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Infection Fighting T-Cells Developed at BCM

Infection Fighting T-Cells Developed at BCM

Engineering T-cells against specific viruses is becoming more efficient and feasible thanks to a research effort led by Dr. Ann Leen, associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. Together with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Anastasia Papadopoulou and colleagues within the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor and from Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Leen published the ...

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BCM Researchers Reveal Changes in Gene Methylation Can Trigger Cancer

BCM Researchers Reveal Changes in Gene Methylation Can Trigger Cancer

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas have found that changes in gene methylation are sufficient to trigger cancer. The team designed a developmentally regulated genomic targeting of DNA methylation specifically silencing the p16 promoter, a tumor suppressor gene that controls cell division, and whose inactivation is among the most common and earliest epigenetic events in human cancer. Using ...

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National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

National School of Tropical Medicine Redirects NTD Angle to Pediatric Early Prevention

More than one billion people in the world are currently afflicted by one of the seventeen diseases classified as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), 500 million of which are children. In Texas alone, more than one million families with children are affected by NTDs. The Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is the first center in the world dedicated primarily ...

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Houston VA Medical Center and BCM Associate Statin Use With Lower Risk For Barrett’s Esophagus

Houston VA Medical Center and BCM Associate Statin Use With Lower Risk For Barrett’s Esophagus

A large case-control study conducted by researchers from the Houston VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine suggests that statins can be used to reduce the risk for developing Barrett’s esophagus. This new use of statins, which are commonly used for lowering cholesterol, was described in an article online ahead of print in the journal Gastroenterology by senior study ...

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BCM Cell and Gene Expert Malcolm Brenner Granted Pioneer Award by Human Gene Therapy Journal

BCM Cell and Gene Expert Malcolm Brenner Granted Pioneer Award by Human Gene Therapy Journal

The peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy has granted its Pioneer Award to renowned cell and gene therapy researcher Malcolm K. Brenner, MD, PhD, from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for his scientific achievements and leadership in the field of genetically modified T cells that can effectively target tumors. The journal is commemorating its 25th anniversary by granting 12 awards to researchers that study cell and gene ...

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BCM Researcher Part of Effort To Eradicate H. Pylori Bacteria in Effort To Reduce Gastric Cancer

BCM Researcher Part of Effort To Eradicate H. Pylori Bacteria in Effort To Reduce Gastric Cancer

One of the leading researchers in gastric cancer, David Graham, MD, professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said that this form of cancer could soon become eliminated through a program aimed at eliminating Helicobacter pylori. Gastric cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world, killing approximately 738,000 people in 2008. In the United States ...

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Texas Researchers Part of Marmoset Genetic Sequencing Effort That Could Offer Insight Into Human Reproductive Science

Texas Researchers Part of Marmoset Genetic Sequencing Effort That Could Offer Insight Into Human Reproductive Science

A Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis-led worldwide team of researchers has completed the genome sequence of the common marmoset, which is the first sequence of a New World Monkey. Recently published in the journal Nature Genetics, the study provides new information on the marmoset’s unique rapid reproductive system, physiology, and growth, and sheds new light ...

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Baylor Named Organizing Partner For 10th Annual World Stem Cell Summit

Baylor Named Organizing Partner For 10th Annual World Stem Cell Summit

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has joined the organizing panel of the 10th annual World Stem Cell Summit (WSCS), set to be held between December 3rd and 5th, 2014 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. As an “Organizing Partner,” Baylor will join five other organizations that will develop the agenda of the WSCS, ten years after hosting ...

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David Sugarbaker Joins BCM as New Chief of General Thoracic Surgery

David Sugarbaker Joins BCM as New Chief of General Thoracic Surgery

World renowned surgeon in lung cancer, esophageal cancer and mesothelioma treatment, Dr. David Sugarbaker, has joined Baylor College of Medicine as professor of surgery and the inaugural chief of the new division of general thoracic surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. Sugarbaker, who started seeing patients July 15th at the Baylor Clinic and will conduct surgeries at Baylor ...

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BCM Experts Highlight Lack of Mental Health Screening, Treatment Resources in Diabetes

BCM Experts Highlight Lack of Mental Health Screening, Treatment Resources in Diabetes

Mental health and diabetes experts expressed their concern about the need for more mental health screening and treatment resources for patients with diabetes, in an opinion article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Senior author Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics – psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, highlights the risk of depression, diabetes ...

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Mary Kay Foundation Names BCM As Part of $1.2 Million in Funding For New Cancer Research for Women

Mary Kay Foundation Names BCM As Part of $1.2 Million in Funding For New Cancer Research for Women

The Mary Kay Foundation has awarded a total of $1.2 million in grants to the 12 top institutions researching new treatments for cancer in the U.S. Major medical centers, which included Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, were awarded twelve grants of $100,000 each, after the research review committee reviewed more than 80 applications submitted to the Mary Kay Foundation. ...

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BCM Announces McNair Scholar Dr. Koen Venken

BCM Announces McNair Scholar Dr. Koen Venken

  Baylor College of Medicine recently announced through its webpage the nomination of Dr. Koen Venken, a scientist working on the development of pioneering technologies to identify cancer genes for new therapies, as the new McNair Scholar. The program, sponsored by the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, supports avant-garde scientists in the areas of breast and pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes, and ...

