Discovery: A Dozen Top Stories from 2018

In an annual tradition, we look back on Dallas Innovates’ most-read stories in each of our buckets of innovation: Startup, Invention, Education, Social, Creative, and Enterprise. Here’s a roundup of the “Top 12” in Creative for 2018.

Lance Murray's weekly R&D column in Dallas Innovates

As we move into 2019, we’re reflecting on the stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year.

Each week, Lance Murray does a little research of his own, looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

Here are the 12 most-read discovery stories for 2018.


1. Reducing Cancer Risk 1 Cup at a Time, Scientist Seeks Clearer Images of Deadly Tumors

Let’s take a closer look at some of the research taking place at laboratories and universities across North Texas. Here are some of the stories of how they better our world.

coffee

[Photo: KucherAV/iStock]


2. Sway, TCU Partner on Sports Performance Research & UTA Gets $3.3M for Heart Study

Every day, researchers and scientists across North Texas are discovering new things to improve our health and make our lives easier. Here are some of their stories.

Alem Boukadoum (CEO, Sway Medical), Dr. Susan Weeks (Dean and Executive Director, Health Innovation Institute at TCU), Dr. Jonathan Oliver (Director, TCU Sport Science Center), and Chase Curtiss

Alem Boukadoum (CEO, Sway Medical), Dr. Susan Weeks (Dean and Executive Director, Health Innovation Institute at TCU), Dr. Jonathan Oliver (Director, TCU Sport Science Center), and Chase Curtiss (Founder & Chief Product Officer, Sway Medical) following Sway’s announcement of a multi-year financial commitment to TCU’s Sport Science Center. [Photo: Courtesy PRNewsfoto/Sway Medical]


3. Aiding a Fragile Mussel, Trial Seeks Multiple Myeloma Patients, 3-D Universe

Researchers and scientists across North Texas are doing important work to improve our lives, our health, and our world. Here are some of their stories.

Dr. Kentaro Inoue, Dr. Charles Randklev, and Michael Hart

Dr. Kentaro Inoue (far left), Dr. Charles Randklev, and Michael Hart with the Texas hornshell, the state’s first freshwater mussel to be listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. [Photo: Gabe Saldana/Texas A&M Agrilife]


4. Targeting Cancer Stem Cells, UTA Chemist Honored as Distinguished Scientist

Scientists and researchers in Dallas-Fort Worth are doing important work that improves our lives, our health, and our world. Here are some of their stories.

stem cells

UT Dallas researchers used 40,000 tiny plastic beads (blue), each coated with a unique chemical compound, to identify one compound that bound only to breast cancer stem cells, shown in red. [Photo: Courtesy UT Dallas]


5. How Genes Might Repair a Damaged Heart & Can Compounds Keep Tired Pilots Alert?

Plus, researchers may have found a common link between four neurological conditions. Find out more in the weekly roundup of research and development in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Lockheed Martin

[Photo: Courtesy Lockheed Martin Aeronautics]


6. UTD Study Probes Socioeconomic Impact on Brain, UTA Patents ‘Cancer Trap’

Plus, UT Southwestern examines high-tech mental health strategies. Find out more in the weekly roundup of research and development in Dallas-Fort Worth.

brain image

[Photo: Courtesy University of Texas at Dallas]


7. Solving Century-old Mystery Helps Scientist Win Prize, Grant Targets Measuring UAV Group Performance

Researchers across North Texas are making disoveries and conducting research that help make our world better. Here are some of their stories.

research

Dr. James Chen’s work helped solved a century-old medical mystery concerning the immune system. [Photo: Courtesy UT Southwestern]


8. New Tech to Battle Heart Failure, Crystals Behave Unexpectedly Under Heat

Research and scientific breakthroughs are happening every day in laboratories and universities across North Texas. Here are some of their stories.

heart failure

[Image: johan63/iStock]


9. UTSW Discovers Alzheimer’s ‘Big Bang,’ UNTHSC Scientist Tracks Mosquitoes for Your Health

Also, UNT professor Tao Yang has received an award for his research into electrical distribution microgrids. Here are some of the research projects underway in North Texas aimed at making our lives better.

Alzheimer's

[Photo: National Institute of Aging]


10. Findings Could Boost PTSD Treatment, Here’s Why You’re Thirsty After Drinking Alcohol

Scientists and researchers across North Texas are making breakthroughs and discoveries every day. Here are some of the stories of how they better our world.

Alcohol makes you thirsty

[Photo: Davincidig/iStock]


11. Finding Lung Cancer Therapies, 1 Compound at a Time; UTD Team Creates Better Smartphone Battery

Plus, nicotine has the potential to reduce inflammation in lupus patients and kids with hearing loss are more likely to be bullied. Find out more in our weekly look at R&D in Dallas-Fort Worth.

tuberculosis

[Illustration: Nerthuz/ iStock]


12. REHEAL Glove Aids Healing, UNT Team Creates Revolutionary Material

All across North Texas, scientists and researchers are developing new and exciting things and making revolutionary discoveries. Here some of their stories.

REHEAL

UT Arlington is developing a manufacturing process for the REHEAL glove. [Screenshot: via UTA video]


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In this roundup of research and development work going on in North Texas, you’ll also learn about a $3M gift to the UNT Health Science Center that will fund an endowed chair and benefit Alzheimer’s research.

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