A supplement to the Mission magazine highlighting advancements at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the heroes who help make them happen.
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Innovation, Technology, Talent
Inside the South Texas Research Facility

South Texas Research facility

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The South Texas Research Facility is scheduled for completion in 2010. Opportunities to name a lab or help purchase vital equipment in the facility are available. Visit www.uthscsa.edu/development or call (210) 567-6395.

Robert Clark, M.D., director of the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science, will establish the Biomedical Informatics Development Program, which will support research and clinical programs with high-performance computational solutions and approaches. The program will integrate clinical research, medicine and population data toward enhancing research processes, patient care and community health.

Jack Lancaster, Ph.D., professor of radiology and director of the biomedical imaging analysis division at the Research Imaging Center, is focusing on mapping and modeling of the human brain by expanding on technologies such as MRI, CT and PET. His radiology and biomedical engineering Ph.D. students are investigating new ways to measure and model biological systems in the body.

Christopher Jenkinson, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, is studying several genes that may cause type 2 diabetes.
See story, “Diabetes Detectives.”

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Using a mass spectrometer, a powerful analytical tool, scientists can learn minute details about proteins that will help them better explain basic biomedical processes, understand disease progression and determine the effectiveness of new therapies. Susan Weintraub, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, is the director of the Mass Spectrometry core laboratory.

Peter J. Hornsby, Ph.D., professor of physiology, is working with researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio to develop a tiny biosensor that when strategically placed within the body, will provide continuous readings of medication levels. The device will send signals to an output device the size of a wristwatch providing vital monitoring and readouts, thus eliminating the need to prick a finger for blood samples.
Read about Dr. Steven Bailey’s work with nanosensors in cardiovascular research.

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