From the Desk of the President and Dean

World AIDS Day – For almost 26 years, Dec. 1 has been globally recognized as World AIDS Day.  The purpose of this day is to remind the public and government that HIV/AIDS has not disappeared.  In fact, the Center for Disease Control estimates that 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV each year.  It is also an opportunity to unite in support of those living with HIV and remember those who have passed on from the disease.  In order to continue the conversation about HIV and its devastating effects, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Office of Global Affairs, Office of Diversity and Desert Mountain Area Health Education Center have joined forces to disseminate information about this disease.  Learn details about these events in this issue of the Tech View blog.

CPRIT Grants – It was great news to hear that Navkiran Shokar, M.A., M.D., M.P.H., professor in the TTUHSC El Paso Department of Family Medicine and Department of Biomedical Sciences, and director of Cancer Prevention and Control in the Center of Excellence in Cancer, received word that the colorectal cancer screening intervention program that she developed here in El Paso – ACCION – will now impact other Texas cities. The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recently funded two grants submitted by collaborators at TTUHSC Lubbock and TTUHSC Amarillo. Dr. Shokar’s program will now be adapted for rural settings in far west Texas and the Panhandle. Each grant was funded for almost $1.5 million. Dr. Shokar will serve as a co-principal investigator on the Lubbock grant “ACCION in West Texas”, and as co-investigator and mentor on the Amarillo grant “Get FIT to Stay Fit. Stepping Up to Fight Colorectal Cancer in the Panhandle”. This is great news for Texas and the TTUHSC system. Congratulations Dr. Shokar!

Thanksgiving Holidays – I will be visiting family and friends over Thanksgiving.  The Tech View blog will resume after the holiday break. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at TTUHSC El Paso for graciously serving our community. I am grateful for the opportunity to be at TTUHSC El Paso and watch dedicated and passionate individuals improve the university and healthcare in our region. I thank each and every one of you for giving of yourself for such a worthy purpose.  And for those of you who work over the holidays making sure everything is running smoothly and caring for our patients, I thank you for your service to others during this time – and your families for understanding the importance of your mission.  I wish you all a peaceful holiday. Be safe.