Virtual Symposium for the Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease – June 30, 2020


Virtual Symposium for the Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
9:30 AM – 12 PM

Presentations by National Institute on Aging Ruth L. Kirschstein Institutional National Research Service Award T32 Fellows under the stewardship of Nathalie Sumien, Ph.D. and Michael Forster, Ph.D. from the Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience.

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The National Institute on Aging

Elizabeth Baker

Schedule: 10-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session.
9:30 AM – Nathalie Sumien, Ph.D.
Opening Remarks

9:40 AM – Holden Hemingway
Mentor: Steven Romero, Ph.D.
“Effect of acute leg heating on circulating endothelin-1 in aged humans”

9:52 AM – Jessica Proulx
Mentor: Kathleen Borgmann, Ph.D.
“ER-associated regulation of astrocyte mitochondrial function during METH”

10:04 AM – Danielle Reid
Mentor: Nicole Philips, Ph.D.
“Investigating oxidative damage: Implications in cognitive and metabolic phenotypes of Alzheimer’s Disease in the Mexican American population”

10:16 AM – Navita Lopez
Mentors: Abe Clark, Ph.D. & Tara Tovar-Vidales, Ph.D.
“Growth factor signaling and miRNA is expression in ONH cells”

10:28 AM – Garen Anderson
Mentor: Caroline Rickards, Ph.D.
“White Mountain Expedition 2019: Peaks and Valleys – Oscillatory cerebral blood flow at high altitude”

10:40 AM – Courtney Hall
Mentor: John Planz, Ph.D.
“Taking the bait: A PCR-free enrichment strategy for assessing base modifications using MinION nanopore sequencing”

10:52 AM- Delaney Davis
Mentor: Nathalie Sumien, Ph.D.
“The short-term cognitive consequences of chronic methamphetamine administration in young male and female mice”

11:04 AM -Pinkal Patel
Mentor: Gulab Zode, Ph.D.
“Impaired TRPV4-eNOS signaling in trabecular meshwork contributes to elevation of intraocular pressure in glaucoma”

11:16 AM – Joseph Malaer
Mentor: Porunelloor Mathew, Ph.D.
“Colon Cancer Stem Cells Escape NK Cell Effector Function”

11:28 AM – Dianna Nguyen
Mentor: Thomas Cunningham, Ph.D.
“Role of Estrogen Receptors in Sex Differences in Arginine Vasopressin Release in a Model of Hyponatremia.”

11:40 AM – Michael Forster, Ph.D.
Closing Remarks

Lost Research Money During COVID? We Can HELP! Division of Research & Innovation Offers Research Kickstart Program


The Division of Research and Innovation is offering a Research Kickstart Program to aid investigators in restarting research programs put on hiatus due to COVID-related closures. Awards are available to partially cover unexpected costs directly resulting from COVID-related closures and restrictions on research activities. The program will be offered in conjunction with each phase of the HSC Research Recovery Plan.

The Research Kickstart Program is an intramural program open to tenured and tenure-track faculty at the HSC. Eligible projects include those from all fields of research at the HSC that were active or in no-cost extension as of March 2, 2020.

To request support during phase I of the HSC Research Recovery Plan, applications can be submitted beginning June 10 at the HSC InfoReady website and will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 31, subject to the availability of funds. Applications will be reviewed on roughly a weekly basis and investigators can expect feedback within 10-14 days of submitting a complete application.

Learn more about HSC Research Recovery Plan here:

Apply here:

Please contact Jamie Barnhart for any questions at

OneUniversity Studio now open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays *by appointment only*


We are happy to announce that the OneUniversity studio is now open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays! To book your time in the studio for your project, please send an email to or send an email one of the videographers (Stephen McBroom or Felipe Monjaras) as per usual.

To make sure that we limit the exposure to COVID-19, we have a cleaning schedule that us videographers adhere to, and there are a few entry and usage guidelines that have to be followed:
– Please wear disposable gloves and mask at all times. You can remove the mask while you’re recording if you wish
– Keep the 6’ rule at all times
– A maximum of 4 people (including the videographer) are allowed in the studio
– Please be on time, do not come early. We do not allow waiting in the hallway, due to possible exposure with others
– Do not touch any of the studio gear (except videographers). This minimizes exposure
– High touch surfaces such as door handles, keyboard, mouse and the height adjustable desk will be cleaned after every use.
– Be aware that the soft surface chairs in the Cozy corner is limited to 2 people only (and they have to be at least 6’ apart)
– Hand sanitizer and Clorox cleaning wipes will also be made available

We will also post signs with entry and usage guidelines along with the cleaning schedule that will be posted outside and inside the studio. Please let us know if you wish to have a copy of the complete entry and usage guidelines document.

*The library remains closed. For entry, meet your videographer at your appointment time at the freight elevator on the ground floor of the library by the clinic parking garage.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to


Retirement Reception for Terry Rogers


Join us for a retirement celebration honoring Terry Rogers, 19 years of serve at UNTHSC. The reception will be held on Tuesday, June 30th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in IREB Cafe.

Low Back Pain Research Registry


We invite you to join our research registry for people with low back pain. To enroll in the PRECISION Pain Research Registry, you will be asked to answer questions approximately every three months. All study encounters may be completed electronically. You will be asked to provide a one-time saliva sample for analysis of DNA and other biomarkers. Due to COVID-19 emergency, we will only enroll remotely and the saliva sample will be required at a later date. You will be compensated for your time. You must be between the ages of 21 years and 79 years, and may not be pregnant to enroll in this registry. To learn more, please call 817-735-5410, or email us at You may also click here to complete an online screening to see if you qualify to enroll in the registry. We look forward to hearing from you.

June is Cataract Awareness Month – North Texas Eye Research Institute


June is Cataract Awareness Month – North Texas Eye Research Institute

A cataract is a cloudy area in the lens of your eye. Cataracts are very common as you get older. In fact, more than half of all Americans age 80 or older either have cataracts or have had surgery to get rid of cataracts.

At first, you may not notice that you have a cataract. But over time, cataracts can make your vision blurry, hazy, or less colorful. You may have trouble reading or doing other everyday activities.

The good news is that surgery can get rid of cataracts. Cataract surgery is safe and corrects vision problems caused by cataracts.

Symptoms of cataracts:
• Your vision is cloudy or blurry
• Colors look faded
• You can’t see well at night
• Lamps, sunlight, or headlights seem too bright
• You see a halo around lights
• You see double (this sometimes goes away as the cataract gets bigger)
• You have to change the prescription for your glasses often

Your risk for cataracts goes up as you get older. You’re also at higher risk if you:
• Have certain health problems, like diabetes
• Smoke
• Drink too much alcohol
• Have a family history of cataracts
• Have had an eye injury, eye surgery, or radiation treatment on your upper body
• Have spent a lot of time in the sun
• Take steroids

You can take steps to protect your eyes and delay cataracts:
• Wear sunglasses and a hat with a brim to block the sun
• Quit smoking
• Eat healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables — especially dark, leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens
• Get a dilated eye exam


For more information on cataracts and other eye health topics, visit

TCHD Conference Presentations Available Here!


Thank you to all of our Panelists and Speakers who presented their research projects at the 15th Annual Conference for Health Disparities. We appreciate everyone’s hard work and the attendance of students and community members. A special thank you to the support provided by the HSC Leadership.

Please see the link to learn more about the research presented.

Save the Date for the 2021 TCHD Conference: ‘Community Approaches to Health Equity’