Beth Rogers, a music therapist, will discuss “Coping and stress management through music” at the next meeting of the UTMB stroke support group. 

The group, for persons who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the outpatientphysical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston. Free parking is available. For information, call 409-772-1833 or go to   

This effort is supported by a President’s Council Award. 

UTMB races for the cure 

UTMB President Dr. David Callender and wife, Tonya, are co-captains of the UTMB “Cruisin’ for a Cure” team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Oct. 5 in Houston. 

The goal is to field 125 members and raise $15,000 in donations. The deadline for online registration at closes at noon Friday.

Donations can also be made in the team’s name at the site, or one can elect to “Sleep in for the Cure.” 

For information, contact Susan Stephensen, UTMB Cancer Center, at 409-747-1935 or  

Shrimp Festival

The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival takes place this weekend with a variety of events, including the Shrimp Scamper, 5k Fun Run/1K Kid Run. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Ronald McDonald House and the Justin David Hughes Fund. 

The fund was established by Dr. John and Mrs. Susan Hughes in honor of their son, a student in UTMB’s School of Medicine who would have graduated in 2010. His parents, family members and friendsestablished the Justin David Hughes Fund at UTMB to raise awareness and educate medical students and faculty on the warning signs and treatment of depression. 

Research studies  

As an academic health science center, UTMB is actively involved in clinical trials of all sorts — from basic science to medical technology and new vaccines. For a complete list of ongoing studies and volunteer opportunities, go to

Adult vaccine study 

UTMB is looking for healthy adults interested in participating in a H7N9 bird flu vaccine study. Participants should be in good health between 19 and 64. Interested individuals should be available to be seen five times and be available for six phone calls. Reimbursement for time and travel is provided. For more information, contact Carrie Harrington at 409-772-1696 or or

Asthma research 

Volunteers are needed for an asthma research study. Individuals may qualify for one of UTMB’s studies if they have a history of physician-diagnosed asthma, are 18 to 65 and a nonsmoker for at least one year. For information, contact Afifa Khalil in the clinical trials office at or 409-747-1887. 

Osler club meeting 

The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine welcomed Dr. Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., professor of surgery, who presented “The history of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.” 


Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.


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