Faculty in the News

Website information on colon cancer too complex, fails to address key concerns, researcher finds

April 14, 2014 – Popular web information on colorectal cancer is too difficult for most lay people to read and doesn’t address the appropriate risks to and concerns of patients, a study by UT Southwestern Medical Center gastroenterologists suggests.

NCI award supports access to national clinical trials to test new treatment for adults

April 9, 2014 – The Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center is among only 30 U.S. cancer research centers to be named a National Clinical Trials Network Lead Academic Site, a prestigious new designation by the National Cancer Institute. It is the only Cancer Center in North Texas to be so designated.

Potential new therapeutic target identified to control high blood sugar

March 19, 2014 – A UT Southwestern Medical Center study has identified a new potential therapeutic target for controlling high blood sugar, a finding that could help the estimated 25 million Americans with type 2 diabetes.

Cardiologists define new heart failure symptom: Shortness of breath while bending over

March 18, 2014 – UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists have defined a novel heart failure symptom in advanced heart failure patients: shortness of breath while bending over, such as when putting on shoes.

Unger wins international Luft Award

March 17, 2014 – Roger Unger, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been awarded the 2014 Rolf Luft Award for his identification of glucagon as a pancreatic hormone that raises blood sugar levels, having the opposite effect of insulin.

Post-heart attack biological events provide cardioprotection

March 13, 2014 – Heart attack and stroke are among the most serious threats to health. But novel research at UT Southwestern Medical Center has linked two major biological processes that occur at the onset of these traumatic events and, ultimately, can lead to protection for the heart.

New hepatitis C drugs offer hope for effective treatment, fewer side effects

March 11, 2014 – Patrizia Cazzaniga had heard the horror stories about early treatments for hepatitis C – multiple daily pills and weekly shots for up to a year, side effects that could be debilitating, and a cure rate of only about 40 percent.

FDA approves lipodystrophy drug metreleptin

Feb. 25, 2014 – Dwanna Swan has a lean, muscular physique many women would envy. Inside, however, a rare metabolic disease called lipodystrophy was wracking her body, resulting in severe diabetes, high blood pressure, and dangerously elevated triglyceride levels that could kill her.

UT Southwestern launches Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

February 17, 2014 – UT Southwestern Medical Center has been funded to establish a Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research that supports and conducts high-quality research comparing the outcomes and effectiveness of different strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions to improve patient care.

Finding the best altitude for athletic training

February 1, 2014 - Athletes and researchers have long known that living at high altitudes can potentially improve athletic performance. New findings now suggest that there is an ideal elevation for living – between 2,000 and 2,500 meters – that can enhance sea-level performance in competitive athletes.

Gastric banding patients should closely monitor nutrition following surgery

Jan. 30, 2014 – Patients who have had bariatric surgery may need to take dietary supplements and pay closer attention to their nutritional intake, a UT Southwestern Medical Center study suggests. The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, tracked a group of gastric banding patients and found that despite nutritional counseling over a three-month period, most still did not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium.

Beth Levine, M.D., receives 2014 Korsmeyer Award

Jan. 22, 2014 – Beth Levine, M.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Director of the Center for Autophagy Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received the 2014 Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). The award recognizes Dr. Levine’s fundamental contributions to the understanding of autophagy – literally, “self-eating” – a housecleaning process in which cells destroy damaged proteins and organelles.

Flu vaccine still viable option during holiday break

Dec. 20, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center infectious disease specialists and epidemiologists who study flu and track trends say it’s important to get a vaccine if you haven’t yet. There’s still time for it to be effective, which can help reduce the spread of the virus in the later winter months.

NIH grant funds national study on treatments for alcoholic hepatitis

Dec. 18, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center has launched the local arm of a national, multicenter study aimed at finding more effective treatments for alcoholic hepatitis, a disease of the liver that often leads to cirrhosis and death in severe cases.

Columbia Honors Philipp Scherer for Helping to Define Body Fat as Major Endocrine Organ

Nov. 18, 2013 – Columbia University Medical Center has honored Philipp E. Scherer, Ph.D., with the 15th Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Research in Diabetes, for his work that helped usher in a new understanding of fat and its role in diabetes and other metabolic diseases. His discovery of adiponectin, a hormone produced by fat, helped transform the scientific concept of fat as an inert storage depot to one of it as an endocrine “organ” that exerts control over the brain, muscles, and other organs. The award, given annually by CUMC’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, is Columbia’s top honor for excellence in diabetes research.

National study to determine if vitamin D prevents diabetes

October 21, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are seeking 150 to 200 adults to take part in the local arm of a major national clinical trial that will investigate whether vitamin D helps prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.

Top teachers garner Excellence in Education awards

October 2013 - Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Cannon, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, said that 73 outstanding candidates had been nominated for the awards. Forty-two educators were honored at the 9th Annual Excellence in Education reception along with faculty members previously recognized with UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Awards.

