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Media Spotlight

Published: November 12, 2009 by


The following is a sample of recent media placements about The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. For more information or assistance with media relations, call Meredith Raine, 713-500-3050.

Faculty from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have been called upon repeatedly by local and national media to serve as expert sources on stories related to the H1N1 outbreak and healthcare reform. Below are some highlights of this news coverage:

H1N1 Stories

Joseph McCormick of the School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus was quoted in a Brownsville Herald on swine flu cases in Cameron County, 4/28, and was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about the H1N1 vaccine, 10/3. He also was interviewed by KGBT, 6/10.

From April through June 2009, Richard Bradley of the Medical School was quoted in numerous stories on the H1N1 flu outbreak, including features on msnbc.com, several television news programs and in an American Medical Association story titled, "Focus turns to lessons learned from H1N1 scare, Physicians say their experience with the flu strain helped prepare them for the next outbreak." He also was quoted in two articles about Michael Jackson's death on an ABC Web site and on the Web site of the ABC affiliate in Houston, KTRK in July.

In August and September, Andrew Casas of UT Physicians was quoted in two Houston Chronicle stories about H1N1.

Robert "Safety Bob" Emery was on a KIAH newscast to discuss schools and swine flu, 8/10.

Pablo Okhuysen of the Medical School was quoted in a KHOU story about masks and swine flu, 4/28.

Karen Kaplan's HealthLeader story on swine flu was the Editor's Choice on Medical News Today, 4/28.

From May through August, Herbert DuPont of the School of Public Health was interviewed on KTRH, KUHF and KTRK. Also, his story on travel safety advice was picked up by United Press International (UPI), 7/10.

Pamela Berens of the Medical School was quoted in an iparenting.com article about flu concerns for moms-to-be, 5/4. She also was quoted in an online article on early pregnancy signs for iparenting.com, 6/1.

From May through June, 2009, Charles Ericsson was quoted in a USA Today article about the proper use of antiviral medications to fight the flu; his "Swine Flu Primer" at HealthDay was posted on at least 185 news Web sites. He was also quoted in the L.A. Times Web site article, "Swine flu is a pandemic, WHO says."

From April through June, 2009, Luis Ostrosky of the Medical School and C. Ed Hsu of the School of Health Information Sciences were quoted today in a HealthDay story on the seasonality of flu, 5/6. Ostrosky was also interviewed for the KHOU story, "Swine flu was pandemic, WHO says," 6/10. Hsu was quoted in an ABC.com story about H1N1 Swine, 4/28.

Palmer Beasley of the School of Public Health was interviewed for Houston Chronicle's video news story comparing the recent flu outbreak to the influenza epidemic in 1918, 5/8

Kristy Murray of the School of Public Health taped numerous live CNN Headline News interviews on swine flu and live interviews on Larry King Live and Lou Dobbs Tonight on CNN, 5/1.

Susan Fisher-Hoch of the School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus was interviewed on H1N1 by the National Public Radio affiliate in Marfa, 8/27.

Healthcare Reform Stories

An interview with Julie Lindenberg of the School of Nursing was included in a story about healthcare reform on KHOU, 9/28.

From June through August, 2009, Pauline Rosenau of the School of Public Health provided answers to questions about healthcare reform on KHOU, and discussed healthcare reform on KPRC's Beyond the Headlines. Rosenau also was interviewed for a KTRK story on healthcare reform along with Ian Butler of the Medical School. Butler and one of the pediatric neurology team's patients were included in a story on ABCnews.com about children and stroke, 9/18; Butler was also interviewed with a family whose child recently suffered a stroke for MedPage Today and ABCNews.com stories.

Dan Wolterman, John Holcomb and Drue Ware of the Medical School/Memorial Hermann were interviewed for a KHOU story on healthcare reform and trauma care, 8/25.

Carlos Moreno and Pedro Mancias of the Medical School were featured in a KHOU story titled, "Specialists: Healthcare reform could intrude on doctor-patient relationship," 8/21. Moreno also appeared on the Constable Victor Trevino Show on WTP-TV, to discuss teenage health issues, including pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, 4/8.

Guy Clifton of the Medical School was featured in a KTRK story on healthcare reform, 8/7; he also wrote "Healing Health Care, Now is the Time to Make the Necessary Reforms," for the national Catholic weekly America, 6/9. Clifton also was interviewed for the state's top health and human services job and was quoted in the Austin American-Statesman, 5/28.

Charles Begley of the School of Public Health was cited in a KTRH story titled, "Houston doctors watching health care reform debate," 8/21. He also was quoted in a FOX26 story about emergency room overcrowding in Houston, 4/20.

