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Health Equity Mixer: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training & Research recently hosted a mixer to introduce the class of 2018-2019 COE Scholars at the undergraduate, medical student, clinical fellow and faculty levels to the Center’s leadership and advisory board members. The Center provides career development activities for junior faculty participants, with the goal of increasing diversity in academic medicine. New faculty scholars include Dr. John Hollier, Dr. Faith Ihekweazu and Dr. Keila Lopez, assistant professors of pediatrics, Dr. John J. Saunders and Dr. Sade Udoetuk, assistant professors of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, Dr. Rosa Schmidt, assistant professor of medicine and a faculty senator, Dr. Iberia Sosa, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Dr. Elizabeth Tran, assistant professor of family & community medicine. Pictured is Provost Alicia Monroe welcoming the scholars.


Strategic Planning Kickoff: Faculty leaders packed McMillian Auditorium Aug. 23 to learn about the College’s Strategic Plan, which focuses on building capacity and expertise in precision medicine and population health to develop Baylor into a “Learning Health System.” Attendees heard presentations on six workgroups: Science & Discovery, Translational Medicine, Precision Medicine, Population Health, Health Information, and Ethics, Policy & Implementation and were asked to select one for their participation. Each workgroup will deliver a SWOT analysis, objectives and a white paper in November.

  • Dr. William Tierney, chair of the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, will speak on the “Role of the Academic Medical Center in Population Health” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at McMillan Auditorium, main Baylor.

imageCPRIT Grants: The College has been awarded more than $31 million by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support new research, core facilities and recruitment of new faculty at the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Grants include a $6 million Multi-Investigator Research Award for Dr. Dolores Lopez-Terrada, professor of pathology & immunology and pediatrics, to study “Protective Biomarkers and Novel Therapies for High-Risk Pediatric Liver Cancers.”

  • CPRIT High-Impact/ High-Risk Awards valued at $200,000 each went to Dr. Philip J. Lupo, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology for “The Early-Life Exposome and Risk of Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia,” Dr. Maksim Mamonkin, assistant professor of pathology & immunology for “Controlling the Activity of Anticancer T Cells by Inducing Replicative Senescence,” Dr. Eric Chang, associate professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, for “Regulating Androgen Receptor as a Corepressor by Neurofibromin (NF1),” and Dr. Eveline Barbieri, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, for “Targeting MYCN-Driven Metabolism in Neuroblastoma.”
  • Four CPRIT recruitment grants totaling $14 million will expand the pool of DLDCCC researchers.

image imageDr. Adrian P. Gee, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology and director of the Cell Processing and Vector Production Shared Resource, received a $5.3 million Core Facility Support Award from CPRIT for “Children’s Access to Regenerative Medicine in Texas.” CPRIT awarded Dr. Christine Beeton, associate professor of molecular physiology & biophysics and academic director of the Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core, $5.2 million for the “Advanced Multiparameter Cytometry and Cell Sorting Core.”


Surgical Research: The departments of surgery and medicine have launched a new training program called Surgical Health Services Academy for Research and Education (SHARE) at IQuESt. The program is designed to provide health services research training for surgical outcomes investigators, drawing on the expertise of IQuESt, the largest health services research center in the Southwest and a VA Center of Innovation, based at Baylor and the DeBakey VA. Inaugural SHARE investigators are Dr. Hop S. Tran Cao, Dr. Konstantinos Makris and Dr. Abbas Rana, assistant professors of surgery, and Dr. James Suliburk, associate professor of surgery.

College Events

Labor Day: The College will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Faculty Senate Roadshow: Find out how the Senate is working for you when the Roadshow comes to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in the Auditorium, MEDVAC.

Sharing Science Symposium: The College and Houston Health Department present a community "Sharing Science Symposium: From Research to the Real World" on the latest HIV research, 12:30 – 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5. Free registration is available online or by calling (832) 393-5010.

Education Grand Rounds: Dr. Paul Levy of the University of Akron speaks on “Feedback Orientation: What it is and Why It Matters for Clinician Educators” at noon Thursday, Sept. 6, in Room M321, main Baylor. Zoom video conferencing is available for those who cannot attend in person: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android or call (713) 798-9666, meeting ID: 960 482 683.

