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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, women’s 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, Children’s 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. (

Construction is now complete on the new $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital, which provides a real-world “classroom’’ for students, expand UTMB’s 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.

From the Blogs

UTMB Scientists Identify Enzyme Involved in Faulty Brain Cell Communication in Alzheimer's

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has provided researchers important insights about an enzyme within the brain that plays a critical role in Alzheimer's. Read more.

Shining New Light on Halting the Progression of Alzheimer's disease

Published: Thursday, March 01, 2018

A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows that using near infrared light on the heads of mice can effectively reduce vulnerability to the damaging effects of a toxic chemical in the brain known to be involved with the onset of Alzheimer’s. Read more.

UTMB Establishes Institute to Lead Research, Development of Vaccines

Published: Monday, January 29, 2018

Vaccine research and development will expand at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with the creation of the Sealy Institute for Vaccine Sciences. Read more.

Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?

Published: Monday, November 27, 2017

Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.

UTMB to Study New Approach for Hip Fracture Recovery

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017

A multimillion dollar grant could help researchers develop a novel therapeutic for women recovering from hip fractures. Read more.

Potential Zika Vaccine Protects Against Infection, Pregnancy Transmission & Testicular Damage

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017

For the first time, a collaborative team led by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has shown that a potential Zika vaccine quickly can protect fetuses against infection as well as protect males against testicular infection and injury. Read more.

Oxidative Stress Produces Damage Linked with Increased Risk of Preterm Birth

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have gained new insights into what factors lead to preterm birth. Read more.

Drinking Light or Moderate Amounts of Alcohol May Protect Your Health

Published: Monday, August 14, 2017

Light and moderate drinking may be associated with lower risk of death from all causes, according to a new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and colleagues in China. Read more.

Zika Vaccine Protects Fetus Against Infection & Birth Defects

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Immunizing female mice with a Zika vaccine can protect their developing fetus from infection and birth defects during pregnancy. Read more.

New Understanding of Synaptic Connections

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Scientists at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have unraveled how certain proteins work together to regulate the formation of connections between neurons. Read more. Video
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