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Ask Me About My Research: Making your work understandable to laypeople helps build awareness and community support for science. In this episode of Ask Me About My Research, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, discusses vaccines with third-graders Gabriel and Simon Rose. You can pick up your own “Ask Me” button in the Office of Communications & Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Fabrizia Faustinella, associate professor of family & community medicine, has written, produced and directed The Dark Side of the Moon, a documentary addressing the causes of homelessness and possible solutions. See the trailer. She will discuss “Care of the Homeless” at noon Oct. 18 as part of the Compassion and the Art of Medicine series.

Dr. Wayne Goodman, chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received a $500,000 Breakthrough Award from the International OCD Foundation to conduct a study of low-intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. Award winners were announced at the IOCDF conference held in July in Austin.

image Dr. Kenneth Mattox, professor of surgery, and Dr. Eric Silberfein, associate professor of surgery, have been selected as member and associate member, respectively, of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. They will work closely with the ACS Division of Education to advance the science and practice of avant-garde surgical education and training.

image image Dr. Jamie Ortiz, associate professor and faculty senator, Dr. Rahel Selassie, assistant professor, and Dr. Connie Tran, associate professor and faculty senator, all in the Department of Anesthesiology, recently received the designation of Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. This designation identifies and promotes those members exhibiting the highest standard in professionalism and leadership, advocacy for the profession, patient safety and education.

Dr. Matthew Rasband, professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, has been awarded the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Nominators remarked upon his thoughtful approach to mentorship, impact on trainees’ successes and influence on trainees to one day become mentors themselves.

Dr. Asim Shah, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and family & community medicine, has been appointed to the Texana Center Board of Trustees, representing Fort Bend County. The Texana Center delivers life-changing services to people with behavioral health issues and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Austin, Colorado. Fort Bend, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton counties.

College Events

Compassion Series: “Eyes – Windows to the Soul” is the first presentation in this year’s Compassion & the Art of Medicine series hosted by the Department of Family & Community Medicine. Dr. Linda Chiou Epner, assistant professor of ophthalmology, speaks at noon Friday, Aug. 23, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

DocTalk: You have two opportunities to catch up on healthcare topics with DocTalk this week. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points:

  • Special Olympics Panel – Learn about Special Olympics-Houston’s mission and programs from volunteers and athletes at noon Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Room 201A, main Baylor.
  • "Vaccines and the Convergence of Global Health" – Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, professor of pediatrics-tropical medicine, speaks at noon Thursday, Aug. 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Blood Drive: The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center offers a coupon for a free pint of ice cream to blood donors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. Contact Rudy Lopez for more information.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Awards Director: The Office of the President seeks a Director of Faculty External Recognition to oversee the nomination process of faculty members for awards from a variety of national and international sources. Interested faculty at the rank of associate professor or professor within any mission area who have effective organizational and communication skills and experience as a mentor to students or faculty are encouraged to apply for this paid, part-time appointment. See Faculty Opportunities for the full job description and apply by Monday, Sept. 16.

APEX Course: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for a foundational sciences associate course director for the MS4 transition to internship course, Advanced Physician Experience (APEX). At this time, the course is scheduled for the first two weeks of March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highly motivated faculty members with an interest in innovative medical education and preferably experience with graduate medical education and simulation should read the job description and apply by Friday, Sept. 13.

Evidence-Based Medicine: The medical school dean seeks nominations for a foundational sciences associate course director for the MS2 Evidence-Based Medicine course. At this time, the nine-session course is scheduled for March 12 to May 14. The nine sessions are on Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Innovative faculty members with an interest in teaching evidence-based medicine and critical appraisal of the medical literature are encouraged to see the full job description and apply by Friday, Sept. 13.

Team Launch is looking for enthusiastic faculty, research and clinical fellows and residents to serve as Team Launch instructors beginning in October. As an instructor, you will assist Team Launch master facilitators with the Launch Pad course for students across all schools and programs. This unique teaching opportunity will help you to develop your skills in teamwork, active learning and educational assessment. The experience also may serve as a valuable addition to your professional portfolio. Learn more and apply by Friday, Aug. 30.

