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Awards and Honors
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education Southwest District IV has presented the following awards to members of the Office of Institutional Advancement:
- General Writing, Special–Silver for “CTSA Grant Story Collection” by Meredith Raine.
- Writing, Medical Collection, Special–Silver for “Medical Headlines,” a collection of three stories: “HPV Vaccine to Fight Cervical Cancer” by Melissa McDonald, “The Pass-Out Game” by Meredith Raine, and “Inflammatory: The Other Breast Cancer” by Karen Krakower.
- Web newsletter, Special–Silver for HealthLeader by Karen Krakower and Sophia Solis.
- Newsletters/Tabloids/Newspapers, Achievement–Bronze for Distinctions by Ina Fried and Jeremy Van Pelt, Printing Services.
Mihail Gabriel Chelu, M.D., Ph.D., resident in the Department of Internal Medicine Clinical Investigator Pathway, Medical School (MS), received the $40,000 Michael Bilitch Fellowship in Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology from the Heart Rhythm Society. A reception honored all six fellowship recipients during the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions May 9-12 in Denver, Colo.
Herbert L. Fred, M.D., professor of internal medicine, MS, has received the 2007 award for Excellence in Editorial Writing from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). He was formally honored at an awards ceremony May 5 during the General Session of the FSMB Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The award recognizes his article, “The Sagging of Medical Professionalism,” which first appeared in the Texas Medical Board Bulletin, the official publication of the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. The article was reprinted in the Journal of Medical Licensure and Discipline, which is published by FSMB, a national not-for-profit organization representing the 70 medical boards of the United States and its territories. State medical boards are charged with maintaining and improving the quality of health care.
Adelaide A. Hebert, M.D., director of pediatric dermatology, MS, was named Volunteer of the Month for March at San José Clinic. Hebert, professor of dermatology and pediatrics, has volunteered at the clinic for two decades, diagnosing and treating hundreds of patients with skin conditions while also teaching medical students and dermatology and pediatrics residents. San José Clinic, which is privately funded and staffed by volunteer physicians and dentists, is a safety-net provider of primary and specialty medical and dental care for low-income, uninsured individuals and families in the Houston area.
David R. Hoyer, M.D., clinical assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, MS, has been named to the editorial advisory board of Emergency Physicians Monthly. Founded in 1992, Emergency Physicians Monthly is distributed nationally to more than 24,000 physicians. In the April issue of the magazine, Hoyer and co-author Kevin Klauer, D.O., published a review of a study on serious adverse drug events, or ADEs. The study showed that the elderly are seven times more likely than patients younger than 65 years to require hospitalization for drug interactions. They urged that surveillance systems should be put in place for all emergency department patients to screen medications for potential complications and/or interactions.
The video “Living After Stroke: Conversations with Couples” won a platinum award at the 40th annual WorldFest-Houston Film Festival. Sharon Ostwald, Ph.D., professor and holder of the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing, School of Nursing (SON), was executive producer for the film, which grew out of the CAReS (Committed to Assisting with Recovery of Stroke) Project, a National Institutes of Health research project on stroke survivors and spousal caregivers. Co-producer of the half-hour documentary was Thomas R. Cole, Ph.D., director of the John P. McGovern, M.D. Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit, MS.
Kishore Shetty, D.D.S., associate professor in restorative dentistry and diagnostic sciences and director, Medically Complex Patient Clinic, Dental Branch (DB), has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD). He was honored in May at the annual meeting of the ASGD in Denver. Shetty is only the third dentist in the United States to be a Fellow of all three component organizations of the Special Care Dentistry Association – AGSD, American Association of Hospital Dentists and Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.
Jack Smith, M.D., Ph.D., dean, School of Health Information Sciences, received the Arnold Lazarow Visiting Lectureship Award for his presentation on medical informatics during his April 5 trip to the University of Minnesota’s School of Medicine. Smith also presented an informational seminar March 19 on “Translational Research Informatics” at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He also has a faculty appointment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).
Stanley G. Schultz, M.D., the H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor of the Medical Sciences and holder of the Fondren Family Chair in Cellular Signaling, MS, spoke on “Obstacles to the Adoption of Oral Rehydration Therapy: Then and Now,” as a member of a panel presentation on “Challenges to New Initiatives” at the Global Health Symposium on Integrated Technology Solutions to Advance Global Health, April 17-18, at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University. Schultz is also professor of integrative biology and pharmacology, MS and GSBS, and professor of internal medicine. Among other participants were: Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., director, Institute on Health Policy, School of Public Health (SPH), in a technical session, and Guy Parcel, Ph.D., dean, SPH, as moderator of a panel discussion on “Development and Delivery of Drugs and Vaccines.” From the Department of Neurology, MS, Mya C. Schiess, M.D., professor; Erin Furr-Stimming, M.D., fellow, movement disorders; Berneet Kaur, M.D., chief resident; and Irene Oh, M.D., resident, presented a poster on “Cytokine Effects on Parkinson Associated Proteins, Synuclein, Tau and Ubiquitin in Cultured Glial Cells: Localization and Density by Deconvolution Fluorescence Microscopy” May 1 at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Boston, Mass.
School of Nursing (SON) Dean Patricia Starck, D.S.N., discussed the Texas nursing shortage during a student success conference titled “Promoting a Successful Transition from Applicant to Registered Nurse.” With a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the April 13-15 conference in Houston was planned and implemented by SON in partnership with Tomball College. Renae Schumann, Ph.D., assistant professor, SON, presented at one of the breakout sessions on the WINNER (Workforce Increases in Nurses and Nursing Faculty Excellence in Resource Collaboration) project, which she directs.
From the School of Public Health, Salma Khuwaja, Dr.P.H., alumna now working for the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services; Beatrice Selwyn, Sc.D., associate professor, management, policy and community health; Asha Kapadia, Ph.D., professor of biostatistics; Sheryl McCurdy, Ph.D., assistant professor, health promotion and behavioral sciences; and Alambardar Khuwaja, an alumnus, published “Pakistani Ismaili Muslim Adolescent Females Living in the United States of America: Stresses Associated with the Process of Adaptation to U.S. Culture” in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.
Mohammad Madjid, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine, Office of Biotechnology; President James T. Willerson, M.D., and S. Ward Casscells III, M.D., vice president for biotechnology; and two co-authors, published “Coronary Thermography for Detection of Vulnerable Plaques” in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology April issue.
Paula N. O’Neill, associate dean for educational research and professional development and professor of diagnostic sciences, DB, is an author of “Personality Traits of Endodontic Residents Indicate Potential for Becoming Endodontic Faculty,” published in the April issue of the Journal of Endodontics.
The following patents have been awarded to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Information is courtesy of the Office of Technology Management. Each listing includes the patent title, date issued, and inventors’ names and titles.
VMP Like Sequences of Pathogenic Borrelia, Nov. 14, 2006, Steven Norris, Ph.D., the Robert Greer Professor of Biomedical Sciences, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MS and GSBS; George Weinstock, Ph.D., codirector of the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center, adjunct professor in UT School of Health Information Sciences, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, MS; and Jerrilyn Howell, research associate, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, MS.
Depth-Resolved Spectroscopy Method and Apparatus, Feb. 20, 2007, Fernando Cabral, Ph.D., professor of integrative biology and pharmacology, MS and GSBS.
Composition and Uses for a Novel Cell-Death-Protecting Protein, Feb. 20, 2007, Edward T. H. Yeh, M.D., director, Center for Cardiovascular Research, The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, chair of the Department of Cardiology at the UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, a member of the Texas Heart Institute and GSBS.
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