• Incoming freshman facing pandemic-era college decisions

    The local newspaper interviewed students and educators about changes that incoming students will encounter because of the COVID-19 pandemic. UTMB’s Scott Boeh explains Medical Branch students will take classes primarily online, except for labs or clinical work.

  • Tick Surveillance, control needed in the U.S., study shows

    A new national study concludes there is a clear need for more funding and coordination among tick surveillance programs across the country. The study cites UTMB’s Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases as a good program. The center performs research to expand surveillance for ticks and tick-borne pathogens. The center also trains future scientists and public health practitioners.

  • Post-COVID syndrome is a new, yet old, condition

    It is being reported that patients recovering from COVID-19 often experience after-effects such as fatigue, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, numbness, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems and more. Victor Sierpina explains this is not unheard of, noting that post-viral conditions have puzzled scientists and physicians for years.

  • UTMB researchers have discovered a new antiviral mechanism for dengue therapeutics

    Research conducted at UTMB has uncovered a new mechanism for designing antiviral drugs for dengue virus. Dengue virus is a mosquito-transmitted viral pathogen, causing 390 million human infections each year. “The World Health Organization lists dengue virus as one of the top ten public health threats and as such requires the urgent development of effective vaccine and therapeutics,” said Hongjie Xia, UTMB postdoctoral fellow and lead author of the study.

  • Building a COVID-19 vaccine

    This story from the Texas Medical Center examines the efforts undertaken to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. UTMB’s Alan Barret provides details on the many steps needed before a vaccine is determined effective and safe.

  • UTMB experts provide COVID-19 update

    UTMB’s Scott Weaver and Susan McLellan recently participated in a COVID-19 virtual update hosted by The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. The two experts discussed UTMB efforts to create antibody therapies and conduct clinical trials in the effort to develop a vaccine and mitigating the spread of the virus.

  • UTMB has received about 30 medical transfers, some with COVID

    UTMB’s Tim Harlin was interviewed by the local newspaper to provide information on patient transfers from other hospitals in the region. Harlin explained that UTMB has signed off on transfers when there is room to handle them as well as Galveston County residents who may require hospitalization.

  • One-on-One with Dr. Scott Weaver on latest COVID-19 research

    Houston’s CBS affiliate interviews UTMB’s Scott Weaver for an update on coronavirus research that finds the virus can stay in the air longer than previously thought. MSN, ABC 13 Houston, The Valley Star Harlingen, The McAllen Monitor and KRGV Rio Grande Valley also interviewed Dr. Weaver.

  • Baptism by fire: Medical residents arrive on front lines of COVID-19 fight

    New physicians reporting for their residency training at UTMB are facing challenges previously unknown due to the pandemic. “We were all ready to jump out of that student role and be more autonomous,” said Pyria Chitta, a first-year internal medicine resident. “I think we were somewhat prepared, but this is something we would not have expected.”

  • The key to working out in a mask? Slow down

    UTMB’s Dr. Matt Dacso helps dispel some of the myths about exercising while wearing a mask, explaining you are not inhaling your own carbon dioxide. He also notes the importance of wearing a mask when working out at a gym since there have been community-spreading events linked to gyms.