Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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A generous boost to dementia researchBy: Alex Branch A generous estate gift from a longtime community volunteer whose family was impacted by dementia will establish a $3 million endowed chair to support groundbreaking research into Alzheimer’s disease and other translational research projects at UNT Health Science Center. Sid O’Bryant, PhD, Professor and Director of the Institute for Translational Research, will Read More »

Aug 2, 2019

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Day of service gives Medical Science students a sense of communityBy Jan Jarvis Before ever taking their first class, Medical Science students had donated 800 hours of service to the community at 11 area organizations. “In a single day, they made new friends and practiced all of our values,” said Carla Johnson, Executive Director of Student Services & Admissions in the Graduate School of Biomedical Read More »

Jun 18, 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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‘Missing in North Texas’ event helps families find closureBy Alex Branch  Gene and Helga Lukacsy will never forget the worry and sleepless nights after their son went missing in October 2016.   Anthony Lukacsy, 46, faced his share of life struggles and was homeless. But he always periodically checked in with family, even if just to ask for a little extra cash.  3rd Annual Read More »

May 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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Yorio honored for contributions to eye researchBy Jan Jarvis  As a young graduate student in the 1970s, Thomas Yorio attended his first Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting.  “There were about 400 abstracts presented then,” he said. Now it is more like 6,000.  Over four decades, ARVO grew into the largest gathering of eye and vision researchers in the Read More »

May 1, 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