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Smithsonian honors Rios with Latino Legacy Award

Dr. Adan Rios

Dr. Adan Rios

This month, the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C., will present Dr. Adan Rios a 2009 Legacy Award in the field of science. Rios, a native of the Republic of Panama, is an associate professor of medicine.

“When you are honored for your work in science, it brings honor to all of those who have preceded you and makes you part of a larger picture,” Rios said. “It is a chain that extends back in time and reaches into the future, as researchers and doctors continue to search for ways to make the world better. It humbles you. This award comes at a special time as I return to the place I started my professional journey over 30 years ago, The University of Texas.”

Rios’ accomplishments include outlining a methodology for the development of a preventive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) vaccine, founding the Conference on AIDS in America which began in 1988, and his work on AIDS-related cancers.

According to the Smithsonian, the Legacy Awards were created to honor Latino achievement in the arts, science, and humanities and recognize individuals of Latino heritage who have made a significant impact on U.S. culture through their work. The award is given in partnership with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City and the Museo del Canal Interoceánico de Panamá as part of the Smithsonian Latino Center’s “Panama at the Smithsonian” program.

“For nearly 25 years, Dr. Rios has shown tremendous compassion and diligent research in the area of HIV-related cancers,” President Larry Kaiser said. “He is an excellent role model for students, residents, and fellows at the Medical School, and this award recognizes his leadership as both an educator and a scientist.”

Rios will be presented with the award during a celebration Oct. 15 in Washington, D.C.

“We are proud to have Dr. Rios as a member of our Medical School faculty,” Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo said. “He works tirelessly on behalf of his patients and always is a consummate ambassador for his native Panama. He is passionate about helping others, as evidenced by his dedication of more than 20 years to improving the lives of patients with AIDS, through research and treatment.”

Rios sees patients at the UT Oncology Clinic and the Memorial Hermann Center, both located at The University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Rios received his medical degree from the University of Panama in 1970. He completed his residency at the U.S. Army Gorgas Hospital in Panama and his fellowship at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

His research interests include tumor immunology, cancer, and AIDS. He has been with the UT Medical School at Houston since November 2008 and has been a faculty member in The University of Texas System for about 10 years.

— Melissa McDonald, Office of Institutional Advancement, Media Relations

Medical School security increased

Robert Luehr

Officer Robert Luehr, University of Texas Police Department,
is helping to beef up security efforts at the Medical School.

With the start of a new fiscal year, the Medical School is seeing more security from the University of Texas Police Department.

During the 2010 budget development process, UT Police Chief William Adcox requested funding to increase security for the Medical School and Medical School Expansion, which received full support from executive leadership.

As a result, a roving guard has been patrolling the building complex — encompassing approximately 1 million square feet — on the dayshift during the week and every night.

“The Medical School is extremely grateful for the university’s support of these additional UTPD positions, which is allowing us to upgrade our security presence in the MSB/MSE,” said Dr. Nancy McNiel, executive director of administration.

The roving guard conducts interior and exterior patrols of the complex and responds to calls for service while providing general support services to the community at the Medical School.

“These additional guards will allow us to better serve our community at the Medical School,” Adcox said.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

Medical School to host Mentors in Medicine

Mentors in Medicine logo

The Medical School’s Office of Admissions will host 50 members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Houston organization Oct. 17 as part of an inaugural effort to introduce young people to the field of medicine.

The daylong event is the idea of Sabrina Midkiff, vice president and chief governmental relations officer of the UT Health Science Center, who is working closely with Dr. Judianne Kellaway and the Office of Admissions. “This is a great opportunity for us to bring young people into our environment and let them know the value of health careers,” Midkiff said.

The day’s events are being sponsored in part by the STAR Team Award Midkiff’s Office of Governmental Relations received last spring from the Health Science Center, which came with a $5,000 prize.

“Our plans are to expand the program to twice a year and eventually include all of our schools throughout the Health Science Center,” Midkiff added.

The day’s events at the Medical School will include a tour of the school and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center as well as hands-on activities in the Surgical and Clinical Skills Center.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking volunteers who can commit four hours a month to mentor a young person. For more information, visit the Web site.

