Discovery: New Tool Helps Assess Heart Attack Risk, Young TCU Geniuses Busting Myths

Also, UT Dallas honors two professors for their research mentoring prowess. Here are some of the research projects underway in North Texas aimed at making our lives better.



Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchWhat are your risks for a heart attack? A tool developed by a team of researchers led by cardiologiest at UT Southwestern Medical Center may be able to more accurately predict which people in the 40-65 age range are at the highest risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.

Amit Khera [Photo courtesy of UT Southwestern]

Called the Astronaut Cardiovascular Health and Risk Modification (Astro-CHARM) calculator, the tool was developed by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute along with the UTSW team led by Dr. Amit Khera. It’s designed to facilitate precise cardiovascular risk assessment for astronauts and the gneral public.

“We found that the Astro-CHARM tool significantly improves cardiovascular risk prediction. It will be an important step forward in decision-making for preventive treatments in the general population for people in midlife,” said Khera, professor of internal medicine and director of UT Southwestern’s Preventive Cardiology Program, in a statement. 

“Cardiovascular risk assessment can also be critical in younger populations, particularly those in high-risk occupations,” Khera said.

The full study on Astro-CHARM was published in the journal Circulation.

Find about more about the assessment tool here.


Cannan Huey-You (center) with Mythbusters Jr. host Adam Savage (left) and another cast member. [Photo via Mythbusters Jr. Promo]


Two young genius TCU students — emphasis on young — are spending the summer working on the new Mythbusters Jr. television show, and from a promotional video for the show, it appears they’re having a blast doing their mythbusting research. Yes, they are blowing things up.

Cannan Huey-You, a 12-year-old sophonore at TCU, is one of six young scientists the show is featuring in front of the camera, while his older brother, Carson, 15, a TCU graduate student, is working behind the cameras as an intern. He’s working with producers ahead of filming to make calculations and plan for experiments, The Dallas Morning News reported.

“We’re still blowing stuff up and testing the same kind of theories as Mythbusters always has.” 

Cannan Huey-You

Original mythbuster Adam Savage has returned to host the show on the Science Channel. The Morning News said the brothers are in San Francisco filming the show.

“It’s like the best summer camp ever,” Cannan told the Morning News’ Eva-Marie Ayala. “We’re still blowing stuff up and testing the same kind of theories as Mythbusters always has.”

Carson was the youngest student to ever attend TCU, earning a degree in physics last spring at the age of 14. He’s working on master’s and doctorate degrees concurrently in physics. Cannan is seeking majors in engineering, and physics and astronomy.


Robert Gregg (left) was recognized for mentoring undergraduate researchers. At right, Provost Inga Musselman presents the award for mentoring graduate student researchers to Dr. Suresh Radhakrishnan. [Photos courtesy of UT Dallas]


Many of us have benefitted from mentors who shared their knowledge and perspectives. 

The University of Texas at Dallas has recognized two educators with the 2018 Provost’s Awards for Faculty Excellence in Research Mentoring, recognizing the support and guidance they give to student researchers.

The university said the Robert Gregg, assistant professor in bioengineering and mechanical engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded for undergraduate research mentoring. Suresh Radhakrishnan, professor and information management in the Naveen Jindal School of Management, was honored for mentoring graduate students.

“Bobby Gregg and Suresh Radhakrishnan are outstanding examples of faculty who not only have highly productive research programs, but also generously share their time and expertise with students,” Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Inga Musselman said in a university news release.


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