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FDA approves UTHealth Houston expansion of unique in utero spina bifida repair study using an umbilical cord patch

FDA approves UTHealth Houston expansion of unique in utero spina bifida repair study using an umbilical cord patch

July 12, 2022

Three families in three different states all share one thing in common – their children were diagnosed with spina bifida in utero.

Through their journey to find help, the families were referred to Ramesha Papanna, MD, a maternal-fetal surgeon with McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and The Fetal Center at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, where they enrolled in a one-of-a-kind fetoscopic spina bifida study using cryopreserved umbilical cord.





UTHealth Houston Emergency Medicine provides training to Polaris Dawn crewmembers

Huy Hoang, MD, emergency medicine resident with UTHealth Houston Emergency Department, trains SpaceX Polaris Dawn mission's medical officer Anna Menon (left) and mission specialist Sarah Gillis (right) in lifesaving techniques. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

June 29, 2022

Along with educating students, residents, and fellows in the most advanced lifesaving therapies on Earth, UTHealth Houston Department of Emergency Medicine is helping to prepare members of the Polaris Dawn crew to handle medical emergencies in space. The Department of Emergency Medicine, which has been training NASA astronauts in emergency medical care for more than 10 years, recently welcomed Polaris Dawn’s medical officer Anna Menon and mission specialist Sarah Gillis for a week-long space medicine training session.







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