Research

Children continue mother’s legacy with Alzheimer’s research gift

More than 40 years ago, Jareen Schmidt founded the J.E.S. Edwards Foundation to support issues dear to her heart, such as health and wellness in Fort Worth. So when Alzheimer’s disease required her to transfer Foundation leadership duties to her children, they knew how to continue her legacy. The foundation made a gift to advance... Read more »

Jul 20, 2015

Stopping a disabling eye disease

What if you couldn’t see well enough to drive, read or cook, or even recognize the face of your child or best friend? That happens to many people who have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). About 15 million Americans have the disease, according to the American Society of Retina Specialists. AMD is the No. 1 reason... Read more »

Jul 17, 2015

A wider window for treating stroke

When someone has a stroke, there’s a very narrow window – three hours or less –when the drug tPA can be used to dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow. But few people benefit from this treatment because they don’t get care fast enough, said Shaohua Yang, PhD, MD, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. By... Read more »

Jul 8, 2015

Is there a testosterone link to Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease affects more men than women, but no one knows why. Understanding what puts men at a two- to-three times greater risk of this progressive neurological disorder, best known for causing tremors, could shed light on this condition and one day lead to medications to treat it, said Rebecca Cunningham, PhD, Assistant Professor of... Read more »

Jun 19, 2015

Research seeks way to block euphoria associated with cocaine use

Research underway at UNT Health Science Center could lead to a medication to treat cocaine addiction. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug, and about 80 percent of cocaine abusers relapse six months after leaving a rehabilitation facility.  A medication that could block the effects of cocaine might be useful as part of a rehabilitation program.... Read more »

May 28, 2015

Guidelines bring Alzheimer’s blood test one step closer

A simple blood test to detect early Alzheimer’s disease is a step closer to being used to screen older adults. Detailed standardized guidelines that are needed before a blood test could be used in practice have been published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The guidelines establish protocols and reflect the continued efforts of an international working... Read more »

May 20, 2015

Grant to aid cancer treatment research

An experimental vaccine gave Carley Rutledge the chance to live a full life after Ewing’s sarcoma nearly took it away when she was 15. Now 20, she’s a college student studying conservation biology and chemistry. The same positive outlook could one day be shared by other young adult cancer survivors thanks to research being conducted... Read more »

May 14, 2015

With support from NIH, efforts to diversify biomedical workforce begin at UNTHSC

A national effort to increase the number of researchers from underrepresented minority backgrounds in the biomedical and behavioral workforce is beginning to take shape after a recent meeting at UNT Health Science Center. A kickoff meeting for the newly formed National Research Mentoring Network featured the project’s four principal investigators -including UNTHSC’s Jamboor K. Vishwanatha,... Read more »

Jan 27, 2015

A more effective way to identify elder abuse

Elder abuse is a largely hidden problem, but one that impacts a growing number of America’s aging population. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 500,000 older adults are abused or neglected in the U.S. each year. To address this growing public health concern, researcher Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH,... Read more »

Jan 5, 2015

Schmoozing with a purpose

Faculty from the School of Public Health (SPH), Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Texas Prevention Institute took networking to a new level when they recently hosted a UNT Health Science Center "Research Schmooze" at Mama’s Pizza. Almost 30 professors connected to discuss their research interests and opportunities for collaboration on future projects and grant... Read more »

Dec 19, 2014