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McGovern Medical School Class of 2021 celebrates virtual Match Day

Fourth-year McGovern Medical School students learned where they will train as residents through the National Resident Matching Program today - in the midst of one of the greatest challenges to the medical profession: the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Traditionally, students gather to open the envelopes containing their fate, but this year, students did their own celebrations separately, some receiving their Match results via email.

While the process may have looked different, the achievement remains a meaningful symbol of hard work, determination, and hope for the future.

Young adults experiencing homelessness are not seeking medical care after rape

Nearly three-fourths of young adults experiencing homelessness who are raped do not seek post-sexual assault medical care, missing an opportunity to greatly reduce their risk of contracting HIV, according to a survey led by UTHealth.

Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth awarded $3.3 million to expand popular literacy program

Having a strong vocabulary is critical to reading success because it improves comprehension. 

UTHealth launches institute to propel pediatric and congenital heart innovation

UTHealth is launching a new academic institute to advance clinical care, provide innovative solutions, and improve outcomes for patients of all ages with pediatric and congenital heart defects. Formed in close collaboration with Memorial Hermann Health System, the institute will leverage the expertise of faculty within UTHealth’s six schools as well as its medical practice, UT Physicians.

Center for Healthy Aging receives age-friendly designation

The UT Physicians Center for Healthy Aging – Bellaire clinic has been designated as an Age-Friendly Health System. This designation is awarded through participation in the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, which was launched in 2017.

NIH funding spurs expansion of clinical and translational research in Texas

Bolstered by more than $37 million in renewed funding from the National Institutes of Health, four institutions in The University of Texas System, along with Rice University, are partnering to expand clinical and translational research, producing better health outcomes for those in Texas and across the nation.

UTHealth launches dentist-to-dentist ‘telementoring’ program

The initiative is part of a worldwide movement to foster greater cooperation among caregivers called Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes).

One milestone at a time

Jacob Anzaldua awoke to his Chevy Silverado biting the rumble strips that guide US Highway 79 in Jewett, Texas. He jerked the wheel, but his truck began rolling across a ditch before wrapping around a tree outside Leon High School, where he once owned Friday nights as an all-state linebacker.

Perfectly imperfect

Eve and John Franklin knew something was wrong with Abigail’s heart before she was born. An ultrasound revealed it was struggling to keep pace with her growing body.

Pramod Dash named chair of neurobiology and anatomy at UTHealth

The department's mission is to "find a cure for diseases of the brain."

New UTHealth psychiatric hospital combines innovative care with strategic design

Plans revealing a psychiatric facility centered around light and nature were unveiled today for the UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health, a joint project of the Texas State Health and Human Services Commission and UTHealth.

2018 President’s Scholar Awards: Four scholars receive UTHealth’s most distinguished award

During a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 8, four distinguished scholars who have demonstrated longstanding excellence in the areas of teaching, research, and clinical care received the top honor awarded by UTHealth President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD.

Scientists identify factors contributing to dwarfism

New research could open up novel ways to treat a severe inherited dwarfing condition called pseudoachondroplasia (PSACH). 

Nation’s first school of biomedical informatics welcomes new space poised to spur health care advances

A $15 million home designed to foster technology innovation and collaboration in biomedical science discovery, health care delivery, and disease prevention will open its doors in January to students, faculty, and staff from UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. 

Children’s Learning Institute awarded $4.7 million to improve education outcomes

The Children’s Learning Institute at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded $4.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences for programs to further the institute's commitment to helping children realize their full potential.

UTHealth receives funding to study stem cell therapy for traumatic injury

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received funding through a public/private partnership for the first-ever clinical trial investigating a stem cell therapy for early treatment and prevention of complications after severe traumatic injury. The proposed Phase 2 trial is underwritten with $2 million from the Medical Technology Consortium (MTEC) and $1.5 million from Memorial Hermann Foundation.

Plan for UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health announced with State’s approval of initial funds

With the first $6 million in state funds approved by the Legislative Budget Board and the Governor to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for the construction of a psychiatric hospital in Houston, UTHealth will oversee construction of a continuum of care campus for behavioral health that addresses a critical need in Texas.

UTHealth named one of Houston’s Top Workplaces 2017

For the eighth time, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been recognized as a Top Workplace, according to a survey published in the Nov. 5 issue of the Houston Chronicle.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Tracy McGrady still has game, thanks to our doctors

Tracy McGrady entered the NBA straight from high school at the age of 18, a feat only a handful of players had been able to do previously. Teams were excited about his skills, basketball IQ and youth, but because of back problems, he was only projected to play four to five years. His health was a major concern for teams, except one – the Toronto Raptors.

Children’s Regenerative Medicine Program at UTHealth Medical School

It was a typical Friday night in Houston for Mallory Mayeux on July 5, 2013. She and a friend met for dinner in midtown and were walking to their car about to head home. Without warning, Mallory was struck by a fast moving car and thrown over 50 yards onto the sidewalk. Mallory was quickly taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in very critical condition with a significant head injury and as well as other life-threatening injuries.

Spina Bifida Patient Celebrates 3rd Birthday

Picture the bounciest, bubbliest 3-year-old you can imagine. Her songs and dance moves come straight from Beyoncé. She loves bright colors and runs to the mirror to check every outfit. She has the attitude of an actress, the energy of an entertainer and the million-dollar smile of a model.

Many Faces of UTHealth: An is searching for the next breakthrough drug

If you are looking for someone to help students and postdocs translate their scientific discoveries into new patient treatments, Zhiqiang An, Ph.D., would be your expert.

