Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Investigating the link between sleep apnea and high blood pressure

When people with sleep apnea stop breathing at night, it’s no surprise that their blood pressure goes up. But what’s less well known is that it stays that way, long after one’s breathing returns to normal. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center want to figure out why and hope that discovery will lead to better... Read more »

Aug 10, 2015

Coming clean in a time of need

It was a no-brainer, they said. Students in one of UNT Health Science Center’s most rigorous programs saw working folks struggling – and fixed their problem. Here’s how it unfolded on a recent afternoon. Each new crop of Medical Sciences students, part of an intense 12-month master’s degree program, does a team-building exercise, traditionally a... Read more »

Jul 8, 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

Forster awarded Denham Harman Award for aging research

For more than three decades, Michael Forster, PhD, has studied ways to slow the aging process and help people live longer, healthier lives. In May, the American Aging Association will present Dr. Forster, Chair of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, with the Denham Harman Research Award. Named after the association’s co-founder, the award honors those who have... Read more »

May 7, 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

Research into nanoparticle delivery of cancer drugs receives CPRIT funding

A drug-delivery system that targets and destroys ovarian cancer cells is one step closer to improving the outcome for women diagnosed with the often deadly disease. A $742,000 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant will be used to strengthen research on the use of "good cholesterol" nanoparticles that can selectively shrink or... Read more »

Dec 18, 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

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