• First local trial of a coronavirus vaccine is under way

    Houston coverage of vaccine clinical trials, which have kicked off in the metro area. The story notes that UTMB is a site for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine candidates. The trials are part of an accelerated effort that usually takes two years.

  • Field Notes: How about some good news?

    UTMB’s Jeff Temple was named a 2020 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, one of ten statewide. The Texas Medical Center published the news on their website with other good news from member institutions.

  • Vaccine 101: What you need to know about possible COVID vaccine

    UTMB’ doctors Richard Rupp and Alan Barrett help explain the vaccine clinical trials process as scientists continue the quest to find a Covid-19 vaccine. “Everything we’re doing at the moment is what we normally do to develop a vaccine. It’s just we are squashing everything together at warp speed, but we’re not cutting corners,” said Barrett. “It’s just everything is being put together to do it at the speed we can to get the data.”

  • Colleges plan football season that many doctors advise skipping

    Many colleges plan to conduct a fall football season even in the face of advice from scientists and health care professionals that say it is a bad idea. Interviewed for this story, UTMB’s Susan McLellan says it is not a good idea for any athlete who plans to make the sport part of their career.

  • Vaccine Smarts-COVID-19 vaccine research moves to fast lane

    This week, Megan Berman and Richard Rupp explain the accelerated process being utilized to develop a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Some worry the process may not be safe, but the doctors explain the technologies researchers are using were specifically developed so vaccines could be rapidly produced in the face of an emerging infectious disease.

  • Fireflies help kindle new tests and treatments for COVID-19

    This story from the Texas Medical Center focuses on Pei-Yong Shi’s work with the enzyme luciferase, which give lightning bugs their distinctive glow. Shi and his team are using the enzyme to develop faster and more accurate diagnostic tests for COVID-19. “The great thing about luciferase, and the one that we specifically use which is nanoluciferase, is that it’s really bright,” said fourth-year graduate student Coleman Baker.