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Harvey Plus 2 Years: Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, UT Medical Branch, Oregon State University, the Environmental Health Fund and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences presented their work covering everything from chemical exposure caused by floodwater to long-term psychological distress brought on by storm trauma at the “Hurricane Harvey: Two Years After Symposium” Aug. 22. Pictured are Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett with President Paul Klotman at the event.

Position Paper on Vaping: The College issued a position paper on the dangers of youth smoking and vaping this week. As e-cigarette use rises rapidly among younger generations, Baylor is calling on the public to educate elected officials, policy makers and community leaders on the health risks of tobacco and nicotine product use. The position paper is available online.

Holiday Closing: The College will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Faculty Kudos

CPRIT Grants: The College has been awarded more than $17.4 million by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support new cancer research and programs, core facilities and recruitment of faculty to the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Grants include a $3 million award for Dr. Hashem El-Serag, chair of medicine, through CPRIT’s Collaborative Action Program for Liver Cancer, a new statewide initiative to reverse the rising rates of liver cancer. The grant will support the Texas Collaborative Center for Hepatocellular Cancer.

  • CPRIT High-Impact/High Risk Awards valued at $200,000 each went to Dr. Yohannes Ghebre, associate professor of radiation oncology, for “Topical Esomeprazole for Radiation-induced Dermatitis,” and Dr. Robin Parihar, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology, for “Targeting Cancer Associated Fibroblasts with Anti-IL-11 Secreting CAR T Cells.”
  • An Early Translational Research Award of $1.3 million went to Dr. Bryan Burt, associate professor of surgery, for “Novel Endoscope-cleaning Port for Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery.”
  • CPRIT recruitment grants totaling $6 million will expand the pool of DLDCCC researchers.

image CPRIT awarded Dr. Steve Ludtke, professor of biochemistry & molecular biology, a $5.4 million Core Facility Support Award for “New Capabilities for Cancer Research in the TMC CryoEM Cores.” Dr. Jane Montealegre, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, received a $1.3 million Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services Award for “Expanding a Community Network for Cancer Prevention to Increase HPV Vaccine Uptake and Tobacco Prevention in a Medically Underserved Pediatric Population.”

Dr. Sharmila Anandasabapathy, director of Baylor Global Health, explains why we should focus on global health and its relationship with technology in “Global Is Local,” 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. Alison Bertuch, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children’s Cancer Center, recently was named chair of the Molecular Genetics B (MGB) Study Section of the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review. Applications reviewed by the MGB study section involve molecular mechanisms of genome replication, maintenance and gene expression.

image Dr. Joseph Coselli, professor and vice chair of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Shaine Morris, assistant professor of pediatrics - cardiology at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital, received the Leader of Distinction Award from the Marfan Foundation at its 35th annual conference, held in Houston last month. In addition, Alan Stolz and Dr. Irina Volguina of the Department of Surgery both earned the foundation's Heart of the Matter Award.

The Baylor Board of Trustees has named Dr. Peggy Goodell, professor in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, as chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, effective Oct. 1. She succeeds Chancellor Bert O’Malley, chair for more than 45 years, and interim chair Dr. Jeffrey Rosen. A faculty member since 1997, Goodell holds appointments in pediatrics, molecular & human genetics and pathology & immunology and the Vivian L. Smith Chair in Regenerative Medicine.

Faculty Resources

Educator Webcast: The Office of Faculty Development presents “Re-imagining Faculty Development in Health Professions Education,” the IAMSE fall webcast audio series. Session 1, “The Current Landscape of Faculty Development: Challenges and Opportunities,” starts at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. RSVP to participate for free on your computer.

Bootcamp for Educators: Learn the tools you need to succeed in your education role – applicable to any area. The Office of Faculty Development, School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Academy of Distinguished Educators present two bootcamp sessions this fall; register for one or both:

  • Teaching the 21st Century Learner – Align your teaching and assessment to best practices and cognitive science while engaging with experience educators, 2-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Room M321, main Baylor.
  • Strategies for Successful Teaching – Optimize your large and small group teaching with active approaches and learn to provide effective feedback, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 18, Room M323, main Baylor.

