Cancer Support Group meeting

The next meeting of UTMB’s colorectal and GI cancer support group will be at 6 p.m. today at 2715 Meadow Lane in La Marque. Gail Kwarciany, a UTMB chemo/oncology trainer, is the guest speaker for the group, open to both cancer patients and their partners and caregivers. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, call Robert Webster at 409-789-5074.

Blood drive on campus and in Clear Lake

Blood drives will be tomorrow in Galveston and Clear Lake. The donor coach will be on campus 8 a.m. to noon at the corner of Eighth and Postoffice Streets. The coach then moves to the Burlington /Garden Ridge Parking lot, I-45 and NASA Parkway in Clear Lake, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2013 baby shower

UTMB often has the privilege of welcoming the first baby in Galveston each new year, and newborn nursery staff members prepare gift baskets for all the babies born that day. In anticipation of the seventh annual New Year’s Baby Shower, they are seeking donations of new items such as baby clothes, lotion, blankets, rattles, tethers, diapers, wipes, monitors, baby bathtubs, car seats, boppy pillows or even gift cards for stores that carry baby items. A donation box is in the lobby of John Sealy Hospital and will take items through Dec. 21.

Elger award

William R. Elger, executive vice president and chief business and finance officer for UTMB, has been awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation from the American Institute of CPAs and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. This designation recognizes professionals who have a deep understanding of finance and have expanded their business skills through experience as management accountants to help drive better business decisions. Elger came to UTMB in 2009 and has almost four decades of experience in medical education and health care services. Nationally recognized for innovations in financial management tools, he has also served as national chairman for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Business Affairs.

Topics in Biosecurity Symposium

As part of its ongoing series featuring experts at the forefront of biosecurity policy development and implementation, the Galveston National Laboratory hosted “Biological weapons: Does U.S. biodefense meet the threat?” Presenters were Dr. Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate in the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Dr. Phillip K. Russell, former senior adviser in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Infectious disease presentation

“Molecular pathogenomics of group A Streptococcus epidemics: What have we learned?” was presented by Dr. James M. Musser, director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Disease Research at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston.

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