A co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, A. Thomas McLellan, is the featured speaker at the 2017 Town Hall Distinguished Lecturer series to be held at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

McLellan’s presentation, “Modern, Effective Care for Substance Use Disorders: Findings from the 2016 Surgeon General’s Facing Addiction Report,” is presented by the medical branch’s Center for Addiction Research and the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol. McLellan, who previously was deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also was the principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index and the Treatment Services Review, measurement instruments that characterize the multiple dimensions of substance abusing patients and treatments.

The event begins at 11 a.m. March 29 in Levin Hall, located between 10th and 11th streets, in Galveston.

Leading the way in Correctional Managed Care

Dr. Owen Murray, the medical branch’s vice president of Offender Health Services, has been named a commissioner on health care for the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections for a four-year term. The CAC is the official accrediting body of the American Correctional Association, which is responsible for accrediting nearly 1,400 facilities across the United States and around the world. These include federal, state, local and private facilities of all types and sizes under ACA’s standards.

Created in 1974, the commission includes corrections professionals from all areas of the field — adult corrections and detention, juvenile corrections and detention, community corrections, probation, parole and correctional health services. The medical branch provides health care services for most of the state’s inmates.

Landry to speak about child development

Susan H. Landry, director and founder of the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, will speak about the influences that affect a child’s brain and behavioral development as part of the Robert and Russell Moody Lecture Series presented by the medical branch’s Institute for the Medical Humanities at 6 p.m. today at the Moody Gardens IMAX Theater, 7 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

Her lecture is titled “Experiences with Others and the Environment: How They Support the Young Child’s Brain and Behavioral Development.”

The lecture series has been organized by William Winslade, professor in the Institute for the Medical Humanities. For information, email Christi Retzer, ceretzer@utmb.edu.

Research funding rises again

Research funding at the medical branch increased by about 4.5 percent when compared to the previous year, bringing the university’s total funding to more than $124.6 million for the fiscal year. The medical branch’s national ranking for National Institutes of Health funding is 51st out of 139 institutions in the U.S.

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