UTSW Researchers One Step Closer to Stopping Disease Causing Thousands of Painful Tumors

Imagine having a condition that covers your body with thousands of small tumors. Not only are they disfiguring, but they itch, are painful, catch on your clothing, bleed, and can become infected. The only thing worse than the physical pain is the emotional distress of trying to hide them, if possible. The condition is called neurofibromatosis type 1, and occurs in one in 3,000 people. UT Southwestern researchers have created a model and identified a marker for the cell of origin for NF1 tumors, allowing them to learn more about how they form and possibly slow their growth. “Because of this model,… Full Story

How Fort Worth is Reducing Healthcare Costs for City Employees

Talk to any healthcare executive, and they will discuss “bending the cost curve.” That means most healthcare providers, insurance networks, and employers are hoping just to slow the increase in healthcare costs, not reduce them. But for Fort Worth’s 14,000 employees, dependents, and retirees, their healthcare spending is heading toward being $4.8 million under budget for fiscal year 2018, according to the Dallas Morning News. How are they doing it? The city is offering an option to sign up with  Southwestern Health Resources, an accountable care organization where UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources have partnered to offer coordinated care.… Full Story

The 2019 Breakthrough Prize Winner in Life Sciences is a Local Researcher

A UT Southwestern researcher is one of the recipients of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize, which awards achievements in the fields of physics, life sciences, and mathematics. UT Southwestern’s Zhijian “James” Chen, who also works for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, was honored for his work in life sciences for discovering how DNA triggers immune and autoimmune responses from the interior of a cell. His research looks to improve the immune system’s defense against pathogens, malignant cells, and diseases such as lupus. Chen will win $3 million, which is one of the most generous science prizes in the world. Chen is the… Full Story

UT Southwestern Wins National Diversity Award

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received an award for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in high education. Earlier this week, the center won the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a higher education publication focused on diversity. “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine via media… Full Story

Clements University Hospital Named a Rising Star Again

William P. Clements University Hospital has once again been recognized for its quality and safety, receiving the Vizient Quality Leadership Rising Star Award earlier this week. The award recognizes academic medical centers that improve their year-over-year rankings in Vizient’s accountability study, which looked at safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity of care. Clements is no stranger to recognition, as they were named the number one hospital in Dalllas and number two hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in August’s Best Hospitals ranking. The hospital was also named a Rising Star by the University Healthcare Consortium in 2015.… Full Story

Susan G. Komen To Fund $600,000 Grant For Breast Cancer Research At UTSW

Dr. Carlos Arteaga of UT Southwestern Medical Center is the recipient of a $600,000 Susan G. Komen organization research grant that will help him improve precision in breast cancer treatment while preventing drug resistance. Arteaga serves as the Director of the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and Associate Dean of Oncology Programs at UT Southwestern. While 90 percent of breast cancer patients survive for 5 years, more than 40,000 women still die from the disease each year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute. According to the Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin journal, 90 percent of failures in chemotherapy… Full Story

After ‘Big Bang’ Discovery, UTSW Center for Alzheimer’s Gets $700K Boost From Aging Mind Foundation

The Aging Mind Foundation has handed over a $700,000 check to UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases and the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute to help continued efforts in finding the root cause of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It’s the largest chunk of money put together yet by the five-year-old nonprofit, which gives to a different dementia research-focused philanthropy each year. Aging Mind has given about $2 million overall, with an emphasis on programs that look specifically at the cause of Alzheimer’s. “You can’t do anything else correctly until you know what’s causing it,”… Full Story

Two UT Southwestern Faculty Members Receive Endocrine Society Laureate Awards

A couple of UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty members learned this week that they’re winners of heralded Laureate Awards from the Endocrine Society. Dr. Helen Hobbs, director of the Eugene Mcdermott Center for Human Growth and Development, takes home the 2019 Gerald D. Aurbach Award for Outstanding Translational Research. It’s the latest in a very decorated stretch for Hobbs, whose work led to the development of a new class of drugs for treating high cholesterol by identifying how certain genetic variants impact cardiometabolic health. Carole Mendelson, a professor of biochemistry and obstetrics and gynecology, receives the Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished… Full Story

UT Southwestern COO Departs To Lead Hospitals and Clinics at University of Iowa

Suresh Gunasekaran, who has served as chief of operations for UT Southwestern Medical Center since 2015, has been named associate vice president of University of Iowa Health Care and CEO of UI Hospitals & Clinics, UI Health Care announced this week. In addition to serving as COO, Gunasekaran had a hand in UTSW’s partnership with Texas Health Resources, serving as senior executive officer for the population health services side of the collaboration. UIHC says here that he’ll make $800,000 a year, pending Board of Regents approval. In April, Gunasekaran sat on a Startup Week panel that I moderated. You’ll find… Full Story

UT Southwestern Named Top Hospital in DFW, Second in State by U.S. News

UT Southwestern Medical Center again took the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth, topping Baylor University Medical Center and Medical City Dallas. UT Southwestern came in as the second best hospital in the state, and it was nationally ranked for seven specialties: Geriatrics (No. 18), Diabetes & Endocrinology (21), Neurology & Neurosurgery (21), Nephrology (25), Urology (34), Pulmonology (43), and Orthopedics (49). The annual Best Hospitals listings from U.S. News are a product of an analysis of data from about 5,000 medical centers, and survey responses from more than 30,000… Full Story