2016 Article Archive

Study: Structure of toxic tau aggregates determines type of dementia, rate of progression


The distinct structures of toxic protein aggregates that form in degenerating brains determine which type of dementia will occur, which regions of brain will be affected, and how quickly the disease will spread, according to a study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.

Regenerative medicine scientists get the Upperhand in biological pathway that leads to heart formation


Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Hamon Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine have identified a pathway essential to heart formation and, in the process, unveiled a mechanism that may explain how some previously puzzling segments of the genome work.

Back pain led to kidney cancer diagnosis for survivor turned advocate


Four years ago, Merlinda Chelette was a hardworking ER nurse who suffered from excruciating back pain. When it became too painful to bear, she initially sought chiropractic care, but the pain got worse.

National study tests theory that exercise, lowering cholesterol can help prevent Alzheimer’s


Carol White can’t help but worry when she misplaces keys or can’t recall a name ever since relatives have been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s.

New research verifies TASINs as viable target for colon cancer therapies


A small molecule called TASIN-1 can selectively kill cells with a mutation that is considered to be a precursor to colon cancer, while sparing related normal cells, UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer biologists have demonstrated.

Plastic surgeons use art and creativity to improve patient outcomes


You may not think of surgery as an artistic process, but UT Southwestern’s breast reconstruction surgeons apply their background and interest in art to provide the best aesthetic results for their patients.

Mary Kay Foundation Professorship honors Jerry Shay, Ph.D.


The Mary Kay Foundation recently donated $250,000 to establish the Distinguished Professorship in Women’s Cancer Research in Honor of Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

Researcher receives prestigious NIH award


The Transformative Research Award – one of four award categories – promotes cross-cutting, interdisciplinary approaches in research with potential to create or challenge existing paradigms.

Imaging with new biomarker tracks tumor progression, response to treatment for common brain cancer


UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed an MRI-based method that can track the state and progression of a common type of genetically mutated brain cancer.