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Reveille elected to lead Pan American consortium

Dr. John Reveille

Dr. John Reveille

Dr. John Reveille, director of the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics, has been elected president of the Pan American League of Associations of Rheumatology (PANLAR), which represents the national rheumatology societies in 21 countries with a combined membership of 11,600 rheumatologists.

“My job as president is to enhance the understanding and treatment of rheumatic diseases among rheumatologists in countries as far south as Argentina and as far north as Canada,” said Reveille, whose term extends through April of 2014.

PANLAR was founded in 1943 to advance the care of people with rheumatic diseases, as well as to support research into the family of disorders associated with inflammation in muscles or joints. It is connected with wear and tear and immune-system malfunctions.

Reveille’s administrative duties include overseeing the national society meetings in each country, as well as managing grants awarded by PANLAR to promote research into rheumatic diseases. He also will coordinate the opening of a PANLAR office in Atlanta, where the American College of Rheumatology is headquartered.

Reveille is internationally recognized for his research into arthritis of the spine, a condition called ankylosing spondylitis. He has published studies in scholarly journals on this disease, which is associated with curvature of the spine.

He directs the Frank C. Arnett, M.D., Center for Autoimmunity and Immunobiology and holds the Linda and Ronny Finger Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuroimmunologic Disorders and the George S. Bruce Jr., Professor in Arthritis and other Rheumatic Diseases. He is chief of rheumatology at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.

Countries represented in PANLAR are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

— Robert Cahill, Office of Advancement, Media Relations

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Savitz honored for stroke work

Dr. Sean Savitz

Dr. Sean Savitz

Dr. Sean Savitz, associate professor of neurology, recently received the Molly and Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award from the American Society of Neural Therapy and Repair (ASNTR).

Savitz, director of the Vascular Neurology Program in the Department of Neurology, received the honor in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of brain repair after stroke, according to the ASNTR. He was cited for his work in developing novel therapies for ischemic stroke, as well as his pre-clinical and clinical research focused on cell-based therapies such stem cells to enhance recovery from stroke.

In the ASNTR announcement of the award, Dr. Allison Willing, a previous recipient of the Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award for Brain Repair, praised Savitz’s work. “Dr. Savitz is a true physician scientist,” said Willing, professor in the Center for Excellence in Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. “He works with stroke patients every day, but it is not enough for him to just treat them or make them comfortable. He has worked tirelessly in his preclinical studies to define the best methods to treat his patients and is the first principal investigator to initiate clinical trials using autologous bone marrow cells for the treatment of stroke.”

Savitz received the award in late April at the 19th annual conference of the ASNTR in Clearwater Beach, Fla.

— Deborah Mann Lake, Office of Advancement, Media Relations

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Art Wall Seeks Submissions

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The Medical School’s Art Wall is seeking submissions for future Art Wall exhibits.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for the Fall Exhibit is June 21.

All faculty, staff, students, physicians-in-training, and their respective families are eligible to submit entries for consideration. The Art Wall accepts photography, computer art, watercolors, oils, acrylics, and any other media of original art. For submission requirements and entry form, visit the website, then select “Submit,” located on the top, right-hand side of the page.

For questions regarding submissions, please email.

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Summer research program commences May 29

2012 Summer Research Program

The Medical School's 2012 Summer Research Program kicks off with an orientation May 29, with 31 participating undergraduate students, 67 first-year medical school students, and 13 international medical school students from Japan, China, and Taiwan—for a total 111 participants.

Students began their program with an orientation featuring breakfast for program participants and their mentors in the Fifth Floor Gallery.

The students will spend 10 weeks this summer working a 40-hour workweek on research projects and attend weekly lectures with Medical School faculty mentors. The program concludes Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Vaccaro Greaves, Summer Research Program coordinator, 713.500.5105.

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A matter of public health

Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, president ad interim of UTHealth, left, speaks at The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston during a Public Health Hearing May 15. Colasurdo was joined on the panel by Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Ronald Cook, chair of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center; and Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for health policy at UTMB Health in Galveston.

Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, president ad interim of UTHealth, left, speaks at The University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston during a Public Health Hearing May 15. Colasurdo was joined on the panel by Dr. Nancy Dickey, president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center; Dr. Ronald Cook, chair of Family and Community Medicine at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center; and Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president for health policy at UTMB Health in Galveston.

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





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Events to know

May 25

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Grand Rounds: Lex Frieden, professor of Biomedical Informatics and Rehabilitation, presents, “Texas Disability Technology Initiative: Raising the Bar.”
Noon, MSB B.605.

Commencement for the Class of 2012
4 p.m., George R. Brown Convention Center.
Dr. Denton Cooley to give the keynote address.

May 28

Memorial Day Holiday
School closure.

May 30

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Huiping Xu, resident, presents, “A Complicated Case.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Kate Wilson, genetic counselor, presents, “Genetic Counseling.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

May 31

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Shahid Shafi (Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas) presents, “Measuring Quality of Care in Trauma.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.
CME credit is available.

May Medical Education Journal Club: “Teaching Clinical Reasoning.”
Noon, MSB B.410.
Sponsored by the Academy of Master Educators. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Neurobiology and Anatomy Seminar Series: Dr. Constance Cepko (Harvard Medical School) presents, “Teaching an Old Virus a New Trick: VSV as a Tracer of Connected Neurons.”
4 p.m., MSB 2.135.

June 7

Spine Study Group: Dr. John France (West Virginia University) and Dr. Rex Marco, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, present, “Adult Scoliosis” and “Leaving the OR: Are You Really Happy?”
Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main Street.
Register online.

June 15

Update in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2012.
Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa.
Register online.

June 15–16

First Annual LoneStar LEND Conference: Leadership Education in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities.
MSB 3.001.
Register online.

June 22

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance’s 34th Annual Lewis A. Leavitt, MD Memorial Lectureship presented by Dr. Donald Gajewski (Brooke Army Medical Center) and John Fergason, CPO (Brooke Army Medical Center).
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.006.


Dr. Larry Kramer, professor of radiology, was an invited panelist and speaker at the International Space Medicine Summit 2012, May 16–20, at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. The topic of Kramer’s panel was “Visual Impairment and Intracranial Pressure,” which was moderated by Dr. Michael Barratt, NASA.

Other panelists included Dr. Volker Damann, European Space Agency; Drs. Valery Bogomolov, Vladimir Katuntsev, and Inessa Kozlovskaya, Institute of Biomedical Problems, Russian Federation; Dr. Christian Otto, Canadian Space Agency.

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