July 2019
Texas BIomed Wins New Funding for Important Heart Disease Study

Texas Biomed has been awarded a $3 million grant to continue its work on the Strong Heart Study of American Indians (SHS). This is one of the largest and longest-running epidemiological and genetic studies involving Native Americans in the country. Associate Professor Shelley Cole, Ph.D., will be part of the study that began 30 years ago. "We really want to find culturally appropriate ways of improving American Indian health," said Dr. Cole, who is also the co-lead of the Population Health program at Texas Biomed.
HIV-infected and uninfected immune cells interact. Courtesy NIH Image Gallery
Scientists Pinpoint New Mechanism that Impacts HIV Infection

A team of scientists led by Texas Biomed's Assistant Professor Smita Kulkarni, Ph.D. and Mary Carrington, Ph.D., at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, published results of a study that pinpointed a long noncoding RNA molecule which influences a key receptor involved in HIV infection and progression of the disease. This newly-identified mechanism could open up a new avenue for control of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The article was published in the journal Nature Immunology.

Texas Biomed teaming up with Science Friday!

Dr. Ricardo Carrion and Dr. Jean Patterson are featured speakers at the taping of the popular public radio show Science Friday with host Ira Flatow. They will be talking about the important research that takes place in our high containment labs on diseases like Ebola. Join us at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 10th. If they haven't sold out, tickets are available at this link! Or, you can catch it when it airs on Texas Public Radio, 89.1 KSTX-FM, on Friday, August 16th, at 1 p.m.
Giving Students a Global View
Two groups of San Antonio area high school students taking part in the UT Health Public Health Camp this summer visited Texas Biomed. They got a tour of the Southwest Nati onal Primate Research Center and firsthand look at a malaria lab. They also learned about our scientists' efforts to find new treatments and cures for Ebola. A total of 70 students came to our campus.Their visit taught them to think about public health as a global issue!

Wendy Rigby
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