Office of the President

A message from the president:

  • UTMB's burn research program

    January 17, 2019, 17:11 PM by Stephen Hadley

    I want to let the UTMB community know about a developing situation regarding our burn research program.

    In late April 2018, UTMB received several allegations regarding possible research compliance issues with burn patients.

    The allegations involved possible inappropriate treatment provided by UTMB faculty members and staff for burn patients enrolled in human subject research studies at Shriners Burns Hospital for Children-Galveston.

    Based on these concerns, UTMB’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) immediately suspended research activities associated with three burn research protocols.

    At that time, working with Shriners Hospitals, UTMB launched a comprehensive investigation spanning burn research at UTMB and Shriners Burns Hospital-Galveston. Based on the initial findings of this investigation, clinical burns research activities at UTMB and at the Shriners facility in Galveston were suspended.

    Given the complexity of the situation, UTMB has engaged a specialized consulting firm to review identified areas of concern and to help develop a corrective action plan to ensure that, going forward, all research involving Shriners Burns Hospital-Galveston and UTMB consistently meets or exceeds all applicable standards. This work is in process. All burns research will remain suspended during this review.

    As required, UTMB has notified federal agencies involved in oversight of human subject research and investigational new drugs and is working to schedule additional discussions with those agencies.

    UTMB is committed to protecting the rights, safety and well-being of its participants in research studies and will continue to enhance safeguards to ensure this commitment is fulfilled.

    An update for the UTMB community will be provided as we are able.

    Thank you.

    Dr. David L. Callender

    CLARIFICATION: The statement, “All burns research will remain suspended during this review,” in this message refers only to clinical research (projects involving human subjects). Basic research projects related to burns have not been suspended.

  • A reminder about safety this holiday season

    December 17, 2018, 00:03 AM by Stephen Hadley

    Dear UTMB Colleagues:

    I am writing to inform you about an incident that occurred this past weekend. According to the UTMB Police Department, a UTMB staff member was assaulted during the early morning hours on Sunday, Dec. 16, in downtown Galveston.  

    The Galveston Police Department is investigating the incident; however, the suspect has not yet been identified or apprehended. Therefore, students and staff are being asked to exercise additional caution when traveling to and from or while attending events during the evening and nighttime hours. Some tips that may help you stay safe include:

    • Attend gatherings in groups, watch over one another, and do not separate from your party.
    • Stay in well-lit areas, when possible, and park in a safe and secure location. 
    • While you are out, please make sure that your beverages do not leave your sight. 
    • If you decide to leave the gathering or event before the rest of your group, ask a trusted companion to escort you to your car or your home. 
    • If you’re on campus, consider contacting the UTMB Police Department for a safety escort.
    • If you plan to consume alcohol while you’re out, be sure you always have a designated driver in place in advance of the outing.
    • Don’t depend on the availability of ride-sharing apps; these services may not be readily available when you need them.
    • Tell a friend or family member where you are going, with whom, and when you expect to return. 
    • Trust your instincts: if you feel unsafe or threatened, leave the area. Contact the police, if necessary.

    Keeping our students and staff members safe is a top priority at UTMB. Please take appropriate precautions to ensure your personal safety, and immediately report any suspicious behavior to police. The UTMB Police Department’s non-emergency line, (409) 772-2691, is answered 24 hours a day, but in an emergency, always dial 9-1-1 first. Please stay safe this holiday season.


    Dr. David L. Callender

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