UTMB and Pfizer scientists release further studies of U.K. and South African variants of COVID-19

February 9, 2021

  GALVESTON, Texas – A collaborative team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) and Pfizer has shown that the common mutations of SARS-CoV-2 that have appeared in the United Kingdom and South Africa strains of the virus can be neutralized by the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.    The study, using sera from 20 vaccine recipients, was published today in Nature Medicine.   Dr. Pei-Yong Shi of UTMB and Dr. Philip Dormitzer of Pfizer and colleagues engineered combinations of mutations found in these circulating variants and tested a panel of human sera obtained two or four weeks after immunization with two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.  Each sample was tested for its ability to neutralize the non-mutant strain of SARS-CoV-2 as well as the mutant viruses.   The authors found evidence of neutralization of the mutant viruses by the sera panel, with slight variation: neutralization against the E484K (South African)... more »

UTMB Team Proves Potential for Reducing Pre-Term Birth by Treating Fetus as Patient

January 27, 2021

 GALVESTON, Texas – The results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch may pave the way for a new medicine delivery system that could reduce the incidence of pre-term labor and premature birth by allowing physicians to treat the ‘fetus as the patient’. The study has been published in Science... more »

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50 Experts to Trust in a Pandemic

Elemental September 18, 2020

 Elemental, Sept. 18, 2020 (Reach: 887K)  UTMB’s Vineet Menachery was named one of the 50 people to follow during a pandemic by Elemental, a health and science... more »


UTMB honors five with Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award

June 12, 2018

GALVESTON, Texas – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently recognized five alumni for their accomplishments by presenting them with the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award. Established in 1965, the ASDA Award is the hightest honor bestowed by the School of Medicine... more »

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Breast milk can be powerful, but can it stop the new coronavirus?

January 19, 2021

There is a lot we do not know about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including how it may interact with human milk. However, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch are trying to... more »


Understanding vaccines inside and out

Galveston County Daily NewsMay 8, 2019

The Galveston County Daily News, May 8, 2019 In this installment of Vaccine Smarts, Megan Berman and Richard Rupp explain how vaccines work; suggesting that readers think of it as their body’s defense system getting secret information about the enemy before the battle even begins. [See the... more »

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