Saving contact lens wearersA€A Ai sight motivates researcherA AfAos efforts

Acanthamoeba keratitis may be a mouthful, but for contact wearers the cost of the devastating condition can be loss of sight. The condition is almost always associated with contact lens use and is caused by amoebae invading the eye’s cornea, resulting in severe inflammation. Identifying causes for the condition and possible new treatments is the focus of research being conducted at the Health Science Center by Hassan Alizadeh, PhD, associate professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy.

Alizadeh researches several factors related to acanthamoeba keratitis – what predisposes the cornea to infection with this microorganism, how the immune system responds to the infection and which tissues of the cornea are involved in the infection process.

"The fundamental premise of our research is that no single therapeutic procedure is likely to be effective in the treatment of ongoing infection," Alizadeh said. "However, we hope a carefully selected and evaluated combination of procedures that collectively or synergistically interfere with each step of the pathogenic cascade targeting pathogenic molecules will lead to the production of an ‘anti-disease’ vaccine."

Alizadeh hopes to collaborate with other researchers at the Health Science Center in his work.

Recent News

7281bfad 8597 4cef 80de B58ea8a26ab5
  • Community
|Jun 10, 2024

North Texas Asthma Summit to improve asthma outcomes for children

Representatives from 10 North Texas organizations will come together Wednesday with one common goal in mind: improving health outcomes for children with poorly controlled asthma. The goal of the North Texas Asthma Summit is to develop community partnerships to help these children who frequently e...
Dobbs Headshot
  • Our People
|Jun 7, 2024

School of Health Professions welcomes three new staff members

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s School of Health Professions is excited to announce three new staff members in the dean’s office. Christa Lo, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, joins SHP as associate dean. In her role, she will assist in overseeing the school’s academic...
  • Our People
|Jun 6, 2024

TCOM Alumnus Dr. Frederick White receives the Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Service from the AOCR

In recognition of his outstanding leadership, dedication and service, Frederick E. White, DO, FAOCR, a 1977 graduate from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, was selected as the recipient of the American Osteopathic College ...
Hampton 5
  • On Campus
|Jun 5, 2024

Hampton University representatives visit HSC to build partnerships

A delegation of five representatives from Hampton University visited The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s campus on Friday. Hampton University is a private, historically Black university founded in 1868 in Hampton, Virginia. The group included President of Ham...