About the Health Institutes

The environment in academic health centers — funding, competitiveness, efficiency and accountability — is rapidly changing. Amid this shifting academic landscape, UNT Health Science Center is transitioning from a traditional department-based structure to an  Institutes-based structure that will more effectively align our research and education endeavors.

Health Institutes are the infrastructure that will support multidisciplinary teams of UNTHSC researchers and educators focused on solving the biggest health problems facing Texas, and position UNTHSC as an innovative leader among academic health centers for the future.

“This transition is part of an extraordinary time of change at UNTHSC. Our Institutes and Centers will allow us to focus our university’s greatest strengths on solving the most complex medical problems — and fulfill our mission of being the team of choice for education, discovery and health care.”

Glenn Dillon, PhD, Vice Provost for Health Institutes

Meet the team

Glenn Dillon

Glenn Dillon, PhD
Vice Provost for Health Institutes
Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Dr. Dillon oversees the university’s Institutes and Centers. Prior to rejoining UNTHSC in June 2015, Dr. Dillon served as Vice President for Health Sciences Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. He began his academic career at UNTHSC, where he advanced through positions as faculty member, Associate Vice President for Research (2004-2008) and Vice President for Research (2008-2011).

Peggy Smith Barbaro

Peggy Smith-Barbaro,  PhD
Special Advisor to the Vice Provost
Associate Professor

Prior to rejoining UNTHSC in July of 2016, Dr. Smith-Barbaro was the Assistant Dean of Research for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. During her 17 years at UNTHSC she held several key positions aimed at growing the research infrastructure. She has played an integral role in the University’s seed grant program, medical student and resident research training programs and research education conferences, including the University’s annual Research Appreciation Day.

 Nancy Gurgainious

Nancy Gurganious
Senior Executive Assistant


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