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Stroke support group meeting
Dr. Stephen Busby, assistant professor of neurology and vascular neurology, will lead a discussion about medications and managing the symptoms of stroke at the next meeting of the UTMB Health stroke support group that is supported by a President’s Cabinet award. The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in the outpatient PT/OT clinic, Entrance A, 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   

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 

Caregiver seminar
The UTMB Geriatric Outpatient clinics offer an educational seminar for caregivers of those with memory loss this afternoon at the Primary Care Pavilion, 400 Harborside Drive, Galveston. The three-hour seminar is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and participants do not have to be affiliated with UTMB in any way now or in the future. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Adele Herzfeld at asherzfe@utmb.eduor by phone 832-505-2002 or 409-747-7030.

Highest accreditation
UTMB was recently resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. In 2012, only one-third of CME providers across the U.S. received this distinction rather than the standard four years. This assures that UTMB provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports health care quality improvement. 

Here comes the judge
Judges are needed for the Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Texas A&M University at Galveston. Students across the county in grades 7 to 12 will compete in the event co-sponsored by UTMB, TAMUG and Galveston College. Winners will be eligible to compete in the Houston Science and Engineering Fair and the potential to advance to the state and national levels. Judges are vital to the success of the fair and students consistently report how much they enjoy their interaction with the judges. Please contact Dr. Patricia Seitz at to volunteer. For more information on the fair go to

Center for Addiction research
Jonathan Hommel, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, was awarded a translational scholarship award from the Institute for Translational Sciences. This award provides resources for research focused on translating basic science discoveries into new therapies to treat human disease. His research focuses on the processes underlying “food addiction.” Hommel has discovered a novel pathway in the brain that regulates consumption of high-fat foods that cause obesity.  

Nursing ethics seminar
“As critical as vital signs: Exploring the nurse's role in the initiation of end-of-life conversations” was the topic presented by Cheryl Vaiani, director of the ethics consultation service and graduate student Nicole Piemonte. These seminars are designed to promote thoughtful discussion about issues related to excellence in patient care.

Visiting campus
“Learning to fly” was the topic of Dr. Kjell Lindgren, an astronaut at the Johnson Space Center.