Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

MD school support
A meeting to update community supporters of the MD school proposal was held on campus on Feb. 11.  Approximately 70 attended.  Board of Visitors member Paul Saenz, DO (’86), sent a note following the meeting that said: “I was very impressed with the diversity of leadership that represents the Fort Worth community’s continued and unwavering support of TCOM, and I am confident in TCOM’s continued prosperity and emergence as one of the top medical schools in the nation.”

Students receive National Health Service Corps scholarships
Julie Leber (TCOM '14) recently received a National Health Service Corps scholarship award. These scholarships pay for the education of carefully chosen medical professionals, who in turn agree to practice in rural and inner-city areas for two to four years. Recipients receive full tuition and a small stipend to live on while in school. Some 1,800 apply each year but only 250 are chosen. Leber joins previously announced UNTHSC recipients Misty Nobles (PAS '13) and Alesha Shaver (PAS '12).

Did you know?
For the past four years, TCOM has continuously ranked first or second in the country on Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) Levels 1 and 2. The COMLEX examination, the licensing exam for the osteopathic profession, is taken at the end of the second year and during the fourth year of medical school.

Research Appreciation Day – April 1
President's Invitational Golf Tournament - April 5
North Texas Health Forum – April 7-8
Neurobiology of Aging Symposium - April 15
Health Disparities Conference – June 16-17


$3.5 million grant helps DNA Lab extend training
The Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center recently received a three-year $3.5 million grant from Life Technologies Corporation, a leader in forensic DNA testing systems, to train researchers from around the world in forensic DNA analysis techniques. This first-of-its-kind, accelerated academic certification program will train forensic scientists to process samples and populate databases worldwide for use in criminal investigations and identity verification.

Eye experts converge at UNTHSC for international conference
The UNT Health Science Center and its North Texas Eye Research Institute hosted an international conference for the Association for Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (AOPT) 10th Scientific Meeting this month on campus. Clinicians, academicians and industry scientists from around the globe came together to share new discoveries related to the treatment of eye disease, one of UNTHSC's top research areas. The conference featured 48 speakers, with Bill Hauswirth, PhD, professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine, presenting the keynote address about advances in gene therapy for ocular disease.

Alzheimer's, dementia experts warn parents about concussions
Research by James Simpkins, PhD, into causes and treatments of dementia and Alzheimer's disease corroborates recent associations between concussions and brain injury with Alzheimer's and dementia later in life. Studies at UNTHSC show that brain injury causes cognitive decline and damage to the hippocampus, a brain area essential for short-term memory.

UNT Health at Alliance to host community open house
Jaremy James, DO, general internal medicine specialist, and Christopher Stevens, MD, board-certified OB/Gyn, and certified nurse midwives Kathleen Donaldson, Candis Hicks, Lindsay Kragle, Tania Lopez, Summer Latta and Gloria Glidewell, will host an open house later this spring celebrating the debut of the newest UNT Health office, located in the growing Alliance area. The community may enjoy refreshments, meet the physicians and their staff, ask questions and tour the neighborhood's newest doctor's office at 12650 N. Beach, Suite 148, in the Saratoga Marketplace. To better meet patients' increasing health care needs, proven health-care delivery models, such as group medical visits, are planned for the new office, as well as extended hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (817)735-2100.

UNTHSC ties on its running shoes for the Cowtown
The Health Science Center is warming up to once again serve as a sponsor of the annual Cowtown marathon and associated races. The six-race event, which was founded by UNTHSC and is now in its 33rd year, has expanded to a full weekend of activities and moved to a new location at Will Rogers Memorial Center. UNTHSC will be an exhibitor in the Health and Fitness Expo Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, in the Amon Carter Exhibits Hall. UNT Health will sponsor a health fair from 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, in the Central Texas Room at Will Rogers Memorial Center. The fair, which is free of charge to the public, will provide bone density scans, glucose checks, manipulative therapy, body fat analysis and other basic health screenings. Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Chair of Surgery Al Yurvati, DO ('86), will serve as the medical director for the races, the proceeds of which benefit children's fitness promotion. Some 23,000 runners are expected to participate this year.


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