Winter/Spring 2019


Bravery comes in the shape of a preschooler in a pink tutu. The 3-year-old fought her way through countless surgeries after a vicious dog attack left her with near-fatal injuries.

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perfect storm

The perfect storm

What used to be called adult-onset diabetes is now hitting children at alarming rates. While San Antonio bears the burden of being the epicenter for diabetes, it is also a hotbed for research.

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Trauma game changer

Because of lessons learned on the battlefields, South Texas patients are receiving lifesaving whole blood transfusions—before ever reaching the hospital.

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Antonia Santiago

Racing the clock

As researchers and physicians battle against an unpredictable, incurable foe, one patient refuses to let multiple sclerosis defeat her.

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Acting sick

There is no one better to give future health care providers pointers on working with patients than patients themselves. These just happen to be trained actors working off a script.

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Sharon M. Gordon, D.D.S.

Breaking barriers

UT Health San Antonio alumna Sharon M. Gordon, D.D.S. ’91, is the first woman dean of UConn's dental school.

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brain scans

‘Zombie’ cells signal death of tissue in Alzheimer’s

A type of cellular stress known to be involved in cancer and aging has now been implicated, for the first time, in Alzheimer's disease.

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Naturally occurring protein could fight alcoholic liver disease

Research findings offer hope for a pill to someday treat alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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San Antonio Bull's Eye

In the bull’s-eye of dementia

San Antonio is in the bull’s-eye of an “Alzheimer’s tsunami.” School of Nursing and city of San Antonio officials are working to make the Alamo City a dementia-friendly place to live and thrive.

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Premature baby

Fish oil could save preemie lives

A physician’s passion to save premature babies was instrumental in the FDA’s approval of a lifesaving treatment for babies with gastrointestinal complications.

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tiny molecules attack cancer cell

Tiny molecule has big effect in childhood brain cancer

A new study has found that a molecule thousands of times smaller than a gene is able to kill medulloblastoma, the most common childhood brain cancer.

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shrinking brain

Stress might be shrinking your brain

The increasing stress of modern life is a growing concern to researchers studying cognitive decline.

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Rodent Kidney Extracellular Scaffold

The essence of research

What does research look like to you? In the university’s first Image of Research Photography Competition, 21 students provided an intimate look into the depths of their research.

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white coat ceremony

A moment in history

The School of Nursing’s first-ever White Coat ceremonies were the beginning of a new tradition. They also marked a historical moment.

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Breaking the mold

The School of Health Professions is the first state-supported educational program in Texas to offer an entry-level Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree.

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Dr. Peter Loomer

Dean appointed to School of Dentistry

Peter M. Loomer has been named dean of the School of Dentistry. He began Feb. 1.

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fight cancer

Fighting back against cancer

Four projects promoting the fight against cancer at UT Health San Antonio received a multimillion dollar boost. 

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nursing student

Specializing in primary care

The School of Nursing has a new bachelor’s degree specializing in primary care. Classes will begin summer 2019.

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Going global

An educational initiative between UT Health San Antonio and a university in Mexico gains UN approval for its work to improve nursing education and health care on both sides of the border.

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students in clinic

Among the top

The Long School of Medicine was recognized as a finalist for the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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Biobank to boost bioresearch

It will accelerate the pace of biomedical research in key research areas including cancer, Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative diseases, heart disease and aging. 

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dental clinic

A commitment to education and health

A new endowment supports one family’s longstanding commitment to education and health care for the Laredo community, a medically underserved area.

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Barshop Institute

A legacy of support

A $1 million gift will name the Zachry Laboratory at the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies building, currently under construction.

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Gala 2018

A golden celebration

A record attendance helped raise more than $500,000 at the annual President’s Gala to establish the Peggy and Lowry Mays Patient Care Endowment. 

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The latest news in faculty and staff honors and recognitions.

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Barshop Institute and South Texas Research Facility

Momentum is building

Having missions of education, research and patient care is perhaps what best defines an academic health center. But our climb to the summit does not stop there.

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