Galveston Island is recognized worldwide for its health care and medical research advances. Island residents have the peace of mind of knowing that the most advanced health care technologies and the best-trained medical staffs are easily accessible.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is a major academic health center dedicated to improving the lives of others through health sciences education, clinical care and biomedical research.
Opened in 1891, UTMB combines a rich history of service with a forward-thinking spirit to define the future of health care nationally and internationally.
Its membership in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) formalizes the health care and biomedical research partnerships UTMB has forged with other TMC member institutions in the Galveston/Houston region.
UTMB's Health System provides comprehensive care through a growing network of campus- and community-based clinics, in its Galveston-based inpatient care complex and Level I trauma center, and in collaboration with clinical partners in mainland Galveston County and beyond. Areas of clinical excellence at UTMB include the Texas Transplant Center, burn care, womens health, stroke care, cardiovascular services, geriatrics, metabolic disorders (including treatment for obesity and diabetes), and cancer.
With recent expansions, UTMB now has 80 clinics at more than 40 sites on Galveston Island and the mainland. Island clinics are moving back to the renovated Primary Care Pavilion, and the first phase of the John Sealy Hospital modernization, which includes a remodeled Comprehensive Maternity Center, Childrens Hospital and burn unit, is almost complete. New clinics in the rapidly growing League City area include the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, the Multispecialty Center & Stark Diabetes Clinic and the Pediatric Specialty Care Clinic at Bay Colony. (www.utmbhealth.com)
Construction is now complete on the new $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital, which provides a real-world classroom for students, expand UTMBs inpatient capacity and provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families.
Medical research at UTMB delves into a broad range of promising topics that often have immediate application to patient care. Areas of research strength include infectious diseases; biodefense and vaccine development; cancer; aging; diabetes; neuroscience and neurological recovery; environ- mental health and asthma; and mo- lecular medicine, structural biology and proteomics. UTMB also is home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the first national lab of any kind in Texas and one of only two national bio- containment labs for the safe study of infectious threats to human health.
Female Mosquitoes Can Transmit Zika Virus to Their Eggs & Offspring
New research from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has shown that female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can pass the Zika virus to their eggs and offspring. Read more.
Digital Forms of Dating Violence Are On the Rise
Many teens experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationships and now dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing, stalking or controlling a romantic partner via technology and social media. Read more.
UTMB Researchers Protect Against a Lethal Infection of Ebola Sudan 4 Days After Infection
Researchers at UTMB, in collaboration with Arbutus Biopharma Corporation, have protected nonhuman primates against Ebola Sudan four days following exposure to the virus. Read more.
Baby's Checkup and a Shot for Mom
A nearly $1.5 million grant will support a unique opportunity for young moms to get anti-cancer vaccine at baby’s appointments Read more.
UTMB Researchers Find That Common Culex Mosquito Does Not Carry Zika
UTMB researchers have found that the common Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito does not carry the Zika virus, according to the latest research by the Zika research team at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Read more.
A Zika Treatment Could Already Be on the Market
A drug to treat Zika virus infections could already exist and be available on the market, according to the latest research from scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Read more.
UTMB Researchers Find First Direct Evidence That Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus
In collaboration with colleagues from Mexico, UTMB researchers were the first to directly connect the Aedes aegypti mosquito with Zika transmission in the Americas, during an outbreak in southern Mexico. Read more.
UTMB Study Shows Pulmonary Rehabilitation Underutilized by Physicians & COPD Patients
A new study from UTMB investigating trends on the use of pulmonary rehabilitation therapy among older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease found that this therapy was underutilized. Read more.
UTMB Scientists Genetically Engineered First Zika Virus Infectious cDNA Clone
A multidisciplinary team from UTMB is the first in the world to genetically engineer a clone of the Zika virus strain, a development that could expedite many aspects of Zika research, including vaccine and therapeutics development. Read more.
UTMB to Train Cuban Scientists
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will embark on a two-year research development program to collaborate with Cuban scientists at the Instituto Pedro Kouri in Havana to better fight infectious diseases. Read more.