Center for Reproductive Medicine


Dr. Austin Cooney working with a group of Saturday Morning Science 2 program students.

The Center for Reproductive Medicine participates in a variety of community outreach programs throughout Baylor College of Medicine.

The programs include the Saturday Morning Science 2 program and SMART program.

We are also involved with the Teen Health Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine.

See more about each of our reproductive health outreach efforts below:

Saturday Morning Science 2 Program

"You read about this in textbooks, but it helps when you can actually see and do it in person. I'm having fun and learning so much, that it is a great experience." - Ilyasah Muhammad, 2015 SMS 2 Summer Research Program high school intern

Working with the Baylor College of Medicine Office of Diversity and Community Outreach, the Center for Reproductive Medicine developed a new Saturday Morning Science 2 (SMS 2) program focused on reproductive medicine for high school students ready for more advanced coursework during the school year.

This summer, we are excited to host Harmony School of Advancement student, Ilyasah Muhammad for the 2015 SMS 2 Summer Research Program. Ilyasah is interning in Dr. Lamb's Laboratory for Male Reproductive Research and Testing, to gain hands-on experience. She looks forward to taking her summer experience into her advanced sciences courses in the fall, and perhaps pursuing a career as a pediatrician. 

We will be accepting applications this summer for the advanced SMS 2 course taking place in fall 2015. Register online. For additional information, including fall 2015 SMS 2 session dates and program costs, please visit the Office of Diversity and Community Outreach or call (713) 798-8646.

During the school year, lectures are given by international leaders in reproductive science. Previous topics include: 

  • "Stem Cells: There and Back Again" - Austin Cooney, Ph.D.
  • "Science in the Clinic: How Drs. Help Patients with Assisted Reproduction" - William Gibbons, M.D.
  • "What Genetics Can Tell Us About Male Fertility and Female Cancers" - Dolores Lamb, Ph.D. and Michael Scheurer, M.D., Ph.D.
  • "Using Genetically Engineered Mice to Investigate the Molecular Regulation of Embryo Implantation" - Francesco DeMayo, Ph.D.

SMART Program

Kailand Thompson, the 2015 SMART Program college intern, mentors in Dr. Carolina Jorgez's lab. 

During the summer our members allow undergraduate students to pursue paid internships through the SMART program. Students are given reproductive medicine research experience and participate in science lectures that offer them exposure to professional scientific research lab environments. These labs work on important questions related to the reproductive health of patients treated in our clinics. View the SMART Program website for more information about this program.

Kailand Thompson, a junior from Texas Southern University in Houston, joins us as the 2015 Summer Medical and Research Training Program intern. Under the mentorship of Dr. Carolina Jorgez, Kailand is receiving hands-on research experience in her lab. Her duties involve assisting Dr. Jorgez with collecting data on the EF21 gene and its link to cryptorchidism, setting up PCRs, performing gel extractions, splitting cells, running QPCRs and sectioning tissue. She plans on applying her summer experience to additional research opportunities at TSU and eventually pursuing a career in orthopedics.

Teen Health Clinic

This holiday season the CRM team visited Baylor College of Medicine's Teen Health Clinic to make a delivery to expecting families in their Centering Pregnancy Program.

The Center for Reproductive Medicine is an active collaborator with the Teen Health Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine, helping provide expert reproductive healthcare and treatment to the young men who visit as well as support and engagement at community health fairs and basketball tournaments to reach teenagers in their neighborhoods.

Also, the CRM supports the Teen Health Clinic’s efforts to provide valuable reproductive health information online and via mobile platforms. Visit the Teen Health Clinic website for more information.

7th Annual Emerging Te(x)chs Conference Hosted by Baylor Teen Health Clinic

Teens can easily search for educational materials, resources, clinics and support groups on issues such as STDs/HIV, birth control, parenting and medication adherence. The app is available for download through iTunes and Google Play.

Through interactive presentations and networking sessions Baylor Teen Health Clinic’s annual meeting hosted public health professionals who emphasized the importance of mobile optimization, in empowering teens to take initiative of their overall reproductive health. “Technology is where the kids are. While the message is incredibly important, it is equally important that we understand the vehicle, the mode of communication,” pointed out Rachel Kachur, M.P.H., health scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 Information should be at a teen’s fingertips—finding creative ways to harness social media applications and constructing clear, easily accessible and relevant information, based on mobile location, encourages involvement. To optimize access to healthcare information and services for Houston-area teens, Baylor Teen Health Clinic unveiled their mobile application, Hi52Hlth (High Five to Health), during the conference.

RESOLVE Texas Walk of Hope 2015

RESOLVE's support efforts reach 1.5 million women and men diagnosed with infertility, including 580,000 Texans, annually. 

Sponsored by RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, the 2015 Texas Walk of Hope kicked-off National Infertility Awareness Week on May 19 at Sugar Land Town Square. Now in its third year, Texas had the largest of the 11 walks across the country—with 800 registrants, 18 sponsors, and raising nearly $90,000 in 2015. “It is truly amazing to see how many people from all walks of life, whether infertility is personal to them or not, join the cause and rally around infertility, a disease that is still rather taboo in this day and age,” stated Angelica Nassar, Texas Walk of Hope Public Relations and Media Chair, and Resolve National Board Member.

Donations made this year helped grow the national Walk of Hope events by adding seven new walk locations, created 23 new support groups, provided training for 25 new RESOLVE ambassadors across the nation, and promoted positive legislation through a larger and stronger advocacy initiative during RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day 2015 on Capitol Hill.

For more information, including outreach and volunteer efforts in the Houston-area, visit:

"N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease)" Puts "Below the Belt" Cancers on Center Stage

Six GYN cancer surgeons are on a rock n' roll mission to save women's lives. 

Commemorating World Ovarian Cancer Day on May 8, two Houston-based foundations, Judy’s Mission and the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation, coordinated a screening of N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) at the Sundance movie theatre—sharing the film’s powerful message and educating the community on the signs, symptoms, and critical importance of early diagnosis of gynecological cancers. N.E.D. bass player, William “Rusty” Roberton, M.D., Professor of Gynecologic Oncology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, drove in to Houston to attend the screening, answer questions and sign autographs.

"There's this group of cancers that has been ignored. Hopefully, we can bring some noise to that, so that we're heard--so that our patients are heard." - John Soper, M.D., Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, N.E.D. Guitarist 

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