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2022 Article Archive

UTSW scientists identify mechanism crucial for COVID-19 virus replication


A team led by UT Southwestern researchers has identified how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, builds a structure called the RNA cap that’s critical for successful viral replication.

UTSW is leading the way toward better screening for liver cancer


UT Southwestern will lead a multisite initiative funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify biomarkers to improve risk assessment and early detection of hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer, among patients with cirrhosis.

UTSW scientists identify pathway to curb spread of brain cancer


UT Southwestern researchers have identified a molecular pathway responsible for the spread of glioblastoma to surrounding tissue in the brain, as well as an existing drug that curbed tumor growth in animal models.

Mental health challenges contributed to weight gain for people with obesity during COVID-19


Over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 30% of patients with obesity gained more than 5% of their body weight, and 1 in 7 gained more than 10%. While diet and exercise habits were factors, people with the highest levels of stress, anxiety, and depression reported the most weight gain.

Artificial intelligence tools predict DNA’s regulatory role and 3D structure


Newly developed artificial intelligence (AI) programs accurately predicted the role of DNA’s regulatory elements and three-dimensional (3D) structure based solely on its raw sequence, according to two recent studies in Nature Genetics.

New recommendations aim to ease patient access to lung cancer clinical trials


A clinical trial is only as powerful as its participants. For years, researchers have struggled to fill clinical trials and enroll sufficiently diverse groups of patients for results to reflect the broader population, in part because of stringent guidelines on who can participate.

UTSW researchers document “infodemic” of false information on COVID-19 in first year of pandemic


More than 225,000 tweets with the hashtags #scamdemic and #plandemic led to an “infodemic” of misinformation and disinformation on Twitter during the first year of the pandemic, according to a study by UT Southwestern researchers published in PLOS ONE.

PCORI awards $7M for UT Southwestern hypothermia research


A research team at UT Southwestern has been approved for a five-year, $7 million funding award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

UT Southwestern informatics center fuels clinical innovation, public health research


Leveraging its broad expertise in biomedical informatics, data sciences, and clinical sciences, UT Southwestern Medical Center is aggressively expanding its involvement in clinical informatics, which aims to harness the power of big data to improve patient care and public health.

UT Southwestern No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth, Best Hospital rankings show


UT Southwestern Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth – the nation’s fourth-largest metro area – for the sixth consecutive year and ranks among the top hospitals nationally in nine specialties ranging from brain to heart to cancer care.