After undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, many people experience a lapse in memory, known as chemo brain. Along with memory problems, chemo brain can also include having trouble concentrating, taking more time to finish simple tasks, and having trouble multi-tasking. The cause of chemo brain is currently unknown, but researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) have recently discovered a possible cause of chemo brain. (Image on right courtesy of Wikimedia).Read More
Science Market Update
2014 started off with a bang in terms of interest in lab products at Texas A&M and the Texas Medical Center BioResearch Product Faire™ Sales Events last week, with 60 lab suppliers presenting their 2014 offerings to the over 600 participating researchers seeking new products, networking, and fact finding.
If you are a researcher interested in learning about the latest life science solutions available on the laboratory supply market, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. invites you to meet other researchers and lab supply sales reps at our Houston BioResearch Product Faire™ Event on January 30th, 2014. This event is the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues and find the right life science solutions to your problems in the lab.
The traditional glaucoma treatment market for Americans suffering from glaucoma has been limited in the past, but Texas Medical Center doctors now have access to a new, minimally invasive treatment available only at the Houston Methodist Hospital. Glaucoma causes increased fluid pressure on the eye and cause blindness if it goes untreated. Traditional treatments include eye drops and surgery, which entails cutting a small hole in the eye to drain the fluid. (Texas Medical Center)
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The southernmost tip of the great state of Texas is known as the Rio Grande Valley (see map below), and University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa is campaigning hard for the establishment of a South Texas School of Medicine, to be part of a new regional University of Texas research campus. UT already has two smaller campuses in the Rio Grande Valley, in Edinburg and Brownsville; mid-way between those two border cities is Harlingen, which is currently home to a Regional Academic Health Center that, under the Cigarroa plan, would become a full-fledged medical school. The new UT university campus would incorporate both the Brownsville and Edinburg college campuses, but with greater resources available to strengthen its research capacity. UT System Board of Regents voted to approve both plans last month. The next step is to convince the state legislature to give its support.
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In an attempt to shore up both the reputation and functionality of the nations's largest state-funded cancer agency, officials at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) just announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret Kripke as the agency's new chief scientific officer. The embattled agency has faced accusations from many of its key scientists that irregularities and favoritism in the funding process have undermined their scientific credibility and put commercialization above research.
Storms both meteorological and political have dominated the front page news in the past month, but the upset that has rocked Texas' Cancer Prevention & Research Institute (CPRIT) since the spring continues to make headlines in the science press. The journal Nature has published regular editorials since the flap began, intensifying in late October with the exodus of chief scientific officer and Nobel winner Alfred Gilman (right) and nearly 30 other scientists from the state cancer funding agency's review board. Here is our recap of the story, the issues at stake, and a look at where CPRIT is positioned to go from here.
New research at Texas Medical Center is underway at the newly opened Neurological Sleep Medicine Center in the Memorial Hermann Hospital. This progress is taking place amidst the tireless construction and restless activity of downtown Houston.
The Texas Medical Center in Houston already has a well-respected trauma care program that includes Ben Taub Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight program. After the center announced the establishment of the Texas Trauma Institute, the Texas Medical Center’s ability to care for high-risk emergency patients made another great leap forward. According to The Memorial Examiner, the Texas Trauma Institute plans to dedicate its resources and advance research in ways that will continue to improve patient survival and quality of life for both adult and pediatric trauma victims.