June 6, 2008


Dr. Robert T. Mallet, associate professor of Integrative Physiology
Dr. H. Fred Downey, regents professor of Integrative Physiology, and
Myoung-Gwi Ryou, doctoral student in Integrative Physiology
… made recent research discoveries that hypoxia can be remarkably beneficial to the heart.  Their findings, which were reported in the June 2008 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, may lead to new ways to protect hearts of patients at risk of coronary disease. The research, titled “Hypoxic Conditioning Suppresses Nitric Oxide Production upon Myocardial Reperfusion,” is funded by a research grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Al Yurvati, professor and chair of Surgery and TCOM class of ’86
… was elected chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS). The AOBS was founded in 1940 to examine and grant board certification to osteopathic surgeons. The board is made up of 20 members representing surgical specialties including general, neurological, plastic and reconstructive, urological, general vascular, cardiothoracic and surgical critical care.

Dr. Douglas Tatum, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
… was invited by the Fort Worth Chapter of Hadassah, a volunteer women’s organization, to serve as the local specialist at a program on human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.  Some members of the group heard Dr. Tatum speak at a seminar on HPV sponsored by the ForHER women’s health institute in February, and recognized him as the area’s “go-to guy” on the subject.

Dr. Bascom Bradshaw, TCOM class of ’01
… along with his wife, Tracy, published a children’s picture book about the importance of pet adoption from shelters. Find out more about, “Where Do Dingoes Come From?” on their Web site, www.dingothedog.com. Dr. Bradshaw is a board-certified aerospace medicine physician and is director of health services for the U.S. Army garrison at Doha, Qatar.

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