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  • dr-callender

    From the President

    September 22, 2016, 11:11 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Happy New (Fiscal) Year! The past year has been one of tremendous growth, significant research breakthroughs and excellence in educating the future generation of health care professionals.
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    Working Wonders - September

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    The Texas Space Grant Consortium recently awarded scholarships for the upcoming academic year to two UTMB students. Armando Elizondo, a medical student, received a $1,500 STEM Columbia Crew Memorial Scholarship. Brooke Barnette, a biochemistry and molecular biology student, received a $5,000 fellowship grant. Part of the consortium’s mission is to promote high-quality, graduate-level space research.
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    Research Briefs - September

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by User Not Found
    Thomas Geisbert, PhD, in collaboration with Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, has protected nonhuman primates against Ebola Sudan four days after exposure to the virus. The study results, which were recently published in Nature Microbiology, demonstrated that the treatment was effective at a point when animals had detectable levels of the virus in their system and were at an advanced stage of disease.
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    Best Care: All UTMB employees are needed to achieve goal

    September 22, 2016, 11:10 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Every employee at UTMB contributes to patient care. Whether you work directly with patients on a daily basis or not—each person who wears a UTMB badge impacts the overall patient experience on some level.
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    Digital forms of dating violence on the rise: What school nurses need to know

    September 22, 2016, 11:09 AM by Donna Ramirez
    Many teens experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationships, and now dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing, stalking or controlling a romantic partner via technology and social media.
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  • Otis Johnson

    A day in the life of a print shop manager

    September 22, 2016, 11:09 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Otis Johnson stands next to a large printing press that arrived at UTMB just before he did—nearly 30 years ago. It’s a daily reminder of how far printing and graphic design has come since he started his career as a press operator.
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  • Carrie King and her 11-year-old daughter, Anna Xia.

    Spotlight on Carrie King, senior vice president and general counsel

    September 22, 2016, 11:08 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Carolee “Carrie” King has been at UTMB since 2008 and serves as senior vice president and general counsel for the university. Her expertise includes health care and regulatory law, hospital compliance, fraud and abuse, technology and commercialization, medical liability and legal issues regarding physician practice and clinical research.
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  • UT Learning Zone

    Professional development now just a click away

    September 22, 2016, 11:08 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Responding to employee requests for additional professional development opportunities, UTMB launched an extensive online library of books, training courses, videos and other learning assets in July.
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    Superhero Hideout: UTMB students help create special place for children at the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston

    September 22, 2016, 11:05 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Inside the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston, there’s now a special room for children who are facing a life-threatening illness or disability to rest and regain their superhero powers. It’s called the “Superhero Hideout” and it’s thanks to the UTMB Physician Assistant Class of 2017 in the School of Health Professions, in collaboration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants organization.
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    Living the dream: SHP graduate overcomes hardships to pursue career in health care

    September 22, 2016, 11:02 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Becoming a health care professional has always been a dream for Robert Guedea. But when he received a bachelor’s degree in respiratory care at the School of Health Professions graduation ceremony on Aug.12, it became a reality—one he previously thought was beyond reach.
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  • Ergonomics

    Top tips for staying comfortable at work

    September 22, 2016, 11:01 AM by Lela Lockett-Ware, certified ergonomics assessment specialist and institutional ADA officer
    Whether you sit or stand, have a desk job or provide patient care, a comfortable workspace can help you feel your best. Following some of these ergonomic tips will help to decrease fatigue, discomfort and physical stress while increasing comfort and productivity.
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  • MakerHealth

    Reshaping health care with 3D printing

    September 22, 2016, 11:00 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Andrew Maxwell-Parish, MakerHealth Space manager, shows incoming UTMB students how a 3D printer can be used to create medical devices and organ models.
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    From the President

    August 17, 2016, 13:58 PM by User Not Found
    We are nearing the end of another fiscal year and what a year it has been. From the opening of Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston in April to the first patient at our new League City Campus Hospital in June, there has been much to celebrate. I’d like to thank you for making this 125th year a remarkable one at UTMB as we’ve continued to build on our legacy of excellence in education, research and patient care.
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    Working Wonders - August

    August 17, 2016, 13:58 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Maureen Wilder, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, associate professor and Master’s Program director in the School of Nursing, was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration entitled, “Adding Practice Partnerships for Learning to Advance Underserved Service Efficiency.”
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  • Jody Domingue receives cancer care treatment at UTMB

    Compassionate care inspires cancer patient to give back

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. Gwyn Richardson hears a bell ring at UTMB’s Cancer Center in Galveston or League City, it’s music to her ears. “It’s a happy, happy sound,” said Richardson, a gynecologic oncologist and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. “It signifies the end of cancer treatment and has been a UTMB tradition for many years. Patients also ring a bell when they reach certain milestones, such as one-year or five-year anniversaries being cancer-free.”
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    Finishing strong: New service offered for runners could help prevent injury, improve efficiency

    August 17, 2016, 13:57 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Are you a serious runner who always gets aches and pains at mile 14 of a marathon? Are you looking to improve your form and shed a few seconds off your 10K personal record? If so, a video running analysis could help. The analysis is a new service now offered by UTMB’s Occupational and Physical Therapy Clinic in Galveston.
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  • Barrows

