Health policy lunch
Dr. Ben Raimer, senior vice president in the UTMB Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, will present an overview of the 83rd Texas legislative session at noon today in Room 1.102 in the School of Nursing/School of Health Professions building at 11th and Mechanic Streets. His presentation is the latest in the Healthy Health Policy lunch and lecture series sponsored by the Offices of the President and Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and the UTMB student chapters of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association. For more information, contact Becky Trout at or 409-747-2734.

The Lunch Bunch
“Teens and technology: From social media to sexting to cyberbullying” will be presented by Jeff Temple for the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. today at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email A schedule of future programs can be found at

National appointment
Dr. Nicola Abate, the Charles C. Sprague, M.D. Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology, has been appointed as a member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Integrative Diabetes and Obesity Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Abate joined UTMB in 2008 and is internationally recognized as a clinical investigator in the field of obesity and metabolic syndrome, diabetes and lipid metabolism.

National award
Marxa Figueiredo, an assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology and a member of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, has received a $364,000 grant award from the National Cancer Institute. The grant will support her research, in collaboration with Dr. Miriam Falzon, on reducing morbidity in prostate cancer patients who have bony metastases, thereby improving their quality of life.

Library appointment
Patricia Ciejka has been appointed associate vice president of library services and academic resources. She has been serving in the position on an interim basis for a year. Ciejka joined UTMB in 1981 as a clinical librarian for internal medicine and has served in progressively responsible roles in the Moody Medical Library and Academic Resources. She currently holds an appointment to the Texas Health Science Libraries Consortium Board of Directors, a regional group of medical libraries dedicated to furthering access to biomedical information resources, and the National Network of Medical Libraries, South Central Regional, Resource Libraries Board of Directors.

World Sepsis Day
UTMB is joining with other institutions in the Texas Medical Center to recognize World Sepsis Day on Sept. 13. Sepsis is a life-threatening complication of infection that can lead to organ failure and death. Events and activities to promote awareness and ways to “stop sepsis” will take place at various UTMB locations.