Texas Centers

UT Southwestern Medical Center Offerings

Advanced Imaging Research Center
The 7 Tesla MR scanner, the only ultra-high field MR scanner in the entire Southwest, is the centerpiece of the AIRC. Two 3 Tesla MRI scanners are heavily used by neuroscientists at UT Southwestern, UT Dallas, and UT Arlington for human functional and anatomical brain imaging. Our molecular imaging program has expanded from MR contrast agents into novel targeted PET and SPECT agents and hyperpolarized agents for imaging metabolism in small animals. Our preclinical imaging equipment now includes SPECT, PET, three MRI/MRS scanners, and three dynamic nuclear polarization devices for creating hyperpolarized agents for metabolic imaging.

Alzheimer's Disease Center
One of 32 centers funded by the National Institute on Aging to evaluate patients and to conduct scientific research into the cause(s) of Alzheimer's disease. At UT Southwestern, an interdisciplinary research team pools its talents to study the nature of Alzheimer's disease from many vantage points. Research is ongoing, moving closer to improved diagnosis and caregiving techniques, medical intervention, etiology, and eventual cure. The ADC provides a thorough diagnostic evaluation of adult memory problems. The center also offers individuals an opportunity to participate in clinical research to aid in finding better treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Touchstone Center for Diabetes Research
Devoted to the study of the cells and tissues that are either contributing to or are affected by diabetes and its related diseases. Research focuses on both basic and clinical aspects of Type I and Type II diabetes, and questions related to the impact of diabetes and obesity on cardiovascular disease outcome and cancer incidence.

Center for Human Nutrition
Devoted to discovering, teaching, and working collaboratively with fellow researchers to understand the study of abnormal metabolism and to draw out the contributions of nutrition and genetics in human beings.

George M. O’Brien Kidney Research Core Center
Supports research in the areas of kidney development and genetics, renal physiology, and chronic kidney disease that is conducted at UT Southwestern, neighboring institutions in North Texas, and the greater nephrology community in the U.S. and worldwide.

Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences
Promotes and supports cutting-edge, integrative, and collaborative basic research in female reproductive biology, with a focus on signaling, gene regulation, and genome function.

Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Systems Biology
The Center aims to discover and understand a “circuit theory” for biology—a set of powerful and predictive principles that tell us how networks of biological components are wired up and achieve complex functionalities. It is the basic mission of the Green Center for Systems Biology to discover and understand these principles.

Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research
Mission is to develop and implement new ways to improve the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, prognostic assessment, and treatment of human cancer by performing interdisciplinary research that translates findings to and from the laboratory and the clinic. The research includes components of basic laboratory research, preclinical studies, clinical research including development of new therapeutics, molecular early detection of cancer, family genetic studies, chemoprevention, epidemiology (including genetic epidemiology), and related population studies.

Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
A multidisciplinary program responsible for the cancer care and cancer research conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Mission is to reduce the impact of cancer today and to work to eliminate the threat of cancer in Dallas, North Texas, and the nation; among the most elite cancer centers in the country and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in North Texas.

Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development
Provides expertise and resources for both clinicians and basic scientists to identify genes and sequence variation contributing to human diseases and traits. Many have already been identified by UT Southwestern researchers, who are developing a Human Chromosome Map. A central mission of the Center also is to support educational activities involving human genetics in both the medical and graduate school of UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management
A diversity of pain syndromes are treated in this state of the art facility, which includes dedicated fluoroscopy, pulse radiofrequency, and an operating room. Additionally, the Pain Center has a gym for physical therapy as well as accommodations for clinicians, staff, and patients.

Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research
Clinical research involves the evaluation of patients seen at the Mineral Metabolism Clinic and other associated clinics in the area as well as healthy volunteers from the general population. Collaborates with other clinics in the United States and Europe and has become a central repository of clinical data involving disorders of mineral metabolism, allowing us to take a global approach in our clinical research.

Texas Tech Centers

Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Center
Founded in 2004 and located in the Dallas Medical District adjacent to UT Southwestern Medical Center, the Center's specific aim is to provide pharmaceutical expertise to support preclinical and clinical/translational trials, including pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, drug metabolism, drug delivery, drug formulations, and biomarker identification. The Center's analytical laboratory specializes in developing and validating automated methods for the analysis of drugs, metabolites, and biomarkers contained in complex biologic matrices using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry techniques. UHPLC-MS/MS core instrumentation includes the AB Sciex API 4000™; the QTRAP® 5500 with SelexION™; and the TripleTOF™ 5600. Instrumentation provides the capability to quantitate both small and large molecules — and with the new SelexION™ — provides the unique capability to separate analytes with identical molecular weights and retention times. Learn more about the Center in their Clinical Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Center Brochure.