Health Institutes

Diane Hawley, PhD

New champions for elderly patients

By Jan Jarvis   As a pharmacist, Michelle Cefaretti dispenses medications to elderly patients every day. But when she wanted to do more to help her older patients and their caregivers, she didn’t know where to start. The Geriatric Practice Leadership Institute changed that. As part of the program, the JPS Magnolia Health Clinic pharmacist... Read more »

Jun 12, 2017

‘This just shouldn’t be happening’

By Jan Jarvis It was 4 a.m. when a very pregnant Nicole Purnell woke up in excruciating pain, weeks before her due date. When she arrived at the hospital, physicians couldn’t find her child’s heartbeat. “The next thing I remember was my OB slapping me on my legs and telling me to just keep breathing,”... Read more »

May 15, 2017

Med students discovering the value of lab research

By Jan Jarvis After spending the summer doing research on gestational hypertension, TCOM student Spencer Cushen changed his career plans. He still wants to be a physician, but now he plans to add a doctorate and possibly a master’s in public health. Doing research, he said, has helped him see the many benefits of pursuing... Read more »

Dec 20, 2016

Pest control

By Jeff Carlton and Jan Jarvis   At a glance The threat Mosquitos, ticks and other biting arthropods can transmit serious diseases to humans,    ranging from West Nile virus to Lyme disease. The response UNTHSC researchers are seeking better preventative agents and more effective monitoring systems to counter these nasty disease-carriers. The bottom line Because... Read more »

Dec 1, 2016

Hongli Wu

Could grapes be the ‘magic bullet’ for cataracts?

By Jan Jarvis   Grapes are more than sweet treats in the eyes of one UNT Health Science Center researcher, who is studying how the fruit can prevent cataracts. Whether they’re green, red or black, grapes appear to have significant health benefits, said Hongli Wu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and in the North... Read more »

Nov 21, 2016

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Video: Supporting eye research at UNT Health Science Center

The human eye is a complex and confounding organ that processes light, interprets shapes and allows us to see the world in all its beauty and variety. Diseases that damage and destroy eyesight can have a devastating effect on a person’s health, independence and quality of life. At UNT Health Science Center’s North Texas Eye... Read more »

Nov 18, 2016

katalin-prokai-tatrai

A potential ‘game changer’ for eye disease

By Jan Jarvis An eye drop that could prevent blindness caused by glaucoma is one step closer to becoming a reality. A novel pharmacological intervention to control retinal ganglion cell death caused by glaucoma is in preclinical development, said Katalin Prokai-Tatrai, PhD, Associate Professor in the Center for Neuroscience Discovery and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences... Read more »

Nov 8, 2016

Mao and Kettles

A gift to improve glaucoma care

By Jan Jarvis   Mike Kettles was in the Navy and about to deploy overseas when he learned during a physical that he had glaucoma. “I was young and I was shocked,” he said. “With glaucoma you don’t feel like anything is wrong – but it is.” He was prescribed eye drops, which helped dramatically.... Read more »

Nov 4, 2016

Interdisciplinary Research and Education Building

Breaking ground on UNTHSC’s future

By Jeff Carlton When it opens in 2018, the building going up along Camp Bowie Boulevard will be more than just the first new research facility at UNT Health Science Center in 14 years. Housed inside an exterior of precast concrete, limestone walls and glass panels will be a building whose very design reflects the... Read more »

Oct 24, 2016

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The multi-generational geriatrician

By Jan Jarvis   At a glance The trend Americans are living longer. The average life expectancy in the United States is now 78. The need By 2030, about 30,000 geriatricians will be needed to care for 21 million older Americans. It is projected that 30 percent of the 65-plus population will need to be... Read more »

Oct 7, 2016