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PA White Coat Ceremony: The Physician Assistant Class of 2020 marked its transition to clinical training by pledging the PA Oath during the White Coat Ceremony July 19. The 39 students received their white coats after 13 months of classroom work. It's a busy time of the year: The School of Medicine hosted orientation for its incoming students this week, the new Genetic Counseling class matriculates today, July 25, and the first day of class for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science is Monday, July 29.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Huda Zoghbi, professor of molecular & human genetics and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will be honored with the 2019 Victor A. McKusick Leadership Award from the American Society of Human Genetics at its annual meeting in Houston in October. The award recognizes her work demonstrating the value of genetics and genomics research across the spectrum.

The St. Baldricks’ Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded grants to four faculty members at Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers:

Dr. Philip Lupo, associate professor of pediatrics, received a $400,000 Consortium Research grant to better characterize ethnic disparities in those diagnosed with acute leukemia and develop novel risk prediction models for treatment-related toxicities and relapse.

For investigating the role of inherited genes, acquired gene mutations and the origin of tumor cells to define the causes of Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, Dr. Carl Allen, assistant professor of pediatrics, received a $150,000 Innovation Award from St. Baldricks.

Dr. Will Parsons, associate professor of pediatrics and molecular & human genetics and deputy director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, was awarded a $150,000 Innovation Award to use a team science approach in studying the biologically and clinically-relevant genomic alterations in high-risk and rare pediatric cancers and how precision oncology can help treat childhood cancer patients.

St. Baldricks selected Dr. Peter Wasswa, assistant professor of pediatrics, for a $115,000 International Scholar grant to support his study of prevalent types of leukemia and lymphoma in children in Malawi and how their genetic code may affect response to chemotherapy.

College Events

Taquitos De Sesos: BCM Cerebro and the Houston Neuropsychological Society offer "Women in Academic Medicine: Where Are We Now," an online presentation by Dr. Jennifer Stinson, assistant professor of neurology, at noon Friday, July 26. It is part of Taquitos De Sesos, an international didactic program focused on diversity in neuropsychology clinical care and research. Register online. For more information, email Dr. Adrianna Strutt.

NIH High Risk Seminar: Learn about the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer, New Innovator, Transformative Research and Early Independence Awards, when Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao and the Department of Molecular & Human Genetics host a seminar at noon Tuesday, July 30, in Room M112, main Baylor. The NIH Common Fund High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program issues annual funding opportunities for exceptionally creative scientists at all career stages who have highly innovative research ideas.

Faculty Resources

TMC Library: The Texas Medical Center Library is closed Saturday, July 27, due to construction work. To get the latest updates on journal access, Ebooks, portals and all things library-related, see the TMC Library link on the intranet's purple footer.

DocTalk: Dr. Eric Storch, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, talks about "Coping Well in Hurricane Season" at noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Quality & Safety: The 20th Annual VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute Conference is set for Aug. 13-14 at the Michell Basic Sciences Research Building, 6767 Bertner Ave. It begins with a poster session with participation by the 2019 class of Baylor’s Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, 3:45-5 p.m. Aug. 13, followed on Aug. 14 by a scholarly writing workshop, a keynote speech on “Co-Production of Care” by Dr. Paul Batalden, emeritus professor of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and a reception. The conference is free but onsite registration is required.

Stress to Strength: The College and Texas Children’s Hospital sponsor a two-part program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities on Sept. 7 and 14 at Avondale House. Offered in English and Spanish, the program trains parents in simple techniques that reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Childcare and family scholarships are available. Register online to attend.

Faculty Opportunities

TRAP Facilitators: The School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for facilitators to support the active learning course Translation Research and Population Health (TRAP). As part of this course, first-year medical students will acquire skills the fundamental skills needed to evaluate and apply research data to clinical practice. Innovative faculty members with experience or a strong interest in translational research, population health concepts and problem-based learning or team-based learning are encouraged to apply. Facilitators' administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See the full description online and apply by Aug. 15.

CREW Committee: The School of Medicine Office of Curriculum is seeking innovative and committed faculty members to join the Curriculum Renewal (CREW) Ad Hoc Committee. This workgroup is tasked with redesigning the four-year medical school curriculum. The current call is for educators to redesign the foundational or first 18 months of the curriculum. The clinical curriculum revision will follow. Committee members' administrative efforts and FTE will be supported by the Office of Curriculum. See the Faculty Opportunities page for more information and apply by Aug. 15.

