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.
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UTMB Researchers Find First Direct Evidence That Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Transmits Zika Virus
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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.
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The negative health effects of consuming large amounts of fructose could impact several generations, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Read more.
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A new study from UTMB showed that older men using testosterone therapy were less likely to have complications that require them to go back to the hospital within a month of being discharged than men not using this therapy. Read more.
UTMB Opens New Jennie Sealy Hospital
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has opened its new Jennie Sealy Hospital. Read more.