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    UT Austin and UTRGV medical schools selected to join AMA consortium to transform physician training

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    A panel of medical education leaders has selected 20 schools, including The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, to become new members of an American Medical Association (AMA) consortium that is transforming the way future physicians will be trained. 

    Learn more about: UT Austin, UT Rio Grande Valley

    Texas FreshAIR 2015 spotlight: The weight loss wonders of FGF21

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, November 2, 2015

    Last week, UT System's Texas FreshAIR conference in Dallas brought great minds together  to foster academic-industry collaborations that will help commercialize more faculty research.

    One example is found at UT Southwestern Medical Center, where researchers are working on an ideal concept for many patients struggling with obesity: a drug that could be as effective as weight-loss surgery. Steven Kliewer, Ph.D., UT Southwestern professor of molecular biology and pharmacology, discussed his research on regulating body weight by the metabolic hormone fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) during the conference.

    Learn more about: UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Arlington uses Innovation Day to get young innovators to think about creating businesses

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, October 30, 2015

    The University of Texas at Arlington challenged inventors to develop new ideas that can be taken to the marketplace during the second annual Innovation Day held Thursday, Oct. 22, at College Park Center. 

    Learn more about: UT Arlington

    2015 Texas FreshAIR spotlight: PCSK9 - from bench to bedside

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    The UT System's 2015 Texas FreshAIR Conference agenda is packed with nationally and internationally recognized names from both the academic and pharmaceutical industries. With this year’s theme focusing on cardiovascular and metabolic therapeutics, it’s only fitting that the PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors story is introduced at the first plenary session.

    Jay Horton, M.D., UT Southwestern professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics, will be discussing the science behind PCSK9 at Texas FreshAIR on Wed., Oct. 28. Anthony Muslin, M.D., vice president, head of the Cardiovascular and Fibrosis Therapeutic Strategic Unit at Sanofi, will join the conversation to discuss the development of therapeutic antibodies targeting PCSK9. 

    Learn more about: UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT System Texas FreshAIR 2015 speaker spotlight: Lance Gould, M.D.

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, October 23, 2015

    More than 250 researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and executives from Texas and the country’s top pharmaceutical and venture companies are expected to attend UT System's Texas FreshAIR 2015 conference, Oct. 28 and 29, at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Pickens Biomedical Building in Dallas.

    Lance Gould, M.D., The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) professor of cardiovascular medicine, was chosen as one of the conference plenary speakers for good reason.

    Learn more about: UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Austin professor shares $1 million global prize for innovation

    Posted by UT System

    on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    John B. Goodenough, professor at The University of Texas at Austin and inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has been selected to share The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation.  

    The Samson Prize, totaling $1 million, is the world’s largest monetary prize awarded in the field of alternative fuels and is granted to scientists who have made critical advancements.

    Goodenough plans to donate his prize money to UT Austin to thank the university for helping to support his research lab.

    Learn more about: UT Austin

    UT Southwestern's William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital garners national quality and safety award for academic medical centers

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital has received a national Rising Star Quality Leadership award from the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) for its quality and safety efforts.

    Learn more about: UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Dallas alumnus wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas.

    Aziz Sancar, who earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology from UT Dallas in 1977, is one of three scientists who received the Nobel Prize for their work detailing how cells continuously monitor and repair damaged DNA on a molecular level. 

    Sancar shares the prize with Tomas Lindahl of the Francis Crick Institute and Clare Hall Laboratory in the U.K., and Paul Modrich of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Duke University School of Medicine. The recipients’ work has provided fundamental knowledge of how a living cell functions and has applications in the development of new cancer treatments, for example.

    Learn more about: UT Dallas

    UTMB Galveston School of Nursing earns top honor

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    The demand for nurses in the health care system continues to grow and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is working to meet that demand. Their efforts are being noted by BestColleges.com who recently recognized the school for having the top online Master of Science in Nursing program in their national annual rankings.

    Learn more about: UT Medical Branch at Galveston

    Deep Roots and Generous Spirits: Sarah and Larry West

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, September 28, 2015

    Native Texan Larry West lives and practices law in Houston, but his roots stretch as far south as the Rio Grande Valley. Larry is a direct descendant of Claiborne Larkin West, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in 1836. Larry’s grandfather, Milton H. West, was a U.S. Congressman who represented the Valley.

    With a personal history steeped in the history and politics of the state, Larry was particularly pleased when The University of Texas System revealed its plan to work with community, business and educational leaders to expand educational and health opportunities in South Texas.

    Learn more about: UT System Administration

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