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$2 Million Grant to Drive Cancer Research in El Paso

A $2 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) will allow Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) to create a new lab focusing on breast cancer, pushing forward breast cancer research in West Texas.

The lab will be headed by Shrikanth Gadad, Ph.D., a CPRIT Scholar recently recruited to TTUHSC El Paso. The research planned for the new lab perfectly complements the cancer research already happening at TTUHSC El Paso’s Center of Emphasis in Cancer, said Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D., scientific director of the center and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Lakshmanaswamy’s research at the Center of Emphasis in Cancer has focused on the types of genes that make proteins. Gadad’s research will focus on long noncoding RNAs, which are genes that do not make proteins. This type of research is relatively new and increasingly important.

“The concept that Gadad is bringing in is really new, and it will help us understand the process of cancer growth and how it becomes aggressive,” Lakshmanaswamy said. “Using that, we can actually come up with some strategies to prevent the growth of these cancers.”

As a CPRIT Scholar, Gadad’s recruitment to El Paso as a first-time tenure-track faculty member is a first for the Texas Tech University System and for West Texas.

Gadad’s lab will serve as a crucial link between world-class research and cancer prevention services, complementing the work of Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., vice chair for research and director for cancer prevention and control at TTUHSC El Paso.

Dr. Shokar is a CPRIT Prevention grant awardee who has established and expanded a breast cancer screening program for underserved West Texans.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo, who also serves as Assistant Presiding Officer of the CPRIT Oversight Committee, said Gadad’s recruitment is important for El Paso and the Texas border region.

“Having CPRIT Scholar Shrikanth Gadad recruited to TTUHSC El Paso demonstrates our city’s status as a serious player in life-sciences research,” Margo said. “Cancer disproportionately affects Texans on the border, and this requires us to build a stronger, cancer-fighting ecosystem right here to study how best to address these disparities. I congratulate Dr. Gadad and the entire team at TTUHSC El Paso on this milestone in developing a world-class cancer research program.”

Students at TTUHSC El Paso’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will be fully involved with the new lab and Gadad’s research.

“The research projects that will be conducted in Gadad’s lab will always involve the graduate students in the lab doing research,” Lakshmanaswamy said. “They will be doing one-year research stints in his lab, which is a requirement for their program. So, students will be constantly working in his lab, working on the project that has been funded by CPRIT.”

TTUHSC El Paso was able to recruit Gadad thanks to the CPRIT Scholars recruitment grant, designed to assist Texas universities in attracting outstanding scientists to their cancer research programs. Gadad was awarded $2 million through the fund’s First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members program, which supports emerging investigators pursing their first faculty appointment.

Gadad said his long-term goal is to connect his research to the community, looking at how factors like stress and diet can affect a person’s chances of contracting cancer.

Since 2009, CPRIT has awarded more than $14.5 million to TTUHSC El Paso, mostly through cancer prevention grants, and more than $58 million to the Texas Tech University System. To date, CPRIT has awarded $1.95 billion in grants to Texas researchers, institutions and organizations and provides funding through its academic research, prevention and product development research programs.

Programs made possible with CPRIT funding have reached Texans from all 254 counties of the state, brought more than 150 distinguished researchers to Texas, advanced scientific and clinical knowledge and provide more than four million lifesaving education, training, prevention and early detection services to Texans.

Video: TTUHSC El Paso – Tech Talk for Week of March 26

Host Jay Koester has all the news and events from El Paso’s own Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

The University Medical Center of El Paso has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, giving TTUHSC El Paso students exposure to the best training opportunities and state-of-the-art diagnosing tools.

Video: TTUHSC El Paso – Tech Talk for Week Ending March 9

Jay Koester has a look at all the news and events from TTUHSC El Paso, including the visit of Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. They met with community leaders and got a look at the construction progress of the new Medical Sciences Building (MSB) II.

Texas Tech University System Regents to Meet in El Paso

The TTU System Board of Regents will tour of the TTUHSC El Paso campus on the morning of March 1 as part of their scheduled two day meeting here in El Paso.

