Report from the Executive Vice President, Provost and

Dean of the School of Medicine

For the Faculty Senate Meeting, 7/8/13











Guidelines for Submission of Applications for Institutional Approvals


Effective August 1, 2013, a new policy entitled “Submission of Applications for Institutional Approvals” will apply to all submissions for external support (see attached).  Under the new procedures, all Principle Investigators submitting applications to an external entity requesting funding for UTMB projects must submit their draft application to the Office of Sponsored Programs ten (10) working days prior to the submission deadline and be approved by an institutional official irrespective of the requirements for signature on the application.  Please note that additional approvals may be required if the application is being submitted to a Foundation, has cost-sharing, or Sponsor allowed indirect cost rates are being asked to be reduced.  These guidelines will help provide a sound basis to ensure that all necessary steps and required approvals are completed in a timely manner.


If you have questions, please contact Toni D’Agostino in Research Services,




Texas Monthly Names UTMB ‘Rising Stars’

Thirteen UTMB physicians were selected by their peers as outstanding practicing doctors in Texas. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by Key Professional Media Inc., the results will be published in Super Doctors Rising Stars, a special advertising section in the July 2013 issue of Texas Monthly magazine (see attachment).

The physicians honored as Rising Stars represent top Texas doctors in more than 30 specialties who have been fully licensed for approximately 10 years or less. Only 2.5 percent of all active Texas physicians are named to the Rising Stars list.

The doctors were selected by their peers and represent the physicians who are trusted and sought out by colleagues for medical care. More than 40,000 medical professionals were asked to nominate one or more doctors based on one question: “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?”

The Texas Super Doctors Rising Stars from UTMB, and their specialties, are as follows:

Dr. Daniel Beckles – Cardiothoracic Surgery
Dr. Anika Bell-Gray – Family Medicine
Dr. Megan Anne Berman – Internal Medicine
Dr. Lucas Blanton – Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease
Dr. Rana Bonds – Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology*
Dr. George Browne – Allergy and Immunology, Otolaryngology
Dr. Barbara Jean Bryant – Pathology*
Dr. Charlie Cheng-Hsi Cheng – Vascular Surgery
Dr. Maged Milad Costantine – Maternal-Fetal Medicine*
Dr. Erin Hommel – Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Dr. Hanan Hussein – Family Medicine
Dr. Alexis McQuitty – Anesthesiology
Dr. Harold Pine – Otolaryngology

*UTMB School of Medicine Graduate




Grant Submissions


School of Medicine – submissions to Federal entities


We are slightly behind in grant submissions compared to this time last year. From June 2011 through June 2012, the School of Medicine submitted 389 proposals; from June 2012 through June of this year we have submitted 364.


Proposal submissions for the other schools will be included in next month’s report.



Recent Grant Highlights


The following is a list of grant recipients for the month of June 2013


Recent Awards

Principal Investigator/

Project Director




Dr. Patricia Aguilar, Assistant Professor, Pathology

Naturally Occurring Human Antibodies to Alphavirus Infection

Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NIAID flow through)

$94,478 (one year)

Dr. Paul Boor, Professor, Pathology

Atomic Force Microscopic Studies of Dissecting Aneurysm

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

$425,344 (two years)

Dr. Wlodzimierz Bujalowski, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Functional Dynamics of Mammalian and Viral DNA Repair Polymerases

National Institute of General Medical Science

$1,235,576 (four years)

Dr. Alexander Bukreyev, Professor, Pathology

Broadly Specific Needle-Free Vaccines against Emerging and Biothreat Viruses

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

$3,512,751 (five years)

Dr. Nilay Dey, Research Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology

Role of DNA Ligands in Innate Immunity

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

$154,688 (two years)

Dr. Marxa Figueiredo, Assistant Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Pro-peptide Gene Delivery for Treating Prostate Cancer Bone Metastases

National Cancer Institute

$364,326 (two years)

Dr. John Hommel, Assistant Professor, Center for Addiction Research

Neuromedin U as a Novel Mechanism Underlying Cocaine Addiction

National Institute on Drug Abuse

$116,157 (two years)

Dr. Li-Yen Mae Huang, Professor, Neuroscience and Cell Biology

Neuronal-Glia Interactions in Trigeminal Ganglia as a Basis for Future Therapy

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

$1,900,040 (five years)

Dr. Junji Iwahara, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dynamics of intermolecular ion pairs at protein-DNA interfaces

National Science Foundation

$300,000 (three years)

Recent Awards

Principal Investigator/

Project Director




Dr. Elizabeth Lyons, Assistant Professor, Institute for Translational Sciences

STEP AND GO: A Study of Technology-based Exercise Promotion

American Heart Association-South Central

$139,840 (two years)

Dr. Shinji Makino, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Development of a Novel Rift Valley Fever Virus Vaccine

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

$423,000 (one year)

Dr. Johnny Peterson, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Development of Enabling Vector/Antigen Expression Technology for an Orally-Delivered Vaccine

Protein Potential

$99,491 (Subcontract from industry originating as a NIH award)

Dr. You-Wen Qian, Assistant Professor, Pathology

Flow Cytometry Remote Viewer with Decision Support

University of Texas at San Antonio

$10,000 (Interagency agreement for purposes of testing a University of Texas at San Antonio-developed technology)

Dr. Tian Wang, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Rational Development of Candidate Attenuated Flavivirus Vaccines

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases

$1,525,263 (four years)