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.
Potential Zika Vaccine Protects Against Infection, Pregnancy Transmission & Testicular Damage
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
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
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
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
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.
New Cancer Drug Makes Commonly Prescribed Chemo Drug More Effective When Given Together
Researchers have found a way to increase the effectiveness of a widely used cancer drug while decreasing the risk of heart-damaging side effects. Read more.
A Genetic Mutation Provides a Potential Explanation for the Recent Spread of Zika Virus
The Zika virus may have undergone a genetic mutation that enabled it to become the serious public health concern we are battling today. Read more.
Disabled People Not Always Provided the Assistive Products That Make It Easier for Them to Work
There are a range of technologies and devices that can make it easier for people with disabilities to work. However, personal and environmental factors can make employment more difficult and thus need to be taken into consideration. Read more.
Scientists Gain Better Understanding of How Ebola Disables People's Immune Defenses
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston scientists have unlocked mysteries of how the Ebola virus hampers the body’s natural defenses to speed the rate of infection and its accompanying lethal disease. Read more.
HPV Vaccine May Be Effective Against Oral Cancers
While known to help prevent anal and genital related cancers, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine may also provide protection against oral forms of cancer caused by HPV infections. Read more.