Doctor earns $1.7 million grant
Dr. QiQi Zhou, assistant professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been awarded $1.7 million over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. In conjunction with Dr. Nicholas Verne, director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, her research will focus on cellular signaling and gene receptors to help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. In 2011 she was honored with the International Rome Foundation award for the single best research article on molecular gastroenterology at the American Gastrointestinal Association meeting.

Healthy living
On March 1, UTMB Students Together for Service, in partnership with the campus student chapters of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, will host a healthy living event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center, located at 28th Street and Seawall Boulevard. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, games for children and health screenings, including a “glo-germ” booth on hand-washing education.

Lefeber Winter Lecture Series on Aging
The 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, presented by the Sealy Center on Aging on consecutive Tuesdays through March 4, continues tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium, located at 10th and Market streets. “Pathways to healthy aging: the case of Costa Rica” will be presented by Luis Rosero, a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. The lecture series concludes next week with a look at disability and independence in older people. For more information, contact Kelley Prevou at or 409-747-1987.

Stroke support group
A review of resources and equipment, along with physical, occupational and speech therapy, are the topic for this month’s UTMB stroke support group meeting. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 26 in a new location: the Sealy Center on Aging and Learning conference room in the Primary Care Pavilion, Entrance A, Room 1.612A, 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to

Island support group
The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Galveston Island Community Center, Suite B101, 4700 Broadway. The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, call 832-505-1700.

Weight loss seminar
The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a free seminar on weight loss, including medical and surgical options available, at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information or to register for the seminar, call 832-505-1500.

Science academy
The deadline to register for the Saturday Biomedical Science Academy is Feb. 28. To apply, go to and click on “Student Programs.” For more information, contact Alicia C. Simmons at or 409-772-9119.