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From the Labs: October’s Image of the Month captures the two main cell types in the Islet of Langerhans in the pancreas that produce insulin (green) and glucagon (red), as revealed by immunohistochemistry. The nuclei of the cells are shown in blue. Image courtesy of the lab of Dr. Robert Waterland and Environmental Epigenetics, 2019. Read about it in this week’s post.

Policy Update: The Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees has approved several new and revised policies since January 1, 2019, including: 31.4.40 – BCM Workforce Members: Standards for Access to PHI; 13.1.0 – Expense Reimbursement Policy; 21.1.08 – Government Investigation Response Policy; 31.4.15 – Uses & Disclosures of PHI: Genetic PHI; 28.1.07 – Residents & Fellows as Teachers and Educators Policy; 27.4.03 – [GME] Duty Hours Policy; 27.3.6 – [GME] Moonlighting Policy; 12.2.23 – Digital Governance: Policy Standards for Use and Management of Digital Content; 02.8.56 – Jury Duty and Other Summons to Court; 23.1.12 - Student Leave of Absence Policy; 23.2.04 – Educator Conflicts of Interest; 28.1.08 – Clinical Supervision of Medical Students Policy; 28.1.09 – Academic Workload in the Foundational Sciences Curriculum; 28.1.10 – Alternative Educational Site Request Procedure; 28.1.11 – Narrative Assessment Policy; 26.1.35 – Physician Departure and Patient Notification Policy; 23.1.04 – Institutional Tuition and Fees Policy; 12.2.01 – Acceptable Use Policy; 12.2.04 – Laptop and Mobile Device Security; 12.2.07 – Email Use Policy; and 12.2.16 – Encryption Policy. Other policies have been modified to remain consistent with these updates. Please contact Megan Monroe, director of policy governance, with any questions or concerns.

Disclosure of Outside Interest: The Disclosure of Outside Interest web portal is live. Faculty, staff 1 & 2, residents, graduates and post-graduates are encouraged to begin entering 2019 calendar year financial disclosures of outside interests now. Effective immediately, pre-approvals for speaking, consulting, advising and serving as a legal expert/witness must be entered through the DOI web portal. BRAIN's EDFR and ECOI are no longer active. Instead, investigators must use the DOI web portal to submit their significant financial interests in accordance with BCM policy. Your department/center has appointed representatives to assist if you have questions or encounter any issues while using the DOI web portal and DOI FAQs and other tools are posted on the intranet.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Matthew Ellis, professor and director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and a McNair Scholar, has been awarded the Susan G. Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Clinical Research. He was recognized for his contributions to understanding the genomics of breast cancer and translating this knowledge to the clinic.

Dr. Christophe Herman, professor of molecular & human genetics and molecular virology & microbiology and a faculty senator, has been awarded the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award. The award supports scientists with outstanding records of creativity pursuing new research directions to develop pioneering approaches to major challenges in science. The $3.5 million award will fund Herman’s work to overcome growing resistance to antibiotics and to develop a genetically engineered antimicrobial platform.

Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair of Molecular and Human Genetics, has received a $7 million renewal grant from the NIH for the Brittle Bone Disorders Consortium of the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network. The grant will continue the consortium’s study and treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta.

The Baylor Board of Trustees named Dr. Kenneth Liao, professor and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Transplantation and Circulatory Support, to the Lester and Sue Smith Endowed Chair in Surgery at its September meeting. The chief of cardiothoracic transplantation at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, he also specializes in minimally invasive valve repair and robotic cardiac surgery. Liao joined the faculty in 2019.

Dr. Harvey Levin, professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation, explains how to recognize the signs of concussion and what role research plays in the way concussions are treated in “Facing Concussions Head On,” 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. Aleksandar Milosavljevic, professor of molecular & human genetics, has been appointed to the Henry and Emma Meyer Professorship in Molecular Genetics by the Board of Trustees. A faculty member since 2001, he has developed a highly productive research program in bioinformatics and played a key role in the recent restructuring of the Graduate School, where he leads the Quantitative and Computational Biosciences Program.

