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Sir Richard Branson Interview to benefit MD Anderson

HOUSTON ― The 22nd annual A Conversation With a Living Legend® , in Dallas, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, showcases Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, in an interview with broadcast journalist Miles O'Brien. Supported by Dallas-Fort Worth area business and community leaders, the luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Hilton Anatole, benefits research and patient care initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Andrews Distributing Company and AT&T are this year's event underwriters. Co-chairs are Stephanie and Hunter Hunt. Ana and Don Carty are honorary chairs.

Branson and O'Brien available for media questions at 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. press conference immediately following program. Contact MD Anderson staff below for details:

Sarah Watson |
Office: 713-745-6109
Victor Scott |

John Seymour is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree

Seymour_2009 small picture for calendar.jpgMark your calendars and plan to attend two events honoring John Seymour, MBBS, PhD as he is recognized with the MD Anderson 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

Professor Seymour's lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Hickey Auditorium, Clark Clinic, 11th Floor.   A reception in his honor is scheduled at 1:30 in the Pickens Academic Tower, 3rd Floor, Rooms 4 & 5.

He will also be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation held that same day at 4:00 p.m. and hosted by the Faculty Senate.

Professor Seymour currently is the Head of the department of Haematology a the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

For more information, call the alumni office at 713-794-1955.

Register for Medical Oncology and Hematology 2011 Conference

cmeconf_sm.pngThe MD Anderson Cancer Center department of Physician Relations with the Division of Cancer Medicine is hosting a conference entitled Medical Oncology and Hematology 2011: Advances That Change Physician Practice on October 21 - 22, 2011.

Recognizing that physicians play a vital role in where a patient seeks oncology care, this is an opportune time to invite our colleagues to join in an educational forum to enhance our collective knowledge and experience in Clinical and Physicians Practice.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Tomasovic Recognized at Annual Trainee Lecture

PS10Apr12_03_1_sm.jpgIn honor of his contribution to the promotion of a quality educational experience for all students and trainees at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Alumni & Faculty Association will formally recognize Stephen P. Tomasovic, Ph.D. on Wednesday, July 6th at Noon in the Hickey Auditorium at the annual Trainee Lecture event.

The Trainee Lecture panel discussion on Entrepreneurship will begin immediately following the recognition.  Meet the Panelists.docx

Co-hosted by the Graduate Student Association and the Postdoctoral Association.

For more information about the event, contact the alumni office at 713-794-1955 or

Stephen P. Tomasovic, Ph.D.
Sr. VP for Academic Affairs


MD Anderson at AACR Annual Meeting 2011

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Attend Mike Hogg Award & Lecture January 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Mike Hogg Award and Lecture on the MD Anderson Campus on Friday, January 14th at 4:00 p.m.

Award, Lecture and Reception take place in the Hickey Auditorium on the 11th floor of the Main Hospital Building.  Overflow seating in the Anderson Ballroom.

For questions, contact Sharon Pepper



Nominations being accepted for 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Attention all Alumni Members: 

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award through January 31, 2011.  Former trainees and former faculty members may be nominated. See Events & Activities for criteria and list of former awardees.

To submit a nomination, email a Nomination Letter (addressed to Diane C. Bodurka, MD, Chair, Distinguished Alumnus Award Subcommittee) and the Nominee's Updated CV to by January 31, 2011.

Any questions, write to Sharon Pepper

Save the Date: November 11, 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award & Lecture

Elena Martinez small photo.jpgDr. Elena Martinez will visit Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center on Thursday, November 11, to accept the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award and to deliver a lecture.

Dr. Martinez is currently Professor of Epidemiology at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and holds the Richard H. Hollen Professor of Cancer Prevention from the American Cancer Society at the Arizona Cancer Center.  She co-directs the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and is also co-Director of the Cancer Health Disparities Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center.
Dr. Martinez will deliver the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at Noon in the Hickey Auditorium.  The title of her talk is "Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Opportunities for a Fruitful and Challenging Career."   She will be recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2010 during the Faculty Honors Convocation at 4:00 p.m. 

Nobel Laureate, Mario Capecchi is 2010 Mike Hogg Awardee

capecchi.jpgMario R. Capecchi, Ph.D. will visit Houston and MD Anderson on Friday, January 14, 2011 to accept the Mike Hogg Award and deliver a lecture. Hosted by the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association, the Award & Lecture are underwritten by the Mike Hogg Fund.


Dr. Capecchi, an HHMI Investigator is Professor and Chair in the Department of Genetics, the University of Utah School of Medicine.


A 2007 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine with Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans, Capecchi is best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem (ES) cells. This technology allows scientists to create mice with mutations in any desired gene. The power of this technology is that the investigator chooses both which gene to mutate and how to mutate it. The investigator has virtually complete freedom on how to manipulate the DNA sequences in the genome of living mice. This allows scientists to evaluate in detail the function of any gene during the development or post-developmental phase of the mouse. His research interests include the molecular genetic analysis of early mouse development, neural development in mammals, production of murine models of human genetic diseases, gene therapy, homologous recombination and programmed genomic rearrangements in the mouse.

The Mike Hogg Lectureship is the most prestigious at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  The annual Mike Hogg lecture series began during Dr. R. Lee Clark's tenure and the initial organizer was Dr. Clark Griffin.  Nobel Prize winners who are still active in research are honored and invited to deliver a lecture as part of the award. 


The Mike Hogg Fund is dedicated to the support of medical research and education to providing "medicine and hospital care and attention for worthy and deserving persons" within the state of Texas. The fund was established in 1955 by Alice Nicholson Hanszen in memory of her first husband.

Final Steering Committee Meeting of the Fiscal Year

On July 8 at 11:00 a.m., the Alumni & Faculty Association Steering Committee will hold its final meeting of the fiscal year.  At this meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Bloom will be acknowledged and thanked for her service as the Chair of the Association.  See her comments in the "Message from the Chair."   Amendments to the bylaws will be presented and recommendations for new Committee members will be made.