News & Events
Overexpressed protein the culprit in certain thyroid cancers
A specific protein once thought to exist only in the brain may play a crucial role in a deadly form of thyroid cancer, as well as other cancers, and provide a fresh target for researchers seeking ways to stop its progression. That's according to a study conducted by Fiemu Nwariaku, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Global Health.
Dr. Gumbo Interviewed About Drug-Resistant TB
Tawanda Gumbo, M.D., was interviewed by The Scientist about research on mutations that confer drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The research, led by teams in Massachusetts and China, shows that drug resistance is more complex than originally thought.
Student Launches Hygiene Curriculum for Indian Children
Sindhu Sudanagunta, a second-year medical student at UT Southwestern, recently returned from an eight-week summer academic project at the Sphoorti Foundation, an orphanage in Hyderabad, India. While participating in the Innovative Healthcare Solutions elective during her first year, Sindhu developed the idea to implement a simple, yet interactive basic hygiene curriculum for the children at the Sphoorti Foundation.
Through her participation in the M.D. with Distinction in Global Health program, Sindhu received financial support as well as mentorship and guidance from knowledgeable faculty members. Sindhu now plans to learn about production using locally available, low-cost materials to develop a sustainable supply of soap for environments with scarce water supplies. She intends to return to Sphoorti with this new knowledge.
Check out the YouTube video she shot as part of the campaign.
Reflections on Health Care in Cuba 2013
Alex Lyda, a senior communications specialist in UT Southwestern Medical Center's University News Bureau, recently visited Cuba as part of a medical tour. The spirit of resourcefulness and sharing among Cubans stuck with him.
Student wins 1st Global Health Award at Medical Student Research Forum
Helena Wojciechowski, MS2, won the first Global Health Award presented by the Medical Student Research Forum. Ms. Wojciechowski was recognized for “Community Outreach and Education Programs Are Effective at Improving Hepatitis B Knowledge Among Asian/Pacific Islander Adults.” Her mentor was Amit Singal, M.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine.
Conference examines bridging the digital health divide
A global health conference hosted by UT Southwestern’s Office of Global Health looked at ways technology can improve health care in a global setting. One way to do that is with cell phones. Rapidly growing cell phone usage in developing countries gives health care providers greater opportunities to reach remote populations through telemedicine and to monitor and disease outbreaks.
Panelists also discussed the use of bioengineered crops that can produce material fit for medical applications and the use of electronic Trauma Health Records in low-resource environments.
OGH Faculty Members In the News
Doctor-monitored pill-taking not cost-effective against tuberculosis
Tawanda Gumbo, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, was interviewed by Reuters Health about a meta-study that showed supervising tuberculosis patients as they take medication does not improve several measures of effectiveness. Read More
Research suggests new way to ensure effectiveness of TB treatment
A UT Southwestern Medical Center study using a sophisticated “glass mouse” research model has found that multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) is more likely caused in patients by speedy drug metabolism rather than inconsistent doses, as is widely believed. Dr. Gumbo led the study. Read More
- Update (March 1, 2012): Dr. Gumbo was interviewed about this paper and his research by the Working Group on New TB Drugs, part of the World Health Organization's Stop TB Partnership. Listen to the podcast
- Update (June 5, 2012): Dr. Gumbo was interviewed by Critical Path to TB Drug Initiatives about the hollow fiber model and explained why it is so promising for TB research. Read the Q&A