Study: Soy lecithin NSAID combo drug protects against cancer with fewer side effects

When scientists at McGovern Medical School applied a chemical found in soybeans to a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), they increased its anticancer properties and reduced its side effects. Findings of the preclinical study of phosphatidylcholine, also called lecithin, appear in the journal Oncology Letters.

Gus Krucke Outstanding Teacher Award with Dean Stoll

John P. McGovern Award – Gus Krucke, MD

Dr. Gus W. Krucke, associate professor of General Internal Medicine, is the winner of the 2018 John P. McGovern Award as the exceptional clinical teacher, a distinction shared this year with Dr. Duraisamy Balaguru, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Balveen Kaur

Size matters when fighting cancer, groundbreaking UTHealth study finds

Doctors could be a step closer to finding the most effective way to treat cancer with a double whammy of a virus combined with boosting the natural immune system, according to a pioneering study by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The Ohio State University.

Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards! May is designated as teaching excellence month for McGovern Medical School and all winners of teaching awards will be honored May 15 in the Fifth Floor Gallery.

Medical missions to India, Mexico

The Inside Scoop: Medical missions to India, Mexico

Dr. Mahalia Smith, assistant professor of hyperbaric medicine & wound care in the Department of Internal Medicine, shares two medical mission trips she took in 2017 as part of the Inside Scoop, an occasional feature that allows the McGovern Medical School community share news of interest.

Dr. Fuki Hisama presents the 2018 Pruzansky Lectureship Award in Genetics to Dr. Hope Northrup at the 49th Annual March of Dimes Clinical Genetics Conference.

Northrup presents Pruzansky Lecture at March of Dimes Clinical Genetics Conference

Dr. Hope Northrup, professor and director of the division of medical genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School, said presenting the Samuel Pruzansky Memorial Lecture at the 49th Annual March of Dimes Clinical Genetics Conference was something she “couldn’t have imagined in her wildest dreams.”

Dr. Sunil Sheth

Sheth awarded American Academy of Neurology grant for stroke research

The American Academy of Neurology awarded Dr. Sunil Sheth, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School, with the Clinician-Scientist Development Award in Interventional Neurology.

Louise D. McCullough, M.D., Ph.D.

McCullough to be inducted into Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars

Johns Hopkins University will induct Dr. Louise McCullough, professor and the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School, into its Society of Scholars in early April. 

Working to enhance the care of scleroderma patients at UTHealth, from the left, are Sam Theodore, M.D., and Shervin Assassi, M.D. (PHOTO CREDIT: Maricruz Kwon, UTHealth)

Assassi awarded $1.4 million to personalize scleroderma treatments

At McGovern Medical School, rheumatologist Shervin Assassi, M.D., is developing a blood test to determine which drugs work best for scleroderma patients with lung disease.

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.