Academic medicine and health reform: The UTMB perspective” is the topic on the table when University of Texas Medical Branch President Dr. David L. Callender speaks at the Healthy Health Policy Lunch and Lecture Series, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Levin Hall dining room.

For information, contact Becky Trout at or 409-772-7834.

Driver safety course

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering the AARP Driver Safety Program in February, April and June. The first four-hour program will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 22 at OLLI, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101.

The class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members, payable by cash or check. Advance registration is required, and class size is limited. To register, call 409-763-5604 or email msierpin(at) or jsherrod(at)

Running shoes wanted

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group is collaborating with Soles 4 Souls in the “Hearts and Soles” campaign to collect gently used running shoes for those in need.

Drop boxes will be available through 5 p.m. March 2 at Moody Medical Library, Jamail Student Center, Children’s Hospital and the School of Nursing/School of Health Professions building.

Veins Seminar

A free seminar on new advances in the treatment of varicose and spider veins will be offered by Drs. Lois Killewich and Charlie Cheng from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the Pearland Holiday Inn Express, 702 N. Main St., Pearland.

Another seminar will be offered Feb. 23 at the UTMB Health Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes.

For information, call 409-772-4950.

Visiting Campus

• Dr. Michael Roh, assistant professor of pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, spoke on cytology practice and “Issues in current state-of-the-art and critical future trends.”

• “Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease” was the topic of Dr. Keith G. Tolman, professor of medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake.

• Dr. Michael G. Fried, professor in the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, spoke on human DNA.The Lefeber Winter Lecture Series on Aging launched on Jan. 31  with “Predicting survival of older adults: Findings from a biosocial survey” by Noreen Goldman, professor of demography in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Six lectures in all will be presented on consecutive Tuesdays through March 6, all from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Levin Hall. Next week’s lecture is “Linking thinking, walking and falling: Cognitive and behavioral contributors to falls and gait in older adults.” For more information, contact

Post-stroke clinic

UTMB is offering a free clinic for those who suffered a stroke more than six months ago and are not eligible for traditional therapy services. The departments of occupational and physical therapy in the School of Health Professions will be hosting the next post-stroke clinic the week of Feb. 27 to March 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. For additional information or to register, please contact Jeanne Isbell at 409-772-3060.

Support group

UTMB will offer a stroke support group for persons with stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others. Specialists from speech pathology, occupational and physical therapy, along with a neurologist, social worker and nurse will be on hand to answer any questions. The group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 29, on the first floor of the School of Health Professions/School of Nursing building at 1100 Mechanic St. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-3061 or 409-772-3068.


Dr. David Walker, executive director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, spoke on the “Pathology of 2009 pandemic H1N1 Influenza A.”

“Ethical issues in personalized medicine: Selection and privacy” was addressed by Jan Heller, clinical ethicist at the Institute for the Medical Humanities.