UT Southwestern Develops System To Identify Genetic Anomalies Connected To Cancer

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a system to identify genetic anomalies connected with a childhood cancer, a step toward developing treatment as well as discovering genetic influences on other cancers. The exact role the anomalies play in contributing to the cancer is still hazy, but UT Southwestern says the experimental system can help researchers begin to decipher the meaning. The process involves predicting which genes might be associated with the cancer using Bayesian inference, a statistical technique for measuring probability, and verifying these predictions by isolating genes through Crispr-Cas9, a gene-editing tool. After analyzing data from 290… Full Story

UT Southwestern Immunologist Receives $300,000 Research Grant

Dr. Tiffany Reese, a UT Southwestern Medical Center immunologist, received the Pew Scholar award in Biomedical Sciences to investigate maternal inflammation during pregnancy and how it alters the immunity of the developing fetus. Funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Scholars Program, the award allows Reese a 4-year grant for $300,000 to conduct her studies as one of 22 recipients chosen across the country. The program is targeted toward early-career scientists tackling some of the world’s most pressing health problems. “These awards are very difficult to get and I know there’s a lot of stiff competition out there, so I was… Full Story

Texas and DFW Are All Over This List Of The Top 10 Affordable Med Schools For Out-of-Staters

Two of the top 10 lowest cost medical schools for out-of-state students are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, and seven of the 10 are in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 69 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, average tuition for out-of-state students during 2017-18 was $58,000—more than the average for private med schools, which is around $55,000. Things are different in the Lone Star state. In DFW, Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center came in at $33,621 and Fort Worth-based UNT Health Science Center at $34,854. Here’s all 10: 1. University of Central Florida ($31,063) 2.… Full Story

The Story Of A Dallas Doctor And A Brain In A Bucket

I know I’ve already pointed you toward one big ol’ magazine story today, and I know you don’t have time to sit around reading 5,000-word story after 5,000-word story, but if I may, this is another you’ll want to store away until the next time you can dive in (maybe now!). Written by Jessica Pishko, it is the tale of a brain that came from a cadaver at UT Southwestern Medical Center, perhaps not under correct protocols, and allowed a doctor here in Dallas to strengthen his testimony in a New Zealand murder case. The verdict came back guilty. That’s… Full Story

New Research Says Discouraging Continuity Of Care Could Be A Mistake

These days, thanks to the intertwined factors of regulation and consolidation, long-lasting patient-physician relationships are fewer and farther between. But recently, a few researchers have set out to quantify the positive effects of care continuity. One of those researchers is right here in Dallas. Southern Methodist University’s Vishal Ahuja, an assistant professor of operations management, looked at a massive swath of Veterans Affairs data related to Diabetes patients. He analyzed how care continuity—in other words, long-term relationships between patients and doctors—impacted hospitalizations, length of stay, and 30-day readmissions. “In all three cases, what I found was: the better the care… Full Story

UT Southwestern Surgeon Becomes Second in the U.S. To Perform New, Catheter-based Aneurysm Repair

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center became the first in Texas—and the second in the U.S.—to perform a new procedure to repair the aortic arch above the heart without opening the chest, an approach that the lead surgeon says could start to take off in the wake of his first success. In April Dr. Carlos Timaran, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern, performed the minimally invasive procedure on 77-year-old James Isbon, who had been suffering from an aneurysm in his aortic arch. The method requires two small neck incisions and needle-hole access in the groin. Timaran worked with cardiovascular surgeons… Full Story

Meet The 2018 Winner Of The Most Prestigious Accolade A UT Southwestern Student Can Receive

Philip Tolley’s journey to medicine began with a broken collarbone. After injuring it while playing football in high school, Tolley’s interest in becoming a doctor piqued as he experienced the long recovery process. “That forced me to be see the medical side of it,” Tolley says, “and made me realize that I wanted to be a part of that.” Last month, Dr. Tolley accepted the Ho Din Award, the most prestigious accolade a UT Southwestern Medical Center student can receive. Recipients represent the “ideal physician,” who demonstrates academic excellence and compassion within their communities. Tolley will receive the award—given out… Full Story

Active Shooting Threat Forces Evacuation At UT Southwestern

A letter found on campus at UT Southwestern Medical Center forced an evacuation of a non-clinical building housing academic offices on Monday morning. The letter threatened an active shooting, a UT Southwestern spokesperson said. UT Southwestern first notified the public of the event at about 11:30 a.m., and a spokesperson said that campus operations were returned to normal by 1 p.m. The evacuated building is part of the south campus. Campus police are continuing to investigate and will “maintain a heightened security presence and active patrol across campus,” the spokesperson said. Police are concealing the location and contents of the letter… Full Story

After Investigation On Houston’s St. Luke’s, A Look At How DFW Heart Transplant Centers Stack Up

The once renowned heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston has seen its performance slip in recent years, to the detriment of its patients, the Houston Chronicle and ProPublica report. The publications teamed up on a deep dive into the center’s sinking survival metrics. The nut ‘graph: But in recent years, the famed program has performed an outsized number of transplants resulting in deaths or unusual complications, has lost several top physicians and has scaled back its ambition for treating high-risk patients, all the while marketing itself based on its storied past, an investigation by the… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Gives Clinical Scholar Award to UTSW Cardiologist

A cardiologist from UT Southwestern Medical Center has been named the most recent Texas Health Resources Clinical Scholar. Dr. Ambarish Pandey will put the $750,000 career development award toward developing novel approaches to prevent heart failure and improve heart failure outcomes at a health system level. “We hope to develop and evaluate a screening strategy that may be integrated with the electronic health record system to identify individuals at high risk of heart failure, particularly heart failure with preserved ejection fraction,” Dr. Pandey said in a statement. “We also aim to evaluate a home-based cardiac rehabilitation program to target these… Full Story