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Baker to Head AHA National Research Committee

February 7, 2005

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 Association’s National Research Committee, effective July 2005.

IBT Researcher Ties Folic Acid to Spina Bifida Prevention

November 18, 2004

Laura Mitchell, Ph.D., faculty member at The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s 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.

HSC Awarded Research Infrastructure Grant

November 15, 2004

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s 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.

Nasal Powder Flu Vaccine Being Developed

October 19, 2004

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.

HSC Research-Based Company Goes Public

August 18, 2004

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 Center’s Institute of Biosciences and Technology (IBT).

Finnell Receives Publication Award

July 29, 2004

Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D., director of The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center’s 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 society’s James G. Wilson Publication Award for their paper entitled “Neural and Orofacial Defects in Folbp1 Knockout Mice.”

Ebola, Lassa Fever and HIV “Virus Hunter” to speak at GSO Symposium

February 18, 2004

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 year’s symposium will take place at the Joe H. Reynolds Medical Building, on the West Campus of Texas A&M University, on February 19, 2004.

Liver Researcher Appointed as Career Research Scientist

February 10, 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.

Recruits from Texas Needed for Birth Defect Prevention Study

January 26, 2004

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.”