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Bentsen Investigator applications accepted until Aug. 15

Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine

All full-time members of the Medical School faculty are invited to apply to the first round of Bentsen Stroke Center (BSC) grants.

Part of the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Bentsen Stroke Center was created to develop therapeutic strategies for the treatment of stroke. The major goal of the BSC is to build a team of researchers with common interest.

Support from the BSC for individual faculty investigators can be up to a total of $1 million over a three-year period. Bentsen Investigators will retain their primary faculty appointment in a Medical School department but be granted adjunct appointments in the IMM's Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

“Because of the generosity of Senator Lloyd Bentsen and his wife, B. A., we will be able to allow outstanding investigators to hone their research efforts on improving stroke outcomes in innovative ways,” said Dr. John Hancock, interim director of the IMM. “I am certain the work of our Bentsen Investigators will lead to tangible benefits for patients.”

The research program of Bentsen Investigators should encompass one or more of the specific aims of the center:

  1. Determine which stem cells are the most appropriate for regenerative therapy.
  2. Determine the significance/relevance in patients of blood-derived stem cells, bone marrow derived stem cells, endothelial progenitor cells (EPC), and MSC.
  3. Determine the mechanism(s) of action of specific stem cell types in recovery from stroke.
  4. Define appropriate endpoints, surrogate markers for success (especially imaging) in patients.
  5. Define optimal multimodal therapy for patients.
  6. Examine the role of stem cell therapy for intracerebral hemorrhage.
  7. Examine the application of stem cell therapy to other types of brain injury. Such disorders include, but are not limited to, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, neurodegenerative disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Applications and questions may be submitted to the Bentsen Scientific Review Board until Aug. 15.

— Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School

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Educators learn best practices for early childhood programs at statewide summit

2011 Texas Early Childhood Leadership Summit

More than 1,000 early childhood providers, administrators, teachers, trainers, and parents from around the state participated in the 2011 Texas Early Childhood Leadership Summit: Making Meaning Out of Change, which took place last week at the Austin Convention Center. The Summit brought these leaders from the public school, Head Start, community-based, and child care sectors together to discuss pressing issues in education for young children from birth to age 5.

Co-hosted by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI), the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition (TECEC), and the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Summit addressed best practices for sustaining quality early childhood education programs within the state.

“The first impression of school for young children in our state is influenced by these early childhood leaders,” said Thomas Layne Waxley, director of CLI’s Texas School Ready! project, an early education program designed to increase the school readiness of at-risk preschool-aged children. “We wanted to create an environment where educators, administrators, and parents could all come together to not only learn from each other, but to also think about how they can continue to have a positive impact on the children they serve in spite of everyday challenges they face.”

Summit attendees said they enjoyed the experience and that the information they learned is vital for their professional development.

“I think [the Summit] was a great way to inspire all types of early childhood educators,” said Amie Chairez, a PPCD Special Ed teacher who traveled from Santa Rosa, Texas. “It’s really important to learn more information about educating young children who have never been in school. If children have a great early childhood teacher, they are going to love school.”

The Summit schedule included session-based tracks specifically built for the various audiences in attendance, with themes such as leadership, policy and practice, parental engagement, infant/toddler development and prekindergarten instruction. Each session, led by local and national early childhood experts, including several from CLI, allowed for attendees to take part in targeted discussions and provide instant feedback.

“Our track was perfect and geared exactly for what we need to know,” said Judy McGuirt of Kids ‘R’ Kids in Humble. “We get to learn from these experts, but we also learn from each other. It’s good to have interaction, especially with some of the trainers from CLI that we work with as well as other administrators and teachers.”

In addition to the Summit tracks, participants gathered for an interactive session with the Texas Early Leaning Council at CLI to discuss how to improve school readiness outcomes for Texas’ young children and to listen to a motivational presentation by Ana De Hoyos O’Connor of the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College. The Summit’s closing session featured a workshop with renowned educator, consultant, and author Dr. Jean Feldman, who taught the audience fun songs, games, and learning activities for young children.

“Teach your children joy and make them smile,” Feldman urged the enthusiastic crowd. “If you are happy and having fun, then the children will have fun as well.”

The Summit also included an exhibitor’s hall for attendees to meet with vendors to learn about the latest age-appropriate educational products for young children.