Educational Scholarship: The Academy of Distinguished Educators featured 72 posters in its Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship September 20. Panelists selected eight posters as winners. In the Faculty/Staff category, “A Data Mining Framework for Improving Student Outcomes on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination” by Dr. Jimmy Clark, executive director of academic technology; “Just Dance! Teaching Clinical Reasoning Using Innovative Teaching Methods” by Dr. Jenelle Little, assistant professor of pediatrics; “Take a Deep Breath: Assessing Pediatric Resident Interest in Learning Mindfulness Strategies to Use with Pediatrics Patients” by Dr. Sonia Monteiro, assistant professor of pediatrics; and “Using Electronic Messages to Improve Transmission of Hospital Updates & Initiatives in a High-Acuity Residency Program” by Dr. Nathan Nowalk, assistant professor of medicine, were honored.

  • In the Trainee category: “Assessment of Clinical Learning Environment on a General Inpatient Pediatric Team” by Dr. Gal Barak, pediatrics fellow; “A Multifaceted Research Engagement Program Improved General Surgery Resident's Academic Productivity” by William Frankel, medical student; “Leadership Training for Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents, A Multi-Institutional Needs Assessment” by Dr. Grace Johnson, obstetrics & gynecology resident; and “Creation and Validation of the Learning Environment Assessment Framework Tool: Assessing Psychological Safety in a Group Learning Setting” by Dr. Cristina Welch, pediatrics fellow, were chosen as winners.

College Events

Diversity & Inclusion Week wraps up with “Ethical Conflicts in the Care of Immigrants,” a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Amy McGuire, featuring Drs. Fernando Stein, Karla Fredericks and Elizabeth Chiao, at noon Friday, Oct. 11, in Howland Auditorium, Children’s Nutrition Research Center. See Baylor’s diversity in action in this video that speaks to the College’s values.

Wellness 5K: Support Baylor students while focusing on your health and having fun at the annual race/walk benefiting student wellness initiatives, Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Texas Medical Center. This is a timed event, and runners can join as individuals or teams (walkers and non-timed runners welcome, too). There are lots of race-day activities including a kids' fun run and childcare. Register online.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health” is the topic of Dr. Eric Green’s credit-eligible presentation at noon Monday, Oct. 14, in Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, or via Zoom, meeting ID 998 568 805. Green is director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

DocTalk: Dr. George Hutton, professor of neurology, discusses Multiple Sclerosis at noon Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Open Enrollment for benefits continues through Monday, Oct. 21. This is your opportunity to make changes to enrollment elections for health, dental and vision insurance and to participate in flexible spending accounts. Attend a benefits fair or open enrollment meeting to get the most out of the College’s benefits.

  • Benefits fairs, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
    • Main Baylor: Rayzor Lounge, Monday, Oct. 14
    • McNair Campus: Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, Conference Rooms A&B, Tuesday, Oct. 15
    • Children’s Nutrition Research Center: CNRC lobby, Wednesday, Oct. 16
  • Open enrollment meetings via Zoom: Noon Friday, Oct. 11, and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
  • One-on-one assistance: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 21 in Room 018D, main Baylor

Faculty Opportunities

BCM/UH Grants: Grant proposals are being accepted for projects to stimulate the development of collaborative research teams comprising investigators from Baylor and the University of Houston. Eight to 10 grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded. High priority research areas include precision medicine, population health, translational medicine, health disparities and accessibility, and more. Letters of intent are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, with full proposals due Nov. 15. See the guidelines for details.

Emerging Leaders: The National Academy of Medicine is accepting applications for the two components of its Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine Program: ELHM Scholars and Emerging Leaders Forum. The ELHM Program increases the NAM’s engagement with exceptional, interdisciplinary early- and mid-career professionals working in biomedical science, population health, health care, health policy and related fields. The ELHM Program facilitates opportunities for mentorship, collaboration and innovation between the emerging leaders, NAM members and experts across sectors. Applications are due Nov. 1. Read more online.

