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UH Startup Earns Commercialization Grant for New Technology

Thu, 22 Sep 2016

By None:: GuidaBot, LLC, a joint venture between the University of Houston and Fannin Innovation Studio, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop and commercialize a robotic manipulator designed to work within the powerful magnetic field of an MRI machine.


UH Releases 2016-17 National Commercial: ‘This Is Innovation’

Fri, 02 Sep 2016

By Shawn Lindsey


New Surgical Option for Breast Cancer Comes to the U.S.

Tue, 23 Aug 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Breast cancer patients in the U.S. will have a new surgical option for cancer detection thanks to a new device co-invented by a UH scientist. The Sentimag magnetic surgical guidance probe, which now has FDA approval and a distribution deal, will be used to locate early stage tumors that cannot yet be felt.


UH Biomedical Engineer Pursues Nerve Regeneration

Mon, 15 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A biomedical engineer from the University of Houston will use a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to determine how best to spur nerve regeneration in the nervous system.


Researchers Find Sex Worker Outreach Linked with Better Health Outcomes

Wed, 10 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Sex workers were more likely to regularly visit health clinics for testing and treatment of HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections after being approached by a peer outreach worker, according to research from the University of Houston.


UH Researchers are Pioneering Tools for Heart Regeneration

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Supported by grants from the American Heart Association, UH biologists have uncovered new regulators of heart formation that are easier to deliver into human bodies, and thus have a shorter path to clinical use. Their findings are published in the Aug. 8 early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Researchers Propose New Treatment to Prevent Kidney Stones

Mon, 08 Aug 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have found evidence that a natural fruit extract is capable of dissolving the most common component of human kidney stones, potentially the first advance in the treatment of calcium oxalate stones in 30 years.


Adolescent Depression in Girls Offset by Presence of 'Boomerang Fathers'

Tue, 02 Aug 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A study of the impact of “boomerang fathers” — those who cycle in and out of their children’s lives — found they provide a type of stability in a daughter’s life that staves off her depressive symptoms.


Lack of Sleep Increases a Child’s Risk for Emotional Disorders Later

Thu, 21 Jul 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Funded by a grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health, UH clinical psychologist Candice Alfano says children who experience inadequate or disrupted sleep are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders later in life.


New Superconducting Coil Improves MRI Performance

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A multidisciplinary research team led by University of Houston scientist Jarek Wosik has developed a high-temperature superconducting coil that allows magnetic resonance imaging scanners to produce higher resolution images or acquire images in a shorter time than when using conventional coils.


Latina Moms, Families at the Core of Grant to Graduate College of Social Work

Wed, 20 Jul 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A $500,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation will create the Latina Maternal and Family Health Center at UH, an academic -community partnership that joins forces with community agencies to serve children and families in need.


Fifth Annual Eye Expo at UH Offers Resources to the Visually Impaired

Mon, 11 Jul 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: A vision expo will be held at the UH College of Optometry July 30, addressing advocacy for the visually impaired in the community, workplace and government. The fifth-annual Houston Area Insight Expo is open to the public.


UH Researcher Pursues New Applications for “Hot” Electrons

Fri, 01 Jul 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Three years after his discovery of porous gold nanoparticles – gold nanoparticles that offer a larger surface area because of their porous nature – a University of Houston researcher is continuing to explore the science and potential applications.


Summer Camp Teaches the Skills of Wheelchair Rugby to Female Athletes

Mon, 27 Jun 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: Adaptive Athletics @ UH is hosting the Women’s Wheelchair Rugby Summer Camp at the University of Houston, July 7 – 10 at the UH Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The event emphasizes skills and game play settings, while it advances the sport for women.


UH School of Nursing Part of Initiative to Teach Safe Prescribing for Opioids

Wed, 15 Jun 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: The University of Houston School of Nursing is one of 191 nursing schools with advanced practice registered nursing programs joining an American Association of Colleges of Nursing initiative, pledging to educate future nurse practitioners on new CDC guidelines for safely prescribing opioids for chronic pain.


UH Research Targets Corneal Disease through Imaging, Analysis

Mon, 13 Jun 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A biomedical engineer at the University of Houston is developing new techniques to map the structural integrity of the human cornea, work that could lead to more effective therapies for degenerative corneal disease.


UH Students Travel to Havana to Study Public Health

Thu, 02 Jun 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: The summer starts in Havana, Cuba for 18 UH students. Their two-week study abroad experience will take them to the heart of Cuba to focus on public health. It’s part of the Graduate College of Social Work’s Latin American Study Abroad Initiative.


It Takes a Team to Tackle High-Needs Health Care Issues

Wed, 01 Jun 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A UH team of students from different health-related fields joins 30 teams across the country in a program to understand critical issues surrounding high-needs patients, or high-utilizing patients. They’re part of the 2016 Interprofessional Student Hotspotting Learning Collaborative.


How Long Have I Got? The Response May Influence Quality Care at End of Life

Tue, 31 May 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: The way in which bad news is communicated to patients at the end of their lives influences their quality of care. Researchers at the Graduate College of Social Work are examining the preferences of older Latinos with advanced cancer about receiving news on their prognosis.