Faculty in the News
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, PhD, 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
General Internal Medicine honored for high-quality diabetes patient care
February 26, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center’s William T. and Gay F. Solomon Division of General Internal Medicine has been recognized for its excellence in diabetes care by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute’s Bridges to Excellence program.
The program honors physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who provide exemplary diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care to patients.
UT Southwestern is the only academic medical center in North Texas to receive this divisional honor. In addition, 25 UT Southwestern General Internal Medicine physicians received individual recognition for providing outstanding diabetes care. Read More
Unique peptide could treat cancers, neurological disorders, and infectious diseases
February 7, 2013 – UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have synthesized a peptide that shows potential for pharmaceutical development into agents for treating infections, neurodegenerative disorders, and cancer through an ability to induce a cell-recycling process called autophagy. Read More
UT Southwestern research examines role of certain fat cells in tumorigenesis
February 5, 2013 – Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have made a key observation regarding how fat cells (also referred to as adipocytes) interact with tumor cells and thereby allow a cancer to thrive in dense breast tissue or fatty livers. Read More
Longtime faculty take top honors at teaching awards
January 5, 2013 – Two longtime faculty members received top teaching honors at the recent Excellence in Education Awards ceremony, while a third accepted a new award for outstanding work on a geriatric education program.
In all, more than 50 faculty members were recognized by UT Southwestern Medical Center at the annual teaching award program, held at the A.W. Harris Faculty-Alumni Center and hosted by Dr. Greg Fitz, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of the Medical School, and Dr. Stephen Cannon, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. Read More
Cellular recycling under attack
January 5, 2013 – Cancer researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified how a top cancer-causing gene in humans attacks a cell’s natural recycling process and thereby encourages cancer growth to flourish. Read More
Study probes lung cancer detection by CT scanning
December 26, 2012 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are looking into the widespread implementation of computed-tomography (CT) scanning for the early detection of lung cancer in a public health setting, asking two key questions: Without screening, why and how do patients with lung cancer get diagnosed with the disease in the first place? And what proportion of these cases would be captured by screening efforts? Read More
Research finds key gene for regenerating cells after heart attack
December 20, 2012 – UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have pinpointed a molecular mechanism needed to unleash the heart’s ability to regenerate, a critical step toward developing eventual therapies for damage suffered following a heart attack. Read More
Researchers identify role for protein linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes
December 17, 2012 – Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have taken another step toward better understanding the metabolic functions of obesity and its connection to type 2 diabetes. Read More