Left to right:  Julie Tavarez-Bunyan, Janis Matthews, Dr. Joan Richardson, Juanita Norton, Jeffery Ryall, Danny DiLieto, Isabel Delgado, Bryce Burkett, Jimmy Jones, Paulette Roberson and Lizette Perez. For the second year in a row, the Trevino Group is sponsoring the UTMB Children’s Hospital Thanksgiving dinner. The pediatric inpatient families are able to enjoy a home-cooked meal with one another in celebration of Thanksgiving with UTMB staff providing desserts.  Many thanks!

UTMB has been awarded a five-year, $6.6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support the “Translational Addiction Sciences Center (TASC).”  Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, Chauncey Leake Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, director of the UTMB Center for Addiction Research and vice chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, is the Principal Investigator of the grant award. The TASC will build on the success of the NIDA-funded P20 Exploratory Center, which supported the coalescence of the scientific team that bridges chemistry, cell biology and pharmacology with human and animal psychopharmacology to address the complexity of addiction.

Medical student Ahmar Hashmi has been named one of the 2013 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellows in Tropical Medicine. He is one of 20 fellows from 12 medical schools selected for the award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
The fellowship is the only medical student award dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. The award provides students with the opportunity for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic. For more on the program and Hashmi, go to www.astmh.org.

Congratulations to UTMB Women’s HealthCare Dr. Mary Claire Haver, OB/Gyn, voted Best Doctor in The Islander magazine‘s Best of Galveston Awards 2013.
Haver practices general obstetrics and gynecology and welcomes patients for maternity care and women’s health care, including preventive health care, family planning, menstrual disorders, menopausal problems and women’s surgical issues.

UTMB raised $1,004.53 in the recent Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes event. Thanks to all who participated and gave of their time and effort to stop diabetes!