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2022 Article Archive

UTSW researchers identify key player in cellular response to stress


An enzyme called Fic, whose biochemical role was discovered at UT Southwestern more than a dozen years ago, appears to play a crucial part in guiding the cellular response to stress, a new study suggests.

Medicare eligibility linked to more food pantry visits, improved food security


Low-income seniors were seven times more likely to visit a food pantry in the year after becoming eligible for Medicare, resulting in improved food security, according to a new study from UT Southwestern.

UT Southwestern designated one of 12 elite Nutrition Obesity Research Centers in the nation


UT Southwestern Medical Center has been selected to be one of 12 NIH Nutrition Obesity Research Centers in the nation – and the only one in Texas – to investigate the causes, prevention, and treatment options for obesity, a chronic disease affecting more than 40% of the U.S. population with medical costs nearing $175 billion.

Shape-shifting fat cells fuel breast cancer growth


Fat cells, or adipocytes, that grow in close proximity to breast cancers can shift into other cell types that promote tumor growth, a new study by UT Southwestern researchers suggests.

National Cancer Institute renews $11.5 million program of excellence award in kidney cancer


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Kidney Cancer Program (KCP) Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) award.

UTSW researchers use DNA analysis to diagnose subtypes of heart disease


The human heart is an intricate, complex organ and, like a car that starts sputtering, its function deteriorates for all sorts of reasons.

UT Southwestern opens first academic medical center campus for southern Dallas County


More than 1,000 residents, business owners, and regional leaders gathered Saturday at the community celebration for the opening of UT Southwestern Medical Center at RedBird, the largest of its regional campuses and the first to bring academic medicine to the booming southern Dallas region.

UT Southwestern researchers identify a gene therapy target for polycystic kidney disease


Blocking the inhibition of PKD1 and PKD2 gene expression by deleting a binding site for microRNAs hindered the formation and growth of kidney cysts in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) models, UT Southwestern researchers reported.

UTSW researchers discover new drug target for inflammatory bowel disease


A set of interacting molecules in immune cells of the gut is responsible preventing the inflammation seen in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), UT Southwestern researchers report in a new study.

Two UT Southwestern scientists selected as HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows


Two UT Southwestern postdoctoral fellows – Gabriel Muhire Gihani, Ph.D., and Victor Lopez, Ph.D. – are among 25 early career scientists in the United States selected as 2022 Hanna H. Gray Fellows.