How do I make my clinic more autism-friendly?


Come learn from an expert in autism on how to recognize and intervene in autism early. Also, learn how to make accommodations and tangible shifts to make your clinic more inclusive to people with autism.

Cookies and Condoms for World AIDS Day


December 1st is World Aids Day. Please join UNTHSC Healthy Start on December 2nd in the MET from 11 am to 1 pm for cookies, and help raise AIDS awareness. Condoms provided by HELP Fort Worth. Contact Misty Wilder at with any questions.


Epoxyeicosatrienoic Acids (EETs) and Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase (sEH):A Journey from Physiology to Clinical Trials: GSBS Guest Speaker Dr. John Imig (December 4, 2019)


Epoxyeicosatrienoic Acids (EETs) and Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase (sEH):A Journey from Physiology to Clinical Trials: GSBS Guest Speaker Dr. John Imig (December 4, 2019)

Seminar Location: IREB-230 beginning at 10:00 am

John D. Imig is an accomplished scientist focused on cardiovascular and kidney diseases. He received his BA in Biology from Blackburn College and a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Louisville. John has been a faculty member at the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia before joining the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2008. Dr. Imig has demonstrated that a research laboratory can make significant basic science breakthroughs while also developing promising new drugs.

Throughout his career, Dr. Imig has emphasized scholarship through the publication of approximately 225 articles, original papers, editorials and reviews, and has presented approximately 90 national and international lectures and workshops. He holds four patents and has a number of other pending patent applications. John has successfully worked with biotechnology companies through research and licensing agreements to move drugs forward into clinical trials. Dr. Imig has received a number of distinguished awards including the Established Investigator Award and Lewis K. Dahl Memorial Lectureship from the American Heart Association and being named a Medical College of Wisconsin Eminent Scholar. John is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, Wisconsin Economic Development Commission, and the Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust.

The Imig laboratory is dedicated to understanding how certain fatty acids, known as eicosanoids, influence kidney and cardiovascular function. His team has advanced its findings through translational research and developed new eicosanoid-based drugs to potentially treat diseases including hypertension, stroke, heart attacks, diabetes, and kidney diseases.

“Intrinsic mechanisms of pancreatic repair”, GSBS MIG Guest Speaker Dr. Lisa Elferink


GSBS Guest Speaker Dr. Lisa Elferink will present “Intrinsic mechanisms of pancreatic repair” on Monday December 2.

Seminar location: LIB-110 beginning at 10 a.m.

Dr. Elferink completed her PHD at the University of Adelaide, South Australia in Biochemistry. She completed her postdoctoral training with Dr. Richard Scheller at Stanford University where she identified and published on “SNARES”, integral membrane proteins driving the calcium dependent fusion of membrane vesicles with their target membranes during neurotransmitter release. in 1993, she was recruited to Wayne State University, Michigan as an Assistant Professor where she established herself in the field of endocytosis with a particular emphasis on Rab GTPases as coordinators of vesicle traffic, and in the development of innovative receptor trafficking techniques. She joined the UTMB faculty in the now Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Anatomy in 2001, and assumed the role of Vice-Chair in 2008. Elferink’s research focused on the endocytic signaling of the Hepatocyte Growth Factor (MET) receptor function, with a focus on Pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.

Dr. Elferink has a strong track record in mentoring doctoral fellows and doctoral students many of the later completing successful postdocs at premier research institutions including Stanford, Mayo, UCSD, Univ. Michigan and UCLA. She has extensive educational experience in graduate and undergraduate medical teaching, including course directorships in the SOM Integrated Medical Curriculum at UTMB and more recently as Assistant Dean for Educational Affairs, overseeing the design, production, implementation and assessment of the preclinical foundational science courses in the SOM Integrated Medical Curriculum. At the National level she has served or chaired study sections/review panels for the NIH and NSF, more recently on an ad hoc basis.

“Molecular determinants of West Nile virus virulence and antigenicity.” GSBS Guest Speaker David Beasley, Ph.D. December 3, 2019


GSBS guest speaker David Beasley, Ph.D., presents results Molecular determinants of West Nile virus virulence and antigenicity.

Seminar Location: LIB-110 beginning at 10:00 am on December 3, 2019

Dr. David Beasley received a PhD in Life Sciences from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia in 1999 and is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. Research in his laboratory focuses on the molecular basis of virulence and antigenic variations between strains of West Nile virus and other flaviviruses. His lab’s wider research activities include studies related to the development of improved diagnostic and therapeutic reagents and vaccines for flaviviruses and other arboviruses. Dr. Beasley is the Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs for UTMB’s Institutional Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies where he oversees the implementation and operation of GLP-based quality systems to facilitate conduct of animal model development and efficacy studies at ABSL3/ABSL4 necessary to support future licensure of medical countermeasures for bio-defense and emerging disease agents under the FDA’s Animal Rule. He also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of UTMB’s Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences, is the Associate Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Vaccine Research, Evaluation and Training on Emerging Infectious Diseases, and is a former Co-Director of UTMB’s select agent BSL3 laboratories.

Lewis Library To Have Limited Service Hours For Thanksgiving Holiday – No Building Access on Thursday and Friday, Nov 28 & 29.


Lewis Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 28th and 29th. There will be no access to the Library, including 24-hour areas, from 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, the 27th, until 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, the 30th.

The Library will be open and staffed on Saturday the 30th from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and the 24-hour areas will be available Saturday night. Regular service hours will resume on Sunday at 10:00 A.M. For more information about services available during times of limited staffing, see For more information about Library hours, see

Campus HR Office Closing at 10a.m. Dec. 10th


The Campus HR Office will be closing at 10a.m. December 10, 2019 to attend the UNT System Chancellor’s Holiday Luncheon in Denton. Our office will reopen at 3:30p.m.

Campus HR Office Opening at 1p.m. Dec. 6th


The Campus HR Office will be closed Dec. 6th from 8a.m. – 1p.m. to attend the HR Quarterly Meeting in Denton.

Fitness Center Closed at 12:00pm on 11/27 – 12/1


The Fitness Center will close at 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 27, through Sunday, December 1st. The Fitness Center will reopen on Monday, December 2nd, at 6:00am.