For the second year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch is in the STAT Madness scientific discoveries competition. STAT is a national publication that covers health, medicine and science discoveries. The STAT Madness event is set up like the NCAA’s college basketball March Madness. It’s an elimination tournament that pairs different teams against each other in brackets. Drs. Joan Nichols and Joaquin Cortiella’s work growing lungs in the laboratory is in the running in this year’s competition. You can cast your vote at


The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas announced that two researchers at the medical branch where among those receiving research funds from the latest $96 million earmarked for cancer research.

Dr. Abby Berenson received approximately $1.5 million to compare the immune response of the two dose HPV vaccine compared to the three dose vaccine for males and females 15 to 25 years of age. Berenson also received an almost $2.5 million grant to expand a HPV vaccination program that collaborates with schools and clinics in underserved areas.

Dr. Ana Rodriguez received a nearly $2 million grant to expand a school-based HPV vaccination program in the Rio Grande Valley.


Dr. Lawrence Loh, associate medical office of health at Peel Public Health and an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, will speak about health outcomes at the next John P. McGovern, M.D. Award Lecture.

Loh’s lecture, entitled “Of Health and Outcomes-Based Thinking — Where We Fall Short at Home and Abroad,” will touch on how a suburban public health department in the Greater Toronto Area has advanced health equity by focusing training and practice on the determinants of health, through a lens of focusing on health outcomes over services.

The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 14 in Room 2.506B of Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston campus.

For more information, call Beverly Claussen at 409-772-9386.


British Imperialism and the spread of HIV/AIDS, medical philanthropy, and fixing physician burnout are the subjects of the next Osler Club Meeting.

The 87th Osler Club meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Open Gates Conference Center at 2419 Sealy Ave. in Galveston. Three 20 minute dialogues will be presented followed by dinner.

Anna Fields, a second year medical student at the medical branch, will give a talk entitled “Historical Impact of British Imperialism on the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Modern Botswana.” Ethan Hinds III, a second year medical student at the medical branch, will speak about “William Osler’s Impact on John D. Rockefeller and His Medical Philanthropy.” Finally, Kara Jencks, a third year student at the medical branch, will present a lecture entitled “Sir William Osler, The Advocate for Addressing ‘Brain-dusting’ and Fixing Physician Burnout.”

Admission is free, but space is limited. For reservations, or to register for CME credit, contact the McGovern Academy at or 409-747-9680.

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