Features & Highlights
The September 16 issue of Nature features look at how scientists and social scientists are coming together to solve the grand challenges of energy, food, water, climate, and health.
Glucose values obtained during routine blood tests are often overlooked, but could provide valuable insight into whether someone is at risk for having type 2 diabetes, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found.
The common practice of excluding patients with a prior cancer diagnosis from lung cancer clinical trials may not be justified, according to a study by researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center.
During his 42-year career, Robert Haley, M.D., has unraveled many medical mysteries and become a widely respected epidemiologist. His work has set the standards for controlling hospital-acquired infections. He also has determined when an outbreak of West Nile virus may begin, and done groundbreaking research on Gulf War illness stemming from soldiers being exposed to chemicals in Kuwait. A Dallas Morning News article looked at how Dr. Haley, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology, has written the book on epidemics.
The Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) will promote rapid translation of basic laboratory findings into patient care. It will be administered through the Center for Translational Medicine.
With this award, UT Southwestern joins a national CTSA consortium that includes 62 medical research institutions working collaboratively to improve bench-to-bedside translation across the country.
Kimberly Kho, M.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and former Clinical Scholar with the Center for Translational Medicine, was quoted in a New York Times article about a JAMA paper she recently co-authored. The JAMA paper considers the safety of a procedure performed on women who undergo surgery either to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus.
Using clinical research resources available at UT Southwestern, a team of investigators has demonstrated a significant role for fatty acid synthesis in the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
The team, led by Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D., former Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition, also included Jennifer Lambert, Center for Human Nutrition postdoctoral fellow, and Drs. Maria Ramos-Roman and Jeff Browning, both in the Department of Internal Medicine.
"Patients with fatty liver were distinctive in their elevation in lipogenesis, suggesting that dietary sugars play a significant role in this disease," Dr. Ramos-Roman said.
This transdisciplinary project took advantage of the strong resources available through the Clinical and Translational Research Center at UT Southwestern.
Eric Olson, Ph.D., Chair of Molecular Biology, placed sixth on a list of the Top 20 Translational Researchers for 2012, the latest list announced. The ranking was created by the Nature Publishing Group’s Bioentrepreneur web portal. Dr. Olson was one of two UT Southwestern researchers named to the list.
Robert Toto, M.D., Associate Dean of Clinical and Translational Research, recently gave a presentation entitled "Accelerating novel discoveries into practice."
Grundy tops citations in metabolic syndrome
Scott M. Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., was No. 1 in total citations in the field of metabolic syndrome in November 2011, as ranked by Essential Science Indicators SM from Thomson Reuters. He had 55 papers with 9,264 total cites during the analysis period.
CPRIT funds research on advanced radiotherapy for lung cancer
Some of the most advanced radiation therapy technologies available are about to be put to the test by UT Southwestern researchers. Their aim? To find the best role for less-invasive treatment options for lung cancer patients. A $3.54 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funds the work of Hak Choy, M.D., Chairman of Radiation Oncology and national principal investigator for the collaborative five-year research initiative. (October 2011)
Plastic surgeon uses novel technique to reattach Gulf War vet’s forearm
Bardia Amirlak, M.D., used an "external bypass" to keep limb alive as he reattached it. (October 2011)