Kenneth M. Baker, M.D., professor and director of the Division of Molecular Cardiology at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine, was recently appointed new Chair of the American Heart Associations National Research Committee, effective July 2005.
Laura Mitchell, Ph.D., faculty member at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Centers Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and colleagues highlight how up to 70 percent of spina bifida cases can be prevented by maternal folic acid supplementation around the time of conception.
The Texas A&M University System Health Science Centers Baylor College of Dentistry has received a very prestigious $2.8 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)s National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The two-year research infrastructure enhancement grant is one of only seven awarded to dental schools throughout the country.
Dr. John Quarles and Nancy Arden from the College of Medicine at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center have worked for the last year and a half with DelSite Biotechnologies, Inc., and colleagues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University to develop a nasal powder influenza vaccine.
Recently, an emerging biopharmaceutical company named Inhibitex, Inc., completed its initial public offering of five million shares of common stock at a price of $7.00 per share. Scientists Magnus Höök and Joseph Patti co-founded the company when they both worked at Texas A&M University System Health Science Centers Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT).
Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D., director of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Centers Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston, was recognized by the Teratology Society at its 44th annual meeting held in Vancouver, Canada, June 26 - July 1, 2004. Dr. Finnell and Louisa S. Tang, Ph.D., won the societys James G. Wilson Publication Award for their paper entitled Neural and Orofacial Defects in Folbp1 Knockout Mice.
The Graduate Student Organization Symposium provides a yearly update on these progressive accomplishments made in all areas of the medical sciences by graduate students at the A&M Health Science Center. This years symposium will take place at the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building, on the West Campus of Texas A&M University, on February 19, 2004.
College Station, Texas The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine and Scott & White are proud to announce the appointment of Gianfranco Alpini, Ph.D., as Research Career Scientist by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Research Service (MRS) in Washington, D.C.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Each year about 150,000 babies nationwide, or one in every 33 babies, are born with birth defects the leading cause of infant death and childhood disability. Additionally, about one percent of school age children have mental retardation. The good news, notes genetic epidemiologist Laura E. Mitchell, Ph.D., is that prevention efforts offer hope for decreasing the number of families affected by birth defects.