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News Briefs

A collection of recent stories on faculty achievements, research breakthroughs, grants and private funding

Published: November 11, 2009 by


Philanthropy and Funding

UT's Eric Boerwinkle gets $26 Million Federal Stimulus Grant for Biomedical Research

Eric Boerwinkle, Ph.D., a professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has received a $26 million federal stimulus grant to lead an effort to pinpoint genetic factors affecting the risk of heart, lung and blood diseases. Boerwinkle leads Human Genetics Centers at both The University of Texas School of Public Health and the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases (IMM), which are part of the UT Health Science Center at Houston.

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$2.2M gift to help fund conference center on new campus

The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston has received a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor in support of the school's Open to Health fundraising initiative. The gift will be a component of the funds needed to construct a conference and meeting center as part of the new Dental Branch building in the UT Health Science Center Research Park complex on the south campus of the Texas Medical Center.

Philanthropist Endows New Professorship at UT School of Public Health San Antonio

A generous donation made by San Antonio philanthropist A. David Mangelsdorff, Ph.D., M.P.H., has established a trust to endow the A. David Mangelsdorff Professorship in Community Preparedness and Public Health at The University of Texas School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus.

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UT School of Nursing Researchers Receive Federal Stimulus Grants

Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing have received two federal stimulus grants that will help mentor and encourage fledgling and future nurse scientists.

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UT's Valentin Dragoi gets $1.2 Million Grant for Groundbreaking Approach to Brain Research

An innovative approach to brain research developed by a scientist at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has been selected for funding by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative designed to support high-impact, medical investigations.

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Faculty

UT School of Public Health dean elected to Institute of Medicine

Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., dean of The University of Texas School of Public Health, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, a nonprofit organization that serves as an adviser to the nation to improve health.

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Walter Lowe to Lead Orthopaedics at UT Medical School and Memorial Hermann-TMC

Walter R. Lowe, M.D., the new head of the orthopaedic programs at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, has been treating Houston's top professional and college athletes for more than a decade. He is a team physician for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets, as well as the University of Houston, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and North Shore Senior High School.

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National expert named chair of UT psychiatry department

Jair Soares, M.D., a nationally known researcher in mood disorders and neuroscience imaging, is the new chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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UT Scientist Receives Hemophilia Research Award

Keri Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, has received a Career Development Award from the National Hemophilia Foundation.

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Research

UT Researcher: Interferon Alpha Can Delay Full Onset of Type I Diabetes

A low dose of oral interferon alpha shows promise in preserving beta cell function for patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

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New Chemically Activated Antigen Could Expedite Development of HIV vaccine

Scientists working to develop a vaccine for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) report they have created the first antigen that induces protective antibodies capable of blocking infection of human cells by genetically-diverse strains of HIV.

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Education

New Pacesetters Program Will Help Students "Live the Life of a Nurse" While Earning B.S.N.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing is now seeking applicants eligible for admission to its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program to sign up for its new Pacesetters option.

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UT Medical School at Houston Ranked Among Best Schools for Hispanics

Hispanic Business magazine has ranked The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as having one of the country's top 10 medical schools for promoting and encouraging a diverse community where Hispanic students can thrive.

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President Obama Notes SPH Student as Example to Schoolchildren

In his address to the nation's schoolchildren on Sept. 8, President Barack Obama named Jazmin Perez, first-year student at The University of Texas School of Public Health, as a shining example for students to follow.

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