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VOLUME 3 NUMBER 3 / MARCH 2007

Message from President Mittemeyer: extraordinary team efforts

Planning for pandemic flu

Amarillo SOM gets first professorship

Students chosen as Dean's Ambassadors

Graduating medical students meet their match

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs guides students

El Paso's Pediatric Club lends a hand on Valentine's Day

Have a plan: notes from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Garrison Institute on Aging honors experts

News Roundup

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Message from President Mittemeyer: extraordinary team efforts

March Madness has everyone expecting extraordinary efforts from their favorite team. The annual basketball showdown provides an excellent opportunity for the universities involved to gain positive press not only about their athletic programs, but to showcase their academics as well.

During the past few months, several opportunities presented themselves where we could promote the Health Sciences Center within the communities we serve and beyond. Recently, we had excellent TTUHSC representation in Austin and Washington, D.C., during visits with our legislators.

Thanks to Chancellor Kent Hance’s extensive experience and background in politics, good words about this exceptional institution have made a significant impact among state and national legislators. We are thankful and appreciative for the support of our elected officials, and eagerly await the outcome of upcoming budget sessions so that we may move forward with several mission-enhancing projects.

The future looks bright for TTUHSC because of the work done by you – our excellent faculty and staff teams, who keep the ball moving around the court every day.

As we leave March Madness and enter the height of spring, I encourage each of you to look for opportunities to continue to grow in your respective areas. We will continue to look for ways to shout the good news of your growth and accomplishments to the world. Thank you for your continued dedication to those we serve.

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TTUHSC working on pandemic flu plan

LUBBOCK – Without much fanfare, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has been working on pandemic flu planning.

No one can know for sure whether we will experience a full-fledged flu pandemic in the near future, but many scientists and physicians believe the current avian or bird flu strain known as H5N1 could mutate into a deadly flu that spreads rapidly through humans. Such was the case in 1918 when the “Spanish Flu” spread across the globe, including the United States, in a matter of weeks. The flu effects came in monthly waves over an 18-month period. Many have estimated that more than 50 million people died worldwide from the 1918 flu and that deaths in the United States exceeded 500,000. The flu associated with a pandemic would be more severe than seasonal flu, and in the case of the 1918 flu, most of the deaths were young adults, as opposed the very young and very old.

With predictions of a possible flu pandemic later this year, TTUHSC Interim President Bernhard Mittemeyer, M.D., has directed a planning effort be initiated so the institution can be prepared should the pandemic materialize. A planning committee comprised of representatives from all campuses and schools is regularly meeting to assess the situation and develop an action plan. The committee also will soon be distributing information to TTUSHC faculty, staff and students about the threat of the flu and personal family planning.

Information also should be available very soon on the TTUHSC website homepage. For more information about the TTUHSC pandemic flu planning effort, contact Don McBeath at don.mcbeath@ttuhsc.edu. (written by Don McBeath)

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Amarillo SOM receives first endowed professorship

AMARILLO – The William P. Hale, M.D., and Sue Hale Distinguished Otolaryngology Professorship was recently announced at the School of Medicine. The generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. Hale, with matching support from the Amarillo School of Medicine totaling $500,000, will endow the school’s first professorship. Hale has been practicing otolaryngology in Amarillo for 45 years.

The earnings from this endowed professorship will provide funds to recruit and retain a physician faculty member in otolaryngology at the Amarillo campus.

“The Otolaryngology Professorship will assist in offering the latest state-of-the-art treatment in this field,” said Rush Pierce, M.D., interim regional dean.  He added that he is extremely grateful to the Hale family for their generosity.

Shown in photo: William P. Hale, M.D., left, and Steven Berk, M.D.

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Students chosen to serve as Dean's Ambassadors

LUBBOCK – The School of Medicine has selected a prestigious group of 24 students dedicated to the promotion of the school. The students were honored in a pinning ceremony earlier this month.

The Dean’s Ambassadors will provide insight and perspective about the Health Sciences Center to new or potential students, and also will be called upon by the dean of the School of Medicine, Steven L. Berk, M.D.,  to participate in special events.

Student Ann Doughtie will serve as president of the group, with Stephanie Glover serving as vice president of recruitment, Abigail Babin as greeter program coordinator, and Paul Chisholm as transportation coordinator.

Shown in photo: Trevor Yates, assistant director of admission for the School of Medicine, left, presents medical student Paul Chisholm with his pin.

