Four UTHCT experts honored for excellence of presentations at professional conferences

Friday, January 20, 2006

Three faculty members and one senior research scientist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently were honored for papers they presented or will present at separate professional conferences.

Presentations by David Griffith, MD, pulmonary physician and head of UTHSCT’s Tuberculosis Services; Richard Wallace, MD, physician and professor of microbiology; and Barbara Elliott, MS, senior research scientist and supervisor of UTHSCT’s Mycobacteria/Nocardia Lab, have been selected to be included in the “Best of Chest 2005.” The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) publishes “Chest: The Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Journal” each month.

Their presentations focused on nontuberculosis mycobacteria, microscopic organisms found in soil and water that usually don’t make people sick. However, occasionally these tiny bacteria invade the lungs and infect susceptible people, causing disease. The papers were presented at the 2005 annual meeting of the ACCP, which was held in December in Montreal, Canada.

In addition, Charles E. Blair, Ph.D., director of UTHSCT’s Behavioral Health Science Research Department, will present his paper, “Integrating Orem’s Nursing Theory and Skinner’s Behavioral Theory: Effect on Nursing Home Residents’ ADLs (Activities of Daily Living),” at the 2006 International Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis. The convention’s program committee invited Dr. Blair to present his paper.

Dr. Blair also will chair a session entitled “Philosophical Issues” for convention presenters and attendees. The convention will be held May 26-30 in Atlanta. Dr. Blair is a noted researcher and expert in the area of behavior analysis in a variety of healthcare settings, including long-term care.

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