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.


UH Researcher Recognized for Work in Crystal Engineering

Fri, 20 May 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A University of Houston chemical engineer has received the 2016 Owens Corning Early Career Award in recognition of his contributions to materials science and engineering.

Spreading the Word on Robotics

Thu, 19 May 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A robotics expert with the University of Houston will meet with members of Congress and other scientists next month to discuss the National Science Foundation’s National Robotics Initiative.

UH Commits to Healthier Campus Initiative

Thu, 19 May 2016

By Mike Emery:: From its dining halls to its recreation facilities, the University of Houston is working to make the campus a healthy place of higher learning. Soon, it will intensify its efforts through collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Engineering Student Wins NSF Research Fellowship

Mon, 02 May 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: A University of Houston student set to graduate this spring has been awarded a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation, propelling him toward a graduate degree in chemical engineering.

Pharmacy Camp Gives High School Students Chance to Explore Health Careers

Mon, 25 Apr 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: The UH College of Pharmacy offers a summer camp for junior and senior high school students to encourage teenagers interested in STEM to pursue professional pharmacy and other health and research careers.

Developing Tools to Screen Traumatic Brain Injury Therapies

Fri, 22 Apr 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: UH biologist Amy Sater will be developing a model for studying traumatic brain injury, thanks to a $386,000 grant from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation. Her research could one day lead to treatments that facilitate recovery.

Longtime UH Optometry Professor Selected Educator of the Year

Thu, 21 Apr 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: Longtime College of Optometry faculty member and UH administrator Roger Boltz was named Educator of the Year by the Texas Optometric Association for his dedication and hard work in furthering the profession and providing leadership during his longstanding tenure.

Newly Accredited UH Athletic Training Program Prepares Its First Graduates

Thu, 21 Apr 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: This May, 12 University of Houston students will proudly graduate with master’s degrees in athletic training. They are the first graduates of the program that began in 2014, and is now newly accredited.

Childhood Obesity, Malnutrition Connected to Mom's Perception of Child's Weight

Wed, 20 Apr 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A study from the Department of Health and Human Performance finds a child’s risk for obesity or malnutrition may be tied to the mother’s perception of her child’s weight. A key to understanding this may lie in how she regards her own weight status.

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

Wed, 13 Apr 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: A vision expo will be held at the UH College of Optometry April 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 Pharmacology Student to Present Research on Fragile X April 3

Fri, 01 Apr 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: UH College of Pharmacy student Luis Martinez earned a spot to present his research on the autism-linked genetic disorder Fragile X Syndrome at the 2016 Experimental Biology Meeting April 2-6 in San Diego.

$1 Million Grant from NASA Funds UH Research on Astronauts' Loss of Muscle Strength

Thu, 31 Mar 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: A $1 million grant from NASA will allow UH researchers to examine changes in astronauts’ muscle strength and function during extended space flights. Investigators want to know if the decline eventually levels off, a finding that would inform preparations for missions to Mars.

UH Student Appointed National Liaison for Optometry Student Organization

Wed, 30 Mar 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: With a track record of leadership dating back to high school, a second-year UH College of Optometry student recently was selected to serve as the national liaison of the American Optometric Student Association for the 2016-17 academic year.

Cancer-causing Gene Triggered by Alcohol May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Mon, 14 Mar 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: A University of Houston researcher and his team have discovered an important link between alcohol and breast cancer by identifying a cancer-causing gene triggered by alcohol.

UH Getting Second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building

Wed, 17 Feb 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: UH is getting a second Health and Biomedical Sciences Building that will be the new home of the College of Pharmacy and house a primary care center to serve faculty, student, staff and the surrounding community. A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held Feb. 29.

New Clinic Opens at UH for Adolescent, Family Counseling

Mon, 15 Feb 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: A new clinical research center at UH assesses and treats adolescents who struggle with emotional and relationship difficulties. The Adolescent Diagnosis, Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment Center aims to develop more effective tools to identify areas of difficulty for teens.

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Mon, 08 Feb 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research from the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient safety, is associated with an increase in the odds that the patients won’t return for future treatment.

Noted Genomics Researcher to Give 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture

Thu, 04 Feb 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Genomics researcher J. Craig Venter will present the 2016 Farfel Distinguished Lecture Feb. 8, the latest in a series of world-renowned scientists, artists and thinkers to deliver the University of Houston’s most prestigious lectureship.

Hospital's Missed Ebola Diagnosis Calls for 'Organizational Mindfulness'

Thu, 28 Jan 2016

By Marisa Ramirez:: In 2014, a Texas hospital treated and released a man who later became the first Ebola victim diagnosed in the U.S. The Hobby Center for Public Policy’s “White Paper Series” examines those events in “The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Ebola Crisis: A Perfect Storm of Human Errors, System Failures and Lack of Mindfulness.”