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Medical students meet their match

The School of Medicine Class of 2007 got a glimpse of the future on March 15 as 114 students in Amarillo, El Paso and Lubbock found out where they would be completing their residencies after graduation. Each year, medical students across the nation simultaneously opened their match letters.

Match Day is the culmination of an eight-month process in which students are matched with residency programs in the United States and Canada.  Months before Match Day, students begin applying to residency programs in their preferred specialty. 

A majority of TTUHSC graduates, 74 percent, will complete residencies in Texas, and 54 percent will pursue primary care including family practice, internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics.

Shown in photo, Amarillo medical students share their Match Day news with friends and family.

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Students find guidance from Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

LUBBOCK – West Texas native Kristen Wells hopes to soon get into medical school at TTUHSC. And one-on-one guidance from the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) staff is greatly improving her chances of acceptance.

Wells, who is of Native American heritage, says she never expected such personalized mentoring from a large university. From MCAT preparation to mock interviews, ODMA staff members have helped her on the road to medical school admission. Wells earned her undergraduate degree from Midwestern State University. She currently works as a medical research assistant at TTUHSC.

“I have been astounded by my experiences with everyone here at the Health Sciences Center,” she said. “I am amazed by the personal investment they make.”

Mentoring prospective students is just a part of the services the ODMA provides. Germán Núñez, Ph.D., vice president for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, said the office’s outreach efforts range from curricular development focusing on cultural issues to providing cultural training for staff.

“Our goal is to provide an environment so that all feel they have something to contribute and that those contributions are welcomed and valued,” Núñez said.

Senior nursing student Effe Morgan-Eshun said she felt welcomed from her first moments on campus. Originally from Ghana, West Africa, she transferred to TTUHSC from Michigan State University.

Yolanda Gonzaga, ODMA director, took her apartment hunting when she got to Lubbock. “The first day I met her, she offered to do these things,” Morgan-Eshun said. “She really went out of her way to help me. I was very impressed.”

Morgan-Eshun also has worked as a student assistant in the ODMA, which she said was the best work experience she has ever had.

“The (ODMA) staff really encouraged me to become involved in cultural activities and to be involved with my community, as well as get other students involved,” she said. “You can tell they all are dedicated and love what they do.” (written by Julie Toland)

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El Paso's Pediatric Club lends helping hand on Valentine's Day

EL PASO – While most people scurried to get flowers and cards and join loved ones for Valentine’s Day, members of the TTUHSC Pediatric Club and residency program taught healthy eating habits during the day to elementary school students, and made house calls in the evening bearing flowers and gifts to a women’s shelter.

The Pediatric Club "is made up of concerned medical students and residents seeking to improve health care and social needs of children in the community while learning general pediatric medicine," said Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and associate director of the Pediatric Residency Program.

"We provided health care information to residents of La Posada -- the Center Against Family Violence. This shelter provides homeless women and children a protected, supportive environment where they can receive crucial services designed to help their families become self-sufficient," said Akins. The shelter is currently home to more than 30 children.

Besides health care information on immunizations, breastfeeding, hygiene, diet and obesity prevention, the club members provided games and arts and crafts materials for children to keep them occupied. Children were able to make Valentine’s Day cards for their mothers and siblings with the donated materials.

Earlier in the day, Poonam Singh, M.D., a third-year resident, spoke to third-graders from Ramona Elementary School on eating healthy and exercising as part of the "Kids in the Kitchen" Pilot Program. The program is in partnership with El Paso’s Junior League teaching children about health eating and prevention of obesity.

Shown in photo: Medical students at La Posada shelter, from left, Michael Gleason, Jennifer Gillen and Janie Doan.

Have a plan: Items of note from the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

According to Michael Armstrong, the former CEO of AT&T, ancient Roman engineers had a rather intriguing tradition for assuming accountability when a bridge that they had designed was completed: the engineer would take responsibility for his work by standing beneath the arch as the capstone was lifted into place!

As Armstrong’s anecdote illustrates, of course, the idea of putting your credibility on the line for your work has been around for centuries.  But in recent years the call for “accountability” has permeated the world of higher education to an unprecedented degree.

A reporter who visited the recent annual gathering of the prestigious American Council on Education, for example, characterized the trend for measuring the kind of education transpiring in university settings as “something of a mania for assessment and accountability.”

The practical consequences of the accountability movement are only now beginning to unfold across the nation, and much still remains unclear.  But as the TTUHSC accelerates its efforts over the next 18 months to achieve reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, you may be assured that every one of our academic and academic-support departments will be called on more and more to quantify how it “adds value” to our students’ academic experiences.

