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    Research Briefs - December

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by User Not Found
    UTMB is the winner of a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The $100,000 grant will help Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, PhD, assistant professor at UTMB, and his team pursue an innovative global health and development research project aimed at defining targets for drug development against a diarrhea-causing parasite.
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    UTMB study offers new insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins

    December 20, 2016, 14:18 PM by Donna Ramirez
    A new UTMB study offers important insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins within the brain. The researchers found a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the onset of the disease. The study also identified a way that doctors can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s by looking at the back of patients’ eyes.
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    A day in the life of a UTMB Campus Store clerk

    December 20, 2016, 14:17 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Edwina Moore is full of creative energy when it comes to keeping UTMB’s Campus Store exciting and fresh. “I love new ideas,” she says as she hops into the Galveston shop’s glass display window and starts arranging holiday-themed décor. It’s a Thursday morning in mid-November, and Moore, a UTMB Campus Store clerk, is getting into the holiday spirit.
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  • Toby and his wife, Jennifer, visit Disney World with their three children: Kieran (10), Sawyer (5) and Elizabeth (2).

    Spotlight on Toby Boenig, vice president and chief compliance officer

    December 20, 2016, 14:17 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Tobin (Toby) Boenig is responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining an effective compliance program at UTMB. He monitors and reports results of compliance efforts across the institution and provides guidance to executive management regarding compliance issues and requirements, as well as regulatory law advice.
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    Meet your new Employee Advisory Council Members

    December 20, 2016, 14:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Nov. 20 concluded the EAC election, with more than 2,000 votes cast—a record! Congratulations to newly elected Employee Advisory Council Members: Lori Kocian DeWillis, Laura David, Gopakumar Manikandaseril and Truc Phuong Tran.
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    UTMB employees gave with their hearts during annual SECC

    December 20, 2016, 14:16 PM by User Not Found
    When people at UTMB say “working together to work wonders,” zombies aren’t the first thing that come to mind. But this fall, the university community’s amazing success with the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) illustrates that together, what we can do is quite wonderful.
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    Because of you... Working Wonders Campaign exceeds goal

    December 20, 2016, 14:16 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The biggest philanthropic effort in UTMB history—our $450 million Working Wonders Campaign—officially concluded on Nov. 17, having exceeded the goal by raising $450,954,995 as of that date for various initiatives at our university. President David L. Callender announced the record-breaking total at a special celebratory gathering of UTMB’s Development Office staff.
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  • UTMB Discover

    UTMB Discover: Uncovering opportunities through state-of-the-art data collection, analysis

    December 20, 2016, 14:15 PM by Stephen Hadley
    UTMB Discover, an enterprise data warehouse and analytical toolkit for the volumes of data generated throughout the institution, will enable better, more efficient decision making by UTMB’s leadership while supporting front-line initiatives that improve patient care, enhance research initiatives and support our academic mission.
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    Top tips for safe online holiday shopping

    December 20, 2016, 14:15 PM by Bob Shaffer, director, UTMB’s Office of Information Security
    As you make holiday purchases online, remember to think before you connect. With the uptick in website traffic, the holiday season is the perfect time for attackers to target online shopping sites and steal personal information for the purpose of identity theft and financial fraud. Follow these simple tips to keep your season merry and reduce the risk of becoming a cybercrime victim.
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    Brightening the season

    December 20, 2016, 14:15 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Provost’s Office got into the holiday spirit during UTMB’s annual holiday lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, in front of Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston Campus. Guests enjoyed the lights, music, cider and hot chocolate, and celebrated the wonderful work the UTMB community does to brighten the lives of patients, families and visitors.
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    From the President

    November 21, 2016, 07:54 AM by User Not Found
    On Nov. 11, our nation celebrated Veterans Day. This issue of Impact celebrates UTMB veterans with articles on two of our dedicated and talented health care providers who are continuing their legacy of service to others following exemplary careers in the military.
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  • Erika Parker, Suzanne Wilson

    Working Wonders

    November 21, 2016, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Erika Parker, practice manager of the Mainland Cardiology Clinic, and Suzanne Wilson, assistant director of Care Management, received President Callender’s Way to Go Awards for going above and beyond to help patients navigate their health care.
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    Best Care in Action: IS Epic Support team takes care of the caregivers

    November 21, 2016, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When the Texas City Urgent Care clinic opened on Oct. 3, UTMB’s Epic Support team was there to help ensure every patient received the best care. Although team members don’t provide hands-on medical care, the expert support they provide to physicians, nurses and other caregivers regarding UTMB’s electronic health record has a significant impact on the care patients receive.
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    Keeping it real: Advances in technology and teaching help the Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center train students in realistic environment

    November 21, 2016, 07:54 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    At the UTMB Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center, “pretend” is a bad word. So, when first-year School of Nursing students practice intramuscular injections, they use a “task trainer” that looks and feels like an actual piece of flesh—with layers representing skin, fat and muscle
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    UTMB researchers develop new candidate vaccines against the plague

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by Donna Ramirez
    UTMB researchers have developed new potential vaccines that protect animals against the bacteria that causes the deadly plague. These findings are detailed in NPJ Vaccines.
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    Research Briefs - November

