Awards from the Women's Faculty Forum Women’s Faculty Forum honors four

The Women’s Faculty Forum honored four McGovern Medical School faculty with its 2019 Excellence Awards on Oct. 7 in the Fifth Floor Gallery. Jacqueline Hecht, PhD, professor and Leah L. Lewis Distinguished Chair in Pediatrics, and Louise D. McCullough, MD, PhD, professor and Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair in Neurology, won the […]


Aitken named chair, Department of Pediatrics

Following a national search, Dean Barbara J. Stoll has named Mary Aitken, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, effective Oct. 1, 2019. She also is the incoming physician-in-chief of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Aitken joins McGovern Medical School from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where she was professor of pediatrics […]


Meyers named 2019 NNP Rising Star

Priscilla Meyers, MSN, APRN, NNP-BC, UT Physicians neonatal nurse practitioner manager in the Department of Pediatrics has been named the 2019 Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Rising Star. Meyers will receive the award at the 35th annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) conference Oct. 9-12 in Savannah, Ga. “It is such an honor to be receiving […]


Farach earns grant for risk prediction model in TSC patients

New funding will help one pediatric researcher bring personalized medicine closer to tuberous sclerosis patients. Laura Farach, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, received grants from the Department of Defense (DoD) Military Medical Research and Development and the TS Alliance to develop a risk prediction model that can provide a personalized risk of seizures in patients […]


Hecht elected AAAS Fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has bestowed the lifetime honor of “elected Fellow” to medical geneticist Jacqueline T. Hecht, PhD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She is one of 416 members recognized this year for extraordinary achievements in advancing science.


Dr. John Harvin QI project leads to pioneering clinical trial

Using an innovative quality improvement project to determine how to design an effective emergency trauma clinical trial, a team of surgeons at McGovern Medical School was able to launch the first-ever study on a high-risk damage control surgery for critical abdominal injuries.


CLIGroupPhoto Children’s Learning Institute awarded $4.7 million to improve education outcomes

The Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School has been awarded $4.7 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences for programs to further the institute’s commitment to helping children realize their full potential.


J. Marc Rhoads, M.D. Probiotics study to help treat autistic children’s GI issues, behavior

A small clinical trial underway at McGovern Medical School is testing the hypothesis that probiotics can help improve gastrointestinal symptoms of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 


Mona Eissa, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D. Study suggests obese children who drink recommended amount of milk have less risk of metabolic syndrome

Obese children who consume at least two servings of any type of cow’s milk daily are more likely to have lower fasting insulin, indicating better blood sugar control, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School.


KoenigResearch Rapamycin lotion reduces facial tumors caused by tuberous sclerosis, UTHealth reports

Addressing a critical issue for people with a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), doctors at McGovern Medical School reported that a skin cream containing rapamycin significantly reduced the disfiguring facial tumors affecting more than 90 percent of people with the condition.