THE LABORATORY REPORT Fall 2014 Dr. Luan Truong Travels to Vietnam to Promote Better Management of Nephrotic Syndrome Page 7 Dr. Luan Truong, Medical Director of Renal Pathology for the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine, traveled with a group of internationally renown experts in pediatric nephrology to several hospitals throughout Vietnam from June 21st to July 11th. For three weeks, the group visited all major children’s hospitals in Vietnam: two in Ho Chi Minh City, one in Hue, one in Hanoi, and one in Thai Binh. At each hospital, Dr. Truong and the other visiting physicians provided medical education through formal didactic lectures, one-on-one consultations with local nephrologists and pathologists, and participated in ward rounds. Dr. Truong also supported the establishment of a new pediatric Lupus Club, which provides patients’ families with lectures and discussion sessions related to their disease management. The inaugural Lupus Club meeting was held on July 3, 2014, and was a remarkable success, with 105 families in attendance. When asked about his impression of the trip, Dr. Truong stated that he “learned more from patients, their parents, and local physicians than what he was able to teach them.” The trip was sponsored by NephCure Kidney International, a non-profit organization committed to supporting Nephrotic Syndrome research, and Caring and Living As Neighbors, an Australian-based, non-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of children living with chronic health conditions in resourcepoor countries. Dr. Truong was the only renal pathologist invited to participate in the trip. Top: Dr. Luan Truong (far right) with his colleagues at the Hue Central Hospital. Bottom: Meeting of the Nephrotic Club. Ms. Minnie Chirala is Named the Class of 2014 Clinical Instructor of the Year Ms. Minnie Chirala, a Houston Methodist Hospital laboratory histotechnologist, was selected as the Class of 2014 Clinical Instructor of the Year at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions Program in Histotechnology. “Minnie is a dedicated special stain histotechnologist guru, and we are extremely happy she was recognized by this award,” said Dr. Mary Schwartz. Congratulations!
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