In this institution-wide project of accreditation accountability, the Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) stands ready to offer guidance and support.  Give us a call at (806) 743-2918, or visit our website at www.ttuhsc.edu/admin/oipe, to find out what accountability will mean for you.

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Garrison Institute on Aging honors experts

LUBBOCK –The Garrison Institute on Aging honored two experts for their contributions to aging issues at its Annual Aging Symposium March 22. Lynn Bickley, M.D., received the Glen Provost Visionary Award and Quentin R. Smith, Ph.D., was honored with the Randolph B. Schiffer Award for Advancement of Science in Aging.

Bickley, associate dean for curriculum and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Health Sciences Center, is recognized for her exceptional leadership in developing programs to improve the health of older Americans.

“Provost was primarily responsible for pushing the aging initiative forward by getting champions from across the institution to work together to support this major initiative,” said Paula Grammas, Ph.D. executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging.  “He garnered federal and state legislative support as well as securing the initial federal funding to start the institute. Without his vision and leadership, the institute would not exist.”

Smith, professor and chair for the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Amarillo, was honored for his contributions to aging issues through research initiatives.

“Dr. Schiffer will be forever honored with this recognition for his distinguished contributions to the scientific discovery in the field of neuroscience and aging. He also was one of the founding leaders of the institute by recognizing the need to create a strong scientific infrastructure to support Alzheimer's and neurodegenerative research,” Grammas said.

Grammas said both awardees have dedicated themselves to aging issues not only for this university, but also for the outside communities as well.

Shown in photo: Lynn Bickley, M.D.

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News Roundup

Gilbert to receive Young Investigator Award

LUBBOCK– The orthopedic journal Spine will feature in its July issue Kerry K. Gilbert, Sc.D., assistant professor and program director for the Master of Physical Therapy Program, as a recipient of the Young Investigator Award. The award will be presented at the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine conference June 13 in Hong Kong, China.

Two manuscripts in which Gilbert was lead investigator will be published with the Young Investigator Award Winner designation in the July 2007 issue of Spine. Co-authors of the studies include TTUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty members Jean-Michel Brismee, Sc.D., Roger James, Ph.D., Steven Sawyer, Ph.D., and Phil Sizer, Ph.D.

Spine is recognized internationally as the leading journal in the field of orthopedics. Spine is the leading subspecialty journal for the treatment of spinal disorders and is the official journal of 12 different International Spine Societies.

Hale named Amarillo's assistant dean for research

AMARILLO – Tom W. Hale, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, has been named the assistant dean for research. Hale is an internationally recognized expert in human lactation with 25 years of service to TTUHSC.  He also is the director of the Clinical Research Unit.

Department of Surgery earns continued accreditation

EL PASO – The Department of Surgery has received notice from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education of "Continued Accreditation" for its surgery residency program. The ACGME is a national accreditation organization that has as member organizations the American Board of Medical Specialists, American Hospital Association, Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Association of American Medical Colleges. This accreditation action is a reflection of the high quality of patient care and education provided by the Department of Surgery.

Mayor names TTUHSC experts to council

LUBBOCK – Linda Brice, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, along with other TTUHSC experts, was named to the Lubbock Family Council on Feb. 28.

Other TTUHSC staff members serving on the council are Patti Patterson, M.D., MPH, vice president of Rural and Community Health; Cynthia Jumper, M.D., professor and interim chair of the Department of Internal Medicine; and Joseph Bishara, media development manager for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health. 

The council, appointed by Lubbock Mayor David Miller, will attempt to address the issues of low birth-weight babies, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies among minors.    

“This is a great opportunity to get the community together to try to increase awareness about the high rates of low birth weight and teen pregnancy in Lubbock,” Brice said. “I am really excited about the chance to actually do something and get something going.”

(written by Lindsey Duncan)

Leeper receives endowed chair in geriatrics

AMARILLO – Stephanie C. Leeper, M.D., faculty member in the departments of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine, received the Mirick-Myers Endowed Chair in Geriatric Medicine. 

She currently serves as associate regional dean for faculty development and has been active in geriatric education.

Leeper also manages the TTUHSC Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy.

LEADership program enhances management skills

LUBBOCK – The 28-hour TTUHSC LEADership (Leadership Enhancement and Development) Program is designed to provide new supervisors and managers with an introduction to the fundamental management skills needed to effectively carry out their duties while integrating essential leadership qualities desired in all employees.  Although the program’s emphasis is on new supervisors and managers, it is recommended for all TTUHSC personnel who serve in a management capacity.

