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Special Research and Clinical Care Programs:
(Click on each program to learn more)

  • Inflammation Research
  • UTMB has embarked on a major undertaking to examine the role chronic inflammation plays in disease and injury, anchored by the establishment of a Center for Excellence in Inflammation Research. Using the insights made in UTMB’s pioneering burn research, we envision a multi-departmental group of clinicians and scientists who will accelerate transformative discoveries.
  • Surgical Simulation Center
  • UTMB is creating a Surgical Simulation Center, an educational effort within the Department of Surgery that provides the tools residents, students and even practicing physicians need to build competence in a wide variety of surgical skills and procedures. With 5,200-square-feet of space, the center will house some of the most advanced surgical simulators available, including robotic surgery simulators, a reflection of UTMB’s prominence as one of the first academic health centers to employ robotic surgery tools.
  • Vaccine Center
  • UTMB represents the largest and most comprehensive university-based vaccine development center in the world. The Sealy Center for Vaccine Development is home to more than 80 scientists working in over 100 research programs. The center is an important part of the university’s pioneering infectious disease research and is involved in discovery and basic science research through clinical trials and beyond.
  • Cardiology
  • At UTMB, academic cardiology involves the dynamic integration of clinical practice, research and education into compassionate and innovative patient care. Through the campaign, significant advances will be supported in basic, clinical, and translational research, particularly in the study of fortilin, a novel anti-apoptotic molecule that has been implicated in atherosclerogenesis.
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • In 2005, the university established its Cancer Center to unite cancer care, research and education programs across the campus. Generous contributions from our benefactors will contribute to the center’s continued progress, enabling it to exert an even stronger impact on the care of cancer patients throughout the region.
  • Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome & Obesity
  • UTMB’s Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Diabetes Center is a leader in the study of and care for patients with diabetes. The campaign will enable us to build on that expertise, creating a truly multidisciplinary initiative that strives for breakthroughs in the treatment of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity.
  • Neurodegenerative Disease Research Programs
  • As part of the Working Wonders Campaign, UTMB is striving to inspire an even broader investment in our George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. On the strength of that investment, we envision new ways to combat degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, giving hope to millions around the world.
  • Transplant Program
  • Since conducting some of the country’s first kidney transplants, UTMB has progressed to develop the Texas Transplant Center, a multi-organ transplant team devoted to excellence in organ transplantation and treatment.  The campaign presents opportunities for our benefactors to invest in transplant outreach to communities across the state and in innovative research that strives to improve the outcomes of transplant patients.
  • Women’s Health
  • UTMB represents one of  country’s leading programs in women’s health, home to the largest network of women’s and children’s health outreach clinics in the United States and one of the most vigorous research efforts in many different facets of women’s health. The campaign is an opportunity to broaden our efforts.