News From the Texas Medical Center

The University of Houston System is a member of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world.


New Prostate Cancer Treatments Could Target Metabolism

Tue, 29 Sep 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: A UH researcher and his team were awarded nearly $2.3 million in funding from the NIH’s National Cancer Institute to find a more effective treatment for prostate cancer. The standard treatment methods in the advanced stage of the disease lose effectiveness after about one to two years.

'SMART Cougars Plus' Expands HIV, HCV Testing for Students

Wed, 23 Sep 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded the Graduate College of Social Work’s 'SMART Cougars' program a $900,000 grant to work with minority youth at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

UH Researchers Create Fatigue-free, Stretchable Conductor

Tue, 22 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have discovered a new stretchable, transparent conductor that can be folded or stretched and released at least 10,000 times without showing signs of fatigue, a crucial step in creating a new generation of foldable electronics – think a flat-screen television that can be rolled up for easy portability – and implantable medical devices.

UH Research Offers Clues about Why People End Therapy

Fri, 18 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers long have known many people end cognitive behavioral therapy before the recommended course of treatment has ended, but why that happens has remained something of a mystery. New research from the University of Houston suggests some answers.

UH Biomedical, Petroleum Engineering Programs Earn Accreditation

Fri, 04 Sep 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: The University of Houston’s petroleum engineering and biomedical engineering programs – the two newest for the Cullen College of Engineering – have been accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology, which focuses on college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

Promising Target for New Drugs Found in Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Mon, 24 Aug 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: UH researchers are on a mission to develop drugs to defeat pancreatic cancer. If successful, these drugs would allow physicians to prolong patient survival and, possibly, even eradicate this deadliest of cancers.

Smartphones, Hormones and Brain Drain: Time to Go Back to School

Thu, 13 Aug 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The countdown is on to a new school year. UH has experts to navigate and survive going back to school.

Whole Foods Community Giving Day Supporting UH

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

By Mike Emery:: Healthy Houstonians have long flocked to Whole Foods Market locations for groceries and wellness items. On Aug. 20, shoppers at the city’s Post Oak location will have an opportunity to support University of Houston initiatives focused on sustainability and healthy eating.

Helping Injured Children Walk, One Step at a Time

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: A University of Houston engineer has received funding to create a pediatric exoskeleton, designed to help children with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disorders walk.


Mon, 10 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever

Researchers Develop Advanced Cell Screening Technology for Cancer Immunotherapy

Mon, 10 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have created a new method for screening cells used in immunotherapy cancer treatments, allowing high-performing immune system cells to be studied in isolation and potentially expanding the number of patients for whom the breakthrough treatment proves successful.

SURF’s Up: Students Forgo Fun in Sun for Hands-on Research This Summer

Tue, 04 Aug 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Forgoing fun in the sun for serious research, a group of UH students have targeted solutions for Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, migraines and lymphoma this summer as part of an intensive, full-time fellowship program.

UH Health Leader Inducted into National Optometry Hall of Fame

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Longtime College of Optometry faculty member and UH administrator Earl L. Smith III, O.D., has been inducted to the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

UH Spinoff Recognized for Improving Breast Cancer Diagnostics

Tue, 23 Jun 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Co-founded by a UH researcher, cancer care company Endomag was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award.

UH Researchers Identify Less-Invasive Method for Kidney Diagnostics

Fri, 29 May 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: University of Houston researchers have identified a new, less-invasive method to provide diagnostic information on kidney disease and its severity.

UH Pharmacy Students Honored for Service, Clinical Skills

Wed, 20 May 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Pharmacy students wrapped up the spring semester with awards for excellence in professional service, clinical skills and disease management, earning kudos at the state level from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Homeless Youth in Houston: May 13 Presentation Reveals High Needs

Mon, 04 May 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The Graduate College of Social Work and the UTHealth School of Nursing will present the findings of the 2014 YouthCount 2.0! of homeless youth in Houston. The event is 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 at the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults.

UH Research: Healthy Mom = Healthy Family

Mon, 27 Apr 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: Research from the Department of Health and Human Performance gives us another reason to love Mom, even if it's not Mother's Day.

Stress and Obesity: Your Family Can Make You Fat

Mon, 06 Apr 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: A new study from the Department of Health and Human Performance and Texas Obesity Research Center suggests there is a relationship between long-term exposure to three specific types of family stressors and children becoming obese by the time they turn 18 years old.