Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Research spotlight
New research at the Health Science Center examines the effects of intermittent hypoxia -- cycles of a moderately low level versus a normal level of oxygen -- on the body's ability to adjust to alcohol withdrawal.  The hope is that further evaluation will result in therapies that can improve the recovery time for patients experiencing alcohol withdrawal. Marianna Jung, PhD ('97), assistant professor of Pharmacology, is principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded study.

UNTHSC teams up with TCU for Frogs for the Cure game
UNTHSC volunteers will participate in "Frogs for the Cure" events during TCU's football game against BYU on Oct. 16. The Health Science Center will have a tent in Frog Alley before the game. Frogs for the Cure raises awareness and funds to find a cure for breast cancer.

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

DO Dash: The annual 5K run hosted by Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students is on Oct. 9 at the Health Science Center. Learn more at www.do-dash.org.

To Your Health Gala: "White Coat. Black Tie." is the theme for the annual gala on Oct. 23 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth. Call (817) 735-2445 for tickets.

ZS Pharma receives Emerging Technology Fund Grant
TECH Fort Worth client ZS Pharma, Inc. has received $2 million in an Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) investment from the State of Texas. This investment will provide ZS Pharma the funds to develop oral sorbents designed to eliminate life-threatening toxins that build up in patients with either liver or kidney disease. At the UNT Health Science Center, ZS Pharma will spend a portion of the ETF funding on activities to advance the commercialization of its technology. TECH Fort Worth is a nonprofit business incubator that partners with the UNT Health Science Center to help entrepreneurs bring innovative technologies to market.

UNT Health expands to Alliance Corridor
As the population of Northeast Tarrant County continues to boom, UNT Health will make health care more convenient and accessible to residents. In January 2011, UNT Health at Alliance, a new multi-specialty medical site, will open its doors. UNT Health at Alliance will offer adult primary care including OB/Gyn and certified nurse midwife services, as well as general internal medicine. The facility will be located at 12650 N. Beach St. in the Saratoga Market Place.

School of Public Health offers new professional degree
The School of Public Health now offers a new generalist Master of Public Health Professional Option program that can be completed entirely through evening courses. Other one-, two- and three-year degree plans are available with day and evening schedules. This 42-semester credit-hour, interdisciplinary degree provides education and training for professionals in any field who want to strengthen their general knowledge and skills in public health. Learn more at www.hsc.unt.edu/education/sph.

TCOM offers new international rotation
The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine will offer its first registered elective rotation in Lilongwe, Malawi, to fourth-year students in 2011. There will be two opportunities for students to spend a four-week rotation in the east-central African country, which will expose students to more hands-on training opportunities.

Convocation of Practices focuses on primary care improvements
The UNT Health Science Center's Primary Care Research Institute (PCRI) will host the second annual NorTex Convocation of Practices: Translating Research into Improved Patient Care forum on Saturday, Oct. 2, followed by a mini-health fair on Oct. 9. The conference, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Medical Education and Training (MET) Building, is for researchers and clinical practitioners and will address primary care and ongoing research. Learn more at www.hsc.unt.edu/education/pace.

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