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Ask Me About My Research: Dr. Prathap Jayaram, assistant professor of physical medicine & rehabilitation, joins third-grader Noah Nguyen to show the importance of talking with laypeople about your work in this episode of Ask Me About My Research. You can pick up your own “Ask Me” button in the Office of Communications & Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor.

Healthgrades Ranking: Healthgrades on Oct. 22 released its 2020 Specialty Excellence Awards, which recognize 1,007 hospitals that rank in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for at least one of 16 specialty areas evaluated by the consultancy firm. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was ranked among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care and received Specialty Excellence Awards in Cranial Neurosurgery, Gastrointestinal Care, Joint Replacement and Stroke Care.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Monisha Arya, assistant professor of medicine, recently received the Mentor of the Year Award from the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, a program of the Department of Medicine and the VA Health Services Research & Development Center of Innovation. Her mentorship has included guiding students in writing manuscripts and preparing poster presentations and grant applications.

Dr. Marni Axelrad, professor of pediatrics and clinical program director of Psychology Service at Texas Children's Hospital, was appointed to the American Psychological Association Advisory Steering Committee for the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines for a three-year term. The committee consists of nine nationally recognized psychologists overseeing clinical practice guideline development for the organization of more than 118,000 members.

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, professor of pediatrics and molecular virology & immunology and associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, was inducted into the National Academy of Science of Honduras during a ceremony held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on Sept. 24. Her plenary presentation entitled “Immunizations Against Neglected Tropical Diseases” highlighted the advances in vaccine development from Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development.

Dr. Daniel Chelius, assistant professor of otolaryngology, was elected by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Board of Directors as the annual meeting program coordinator-elect. In this role, he will serve a five-year term on the board overseeing the annual meetings from 2020 to 2024. The meeting draws 7,000-plus attendees from more than 80 countries and more than 250 exhibitors.

Dr. Peggy Goodell, chair of molecular & cellular biology, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The 14th NAM member on the Baylor faculty, she is known for discovering a novel method to isolate adult stem cells. Goodell is the director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center and holds the Vivian L. Smith Chair in Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Chethan Venkatasubba Rao, associate professor of neurology, was elected to the Board of Examiners for the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties neurocritical care section. He also was awarded the Presidential citation from the Neurocritical Care Society for his continued contributions to the research section and elected to the NCS Nominations Committee.

Dr. Victor Rivera, distinguished emeritus professor of neurology, delivered the Visiting Professor Program lecture on "Effect of Migration in Multiple Sclerosis Genetics" on Sept. 18 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Biogen, a Massachusetts-based biotechnology company focused on neurological diseases.

College Events

Go Astros! The Cullen Building is lit up orange and blue and on Friday, Oct. 25, you can show Astros Spirit too. Based on dress codes within departments, you are welcome to wear Houston Astros apparel to show your support. Send a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Astros gear to Anna Kiappes by 1 p.m. on Friday to be featured on Baylor's social media channels.

Compassion Series: Dr. Dana Clark, assistant professor of family & community medicine, presents “Care of the Homeless” at noon Friday, Oct. 25, at Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. She has been involved in Healthcare for the Homeless Houston and the student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic.

Flu Shots: The Occupational Health Program offers the flu vaccine in two locations on Tuesday, Oct. 29; check the OHP calendar for additional places and times:

  • McGovern Campus: 9-11 a.m. in Room OS186
  • Baylor Clinic: 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Suite 1375

Donate Blood: The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Rayzor Lounge. Get a limited-edition “We Bleed Orange” T-shirt with your donation. Schedule your appointment online; walk-ins welcome.

Cybersecurity: Randy Langenderfer, chief compliance and audit officer, moderates “Cyberstrong Security,” a panel discussion with Lee Leiber, chief information officer, Jeff Pounds and Kim Andrews, information security officers, and FBI agents Don Lichay and Melody Hounsell, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Cullen Auditorium.