Student Success Committees: Nominations are open for faculty representatives to serve in at-large positions on the Student Services Committee and the Student Appeals and Grievances Committee. The Student Services Committee provides a forum to discuss issues related to student learning environments, experience and learning outcomes and to review data on the effectiveness of student support programs and services. The Student Appeals and Grievances Committee provides relevant, program specific expertise for grade appeals, adverse action, academic issues/conduct and non-academic/professionalism grievances. Nominations for either committee may be submitted online by Aug 16. Faculty Opportunities has additional information.

Health Equity Scholars: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research is recruiting its 2019-2020 cohort of scholars. The program enhances the training of junior faculty members from populations underrepresented in medicine to increase the number of diverse and highly qualified medical professionals pursuing careers in academic medicine. It includes online activities, ten months of formal face-to-face sessions (August 2019 through May 2020) and a one-day research summit in June. For more information and the application form, visit the website.

Call for Abstracts: The Academy of Distinguished Educators invites you to submit an educational research abstract by Friday, Aug. 2, for its Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship. The Showcase, set for Sept. 20, provides a formal mechanism for presenting your educational research projects. This year there are categories for trainees and faculty. The top presentations in each category will be recognized with an Educational Scholarship Recognition Award. To submit an abstract or questions, please email Debbie Fernandez.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Hurricane Harvey: Get an update on the state of environmental research and community disaster response activities two years after Hurricane Harvey at a symposium Aug. 22 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The event is hosted by the Section of Epidemiology and Population Science in the Department of Medicine and the Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health. More information is online.

Liver Disease: The 20th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease provides a CME-eligible clinical update on treatments for cirrhosis, nonalcoholic and alcoholic liver disease, drug-induced liver injury, viral hepatitis, hepatobiliary malignancy and liver transplantation, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Marriott Marquis, 1777 Walker St. Register online for this seminar sponsored by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

Clinical Resources

Fasser PA Award: Nominations are sought for the Carl E. Fasser Visionary Leadership Award, established in honor of Carl Fasser, professor and founding director of the Physician Assistant Program, for his sustained demonstration of visionary leadership. PA program alumni and Baylor physician assistants who demonstrate leadership in one or more of the following domains: research, education, clinical practice, administrative and service are eligible. For more information or to submit a nomination by Wednesday, July 31, please see Faculty Opportunities.

Diagnostic Excellence Grants: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is soliciting novel ideas and approaches for developing new clinical measures to improve diagnosis, specifically targeting three major categories of disease: acute vascular events (such as stroke and myocardial infarction), infections (such as sepsis and pneumonia) and cancer (such as lung and colorectal cancer). The application process is multi-phased and competitive. Ultimately, up to six grants will be awarded for $250,000 to $500,000 each for work done over 12-18 months. Applications will be accepted online through Friday, Aug. 2.

The Hearst Health Prize for Excellence in Population Health, in partnership with the Jefferson College of Population Health, identifies and promotes promising initiatives that improve health outcomes. The goal is to discover, support, and showcase the work of an individual, group or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program that has made a measurable difference. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize, and up to two finalists will each receive a $25,000 cash prize. Applications are due Friday, Aug. 9. More information is online.

Brody Bioethics Award: Nominate a junior or mid-career scholar who has made important theoretical contributions to the field of bioethics for the Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics, an international award and lectureship named for the late founder of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. This annual award honors an individual who embodies the values and virtues that were central to Dr. Brody's scholarly life as well as to his work at the Center, Houston Methodist and Rice University. For more information or to submit a nomination by Sept. 15, see the webpage.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

NIH Director's Grant: The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Baylor may submit two nominations for this five-year grant valued at up to $250,000 per year. Qualifications and details are online with an internal application deadline of midnight Monday, Aug. 5.

NIH Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program supports clinical researchers in the early stages of their careers to promote their development to fully independent positions. Lasker Scholars are appointed as independent investigators in the NIH Intramural Research Program for five years, followed by three years of funding at an extramural research institution (up to $500,000 direct costs per year) or continued appointment in the intramural program. The application deadline is Aug. 30.

Surgery Research: The Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Surgery is accepting applications from M.D. surgical residents and Ph.D. post-doctoral fellows interested in academic careers in cardiovascular research through a highly structured, collaborative surgeon-scientist research experience. The program offers tracks in bioengineering & biodesign, basic & translational research and clinical & outcomes research and supports two trainees per year for two years. More information is available online. Applications are due Jan. 3.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Daniel Yoshor, professor and chair of neurosurgery, and his team are bypassing optical nerves and inputting visual information seen by a camera directly into the brains of people with acquired blindness 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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