Dr. Thomas Yorio receives outpouring of praise and admiration

June 27, 2014

Words of admiration for a distinguished scientist whose career has spanned four decades filled Luibel Hall as faculty, staff and students honored Thomas Yorio, PhD, recipient of the prestigious Barany Prize.

Dr. Yorio, Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, will receive the award from the International Society for Eye Research in July.

At the recognition ceremony, UNT Health Science Center President Dr. Michael Williams, DO, MD, MBA,  honored Dr. Yorio for his outstanding accomplishments and the many contributions to research he has made over his career.

"Congratulations on receiving this great award," he said in a pre-recorded video. "We are so proud of you."

The Ernest H. Barany Prize is given every two years in recognition of a scientist’s contributions to research that have increased the understanding of ocular pharmacology directly related or applicable to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or related retinal diseases.

"This is indeed a distinction," said Meharvan "Sonny" Singh, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Abe Clark, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Immunology and Director of the North Texas Eye Research Institute, also spoke of Dr. Yorio’s many contributions to the advancement of eye research, saying, "What a great honor for him to be recognized."

After thanking the audience for the outpouring of well wishes, Dr. Yorio expressed his gratitude to the many people, including his wife, who have supported his work over the years. He ended by presenting the same lecture on corticosteroids and glaucoma that he will deliver at the XXI Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research.

"Science is a complex series of puzzles, and our job is trying to put the right pieces together," he said. "Thank you to those who help me solve the puzzles – students, postdocs, technicians and faculty."

Dr. Andrew Yockey
Under the influence: More adults over 65 driving after drinking or drug use

By Sally Crocker An estimated 3% of adults over age 65 are driving under the influence of alcohol, according to one of the first research studies to delve into an emerging national concern. Experts said this statistic is especially worrisome given that older Americans are already mo...Read more

Sep 22, 2021

New Logo Hsc Install On February 16th On Ead Building.
Inaugural Garth N. Graham Distinguished Lectureship Award spotlights trailblazers who are advancing health equity

By Diane Smith-Pinckney The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) is joining the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (SHLI), and YouTube in celebrating the first recipient of the Garth N. Graham Distinguished Lectureship Aw...Read more

Sep 16, 2021

TCOM Academic Student Navigator, Paloma Bermudez, MS
Hispanic Heritage Month offers history lessons while celebrating diversity

By Diane Smith-Pinckney For Alex Fernandez, connecting with his Cuban-American roots is a lifelong lesson.  “The more I learn, the more I appreciate where I came from,” said Fernandez, a Student Services Coordinator in the Office of Care and Civility at The University of North Texas...Read more

Sep 16, 2021

Jeremy Joseph, Assistant Director for the Office of Care and Civility at HSC.
At HSC, saving lives means making suicide everyone’s business

By Diane Smith-Pinckney Every 11 minutes there is a death by suicide in the United States.  In 2019, more than 47,500 people died of suicide and 1.4 million attempted suicide, according to statistics gathered by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Experts at The Univ...Read more

Sep 10, 2021