OLLI summer oncology lecture series
UTMB faculty physicians who are experts in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship have been presenting the latest developments in fighting the disease. The series, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays this month, continues tomorrow with “Breast surgery and breast reconstruction” presented by Drs. Colleen Silva and Karen Powers. Next week’s topic is new and improved treatment for breast cancer and the series concludes with a look at integrative oncology. The free lectures are at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 4700 Broadway. Call 409-763-5604 or email msierpin@utmb.edu to register. 

Student sports physicals
Do you have a student who needs a physical to participate in summer practice for band, dance, sports or other activities? UTMB is offering $25 physicals this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway, League City. Students should wear T-shirts and shorts. Bring school-specific forms as well as a signed UTMB consent form that can be found at utmbhealth.com. To save time at the screening, please bring completed forms to the center. Appointments are appreciated and walk-ins are welcome. To reserve a spot or get more information, call 832-505-1709 or email VictoryLakes@utmb.edu.

Breast cancer support group
The “Reconstruction of a survivor” breast cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. Light refreshments will be provided. To register, email chkellyw@utmb.edu.

Stroke support group meeting
Helen Rogers, a physical therapist with Innovative Neurotronics, will give a presentation on the WalkAide at the next meeting of the UTMB Health stroke support group. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to www.utmb.edu/Rehab.  

Excellence in neuroscience
The 2013 Dr. and Mrs. Seymour Fisher Academic Excellence Awards in Neuroscience were presented to medical students Mathieu Bakhoum, for work on aging and neurodegeneration; Dan W. Branch, for a study of virtual reality spine surgery; and graduate student Jordan Jahrling, for research on memory and Alzheimers disease.  

National grants
The National Institute of General Medicine Sciences has awarded a three-year, $1.5 million grant to professor Xiaodong Cheng and assistant professor Jia Zhou in the department of pharmacology and toxicology, that will further their research in signaling molecules and human diseases.

Cancer research
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a five-year, $1.4 million grant to professor Satish Srivastava to continue his research on colon cancer and the role of the aldose reductase enzyme. He has been studying the enzyme for 40 years and also has a merit award for 10 years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Distinguished paper
A team of researchers led by Suresh Bhavnani, associate professor of biomedical informatics, received a Distinguished Paper Award for Translational Bioinformatics at a meeting organized by the American Medical Bioinformatics Association.