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.
Study Confirms Prescription Weight-Loss Medication Helps With Opiate Addiction Recovery
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have confirmed that a prescription weight-loss pill decreases the urge to use opiates such as oxycodone. Read more.
Researchers Find New Gene Interaction Associated With Increased MS Risk
A person carrying variants of two particular genes could be almost three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis, according to the latest findings from scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Duke University Medical Center. Read more.
BRCA Testing on the Rise for Those Without Breast or Ovarian Cancers
More women are requesting BRCA gene testing associated with certain types of cancer thanks to increased interest in the procedure. Read more.
UTMB Scientists Uncover How Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly
A multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has uncovered the mechanisms that the Zika virus uses to alter brain development. These findings are detailed in Stem Cell Reports.
#LoveGalveston2017 Photo Contest - A Chance to Win Cash, and Be the Face of Galveston
There’s nothing like spending “island time” with your family, taking in the Galveston coast while making memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. While your memories may be priceless, capturing them in a photograph could lead to some extra bonuses. Read more.
Emerging Adults May Be Mixing Drug, Alcohol, Firearms, Study Finds
While drugs, alcohol and firearms do not mix well, new research finds that among some young adults the three may often go together. Read more.
UTMB Researchers Discover Reason for Permanent Vision Loss After Head Injury
Research from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has shed new light on what causes the permanent vision loss sometimes seen in the wake of a head injury. Read more.
Hydrogen Sulfide May Be a Promising Tool in Fighting Highly Infectious Viruses
Scientists may have discovered a promising new tool in the battle against highly infectious viruses such as the influenza virus, Ebola virus, Rift Valley fever virus and others. Read more.
UTMB, Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Launch New Affiliation
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas have signed a clinical affiliation agreement. Read more.
UTMB Researcher is Co-Inventor of a Faster and More Accurate Test for Diagnosing Zika
Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center, have developed a new detection test for Zika that is faster and more accurate than currently available tests. Read more.