Support group meets today
The inaugural meeting of the Texas Transplant Center support group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City.The group is open to all pre- and post-transplant patients. For information, go to

Healthy kitchens
“Healthy kitchens, healthy lives” is the topic of Dr. Daniel Eisenberg, executive vice president for health research and education at the Samueli Institute at Harvard University.The community is invited to attend this lecture and luncheon hosted by the UTMB department of family medicine.Seating is limited and registration is required for this free event at noon April 4 at the Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway. To register, contact Diedra Walters at or 409-772-4296.

Research volunteers
The UTMB department of anesthesiology is seeking healthy volunteers, 21 to 35, for a study examining the effects of anesthesia and hemorrhage while using an intrathoracic pressure regulator, a special device that creates a small amount of suction on the body to help the blood in the body to be pumped better by the heart. The study will be conducted at the Institute for Translational Sciences — Clinical Research Center in Galveston, and volunteers will be reimbursed for travel and time.For information, contact Roger Seeton at or 409- 772-2039.

Incontinence study
The UTMB Pelvic Health Center is conducting a research study on a new investigational vaginal insert device to control accidental bowel leakage or fecal incontinence, a condition that affects 15 million American women of all ages.Women may be eligible to participate in the study if they are between 19 to 75 and have a history of FI for at least six months. For information, call 409-772-5164 or

Awards for excellence
UTMB’s obstetrics and gynecology faculty made a record number of oral presentations, 12, for a single institution and took home a record number of awards for a single institution at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in San Francisco. Research excellence awards were presented to Alissa Carver, Esther Tamayo, J. Regino Perez-Polo, George Saade and Maged Costantine, for a presentation on preeclampsia; Mollie McDonnold, Esther Tamayo, Talar Kechichian, Reyana Urrabaz-Garza, Monica Longo, George Saade and Maged Costantine for a presentation on cardiovascular function; and Mollie McDonnold, Holly Dunn, A. Hester, Luis Pacheco, Gary Hankins, George Saade and Maged Costantine for a presentation on HPV.

Community award
Dr. Sharon Raimer, chairwoman of UTMB dermatology and her husband, Dr. Ben Raimer, vice president for health policy and legislative affairs, were awarded the 22nd annual Leonora Kempner Thompson Community Enrichment Award. The award honors Leonora Kempner “Nonie” Thompson for her service to the Kempner Fund and recognizes contributions to the community.

Osler Club
“Ashbel Smith: Rustic Renaissance man of Texas” was the topic of John Dryden, a senior medical student and Osler Student Scholar, at the recent dinner meeting of the Osler Club. Smith is known as the father of Texas medicine, and the best known building on campus, “Old Red,” is named for him.

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