Other news stories

Carmel Dyer of the Medical School was interviewed for a story on aging that aired on ABC's Good Morning America; she also was quoted in a story about longevity in the Houston Chronicle, 10/3.

John Potts of the Medical School discussed resident duty hours in an article in American Medical News, 10/3.

Peter Davies, executive vice president of research, and Eric Boerwinkle of the School of Public Health and IMM were quoted in a research story on the front page of the Houston Chronicle, 10/1. Davies was also quoted with Paul Simmons in an embryonic stem cell story in The Daily Texan, 5/4. Davies and School of Public Health Dean Roberta Ness were featured on KHOU about the potential jobs that could come to the Texas Medical Center as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 4/3; and Ness was quoted in a KTRH news radio story titled "We're living longer, but can you afford to?" 8/21.

Ron Karni and Tang Ho of the Medical School were mentioned in a Houston Chronicle MedBlog story on a free health clinic organized by television doctor Mehmet Oz, 9/28.

From June to September, Sudhir Paul of the Medical School had his HIV research featured in The Post Chronicle, Daily Texan and EMaxHealth; he was also quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about hemophilia, 4/20.

Larry R. Kaiser, UT Health Science Center at Houston president, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story on healthcare costs, 9/18. He also was featured in the Houston Business Journal's "Face to Face With..." column, 5/29. Kaiser and Pedro Mancias were included in a story on international patients that aired on KHOU, 9/17.

Nathan Bryan of the IMM was featured in a KUHF story on his study of traditional Chinese medicine, 9/18; and articles on a nitric oxide study by Bryan and Yong-Jian Geng of the Medical School appeared on UPI.com and examiner.com, 8/20.

COPD research by Michael Blackburn of the Medical School was featured in articles by UPI.com and Thaindian.com, 9/17.

Nicole Ruddock of the Medical School was quoted in a WebMD story titled, "7 Pregnancy Warning Signs," 9/14.

Susan Tortolero of the School of Public Health was quoted in a KTRH story on Houston leading the nation in repeat births and also was interviewed by KRIV, 9/2. She also was quoted in the Houston Chronicle about sex education, 4/3.

George Stancel, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, was interviewed for a Univision story on training scientists, 8/27.

Valentin Dragoi of the Medical School had his research highlighted in a story on Medical News Today. The Houston Business Journal also ran an announcement on his $1.2 million grant, 8/27.

Suzanne Lopez was interviewed by KHOU-TV about multiple births, 8/7.

Richard Castriotta of the Medical School was the lead source in a story about sleep in Woman's Day magazine, 8/3.

United Press International wire service picked up a water safety story featuring information from Brent King of the Medical School. The wire service also featured Adelaide Hebert of the Medical School in a story about melanoma on UPI, in July.  Hebert also was featured in the Houston Chronicle about how elective procedures have been impacted by the economy, 4/6. UPI also picked up a story about ATV safety that quotes James McCarthy of the Medical School/Memorial Hermann. McCarthy also was interviewed about new rules on child safety seats with WOAI Newsradio in San Antonio, 6/3.

Mauro Ferrari was featured in "Straight Talk With..." in the July edition of Nature Medicine, 7/9. He also was featured in The Houston Business Journal in an article on a research competition won by the laboratory, 5/20. An online publication called Pharmawire about nanomedicine also quoted him, 4/7.

Barbara Murray of the Medical School was quoted in an article about super germs on CNN.com, 7/8.

Scott Walters of the School of Public Health was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about binge drinking, 6/29. He also provided information on alcohol consumption for a UPI story, 7/7.

A research article by Deanna Hoelscher of the School of Public Health Austin Regional Campus was highlighted on MDlinx.com. The article focuses on the relationship between weekday snacking and television viewing among 4th and 8th grade students, 7/7. Hoelscher and Liliana Escobar-Chaves of the School of Public Health were interviewed by KUHF for a story on childhood obesity, 4/24.

Vittorio Cristini and Mauro Ferrari were featured in an A to Z Nanotechnology story on the use of mathematical models to predict tumor invasion, 6/29. Ferrari was also mentioned in a Manila Times article titled, "Center of Gravity," 6/8. In May, Cristini's study, "Mathematical models predict tumor growth," appeared in multiple online publications, including Science Daily and MedicalPhysicsWeb, an online publication of The Institute of Physics. KUHF ran a story on cancer studies by Cristini and Hermann Frieboes of the School of Health Information Sciences, 5/26.

Project HEADS UP, created by Nancy Murray of the School of Public Health, was highlighted on the Accolade Awards Web site for winning the Accolade Merit Award, 6/22.