TTU System BOR Chairman Rick Francis, TTU System Chancellor Robert Duncan, and TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange will all be in the Sun City, holding the meeting at the TTUHSC El Paso campus.

This marks the fourth time the Board of Regents has met in El Paso and the first time since 2012. The last time a board meeting was held at a TTU System campus outside of Lubbock was in 2015, at Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas).

Meeting materials and a livestream of the meeting will be available online. The meeting will take place in the MEB’s Jonathan and Patricia Rogers Lecture Hall (first floor, room 1100).

TTU System Board of Regents Meeting Schedule

Thursday, March 1

10:15 a.m. – Call to order; convene meeting of the board

Strategic Planning Updates
TTUHSC El Paso
Angelo State University

4:30 p.m. – Recess for the day

 

Friday, March 2

8:30 a.m. – Call to order; reconvene meeting of the board

11:30 a.m. – Adjournment

Video: Tech Talk for February 5

 TTUHSC El Paso’s Jay Koester brings you the latest in this week’s Tech Talk including a TTUHSC El Paso professor earns the Distinguished Teaching Award, and more than 150 medical, nursing and pharmacy students participate in an interprofessional education session about team communication.

TTUHSC El Paso to Host STEM Workshops for Local K-12 Students

On Saturday, January 27, hundreds of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from throughout El Paso county will get a taste of careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at the seventh annual Adventure for Your Future health sciences fair.

The event, hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso), is an effort to build interest in the health sciences at a young age.

The one-day event exposes kids to a hands-on science environment and teaches parents ways to encourage their children toward the STEM fields.  To register, click here.

Workshops include “A Journey through the Body,” “Laboratory Testing for Medical Treatment,” “You Gotta Have Heart,” “Veterinary Medicine and Conservation,” “Consequences of Underage Drinking” and “Dental Rotations.” Tours will be held in the Medical Education Building and other buildings on campus.

The free workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a welcome message by El Paso Mayor Dee Margo at 8:45 a.m.

TTUHSCEP Snags $1m of ‘Cancer Moonshot’ Grant, Will Study Colorectal Cancer Detection Tests

No one wants a colonoscopy. But there’s no getting around the lifesaving procedure — the gold standard for colon cancer detection.

With the development of the FIT test, or fecal immunochemical test, many breathed a sigh of relief. The noninvasive tool promises to accurately detect blood in the stool, often an early sign of cancer, allowing patients to skip the colonoscopy if test results are negative. What’s more, the sample can be collected in the privacy of one’s own home with no dietary or medical restrictions.

But just how accurate are these new FIT tests?

That’s what faculty at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) and a team of scientists from across the U.S. hope to find out. The research consortium, led by Barcey Levy, M.D., Ph.D., at the University of Iowa, was recently awarded $4.5 million over five years as part of the Cancer Moonshot funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

TTUHSC El Paso will receive about $1 million of the award, with Navkiran Shokar, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., leading the local effort. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is also a member of the team and is led by Seth Crocket, M.D., M.P.H.

“There are 16 FIT tests currently on the U.S. market,” says Dr. Shokar. “But there are no data on which of these is the best — or worst — for detecting colorectal cancer.”

She adds, “That could be a problem for patients who think they are all clear after getting false negative results. This is also why it is recommended to repeat the test every year.”

With the funds, Dr. Shokar will recruit men and women between the ages of 50 and 85 who are already scheduled for a colonoscopy. Participants will be given four different FITs for use. After collection, each sample will be mailed to the University of Iowa for analysis.

Each participant will subsequently complete a colonoscopy to definitively diagnose any colorectal cancer or polyps. The results will then be compared to the individual’s four FIT test results.

“Our number one goal is to identify which FIT test is the most accurate,” Shokar explains. “But we are also hoping to build awareness about these newer, more convenient FIT tests and get more people screened for colorectal cancer.”

