In case you missed it: Celebrating the Human Genome project, a cancer “Dream Team” and more

Thanks for coming back to BCM Momentum. Before you enjoy the remainder of your weekend, join us as we take a look at exciting news, big announcements, and stories about Baylor College of Medicine in case you missed it.

Celebrating the Human Genome Project

diptic-styleThis week the Human Genome Project turned 10 years old. Completed in April 2013, BCM Momentum took the week to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome and commemorate the successes of Baylor College of Medicine researchers and key players. 

The Human Genome Project: Celebrating its successes

Watch, experience the Human Genome Project journey

Remembering the Human Genome Project through images

Resources to learn more

Surgery to treat type of depression?

A stimulation surgical procedure may do more than help those suffering from severe Parkinson’s disease. Emory University psychiatrist and 2013 Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry recipient Dr. Helen Mayberg is the leading pioneer in the use of this surgical procedure to benefit patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Did you miss Dr. Mayberg’s grand rands presentation? Read her Q&A in the Houston Chronicle. 

BCM major part of pediatric cancer “Dream Team”

A “dream team” blending the fields of genomics and immunotherapy to treat pediatric cancer will include Baylor College of Medicine’s Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

“We have seen very few effective new therapies for the highest-risk childhood cancers over the last 20 years,” Dr. Will Parsons, assistant professor of pediatrics – oncology at BCM and BCM’s Dream Team leader, said in a press release. “Genomics and immunotherapeutics are two cutting-edge approaches to improving treatments for our patients but we have not fully focused on tying them together until now.”

Read more about the “Dream Team.”

BCM opens eighth Teen Clinic

On Tuesday, the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic celebrated the opening of a new clinic at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns. The new clinic offers free or low-cost comprehensive health care and education to students enrolled at the Tejano Center’s Raul Yzaguirre School for Success.

“The opening of our clinic at the Tejano Center for Community Concerns will bring together two of the most important elements in a child’s life – education and health care,” Dr. Peggy Smith, director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic and a BCM professor of obstetrics and gynecology, said in a press release. “We believe the clinic is a vital and positive addition to this school community.”

See photos from the ribbon cutting.

Listen to the KUHF story on the ribbon cutting.

Read our press release about the new clinic.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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