Erik Wilson was cited in an article on a gastric bypass procedure posted on the WTVQ Web site, a Lexington, Ky. ABC affiliate, 6/9.

Robin Hardwicke of the Medical School was quoted in an EverydayHealth article titled, "Special Concerns for Older Adults with HIV," 6/4. She also was interviewed by KTRK about whether women are healthier and able to fight off infection more effectively than men, 5/14.

Nehal Parikh of the Medical School was quoted in a USA Today story about intensive care for premature babies, 6/3.

Richard Yee of the Medical School was featured in a story, "Improve Your Computer Vision," on the Web site of an ABC affiliate in Fresno, Calif., 6/3.

Patti J. Ross of the Medical School was interviewed for a WebMD article on birth control options, 6/1.

A Dallas Morning News opinion piece about pre-K quoted Susan Landry of the Children's Learning Institute, 5/29.

Ann-Marie Hedberg was interviewed by KHOU on vitamin sales during the recession and not substituting prescribed medication, 5/18. She also was quoted in the Houston Chronicle about trans fats, 4/6.

In May, Barry Davis' ALLHAT research titled, "Water Pills Match Blood Pressure Drugs," was published on at least two dozen news sites, including KPRC.

In May, Mike Assel of the Children's Learning Institute was quoted in two Associated Press stories on preparing children for sleepaway camp and getting children to "unplug" at summer camp.

Bill Kohl of the School of Public Health was featured in a University of Texas at Austin story on community design to boost health and fitness, 5/11.

Mary Kay Koenig of the Medical School was interviewed for Houston Chronicle's video news story on a patient with mitochondrial disease, 5/8.

Lockwood Taylor, School of Public Health student, was interviewed by HemOnc Today, about his research on prostate cancer, 5/8.

Craig Hanis of the School of Public Health was featured in U.S. News and World Report's 2010 Grad Guide, 5/7.

Elda Ramirez of the School of Nursing was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about allergies, 5/5.

Eva Sevick of the IMM and Latisha Smith of the Medical School/Memorial Hermann were featured in a story on KUHF about a new imaging technique and its possible application to lymphatic diseases, 5/12. Sevick and Caroline Fife of the Medical School were featured in a medical imaging story in BioOptics World titled "Night vision NIR camera enables observation of real-time lymphatic flow," 5/4. In May 2009, Fife was quoted in several stories about her research on pediatric carbon monoxide poisoning following Hurricane Ike, including features in USA Today and UPI.

Dianna Milewicz of the Medical School had a study on artery disease featured on Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, 5/1.

Karen Gibson of the Medical School was quoted in a Medical News Today story titled, "A mother's guide to nursing," 5/18.

In April, Sean Savitz of the Medical School was quoted in several stories about stem cell and stroke research, including features in InteliHealth, the National Stroke Association web site and on KTRK.

Lex Frieden of the School of Health Information Sciences and Catherine Ambrose of the Medical School were featured in an Austin American-Statesman story about robots that could assist with rehabilitation, 4/29.

Myriam Fornage of the IMM and James Grotta of the Medical School were featured in a stroke discovery story on KTRK, 4/29. Fornage and Eric Boerwinkle of the School of Public Health had more than 80 media outlets cover the announcement of a stroke discovery including National Public Radio, the Houston Chronicle, Reuters News Service, Voice of America News and HealthDay News, 4/16.

John D. Ellis, Jr., honorary consul general and a member of the university's Development Board, was named to the Texas Medical Board. The announcement was included in a column in the Austin American-Statesman, 4/21.

Brian Zachariah of the Medical School was quoted in a Galveston County Daily News story about John Sealy Hospital's emergency room, 4/20.

Katherine Loveland of the Mental Sciences Institute was interviewed by ABC.com for a story on autism and equine therapy, 4/15.

Dale Hardy and Xianglin Du of the School of Public Health had their study on racial disparities and cancer care picked up by about 50 media outlets across the United States, 4/13.

John Higgins of the Medical School and Memorial Hermann was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about cardiac screening for middle school students, 4/9.

In April, Christine Markham's School of Public Health study on the sexual behaviors of middle school students was picked up by several news sources, including the USA Today Web site, the UPI wire service, and MSN Health & Fitness.

Sanford Fenton of the Dental Branch was quoted in an American Dental Association story about dental care provided to athletes during the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, 4/9.

Ben Amick of the School of Public Health was quoted in a story about how work affects health on the Denver Post's Web site, 4/9.

Chinnaswamy Jagannath of the Medical School was mentioned in an article about TB research in the Brownsville Herald, 4/2.