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‘This has been my home.’ Associate dean leaving HSC after nearly 38 years of special memories.By Diane Smith When Patricia Gwirtz, PhD, FACC, FAHA, retires from her post as Associate Dean of Education at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on June 30, she leaves the campus with bragging rights – she has taught physiology to every medical student since 1982. Dr. Gwirtz also taught every student in the physician Read More »

Jun 29, 2020

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price to HSC students, faculty: ‘Give yourself a pat on the back’By Diane Smith Students and faculty volunteers from The University of North Texas Health Center at Fort Worth were recognized by Mayor Betsy Price for establishing the first community-based COVID-19 testing site in the city. “To all of you, you need to reach back and give yourself a pat on the back,” Price said during Read More »

Jun 12, 2020

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PGA golfers to recognize HSC at Charles Schwab ChallengeBy Alex Branch Welcome to the HSC team, Justin Thomas and Harold Varner III. The PGA golfers will honor University of North Texas Health Science Center Medical Student Kristina Fraser and Center for Geriatrics Director Dr. Janice Knebl on June 11-14 at the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth. Thomas’ caddie will wear a Read More »

Jun 11, 2020

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HSC Professor to chair a national group on the impact of COVID-19By Jan Jarvis Dr. Yasser Salem, Professor of Physical Therapy, has been appointed to chair a national group that will focus on identifying the impact of COVID-19 on children with disability, their families and professionals working with them. He will lead a work group created by the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the American Read More »

Jun 8, 2020

Rand Horsman
Rand Horsman receives Founders’ Medal for his contributions to HSCBy Jan Jarvis After a day on the golf course, participants in the Rand Horsman Scholarship Golf Tournament would leave with more than the sense of satisfaction from a game well played. They were inspired. The event’s namesake, Rand Horsman, would always say a few words, and his passion for helping other would shine through, Read More »

May 29, 2020

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Dr. Claire Peel leaves HSC with a legacy of innovative leadershipBy Jan Jarvis To some, Dr. Claire Peel is best known for bringing her therapy dog Luke to campus and introducing The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth to the therapeutic benefits of pets. But to many, she is nationally recognized as a talented researcher and educator. Since joining HSC in Read More »

May 12, 2020

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Wagner named Distinguished Alumna by TCUBy Jan Jarvis Teresa Wagner hoped to thank the many people who helped her throughout her life in person during a luncheon honoring her as the recipient of the Texas Christian University Distinguished Alumni award. But Covid-19 changed her plans. “I would love to list everyone here as I had intended to do at the Read More »

Apr 1, 2020

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HSC professor among international researchers using stem cells to combat COVID-19 pneumoniaBy Diane Smith When news of the coronavirus emerged from Wuhan, China, Kunlin Jin, PhD, and a team of international researchers quickly joined forces to fight the mysterious disease. Dr. Jin relied on his more than 20 years of knowledge about stem cells to work with an international team driven to save lives. He used Read More »

Mar 13, 2020

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Pharmacy faculty member appointed to prestigious specialty postBy Diane Smith Dr. Caitlin Gibson is a pharmacist, but when she manages medications, her workspace isn’t behind a drugstore counter – it’s the cardiovascular unit of a North Texas hospital. “There’s no mandate that pharmacists have to be involved in a multi-disciplinary team, but it’s really where we are trying to push the profession,” Read More »

Mar 12, 2020

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Dr. Erika Thompson honored with prestigious early-career research awardBy Sally Crocker Erika Thompson, PhD, MPH, was first drawn to science in the seventh grade, when her class watched and reflected on the docudrama film And the Band Played On, based on a book about people, politics and the AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s. The HSC Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Read More »

Mar 6, 2020