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Produced by the Office of Communications // January 12, 2012

Brain awareness public forum set for Jan. 21

17th Annual Public Forum

The Neuroscience Research Center will host its 17th Annual Public Forum 10:30 a.m.–noon, Saturday, Jan. 21, at MSB 3.001.

With the theme “Rehabilitation,” the forum features a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Gerard Francisco, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital. The panel includes Drs. Jeffrey Berliner and Corwin Boake of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Marcia O’Malley of the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Rice University.

Audience questions are welcomed, and admission is free and open to the public. To register, please visit the website.

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UT Retirees launch fundraising campaign
to benefit Brain Health Clinic

The signs of Alzheimer’s disease were not immediately evident. At the first grocery store, her grandmother forgot the pumpkin and a few other items for the holiday dinner. “It’s not a big deal. Everyone forgets sometimes,” the granddaughter tried to assure her.

Too embarrassed to return to the store, her grandmother insisted on going to another market. And then another. And then another.

By the end of the grocery store excursion, the granddaughter, just home for the holidays, began to realize the extent of her grandmother’s cognitive impairment. The family would soon have to make some tough decisions about medical care and living arrangements.

Dr. Paul Schulz, associate professor of neurology, said this is a common scenario that plays out when families gather for the holidays.

“We tend to get an increase in calls during the holidays or right after the first of the year,” said Schulz, who directs the Brain Health Clinic, which is part of the UT Center for Healthy Aging and UTHealth’s Consortium on Aging. “Children and grandchildren come home for the holidays and get a glimpse of the problems.”

Because of the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, UTHealth’s retiree organization, which is known as UTHRO, is raising funds to benefit the Brain Health Clinic, which assesses cognitive health and treats older adult patients.

“This is a cause near and dear to my heart, as the statistics for developing dementia as a senior are just dreadful,” said Frances Poole Knight, chair of the UTHealth Excellence Fund Steering Committee for UTHRO.

Gifts to the Excellence Fund will enable the Brain Health Clinic to augment the work the health care team does in coordinating resources for families, helping to educate patients and families and in managing memory and cognitive health.

“With this type of support, we can expand resources that are so critical to improving the quality of life for both the patients and their families,” said Schulz, who also directs the Dementia, Memory Disorders, and Cognitive and Behavioral Dysfunction Program for the Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center.

For a donation form and additional information, visit the website.

— Meredith Raine, Office of Advancement, Media Relations

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Cullen Trust symposium set for Jan. 13

17th Annual Public Forum

Marisa Hornbaker, UTHealth, from left; Michael Gundry, BCM; and Deepankar Mohanty, BCM, are this year’s Cullen Trust for Higher Education fellows.

The fifth annual Cullen Trust for Higher Education Symposium on Translational Research will kick off at 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, in Hickey Auditorium & Conference Center, Clark Clinic Building, 11th floor, R11.1400, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd.

This symposium will highlight the outstanding translational research at UTHealth, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Baylor College of Medicine, and is open to all faculty, students, and community friends.

Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Dr. Ronald DePinho, president, MD Anderson: “Understanding & Managing Early Stage Cancers”
  • Dr. Peter Hotez, founding dean, The National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor: “Innovation in the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases.”

In conjunction with the symposium, an MD/PhD Career Development Workshop will be held Saturday, Jan. 14, for current and prospective MD/PhD students.

Please visit the website for more information.

The Cullen Trust for Higher Education, under the chairmanship of Corbin (Corby) Robertson, Jr., made a gift of $1.115M over five years to support, strengthen, and grow the MD/PhD program at The University of Texas Health Science Center/The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (joint program) through The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Baylor College of Medicine.

This award provides the full stipend for selected incoming MD/PhD students each year at both programs during the medical training portion of their education. In addition, the grant provides support for the annual symposium.

The 2011–2012 Cullen Trust for Higher Education MD/PhD Fellows are Marisa Hornbaker, The University of Texas Health Science Center/MD Anderson Cancer Center; and Deepankar Mohanty and Michael Gundry, Baylor College of Medicine.

— Linda Carter, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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MNI publishes clinical achievements report

The Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) Clinical Achievements Report

Dr. Dong Kim, chair of the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery, and Dr. James Grotta, chair of the Department of Neurology, are pleased to announce the publication of The Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) Clinical Achievements Report for fiscal year 2011, which highlights the clinical expertise and accomplishments in quality, safety, clinical care, and research from July 2010 through June 2011.

