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TAMEST Honors UT Southwestern Researcher for Work on Parasitic Disease

by | Jan 20, 2023

An associate professor of pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas will receive the 2023 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Biological Sciences from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) for increasing the understanding of schistosomiasis, a disease caused by parasitic worms that infect hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people, including children....

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UT Southwestern develops VR training tool
UTSW, UT Dallas Collaborate on VR Training on Handling Violent Encounters in the E.R.
by | Jan 11, 2023
The collaboration has led to an innovative VR training tool that places physicians inside a virtual hospital examination room—where they experience a series of realistic patient encounters. The tool enables physicians to practice proven de-escalation tactics to help these incidents end peacefully.
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UT Southwestern Team’s Gene Editing Battles 1-in-250 Heart Condition
by | Dec 21, 2022
UT Southwestern researchers have used gene editing technology to develop what could be a breakthrough for dilated cardiomyopathy, a heart condition that affects one in 250 people worldwide. “The pace of this field is really breathtaking,” said Eric Olson, Ph.D., who co-led the study. “I expect that if this moves forward into patients, we’re not talking within decades—we’re talking within years.”​ 
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The Cary Council Awards $50K Grants to Three ‘DocStar’ Researchers at UTSW
by | Dec 12, 2022
The Cary Council—a group of young leaders dedicated to advancing early-stage research in support of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center—has announced three new "DocStars": Dominic Moon, M.D.; Robin Higashi, Ph.D.; and Proshad Efune, M.D. The UT Southwestern principal investigators will get $50,000 each to continue their pioneering work. Since launching the program in 2017, The Cary Council has awarded 15 grants, which attracted $9.4 million in additional funding.
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The Last Word: Carnegie Medal Recipient Lyda Hill on Why More Women Are Needed in Science and Medicine

In a ceremony Thursday night in New York City, Hill received a 2022 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy along with fellow recipients Dolly Parton, Manu Chandaria, and Lynn and Stacy Schusterman. Dallas Innovates wrote about Hill's honor back in August. She was recognized by the Carnegie Medal for supporting women in STEM fields and inspiring girls to be interested in STEM careers, in addition to being recognized for investments in the life sciences, including cancer and mental health research and treatment; conservation; and empowering community-based nonprofits to maximize impact, the organization said. 
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Mark Cuban-Backed Opioid Recovery Startup Sonara Health Raises $3M for Medication Monitoring Platform
by | Oct 5, 2022
Founded in 2020, Dallas-based Sonara Health has a big mission: "We want to end the opioid epidemic and save lives." To help tackle it, Sonara secured a patent last month for a take-home methadone monitoring system. With the new funding and earlier support from backers including Mark Cuban, the startup has raised $5M to date. "In a world where we send billionaires to space in reusable rockets, I thought we ought to be able to create a solution that helps patients with opioid use disorder to get their daily medication in a way that does not disrupt their daily lives," said CEO Michael Giles, M.D.
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JLL’s DFW Life Science Snapshot: What’s Driving the North Texas Biotech Boom
by | Oct 4, 2022
The North Texas biotech boom just keeps booming—and a new "DFW Life Science Snapshot" from JLL shows why. From the Biotech+ Hub at Pegasus Park to a string of accelerators to local universities, DFW Airport, and more, here's a deep dive into what's behind the boom. "We are showing up in the rankings and in the data," says Mike Rosa of the Dallas Regional Chamber. "It results in more opportunities and more looks for us."
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Follow the Money: Southlake Biotech Raises $14.9M, American Airlines Invests in Innovative Engine Maker, and More
by | Aug 8, 2022
Plus: 7-Eleven acquires last-mile delivery startup; American Heart Association invests in $43M healthcare innovation fund; Fort Worth real estate investors raise $32.4M for new fund; Dallas College Lands $8.8M to boost biotech workforce; UT Southwestern researchers land funding for hypothermia therapy study; and more North Texas deals.
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Center of Gravity: Capital Factory Kicks Off New Dallas Digs With Startup Crawl and Health Supernova Event

by | May 6, 2022
Earlier this week, the Austin-based accelerator and investor announced its plans to launch a Center for Health Innovation at Pegasus Park in Dallas.
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UT Southwestern’s New School of Public Health Lands $100M Gift—One of the Largest for a Public School of Its Kind
by | Mar 2, 2022
The University’s newest school in more than 50 years will be named after Peter O’Donnell Jr., the late local investor and visionary philanthropist. The School of Public Health will be "research-intensive,' says Interim Dean Celette Sugg Skinner.

The school plans to welcome its first class of Master of Public Health students in the fall of 2023, followed by classes for Ph.D. students in the fall of 2024.
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Gates Foundation Scientist Joins Dallas Philanthropist to Talk Status of COVID-19 Vaccine—and Biotech in DFW
Dr. Lynda Stuart of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation talked with philanthropist and entrepreneur Lyda Hill in a virtual discussion moderated by Nicole Small, CEO of LH Capital/Lyda Hill Philanthropies.

Here's the takeaway.
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R.A. Session II, president, CEO, and founder of Taysha Gene Therapies [Background image: Olena Yepifanova via iStock]

Dallas Gene Therapy Startup Closes $95M Series B to Bolster its Initial Clinical Studies

Taysha Gene Therapies, which was been operating in stealth with UT Southwestern until this April, plans to use the financing to advance its initial cohort of lead programs into its clinic. By the end of 2021, Taysha expects to file four Investigational New Drug applications.
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5 Ways UT Southwestern Medical Center Is Fighting COVID
by | Aug 4, 2020
Virus researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have amped up their lab and data work to fight and defeat COVID-19. Here are key takeaways from UTSW's Claire Aldridge, who herself has battled the virus and fully recovered.
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Discovery: HSC Opens COVID-19 Test Site for Tarrant County First Responders
by | Mar 27, 2020
In this weekly roundup of research and development activity in North Texas, you'll also read about four UTA faculty members being honored by the National Academy of Inventors as Senior Members.
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Discovery: UTSW Studies Existing Drugs to Fight COVID-19, UTA Researches Economic Abuse
by | Mar 20, 2020
Check out our weekly roundup on research and development activities by North Texas organizations to stay up-to-date on the important work.
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