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2022 Article Archive

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.

Children’s Health will fund pediatric unit at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission – UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatric hospital


Children’s Health significantly expands access to pediatric behavioral health services

Gut microbes may lead to therapies for mental illness, UTSW researcher reports


The role of the microbiome in intestinal and systemic health has garnered close attention among researchers for many years. Now evidence is mounting that this collection of microorganisms in the human gut can also impact a person’s neurological and emotional health.

UT Southwestern geneticists identify new mechanism for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease absent obesity


Using a genetic screening platform developed by a UT Southwestern Nobel Laureate, scientists with the Center for the Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified genetic mutations that contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), providing a potential future target for therapeutic interventions.

Culinary Medicine programs aim to improve nutrition education for doctors


Culinary medicine programs are emerging at medical schools to meet a critical need to improve nutrition education in an era of unprecedented diet-related health problems including obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Cellular ‘waste product’ rejuvenates cancer-fighting immune cells


A new study by UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center scientists suggests that lactate, a metabolic byproduct produced by cells during strenuous exercise, can rejuvenate immune cells that fight cancer.

UT Southwestern geriatric fracture initiatives result in expedited care and shorter hospital stays


A multidisciplinary effort to improve care for older patients who arrive at the emergency room with a hip fracture has decreased the time before they have surgery, shortened hospital stays, and resulted in better follow-up care, UT Southwestern physicians reported in Geriatric Nursing.

How to protect yourself against summer urinary tract infections


Summertime means lots of opportunities for fun in the sun. But this year’s high temperatures also bring an increased risk of dehydration that can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs), said Maude Carmel, M.D., Associate Professor of Urology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.