CONTAIN study on convalescent plasma published in JAMA

COVID-19 convalescent plasma showed a likely benefit for patients early in the pandemic before remdesivir and corticosteroids were in use, according to results of a landmark study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that included physician-scientists at UTHealth Houston. UTHealth Houston…


New study examines use of reusable EHMRs

A team of researchers, led by Luis Ostrosky, MD, professor of infectious diseases and vice chair for Healthcare Quality, is seeking 100 UTHealth and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) healthcare workers to participate in a CDC-funded study. The study examines…


New director named for ID

Following a national search, David McPherson, MD, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, has announced Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, MD as the new director of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Effective Feb. 15, Ostrosky-Zeichner has taken on the division director role…


Reflecting on the coronavirus one year later

One year ago, on Feb. 5, 2020, Bob Emery, DrPH, UTHealth vice president of Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management, convened and moderated a panel of regional experts on the topic of a dynamic and nascent emergency, the novel coronavirus…


One step closer: UTHealth vaccinating front-line employees with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and is in the process of inoculating its front-line workers. Members of the UTHealth community have started to receive the first dose of the vaccine,…


McGovern students create COVID-19 digest

McGovern Medical Students from the Infectious Disease Interest Group have created the “Weekly Digest of COVID-19 Guidelines,” an electronic newsletter to help health care professionals and students at UTHealth stay abreast of the latest information regarding best practices in COVID-19…


Young Houston woman recovers from COVID-19 after participation in two UTHealth clinical trials

Heba Hajjar, 23, recovered from COVID-19 after participating in two clinical trials through UTHealth while in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. She was so weak she couldn’t move or sit up in bed. She was…


Planes, trains and automobiles: reducing the risks of traveling this summer

After enduring more than two months of quarantine, businesses and institutions are reopening, spurring summer travel plans to satisfy the urge to escape confinement. But is it safe to travel with the threat of COVID-19 still lingering? Experts at UT Physicians and…


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