UTMB Collaborative Research Centers
In the early 1990s, UTMB launched a major new initiative
to enhance its research. Since that time, six Sealy Centers for
Research excellence have been established to maximize existing
strengths and bring cutting-edge research to the university.
The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development was
inaugurated in December, 2001. With 69 faculty members, the
center incorporates the expertise of more than 100 cutting
edge research programs currently at UTMB. These newly formed
relationships, as well as collaborative relationships with investigators
elsewhere, will help us translate laboratory findings to the
bedside and beyond.
The overarching theme of the UTMB NIEHS Center is the role of
oxidative stress in mediating the health effects of exposure to
environmental factors. Investigators in the four Research Cores study
the mechanisms by which reactive oxygen species are produced and
detoxified (Biotransformation Research Core), modulate signaling
pathways (Oxidative Stress and Signaling Research Core), damage DNA (DNA
Repair and Mutagenesis Research Core), and are involved in the
etiology of Asthma (Asthma Pathogenesis Research Core).
Airway inflammation researchers at UTMB play a major
role in disease-oriented interdisciplinary research programs,
including the Signaling in Airway Inflammation program project
grant, the Proteomics Technologies in Airway Inflammation center
grant, and the NIEHS Center in Environmental Toxicology.