2021 Article Archive

Reviving exhausted immune cells to fight cancer

 

Eliminating a single gene can turn exhausted cancer-fighting immune cells known as CD8+ T cells back into refreshed soldiers that can continue to battle malignant tumors, a new study led by UT Southwestern researchers suggests.

Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network listed No. 1 in U.S. for Medicare savings for third straight year

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network (SWHR) saved more than $52 million in 2019.

Kenneth Altshuler, M.D., who led UT Southwestern department of psychiatry for 23 years, dies at 91

 

Kenneth Altshuler, M.D., a professor emeritus and longtime chair of psychiatry at UT Southwestern who helped to advance mental health causes in Dallas, died Jan. 6. He was 91.

New combination drug therapy offers hope against methamphetamine addiction

 

A new treatment that combines two existing medications may provide long-sought relief for many battling debilitating methamphetamine use disorder, according to a study to be published tomorrow in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Biochemist Benjamin Tu honored with O’Donnell Award from TAMEST

 

Benjamin Tu, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at UT Southwestern whose basic science research into cellular function could lead to greater understanding of diseases including cancer, has been named a recipient of the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science, presented by The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST).

UTSW researchers identify new gene involved in breast cancer growth

 

A team of UT Southwestern researchers has identified a gene involved in the growth of breast cancer, a finding that could lead to potential new targets for treatment.

Same difference: Predicting divergent paths of genetically identical cells

 

A set of biomarkers not traditionally associated with cell fate can accurately predict how genetically identical cells behave differently under stress, according to a UT Southwestern study.

Protein that can be toxic in the heart and nerves may help prevent Alzheimer’s

 

A protein that wreaks havoc in the nerves and heart when it clumps together can prevent the formation of toxic protein clumps associated with Alzheimer’s disease

Advancing the study of T cells to improve immunotherapy

 

UT Southwestern scientists have developed a new method to study the molecular characteristics of T cells, critical immune cells that recognize and attack invaders in the body such as viruses, bacteria, and cancer.

Researchers uncover a potential treatment for an aggressive form of lung cancer

 

Researchers at the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have discovered a new metabolic vulnerability in a highly aggressive form of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).