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


Eye Expo Connects Visually Impaired with Resources to Maintain Independence

Thu, 16 Feb 2017

By Lisa Merkl:: A vision expo Saturday, March 4 at the UH College of Optometry will offer exhibits, programming and workshops for Houston’s visually impaired community on maintaining independence. The event is open to the public and will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building. This is the sixth year UH is hosting the Houston Area Insight Expo, which is sponsored by the Houston Area Visually Impaired Network.

Give the Gift of Health This Holiday Season

Thu, 22 Dec 2016

By None:: Amid the holiday festivities, families can sneak in healthy activities without missing the fun, says Norma Olvera, a University of Houston College of Education professor who specializes in health education.

UH Team Wins $50,000 to Learn How to Start Innovative Food Safety Business

Mon, 28 Nov 2016

By None:: A team from the UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management is working to bring innovative smartphone/tablet based food safety training tools to full commercialization.

People Power: Technology Allows Smartphone-based Water Testing

Tue, 08 Nov 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Ever wondered what’s in the neighborhood pond? Technology developed by researchers at the University of Houston will allow you to test for waterborne pathogens by using your smartphone.

University of Houston Launches Institute to Address Health Disparities

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

By Lisa Merkl:: With a mission to improve public health, the University of Houston’s new HEALTH Research Institute will focus on making improvements within communities that bear a disproportionate burden of disease and who are oftentimes disenfranchised, marginalized or underserved.

Researchers Report Invention of Glucose-Sensing Contact Lens

Tue, 27 Sep 2016

By Jeannie Kever:: Blood testing is the standard option for checking glucose levels, but a new technology could allow non-invasive testing via a contact lens that samples glucose levels in tears.

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.