Helping amputees live more mobile lives

After diabetes took part of her left leg, Jackie Smith, 66, worried whether she would ever regain her mobility with a prosthetic foot that felt stiff and awkward. But her experience wearing a more technologically advanced prosthesis under the eye of Nicoleta Bugnariu, PhD, PT, has the Arlington amputee imagining an independent future. “I can... Read more »

Dec 11, 2014

Link between high testosterone levels and aggression in male Alzheimer’s patients?

Having higher levels of testosterone could increase the risk for aggression, hallucinations and other acting-out behaviors in men who already have Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have found that having lower testosterone levels increased the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, said Dr. James Hall, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. "But once someone already has Alzheimer’s, higher... Read more »

Dec 2, 2014

Hope to erase the blurry vision of age

Ever held a newspaper at arm’s length to read the fine print? Then you might benefit from the development of eye drops that literally could change the way some 100 million Americans see. The drops were developed by Encore Vision with support from the Tech Fort Worth-UNT Health Science Center Accelerator Lab. They treat presbyopia,... Read more »

Dec 1, 2014

Controlling diabetes with help from a higher power

Dr. Heather Kitzman-Ulrich and Leilani Dodgen Religious faith promotes spiritual health, but can it also influence physical well-being? That’s a question UNT Health Science Center researchers seek to answer by teaming with pastors at churches in southern Dallas County to test the effectiveness of obesity and diabetes prevention curriculums that include faith-based components. The five-year... Read more »

Nov 25, 2014

UNTHSC to join effort to diversify biomedical workforce

  Dr. Jamboor K. Vishwanatha Dr. Harlan Jones UNT Health Science Center, in partnership with four other institutions, is designing a mentoring network for researchers from underrepresented backgrounds as part of a national effort to diversify the biomedical workforce. UNTHSC – along with Boston College, University of Wisconsin, Morehouse School of Medicine and University of... Read more »

Oct 22, 2014

Research seeks to disrupt the perfect storm that increases risk of Alzheimer’s

The combination of testosterone, sleep apnea and oxidative stress may work together to promote brain inflammation and put men at a greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the hypothesis that Rebecca Cunningham, PhD, hopes to prove with the help of a $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer’s Association. "Alone, sleep apnea may influence... Read more »

Oct 10, 2014

Guidelines established for use in clinical trials of Alzheimer’s blood test

Researchers have moved a step closer to making a simple blood test to detect early Alzheimer’s disease available for screening older adults. The first standardized guidelines for the collection of blood to test for early Alzheimer’s disease have been established by an international working group led by UNT Health Science Center. These guidelines are needed... Read more »

Oct 2, 2014

NIH grant will help researchers tackle aging-related diseases

As the so-called silver tsunami sweeps the country, the demand for ways to treat age-related diseases is growing dramatically. A $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help UNT Health Science Center train researchers to meet the needs of the country’s aging population. "This grant is a key to re-supplying the research... Read more »

Jul 7, 2014

Public Health professor named to select scholars program

Brad Cannell, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, has been selected as one of 50 participants in this year’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams Scholars Program for emerging researchers. The highly competitive program – formerly called the Summer Institute on Aging Research – will be held... Read more »

Jul 1, 2014

Seed grants help research grow

Triple-negative breast cancer is often aggressive and difficult to treat, making the need for effective therapies all the more urgent. With the help of a $25,000 UNT Health Science Center seed grant, Alakanada Basu, PhD, is laying the groundwork for just such a therapy that could one day improve the outlook for those with a... Read more »

Jul 1, 2014