New collaborations and increased philanthropic support helped the University of Texas Medical Branch realize an increase in research funding from 2015 to 2016. For 2016, the medical branch received 264 awards from the National Institutes of Health totaling $97.4 million. This is a 13 percent increase from 2015, when the medical branch received 235 awards for a total of $85,901,018 from the NIH.

UTMB respiratory care program receives reaccreditation

UTMB’s School of Health Professions respiratory care program has received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. UTMB’s program is one of five baccalaureate respiratory care programs in Texas. The program submitted a detailed self-study in 2015 and successfully completed an accreditation site visit in 2016. The Commission voted to grant a 10-year reaccreditation that will last through November 2026.

UTMB honors MLK legacy

UTMB employees will honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a service award and luncheon Friday. The event is sponsored by the UTMB Diversity Council and recognizes King as a voice of equality and inclusion. This year’s keynote speaker for the event will be Lisa Cain, assistant dean for faculty affairs and an associate professor in UTMB’s department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. community service awards presented at the luncheon recognize the service and contributions of UTMB faculty, students and staff that uphold principles exemplified by King.

Yu Shin Kim awarded $1.9 million to study chronic pain

The National Institutes of Health awarded Yu Shin Kim $1,937,500 to gain a deeper understanding of how chronic pain develops in order to better care for patients. Kim has developed an imaging technique that allows his team to monitor the activation of more than 1,600 nerve cells at one time and four different types of receptors that register sensory information to learn how connections that relay pain information are formed and strengthened.