The report is a publication of MNI, in collaboration with the Medical School, highlighting the great work the neurosciences and the related fields have done over the last fiscal year and positioning the institutions as leaders regionally and nationally.

The audience is researchers, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and any other specialty that would refer in to MNI; it also may be used to recruit medical students. To request a hard copy of the report, contact Alisse Pratt.

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In honor

Paying homage to their first patients, the Class of 2015 held its Willed Body Donor Memorial Service Jan. 6 in the Fifth Floor Gallery.

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

 

 

 

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Events to know

January 17

Reflux Surgery Information Session.
6 p.m., 6700 West Loop South.
RSVP: 713.892.5500 or website.

January 18

Informational session on the MD/MPH dual degree program.
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., MSB B.625.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Teresa Pigott, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, presents, “Update on Antipsychotic Medications—Is There a Rational Approach to Psychosis Treatment?”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Richard Castriotta, professor of internal medicine, presents, “Sarcoidosis.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

January 19

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Avery Nathens (University of Toronto) presents, “Trauma Quality Improvement: Is This as Good as it Gets?”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.
CME credit is available.

Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: Drs. Michele Johnson and Karl Schmitt, Department of Neurosurgery, present, “Acute Management of Spinal Injury Protocol.”
8 a.m., MSB G.100.

January 21

The Neuroscience Research Center (NRC) 17th Annual Public Forum.
10:30 a.m.–noon, MSB 3.001.
Register here.

January 23

Biochemistry Seminar Series: Dr. Mark Gladwin (University of Pittsburgh) presents, “Hemolysis-associated endothelial dysfunction and pulmonary hypertension: An emerging cause of death in the hemolytic anemias.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.

Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series: Dr. Gregg Roman (University of Houston) presents, “G(o) activation is required for presynaptic inhibition during memory formation in Drosophila.”
4–5 p.m., MSB 2.135.

January 24

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Faculty candidate Dr. Vasant Muralidharan (Washington University School of Medicine) presents, “Chaperoning the intraerythrocytic life cycle of Plasmodium falciparum.”
10:45 a.m., MSB 2.103.

Research Coordinator Forum: Jeanette Podbielski, Center for Translational Injury Research, presents, “CeTIR Clinical Research Studies.”
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.
Lunch will be available for the first 50 attendees. Registration is not required.

January 25

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Alan Peterson (UT San Antonio) presents, “Treating Combat-Related PTSD in Returning War Veterans.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Gulzar Punjwani presents, “PGY III Case Presentation.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

Quarterly MSRDP Board of Directors meeting.
4–6 p.m., MSB B.100.

Bariatric Surgery Information Session.
6 p.m., 6700 West Loop South.
RSVP: 713.892.5500 or website.

January 26

Department of Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Howard Monsour (The Methodist Hospital) presents, “Management of the Cirrhotic Surgical Patient.”
7 a.m., MSB 3.001.
CME credit is available.

Department of Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: Brent Peery, Chaplain Services, Memorial Hermann-TMC, presents, “Delivering Difficult News.”
8 a.m., MSB G.100.

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Faculty candidate Dr. Eduardo Torres (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT) presents, “Identification of aneuploidy-tolerating mutations.”
10:45 a.m., MSB 2.135.

Neurobiology and Anatomy Seminar Series: Dr. Mark Wallace (Vanderbilt University) presents, “Development and Plasticity in Multisensory Representations.”
4 p.m., MSB 2.135.

January 27

25th Annual William A. Spencer, MD, Memorial Lectureship: Dr. David Gater (Virginia Commonwealth University) presents, “Fat Gone Wild! Metabolic Dysfunction after Spinal Cord Injury.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 3.001.
Sponsored by the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Alliance.

January 30

Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series: Dr. Armen Akopian (The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio) presents, “Interaction of TRPV1 and TRPA1 in control of inflammatory hyperalgesia/pain.”
4–5 p.m., MSB 2.135.

January 31

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Faculty candidate Dr. Frank Liu (Yale University) presents, “Systems-level analysis of host-pathogen interactions using mass spectrometry-based proteomics.”
10:45 a.m., MSB 2.135.

UTMost

Dr. John Hancock, chair of the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, and Dr. Gerard Francisco, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, are among the lecturers at the new course at the Rice Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, “New Developments at the Texas Medical Center,” which will be held for six Mondays starting March 5 7–8:30 p.m. For more information, or to sign up, visit the website.

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