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Rapini wins 2012 Founders’ Award

Ronald Rapini, M.D.

Ronald Rapini, M.D.

Dr. Ronald Rapini, Josey Professor in Dermatology and chair of the Department of Dermatology at both the Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been selected to receive the 2012 Founders’ Award of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Annually honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of dermatopathology, the national award will be presented at the 49th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Dermatopathology in Chicago Oct. 12.

The American Society of Dermatopathology established the endowed award in 1983 in honor of the founding members of the society. The society was founded in 1962 to improve the quality of dermatopathology and the treatment of skin diseases.

An internationally renowned dermatopathologist and dermatologist, Rapini is actively involved in patient care, teaching, and clinical research. He is the author or co-author of many publications, including a textbook of dermatopathology and one co-edited with Drs. Jean Bolognia and Joseph Jorizzo. He has served as president of the American Society of Dermatopathology, he is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology Board of Directors, and he is a past president of the American Board of Dermatology, the Society for Mohs Surgery, and the Texas Dermatologic Society.

Along with his many accomplishments, Rapini continues to mentor medical students and residents and participates in numerous courses and symposia. His colleagues have described his friendly manner and collegiality as traits that exemplify the values of the American Society for Dermatopathology’s founding members.

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Yatsu Day to focus on stroke

2012 Yatsu Day

The sixth annual Yatsu Day Symposium will be held on “Innovations in Stroke Prevention” Friday, Oct. 26, at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Hermann Pavilion Conference Center.

Conference chairs are Dr. James Grotta, chair of the Department of Neurology and co-director of the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, and Dr. Sean Savitz, associate professor of neurology and director of the UT Stroke program.

The continuing medical education event starts at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration. Parking is complimentary. Register for the conference.

The annual event is named in honor of Dr. Frank Yatsu, professor emeritus of neurology, who died March 9, 2012. He was the second chair of the Department of Neurology.

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Student research on display Oct. 23

Summer Research Posters

Showcasing the research of the 2012 summer research program students, the 2012 Research Forum will be held noon–1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Medical School’s Leather Lounge.

The entire Medical School community is invited to come by and support these young investigators, whose research will be on display and in competition for the Webber Prize for Student Research. The annual award is named for former Medical School Dean C. Frank Webber and is given to the most outstanding display of student research.

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Garcia recognized with Child Health Advocacy Award

Dr. Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia, M.D.

Dr. Jose Garcia, professor of pediatrics, has received the Children At Risk Child Health Advocacy Award from the Children At Risk organization.

Honored for his pediatric activities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Garcia will be recognized at the annual Children at Risk’s Accolades luncheon Oct. 19 at Hotel ZaZa.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding advocate for the health needs of children. Garcia also serves as vice chair of pediatrics and chief of service for pediatrics for Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital.

He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., and his fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu. He also received a master’s in health care management from Harvard University. His clinical and research interests include sensitivity of positive blood cultures in the newborn population and necrotizing enterocolitis.

Children at Risk is a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy.

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A great gift

Allen Webb of UT Health Services prepares a flu shot for Kathleen Schmitz Sept. 27 at the Medical School.

Charles Massey, of MSIT, donates blood during the annual Medical School Fall Blood Drive in the Leather Lounge Sept. 25.

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





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Events to know

Proposals for Faculty Development Leave are due Nov. 1 in the Office of Faculty Affairs, G.420 MSB. Proposals can be submitted twice a year: Nov. 1 and April 1. View the guidelines. For questions, call Faye Viola, 713.500.5101.

October 12

Third Annual Advances in Oncology: From Clinical Science to Clinical Practice.
8 a.m.–5 p.m., Hermann Pavilion Conference Center, Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center.
Course director is Dr. Robert Amato, director of the Division of Oncology.

Department of Neurology Grand Rounds: Dr. Robert Knowlton, associate professor of neurology, presents, “Temporal Lobe Epilepsy: Epidemiology, Race and Disparities.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.

UTHealth Town Hall meeting hosted by Dr. Kenneth Shine and featuring Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo.
Noon–1 p.m., Institute for Molecular Medicine Beth Robertson Auditorium. Also broadcast live to MSB 3.001 and LBJ Chief of Staff Conference Room.

October 16

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Scott Lindner (Seattle Biomedical Research Institute) presents, “Regulation of gene expression during the vector/host transmission of malaria.”
10:30 a.m., MSB 2.103.

October 17

“Look Good…Feel Better.”
A free program that teaches beauty techniques to women who are actively undergoing cancer treatment, to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
10 a.m.–noon, MH-TMC.
Call 713.704.3961 to sign up.

“Talking from Heart to Heart.”
Join us to discuss meaningful tips and coping strategies for patients and caregivers living with cancer.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Cancer Center Conference Room, 29th Floor.
Call 713.704.3961 to sign up.

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Dr. Candice Alfano (University of Houston) presents, “Developmental Psychopathology of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Childhood Sleep Patterns and the Early Family Environment.”
Noon–1 p.m., HCPC Auditorium.

Family & Community Medicine Grand Rounds: Dr. Nneka Ifejika-Jones presents, “Stroke Complications.”
1–2 p.m., MSB 2.135.

Heroes in Health Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital tour.
6:30 p.m.
Space is limited. To RSVP, email Courtney Webb or call 713.242.4452.

October 19

22nd Keck Annual Research Conference and Poster Session.
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Rice University, 6500 Main at University, BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium.
Register here. Reception follows.

UT Audiology Open House.
9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Plaza, Suite 2700.
Call 713.486.5037 or email to reserve a time for a free demonstration of the newest hearing aid technology. Co-sponsored by Oticon.

October 20

UT Physicians Free Vein Screening.
9 a.m.–noon, UT Physicians at Bellaire, 6700 West Loop South, Suite 520.
Appointments are limited and required. Please call 713.486.5175. A screening will take approximately 10 minutes.

October 22

Biochemistry Seminar Series: Dr. Darren Boehning (UTMB) presents, “Protein Quality Control by Ubiquilin-1: Implications for Health and Disease.”
Noon–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.

October 23

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Caetano Antunes (The University of British Columbia) presents, “Probing the role of small molecules in host-microbe interactions through metabolomics.”
10:30 a.m., MSB 2.103.

Research Coordinator Forum: Drs. Cheryl Chanaud, Dr. Maria Lopez, and Kathy Franco present, “Clinical Trials Billing.”
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., MSB 2.135.
Lunch will be available for the first 40 attendees. Registration is not required.

“Sickle Cell Support Group.”
Peer-to-peer support.
Noon–1 p.m., Memorial Hermann Cancer Center, 29th Floor of the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza.
Call 713.704.3961 to sign up.

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