April is National Donate Life Month. More than 121,000 Americans are on the national organ transplant waiting list.

While more than 5 million Texans have joined the Donate Life Texas organ donor registry, there is still a great need.

Everyone is invited to register from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at UTMB’s Organ Donor Registry Drive in the main lobby entrance of John Sealy Hospital, located at Eighth and Market streets.

Healthy Health Policy lunch

Dr. Dan MCoy, vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, will speak on “The future of medicine: Health care reform and beyond,” at the next Healthy Health Policy lunch and lecture series.

McCoy will present an overview of the Affordable Care Act’s impact on doctors, hospitals and health care delivery beginning at noon Wednesday in the Levin Hall dining room at 10th and Market streets.

The series is sponsored by the Offices of the President and Health Policy and Legislative Affairs and co-sponsored by the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and the UTMB student chapters of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association.

Contact Becky Trout, rltrout@utmb.edu or 409-747-2734. 

Earth Day celebration

UTMB Sustainable Services will celebrate the 22nd year of Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Moody Medical Library Plaza.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “No Drought About It ... Water Matters.” The event will focus on the conservation efforts applied during daily operations.

Logroño award

Joan E. Nichols, associate director of research and operations at the Galveston National Laboratory and professor of internal medicine and microbiology and immunology, is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Logrono, M.D., Lectureship for Professionalism in Medicine.

The award honors a faculty or staff person who exhibits the qualities of professionalism, motivated primarily by service to those in need of care, much less by personal gain and a high level of technical competence and proficiency to provide excellent medical care.

The award is a memorial to Logroño, director of the Cytopathology Division at the University of Texas Medical Branch until his sudden death in 2006.

Research volunteers needed

The Division of Endocrinology is seeking healthy male and female volunteers between the ages of 50 and 60 to take part in an eight-week investigational research study examining muscle metabolism and fatigue in response to Viagra and Cialis. Volunteers will be reimbursed for time and travel.

Contact Kate Randolph, kmrandol@utmb.edu or 409-772-8126.

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

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