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Lois Moore, UT Harris County Psychiatric Center chief administrator, was named the 2009 recipient of the Helen Farabee Community Leadership Award. The award, given annually by Mental Health America (formerly the Mental Health Association of Houston), recognizes volunteers or professionals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the community to improve the treatment and care of persons with mental illness.  Moore will receive the award at a MHA reception in June.  She will be recognized for her efforts in making mental health care more accessible to children and adults in Harris County.

For their many accomplishments, Anne Sereno, associate professor in Neurobiology and Anatomy at UT Medical School at Houston, her five siblings and mother have been named as the recipients of the 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award from Northern Illinois University, the first time the award has ever being presented to a family of alumni. The Serenos attended a dinner in their honor on April 23, 2009 and were featured in a front page article in the Chicago Tribune.

Jon E. Tyson, director, Center for Clinical Research & Evidence-Based Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at UT Medical School at Houston, received the 2009 Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) on May 3 at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The Maureen Andrew Mentor Award was established in 2003 by the SPR to honor the contributions of the late Dr. Maureen Andrew to child health research and the Society for Pediatric research. The Award recognizes individuals who have served as exemplary mentors for trainees and junior faculty who have successfully developed investigative careers in the field of child health research.


Kevin Dillon, executive vice president, chief operating and financial officer at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, recently shared with University of Houston students his observations "from the front" about healthcare economics and possibilities for reform. Dillon was a guest lecturer in professor Will G. Dickey's undergraduate course, "Social Work with Latino Immigrants," on April 9.


Pedro Ruiz's book, "Disparities in Psychiatric Care: Clinical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives" was published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Ruiz is professor and vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and President Elect of the World Psychiatric Association.