In celebration of the holidays, UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics will close Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Dec. 26. John Sealy Hospital and the Trauma Center never close. For more information about UTMB clinics and patient services, including pediatric urgent care clinic hours, visit or call the UTMB Access Center at 409-772-2222.

Helping others

Each year UTMB employees participate in the State Employee Charitable Campaign, which raises funds that help support dozens of social service agencies in Galveston and Galveston County. Contributions this year have exceeded the goal of $475,000 by almost $20,000.

Research volunteers

If you are an overweight male age 20 to 60, you may be eligible to participate in a study investigating the effect of mild cold exposure on the body’s ability to clear blood sugar. Participants will need to come to the hospital two or three times, two weeks apart, for a 24-hour stay. Eligible volunteers will receive health screenings and lab tests at no charge, in addition to reimbursement for time and travel. For more information, contact Catherine Iliadou at or 832-316-0918.

National award

Dr. Richard T. Jennings, professor and residency program director of aerospace medicine in the department of preventive medicine and community health, has been selected as one of 10 outstanding program directors in the nation to receive the Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award for Program Director Excellence. The award, presented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, honors program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in the environment.

Jennings, a pioneer in the field of aerospace medicine, has received the Louis H. Bauer Founders Award, the highest award given by the Aerospace Medical Association for outstanding achievement in aerospace medicine, and the Lovelace Award, given by the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons to recognize those flight surgeons who have made outstanding contributions to the care of astronauts throughout their careers.

Nursing scholars

Each year, the popular Salute to Nursing golf tournament raises money for scholarships benefiting students at the UTMB School of Nursing. Graduate students awarded scholarships from the event this past year are Nitha Mathew, John Leger, Sandra McNeely, Carrie Clark Simmons, Aimee Jackson and Eva Bright.

Nursing ethics

“Chronic conditions and palliative care,” a seminar in ethics, was presented by registered nurses Jennifer Zirkle and Virginia Morales. These seminars to promote thoughtful discussion about issues related to excellence in patient care are organized and facilitated by Donna Graves and the Institute for the Medical Humanities.

Visiting campus

Sendurai A. Mani, assistant professor of molecular pathology and co-director, of the Metastasis Research Center at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center spoke on stem cells in cancer progression.

“More clinical and preclinical findings in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy” was presented by Patrick M. Dougherty, professor in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Inside UTMB

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

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