adrianna Strutt for additional information.

Team Learning: The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Faculty Development host a two-part interactive workshop introducing an evidence-based, collaborative approach to teaching and learning, facilitated by Dr. Pedro Diaz-Marchan, associate professor of radiology, and Dr. Cara Foldes, assistant professor of medicine. Part 1 is 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 25, in Room 111G, main Baylor. Part 2 is the following day, 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 26, in Room 111G. Email Faculty Development to attend.

Book & Author Dinner: Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library hosts its annual book and author fundraiser Friday, Sept. 6, in the Fayez Sarofim Research Building, 1825 Pressler St. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and author of “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician and Autism Dad,” is the guest speaker, with State Rep. Sarah Davis as a special guest. Proceeds benefit the Friends Fund for Staff Development. For details call (713) 799-7108 or email Sarah Keith.

Faculty Opportunities

Team Launch seeks enthusiastic, committed faculty members to serve as faculty fellows beginning in August 2019. Fellows will have primary instructional and coaching roles in different phases of Team Launch and will be selected each year to work as teacher-learners to develop the course curriculum. Additionally, fellows will receive faculty development in teamwork skills, curriculum development, evaluation and assessment. Both non-tenure and tenure track Baylor faculty members are eligible to serve in this role. Please note that 10% FTE support will be provided for each faculty fellow position. Applications are due by Wednesday, July 24.

Call for Abstracts: The Gulf Coast Vascular Research Consortium Meeting, highlighting new research and collaborations in vascular biology and disease, has extended its deadline for abstracts until Thursday, July 25. Houston Methodist Research Institute is hosting the event Aug. 23-24 with topics including endothelial biology and vascular inflammation, vascular aging and regeneration, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of vascular disease, lymphatic and venous pathobiology, vascular imaging and bioengineering. For more information on the CME-eligible event and abstract submission, please see the website.

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 Faculty Opportunities.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

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 Saturday, 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 Resources

Research Methods: The Department of Family & Community Medicine offers "Clinical Research Methods" courses this August through October, providing hands-on training in procedures and tools used to analyze clinical research data. The two-day beginner’s and intermediate courses are directed by Dr. Hamisu Salihu, professor and vice chair of research in the department. Early bird registration pricing is available through Monday, July 29. The first session of the beginner’s course starts Friday, Aug. 2, at the Baylor Family Medicine Kirby Clinic.

FDA & ICH Requirements: The Texas Medical Center Clinical Institute presents “Good Clinical Practice: Differences Between FDA and ICH Requirements” with Dalal Murgai, COO of GXP Quality Systems. The seminar starts at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. To attend, register online.

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 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 online registration price is available until Tuesday, July 23.

Rita Allen Foundation: The College may nominate one candidate for the Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program, which supports research scientists in cancer, immunology and neuroscience in the early stages of their careers. Individuals chosen will receive support of up to $110,000 annually for up to five years. The internal deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, July 31. More information is available on the online portal.

The Mrs. Clifford Elder White Graham Endowed Research Fund provides pilot project awards for Baylor assistant or associate professors studying muscular dystrophy or related disorders. Up to two $22,500 grants are available to be expended by June 30, 2020. Submissions through the online portal close at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

THINC Awards: The Therapeutic Innovation Center (THINC@BCM) announces a seed program to develop therapeutics against diseases of aberrant gene control. THINC is developing enabling platforms and collaborative teams to forge new therapies in the areas of transcription, chromatin, and RNA regulation across a variety of disease contexts. Read more about this seed program that supports and enable BCM investigators to develop their therapeutic hypotheses towards therapeutic development by leveraging THINC platforms and capabilities. Submissions are due Sept. 6.

From the Labs: Read what undergraduate students in the Summer Medical and Research Training Program are learning about science and communication 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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