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UTMB Research Recap

The University of Texas Medical Branch has developed a world renowned team of researchers who are making strides in a wide area across the medical spectrum.

At the suggestion of UTMB President Dr. David Callender, Guidry News Service has been conducting interviews with those who have been at the forefront of the cutting edge research.

“I think we have outstanding faculty members who drive that research,” said Dr. Callender in a recent interview. 

This page is a recap of the interviews we have published during the past year.

“I think we have outstanding faculty members who drive that research, who make the research enterprise work well,” he said.  “It’s a difficult time for them and for all of us engaged in research, because of the funding challenges.

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“I think we have outstanding faculty members who drive that research, who make the research enterprise work well,” he said.  “It’s a difficult time for them and for all of us engaged in research, because of the funding challenges.

- See more at: http://www.guidrynews.com/story.aspx?id=1000048453#sthash.Hw4np2xQ.dpuf

April 21, 2014 -- Guidry News Service recently visited with Dr. Wissam Khalife, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Division of Cardiology, who is conducting research on a new drug to treat patients with acute heart failure exacerbation. More
December 23, 2013 -- Dr. James Goodwin, who has recently been promoted to vice president and chief research officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, visited with Guidry News Service about a new study by UTMB researchers that shows that one out of four colonoscopies paid for by Medicare is potentially inappropriate under current screening guidelines set forth by the United States Preventive Services Task Force. More
December 01, 2013 -- Guidry News Service recently visited with University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Associate Professor of Surgery Dr. Taylor Riall, the author of a study of the use of breast biopsy surgery in women suspected of breast cancer, rather than minimally invasive biopsy. More
October 03, 2013 -- Dr. Elizabeth Lyons, an assistant professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston who recently received a $140,000 grant from the American Heart Association, visited with Guidry News Service about her project that can be described as “working out with the living dead”. More
August 05, 2013 -- Dr. Jacques Baillargeon, an associate professor in preventive medicine and community health at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who is the lead author of a study of testosterone-prescribing patterns, visited with Guidry News Service last week. More
May 28, 2013 -- Guidry News Service recently visited with University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Researcher Dr. Xiaodong Cheng who has been working to identify and block a protein that interferes with an appetite-suppressing hormone called leptin. More
April 26, 2013 -- Guidry News Service visited with Dr. Shannon Clark of the University of Texas Medical Branch about research that resulted in the Federal Drug Administration's recent approval of a once-banned drug to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women. More
March 28, 2013 -- Dr. Steve R. Fisher, a University of Texas Medical Branch assistant professor who is lead author of a paper that was published recently in Journals of Gerontology regarding a new study on the activity levels of elderly people following hospital stays, visited with Guidry News Service. More
March 11, 2013 -- Guidry News Service recently visited with Drs. Kathryn Cunningham, Noelle Anastasio, and Scott Gilbertson an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the University of Houston, which has found a new way to influence the vital serotonin signaling system, possibly leading to more effective medications with fewer side effects. More
February 14, 2013 -- Guidry News Service recently visited with Professor Cheryl Watson, senior author of a paper on a study of chemicals used in plastics. More
January 31, 2013 -- Dr. Sami Kilic, associate professor and director of minimally invasive gynecology in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, visited recently with Guidry News Service about research he conducted on an innovative approach to training. More
December 26, 2012 -- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston President Dr. David Callender, in a year-end interview with Guidry News Service, said that 2012 has been a good year for UTMB. More
December 07, 2012 -- Dr. Jin Mo Chung, a University of Texas Medical Branch professor of neuroscience and cell biology, whose pioneering methods of research on pain are known as the “Chung Model” by his peers, talked to Guidry News Service about his research. More
November 20, 2012 -- Drs. Larry Denner and Kelly Dineley, a husband-wife team at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who are conducting research on an FDA-approved drug that had initially been used to treat insulin resistance in people with diabetes and now has shown promise as a way to improve cognitive performance in some humans with Alzheimer’s disease, visited with Guidry News Service about their research. More
October 28, 2012 -- Dr. Casey Boyd Duncan, a University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston surgery resident and lead author of a paper analyzing the options for terminally ill pancreatic cancer patients, visited with Guidry News Service about her research. More
October 19, 2012 -- Members of a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch that is investigating a mosquito transmitted virus first collected three decades ago in Israel’s Negev Desert which could lead to development of new vaccines and drugs, visited with Guidry News Service at the Galveston National Laboratory. More
September 17, 2012 -- Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher, director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at UTMB and lead investigator on a research project to help expand scientific training and research to improve the rehabilitation and treatment of people with disabilities, visited with Guidry News Service. More
September 11, 2012 -- Dr. William J. Calhoun of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the lead researcher on a study that shows that mild asthma patients may not need daily inhaled steroid therapy and would do just as well using the inhalers only when symptoms occur, talked about the research in an interview with Guidry News Service. More
August 30, 2012 -- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston professor Volker Neugebauer, who has been awarded a four-year, $1.36 million grant by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to conduct an innovative study of the relationship between pain and parts of the brain associated with cognitive thought and emotional response, recently talked about his project with Guidry News Service. More
August 13, 2012 -- Dr. Radek Bukowski, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who has been doing research on the effect that the size of babies at birth has on the future health of the mother, visited with Guidry News Service about his research. More
August 06, 2012 -- Dr. Tetsuro Ikegami, a University of Texas Medical Branch assistant professor and a Sealy Center for Vaccine Development member, who is part of a research team that is developing an improved vaccine for Rift Valley Fever virus, visited with Guidry News Service about the need for effective defense against the dangerous mosquito-borne pathogen, which can be used as an agent for bio-terrorism. More
July 30, 2012 -- Dr. Joan Nichols, principal investigator on a project at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston that received a $1.25 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a method of custom-growing human lung tissue to make a three-dimensional model for biomedical studies, visited with Guidry News Service on Friday. More
July 09, 2012 -- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston professor Istvan Boldogh, senior author of a paper on repair of DNA which is now online in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, visited with Guidry News Service about what he describes as a “surprising connection” between a key DNA-repair process and a cellular signaling network linked to aging, heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. More
July 02, 2012 -- A study on adolescent sexual behavior, with a focus on “sexting”, by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers is featured in today’s issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. More
June 18, 2012 -- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston physician Dr. Abbey B. Berenson, who is the Ruth Hargrave M.D. Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as director for the Center of Interdisciplinary Research in Women’s Health, has conducted research on why adolescent girls who begin vaccinations for Human Papillomavirus do not complete the series of three that is required for protection from anogenital cancers, including cervical cancer. More


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