Excellence In Healthcare Part II: The Research, Wellness, Outreach Initiatives Shaping Dallas-Fort Worth

Last year, in introducing D CEO’s inaugural Excellence in Healthcare awards, we highlighted the economic impact of healthcare on North Texas. It’s a $52 billion industry that accounts for close to 600,000 jobs throughout the region. But it’s also a field whose benefits can’t be conveyed by just the numbers; it’s made up of men and women whose work often has life-or-death implications. This year’s Excellence in Healthcare program honors 15 finalists and winners in 10 categories, selected by the editors from more than 100 nominations. Head here for Part I.  Achievement in Medical Research: Dr. Ajay Goel, director of… Full Story

UTSW Doctors Are Tackling Obesity With Medical Research

More than one out of three adults in the United States is obese. That leads to millions of deaths each year from a host of related conditions that are largely preventable, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Fortunately, research by a team led by Dr. David Mangelsdorf of UT Southwestern Medical Center could help. Mangelsdorf, chair and professor of pharmacology, is looking into proteins called nuclear receptors, which flip genes on and off. Full Story

Clinical Drug Trials Aren’t Representative of America; This Group Wants to Change That

Advocates say clinical trials are not representative of the racial makeup of the United States, which could mean that treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration will have unforeseen complications on certain demographics. A national push begun this week is aiming to change that by increasing diversity in the trials. Full Story