Since the fall of 2004, more than 250 employees have completed the Leadership Program.  Each regional campus hosts a class in the fall and spring.

Pictured is the latest class from the Lubbock campus. Back row, from left: Brenda Stone, Melinda Bingham, William Knox, Gayla Buxkemper, Hugh H. Wilson, M.D., and Hilda Cordero. Middle row, from left:  Noelle Gregory, Susan Shelby, Cheryll Kulbeth, Vicki Cecalupo, Judy Lewis, Yolanda Gonzaga and Tammy Angerer. Front row, from left:  Carolyn Brackett, Kathy Evans, Sylvia Adamcik and Judy Harper.

American Academy of Pediatrics visits El Paso

EL PASO – Several American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) members recently visited El Paso during a three-day trip by the group to the El Paso/Juarez area. TTUHSC at El Paso hosted the AAP's Council on Community Pediatrics during their trip which focused on children's health issues on the border.

The group toured the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile unit at Campestre Elementary School, the wellness centers in Tornillo, Horizon and the Montwood areas, as well as colonias in Sparks and Montana Vista. School-based wellness centers in the El Paso and outlying areas are being looked at as potential models for care.

Shown in photo, from left: Peter Gorski, M.D.; Suzanne Boulter, M.D.; Murray Ketcher, M.D.; Colleen Kraft, M.D.; Gilbert Handal, regional chairman, TTUHSC Department of Pediatrics; Jay Berkelhamer, M.D., AAP president; Bejamin Gitterman, M.D.; Diese Granado-Villar, M.D.; Ronald Marino, M.D.; and Gerald Tiberio, M.D.

West Texas AHEC honored for program to combat childhood obesity

LUBBOCK – Healthy habits that have a positive effect on weight maintenance begin during childhood, and because of the work of the West Texas Area Health Education Center, the Texas Department of State Health Services honored them with the Outstanding Program in a School Setting award. This award is a part of the Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Awards presented by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, and aims at improving cardiovascular health in communities.

West Texas AHEC was honored for the Coordinated Approach to Child Health program or CATCH. This program, which was the largest school-based health promotion study ever done in the United States, is a curriculum designed to prevent sedentary behavior, poor dietary choices and tobacco usage at the elementary school level.

Pam Danner, director of the West Texas AHEC, said research shows that CATCH works. “Studies show that students who participated in CATCH consumed less fat and have higher levels of physical activity than non-participating students. Not only do students’ healthy behaviors improve, there are noted discipline improvements in the schools,” Danner said.

Yet, Danner said because the state law requiring a coordinated school health curriculum was an unfunded mandate, many school districts struggled with the implementation.

This need presented an opportunity for the West Texas Area Health Education Center program to work directly with school leaders in a different capacity than the traditional classroom presentations of health careers promotion. It offered the West Texas AHEC a means of developing a significant outreach to promote healthy living, which is one of the program’s four key strategies,” Danner said.

In 2003, AHEC of the Plains, an independent center of the West Texas AHEC program, submitted an application to subcontract with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center on its Centers for Disease Control diabetes grant for $50,000 providing the CATCH curriculum and training for school districts in the South Plains region of West Texas. The TTUHSC F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health also contributed $25,000 of state funds to the project.

Danner said since then, the West Texas AHEC program has expanded its outreach to assist 59 rural school districts (90 elementary schools) across the South Plains, Panhandle, Permian Basin and West Central Texas regions of West Texas by: providing the curriculum at no cost; providing new physical education equipment; organizing curriculum training to meet the state mandate; assisting with CATCH Parents’ Nights; and assisting with the collection of Body Mass Index data.

Surgery residents, faculty present at annual meeting

LUBBOCK – The Department of Surgery was well represented by its surgical residents during the annual meeting of the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons held Feb. 22-23 in Dallas. Eight abstracts or poster presentations were accepted to the meeting from the residents. Special congratulations to John Fitzwater, M.D., who won an award for the best presentation by a resident.

Eldo Frezza, M.D., professor in the Department of Surgery, was program vice-chairman for the meeting.  He also was the presenter for the Resident Business Forum and the American College of Surgeons Web Portal. Frezza was the discussion leader for “Short-term survival outcomes following transvaginal notes cholecystectomy using magnetically anchored instruments.”

