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Huard appointed vice chair for orthopaedic research, director of new IMM center

Dr. Johnny Huard

Dean Giuseppe Colasurdo announces the appointment of Johnny Huard, Ph.D., as the Visiting Distinguished Wallace Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective May 1, 2015. Huard also is serving as the director of the Brown Foundation Institute for Molecular Medicine’s Center for Tissue Engineering and Aging Research.

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  • CME event on synthetic marijuana features UTHealth psychiatrists


    Dr. Michael Weaver, medical director for the Center of Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction, and Dr. Iram Kazimi, director of the Pediatric Bipolar Program at The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, will be speaking at the Prevention Research Center-Region 6 Summit on Synthetic Marijuana, Friday, July 31.

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  • Hunter honored with two awards

    Dr. Robert Hunter

    Dr. Robert Hunter Jr., Distinguished Chair in Molecular Pathology and chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, received two prestigious awards this spring.

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  • Endocrinology foundation honors Hamilton

    AACE immediate past president Dr. R. Mack Harrell, right, presents the John A. Seibel, MD, Award to Dr. Carlos Hamilton, Jr. (Photo courtesy of Jean Whiteside Photography)

    Dr. Carlos Hamilton, Jr., special adviser to the president at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), has been recognized for his support of the mission of the American College of Endocrinology Foundation.

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  • An receives $5.3M grant from CPRIT

    Dr. Zhiqiang An

    Dr. Zhiqiang An, director of the Texas Therapeutics Institute of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, received a $5.3 million grant to establish a facility to help scientists advance their research into anticancer antibodies.

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Student Clinician Ceremony

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Third-year students kicked off the clinical phase of their medical school education during the Student Clinician Ceremony for the Class of 2017 June 29. Six residents received the Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, and Rachel Landgren, Class of 2016, was presented with the 2015 Excellence in Public Health Award by Dr. Robert Emery and Lt. Sandra Mathoslah, U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Heinrich Taegtmeyer was the keynote speaker for the event.

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Dr. Al Robison

In Memoriam: Dr. Alan Robison

The first chair of the UTHealth Medical School’s Department of Pharmacology, G. Alan Robison, Ph.D., 80, died May 25, 2015.

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Robison received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from Tulane 1962. He then joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

He was the principal author of “Cyclic AMP,” a ground-breaking work published in 1971 along with Dr. Robert W. Butcher and Dr. Earl W. Sutherland, Jr., who won the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for related work.

Robison was recruited to the Medical School in 1971 by first dean Dr. Cheves Smythe.

“I heard that G. Alan Robison could be lured from Vanderbilt, and he had all the attributes that the then-infant UT Medical School at Houston was looking for in the group of initial department leaders critical to its future,” Dr. Smythe said. “After a brief courtship, Al agreed to come, a happy decision for the Medical School. Not only did it gain his talents, but he recruited a truly remarkable group to join him, all of whom went onto long standing leadership positions both in Houston and in other medical schools.”

“Over the 40 years that we knew each other, he was never anything other than upbeat and positive. The Medical School and Houston has lost a great citizen,” Smythe added.

“One of the best pieces of advice he gave me was that ,’You should always try to hire people who were better than you were’ – he felt that was the only way institutions could really improve,” said Dr. George Stancel, professor of integrative biology and pharmacology and executive vice president of academic and research affairs. “Al was truly a Renaissance man and had an important impact on the Medical School and Health Science Center. Everyone in the UTHealth family owes him a great deal.”

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