Editor’s Picks

A better way to treat back pain

By Jan Jarvis   Almost everyone suffers low back pain at some point in their lives. The question is how to relieve it. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center are working to find the answer. By analyzing the DNA of low back pain sufferers, the goal is to uncover which patients are most likely to... Read more »

Sep 21, 2017

Goldman Scholar

Goldman scholarship ‘means the world’ to driven student

By Jan Jarvis   Sarah Edwards has always ridden her bicycle everywhere – to high school classes and later college, to part-time jobs and everywhere else. She has no driver’s license and few options. “We’ve never really had a car,” Edwards said. “But that didn’t stop me because I’ve always been very self-driven.” That ambition... Read more »

Sep 20, 2017

UNTHSC launches Alzheimer’s study

By Jan Jarvis   One of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted in the United States involving Mexican-Americans and Alzheimer’s disease is underway at UNT Health Science Center. The goal is to answer a consequential question: Why do Hispanics develop cognitive loss and Alzheimer’s disease almost a decade earlier than other ethnic groups?... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

A passion for public health

By Sally Crocker The School of Public Health was in its infancy when Lilly Ramphal-Naley, MD, MPH, joined as adjunct faculty in 2000. The school had been officially founded just one year before at UNT Health Science Center. Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health was still a year away. But since those... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

Students transform seniors’ lives with art and music

By Cari Hyden   Mrs. Jones, a resident at Westmore Senior Living, wouldn’t leave her room and spent her days largely “staring at the walls.” But a class led by a UNTHSC student transformed her life and added a spark to the lives of many more Westmore Senior Living residents. Flora Park, a Medical Sciences... Read more »

Sep 14, 2017

Better outcomes for underserved patients

By Sally Crocker   A team of graduates from UNT Health Science Center’s School of Public Health (SPH) is working toward improved patient outcomes in treatment and prevention of cancer, diabetes, maternal/child health and infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Rohit Ojha, DrPH (SPH ’10), was recruited last year to establish and lead... Read more »

Sep 12, 2017

Lesa B. Roe

Lesa Roe named UNT System Chancellor

  The University of North Texas System Board of Regents has selected Lesa Roe, Acting Deputy Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as its new Chancellor. Ms. Roe’s formal selection was approved by the board on September 8. “Lesa Roe is a change agent and that’s what excites me about her arrival... Read more »

Sep 8, 2017

Supportive community helps TCOM Class of 2019 excel

By Alex Branch   The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Class of 2019 earned the highest scores on a national board exam since the medical school expanded in 2011. The students achieved a 99.1 percent pass rate and a mean test score of 594 on the COMLEX-USA Level 1 exam administered by the National Board... Read more »

Sep 6, 2017

Hurricane Harvey increases public health threat from mosquitoes

By Alex Branch   Floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey are expected to remain in southeast Texas for some time. Among the public health concerns is how stagnant water could impact the mosquito population and potential transmission of associated diseases. UNT Health Science Center’s medical entomologist Joon Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the... Read more »

Aug 31, 2017

Vets and pets play key role during disaster response

By Alex Branch   Among the many lessons from Hurricane Katrina was that the bond between humans and animals cannot be ignored during disaster response. With no plan by emergency responders to account for household pets during rescues 12 years ago, many families refused to board helicopters, boats or buses without their beloved household pets.... Read more »

Aug 29, 2017