Dr. John Byrne

Leadership changes for the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Following 30 years of service, Dr. Jack Byrne has announced he is stepping down as chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. Byrne joined McGovern Medical School in 1982 as an associate professor with the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and member of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and his three decades as chair makes him the longest serving current chair at McGovern Medical School.

Dr. Sidney Wang

Rising STAR recruited to Center for Human Genetics

The University of Texas (UT) System has recruited another rising ‘star’ into the fold at McGovern Medical School, welcoming a new faculty member to the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine who aims to connect phenotype to genotype through understanding gene regulation and develop genomics tools that can be applied to investigations in his own lab and beyond.

A clinician utilizes a MinXRay portable x-ray machine in Angola to examine a patient. The company recently adopted new safety guidelines with the help from researchers at McGovern Medical School.

Radiologists publish new safety guidelines for portable X-ray units

Thanks to the efforts of researchers in the Diagnostic & Interventional Imaging Department at McGovern Medical School, the UTHealth name will be all over a new set of safety standards for a series of portable X-ray machines created by MinXray that can be used outside of medical facilities all over the world.

Dr. Jeffrey Actor

NIAID awards $1.7M to develop therapy to combat TB

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded Jeffrey Actor, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, nearly $1.7 million for a 2 year project to investigate use of Lactoferrin as a novel therapeutic to combat Tuberculosis disease. The research is a collaborative project with Marian Kruzel, PhD, of PharmaReview Corporation, representing the second phase of a collaborative small business award (STTR).

Rosenfeld honored with Merrell Flair Award

Dr. Gary Rosenfeld, professor of pharmacology and associate dean of Medical Education in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, received the Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education last month at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting in Boston.


Registration open for Grants 101 & 102 workshops

Junior faculty members seeking to refine their skills in developing research proposals should turn their attention to the New Investigator Development Program (NIDP) and the upcoming Grants 101 and 102 workshops.

Amber Luong, M.D., Ph.D. (PHOTO CREDIT: Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth)

Dissolvable steroid implant may improve sinus surgery outcomes

When dissolvable, slow-release steroid implants are placed in the newly created opening of the frontal sinuses of sinus surgery patients, these sinus passages stay open longer and have less inflammation, according to a multicenter clinical trial led by a researcher with McGovern Medical School.