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From the Labs: October’s image of the month shows mitochondria (red) – the cell’s power house – in human adipocytes engineered to expend energy. Cell nuclei are shown in blue. Image courtesy of Dr. Sean M. Hartig, assistant professor of medicine and molecular & cellular biology, and his lab. Read about his research on obesity and type 2 diabetes. You can receive twice-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.

Faculty Review: The Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning self-assessment forms are available; please check your email for a message from “Performance Management” with a link to the system to begin your self-assessment. Visit the Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning website for training materials and resources. Complete your self-assessment by Oct. 17. If you have questions, please contact performancemanagement@bcm.edu.

Educational Scholarship: The Academy of Distinguished Educators featured 33 posters in the Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship Sept. 21. Four posters were selected as finalists: “An Application of the Design-Based Research Model to Create a Mastery Learning Module for Focused Cardiac Ultrasound” by a team led by Dr. Kyle Brown, postdoctoral fellow in pediatrics; “Development and Implementation of a Patient Safety and QI Workshop for Senior Anesthesiology Residents” by Dr. Julia Chen, assistant professor of anesthesiology, and team; “Effect of Cognitive Load of Learners During Resuscitation Training – A Comparison of Rapid Cycle Deliberate Practice and Traditional Reflective Debriefing” by Dr. Daniel Lemke, assistant professor of pediatrics, and team; and “The Development of a Theory-Informed Assessment of Reasoning Tool” by Dr. Satid Thammasitboon, associate professor of pediatrics, and team.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, instructor of pediatrics, child neurologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, has been awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s Early Independence Award from the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program. The $1.25 million award will support her work on how single gene changes that alter transcriptional networks can affect communication between neurons.

Dr. Bruno Chumpitazi, associate professor of pediatrics, faculty senator and director of the Neurogastroenterology and Motility Program at Texas Children's Hospital, received a two-year grant from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Foundation for his research project, "Advancing Nutritional Science for Children with Functional Dyspepsia."

As part of the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot initiative, the National Cancer Institute has awarded $6.3 million dollars to Dr. Nicholas Mitsiades, associate professor of medicine and molecular & cellular biology, and a multidisciplinary, collaborative team at the College to establish a Minority Patient-derived xenograft Development and Trial Center. The Center will be dedicated to creating new tools that will help researchers to better understand the biological causes behind racial and ethnic health disparities in prostate and breast cancers.

Dr. Bert O'Malley, chancellor and former longtime chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, will receive the 2018 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University this month. He is being honored along with Pierre Chambon, Institute of Advanced Study at the Strasbourg University and Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in France, and Ronald M. Evans, of the Salk Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, for their discoveries of how steroid hormones regulate the behavior of distant cells.

Dr. Anita Rohra, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is featured in the “Meet Your Senator” article on the faculty intranet portal. She represents the interests of the faculty at large on the Senate.

Dr. Reid Sutton, professor of molecular & human genetics, was named to the Accreditation for Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors. The mission of the ACGME is to improve healthcare and population health by assessing and advancing the quality of resident physicians' education through accreditation.

College Events

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.

Benefits Enrollment: A Benefits Fair kicks off the 2019 Open Enrollment season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct 8, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. Drop by to talk with the Human Resources team and vendors about health insurance, retirement plans and more. Open Enrollment meetings and two Zoom sessions will be held Oct. 11 – 19; check the schedule for locations and times. Additional Benefits Fairs are set for:

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Conference Rooms A&B
  • Children’s Nutrition Research Building: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the CNRC Lobby

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.

Breast Cancer Conversation: This community forum features Dr. Suzanne Fuqua, professor in the breast center, discussing breast cancer advocacy at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. The event is free but please register.

Faculty Resources

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, but sure to complete the online verification to show you complied with Baylor’s policy requiring flu vaccination for all employees and trainees.

