Recent GSBS Publications
Environmentally Benign Nanoantibiotics with a Built-in Deactivation Switch Responsive to Natural Habitats
Dr. Liang's lab recently made a significant advance in developing environmentally benign antibiotics. These antibiotics will be highly active in patients but will be quickly degraded to become antimicrobial inactive pieces once discharged into environment, hence eliminating the accumulation of antibiotic wastes in natural habitats that is the ultimate source of bacterial resistance. Their work was just published on Biomacromolecules. This paper is selected as the ACS Editor’s Choice Article and ranks among the Most Read Paper at Biomacromolecules. It is also highlighted by C&EN in the Research News and a few other places (such as Rivet Radio: “Bottle-brush antibiotics busts bacterial membranes”, 4/17/2020).
Spotlight on dinutuximab in the treatment of high-risk neuroblastoma: development and place in therapy
Dr. Reynolds and Bala Koneru, Ph.D. who did the work as part of his Ph.D. dissertation have developed a new classification for neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer with heterogeneous clinical outcomes. Dr. Reynolds’ CPRIT-supported research, reported in the journal Cancer Research, used markers of telomere maintenance mechanisms to stratify high-risk neuroblastoma into three subgroups with different survivals. Building on the CPRIT grant findings, Dr. Reynolds secured a new grant from the National Cancer Institute to do the large confirmatory clinical study necessary to validate the new clinical risk stratification. If validated, the stratification has the potential to improve the analysis of future clinical trials in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma and reduce the intensity of therapy for the better risk patients. CPRIT supported Dr. Reynold’s research with an Individual Investigator Research Award for Childhood Cancer (RR170510).
The Cost of Hospitalized Ocular Injuries in Texas, 2013-2014
Patricia C. Nelson, M.D., and Zuber D. Mulla, Ph.D., have a paper that has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Surgery at TTUHSC El Paso (Transmountain campus), and Mulla is Full Member in the GSBS Julia Jones Matthews Department of Public Health. Mulla is also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at TTUHSC El Paso.
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