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Events to Know

May 22
Neurosurgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Jaroslaw Aronowski (Department of Neurology) presents, “Experimental Intracerebral Hemorrhages.” 7:30 a.m. MSB 7.037.

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. M. Gabriela Bowden (Texas A&M University Health Science Center) presents “The Panton Valentine Leukocidin is a virulence factor in S. aureus necrotizing pneumonia.” 4 p.m., MSB 2.103. Reception to follow in MSB 1.180.

May 27
Department of Pediatrics Research Conference: Dr. Katarzyna Cieslik, Department of Pediatrics, presents “14-3-3e knockout leads to cardiac defect and inhibition of cell cycle progression in the developing heart.” Noon MSB B.100.

May 29
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Kim Orth (UT Southwestern) presents “Black Death, Black Spot, Black Pearl: Tales of Bacterial Effectors.” 4 p.m., MSB 2.103. Reception to follow in MSB 1.180.

June 5
Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Jun Liu (Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) presents “A tale of two pathogens: HIV and Borrelia burgdorferi.” 4 p.m., MSB 2.103. Reception to follow in MSB 1.180.

June 12
Retirement planning Q&A session. UT HCPC first floor auditorium. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

June 26
Presidential Update from Dr. James Willerson. 11:30 a.m. MSB 3.001.

June 26
Presidential Update from Dr. James Willerson. 11:30 a.m. MSB 3.001.

Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series: Dr. Barrett R. Harvey (Institute of Molecular Medicine) presents “Passive protection from enterococcal infection.” 4 p.m., MSB 2.103. Reception to follow in MSB 1.180.


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Darla Brown
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February 21, 2008
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Distinguished Alumnus to present Special Dean’s Lecture Feb. 28

Dr. Daniel Hale

Dr. Daniel Hale

Dr. Daniel Hale, a 1977 graduate of our Medical School and the winner of the Medical School Alumni Association’s 2008 Distinguished Alumnus Award, will present the Special Dean’s Lecture,  "I Dare You:  5 Evidence-Based Ideas for Lowering the Risk of Obesity and Diabetes in Childhood."

The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 in MSB 3.001.

Hale is a nationally known pediatric endocrinologist and is a professor of pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition, he is the director of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa CHART Center and the director of the U.S. Hispanic Nutrition Research and Education Center in San Antonio.

He has devoted nearly 30 years to the studies and clinical treatment of pediatric diabetes, pediatric obesity, and pediatric endocrinology disorders. Following medical school, Hale completed a residency in pediatrics at Medical University of South Carolina and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He is presently is contributing to five National Institutes of Health grants in addition to several grants from foundations and pharmaceutical companies.

–D. Brown

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Baseball is the ticket for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s new floor

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Would you like to take a trip to Yankees Stadium or see Fenway’s Green Monster? Well, you don’t have to travel around North America to see an incredible interpretation of four of the best ballparks, including Toronto’s and Houston’s. Just travel up to the 8th floor of the Hermann Pavilion to find the newest floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital outfitted with the baseball theme -- from the nursing stations set up as hot dog stands to the patient rooms complete with scoreboards.

“This wing is beautiful – I don’t think anything in the nation can compare to it,” Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo said. “What makes this place special is its people and what is being done here.”

The addition of the eighth floor to the hospital, which was ceremonially opened Feb. 12 for a ribbon cutting, increases its beds from 178 to 240, making it the 25th largest children’s hospital in the nation.

“We are already to capacity in our hospital, so we need to open this wing now,” said Craig Cordola, chief executive officer of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Dean Colasurdo said the Medical School and the hospital have a good momentum, having added numerous pediatric specialists – bringing their total to 150.

"I can't think of any other better place for a physician or a patient to be – the overall environment, quality, and service are among the best in the country thanks to the collaboration of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Medical School,” Dean Colasurdo said.

The project, which took 18 months to complete, features a section for pediatric specialty patients – all designed to represent the four ballparks where Roger Clemens played – and a neonatal unit, with a jungle animal theme.

Clemens and his wife, Debbie, were the major underwriters of this project.

-D. Brown

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Acosta named a finalist for Young Investigator in Training Award

Dr. Alisa Acosta

Dr. Alisa Acosta

Recognizing the need to establish epidemiological data on the rates of hypertension in children, Dr. Alisa Acosta, pediatric nephrology fellow and a student at the School of Public Health, has been selected as a finalist in the American Society of Hypertension’s (ASH) Young Investigator-in-Training competition.

Acosta will present her abstract, "Prevalence of Persistent Pre-Hypertension in High School Students" at the May 15 ASH annual meeting in New Orleans. Only the top five scoring abstracts were selected as finalists in this competition, which aims to “encourage new investigators to undertake or continue hypertension research, participate in the ASH Annual Scientific Meeting, and to engage in discussion with senior investigators.”

“Our group has done school-based hypertension screening projects in elementary, middle, and high schools for several years now. We take four blood pressure measurements at each visit and then average the last three to determine their blood pressure status. We not only identify youth with hypertension, but we have also obtained some prevalence data,” she said.

The difference in the screening program this year was re-checking students with a blood pressure in the pre-hypertensive range and above, allowing the group to evaluate the prevalence of pre-hypertension and not just hypertension. 

“Current guidelines require a blood pressure greater than the 95 percentile on three separate occasions to make a diagnosis of hypertension in a pediatric patient,” Acosta added.

National guidelines recommend blood pressure screenings for all pediatric patients three years old and up.

Acosta graduated from the Medical School in 2001 and also completed her pediatrics residency here.

-D. Brown

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