Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

New chairs join TCOM, SPH
UNT Health Science Center welcomes David Mason, DO, as chair of the department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Dennis Thombs, PhD, as chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences for the School of Public Health.

Cardarelli earns second CPRIT grant
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded a $300,000 cancer prevention grant to the Health Science Center for a cervical cancer prevention program in Tarrant County. Kathryn Cardarelli, PhD, MPH ('99), will serve as director and principal investigator of the program. Cardarelli's first CPRIT grant is for a cancer prevention program in South Dallas.

Upcoming events
North Texas Eye Research Institute hosts a seminar for people over 55 with vision problems and their families on Aug. 28.

Reynolds Geriatric Update: UNTHSC hosts its annual conference on preventing falls and maintaining mobility in older patients on Sept. 18.

TCOM Reunion: TCOM alumni will celebrate their reunion and our 40th anniversary at the Health Science Center on Sept. 17-18.

Day in the District: On Sept. 25, Cultural District destinations will offer free admissions and free performances for Day in the District. The Health Science Center is once again participating in the event.

DO Dash: The annual 5K run hosted by Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students is Oct. 9.

To Your Health Gala: "White Coat. Black Tie." is the theme for the annual gala on Oct. 23.

Regents approve MD school at UNTHSC
The UNT System Board of Regents last week voted to approve the development of an MD degree program at the UNT Health Science Center. The MD program will be an independent fifth school in addition to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions. Approval comes upon completion of pre-approval requirements that the Board of Regents directed UNTHSC leadership to accomplish at the Regents' November 2009 meeting. The requirements were to secure $21.5 million in start-up funding from the community, establish an academic and business plan for the new school, ensure commitments to secure a strong future for all existing programs, and confirm relationships with area hospitals for student rotations and graduate training. We will ask the Texas Legislature to authorize the formation of an MD degree-granting medical school at UNTHSC. We will then work with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to earn full accreditation of the new program.

UNTHSC welcomes record number of new students
The Health Science Center campus has been a flurry of activity over the past few weeks with new students participating in orientation and starting classes. This fall we welcome more than 400 new students across all four schools increasing our total enrollment to 1570. The Health Science Center also welcomes 30 students to its inaugural class of our new Physical Therapy program.

UNTHSC named Military Friendly School again
The UNT Health Science Center has been named a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine - the second year in a row for the designation. The Health Science Center will be included in the 2011 Guide to Military Friendly Schools in September, as well as in a list at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. To create the Military Friendly Schools list, G.I. Jobs magazine considers institutions' policies, efforts and results used to recruit and retain military and veteran students.

Faculty, staff and students volunteer at Hispanic Wellness Fair
On Aug. 14, Health Science Center faculty, staff and students volunteered to provide health screenings and information to 5,800 attendees at Fort Worth's 12th annual Hispanic Wellness Fair. In all, 120 from UNTHSC volunteered-- making up nearly half of the event's entire volunteer team. The Health Science Center co-founded the Hispanic Wellness Fair in 1999 and continues to sponsor and contribute to the event annually.

DNA lab helps identify more than 550 victims
In the past few years, law enforcement agencies have ramped up efforts to identify victims from unsolved "cold" cases, and the Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center has been almost overwhelmed with the number of cases that flooded its office.  Since 2003, more than 2,700 samples of human remains have been analyzed by our forensic experts, and the two-year backlog has been reduced by 95 percent. Of the 550 samples that made an association in the CODIS national DNA database, 77 were "cold hits," meaning that there was no previous association between the victim and the reference sample. In 2010, the Center for Human Identification has helped close 83 cases, 17 of which were cold hits.

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