Book & Author Dinner: Friends of the Texas Medical Center Library hosts its annual book and author fundraiser Friday, Sept. 7, in the UTHealth Cooley University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge. Dr. Kenneth Mattox, professor of surgery and editor of “The History of Surgery in Houston,” is the guest speaker. Prices range from $150 for the event and the book to $50 for students. Proceeds benefit the Friends Fund for Staff Development and the TMC Library McGovern Historical Collection. For details call (713) 799-7108 or email Sarah Keith.

Faculty Resources

Women in Science: The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston hosts its monthly networking event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 4, at OKRA Charity Saloon, 924 Congress Ave. The first Tuesday of each month is your time to network with other women in the sciences and discuss workshops and career development opportunities. Information and registration are online.

Legal 101: Join the Faculty Senate for a Lunch & Learn session on legal issues affecting faculty. Members of the Office of General Counsel will discuss predatory publishing, intellectual property and conflicts of interest at noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Early & Mid-Career Advancement: The Career Advancement Series is a five-part program at Baylor sponsored by the Offices of the Provost, Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and Faculty Development. It offers a professional development opportunity for faculty from all disciplines and educational backgrounds in three categories for assistant professors, associate professors and individuals who are seeking to participate in an assistant professor women’s faculty group. More information and application instructions are available on the diversity website. Deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 14.

ENS Video: In an emergency, what gets the message to you fastest: email, telephone or text? If you picked "text" be sure you have opted-in to the College’s Emergency Notification System. It’s safe, fast and important. Just log in to the website and key in your mobile phone number. This video produced by the Faculty Senate shows why it’s a good idea.

Fire Safety: Baylor supports bicyclists who commute to and from campus; however, bikes, scooters and mopeds must be parked in designated racks located at campus buildings. Do not block the entrances and exits to buildings, classrooms and other rooms, labs, hallways and stairwells. Bikes that do block these pathways are in violation of city code and will be removed. The City of Houston Fire Marshal will conduct a follow-up inspection and may issue citations to violators.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Seminars

Surgical Education & Simulation: This Texas Association of Surgical Skills Laboratories conference covers robotics, endoscopy, virtual reality training, feedback, motivational interviewing, improvisation for educators and academic RVUs starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in Room M321/323 main Baylor. No registration required.

DeBakey Lecture: Dr. David H. Adams of Mount Sinai Hospital’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, delivers the inaugural Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture at Surgery Grand Rounds, 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Hematology-Oncology: Dr. Helen Heslop, professor and director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, is an invited speaker at the sixth annual meeting of the Society of Hematologic Oncology, scheduled for Sept. 12-15 at the Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St. Topics will cover the latest advances in the pathophysiology and therapy of leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms, lymphomas, multiple myeloma and related malignancies, plus exciting developments in basic research. More information and registration are available online.

Hernia Symposium: The Multidisciplinary Management of Complex Hernias symposium is Saturday, Sept. 15, at the McNair Campus. Lectures focus on complex open and minimally invasive abdominal wall reconstruction techniques, reconstructions in the setting of infection, inguinal hernia repairs, and setting up a hernia center. CME credit is available. Register online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

DLDCCC Lecture: Dr. Dan Theodorescu, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Cedars-Sinai, discusses “Translating Cancer Biology into Novel Therapies” at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room N315, main Baylor.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Huaizhu Wu, associate professor of medicine, speaks on “Monocyte phenotypes and atherosclerosis in hyperlipidemia” at noon Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Room 301A, main Baylor

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer: The Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers host the International Pediatric Thyroid Cancer Conference Sept. 13-14, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The free conference brings together leading multidisciplinary investigators, including many Baylor faculty members, for presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions. For more information and to register, please go online.

Research Resources

Core Labs: The Advanced Technology Cores Catalog for 2018 is now available to help you access the high-end instrumentation and specialized technologies you need for your research. The catalog provides an introduction to each of the College's cores, including services and major instrumentation/technology platforms, personnel, contact information and examples of scientific capabilities. For more information about any of the cores, visit the ATC lab listing online.

From the Labs: Read why MSTP trainee George Denfield and his mentor, Dr. Andreas Tolias, the Brown Foundation Endowed Chair of Neuroscience, say you should pay attention to the “noise” in your brain in this blog article. You can receive weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with "Subscribe me to From the Labs" in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for September.

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