To volunteer to help with the Oct. 17 Mentors in Medicine program, contact Pam Kennedy.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

Redwine selected as ACR fellow

Dr. Michael Dwain Redwine

Dr. Michael Redwine

Dr. Susan John, professor and chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging, is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Dwain Redwine has been selected by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Fellowship in its organization. Such a designation is bestowed upon only 10 percent of its members.

Redwine, an associate professor of radiology and chief of the body imaging section, has been with the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging for 16 years. He has been an integral member of the Admissions Committee for 11 years, a member of the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee for five years, and has received several certificates of honor for the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards. This year Redwine was honored as Teacher of the Year by Radiology residents.

Redwine has been an active member of the ACR since 1987. He also is a member of the Harris County Medical Society, Radiological Society of North America, Texas Medical Association, American Roentgen Ray Society, Texas Medical Board-Expert Panel Member, and Texas Radiological Society.

The convocation ceremony will be held in conjunction with the American College of Radiology Annual Meeting and Chapter Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., May 2010.

Medical School bookstore sets October sales

Matthews Bookstore at the UT Medical School is slashing prices 40 percent on all in-stock UT Longhorn T-shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts, and hoodies. All in-stock UT Medical School hoodies will be also 40 percent off. This sale will last from Oct. 2–9.

For the entire month of October, all clothing and gift items promoting breast cancer awareness will be 20 percent off, and all UTHSC clothing and gift items will be 10 percent off.

The bookstore is located in the basement of the Medical School building.

Heavyweight support

UT System Student Regent Karim Meijer tours the Medical School during his visit to the UT Health Science Center last week.

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo, George Foreman, and Dr. Adan Rios share a laugh during a visit by the two-time heavyweight champion to the Medical School on Sept. 18. Foreman was at the school to lend his presence to a video in Rios' honor.
— Dwight C. Andrews, Office of Communications, Medical School


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Events to Know

October 1

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven (UT-HSC) presents, “Hormesis and aging in C. elegans.”
4 p.m., MSB 2.103.

October 2

School of Nursing Center on Aging 23rd Annual Selenia E. and Joseph C. Valley Conference: Rabbi Samuel Karff, featured speaker, presents “Spirituality and Meaning in Aging.”
For more information, contact or visit the Web site.

October 5

Center for Membrane Biology Seminar Series: Dr. Hartmut Luecke (U. of California, Irvine) presents, “Light-driven Ion Pumping: Europe vs. USA.”
Noon, MSB 2.135.

October 6

Medical School Research Retreat.
8 a.m.–5:45 p.m., Institute for Molecular Medicine.
For more information, visit the Web site.

October 7

The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects Distinguished Research Ethics Lectures: Dr. Laura Brosch (U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command) presents, “Successful Civilian Partnerships in Military Medical Research: Key Ethical/Regulatory Considerations.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.006.
For more information, contact Paula Knudson.

Family and Community Grand Rounds: Dr. Stephen Tyring, visiting professor, presents, “Cutaneous Manifestations of Internal Disease.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

October 8

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Thomas Tracy Jr. (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University) presents, “The Inflammatory Cellular and Molecular Cascade During Liver Repair.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Deborah Hogan (Dartmouth Medical School) presents, “Communication and competition: The roles of reactive oxygen species in bacterial-fungal interactions.”
4 p.m., MSB 2.103.
Reception to follow in MSB 1.180.

October 12

Center for Membrane Biology Seminar Series: Dr. Aarif Y. Khakoo (M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) presents, “Cardiac toxicity due to anti-cancer PDGFR inhibitors: Mechanistic Insights.”
Noon, MSB 2.135.

October 13

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Research hosts 30th Annual Benefit Luncheon
11:30 a.m., InterContinental Houston.
For more information, contact Kelly Young, 713.623.6543.

October 14

Family and Community Grand Rounds: Dr. Grant Fowler, professor and vice-chair in the Department of Family Medicine, presents, “After Revascularization? Which test is Needed & When?”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.


Dr. Ian Butler, professor of pediatric neurology, was interviewed by ABC News and CNN about stroke prevalence in children. Read the article and see the video.

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