Faculty Opportunities

Call for Abstracts: The Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy is accepting abstracts relating to clinical ethics consultation for “Evolving Clinical Ethics: A Working UnConference” through Sunday, Sept. 15. See the website for more information.

Patient Safety: Volunteer physicians, residents and fellows, nurses and pharmacists are needed for a multi-institutional, inter-professional patient safety training event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Texas Medical Center. Organized by faculty from Baylor, Texas Woman’s University and The University of Houston College of Pharmacy, the evidence-based workshop brings together medical, nursing and pharmacy students to work through a near-miss patient safety case in small groups. The workshop needs 50 medical facilitators and a minimum of 25 nursing and 25 pharmacy facilitators. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Cara Lye or Dr. Sara Andrabi. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

Alumni Awards: Nominations are open for the College’s 2020 Alumni Awards. To nominate faculty and alumni and view past awardees, please see the alumni website. The recognition ceremony and dinner are set for April 25 at the Intercontinental Houston Medical Center. Nominations are due Sept. 27.

For a Good Cause

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 featured author. For details, call (713) 799-7108 or email Sarah Keith.

Komen Race: Join the Baylor team at the Komen Race for the Cure, Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Houston. The Susan G. Komen organization supports breast cancer research and care at Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register by Friday, Sept. 6, to get a team T-shirt.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Buprenorphine Waiver: The Department of Family & Community Medicine offers a free Opioid Use Disorder Training from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3701 Kirby Dr. The training is intended for physicians who are interested in obtaining a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. This in-person training, in combination with a four-hour online session, will qualify you to apply for the Drug Enforcement Agency waiver and provide up to four hours of CME credit. RSVP to reserve a place.

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 two Saturdays, 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.

Lung Injury: Baylor’s Avoiding Lung Injury Conference is a one-day CME-eligible symposium on strategies for minimizing lung injury and improving respiratory outcomes in the neonatal intensive care unit. A great panel of local speakers will address a variety of hot topics spanning care from the delivery room to the NICU on Oct. 18 at Texas Children’s Hospital. For conference information and registration, please see the website.

Blood Cancers: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center sponsor the Acute Hematologic Malignancies Symposium on Nov. 2. Dr. Gustavo Rivero, assistant professor of medicine – hematology & oncology. Dr. Martha Mims, Dan L Duncan Professor of Medicine, and Dr. C. Kent Osborne, professor and director of the DLDCCC head the symposium committee with topics including clonal hematopoiesis, myelodysplasia and acute AML pathogenesis and therapy. Learn more and register online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

The Johnson & Johnson Scholars Award Program promotes the development of female STEM2D leaders by supporting them at critical points in their careers in science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing and design. Women assistant professors who do not yet have tenure are eligible. Baylor may submit one application in each discipline. To apply, send a letter of nomination, NIH biosketch and research project summary to the internal portal by 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

THINC Awards: The Therapeutic Innovation Center (THINC@BCM) announces a seed program to develop new therapies in the areas of transcription, chromatin, and RNA regulation across a variety of disease contexts. Read more about this seed program that enables investigators to develop their hypotheses towards therapeutic development by leveraging THINC platforms and capabilities. Submissions are due Friday, Sept. 6.

Lurie Prize: The Foundation for the NIH is accepting nominations for its annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. Nominations are due Thursday, Sept. 12. More information is available online.

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to participate in a workshop to build skills in mentoring competencies including aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience and promoting professional development. Workshop activities are based on the mentor training curriculum of the NIH’s National Research Mentoring Network but will be tailored for Baylor mentors. Two workshop dates are offered in November. To attend, choose your preferred date by Oct. 21 For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Haudek, director of peer coaching in the Office of Faculty Development.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Xander Wehrens, Juanita P. Quigley Endowed Chair in Cardiology, and colleagues are learning about the molecular mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation 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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