UTMB part of national research group awarded $20 million HIV grant

November 25, 2014

The University of Texas Medical Branch is part of a collaboration led by the Oak Crest Institute of Science that received a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a novel intravaginal ring capable of delivering powerful antiretroviral drugs to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted HIV in women. The total award to UTMB is approximately $2.5 million. After more than 40 years of research, prevention of HIV infection continues to be a critical global health priority. The World Health Organization reports that there are approximately 35 million people currently living with HIV, with about 70 percent from Sub-Saharan Africa. Intravaginal rings, available commercially for contraception and hormone replacement therapy, show promise as a drug delivery system to prevent HIV infection, but most prototypes can’t deliver multiple-drug combinations of the many available HIV antiretroviral drugs. While combinations of three antiretroviral drugs are highly... more »

UTMB scientists find marker that predicts changes in cholesterol levels as people grow older

UTMB scientists find marker that predicts changes in cholesterol levels as people grow older

November 19, 2014

It’s known that cholesterol levels typically rise as people age and that high cholesterol levels are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. What’s less known is that cholesterol levels... more »

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Editorial: Too-Ebola focused

Houston ChronicleNovember 24, 2014

It only makes sense to invest in efforts to stop Ebola at its source, in the impoverished African nations where it continues to spread. But, we also need to be investing in efforts to... more »

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Stop, Drop & Roll to help isle’s Blocker Burn Unit

Galveston County Daily NewsSeptember 29, 2014

By Maureen Balleza, UTMB When Sandy Montelongo emcees the Stop, Drop & Roll race to benefit the patients and families of the Blocker Burn Unit at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she knows just what this means for them. She is a burn survivor herself. In a tragic case of abuse, at... more »

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UTMB receives $5.7 million grant to develop research network

September 26, 2014

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been awarded a $5.7 million grant and been named the lead institution for a University of Texas System collaboration to enhance research and biomedical... more »

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Medical Discovery News-Research sheds new light on autism

Galveston County Daily NewsNovember 25, 2014

By Norbert Herzog and David Niesel Based on statistics, you probably know someone with a form of autism. Autism rates in America grew by 30 percent from 2008-2010 and have doubled since 2000. Now, one in 68 8-year-olds are diagnosed with autism. On average, one child in each grade of every... more »

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