    A Zika treatment could already be on the market

    August 17, 2016, 13:56 PM by Christopher Smith Gonzalez
    The latest research from UTMB scientists found that a drug to treat Zika virus infections could already exist and be available on the market. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Mariano A. Garcia-Blanco, a professor and chair of the biochemistry and molecular biology department at UTMB, and Shelton S. Bradrick, an assistant professor in the department, tested more than 770 different U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved therapeutics and found that more than 20 of those decreased Zika virus.
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    Research Briefs - August

    August 17, 2016, 13:56 PM by User Not Found
    Rakez Kayed, PhD, was recently awarded $1.9 million from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to study the formation and propagation of tau oligomeric strains in Alzheimer’s disease. Brain cells depend on tau protein to form highways for the cells to receive nutrients and get rid of waste.
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  • SterileProcessing

    A day in the life of a sterile processing technician

    August 17, 2016, 13:55 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    If you point at any one of the surgical instruments in UTMB’s Sterile Processing Department, bets are Lori Martin knows its name and purpose. No, she’s not a surgeon, but she plays a vital role in patient care. As a sterile processing technician, Martin handles thousands of reusable surgical instruments and devices—from scalpel handles to fiber-optic endoscopes—every week. Her team runs a 24/7 operation and is responsible for washing, sterilizing, cooling, assembling, packaging and storing all medical devices and instruments used by UTMB, from Galveston to Huntsville.
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  • Colt and Becca Keo-Meier recently led a workshop on understanding transgender and human sexuality issues in the workplace for UTMB employees and students.

    Building a culture of inclusion: Incoming medical student aspires to provide holistic health care for transgender population

    August 17, 2016, 13:54 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Colt Keo-Meier knows it can be a cruel world for people who don’t conform to societal norms. As a licensed psychologist and preeminent researcher on transgender health, he sees patients from early childhood to adulthood who struggle with not fitting into traditional gender roles.
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    White coats welcome new physician assistants

    August 17, 2016, 13:54 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Eighty-nine incoming Physician Assistant Studies students recently received their white coats in a ceremony to welcome them into their new program of professional study.
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  • RexMcCallum

    Spotlight on Rex McCallum, vice president and chief physician executive

    August 17, 2016, 13:53 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Dr. Rex McCallum joined UTMB in 2010 as vice president, chief physician executive and professor of Internal Medicine. In 2014, he became associate dean for clinical affairs. He is a recognized leader and physician executive with expertise in strategic and operational development within a complex health care organization.
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    Study: UTMB has significant impact in region, state

    August 17, 2016, 13:53 PM by Stephen Hadley
    A study released in May shows UTMB has a broad and significant economic impact in our local communities, the region and throughout the state.
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  • SweatySun

    Top tips to beat the heat

    August 17, 2016, 13:52 PM by Dr. Patricia Beach, professor of Pediatrics and director of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics
    Wear lightweight clothing. Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing will help sweat evaporate easily and keep you cooler in hot, humid climates. Look for shirts and pants with a tight weave and avoid dark colors, which can absorb heat. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB spectrum light.
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    Just Beachy.

    August 17, 2016, 13:52 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    From East Beach in Galveston, one can see how much UTMB’s Galveston Campus has grown over its 125-year history. What started as one medical school building in 1891 has developed into an academic health center featuring two on-site hospitals, four schools, a national biocontainment laboratory, a comprehensive medical library and numerous clinics and research facilities.
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    From the President

    July 21, 2016, 08:38 AM by User Not Found
    Thanks to your efforts, UTMB is considered a leading academic medical center in our state, focused on providing exemplary patient care, research innovations and educational excellence.
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    Working Wonders - July

    July 21, 2016, 08:37 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Marcus Yanez, a pharmacy technician at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, was recently honored by Angleton High School students for being an exceptional teacher. As part of the Health Technology partnership with area high schools, students come to ADC to shadow various positions and learn about health care careers.
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  • UTMB’s coagulation DMT includes (L-R): Drs. Jack Alperin, Michael Laposata, Aristides Koutrouvelis, Camila Simoes, Chad Botz, Aaron Wyble and Jacob Wooldridge.

    A team approach to diagnostic management

    July 21, 2016, 08:37 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Michael Laposata, MD, PhD, vividly remembers an exchange he had with an internal medicine resident back in 1984. “I was a first-year clinical pathology resident at the time and he asked me a simple lab test question; he didn’t know how to further evaluate an abnormally prolonged clotting test for a patient with unexplained bleeding,” said Laposata, professor and chair of UTMB’s Department of Pathology. “It surprised me.”
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  • Dr. Brandy Wright holds her son, Westbrook, who was one of the first babies to be born at the LCC Hospital. As of July 11, the LCC LDRP team had delivered 51 babies.

    Oh, baby! First infants born at new League City Campus Hospital

    July 21, 2016, 08:36 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    June 4 marked the start of a busy opening weekend for the Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum Unit at the new League City Campus Hospital. In three days, five babies were welcomed into the world by the LDRP team.
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    Research Briefs - July

    July 21, 2016, 08:36 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A new study by UTMB researchers found that pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) therapy among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is underutilized, despite its health benefits and cost effectiveness.
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