Ruben Puente named interim police chief at UTMB

January 30, 2018

Ruben Puente, assistant director of the University of Texas System Police Department, has been appointed interim chief of police for the University of Texas Medical Branch.  The appointment is effective today. Thomas Engells, UTMB police chief since 2010, died last week.  He was 59. Noting that the UTMB community was still mourning Engells’ death, Dr. David L. Callender, UTMB president, said that Puente “brings a wealth of experience in municipal and university law enforcement, and in corporate security. He is highly regarded for his ability to identify and address operational vulnerabilities, reduce risk to organizations, mitigate the threat of workplace violence, prosecute internal fraud and implement strategic security technologies.” Puente has served in the police department in Arlington, Texas, and held a command position with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police.  As senior manager of corporate security with Frito Lay North America, he oversaw... more »

UTMB establishes institute to lead research, development of vaccines

January 29, 2018

GALVESTON -- Vaccine research and development will expand at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences.   The Institute, supported by the Sealy & Smith Foundation and approved by The University of Texas System, will help fund and further guide the development of... more »

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Medical Discovery News: Where you live affects how long you live

Abilene Reporter NewsJanuary 25, 2018

In this week’s column, factors that impact a person’s average life expectancy are examined. There are parts of the county where the average life expectancy is much lower th... more »

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Oxidative stress produces damage linked with increased risk of preterm birth

September 20, 2017

GALVESTON, Texas – A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. This study is currently available in The American Journal of Pathology. When a woman is pregnant, the... more »

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UTMB establishes institute to lead research, development of vaccines

January 29, 2018

GALVESTON -- Vaccine research and development will expand at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences.   The Institute, supported... more »

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Cunningham to speak about opiods

Galveston County Daily NewsOctober 24, 2017

 Katherine Cunningham, director of UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research, is the featured speaker for the opening of the 2018 Health Policy Dialogues and Lecture series. Her presentation, “Opioids: Canary in the Coal Mine of Public Health,” is at noon Thursday in the Levin... more »

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