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Group photo of the 2021 President's Scholar Awardees. (Photo by Jacob Power Photography)

2021 President’s Scholar Awards: Four receive UTHealth Houston’s most distinguished award

Three faculty members who have demonstrated longstanding excellence in areas of teaching, research, and clinical care, and another recognized for overall exemplary dedication and service, received top honors from UTHealth Houston President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair, during a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Photo of Ryan Suk, PhD, who led research revealing racial and regional disparities in incidences of Koposi's scarcoma. (Photo by Nathan Jeter/UTHealth Houston)

UTHealth Houston researchers analyze cancer discrepancies among young Black men in the South

Research shows that incidences of Kaposi’s sarcoma among people living with HIV have fallen significantly over the past two decades, but a new evaluation of data led by researchers at UTHealth Houston highlights a significant disparity among one particular demographic – young Black men in the American South.

Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Dallas. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

$5.9 million awarded to adapt elder abuse screening tool for home-based primary care

A five-year, $5.9 million grant will allow researchers at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to address the need for effective and efficient elder mistreatment screening in primary care – particularly for older adults who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related

Portraits of the two 2022 Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award Recipients. (Graphic by UTHealth Houston)

Hanneman, Springer recognized as preeminent educators by UT System Board of Regents

Andrew Springer, DrPH, and Sandra K. Hanneman, PhD, RN, FAAN, were among the 14 recipients of the esteemed award for 2022.


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.



Drug used to prevent miscarriage increases risk of cancer in offspring

Photo of pregnant woman holding pill. (Photo by Getty Images)

November 9, 2021

Exposure in utero to a drug used to prevent miscarriage can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).

The study was published today in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.





UTHealth Houston associate professor aims to improve people’s lives in hometowns like her own

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, pictured with her husband, Troy, and stepdaughters, Abigail and Coral. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD).

October 12, 2021

San Diego, Texas is a quiet two-stoplight town with a strong history in agriculture, ranching, and oil and gas. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know neighbors, and people look out for one another. It’s also a place where health disparities are visible, and the hometown of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).



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