Promising new approach to drug-resistant infections

October  15, 2013 – A new type of antibiotic called a PPMO, which works by blocking genes essential for bacterial reproduction, successfully killed a multidrug-resistant germ common to health care settings, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.

Study unlocks origin of brown fat cells important in weight maintenance

September 26, 2013 – In ongoing research aimed at battling obesity, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have deciphered how new fat cells are formed in energy-storing fat pads. In particular, researchers sought to find out the origin of “brown” fat cells and whether humans can make more of them in order to burn extra calories – a finding that could have significant impact in battling obesity and related diseases.

Interference with cellular recycling leads to cancer growth, chemotherapy resistance

September 18, 2013 – Overactivity of a protein that normally cues cells to divide sabotages the body’s natural cellular recycling process, leading to heightened cancer growth and chemotherapy resistance, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.

Tumor measurements predict survival in advanced non-small cell lung cancer

August 19, 2013 – For the two-thirds of lung cancer patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease, tumor size is not used currently to predict overall survival times. A new study, however, led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers has shown that even in advanced stages total tumor size can have a major impact on survival.

UTSW receives $1 million Reynolds Foundation grant

August 8, 2013 – The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, an advocate for teaching geriatrics to clinicians since 1996, has awarded a $1 million, four-year grant to the Geriatrics section of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center that emphasizes the burgeoning role of interprofessional education.

Geneticist Andrew Zinn to lead Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

August 1, 2013 – Geneticist Andrew R. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, has been named the eighth dean of UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, effective August 1. 

Breast cancer specialist Haley selected for 2013 Watson Award

August 2013 – Dr. Haley’s commitment to treating the whole person, and not just the breast cancer, has won her the admiration of patients and the recognition of her colleagues. As the recipient of the 2013 Patricia and William L. Watson Jr., M.D., Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, Dr. Haley exemplifies UT Southwestern’s commitment to outstanding patient care.

Burroughs Career Award for Medical Scientists spurs transition

August 2013 – Dr. Rhea Sumpter Jr., Instructor of Internal Medicine, has received a 2013 Career Award for Medical Scientists from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The award will provide $700,000 over five years to support Dr. Sumpter’s transition from a postdoctoral researcher to a faculty position.

Mosquito indexing system identifies best time to combat West Nile

July 16, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have unlocked some of the mysteries of West Nile virus outbreaks and shown that use of a mosquito vector-index rating system works well to identify the best time for early intervention.

Searle grant funds Gupta's obesity research

June 24, 2013 – Rana Gupta, Ph.D., has been named a 2013 Searle Scholar and awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant to support his research in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research.

President's Research Council honors pair as Distinguished Researchers

June 24, 2013 – The President’s Research Council (PRC) recently presented its 2013 Distinguished Researcher Awards to two physician-scientists: Deepak Nijhawan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Biochemistry, and Rhea Sumpter Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Instructor of Internal Medicine.

Klotho protects kidney disease patients’ hearts

June 24, 2013 – The anti-aging hormone Klotho may play an important role in protecting the cardiovascular health of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to new research from UT South-western Medical Center.

“Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with CKD,” said Chou-Long Huang, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and senior author of a study recently published online in Nature Communications. “We are hopeful that this finding will trigger research into a Klotho-based drug therapy to treat CKD patients suffering from cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure.”

Miller appointed Chief of Medical Service at VA North Texas

June 24, 2013 – Richard Tyler Miller, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, has been appointed Chief of Medical Service at VA North Texas Health Care System, a health care services provider to veterans that is affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Atherosclerosis in abdominal aorta may predict adverse cardiovascular events

June 18, 2013 – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of aortic atherosclerosis can predict the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events in otherwise healthy individuals, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

National study will compare type 2 diabetes drugs

June 3, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are seeking 150 adults with type 2 diabetes to take part in the local arm of a major national clinical trial that will compare benefits and side effects of four widely used therapies to lower blood-sugar levels.

Levine elected to National Academy of Sciences

April 30, 2013 – The National Academy of Sciences today announced the election of Beth Levine, M.D., professor of internal medicine and microbiology, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at UT Southwestern Medical Center, to membership, representing one of the highest honors attainable by an American scientist. Read More

Gene found that regenerates heart tissue

April 17, 2013 – Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a specific gene that regulates the heart’s ability to regenerate after injuries. Read More

Researchers uncover a genetic vulnerability of lung cancer

April 4, 2013 – Physician-researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a vulnerability of certain lung-cancer cells – a specific genetic weakness that can be exploited for new therapies.

Diet critical to improving type 2 diabetes after bariatric surgery

April 2, 2013 – Patients with type 2 diabetes who consume a diet identical to the strict regimen followed after bariatric surgery are just as likely to see a reduction in blood glucose levels as those who undergo surgery, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found. Read More