—Andrew Heger, Children’s Learning Institute

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Huffington lecture series continues Aug. 11

Dr. Charlene Dewey

Dr. Charlene Dewey

Dr. Charlene Dewey, co-director of the Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present grand rounds and an evening lecture Aug. 11 as part of the Huffington Lecture Series.

Also associate professor of medical education and administration as well as association professor of medicine, Dewey will speak on “Professional Health and Wellness of the Geriatric, Palliative and Other Clinicians” at 8 a.m. in MSB 2.103 for the Department of Internal Medicine grand rounds.

Breakfast will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

At 5:30 p.m. that evening Dewey will present “Scholarship and Faculty Development for Geriatric and Palliative Educators” in MSB 1.006. Dinner will be served following the lecture. To register, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bailes.

The lectures are funded, in part, by the Phyllis Gough Huffington Lecture Series and by a grant from the D. W. Reynolds Foundation.

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Changes proposed to regulations on human subjects research

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo

On July 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it is proposing sweeping changes to the regulations that govern federally supported research involving human subjects.

Revisions to the regulations, known as the Common Rule, are intended to strengthen the protections for human subjects while recognizing that the categories of research being conducted, the prevalence of multi-site trials, and the types of data being collected have changed dramatically in the 20 years since the rule was adopted. The AAMC released a statement on the proposal and will work with members in the upcoming months to develop comments on how the regulations can better protect human subjects and promote research that leads to improvements in the health of patients and populations.


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Benefits for all

Medical School employees receive information about benefits choices during the annual Benefits Vendor Fair in the Leather Lounge July 20. The annual open enrollment period ends July 31.

Medical School employees receive information about benefits choices during the annual Benefits Vendor Fair in the Leather Lounge July 20. The annual open enrollment period ends July 31.

— Dwight C. Andrews, Office of Communications, Medical School





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Events to know

August 3

Nancy & Clive Runnells Lectureship in Emergency Medicine: Dr. Debra Houry (Emory University) presents, “Intimate Partner Violence.”
10 a.m., MSB B.500., and
“Career Development Opportunities.”
11 a.m., MSB B.500.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Lisa De Ybarrondo, assistant professor of pediatrics, presents, “Pediatric Asthma.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

August 4

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Thomas Biggs (Baylor) presents, “Fat Grafting to the Breast.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.

Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: Dr. M. Ross Bullock (The Miami Project) presents, “Impact of Guidelines in TBI Management.”
8–9 a.m., MSB G.100.

August 10

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Ebony Beaudoin, assistant professor of pediatrics, presents, “Newborn Jaundice.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

August 11

Department of Ophthalmology Webinar: Dr. Robert Feldman, chair of the Richard S. Ruiz, M.D. Department of Ophthalmology and the director of glaucoma services at the Cizik Eye Clinic, presents, “Preventing and Treating Glaucoma.”
Noon–1 p.m., Sign in here.
In association with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

August 17

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Kenya Parks, assistant professor of pediatrics, presents, “Childhood Obesity.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

August 18

Webinar: Dr. Art Day, professor of The Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery, presents, “Pituitary Tumors.”
Noon–1 p.m., Sign in here.

August 19

The University of Texas at Houston – Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety Seminar: Dr. Josh Peterson (Vanderbilt) presents, “Personalizing Evidence-Based Medicine with Advanced Clinical Decision Support.”
Noon–1 p.m., UTPB 1100.55.

August 24

Center for Clinical Research Lecture: Drs. Jon Tyson and Kathleen Kennedy present, “Introduction to Clinical Research.”
4 p.m., MSB 2.103.

Center for Clinical Research Lecture: Dr. George Stancel presents, “The NIH Grant Submission and Review Pathway.”
5–6:30 p.m., MSB 2.135.

August 25

The Texas Bus Rounds, presented by MD Anderson Cancer Center.
8 a.m.–noon.
For details, email here.

August 26

Harris County Medical Society First Year Medical Student Mixer.
5–7 p.m., HAM-TMC Library lawn.
For details, email here.

August 31

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Michelle Barratt, professor of pediatrics, presents, “Adolescent Issues.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.


The Houston Geriatric Education Center’s geriatric interdisciplinary student team competition won a first place as part of the Innovations in Health Science Education at the UT Academy of Health Science Education conference in San Antonio.

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