The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for residents and faculty to go into the community to network and show all the exciting cases and programs they are working on, as well as allows for updates on legislation that will impact the practice of medicine, research and education.

Shown in photo, from left, are: John Fitzwater, M.D., Gurpreet Dhillon, M.D., and Ronny Ford, M.D.

Group visits Austin for El Paso Days

EL PASO – School of Medicine deans and members of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce met with Gov. Rick Perry and members of the El Paso legislative delegation during EL Paso Days in Austin Feb. 7 at the State Capitol. From left are Mark Smith, Hunt ELP; Sylvia Firth, chief of staff for El Paso Mayor John Cook; School of Medicine Founding Dean Robert Suskind, M.D.; Mayor John Cook; Gov. Rick Perry; Associate Dean Jose Manuel de la Rosa, M.D.; Conrad Conde, chairman of the board of Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; Michael Guerra, vice president of government relations, El Paso Chamber of Commerce; and Frederic Warner Jr., Cemex.

Nursing students named Chapter of the Year at convention

LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing’s Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA) attended the TNSA State Convention in Galveston Feb. 21-24.  The TTUHSC Chapter received the Chapter of the Year Award for their extensive community service involvement and participation at the state and national levels. 

Sharon Decker, RN, CS, MSN, CCRN, professor and director of clinical simulations, was named Faculty of the Year. 

Junior nursing student Melissa Smith was elected to the position of Western regional director on the TNSA Board of Directors.

Shown in photo: nursing student Melissa Smith.       

Residents present at accreditation conference

EL PASO – The Pediatrics Residency Program became the first El Paso program to present at the annual education conference of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) held recently at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla.

Two abstracts were submitted by Ralitsa Akins, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and associate program director and Gilbert Handal, M.D., department chair and program director, and were accepted for the Marvin R. Dunn Poster Session. The posters were Designing a Competency-Based Curriculum, and Innovative Competency-Based In-House Evaluation System.

"The conference attendees were quite interested in what the residency program was doing," said Fannie Brown, Ph.D., senior director for Graduate Medical Education (GME), who also attended the conference. Other El Paso attendees included Martha Lucero, assistant director for GME; Jose Gonzalez, M.D., associate professor, OB/GYN; and Lizeth Corral, senior IT programmer/analyst who assisted Akins with the technical preparation of the posters.

Kara joins Department of Internal Medicine

LUBBOCK– Meryem Kara, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine for the TTUHSC School of Medicine and Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock. She comes to Lubbock from Miami, where she completed an internship in nephrology and hypertension at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Prior to her fellowship, Kara completed her residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. She also completed an internship and post doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  She received her medical degree from the Cukurova University School of Medicine, Balcali Hospital, Turkey.

Internal Medicine welcomes new physician

LUBBOCK– Ariwan Rakvit, M.D., has joined the Department of Internal Medicine for the TTUHSC School of Medicine and Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock.  She received her medical degree from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. She completed her residency in internal medicine as well as a gastroenterology fellowship at TTUHSC in Lubbock.  She currently is completing an additional gastroenterology fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse.

School of nursing events

LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing and the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the 11th Annual Nurse Practitioner Dinner March 1 at the International Cultural Center. The event followed the 11th Annual Nurse Practitioner Workshop. A five-year plaque was awarded to John B. Hanna, D.O., in honor of his service as a preceptor. Three-year plaques went to nurse practitioners Rebecca J. Fant, Nancy A. Johnson, David M. McCaskill, Amy L. Thomas, Jalyn D. Wall and Kama D. Winn. Mary Fenton, Ph.D., professor in the School of Nursing at the Permian Basin gave a presentation on the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner Program.

LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing Graduate Program hosted an open house Feb. 27 at the McInturff Conference Center.  More than 70 faculty, staff, students and guests attended the event. Guests from as far away as San Antonio came to learn more about the online and traditional graduate programs that are available. 

LUBBOCK – The School of Nursing community health class and high-risk obstetrics class will host the Fifth Annual Baby Shower benefiting the Stork’s Nest from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 at the International Cultural Center.  Attendees are asked to please bring a baby gift for donation.  For more information, contact Linda Brice, Ph.D., at 743-2730, ext. 239.

LUBBOCK – Volunteers Bridgett Mask, Joanie Ellison, Pam Gandy, Lynda Billings and Christy Meriwether represented the School of Nursing in the KTXT Phonathon which took place March 3-18.