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BCM Oncology Medical Director Joins Actinium’s Scientific Advisory Board

BCM Oncology Medical Director Joins Actinium’s Scientific Advisory Board

The Medical Director for Hematologic Malignancy Clinical Research at the Texas Oncology-Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center in Dallas, Dr. M. Yair Levy, was appointed as a new member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Actinium Pharmaceuticals‘ lead product, Iomab-B. The New York city-based biopharmaceutical company focuses on immunotherapeutics for the treatment of advanced cancers. “We are gratified to add Dr. Levy ...

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BCM Research Uncovers Cellular Process Involved in Making Vaccines Effective

BCM Research Uncovers Cellular Process Involved in Making Vaccines Effective

A research team from Baylor College of Medicine has shown that the process of regulating, synthesizing, and degradating cellular components, known as autophagy, plays a major role in the cellular processes that control our immune system’s “memory,” which has yet to be fully explained. Our immune system is able to maintain long-term memories against viruses, which explains why vaccinations have been ...

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Baylor Professor Invests $5 Million in NanoViricides

Baylor Professor Invests $5 Million in NanoViricides

  Anti-influenza drug developer NanoViricides received a $5 million dollar investment from one of its independent board members, Dr. Milton Boniuk, MD, a Caroline F. Elles chair professor of ocular oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. The investment was made with a debt instrument used by companies to borrow capital at a fixed rate of interest known as a convertible ...

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BCM Study Highlights Effective Treatment Options For Traumatic Brain Injuries

BCM Study Highlights Effective Treatment Options For Traumatic Brain Injuries

Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital recently published a study where different treatment techniques for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) during early hospitalization were used, allowing blood transfusions at lower hemoglobin levels, therefore diminishing the risks associated with this treatment. Patients suffering from neurological injury frequently develop anemia, a common cause of secondary injury, which ...

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Neuroscience Lab at BCM Uncovers Fundamental Mechanisms for Neural Plasticity

Neuroscience Lab at BCM Uncovers Fundamental Mechanisms for Neural Plasticity

Research recently published in Nature Neuroscience from the laboratory of Dr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli at Baylor College of Medicine could lead to the development of new treatments for cognitive disorders. The work involves synaptic connections between neurons and an understanding of how they can be strengthened (potentiated) or weakened (depressed). “We have generated a variety of tools and reagents so that we can ...

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Baylor College of Medicine Included in the New Clinical Centers at the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Baylor College of Medicine Included in the New Clinical Centers at the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network

Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital will join forces as part of a new nation-wide network of doctors and scientists working to address prolonged undiagnosed medical conditions, as part of a newly awarded $7.3 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, one of six awarded recently as part of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network. The medical centers selected by the NIH will ...

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New Clinical Trial By US Oncology Research Tests Chemotherapy-Induced Hair Loss Therapy

New Clinical Trial By US Oncology Research Tests Chemotherapy-Induced Hair Loss Therapy

US Oncology Research, one of the leading community-based cancer research networks in America based in The Woodlands, Texas, and Baylor College of Medicine, have launched a clinical trial titled “Scalp Cooling Alopecia Prevention Trial” (SCALP), which will examine an existing scalp cooling system aiming to critically reduce or completely stop chemotherapy-related hair loss, which occurs in about 65% of cancer patients ...

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BCM’s National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital Prepare For Venom Conference

BCM’s National School of Tropical Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital Prepare For Venom Conference

The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine is hosting the second annual Houston Venom Conference, in collaboration with the Texas Children’s Hospital and the Houston Zoo. The conference will take place at Baylor, on June 28th between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will focus the diagnosis and management of terrestrial and aquatic envenomations. The day ...

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Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Risk May Be Caused by a Cell Mutation

Type 1 Diabetes Genetic Risk May Be Caused by a Cell Mutation

A group of researchers recently identified a gene that disrupts beta cells’ production of insulin, related to type 1 diabetes. The findings from the team, which included scientists from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, may improve knowledge of how diabetes genes work. The new diabetes study, published in the journal Cell, explores a new approach for keeping beta cells strong, as well as the ...

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Men Can Improve Their Health By Taking Six Basic Monitoring Tests, BCM Pathologist Suggests

Men Can Improve Their Health By Taking Six Basic Monitoring Tests, BCM Pathologist Suggests

The male population can significantly reduce the risks of developing diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer if they submit to six basic, regular check-ups and screening tests, suggests Dr. Thomas Wheeler, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, since early detection of most diseases contributes significantly ...

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BCM Immunotherapy Research Granted $250,000 Innovation Award to Fight Childhood Cancer

BCM Immunotherapy Research Granted $250,000 Innovation Award to Fight Childhood Cancer

Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy received a $250,000 Innovation Award to support innovative immunotherapy research. Researcher Dr. Stephen Gottschalk‘s work on innovative, new treatments for child patients with cancer led to the award, granted by the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Gottschalk, a professor of pediatrics, is working on a promising treatment ...

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BCM Researcher Involved In Human Genome Sequence Research Awarded With The Companion Of The Order Of Australia

BCM Researcher Involved In Human Genome Sequence Research Awarded With The Companion Of The Order Of Australia

Dr. Richard Gibbs, one of the researchers involved in the unveiling of the complete human genome sequence and founder of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia by the Australian government in recognition for his service to humanity. The ceremony will take place in Canberra, Australia this September. According ...

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