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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.

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).

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.

Pioneering program provides unique treatment option for patient with ruptured aortic aneurysm

After he was told there was nothing his local doctor could do for his ruptured aortic aneurysm, Randy Allgood, 65, of Fairhope, Alabama, was sent home on hospice care. But he found a new lease on life, thanks to a unique treatment option provided by cardiovascular surgeons at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

UTHealth awarded nearly $10 million for public health informatics workforce development program

In order to develop a talent pipeline with individuals from diverse backgrounds in public health and data science to address future public health response, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $10 million cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

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.

Study shows decreased mortality for patients with complex aortic aneurysms treated by fenestrated-branched endovascular aortic repair

A recent study revealed that endovascular repair of complex aortic aneurysms using fenestrated and branched endografts provides a safe and effective alternative to open surgical repair, with the lowest ever reported mortality rate in this patient population, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute Aortic Center.

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.

A mother’s intuition: Quick-thinking mom brings son to Houston for lifesaving surgery

When doctors in her home state told Amira Carson there was nothing they could do to save her son’s life, she didn’t take no for an answer.

At just two weeks old, Imani was diagnosed with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (CCTGA), a rare heart defect that affects less than 1% of babies. In CCTGA, the two lower ventricles and their attached valves are reversed.

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.

Nutrition month: Making homemade baby food is likely easier and cheaper than you think

A recent report from a House Oversight subcommittee revealed that commercial baby foods are “tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury,” a finding that sparked concern for parents across the country.  

The report noted that toxic heavy metals could impact a baby’s neurological development and long-term brain function, but a registered dietician from UTHealth said the bottom line is that we don’t really know the impact toxic metals can have on child development.

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.”

Remembering Tropical Storm Allison 20 years later: A lesson in resiliency

In a region defined by hurricanes and severe weather, one storm stands out in its devastating impact on the Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth).

Tropical Storm Allison dropped more than 40 inches of rain on Houston in 2001, causing widespread flooding and severe consequences. McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center were among the hardest-hit medical institutions.

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.

Oderich joins UTHealth as Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Gustavo Oderich, MD, FACS, a noted leader in the field of vascular and endovascular surgery, has been named chief of the vascular surgery division with the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  He will serve as professor of vascular and endovascular surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and director of the Advanced Endovascular Aortic Program.

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).

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.

New chemotherapy drug studied for malignant brain tumor in children

MTX110 is a new formulation of panobinostat, a chemotherapy drug that has shown promise in laboratory models of medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. Now, MTX110 is the focus of a novel trial that places the therapy directly into the fourth ventricle of the brain to treat patients with recurrent medulloblastoma.

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. 

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.

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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