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Seeking new or used books for kids
The pediatrics department seeks gently used or new books for children in the hospital and the Literacy Program in pediatric clinics.Books catering to all ages, especially board books for young children, are welcome.Donations can be dropped off in room 3.300, Research Building 6 (old children’s Hospital). For more information, contact Tayna Vazquez at or 409-772-5270.

OLLI oncology lecture series
This month, UTMB faculty physicians who are experts in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship have shared the latest in evidence-based medical knowledge. The series, from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, concludes with a presentation on integrative oncology by Drs. Lyuba Levine and Victor Sierpina. The free lecture will be at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 4700 Broadway, and registration is requested to ensure seating. Call 409-763-5604 or email

National research awards
David Niesel, chairman of the department of microbiology and immunology and vice dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The grant supports UTMB’s Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program, or PREP, providing advanced training to seven students per year.

HIV research
Dr. Benjamin B. Gelman, professor in the departments of pathology and neuroscience, and cell biology and neurology, has been awarded $7 million in research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to support ongoing studies of HIV and neurological complications. A $5.7 million grant will provide continued support for the Texas NeuroAIDS Research Center where he serves as the founding director. The TNRC is one of four HIV brain repositories of the National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium.

Pain signals
Li-Yen Mae Huang, a professor in the department neuroscience and cell biology, has received an award of almost $2 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research that will support her research in the transmission of pain signals. This research will contribute to the design of new and improved strategies to treat patients with chronic pain disorders.

Vaccine research
Tian Wang, an associate professor in the departments of microbiology and immunology and pathology, as well as the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The award will support her research on the characterization of viral mutants and vaccine efficacy.

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