  • John P. McGovern Campus: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Room OS186

Education Lectures: The School of Medicine and Center for Professionalism host Dr. Aviad Haramati, founding director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center for three Claire Huckins Medical Education Lectures:

  • “Teaching Science in Medical School in the 21st Century” at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 in Cullen Auditorium, with a reception to follow in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor
  • “Educating the Educators through CENTILE: A Mandate for Every Medical Center” at 9 a.m. Oct. 16 in Cullen Auditorium
  • “Managing Stress, Building Resilience: The Imperative for Self-Care in the Training of Health Professionals” at noon Oct. 16 in Cullen Auditorium

Huffington Symposium: The Huffington Center on Aging presents a Scientific Symposium and Poster Session as part of its 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 17. The day-long event will feature Dr. Shelley Berger of the University of Pennsylvania and other leading scientists in the fields of biology of aging, longevity and age-related diseases, a poster session and a dinner presentation by renowned author Arianna Huffington. See details about symposium and the agenda.

Wellness Lectures: The Center for Professionalism and Department of Medicine present Dr. Tait Shanafelt, chief wellness officer and associate dean at Stanford School of Medicine, on “Finding Meaning, Balance and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine” at 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 18 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. CME credit and BeWell points are available for attendees.

Faculty Opportunities

Science Fairs: Volunteers are needed to advise middle school students from Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan and Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk in their school science fairs. Help students revise their research questions, develop their procedures and facilitate data interpretation during Saturday coaching sessions, 8 – 10 a.m., October through January. Sign up for one day or multiple days. Email Beatriz Perez-Sweeney or Katherine Harris for more information.

Storytellers Sought: Submit a story for the Texas Medical Center’s storytelling event, Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine. The theme is "Giving Thanks." Your 600-900 word story sketch is due Oct. 14. Those selected will be invited to workshop and share their stories at the event Nov. 14 at McGovern Medical School. For more information, see the website.

Call for Art: The Graduate Student Council encourages you to submit artwork for the 17th annual Art Show benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital Cancer & Hematology Arts in Medicine Program. Please register your art donations online by 5 p.m. Oct. 29 The show is Nov. 12 – 16.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Quality & Safety: Applications are open for the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety's QI Jumpstart, starting Dec. 6. This intermediate-level training course to is designed for healthcare providers with an introductory knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety but who would benefit from hands-on experience in applying the learned principles to improve their healthcare practice and to mentor trainees. There is no charge to attend the course but space is limited. Learn more and apply online by Sunday, Oct. 7.

Bladder Cancer: Connect with bladder cancer patients, survivors and caregivers at this summit sponsored by the Bladder Cancer Advisory Network. Hear leading bladder cancer experts discuss research advances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 - 13, at the JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer. Register online.

From Strength to Strength: This two-part program for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities teaches techniques that lower stress, depression and anxiety. Led by College and Texas Children’s Hospital faculty and trainees, the bilingual program starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Avondale House, 3737 O’Meara Drive. Register online.

Clinical Event

Co-Cathedral Service: Physicians, healthcare professionals and trainees are welcome at a special service for the health professions at 5 p.m. Oct. 20, at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. Sponsored by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Catholic Healthcare Professionals of Houston and San Jose Clinic, the service includes reflections on “The Nature and Treatment of Human Suffering” and is followed by a reception.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Thomas Cappola, chief of cardiovascular medicine at University of Pennsylvania, speaks on “Genomics and treatment of heart failure” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 10, Room 301A, main Baylor.

TBMM Lecture Dr. Janine M. LaSalle of the University of California, Davis, presents the keynote lecture, "An Epigenetic Journey of Insights into Neurodevelopmental Disorders," at the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Research Retreat, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Matzuk Lecture: Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, chairman of the board of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. and retired chair and CEO of Merck & Co. Inc., presents the Alexander R. Matzuk Lecture in Drug Discovery on “My Career in Drug Discovery,” at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Keck Conference: The 28th annual Gulf Coast Consortia Keck Center Research Conference focuses on “Data Science and Machine Learning for Biomedicine” Oct. 26 at the Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative. Guest speakers include Dr. Casey Greene, assistant professor of systems pharmacology & translational therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado, professor of biomedical informatics, UC San Diego. Register online.

Cancer Symposium: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the DeBakey VA Medical Center and Harris Health System host the inaugural Hematologic Malignancies Symposium on Nov. 3 in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Clonal hematopoiesis, myelodysplasia and acute AML pathogenesis and therapy are topics for the poster session and presentations led by Dr. Gustavo Rivero, Dr. Martha Mims and Dr. C. Kent Osborne, director of the DLDCCC. For more information, contact Christina Velasquez. Register for the symposium online.

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