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Wellness Expert: Dr. Aviad Haramati, director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education at Georgetown University School of Medicine, delivered a series of Claire Huckins Medical Education Lectures, including “Managing Stress, Building Resilience: The Imperative of Self-Care in the Training of Health Professionals” on Oct. 16. He is pictured with Dr. Ellen Friedman, director of the Center for Professionalism, which hosted the event with the School of Medicine.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: The inaugural Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Precision Medicine Grand Rounds will feature guest lecturer Dr. Anantha Shekhar, distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and leader of IU’s Precision Health Initiative. His talk, titled “Integrating Precision Medicine into Clinical Practice: Rewards and Challenges,” begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, 6770 Bertner Ave. The CME-eligible lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Office of the President.

Precision Medicine RFA: The College is accepting applications for a second round of grants for precision medicine and population health proposals from multi-disciplinary teams. Projects must leverage large data sets that are currently available at BCM or an affiliated hospital or health network and must be relevant to population-based clinical care (such as diagnosis, risk prediction, treatment, prevention and healthcare delivery). Guidelines are available online. The deadline for applications is Dec. 14. Read about the first round of grant-winning proposals in Faculty Commons.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi assistant dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, has been named a 2019 Women in Science with Excellence honoree by BioHouston. The award recognizes women in science-related roles who have made significant contributions in STEM fields. She will be honored at the WISE Luncheon Jan. 18 at River Oaks Country Club.

Dr. M. Waleed Gaber associate professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, received the Scholar-in-Training Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Radiation Research Society. This award honors an individual who has provided exceptional mentoring in both professional and personal aspirations.

The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, led by Dr. Helen Heslop, professor of medicine and pediatrics in the section of hematology & oncology, has received a Specialized Center of Research grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The $5 million award will support the development of more widely applicable targeted cellular therapies for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers.

Dr. George Mandy, associate professor of pediatrics - neonatology, is featured in the “Meet Your Senator” profile on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the pediatrics faculty on the Senate.

Dr. Sanghamitra Misra, associate professor of pediatrics, and behavioral health specialist Nohemi Garcia have been selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars leadership development program. The prestigious program includes grant funding for their "BRIDGE UM! Bridging Borders in Houston: Strengthening community partnerships to support mental health needs among vulnerable immigrant children,” a collaboration between the Texas Children's Mobile Clinic Program, Texas Children's Trauma and Grief Center, Yes to Youth in Montgomery County and several community nonprofits.

image image As part of a new $6 million grant from the NIH National Eye Institute, Dr. Jeffrey Rogers, associate professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center and a faculty senator, Dr. Tim Stout, professor and chair of ophthalmology, and Dr. Rui Chen, professor in the HGSC, along with colleagues at UC Davis, will study naturally-occurring ocular diseases in nonhuman primate models of human retinal disease, and use those models to develop therapies for the loss of photoreceptor cells in the retina.

College Events

Phillips Retirement: The Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity hosts a celebration of the remarkable career and contributions of Dr. James Phillips, senior associate dean for diversity and community outreach, at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Alkek Lobby, main Baylor. All are welcome at the reception.

Vote Today: Early voting for the midterm elections continues through Saturday, Nov. 2. Fiesta Mart at 8130 Kirby Drive is the closest early voting location to the Texas Medical Center for Harris County-registered voters. See the website for more information.

Cybersecurity: IT and Compliance & Audit Services host presentations on “Threat Intel” and “Threat Landscape” at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The series is part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Blood 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 Saturday, 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, DLDCCC director. For more information, contact Christina Velasquez. Register for the symposium online.

Faculty Opportunities

Robertson Award: The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce that nominations will open for the 2019 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education on Friday, Nov. 9. Start planning now to nominate outstanding educators for this prestigious College-wide award, which is designated for active faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of the College. See the Robertson Award website for updated information on eligibility, nomination letters and supporting materials.

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. Monday, Oct. 29. The show is Nov. 12 – 16.

Faculty Resources

Introduction to Active Learning: The Office of Faculty Development offers strategies for large- and small-group teaching in an interactive workshop 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to attend a four-hour workshop focused on skill-building activities in four mentoring competencies: Aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience and promoting professional development. The workshop curriculum is based on materials generated by the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network, tailored to research mentors at the College. Two sessions of the workshop are scheduled: 1 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Room N317 and 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Room N317, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

For a Good Cause

Charity Runs: You have your choice of three health-related charity runs on Saturday, Nov. 3:

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Update on Alzheimer's: Leading experts from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center Dr. Joseph Kass, professor of neurology, psychiatry and medical ethics and ADMDC director, and Dr. Melissa Yu, associate professor of neurology and a faculty senator, discuss the latest AD research and treatments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Cullen Auditorium. Call (800) 272-3900 to register.

Device Demo: The TMC Innovation Institute hosts 23 graduates of its four-month medical device accelerator program as they pitch their cutting-edge technologies at noon Nov. 14 at TMCx, McGovern Campus. Participating Houston companies program include Intelligent Implants, Noleus Technologies, Odin Technologies, Vax-Immune and Venostent. Attend in person or livestream it.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

DLDCCC Seminar: Dr. Yves DeClerck of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California speaks on “Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Contributors to Therapeutic Care in Cancer” as part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture Series at noon Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Room N315, main Baylor.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Wendy Chang of Columbia University discusses the “Use of genomics to understand broken hearts and implications for clinical care” at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Room 301A, main Baylor.

Fossil Pathology: Dr. Steven Norris, pathologist at the McGovern Medical School and a member of the Houston Museum of Natural Science paleontology team, presents “The World Within Permian Period Fossils: Histologic Studies” at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Museum. Go online for tickets.

Research Resources

Doris Duke Award: The Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award provides grants of $150,000 to early-career physician scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers in a broad range of disease areas. The 2019 competition is accepting pre-proposals through Nov. 28; see the website for details.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Aleksandar Milosavljevic, professor of molecular & human genetics, discovered about maternal and paternal genes and the intricate process of gene regulation in this week’s post. 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.

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