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UTHealth Houston associate professor aims to improve people’s lives in hometowns like her own

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, pictured with her husband, Troy, and stepdaughters, Abigail and Coral. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD).

October 12, 2021

San Diego, Texas is a quiet two-stoplight town with a strong history in agriculture, ranching, and oil and gas. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know neighbors, and people look out for one another. It’s also a place where health disparities are visible, and the hometown of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).


UTHealth awarded nearly $10 million for public health informatics workforce development program

Photo of UTHealth building.

October 7, 2021

In order to develop a talent pipeline with individuals from diverse backgrounds in public health and data science to address future public health response, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $10 million cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).


CPRIT grant awarded to train new cancer prevention researchers

UTHealth-CPRIT Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program directors.

October 1, 2021

An innovative program that aims to increase the number of cancer prevention scientists and boost cancer health equity across the state led by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). 




Scuba diver back to doing what she loves, thanks to heart procedure

Photo of Caroline Wolbrecht diving in Roatan, Honduras. Thanks to her doctor from UTHealth and UT Physicians, Caroline Wolbrecht can once again go scuba diving without worrying about side effects from her PFO. (Photo courtesy of Caroline Wolbrecht)

June 28, 2021

When she isn't working at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), 55-year-old Caroline Wolbrecht of Houston loves to scuba dive. 

However, that hobby was put in jeopardy due to a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a heart condition that she didn't even know she had for years. 


Texas Health Informatics Alliance launches, opens registration for its first conference

Photo of red wall at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics.

June 21, 2021

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has joined forces with two other University of Texas System institutions to form the Texas Health Informatics Alliance (THIA), which aims to enhance health informatics across the state through partnerships in research, data, policy, education, standards, and workforce development.





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