The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is supporting one-year pilot projects through the Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine.

The projects include research on innate immune response pathways by Dr. Allan Brasier; the role of environmental contaminants in prostate tumors by Marxa Figueiredo; environmental tobacco smoke in lung inflammation by Deepthi Kolli; and environmental estrogen in relation to allergic asthma by Dr. Terumi Midoro-Horiuti.

Each received $50,000 for these pilot studies designed to improve health through basic and translational research.

The Lunch Bunch

Dr. Cris Berlingeri-Ramos, UTMB clinical assistant professor in dermatology, will present “Wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer, oh my. Caring for our aging skin” for the Lunch Bunch from noon to 1 p.m. today at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

Call 832-505-1600, email or visit

GI cancer support group

The gastrointestinal cancer support group meets at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets in Galveston.

The group meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or

Medicare moment

This month’s topic is physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Micky Moore, a Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer for the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation, will review policies regarding these services at 10 a.m. June 17 in the Sealy Center on Aging Learning Center, in the UTMB Primary Care Pavilion on Harborside Drive in Galveston.

The event is free. Call 409-771-3044.

Lemonade Day contribution

Students from GISD’s L.A. Morgan Elementary School presented the UTMB Neonatal Nurseries with a donation check for $70 to their March of Dimes Team.

The students raised the contribution as part of their entrepreneur project for Lemonade Day.

Trailblazer Award

The Texas Digital Library recognized the team behind the Truman G. Blocker Jr. History of Medicine Collections in the Moody Medical Library at UTMB for its outstanding work to increase accessibility to its previously underutilized Louis Pasteur Collection, which contains original handwritten letters from Pasteur in addition to other unique and rare items.

The project team included Bobby Marlin, Mira Greene, Lisa Reyna-Guerrero and Kelly Caldwell.

Biosecurity symposium lecture

Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and Distinguished University Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, presented “Emerging infectious diseases: Looking into the crystal ball.”

Hosted by UTMB’s Galveston National Lab and National Biocontainment Training Center, the speaker series is aimed at assuring that UTMB faculty, staff, students and community members have maximum exposure to and participation in the ongoing federal discussion on biosecurity law, policy and application.

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

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