Pictured back row, left to right: Joyce Schells, Phyllis Crawford, Jeffrey Worman, Robert Beach, Becky Bonds, Jane Louis, Oralia Crow, Dorothy Gordon, Helen Carr.
Front row: Shilpa Rastogi, Jeanene Trochesset, Johnetta Turner.

The UTMB Chronic Home Dialysis unit recently received a Recognized Facility Status in the area of Peritoneal Dialysis Severe Anemia Management for 2010 from the End Stage Renal Disease Network of Texas, Inc. Medical Review Board. This recognition was achieved by ranking in the top 10 percent of all Texas facilities for one or more core indicators during the 2010 Quality of Care project.

The Home Dialysis Unit at UTMB, located on the fourth floor of the University Hospital Clinics building, offers home dialysis as an option to anyone requiring dialysis. This service enables patients and their families the privilege of performing treatments in the privacy and comfort of their own home.  

For more information call Jeanene Trochesset at 409-772-7067.


Dr. Susan M. Carlton, UTMB professor of neuroscience and cell biology and Dr. Jose Moron-Concepcion, assistant professor of anesthesiology, Columbia University (formerly of UTMB's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology), have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a multiple investigator study, “AMPA Receptors: Common Role in Opiate Withdrawal and Pain Sensitivity.” The research focuses on elucidating the physiological changes that occur in opiate addicts and chronic pain patients. 

Dr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, director of the division of rehabilitation sciences in the School of Health Professions at UTMB, has received a $4.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help train investigators in the use of large databases related to rehabilitation and disability. The five-year grant funds the new Center for Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets at UTMB, a consortium led by UTMB that includes investigators at Cornell University, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the Uniform Data Systems for Medical Rehabilitation. “This project will build research capacity by increasing the quantity and quality of rehabilitation research using large administrative and research datasets,” Ottenbacher said.


Dr. Alexander Vo, executive director of the Center for Telehealth Research and Policy at UTMB was recently selected to serve on the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Executive Committee.

ATA is the leading resource and advocacy group promoting access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology.  Members of ATA all share an interest in expanding the practice of health care through telecommunications technology.