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by User Not Found
    There has been a three-fold increase in prescriptions of opiate painkillers among older adults for chronic pain not related to cancer. Yong Fang Kuo, PhD, and Dr. Mukaila Raji, professors of internal medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, were awarded $1.4 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to conduct the first nationally representative study to examine variations in use of opiates in older adults and their relationship to outcomes, different state regulations and federal policy.
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    A day in the life of a certified hyperbaric technician

    November 21, 2016, 07:53 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Tim Robinson’s attention to detail is one of the most important traits he acquired in the Navy—and one that has helped him throughout his career. His military state of mind is evident the moment I meet him at UTMB’s Wound Care and Hyperbarics Clinic in Dickinson. Opened in late April, the clinic provides specialized wound care treatment and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to heal serious infections and chronic wounds.
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  • Emily Blomberg

    Spotlight on Emily Blomberg, vice president, Professional and Support Services

    November 21, 2016, 07:52 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Emily Blomberg currently serves as vice president for Professional and Support Services. Her responsibilities include management of Radiology, Clinical Pathology, Pharmacy, Clinical Equipment Services, Food Services, Environmental Services, Rehab Services, Laundry and Transportation. She joined the UTMB family in August 2010 as the director of Health System Operations.
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  • Joaquin Cortiella

    UTMB anesthesiologist and U.S. Army Colonel receives Legion of Merit award; attributes it to successful teamwork

    November 21, 2016, 07:52 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    For Dr. Joaquin Cortiella, it’s all about teamwork. From saving soldiers at war to building bioengineered lungs at work, teamwork is the constant driver of his success. So, it was only fitting for the pediatric anesthesiologist and U.S. Army Colonel to point to others when he accepted the U.S. military’s prestigious Legion of Merit award on Sept. 10 at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
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    Diaries, artifacts tell stories of SOM alumni

    November 21, 2016, 07:51 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    Dr. Herman Barnett III went from World War II fighter pilot to becoming the first African American admitted to medical school in Texas. Dr. Edith Bonnet might have never become a doctor, and one of the first woman interns at John Sealy Hospital, if her beau had made it to the train station. These and many more stories of UTMB School of Medicine alumni who graduated between 1893 and1953 are on display at the Moody Medical Library through January.
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    Top tips for holiday food safety

    November 21, 2016, 07:50 AM by Bill Anchondo, executive chef, UTMB Food and Nutrition Services
    ‘Tis the season for parties and family gatherings where food is served—but the merry festivities can quickly turn south if the food makes you or others sick. Make sure you serve a safe and healthy holiday meal by keeping the following tips in mind...
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    Just shred it

    November 21, 2016, 07:50 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Louis Perrin, a senior security analyst with the Office of Information Security, shreds a computer hard drive as part of the “Shred it” event on Oct. 19 at the Moody Medical Library Plaza.
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    From the President

    October 19, 2016, 10:15 AM by User Not Found
    Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This edition features articles about some of the people and initiatives that are contributing to our mission of becoming one of the leading academic medical centers in the U.S.
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    Working Wonders

    October 19, 2016, 10:14 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Annette Macias Hoag, associate vice president, Health System Operations and associate chief nursing officer, and Christine Wade, director of Patient Care Services and assistant chief nursing officer for Emergency Services, chaired the 20th annual American Heart Associations’ Black Tie and Boots Gala on Sept. 17 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
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    Best Care in Action: Face-to-face communication improves radiology care

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Face-to-face communication is important to UTMB’s Chair of Radiology, Dr. Eric Walser. Since the opening of the Jennie Sealy Hospital, Walser has made it a daily habit to trek from his office in the University Health Clinics building to the new hospital, where he makes a stop on most floors to talk directly with physicians, nursing staff and patients.
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    Being the best in correctional managed care

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    This year’s CMC Summer Conference in Houston began with an introduction to UTMB’s top priority for 2017: Best Care. Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer for UTMB Health, spoke about the efforts to achieve a top 20 ranking among academic medical centers by fiscal year 2018, and explained how CMC employees fit into the initiative.
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    A day in the life of a sign language interpreter

    October 19, 2016, 10:13 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eileen Schubert’s fingers rapidly flip and bend as she uses her hands to explain a doctor’s instructions to a patient. As a certified American Sign Language interpreter at UTMB, Schubert connects the deaf and hearing worlds, bridging communication gaps between medical staff and patients or caregivers who are hearing impaired.
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    Spotlight on Rebecca Saavedra, vice president for Strategic Management

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As Vice President for Strategic Management, Rebecca Saavedra, EdD, provides support to fellow members of the executive leadership team to develop, manage and execute UTMB’s strategic plan. In addition, she leads efforts to enhance accountability, assessment and performance improvement initiatives. She has served as co-chair of the Professionalism Committee since 2000.
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  • UTMB Nurse Latha Joy administers the HPV vaccine to patient Evelyn Perez while Dr. Abbey Berenson explains that a series of three injections is necessary for complete protection.

    Baby's checkup and a shot for mom

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    In the first months of a baby’s life, parents usually concentrate on their newborn’s health. But the postpartum period is also a good time for mom to catch up on an important vaccination for herself. The many doctor’s visits needed for a newborn present a convenient way for mom to get all three shots of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
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    Research Briefs

    October 19, 2016, 10:12 AM by User Not Found
    Dr. Elena Volpi, director of UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging, received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging for a five-year project that will identify the mechanisms that can accelerate loss of muscle size, strength and physical function in older adults with Type 2 diabetes and those who have been hospitalized.
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