Texas A&M researchers solve 50-year mystery of cellular balance, make strides toward cancer cure

October 10, 2013

Dr. Cheryl Walker and her team answer mystery of how the tuberous sclerosis complex, or TSC2, keeps peroxisomes at the right levels to maintain healthy cells.

McLeroy to serve on international CONSORT review committee

September 30, 2013

Regents and Distinguished Professor Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D., was recently invited to participate in an international initiative to develop new guidelines for randomized controlled trials of social and psychological interventions.

$2M kidney research grant program named for TAMHSC-COM professor

September 11, 2013

The American Society for Nephrology, the world’s largest group of kidney doctors, has named a new grant and fellowship program after TAMHSC-COM Professor of Medicine Dr. Donald Wesson.

Dr. Hong examines HPV and cervical awareness among Chinese female sex workers

September 4, 2013

Yan Hong studies female sex workers in China and their experience with Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer awareness.

Pharmacy researcher fights cancer, pain with new drug

August 13, 2013

Dai Lu, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, tackles multiple diseases and disorders in his research, including pancreatic cancer, cerebral disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and traumatic brain injuries, and metabolic diseases like diabetes and obesity. He collaborates with scientists nationwide in order to find ways to battle diseases that cripple family and national budgets

Researchers reveal guardian of the stem cell genome

July 22, 2013

Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Institute of Biosciences and Technology in Houston have uncovered a new mechanism for safeguarding the genetic integrity of actively dividing stem cells. The study is currently available online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Such stem cells play critical roles in embryonic development and adult tissue regeneration. Conversely, defective stem cells may harbor a mechanism that causes tumors.

Fighting Cancer Against the Clock

July 12, 2013

For Cheryl Walker, Ph.D., and her team, timing is everything. She knows what the bad guys are: specifically endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. EDCs exhibit hormone-like properties that can wreak havoc via the endocrine system, either by acting like a hormone, blocking a hormone, or causing cancer in an endocrine organ. And they can be found in anything from pesticides to water bottles (like BPA or Bisphenol A—a man-made carbon-based synthetic compound used to make certain plastics and epoxy resins). It’s fair to say Dr. Walker knows exactly what the bad guys are up to.