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There are many complex factors that can make it hard for persons with obesity to lose weight, says Richard Peterson, M.D., M.P.H., FACS. Dr. Peterson directs the UT Medicine San Antonio Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.The $1 million J.M.R. Barker Foundation gift will provide $600,000 to Kenneth M. Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D. He and his team are developing a new class of nonaddictive painkillers based on the chemicals that give chili peppers their burning sensation.Carlayne Jackson, M.D., will receive $335,000 from the J.M.R. Barker Foundation to provide continuing support for the UT Health Science Centerís South Texas ALS Clinic. ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is also known as Lou Gehrigís disease.
The School of Nursing, led by Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, gets the lionís share of nearly $2 million awarded to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc.Helen Parsons, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, said the St. Baldrickís Foundation grant will help the UT Health Science Center launch its Adolescent/Young Adult Survivorship Program. <em>Click on picture to make it larger.</em>Borries Demeler, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, is co-principal investigator of a $5 million National Science Foundation grant that will fund further development of a virtual tool that helps scientists from around the world analyze data using supercomputers in three locations. <em>Click on picture to make it larger.</em>
The <em>…xito!</em> Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training Program offers information, tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and  career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.Masterís-degree students or masterís-trained health professionals are encouraged to apply for the program, which offers nine $5,000 internships. <a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2nPu2lM_HU&feature=youtu.be >View this video about the program</a>.

Health Science Center psychiatrist Marian Moca, M.D., is taking the lessons learned from the Sandy Hook tragedy to reach out to schoolchildren in the Rio Grande Valley. He and his team are developing an anti-bullying program based on an award-winning class he developed in Connecticut. <em>Click on picture to make it larger.</em>
 

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