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West Nile research
Scientists working in UTMB’s Sealy Center for Vaccine Development have received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation to expand research on the development of a vaccine for West Nile virus. David Beasley, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, and Jai Rudra, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology, are working on a nanofiber-based vaccine candidate for West Nile virus and will study other vaccine applications for this technology.

Encephalitis research
Naomi Forrester, assistant professor of pathology, has been awarded a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus. Forrester is a member of the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development and the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity at UTMB.

Stroke support group
Tim Reistetter
, associate professor of occupational therapy at UTMB, is the speaker for this month’s UTMB stroke support meeting for people who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others. The group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 23 at the Sealy Center on Aging and Learning conference room in the Primary Care Pavilion, Entrance A, Room 1.612A, 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For more information, call 409-772-1833 or go to

Reconstruction of a Survivor
The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 17 at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2098 W. Main St. in League City. The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. A light meal and refreshments are offered. Meetings occur the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are held in Galveston on the fourth Tuesday of the month. To RSVP for the event or to get more information, contact Stella Turrubiate at or visit

Screening mammograms for uninsured
UTMB and The Ruth Kempner Endowment for Breast Cancer Screening are providing free screening mammograms for uninsured women in Galveston County by taking the mobile mammography van to area churches in Galveston County. The screenings are being offered April 27 in Clear Lake and May 18 in Galveston. There are criteria for eligibility and preregistration is required for screening. Registration packets are available in the UTMB Breast Imaging Department on the second floor of the University Hospital Clinics building in Galveston or the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. For more information, contact Ida Hernandez at 832-505-1721.

Dementia support dinners
“Working together to break the stigma” is the topic of discussion in the final dinner for area families, friends and caregivers of those with dementia. Hosted by the UTMB Sealy Center for Aging and the Galveston First Presbyterian Church, the dinner takes place on April 29 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the second floor dining room at Levin Hall, located at 10th and Market streets. Free parking will be available and the price is $5 per person with reservations required by April 25. Call 409-266-9635 for reservations and go to for more information.