Shown in photo: Mask and Ellison, in photo at right, take calls on March 9 during the KTXT Phonathon.


Women's Health Research Institute awards grants

AMARILLO – TTUHSC Women’s Health Research Institute of Amarillo (WHRI) awarded more than $100,000 in grants in its first multi-campus collaborative effort. School of Medicine Dean Steven Berk, M.D., said it has long been his vision to expand the Women’s Health Research Institute to the other TTUHSC campuses.

Burgeoning research and interest in gender-specific aspects of medical diseases over the past decade have provided recognition that certain diseases may present differently in women and may require special approaches to diagnosis and therapy.

Gaps in knowledge about women’s health are particularly striking for those women at highest risk factors for poor health – the elderly, minorities and those living in poverty. Equally important is research into the major causes of death among women including heart disease, stroke and cancers of the lung and colon.                    

The 2007 grant recipients, their projects and the campus locations include:

Amarillo - $19,998 to Zonghan Dai, Ph.D., principal investigator, William Robinson, M.D., and Sean Tedjarati, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Ovarian Cancer Metastasis.”

Lubbock -  $20,000 to Chwan-Li Shen Ph.D., principal investigator, Dale Dunn, Ph.D., and Jia-Sheng Wang, Ph.D., co-principal investigator, “Effect of Green Tea Polyphenols on Bone Loss.”

Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa and El Paso - $20,000 to Zuber Mulla, Ph.D., principal investigator, Bahij Nuwayhid, M.D., James Van Hook, M.D., Arthur Evans, M.D., and Moss Hampton, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Clinical Epidemiology of Preeclampsia in Texas.”

Lubbock and Amarillo - $20,000 to Maurizio Internati, Ph.D., principal investigator, and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Sp17 Antigen-based Vaccine for Ovarian Cancer.” 

Amarillo and Lubbock - $20,000 to Majid Moridani, Pharm.D., Ph.D., principal investigator, and Randolph Schiffer, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Cytochrome  P450 Expression and Genotypes in Women with Alzheimer’s Disease.”   

Amarillo - $3,750 to Joanna Wilson, D.O., principal investigator, and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., co-principal investigator, “Economic Differences Regarding Menopause and Therapies in Hispanic Women.”  

Tech engineering group supports aphasia program

LUBBOCK – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers Texas Tech University Student Chapter presented a check to support the Aphasia Group Therapy Program in the School of Allied Health Sciences.

Aphasia is a language impairment resulting from brain damage. People with aphasia may have problems in speaking, reading, writing and understanding the meaning of spoken or written words. The goal of the group therapy sessions is to maximize speech and language abilities while also reducing the effects of aphasia on communication. Group members meet once per week for an hour.

The Aphasia Group Therapy Program is free to its members. Financial support to keep the program funded is by the Allied Health Sciences students fund-raisers or other donations from the community.

Shown in photo, seated from left: group members Juqiang Yan, Gerry Fulton and Pauline Perkins. Back row, from left: Texas Tech engineering students Kyle Purvis, Alisha Bloodworth and Kyle Kelton, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences graduate student Leah Maenius.  

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Calendar

March 28

“Loss and Grief” by Thomas McGovern, Ed.D.

4 p.m. in ACB 100, Lubbock campus

Part of the Lecture Series on Healthy Aging hosted by Garrison Institute on Aging

March 28

"Dr. Bernard A. Harris Pre-medical Society Lecture Series"

7 p.m. at Texas Tech Allen Theatre

Bernard A. Harris, M.D., will address future medical students.

March 30-31

Texas Tech Cancer Research Group Cancer Research Symposium

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday

Room 5B148 at Health Sciences Center

Visit www.ttuhsc.edu/cbb/cancersymposium for details.

March 31

Education and Career Fair

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Estacado High School, 1504 Itasca, Lubbock

For more details, call 743-2463, ext. 239.

April 5

Second Annual TTUHSC Student-planned Talent Show

7 p.m. at Texas Tech International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

Tickets cost $5 and will be on sale from noon to 1 p.m. April 3-5 in ACB lobby.

April 17

"Advances in cancer treatment and the high quality oncology services available right here in West Texas" presented by Everardo Cobos, M.D., and Carlos Torres, M.D.

6 p.m. at Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center

In conjunction with Cancer Control Month in April.

April 19

Stork's Nest Baby Shower

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Texas Tech International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana Ave.

For details, call Linda Brice, Ph.D., at 743-2730, ext. 239.

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