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Scientists are developing a new diagnostic tool for liquid biopsies

December 11, 2017

Researchers at UT-Austin are developing a new diagnostic tool for use in medical tests called liquid biopsies to detect cancers and other diseases. The researchers are using an ancient bacterial enzyme,...

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Researchers use supercomputers to study the West Nile virus

November 30, 2017

Using the computing powers of the Texas Advanced Computing Center, TACC, at UT-Austin, researchers are making progress on the biological mechanisms of West Nile virus. The computational heavy lifting was...

Researchers use mathematical model to create shape-shifting objects

November 20, 2017

Mother Nature does it best, but researchers at UT-Austin and Harvard may have found a way to recreate a diverse array of biological patterns and shapes through reverse engineering. In a paper published...

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Dell Med partners with Association of British Healthcare Industries to create UK Innovation Hub

November 20, 2017

Texas doctors and researchers are reaching across the pond to collaborate with British healthcare companies. Dell Medical School is partnering with the Association of British Healthcare Industries,...

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Older adults may be at a higher risk of suicide, study says

November 16, 2017

Researchers at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work found that untreated depression and physical health issues are to blame for greater suicide among older Americans in a recent study published in The...

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Texas researchers to develop new technology to study brain circuitry

November 10, 2017

Scientists are making waves in brain research. Researchers involved in a multi-institutional Texas project are developing a new, non-invasive neuromodulation tool to enhance cognitive function in the...

McCombs launches new master’s degree to develop information management professionals

October 30, 2017

Students and industry professionals alike with an interest in information technology will have an opportunity to further their education at UT starting next summer. The McCombs School of Business is...

Fossilized hair is rare to find, UT researchers find

October 30, 2017

Although the word “fossil” brings bones to mind, it can also refer to other types of preserved remains. Now, UT researchers know why other body features, such as hair, are so rarely preserved...

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UT researchers create pen that detects cancer in 10 seconds

October 19, 2017

Some pens write, others detect cancer. UT researchers created a device called the MassSpec Pen, which can detect cancer during surgery within 10 seconds. The device was envisioned by Livia Eberlin,...

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Water reuse in Permian Basin has potential to reduce seismicity

October 12, 2017

A new study found that the reduce-reuse-recycle mantra may make oil drilling more productive. Researchers at UT-Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology found that reusing large amounts of water from...

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McDonald Observatory receives new telescope

October 12, 2017

UT astronomers are now one step closer to discovering the secrets of the skies. Over the next two years, the McDonald Observatory will be receiving a new one-meter telescope, expanding the Las Cumbres...

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Texas Docs Care program provides free medical services to Harvey victims

October 9, 2017

Doctors are only a text message or video chat away for Hurricane Harvey victims who need medical attention. A new program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center called Texas Docs Care is...

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Dell Medical School and Seton collaborate to target childhood obesity

October 5, 2017

A Dell Children’s Medical Center and Dell Medical School collaboration is remodeling a program targeting childhood obesity in January 2018. The Dell Medical School Department of Population Health...

UT students weigh in on iPhone X ahead of release

September 29, 2017

This year marks over a decade when the iPhone came into existence. On Jan. 9, 2007, Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone. This September, Apple announced the iPhone X. The new iPhone will include...

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As oceans warm, coral reefs could lose their ecological function

September 28, 2017

Climate change poses a serious threat to reef-building corals, but researchers found that corals can adapt to these current events if humans can adapt too. An international group of 22 researchers published...

Researchers create a periodic table of ecological niches

September 18, 2017

Using the metaphor of the periodic table of elements, ecologists have started to create a table to organize ecological niches that shows the relationships between lizards and their environment. Ecologist...

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Dell Medical School launches health care internship program

September 18, 2017

Dell Medical School is now offering a new opportunity for UT students of all majors to participate in the health care field. This past summer, Dell Medical School launched its first formalized internship...

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Dell Medical School pilot program cuts patient wait times

September 8, 2017

A pilot program launched by Dell Medical School, CommUnityCare Health Centers and Community Care Collaborative, has reduced wait times for women in Travis County who have no insurance or low incomes.  The...

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UT researchers discover new pain treatment

August 31, 2017

Opioids are prescribed by doctors for chronic pain management; however, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, 78 people die per day from an opioid-related overdose.  UT chemistry...

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New organization gives a hand to amputees through 3-D printing

May 1, 2017

Five hundred people lose limbs in the United States every day, yet there is no government agency to protect amputees’ interests, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Earlier...

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UT researchers study video games to solve issues in healthcare, education, environment

February 7, 2017

UT researchers are spending their days studying video games to solve issues in healthcare, education and the environment.  UT’s Simulations and Game Applications Lab, or SAGA, is focused...

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Texas Tribune Festival: Panelists declare “golden era” for cancer care

September 28, 2016

Fifty percent of all cancer cases are completely preventable, yet according to experts in the field, health care in Texas is not translating this number to real life. A panel of cancer experts and policy...

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Microscope maps negative space to create 3D images

September 20, 2016

Microscopic biological materials are ready for their 3D closeup. A new microscopy technique developed by UT researchers can visualize biological materials and other soft samples at the nanoscale level...

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Dell Medical School’s first class experiences new curriculum

September 12, 2016

Austin is known for entrepreneurship involving the food, music and tech industries, but now it’s emphasizing the medical industry. On Sept. 1, Dell Medical School’s director of humanities,...

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UT researchers study the possibilities of invisibility

September 7, 2016

In a 1966 episode of Star Trek, Mr. Spock told Captain Kirk: “Invisibility is theoretically possible, Captain, with selective bending of light.” UT researchers are now working to make Mr. Spock’s...

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Students use design to solve healthcare problems

May 2, 2016

When most people hear the word “design,” they think about fashion or interior design — but now UT students are using design to tackle healthcare. The Model Healthy Campus Internship...

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UT researchers create drug for anthrax

April 14, 2016

UT researchers have created a drug that can fight inhalational anthrax — the most deadly form of anthrax. Anthrax is a disease caused by a bacterium that releases lethal toxins, according to the...

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UT researchers highlight importance of water management

April 7, 2016

Rain or shine, good water management is necessary to improve a city’s sustainability.  UT researchers have recently found that when cities store surface water in underground aquifers they...

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Scientists discover 80-million-year-old dinosaur blood vessels

March 24, 2016

Dinosaur hearts haven’t pumped blood for millions of years, but thanks to UT researchers, their intact blood vessels are no longer a thing of the past. Scientists at UT and North Carolina State...

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US Surgeon General visits campus, calls for students to take action

March 4, 2016

The 19th Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, visited UT on Thursday with a call for action: Americans need to change their perception of health. Murthy challenged students to not...

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Typing up a diagnosis for Parkinson’s

February 26, 2016

Words per minute is not the only thing researchers can tell from a keyboarding test. UT scientists are analyzing typing patterns to diagnose patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s.  Neuroscience...

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UT scientists shed light on skin cancer

February 18, 2016

Some pens write. Others detect skin cancer.  James Tunnell, Cockrell School of Engineering professor, and Dr. Jason Reichenberg, dermatologist at Seton Medical Center, have combined their expertise...

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Suggs Lab uses tissue engineering to study tumors, vascular diseases

February 9, 2016

The human body has the amazing ability to heal itself naturally. However, sometimes even the body could use some help.  The Suggs Lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT-Austin is...