In the U.S. alone, some 42% of eligible individuals are not up-to-date with their colorectal cancer screening. While discomfort and embarrassment are one screening deterrent, medical costs are another.

A colonoscopy can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000, depending on the location of the procedure. A FIT test, however, can cost as little as $25, according to Dr. Shokar. The American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable have challenged the U.S. to have 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older screened for colon cancer.

Shokar says, “The only way to reach this goal is to offer less invasive and less expensive tests for those who do not want to undergo a colonoscopy. FITs need to become mainstream for colorectal cancer screening in the U.S.”

She adds that most other countries with screening programs already use fecal diagnostic testing as

Video: Tech Talk HSC El Paso for Week of January 15

Host Jay Koester brings you the newest info from Texas Tech here in El Paso.

Check out the aerial views of the ongoing construction on the campus.  In December, the foundation was poured for the first floor of TTUHSC El Paso’s Medical Sciences Building II.

Preparations for the second floor of the five-story building have already begun in some sections.

TTUHSC El Paso Nursing Graduates to be Honored at Commencement and Pinning Ceremony

Thirty-six students who have completed Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso)’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program will be recognized during a commencement and pinning ceremony, alongside 27 registered nurses (R.N.s) who have completed the R.N. to B.S.N. program.

“The tracks offer students unparalleled access to resources worthy of an academic health sciences center, such as interprofessional educational activities, a robust digital clinical library, and opportunities for nursing students to engage with other health profession students in medicine and the biomedical sciences,” said Michael Scott, D.N.P., R.N., associate dean of academic programs in the GGHSON.

During the ceremony, the graduates will be presented with a nursing pin by a person of their choosing, usually a friend or family member. The time-honored tradition is a symbol of newly graduated nurses entering the nursing profession.

This year’s graduating class represents a spectrum of age groups, with graduates ranging from 21 to 43 years old.

Twenty-one percent of the class is male and 79 percent is female, and three graduates are veterans.

The two GGHSON programs are unique to the Borderland because they offer a hybrid educational model — some courses are online and others are conducted in-person.  Students in the GGHSON also benefit from interprofessional collaboration.

This is the seventh pinning ceremony for the GGHSON since TTUHSC El Paso became a standalone university in 2013.

What: Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing (GGHSON) commencement and pinning ceremony

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: Plaza Theatre (125 Pioneer Plaza)

Texas Tech UHSC El Paso Set For Annual Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer Event

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso will again kick off the holiday season with their annual Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer celebration.

The event, held at the Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn at 5001 El Paso Drive, will offer a free light show, food and festivities for El Paso families.

The light show — presented by the same team behind the famous Fred Loya holiday light show — will wow the crowd. Soon after, TTUHSC El Paso’s seasonal campus lights will be turned on for the first time.

Special guests will include Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and the Snowflake Princesses from the movie “Frozen.”

Photo booths will provide free photos with Santa Claus and all the other special guests.

Crave Kitchen and Bar and Hillside Donuts will provide treats and apple cider. All activities will be free, including parking in campus lots.

What: Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1  |  Note: Light show will begin about 7 p.m.

Where: Medical Education Building (MEB) lawn, 5001 El Paso Drive

TTUHSC El Paso Faculty Publish Cardiology Textbook

A textbook guiding cardiologists on the latest treatments in cardiovascular medicine was recently published by two faculty members at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

The second-edition textbook is titled Cardiovascular Catheterization and Intervention: A Textbook of Coronary, Peripheral, and Structural Heart Disease. Text updates focus on cardiovascular catheterization, the process of placing a long, thin tube through an artery or vein. The procedure may be used for diagnostic purposes or heart disease treatments, such as stent placement.

TTUHSC El Paso President Richard Lange, M.D., M.B.A., who is also a practicing cardiologist, and Debabrata Mukherjee, M.D., chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, are the book’s primary medical editors. The two are recognized as international leaders in the field of cardiology based on their extensive knowledge of cardiovascular medicine.

