Toby Boenig, associate vice president and chief compliance officer at UTMB Health, was the main speaker last week at Aggie Muster at Texas A&M University.

The Muster is an annual remembrance of Aggies who have died since the last Muster. Boenig, class of 1995, who was student body president at Texas A&M, told the audience how Aggies around the world inspired him after a rafting accident left him partially paralyzed.

GNL hosts national meeting

The Galveston National Laboratory hosted the third annual meeting of the National Biocontainment Laboratory/Regional Biocontainment Laboratory Network.

The meeting brings together staff, lab directors, facility engineers and biosafety specialists from the 15 infectious disease research laboratories funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Of these, the Galveston National Laboratory is one of two National Biocontainment Laboratories, which house Biosafety Level 4 labs enabling the safe study of infectious threats to human health.

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“LSD, schizophrenia, inflammation and fruit flies” was presented by Charles Nichols, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, La.

Dr. Fernanda Laezza, assistant professor in the UTMB Department of Pharmocology and Toxicology, has been named a 2011 New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit new investigator award recipient. Laezza will be honored at the 51st annual NCDEU meeting, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology. This year’s conference theme is “Anticipating the future of drug development: New targets, integrative biomarkers and beyond.”

Noelle Anastasio, postdoctoral fellow, has been invited to present at a session co-sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

Texas Tuberculosis Research Symposium 2011

The Texas Turberculosis Research Symposium 2011 was hosted by UTMB on April 11. The meeting highlighted the innovative efforts of Texas tuberculosis researchers and identified opportunities for new and continued collaboration.

The meeting was sponsored by the UTMB McLaughlin Endowment and the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development.


“What’s new on diagnosis and management of acute otitis media” was presented by Dr. Tasnee Chonmaitree, professor in the division of pediatric infectious diseases at UTMB.

Lawrence C. Sowers, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, gave a presentation on cancer.