Celebrate nurses  
National Nurses Week kicked off Monday with a variety of activities and events honoring and celebrating nurses, with special recognition of student nurses and school nurses tomorrow. UTMB achieved Magnet Status for Nursing last year, placing it among the fewer than 10 percent of hospitals nationally to achieve this distinction. More than half of UTMB’s nurses have a specialized certification, a reflection of UTMB’s commitment to lifelong learning.  These activities take place each year to celebrate the profession and culminate on May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

Atherosclerosis grant
Dr. Ken Fujise
has earned a five-year $1.9 million grant to conduct research in atherosclerosis. The grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is to study how some specific versions of fortilin proteins might be able to combat the process by which blood flow is obstructed in arteries. Fujise is director of the division of cardiology and will be the principal investigator.

Muir appointment
Dr. Tristi Muir has been appointed the Medical Director for Women’s Health Services at UTMB. She is currently the director of the Pelvic Health and Continence Center at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes. She received her degree from the Mayo Medical School, followed by her gynecology residency at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center, Scott and White Hospital. She continued her specialized training in female pelvic medicine, reconstructive and laparoscopic surgery with a fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a lieutenant colonel.

Open House
The Dickinson Family Medicine Clinic will host an open house tomorrow, May 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., at their new facility, 2401 West FM 646, Suite C. Medical directors, providers and staff members will be on hand to answer questions and provide tours and light refreshments will be served. For more information call 281-6114-1256 or visit www.utmbhealth.com.

The Lunch Bunch
The UTMB Lunch Bunch presents guest speakers and light lunch on the second Tuesday of every other month from noon to 1 p.m. On Tuesday, May 14, Drs. Catherine Hansen and Pamela Havlen will present “An ounce of prevention: Check-ups and health screenings,” at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City. For questions about this or future sessions, call 832-505-1600 or email VictoryLakes@utmb.edu. A schedule of future programs can be found at www.utmbhealth.com/LunchBunch.

Diabetes support group
“Eat this: Not that” is the topic for this month’s meeting of the UTMB diabetes support group on Monday, May 13.  The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City. To reserve a place, call 832-505-2300.

Gastrointestinal cancer support group
Dr. Victor S. Sierpina
, author of the Healthy Gut Workbook and the W.D. and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine at UTMB, will discuss the integration of conventional and holistic cancer treatments at the next meeting of the GI cancer support group at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in Room 1.132 of the Rebecca Sealy Building, at the corner of Market and Eighth streets. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Robert Webster at 409-789-5074 or Captrwebster@aol.com.