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.
In December 2001, the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development (SCVD) was established at UTMB. In January 2018, vaccine research and development had expanded at UTMB with the inauguration of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences (SIVS). With 66 faculty members, the institute incorporates the expertise of more than 100 cutting edge research programs currently at UTMB. These relationships, as well as collaborative relationships with investigators elsewhere, helps 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).
Program in Airway Inflammation
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.