Faculty Resources

Library Update: The TMC Library continues to work with Elsevier to restore article access to Science Direct journals. The problem is on the publisher's end and there have been numerous issues with Elsevier products in the past nine months, due to either product upgrades or site maintenance issues on Science Direct, Scopus and EMBASE. For work-arounds, please see the TMC Library intranet page.

Educator Workshop: Learn best practices to orient and assess learners during clinical interactions in "Teaching at the Bedside," 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to the Office of Faculty Development to attend.

Team Discovery: Melanie Jagneaux, ombuds, is guest facilitator for "Teams and Conflict: Challenges and Opportunities," 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in M321, main Baylor. This Team Discovery session is open to all and provides trainees, faculty and staff opportunities to learn and apply team skills in healthcare and biomedical science.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical News

Ben Taub Update: As Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health System prepares for an imminent survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, faculty members with clinical responsibilities at the Baylor affiliate are asked to review the medical staff training memo from the Harris Health System executive leadership. Please also review the following important policies:

Quality Grants: The President's Office is sponsoring Accelerating Clinical Excellence (ACE) Grants to conduct quality improvement-based studies at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Junior-level faculty and advanced practice clinicians who spend more than 50% of their time at BSLMC are eligible to apply. A selection committee will award 10 ACE grants of $2,500 to the best proposals based on relevance, feasibility, appropriateness of methodology and outcomes, and potential to improve patient care and safety. Please see additional grant requirements and submit your proposal by Sunday, Sept. 1.

Clinical Seminars

GI Review: Attend an intensive review for GI and Hepatology Board Certification or Re-Certification Sept. 13-14 at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. This update on the latest diagnostics and therapeutics is CME-eligible. Register online to attend.

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. Register online to hear 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.

Ethics Grand Rounds: Dr. Susan Miller of Houston Methodist Hospital presents “When Our Personal Beliefs Have the Potential to Harm” at 5 p.m. Sept. 18, in the Rio Grande Conference Room, Houston Methodist.

TCH Professional Day: “Evidence-Based Approaches to Care in Pediatrics and Obstetrics” is the topic of this year’s system-wide conference Sept. 19 at Texas Children’s Medical Center Campus, West Campus and The Woodlands. See the agenda and register online to attend.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Cancer Workshops: The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer offers two immuno-oncology workshops Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 4-6, at the Royal Sonesta Houston. Receive a 30% discount when registering for both:

  • Cancer Immune Responsiveness, organized by Dr. Alessandra Cesano, ESSA Pharma Inc., and Dr. Francesco Marincola, Refuge Biotechnologies, Inc., is Sept. 4-5.
  • Adoptive Cellular Therapies, organized by Cesano and Dr. Katayoun Rezvani, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, is Sept. 5-6.

Drug Discovery: The Gulf Coast Consortia hosts an "Innovative Drug Discovery & Development Roundtable on High Throughput Screening" with Douglas Auld of Novartis and Clifford Stephan of the Institute of Biosciences and Technology from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the BioScience Research Collaborative. Tickets are available online.

Cancer Research: "Dr. Mendelsohn’s Legacy and the Future of Cancer Research" is the topic of a panel discussion led by Dr. Peter W.T. Pisters, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center, at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Baker Institute, Rice University. Admission is free but online registration is required.

CVRI: Dr. Hong Wang presents the first Cardiovascular Research Institute seminar of the academic year at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Room 201A, main Baylor. She is director of the Center for Metabolic Disease Research at Temple University.

Systems Biology: Baylor's Systems Biology Center, the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences co-sponsor the "Systems Biology for Clinical Infectious Disease Research Symposium" on Sept. 18 at Moody Gardens, Galveston. Visiting speakers include Dr. Joao Xavier, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Charles Chiu, UC San Francisco and Dr. Lynn Bry, Harvard University. Learn more and register online.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, and Dr. Oguz Kanca, a postdoc in his lab at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, linked a new undiagnosed neurological syndrome with variants of the WDR37 gene 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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