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Ask Me About My Research: Talking about the great work going on at Baylor not only informs the public but also might inspire the next generation of scientists. In this video, Dr. LeChauncy Woodard, associate professor of medicine - health services research and a faculty senator, and her daughter Cate Solari show just how easy it is to start a conversation about your research. You can pick up an “Ask Me About My Research” button in the Office of Communications and Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor.


All of Us Grant: The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, has named a consortia led by the College’s Human Genome Sequencing Center as one of three centers responsible for generating clinical grade genomic data from biosamples contributed by the program’s anticipated 1 million participants. Ultimately, this information will become a critical component in the program’s precision medicine research platform, a national resource to support studies on a variety of important health questions. The Baylor effort, led by HGSC founding director Dr. Richard Gibbs, will be carried out in the HGSC’s CAP/CLIA certified clinical laboratory and will engage the Johns Hopkins Genomics Center for Inherited Disease Research and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health.

Faculty Handbook: The Provost’s Office and the Office of Faculty Affairs are pleased to announce the arrival of the new Faculty Handbook. This edition is a web-based compilation of the policies, procedures and resources pertaining to faculty members across all the College's mission areas. By linking to source documents, the handbook is intended to reference the most current information available. While many of the links lead to Baylor's public website, some will require your BCM login to access the intranet. If you have any questions about the new handbook, please contact Faculty Affairs.

Faculty Kudos

imageThe Southwest Pediatric Device Consortium, led by Dr. Chester Koh, associate professor of urology, faculty senator and director of the Pediatric Robotic Surgery Program, has received a $6.75 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The five-year grant will support the consortium's goal to expand development of much-needed medical devices for children, from design and manufacturing through regulatory testing.


imageDr. Kris Lehnhardt, senior faculty in emergency medicine and the Center for Space Medicine and a senior scientist manager for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, has been selected as the Exploration Medical Capability Element scientist at the NASA Johnson Space Center. He is responsible for leading research and operations supporting the development of medical capabilities for future human exploration missions.


image imageDr. Philip Lupo, and Dr. Karen Rabin, associate professors of pediatric hematology-oncology, have been awarded a grant from the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program to better understand why children with Down syndrome are predisposed to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia and congenital heart disease. The grant will support whole genome sequencing of more than 2,000 individuals with Down syndrome.


image imageDr. Blesson Selvanesan, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Dr. Chandra Yallampalli, professor of obstetrics & gynecology, have been awarded an R01 grant for “Mechanisms for Sex Differences in Metabolic Programming,” in which they will investigate how in utero exposure to a low protein diet programs offspring to develop lean type 2 diabetes in adulthood. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases grant also will support their study of the role and mechanisms of low protein-induced developmental programming and the influence of sex steroids in metabolism.


imageimageDr. Andrew Sikora, associate professor of otolaryngology, and Dr. Ananth Annapragada, professor of radiology, received a UO1 grant from the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research to enhance the effectiveness of radiotherapy and radiotherapy in combination with immunotherapy for oral cancer by targeting cancer-induced immunosuppressive cells. Their goal is to develop a novel nanoparticle-based treatment approach that eventually can translate to cancer clinical trials.


College Events

Neuropsychiatry Symposium The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute hosts a symposium and workshop on the risk factors, genes, circuits and mechanisms of neuropsychiatric disorders and the translational research that may lead to effective therapies on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 - 2, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Led by NRI director Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Dr. Steve Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute, the symposium’s proceedings will be published in Science Translational Medicine. Online registration is free but required.

Sugarbaker Memorial: The memorial service for Dr. David Sugarbaker, professor and chief of general thoracic surgery and holder of the Olga Keith Wiess Chair of Surgery, is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Denton A. Cooley Auditorium. A reception will follow.

Listen Actively: Ombuds Melanie Jagneaux presents “Briefing and Listen Actively” as part of the Faculty Development Seminar Series, sponsored by molecular & human genetics, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Room M112, main Baylor.

Sports Medicine: The Partnership for BCM hosts “Advances in Sports Medicine: Staying ot the Top of Your Game,” with Dr. Mark Adickes, chief of sports medicine, and Dr. Rosalyn Nguyen, assistant professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation and a faculty senator. The reception starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Briar Club. Register online to attend.