“I am honored to have participated in the development of this book,” said Dr. Lange. “The field of cardiovascular medicine is constantly advancing. I truly hope this updated text helps current and future cardiologists continue honing their skills to provide patients with quality clinical treatment when it comes to heart disease.”

Dr. Mukherjee added, “This new edition focuses on tailoring treatment to individual patients or patient-centered care, taking into account specific risk factors and comorbidities, appropriate use of devices and very importantly, patient preferences.”

To date, nearly 2,000 copies of the first edition have been sold, with 70 percent of the total sales made in England and Europe and 30 percent in the U.S. and Asian markets. The book publisher, Taylor and Francis Group, anticipates similar, if not higher, sales for this latest edition.

Dr. Lange has served as president of the American Heart Association Texas affiliate and is an active clinical investigator. He has published more than 300 journal articles and book chapters related to ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and congenital heart disease. He serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, as well as several national guideline committees.

Dr. Mukherjee is the chief of cardiovascular medicine at TTUHSC El Paso. He has been invited to lecture at several major national and international meetings; authored over 500 publications; edited 18 textbooks; and written more than 100 textbook chapters on cardiovascular diseases. He has also coauthored several national cardiology guidelines.

Those interested in purchasing a copy of the textbook can visit CRC Press.

Video+Story: TTUHSC’s Red Raider Reels Continues Friday

The public and media are invited to attend Red Raider Reels, a free movie series hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

“A League of Their Own” will be shown at sundown Friday; Red Raider Reels kicked off Friday, September 15 with a screening of the 2016 animated comedy “SING.”

The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing October 13.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic chairs, snacks, and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and popcorn will be for available for a small donation. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited.

Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

Red Raider Reels is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, please call 915-215-4850.

What: Free outdoor movie series (See schedule below for details.)

When: Fridays at sundown, Sept. 15-Oct. 13

Where: 5001 El Paso Drive (lawn between the Medical Education and Medical Sciences Buildings)

Friday, Sept. 22

Classics night: “A League of Their Own”

Friday, Sept. 29

Disney night: “Moana”

Friday, Oct. 6

Fantasy night: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017)

Friday, Oct. 13

Superhero night: “Doctor Strange”

TTUHSC El Paso Hosts Free Outdoor Movie Series: Red Raider Reels

The public and media are invited to attend Red Raider Reels, a free movie series hosted by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso).

Red Raider Reels will kick off at sundown Friday, Sept. 15 with a screening of the 2016 animated comedy “SING.” The movie screenings will continue every Friday evening until the final showing Oct. 13.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic chairs, snacks, and drinks. Free pizza will be provided on a first come, first served basis, and popcorn will be for available for a small donation. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are prohibited. Parking is available at the lot east of the lawn.

Red Raider Reels is sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement. For more information, please call 915-215-4850.

What: Free outdoor movie series (See schedule below for details.)

When: Fridays at sundown, Sept. 15-Oct. 13

Where: 5001 El Paso Drive (lawn between the Medical Education and Medical Sciences Buildings)

Video: Tech Talk with Veronique Masterson

Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso’s Veronique Masterson brings you this edition of Tech Talk.

Today, Veronique revisits the always-emotional white coat ceremony for Paul L. Foster School of Medicine  students, again held this year at the historic Plaza Theatre.

Students in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)’s class of 2021 received their first white coats during a special ceremony last Saturday. The momentous event marked the beginning of the journey toward becoming a physician for each of the 103 new first-year medical students.

The White Coat Ceremony is a traditional rite of passage for fledgling medical students and signifies their acceptance into the medical field. In addition to donning a white coat for the first time, the students recited an oath acknowledging their roles as future health care providers.

The ceremony celebrated not only the hard work and discipline it took to be admitted to medical school, but also underscored the importance of humanism in medicine.

During the 2016-17 admissions season, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso)’s PLFSOM received nearly 4,000 applications. Of those, 535 candidates were interviewed for spots among its ninth entering class.

Twenty-five of the students who entered the class are originally from El Paso and most are Texas residents. The class of 2021 began its medical studies the first week of July.

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