UTMB Health Virtual Connections

Welcome to Virtual Connections
A Virtual Space for Meaningful Connections with UTMB Alumni, Friends & Supporters

UTMB Health’s mission is to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world – so whether you live in Texas or thousands of miles from here – we are a trusted resource for you and for those you love.

We hope that this Virtual Connections site will serve as a hub for our alumni, friends & supporters to access expert presentations on health topics that matter to you – and that it will help you stay connected to UTMB Health at a time when we could all use the support and guidance of an academic health institution that has led the way since 1891.

UTMB Health is the institution that “stops for no storm” – be it hurricane, flood, or pandemic – and we are here for you.


UTMB Health continues to be a leader in the global effort to develop solutions for the health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through innovation, UTMB Health leads the way in patient care, clinical trials, therapeutics & vaccine development, drug discovery and public health guidance—to help Texas, the nation and the world.

Watch UTMB Experts Dr. Gulshan Sharma, Dr. Philip Keiser, Dr. Scott Weaver, Dr. Pei-Yong Shi and Dr. Alan Barrett provide updates on the current and future challenges we face at home and around the globe with the Delta variant in our midst. Their presentations are followed by an informative Q&A Session hosted by UTMB President ad interim Ben G. Raimer, MD that features questions submitted by virtual audience members from around the United States.

These sessions were recorded on Sept. 16, 2021.


Welcome by Ben G. Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP, President ad interim, UTMB Health

On The Front Line: Why Delta is Different, by Gulshan Sharma, MD, MPH, FCCP

Pandemics & Public Health: Behavior Matters by Philip Keiser, MD

From Galveston to the World: UTMB’s Global Role in the Pandemic by Scott Weaver, MS, PhD

Variants, Vaccines & Discovery at UTMB by Pei-Yong Shi, PhD

UTMB: A Global Hub for Vaccine Development and Education, by Alan Barrett, PhD, DSc (Hon)

UTMB Experts in the Age OF COVID-19: FACING THE DELTA VARIANT - Question & Answer Session