Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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UNTHSC celebrates veteran students for ‘a life of service’By Diane Smith Marine sniper and doctor don’t appear to be similar careers, but former U.S. Marine Sgt. Jonathan Sweeny sees two jobs that both serve to protect. A sniper’s work includes keeping watch from distant, concealed positions over both military members and civilians. Sweeney, who served as a sniper, said he viewed this role Read More »

Nov 12, 2019

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Researcher Rebecca Cunningham named a Great Woman of TexasBy Jan Jarvis Take the scenic route. That’s the advice that Dr. Rebecca Cunningham gives young researchers starting their careers. Despite a few bumps in the road – including a cancer diagnosis – Dr. Cunningham has managed to take her own advice. She encourages others to take their time finding their passion. “Do not be Read More »

Oct 31, 2019

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National Research Mentoring Network helps young researchers meet their goalsBy Jan Jarvis  Doctoral student Amanda Roberts knew where she wanted to go with her career, but she was uncertain how to get there. “I hoped to get to the right people, but I didn’t know the ins and outs of the National Institutes of Health, and cold-calling didn’t seem to be the way to Read More »

Oct 24, 2019

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Vishwanatha receives Presidential Award for mentoring workBy Jan Jarvis Regents Professor Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, is one of three educators in the state and 15 nationwide who have been named recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Dr. Vishwanatha, Vice President and Principal Investigator for the National Research Mentoring Network and Director of the Texas Center Read More »

Oct 17, 2019

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Researcher studies the impact of space on the human eyeBy Jan Jarvis Vision loss is one of the risks astronauts face when they return from space flights. Called Spaceflight Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome or SANS, the condition is characterized by swelling in the optic nerve head. Other ocular abnormalities of SANS include flattening of the back of the eye, vascular changes and decreased near vision. Read More »

Jun 14, 2019

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Neurobiology symposium will feature predoctoral fellows’ workBy Jan Jarvis As a predoctoral fellow in 2012, Nicole Phillips presented her research on genetic variants associated with Alzheimer’s disease at the Neurobiology of Aging Trainee Symposium. Seven years later, Dr. Phillips will watch the predoctoral fellow she is mentoring present her own work. “This is the cumulative event of the year for fellows,” Read More »

May 9, 2019

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Students and residents present research prowess in RAD poster displaysBy Jan Jarvis The CT scan of a 22-pound mass in the abdomen of a young woman was hard to miss in a room spilling over with research posters. To illustrate just how large the mass was, third-year Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine student Julie Bunyard pulled out a tape measure and showed that the Read More »

Apr 3, 2019

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Researchers examining if exercise can slow Parkinson’sBy Jan Jarvis Army veteran RJ Hillman is learning to cope with personality changes that followed a mild traumatic brain injury six years ago in Afghanistan. More troubling is what may be ahead. There is growing evidence that even a mild traumatic brain injury can increase the risk for Parkinson’s disease by 56 percent, said Read More »

Feb 20, 2019

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Symposium focuses on cardiovascular and brain health in womenBy Jan Jarvis  The first annual Women’s Cardiovascular and Brain Health Symposium underscores the need for more biomedical research that addresses unique differences between the sexes.  The event, which will include oral and poster presentations on research, will be held Friday in the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library and is sponsored by the Department Read More »

Feb 20, 2019

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A possible hidden reason for ventilator-associated pneumoniaBy: Jan Jarvis Surgical patients who need ventilators to breathe face heightened risks for pneumonia, but detecting the bacteria that might be causing the infection can be complicated. One reason for the confusion is that bacteria that appear on cultures of the lungs, often labeled “normal respiratory tract flora,” are considered harmless. But they’re not Read More »

Dec 19, 2018