He’s held management and research positions in major pharmaceutical companies. And when he wasn’t supervising the work of others, An was doing his own research on antibody immune therapies for cancer and infectious diseases.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Dash remarks on memorable moments

Pramod Dash, Ph.D., works on long-term memory formation and is the principal investigator of the Dash Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. The laboratory explores the molecular mechanisms contributing to working memory, short-term memory and long-term memory and the relationships between each type.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Wong develops OMS certification standards worldwide

The largest Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) program in the country is at UTHealth School of Dentistry. Mark E. Wong, D.D.S., and his colleagues have enjoyed accomplishments in a number of areas, but there is always more to endeavor.

“We believe that past success lives in the past, nothing should be taken for granted,” said Wong. “A sense of insecurity breeds hard work and greater commitment.”

Many Faces of UTHealth campaign earns 22 marketing and advertising awards

HOUSTON – (June 14, 2016) - The “Many Faces of UTHealth” campaign launched by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received more than 20 awards, including four from the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), the advertising industry’s largest competition.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Soares is energized by his peers

Jair C. Soares, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC), believes he has the most talented and dedicated team in the state and beyond. In 2015, HCPC was named a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission.

Art and science collide as UTHealth celebrates historic year in philanthropy at UTHealth LIVE!

At the second annual UTHealth LIVE! event held on Tuesday, May 24 at the Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) thanked its donors and partners for helping surpass $110 million in philanthropy since September 2015.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Ross uses data to streamline health care delivery

For her capstone project in graduate school, Angela Ross, D.N.P., M.P.H., was tasked with redesigning the pain management process in a large, outpatient clinic. Despite the limited amount of evidence-based literature on outpatient pain management, Ross was able to identify areas for performance improvement. This is one of many examples of Ross using data to address a health challenge.

Many Faces of UTHealth: Jones believes in innovation and collaboration

Deborah Jones, Ph.D., M.S., R.N., believes the climate of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing is perfect for innovative thinkers and people who have the desire and drive to make impactful contributions to health care.

UTHealth’s John Valenza named 2019 Texas Dentist of the Year™

He was among 15 dentists (including some specialists) from across the state nominated for the prestigious award.

Using genetics to solve diseases – Dianna Milewicz leads research in aortic aneurysms and dissections

Dianna Milewicz always knew she wanted to work in science.  

“At a very early age I took an interest in medicine,” said Milewicz, MD, PhD, the President George Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). “In kindergarten, I decided I wanted to be a nurse, but becoming a doctor never crossed my mind.”

UTHealth launches Many Faces. One Mission. campaign with transformational gift

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) publicly launched its first comprehensive campaign Many Faces. One Mission. on Thursday, April 8. The campaign, representing the largest philanthropic effort in UTHealth’s history, aims to raise $500 million to address pressing health challenges and secure the institution’s future as a top health science center. Since the campaign’s quiet phase began in 2015, UTHealth’s closest friends have given more than $400 million in gifts and pledges.

Older adults need to stay in touch to avoid loneliness during social distancing

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the U.S., social distancing is now the byword for prevention. But for older adults who may already be experiencing loneliness, further isolation could be bad for their health.

CPRIT awards $11 million to UTHealth for cancer research, prevention

Four of the grants were awarded to scientists at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth for research and a fifth to an investigator at UTHealth School of Public Health for prevention.

Researchers investigate whether stem cell therapy is a safe and effective for treatment-resistant bipolar disease

A clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of stem cell therapy for treatment-resistant bipolar depression launched recently at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Three UTHealth nursing programs ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report

Three programs at Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) made the 2021 list of Best Graduate Schools published today by U.S. News & World Report.

First COVID-19 patient in Texas enrolled in UTHealth stem cell therapy study at Memorial Hermann

The first COVID-19 patient in Texas has been enrolled in a stem cell therapy clinical trial for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Research shows a reduction in brain injury after stroke patients were given their own stem cells

Treating patients with stem cells from their own bone marrow could lead to a reduction in brain injury after a stroke caused by a blood clot, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Providing a safe environment for psychiatric patients during pandemic

The very heart of inpatient care for psychiatric patients is socialization, group therapy, shared meals, and a standard two people per room. Then COVID-19 hit with the accompanying public health warnings to isolate, socially distance, and wear masks. UTHealth HCPC had to walk the line between the two.

The kid next door

The first encounter Elizabeth Newlin, MD, had wasn’t what she expected. The family appeared affluent. Well put together. The little girl, who had visible signs of abuse, was throwing the world’s greatest tantrum in the middle of the emergency room—none of the doctors or nurses knew what to do.

First Houston post-coronavirus clinic part of new UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence

Bringing together expertise and access to the best clinical care, research trials, discovery science, and public health knowledge, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

Cizik School of Nursing, UTHealth School of Dentistry give veterans a smile

Nearly 100 veterans in need of dental care were treated free of charge on Nov. 8 at UTHealth School of Dentistry, with assistance from Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth. 

Stricter, immediate intervention critical for keeping COVID-19 cases manageable for health care facilities, according to UTHealth modeling

Led by Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, and Momiao Xiong, PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) modeled the potential spread of COVID-19 based on whether the Greater Houston area began stringent interventions immediately or waited one week or two weeks. That data was presented Monday to city and county officials.

UTHealth establishes John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center to address gaps in mental health care

The John S. Dunn Foundation has made a transformative $25 million commitment to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to bolster the university’s behavioral health initiatives and address significant gaps in mental health care services in our communities.

Remembering Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, renowned geriatrician and champion for older adults

Carmel Bitondo Dyer, MD, an internationally renowned geriatrician and executive director of the Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), passed away Tuesday, May 4. She was 62.

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