Community Health Fair
UTMB will host a community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in League City. This family event will feature refreshments along with free health screenings, children’s activities and demonstrations of Zumba and Cross Fit at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes,  2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information, call 832-505-1022 or 832-505-1020 or visit

National Hospital Week
“A guiding light for changing times” is the theme for this year’s National Hospital Week, a time to celebrate the history, technology and professionals of hospitals.  The event began in 1921 at the suggestion of a magazine editor who hoped a community-wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals.

The Lunch Bunch
The UTMB Lunch Bunch presents guest speakers and light lunch on the second Tuesday of every other month from noon to 1 p.m. On Tuesday, May 14, Drs. Catherine Hansen and Pamela Havlen will present “An ounce of prevention: Check-ups and health screenings,” 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

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

HPV vaccine study
The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development is recruiting healthy men and women ages 16 to 26 for a Human Papillomavirus, better known as HPV, vaccine clinical trial.  Participants cannot have received an HPV vaccine (Gardasil) at any time.  Travel reimbursement is provided. Contact Lori Simon 409-747-9240 or for more information.

Drug take-back brings in more than 800 pounds
UTMB, its police department and the Southeast Texas Poison Center located on campus hosted another successful drug take-back event at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes in League City and, for the first time on the island, at the UTMB Eye Center. The effort brought in 642 pounds of medications in League City and 169 pounds in Galveston.

Across the country, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day brought in 742,497 pounds, or 371 tons, of prescription medications at more than 5,800 locations. This was the sixth national event since the Drug Enforcement Administration launched the initiative in October 2010. In total, more than 2.8 million pounds, or 1,409 tons, of prescription medications have been removed from circulation in a safe and convenient way. 

National biocontainment meeting
The Galveston National Laboratory recently hosted the fifth annual meeting of national and regional biocontainment laboratories in the United States. This network of laboratories, located on academic campuses across the country, was commissioned by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases following the events of 9/11 to provide facilities for research on biodefense and emerging infectious disease agents. These researchers, engineers, biosafety professionals, lab animal staff and communications personnel meet annually.