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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.


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.

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.