• Drs. Cross and Woosley look at a red liquid in a bottle.

    UTMB Study Shows Vaccine Rapidly Protects Against Lethal Lassa Fever

    A new vaccine developed to fight Lassa Virus provides rapid protection against the deadly pathogen

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  • A profile outline of a face drawn on a chalkboard with words isolation, social distancing, covid-19, pandemic, lockdown, isolation, coronavirus, quarantine and lockdown on the outside and stress & anxiety on the inside.

    UTMB research links COVID-19 pandemic to poor mental health in adolescents

    “While it was necessary to prevent the pre-vaccine spread of COVID-19, removing children from school was not without consequences”

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    UTMB drug discovery partnership awarded $56 million grant

    A $56 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will establish an Antiviral Drug Discovery Center for Pathogens of Pandemic Concern at UTMB.

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UTMB and HDT Bio awarded prototype project funding worth up to $87.4M from the U.S. government to develop saRNA vaccine technology

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) has been awarded a project agreement worth up to $87.4 million by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) within the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), through the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) Other Transaction Authority (OTA), for the development of a vaccine technology against advanced and emerging viral threats. Two deadly viruses of significance to military personnel will be targeted for vaccine protection. These are Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) and Nipah virus (NiV).

Dr. Michael P. Sheetz Robert A Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Sheetz wins Pearse Prize

The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS) has awarded Dr. Michael P. Sheetz the Pearse Prize for his “long and illustrious career in mechanobiological research”.

Dr. David Brown Senior Vice president and dean of the school of health professions

ASAHP selects Brown for 2022 Fellowship

The Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) has selected Dr. David Brown for a 2022 Fellowship. Brown, Senior Vice President and Dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, began working with the organization about four years ago and serves as Chair of the Research, Development, and Innovation Committee.

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Staged ‘crash’ event asks ‘Is It Worth It?’

Driving while drunk. Or under the influence of drugs. Or when your mind is on anything other than the road. Is it worth it? The answer to that question is a resounding no. University of Texas Medical Branch Trauma Services, in conjunction with The Center for Addiction Research, will drive home that point with a live production that vividly portrays the devastating effects of drunken/drugged driving.

UTMB Researchers Study COVID Outbreaks in Summer Camps

Researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch recently investigated a COVID-19 outbreak in an overnight camp in Texas to better understand transmission. The study revealed that the summer camp outbreak was most likely the result of a single introduction of the virus that spread throughout the camp, and then to the community.