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UTHealth Houston researchers awarded over $6 million in CPRIT grants

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded over $6 million to researchers with UTHealth Houston to aid in cancer prevention research. These awards will expand liver cancer prevention to persons experiencing homelessness, facilitate communication about the HPV vaccine, and find therapeutics that can help destroy gastrointestinal cancer cells.

Photo of child after getting blood drawn. (Photo by Getty Images)

Natural COVID-19 antibodies lasts seven months for children, according to new study

Children previously infected with COVID-19 develop natural circulating antibodies that last for at least seven months, according to a new study led by researchers at UTHealth Houston.

Photo of Ashish A. Deshmukh, PhD, MPH. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

Previous decline in cervical cancer incidence begins to reverse in low-income U.S. counties and stall in high-income counties

The incidence of cervical cancer is starting to rise in low-income U.S. counties and has plateaued in high-income counties in recent years, after years of decreases, according to a new study led by investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) and published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

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UTHealth Houston selects renowned geriatrician to lead key initiatives and promote research

Renowned geriatrician Aanand Naik, MD, has been named the Nancy P. and Vincent F. Guinee, MD Distinguished Chair and executive director of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) Consortium on Aging.

Fernandez receives ASPPH Research Excellence Award

Maria E. Fernandez. PhD

December 20, 2021

 Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine, and professor of health promotion and behavioral science at UTHealth School of Public Health is the recipient of the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) Research Excellence Award. This distinguished award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. 


5K raises funds for COVID-19 research, honors lost loved one

Krista and Scott Patlovich at the Papou 5K event, which honored Krista's late father, Nick Georgas, and raised money to support COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by Meredith Raine/UTHealth Houston)

December 17, 2021

Krista Patlovich organized “Papou’s 5K” on Dec. 11 to honor her beloved father Nick Georgas, who died in December 2020 from COVID-19-related complications. The event raised more than $10,000 for COVID-19 research at UTHealth Houston.


Bridging the health care communications gap for transgender men

Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, and graduate student Lou Weaver are launching a pilot project aimed at facilitating conversations about HIV prevention between trans men and their health care providers. (Photo courtesy of UTHealth School of Public Health)

December 16, 2021

Transgender men face significant health and social disparities, including barriers to health care, research, and essential HIV-related conversations with their health care providers. That is why Paige Wermuth, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health, and graduate student Lou Weaver of The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health are launching a pilot project to examine and develop communication materials for trans men and their health care providers regarding HIV prevention.



New model reveals achieving an 80% HPV vaccination rate could eliminate nearly 1 million cases of male oropharyngeal cancer this century

Photo of young man getting a shot. (Photo by Getty Images)

December 15, 2021

A nationwide effort to adequately vaccinate 8 in 10 adolescents against the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent 934,000 cases of virus-associated, male oropharyngeal cancer over this century, reported investigators at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) School of Public Health in The Lancet Regional Health—Americas.



Sharrief awarded $3.1M NIH grant to test whether telehealth improves racial disparities in outcomes for stroke survivors

Researchers at UTHealth Houston will use telehealth in an effort to reduce existing racial disparities in blood pressure control and stroke recurrence among stroke survivors. (Photo by Getty Images)

December 6, 2021

A trial testing whether multidisciplinary telehealth intervention will help improve racial disparities in outcomes for adult stroke survivors will be launched at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) with a $3.1 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health.


Ganduglia Cazaban, Guidry, Riggs earn UTHealth Houston President’s Awards for Leadership

Image made of three headshots (from left to right: Monica Guidry, Robin Riggs, and Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban. (Photos and graphic by UTHealth Houston)

December 3, 2021

The 2021 recipients of the President’s Awards for Leadership at UTHealth Houston are Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, MD, DrPH, assistant professor with UTHealth School of Public Health; Monica K. Guidry, LCSW, ACSW, executive director of the UTHealth Houston Office of Employee Assistance and Well-Being Programs; and Robin Riggs, MSN, RN, senior nurse manager for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and the Nurse Triage Line at UT Physicians.


UTHealth Houston students train for a natural disaster mass casualty event

Students at the UTHealth Houston Mass Casualty Incident Training transport a victim away from the scene to receive medical attention. (Photo by Rogelio Castro/UTHealth Houston).

November 30, 2021

Cries for help rang out early Friday morning on Nov. 19 when a natural disaster caused a school bus to crash and topple over. As the scene played out, students from UTHealth Houston rushed into the field to render aid and appropriately triage the victims.

Thankfully, this hurricane and motor vehicle accident was just a mock scenario as part of the sixth UTHealth Houston Center for Interprofessional Collaboration Mass Casualty Incident Simulation.




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