News From the Texas Medical Center

The University of Houston System is a member of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world.


Promising Target for New Drugs Found in Pancreatic Cancer Cells

Mon, 24 Aug 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: UH researchers are on a mission to develop drugs to defeat pancreatic cancer. If successful, these drugs would allow physicians to prolong patient survival and, possibly, even eradicate this deadliest of cancers.

Smartphones, Hormones and Brain Drain: Time to Go Back to School

Thu, 13 Aug 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The countdown is on to a new school year. UH has experts to navigate and survive going back to school.

Whole Foods Community Giving Day Supporting UH

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

By Mike Emery:: Healthy Houstonians have long flocked to Whole Foods Market locations for groceries and wellness items. On Aug. 20, shoppers at the city’s Post Oak location will have an opportunity to support University of Houston initiatives focused on sustainability and healthy eating.

Helping Injured Children Walk, One Step at a Time

Wed, 12 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: A University of Houston engineer has received funding to create a pediatric exoskeleton, designed to help children with spinal cord injuries and other mobility disorders walk.


Mon, 10 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever

Researchers Develop Advanced Cell Screening Technology for Cancer Immunotherapy

Mon, 10 Aug 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: Researchers have created a new method for screening cells used in immunotherapy cancer treatments, allowing high-performing immune system cells to be studied in isolation and potentially expanding the number of patients for whom the breakthrough treatment proves successful.

SURF’s Up: Students Forgo Fun in Sun for Hands-on Research This Summer

Tue, 04 Aug 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Forgoing fun in the sun for serious research, a group of UH students have targeted solutions for Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, migraines and lymphoma this summer as part of an intensive, full-time fellowship program.

UH Health Leader Inducted into National Optometry Hall of Fame

Wed, 01 Jul 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Longtime College of Optometry faculty member and UH administrator Earl L. Smith III, O.D., has been inducted to the National Optometry Hall of Fame.

UH Spinoff Recognized for Improving Breast Cancer Diagnostics

Tue, 23 Jun 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Co-founded by a UH researcher, cancer care company Endomag was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award.

UH Researchers Identify Less-Invasive Method for Kidney Diagnostics

Fri, 29 May 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: University of Houston researchers have identified a new, less-invasive method to provide diagnostic information on kidney disease and its severity.

UH Pharmacy Students Honored for Service, Clinical Skills

Wed, 20 May 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Pharmacy students wrapped up the spring semester with awards for excellence in professional service, clinical skills and disease management, earning kudos at the state level from the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Homeless Youth in Houston: May 13 Presentation Reveals High Needs

Mon, 04 May 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: The Graduate College of Social Work and the UTHealth School of Nursing will present the findings of the 2014 YouthCount 2.0! of homeless youth in Houston. The event is 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 13 at the Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults.

UH Research: Healthy Mom = Healthy Family

Mon, 27 Apr 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: Research from the Department of Health and Human Performance gives us another reason to love Mom, even if it's not Mother's Day.

Stress and Obesity: Your Family Can Make You Fat

Mon, 06 Apr 2015

By Marisa Ramirez:: A new study from the Department of Health and Human Performance and Texas Obesity Research Center suggests there is a relationship between long-term exposure to three specific types of family stressors and children becoming obese by the time they turn 18 years old.

Program Creates Pipeline for Future Rio Grande Valley Pharmacists

Wed, 01 Apr 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: The UH College of Pharmacy and South Texas College in McAllen signed an agreement to offer students in the Rio Grande Valley a new, streamlined pathway to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy.

Eye Expo at UH Offers Resources to the Visually Impaired

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: A vision expo will be held at the UH College of Optometry April 25, addressing leisure time pursuits for the visually impaired. The fourth-annual Houston Area Insight Expo is open to the public.


Tue, 31 Mar 2015

By Jeannie Kever

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

By Jeannie Kever:: A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts.

UH Appoints Dean to College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Thu, 19 Mar 2015

By Lisa Merkl:: Dan E. Wells, a longtime faculty member, department chair and interim dean, has been appointed the next dean of the University of Houston College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.