In case you missed it: Breast cancer symposium recap, year in review and more

Welcome to the weekend and Momentum’s weekly rundown of news, research, science and health stories from the headlines and Baylor College of Medicine you may have missed this week.

Baylor looks back

A look back: 2013 in reviewEnd-of-the-year lists are popular as December winds down. But with so many exciting announcement, achievements, events and research advancements, why wait?

Join us as we take a look back at 2013.

Research in focus: Where big data and genomics collide.

Be sure to check back each Monday until the end of the year to see what other highlights we have in store. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comment section below or email blogteam@bcm.edu.

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Recap

Dr. Kent Osborne during the Opening Session at the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Photo by © SABCS/Todd Buchanan.

Dr. Kent Osborne during the Opening Session at the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Photo by © SABCS/Todd Buchanan.

More than 8,000 breast cancer physicians and researchers from around the world traveled to San Antonio this week to present the latest advances in basic, translational and clinical research in breast cancer at the 36th annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

The College’s faculty have long been involved with the symposium, dating back to the inaugural meeting in 1978. Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM and co-director of the symposium, has served as co-director since 1992. The College has been a co-sponsor since 1999.

Read about the history of the conference.

Couldn’t make it to San Antonio? Catch news you may have missed with our round up of research and headlines.

What’s in your gut?

Could the microbes in your gut be a key in influencing weight gain or weight loss? While your diet and activity level may play in your weight, researchers are studying what types of microbes may help speed up or slow down the metabolism of foods and how that relates to a person’s weight.

The Washington Post reports on a variety of studies looking to identify the obesity-bacteria link.

NPR’s The Salt blog reports this week on how what we eat can change the bacteria in the gut and the resulting effect on our health.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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