Faculty Opportunities

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 Friday, Nov. 1. Read more about the program 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 Wednesday, 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

Faculty Reviews: Faculty members accessing the Performance Assessment Form through non-BCM networks will need to use multi-factor authentication; instructions are available on the IT Service Now portal. Additionally, faculty at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital and some other locations may need to upload their supporting documents using a different network or through MyApps. If you are unable to upload, please email your CV and any other documents to your evaluator. For help, please contact performancemanagement@bcm.edu. Faculty self-reviews are due Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Promotion Portfolios: Learn tips and strategies for preparing clinical and educational portfolios for awards and academic promotion in an Office of Faculty Development workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

National Compliance Week: The Office of Compliance visits Baylor locations Nov. 4-8 to increase awareness of the College’s compliance and ethics efforts. Stop by the table to show off your knowledge in a round of "Jeopardy," earn prizes and grab some goodies! See the full schedule of events online.

Quality & Safety: Applications close Sunday, Nov. 10, for the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety's Leading Healthcare Improvement Advanced Training Course, starting Jan. 28. This course is designed for healthcare providers with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety who have or will have responsibilities for leading improvement initiatives. There is no charge to attend the CME-eligible course but space is limited. Learn more and apply online.

For a Good Cause

Baylor Art Show: Halloween is the last day to enter Baylor’s annual Art Show benefiting the Texas Children’s Hospital Arts in Medicine Program. Artists are encouraged to register and submit artwork for the Nov. 18-22. event. Register by contacting Nate Achilly before Thursday, Oct. 31. At least 40% of the auction sales will go to the Arts in Medicine Program, with the remainder going directly to the artists.

Charity Runs: Take advantage of the nicer weather to support your favorite health charity in one of a plethora of local events:

  • Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the University of Houston Lynn Eusan Park, with the Baylor ALS Clinic Team.
  • Support autism-related charities in memory of Alex Jamrich, son of Dr. Milan Jamrich, at the 9th annual Alex's 5K Run/Walk and Kids' 1K, Saturday, Nov. 2, at MacGregor Park.
  • Walk to End Alzheimer's, Saturday, Nov. 2, at the University of Houston Lynn Eusan Park with the Baylor Memory Walkers.
  • Fight heart disease and stroke at the Houston Heart Walk, Nov. 9, at the University of Houston.
  • Increase screening and prevention of colon cancer with Get Your Rear in Gear, Nov. 16, at the McNair Campus.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, delivers the 7th annual State of the Department of Surgery Report at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom, meeting ID: 517 471 817.

Alzheimer's Update: Dr. Joseph Kass and Dr. Melissa Yu, director and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, provide an annual update on the latest research for patients and caregivers at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Clinical Event

Find a Physician Happy Hour: Baylor Medicine physicians can get referrals, build relationships and meet colleagues at a reception 5:50-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Baylor Medical Center, Conference Rooms A&B, McNair Campus.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Neuroscience: Dr. Alex Shcheglovitov, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Utah, speaks on “Single rosette-derived telencephalic organoids for modeling human brain development and disorders” at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Drug Development: The Gulf Coast Consortium hosts a day-long conference on its newest CPRIT-funded Center for PK/PD and Formulation with a “how-to” session on approaching pharmacokinetic (absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion), pharmacodynamic and formulation studies, Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the BioScience Research Collaborative. Online registration is open.

TAMEST: How does basic research lead to new technologies, products and companies? What research is happening today that will become life-changing technologies tomorrow? The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas 2020 annual conference, "Innovating Texas," brings together Texas’ top scientists, business leaders and venture capitalists Jan. 7-9 at the Fairmont Dallas to make new connections. Early-bird registration pricing is available through Thursday, Oct. 31.

GSBS Symposium: Dr. Denise Montell, professor of molecular, cellular & developmental biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses “Life and Near-Death Experiences at the Cellular Level, as the Joseph Melnick Distinguished Guest Speaker during the 31st annual Graduate Student Symposium, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Research Resources

Nutrition & Obesity: Dr. Dennis Villareal, professor of medicine, seeks to identify core users and explore the research base in support of a proposal to the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for a Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. The center would include cores in cell and molecular metabolism, human phenotyping and neuroendocrine. If any of the cores could benefit your research, or if you have federal or philanthropic funding in these areas, please complete this survey.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Joshua Shulman, associate professor of neurology, neuroscience and molecular & human genetics, discovered that tau tangles can interfere with neurons’ cell functions, leading to neurodegeneration 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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