Dr. QiQi Zhou, assistant professor of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been awarded $1.7 million over five years from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

In conjunction with Dr. Nicholas Verne, director of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, her research will focus on cellular signaling and gene receptors to help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

In 2011, Zhou was honored with the International Rome Foundation award for the single best research article on molecular gastroenterology at the American Gastrointestinal Association meeting.

Healthy living

On Saturday, UTMB Students Together for Service, in partnership with the campus student chapters of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association, will host a healthy living event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center in Galveston at 28th Street and Seawall Boulevard.

There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, games for children, including a “glo-germ” booth on hand-washing education, and health screenings.

Lefeber Winter Lecture Series

The 19th annual Lefeber Winter Lecture Series, presented by the Sealy Center on Aging on consecutive Tuesdays through March 4, continues today from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Levin Hall South Auditorium at 10th and Market streets.

“Pathways to healthy aging: The case of Costa Rica” will be presented by Luis Rosero, a visiting researcher at the University of California at Berkeley.

The lecture series concludes next week with a look at disability and independence in older people.

Contact Kelley Prevou at kaprevou@utmb.edu or 409-747-1987.

Stroke support group

A review of resources and equipment, along with physical, occupational and speech therapy, are the topic for this month’s UTMB stroke support group meeting.

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 a new location: the Sealy Center on Aging and Learning conference room in the Primary Care Pavilion, Entrance A, Room 1.612A, 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston.

Free parking is available. Call 409-772-1833 or go to www.utmb.edu/Rehab.

Island support group

The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Galveston Island Community Center, Suite B101, 4700 Broadway.

The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically.

A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Call 832-505-1700.

Weight loss seminar

The UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery is hosting a free seminar on weight loss, including medical and surgical options available, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

Call 832-505-1500.

Science academy

The deadline to register for the Saturday Biomedical Science Academy for mainland Galveston County students is Friday.

Go to www.utmb.edu/oeo and click on “Student Programs.”

Contact Alicia C. Simmons at acsimmon@utmb.edu or 409-772-9119.

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

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