Center for Reproductive Medicine

Outreach

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 (SMART) 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.