A portion of the sidewalk east of the entrance to John Sealy Hospital has been blocked to pedestrian traffic while repairs are made to the building’s exterior.

Both the east entrance to the hospital near the UTMB Chapel and the main entrance remain open.

Vehicles will continue to have access to Parking Garage 1 and the circular drive in front of the hospital.

Parent opinions sought

A research study is seeking parents of children from 11 to 14 to gauge their knowledge and opinions of the HPV vaccine.

Specifically, researchers seek parents who have given permission for their children to receive services at the Teen Health Center at Austin Middle, Central Middle, Ball High, La Marque Middle/High or Crenshaw High schools. The research requires a 20-minute telephone survey.

For parents who choose to have their children vaccinated, that service will be provided free.

For information, contact Melissa Loza at mlloza@utmb.edu or 409-772-5277.

Structural Biology symposium

The 16th annual symposium, presented by the Sealy Center for Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics, featured Theodore Jardetzky, of Stanford University, who presented the keynote lecture, “Structural insights into enveloped virus entry and inhibition.”

International Education Week

Global health was in the spotlight on campus with events including a documentary screening and a lecture by Dr. Ted Schrecker, “Global reach, local depth and new cartographies of population health.”

Winners of the 2011 International Photo Contest were Linda Benskin, Bahareh Ravandi, Yvonne Chung and Michael Lindsey.


“Native health conundrum and the drilling fight for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” was the topic of Terrell Dixon, associate professor of English at the University of Houston, in a special presentation hosted by the Institute for Medical Humanities.

Pepper Older Americans Independence Center lecture

“Aging and amino acid transporters” was presented by Micah J. Drummond, translational research scholar and assistant professor in the department of physical therapy, at the invitation of the division of rehabilitation sciences.

Visiting campus

The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development welcomed Carolina Salvador Morales, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who presented, “Vishnu particles for medical applications.”

“From space to Iraq: Evidence for the use of inspiratory resistance as a treatment for hypovolemic hypotension” was presented by Victor Convertino, senior research physiologist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, as part of the spring lecture tour of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Howard M. Eisenberg, chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland, spoke on “A novel treatment for traumatic CNS injury and stroke.”

“Bc12, cancer and drug development” was the topic of Xingming Deng, associate professor in cancer biology in the department of radiation oncology at Emory University School of Medicine.


“Biomarker discovery in infectious diseases” was presented by Dr. Allan R. Brasier, director of the Institute for Translational Sciences and director of the Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine.

“Working to put the brain back into biomedicine: Studies linking mind, brain, body and health” was the subject for Dr. Robert M. Rose, executive director of the Mind, Brain, Body and Health Initiative and member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities.

“Coordinated repair of clustered radiation damage in human genome” was the topic of Sankar Mitra, a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology and senior scientist in the Sealy Center for Molecular Medicine.

Volunteers needed for research study

The division of endocrinology is seeking healthy male volunteers, 20 to 35 and 60 to 80, to take part in an investigational research study examining muscle metabolism and fatigue in response to Sildenafil, also known as Viagra.

Volunteers will be reimbursed for time and travel. For information, contact Kate Randolph at kmrandol@utmb.edu or 409-772-8126.

Governor reappoints Rahr to state board

Richard Rahr, chairman of the department of physician assistant studies in the School of Health Professions, has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Texas Physician Assistant Board.

The nine-member board establishes and maintains standards of excellence to regulate physician assistants.

Planning grant

The Galveston County Health Information Exchange, comprised of representatives from UTMB Health, St. Vincent’s nurse-managed clinic, the Gulf Coast Center and the county health district, has received $75,000 from the Texas Health and Human Services.

The award will be used to expand capacity and develop a business and operational plan to support core HIE services within the region.

New CERCIT website

Last fall, UTMB Health received more than $4 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to fund research.

One project, the Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas, involves a number of state institutions and creates a statewide resource for outcomes and research for cancer in Texas.

To learn more, visit www.txcercit.org.