GI cancer support group
Dietician Rachel DeSonier will discuss nutrition while undergoing cancer treatment and ways to improve your diet to decrease the risk of cancer at the next meeting of the GI cancer support group at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

OLLI luncheon
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host its annual luncheon and fashion show beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 13 at Fisherman’s Wharf at Pier 21, in the Harbor Room. The event is $35 for OLLI members and $45 for non-members. For reservations, call 409-763-5604 or come to OLLI, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. 

School of Nursing
The School of Nursing received approval for a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in November 2011, and the first class of students entered the program in January 2012. The community is invited to comment on the program as part of the accreditation process by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Comments are due by Sept. 9. For complete information on the program and the process to comment, visit the School of Nursing website,

Arceneaux Award
Colleen Villamin, a student in the School of Nursing’s Clinical Nurse Leader program, is also a nurse at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is the recipient of this year’s Arceneaux Award, MD Anderson’s highest nursing-oncologist honor, which comes with a $15,000 prize.

Research volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an asthma research study. Individuals may qualify for one of UTMB’s studies if they have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma and are 18 to 65 and a non-smoker for at least one year. For more information, contact Afifa Khalil in the clinical trials office at or 409-747-1887.

International research
Cheyenne Martin, the Rebecca and Edwin Gale Professor of Ethics in the School of Nursing, presented “Medical warriors and resistors during the Holocaust” at a conference co-sponsored by the Association of Holocaust Organizations and the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The conference draws participants internationally who are affiliated with Holocaust organizations and museums as well as Holocaust and genocide scholars. 

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 and 75 and have a history of FI for at least six months. For more information, call 409-772-5164 or

Center for Addiction Research
Marina W. Wolf, chairwoman of the department of neuroscience at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, gave a presentation on cocaine craving as the 2013 Elizabeth Fitzgerald Sporar distinguished lecturer.