Fall-Winter 2014

Fall Winter 2014 Cover

Beyond the White Coat

  Even Albert Einstein, the father of the theory of relativity, a pillar of modern-day physics, had another, less obvious side. If he wasn’t a physicist, he once declared, he would have been a musician. “I often think in music,” he said. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of […]

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Julie LaFuente Louviere holds her grandson

Living BOLD

She calls herself a cactus, with thorns to protect her and the resilience to withstand anything. A Texas prickly pear cactus can survive snow, drought and injury. When a cactus gets cut, it scars and keeps growing. And it produces life in the delicate yellow flowers that sprout along its hard ridges. After three bouts […]

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When the shock wave hits

Imagine you are a soldier,  patrolling the streets of a war-ravaged city. Without warning, a suicide bomber sets off an improvised explosive device 50 yards from where you stand. The powerful blast flips you backward into a wall. In seconds you open your eyes. How are you seeing? Will this affect your vision permanently? Researchers […]

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President's Gala 2014

We make lives better.

Those words are more than just our institutional tag line. They are the job description of everyone at our institution who, through transformational research, education, clinical care and community service, seeks to make a difference in the world. The cover story of this Mission illustrates that and honors our faculty and what they bring to […]

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dna squeezed

Stressed out? Blame your genes

Scientists have long believed that the tendency of experiencing stress-related disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and obesity is inherited or is the result of traumatic events. But scientists from the Health Science Center who study depression in teens are looking into another factor—the role that changing genes play. Subtle changes in a gene […]

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President's Gala 2014

An Evening of Promise

Annual gala honors Frost family legacy The link between Patricia and Tom Frost and the Health Science Center was forged in 1959, when the Texas Legislature signed House Bill 9 to create the School of Medicine that now sits in the heart of the San Antonio Medical Center. But the Frosts never imagined it would […]

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Serving our military

Christopher A. Rábago, Ph.D., PT, is not your typical physical therapist. And, he surely isn’t your usual biomedical researcher. His rare combination of biomedical engineering knowledge, analytical research skills and clinical abilities make him a perfect fit at a unique military treatment and research facility. Dr. Rábago works with a diverse team of scientists and […]

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Margie and Bill Klesse

Exceeding expectations: CTRC raises an unprecedented $13.2 million

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center received $1 million from the Klesse Foundation and an additional $1 million from the Valero Energy Foundation in support of the recruitment of a nationally recognized scientist to lead the CTRC’s Cancer Prevention Program. The two gifts helped the CTRC exceed its $10 million annual fundraising goal, bringing the year’s […]

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Seeds of hope

Like a seed that becomes a tree, pilot grants can help a scientist through the mundane but pricey steps needed to prove an idea has real potential—thus securing the bigger grants to finance the years of work it takes to create the next effective drug. When Roger and Dot Hemminghaus heard about the pilot research […]

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