Policy Fellows: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program provides the nation’s most comprehensive learning experience at the nexus of health, science and policy in Washington, D.C. It is an outstanding opportunity for exceptional midcareer health professionals and behavioral/social scientists with an interest in health and health care policy. Fellows participate in the policy process at the federal level and use that leadership experience to improve health, health care, and health policy. Applications are due Nov. 6. More information is available on the website.

The Saturday Morning Science program is recruiting volunteers from the School of Medicine, Graduate School and School of Health Professions. The community outreach program exposes middle and high school students to careers in healthcare and biomedical sciences. Volunteers are needed to serve as small group facilitators for various topics related to each session’s lecture. The 10 sessions meet from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays from January through May. Please email Laura Perry or Dr. Rayne Rouce to volunteer.

Faculty Resources

Flu Shots: The Occupational Health Program offers the flu vaccine from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Room E4-125, Jamail Specialty Care Center, McNair Campus. Please check the OHP calendar for more dates and locations. 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.

Life Support: Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification and recertification courses are offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine. Upcoming courses include initial certification on Saturday, Oct. 19 and 26. The full schedule and registration link are available online. In addition, instructors are needed for the courses. Email Helen Dailey for more information.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Bryan Burt, associate professor and interim chief of general thoracic surgery, and Dr. Crystal Shin, assistant professor of surgery, make faculty research grant presentations at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom, meeting ID: 517 471 817.

Cochlear Implants: The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery hosts the 4th Annual Cochlear Implant Candidate and Recipient Symposium from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, McNair Campus. An open house for candidates to meet with cochlear implant manufacturer representatives precedes educational presentations by implant recipients, surgeons, audiologists and pathologists. RSVP to attend.

Primary Care Update: The Department of Family & Community Medicine sponsors a one-day conference providing evidence-based advice on topics including cardiac care, headache diagnosis and management and hypertension in a non-commercial setting on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Register online for the CME-eligible conference.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

TBMM Retreat: The Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Annual Research Retreat and Conference spotlights Dr. Daisuke Nakada, associate professor of molecular & human genetics, and Dr. Katherine King, associate professor of pediatrics, discussing “Molecular Mechanisms of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Production and Regulation in Cancer and Inflammation” at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Dr. Nicholas Katsanis, professor of cell biology and pediatrics at Duke University and founder and CEO of Rescind Therapeutics, presents “Simple Complex Genetics” as the keynote address at 4 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium.

Wong Symposium: Dr. Douglas Wallace, director of the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, presents “A Mitochondrial Etiology of Complex Diseases” as the keynote address at the Scientific Symposium in Honor of Lee-Jung Wong, Ph.D., professor of molecular & human genetics, noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Schoolar Lecture: Dr. Bryan Roth, professor of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical School, presents the Schoolar Lecture in Psychopharmacology, “New Insights into Psychiatric Drug Actions,” at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Biochemistry: Dr. Laura Cancedda of the Italian Institute of Technology speaks on “New Therapeutic Approaches to Treat Brain Disorders Characterized by Impaired Chloride Homeostasis” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in room N315, main Baylor.

Research Resources

ResRadar: If you have a research project that would benefit from a student’s participation, give ResRadar a try. Designed by Baylor students, the website serves as a forum for students to find research projects of interest and researchers to find students who are eager to contribute to their projects. ResRadar is easy to use. Simply post your contact information and your project’s location, type of research and description. Prospective students will contact you for more information.

Surgical Research: The Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Surgery is accepting applications from M.D. surgical residents and Ph.D. post-doctoral fellows interested in academic careers in cardiovascular research through a highly structured, collaborative surgeon-scientist research experience. The program offers tracks in bioengineering & biodesign, basic & translational research and clinical & outcomes research and supports two trainees per year for two years. Applications are due Jan. 3.

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