Diversity Week: Join the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for a “Compassionate Conversation on Poverty and Homelessness in the Greater Houston Area” at noon Thursday, Oct. 4, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Speakers include Dr. Ruth Buzi, associate professor with the Baylor Population Program, Dr. Naomi Lee McCants, Dr. Fareed Khan and Dr. Kenya Steele, faculty in family & community medicine, and medical student Harish Eswaran.

  • Diversity Service Project: Help the homeless by donating tuna fish (in pouches, not cans), small boxes of raisins, chewy granola bars, juice boxes and gallon-sized zippered bags to make snack packs during Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Week. Donations will be accepted through Thursday, Oct. 4, at College locations and affiliate facilities. Drop by to help assemble the snack packs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.

Faculty Opportunities

Admissions Interviewing: Baylor faculty, fellows, residents and alumni are encouraged to apply for a membership position on the School of Medicine's Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee. The position begins immediately. Read about its requirements in Faculty Opportunities and contact Shannon Mendoza by Monday, Oct. 1, if interested in this service opportunity.

Faculty Resources

Pathways to Promotion: Learn about Baylor’s updated faculty promotions guidelines and get a workbook tool to guide your progress at a virtual workshop offered by the Office of Faculty Development at noon Tuesday, Oct. 2. View the workshop on Zoom.

Flu shots are being offered by the Occupational Health Program across the Baylor campus this month. More dates and locations will be added; please check the OHP calendar for updates. You also may get your flu shot from your physician’s office or at a pharmacy or walk-in clinic. Wherever you get vaccinated, be sure to complete the online verification to show you complied with Baylor’s policy requiring flu vaccination for all employees and trainees.

  • Texas Children's Hospital, Abercrombie Auditorium: 2 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3
  • Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus, Conference Room A: 2 - 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Management Certificate: The College and Rice University offer the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management, a CME credit-eligible program designed for physician- and nurse-executives, medical directors and senior administrators to develop their leadership and management skills. The six-weekend course begins Nov. 9 and runs through May 4, 2019. You can read more about the program and apply online.

For a Good Cause

Harvey Study: The second round of the Harvey wristband study being conducted by the Center for Precision Environmental Health and the Department of Medicine epidemiology section is underway. Researchers are looking for new participants as well as those who took part in the study last year. If you currently live in or volunteered in a home that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey, you are eligible to take part. Sign up between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. Email Harveystudy@bcm.edu or call (713) 798-2951 for more information.

Komen Houston Race: Join the BCM Team as it raises funds for breast cancer research on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby St. Register and donate online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Epic 2018 Training: The College’s Epic system will be upgraded with improved features and functionality on Oct. 22. Epic 2018 training begins Monday, Oct. 1, and all users are expected to be familiar with the new version prior to launch. More information on in-person and Zoom-based training is available on the SharePoint site.

Faculty Senate Roadshow: Find out how the Senate is working for you when the Roadshow comes to Texas Children’s Hospital from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the TCH Pavilion for Women, fourth floor conference area.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Claudia Alfonso-Soler, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, leads a public seminar on treatment and research strategies for children with Glycogen Storage Disease at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Admission is free but registration is required.

Clinical Seminars

Cardiovascular Regeneration: The Texas Heart Institute’s International Symposium on Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 - 6, at the Denton Cooley Auditorium. This CME-eligible program features Leading scientists, physicians and surgeons from around the world sharing new findings, discussing current research and debating the state of the field of clinical regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy. Online registration is open.

DFCon2018: The 18th annual interdisciplinary diabetic foot conference is set for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 11 - 13, at the Royal Sonesta Galleria. The continuing education course is designed for the wide spectrum of generalists and specialists who diagnose and manage the diabetic foot. Didactic talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, specialty symposia and workshops will delve into diagnostic and interventional strategies for diabetic foot ulcers and amputation prevention. Information and registration details are online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Aging & Regeneration: Dr. Hui Zheng, professor and director of the Huffington Center on Aging, and Dr. Florent Elefteriou, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and genetics, join Dr. Candace Kerr, stem cell program officer at the National Institute on Aging, at the Gulf Coast Consortia Regenerative Medicine in Aging Symposium, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative. Register online.

Data Science: Dr. Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of neuroscience, is an invited speaker at the 2018 Rice Data Science Conference taking place Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8 - 9 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative. The global data science forum spans applied and fundamental theory, academia and industry to enable discussions, networking, collaboration and partnership building for industry, researchers and policy-makers. Online registration is open.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Chad Creighton, associate professor of medicine, found out about altered gene regulatory regions and cancer in this blog post. 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.

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