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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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  • Marcus Yanez

    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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    Campus Carry to take effect Aug. 1

    July 21, 2016, 08:33 AM by Stephen Hadley
    Concealed handguns will be permitted on Texas public university campuses beginning Aug. 1 to comply with a new law passed by the Texas Legislature last year.
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    A day in the life of a physical therapist

    July 21, 2016, 08:33 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As a physical therapist at UTMB’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation clinic on the League City Campus, Hernandez brings indispensable energy and enthusiasm to her work helping those with injuries or disabilities manage pain, restore mobility and improve their overall quality of life.
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  • Geisbert

    The doctors will see you now: More than 200 SOM graduates receive degrees

    July 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When the 2016 School of Medicine graduates received their degrees at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston on June 4, they also received some advice from a very well-known name in the field of infectious diseases—Thomas Geisbert, PhD.
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  • Gold-Headed Cane finalists (L-R) Nicholas Wilhelm, Abigail Watts, Jessica Tedford, Victoria Shepard (awardee) and Tracy Cable.

    Shepard takes home Gold-Headed Cane Award

    July 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    School of Medicine graduate Victoria Ann Shepard received this year’s prestigious Gold-Headed Cane Award—the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating medical student.
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  • Marcel Blanchard and his wife, Debbie, ride a motorcycle across the Hoover Dam.

    Spotlight on Marcel Blanchard, associate vice president for Utilities Operations

    July 21, 2016, 08:28 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Marcel Blanchard is UTMB’s associate vice president for Utilities Operations within Business Operations and Facilities. His responsibilities include supervising a team of support engineers for capital programs and maintenance support, district energy operations, the campus sustainability program, as well as the business management of two service centers.
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  • Flooding

    UTMB President holds CMC Town Hall; sees disaster plan in action

    July 21, 2016, 08:28 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When Dr. David Callender arrived at the Beaumont Complex on June 2 for a CMC Town Hall on the Road meeting, he got a firsthand lookat the extraordinary work UTMB CMC employees do on a daily basis—and during disaster situations.
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  • Marlene Salas-Provance

    New smiles, transformed lives: UTMB speech pathologist brings hope to children around the world with cleft lip and palate

    July 21, 2016, 08:27 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    There’s a photo on Marlene Salas-Provance’s desk that shows her standing next to a tired but grateful-looking father and a smiling young girl. It’s a daily reminder of the important work she does around the world.
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    Happy Anniversary to Impact!

    July 21, 2016, 08:24 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Time flies when you’re telling all the great stories of our UTMB family of employees, faculty and students! Last July, the Office of Marketing and Communications (re)introduced the print edition of Impact, which is a monthly publication dedicated to providing useful news and engaging stories about you, your UTMB colleagues and the great work going on at UTMB campuses and locations throughout the state.
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  • Summer Safety

    Beach Safety Tips

    July 21, 2016, 08:24 AM by Dr. Madiha Khan, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine
    Few things scream “summer” more than soaking up some rays while enjoying a salt water breeze and sand between your toes. But it’s important to make sure a relaxing beach weekend stays injury-free. Follow these tips to help keep your summer beach trips as safe as possible.
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  • UTMB 2016 Elissa Volunteer crew

    Parting Shot - Ship ahoy!

    July 21, 2016, 08:23 AM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    A volunteer crew including current and retired UTMB employees sailed Texas’ official tall ship, the Elissa, into the Gulf of Mexico for her 2016 annual sea trials from April 4–16. The ship, built in 1877, is a true survivor and one of the few remaining authentic square-rigged sailing vessels in the world that still sails today.
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    From the President

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by User Not Found
    We have had an eventful spring with the openings of Jennie Sealy Hospital and, on June 4, the League City Hospital. Each is a major milestone in UTMB’s historic mission, and I’d like to thank each of you for contributing to the successful launch of these new facilities and your ongoing work to improve health through excellence, innovation and compassion.
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  • BabyShower

    Working Wonders

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    Nursing staff from UTMB’s Blocker Burn Unit coordinated a surprise baby shower for the wife of a patient who had been receiving care in the unit for three months.
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    League City Campus Hospital celebrates opening

    June 21, 2016, 14:51 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you walk into the UTMB’s League City Campus Hospital, it’s clear that it was built with the needs of the growing community in mind. With its convenient location and extra patient room amenities, the 150,000-square-foot hospital opened to patients on June 4, complete with inpatient and emergency care.
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  • David Marshall and nurse Betsy Petersen check on a baby in the neonatal ICU.

    UTMB leaders "walk a mile in their shoes" as part of Nurses Week

    June 21, 2016, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    As part of nurses week in May, more than 20 UTMB leaders shadowed nurses from across the Galveston, League City and Angleton Danbury campuses to get a glimpse of the successes and challenges nurses experience every day.
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  • Tonya Visor

    A day in the life of a senior communications specialist, Angleton Danbury Campus

    June 21, 2016, 14:50 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford
    When you first meet Tonya Visor, two words immediately come to mind: energetic and passionate. As a senior communications specialist at UTMB’s Angleton Danbury Campus, she has made it her mission for more than17 years to embed herself in the local community and spread awareness of the critical health care services offered in a small-town setting.
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  • CubaResearch

    UTMB to train Cuban scientists: Project to protect and improve health in the Caribbean and Gulf regions

    June 21, 2016, 14:49 PM by Raul Reyes
    Thanks to a $1.3 million agreement, researchers from UTMB’s National Biocontainment Training Center will embark on a two-year research development program to collaborate with and help train Cuban scientists at the Instituto Pedro Kouri in Havana to better fight infectious diseases, including the Zika virus, which is currently infecting millions internationally.
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