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Houston Methodist shares the news made by our clinician scientists, researchers, innovators and faculty, beginning in 2020.
Former Fellow's StimSite Clears FDA
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Nov. 17, 2020 - After years of planning, prototyping and testing, the StimSite device created by Albert Huang, MD, has received FDA clearance. StimSite provides ob/gyns, general and colorectal surgeons the new ability to use their existing surgical instruments with electrical stimulation to help locate and identify ureters, a critical step in safely advancing operations, including colon and hysterectomies.
Albert Huang holds his StimSite device
Dec. 21, 2020 - Mei Rui, DMA, assistant research professor of music medicine, is featured in a Dec. 21 Texas Monthly article about conducting research with her MUSICARE program, funded by Houston Methodist’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine. The goal is to gather data on the impact of targeted music interventions on health care providers and patients, which includes providing virtual concerts to patients in the surgical ICU.
Studying the Healing Potential of Music
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New Tool Diagnoses Strokes with a Smartphone
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Oct. 22, 2020 - Researchers at Houston Methodist and Penn State have created a tool that uses a smartphone to diagnose a stroke. Based on speech abnormalities and facial muscular movements, the video screening test can match the accuracy of an emergency room physician — within minutes.
NSB Honors Pettigrew with Vannevar Bush Award
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Sept. 28, 2020 - Roderic I. Pettigrew, MD, PhD, has been named the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Vannevar Bush Award by the National Science Board. The award honors science and technology leaders who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service in science, technology and public policy. Pettigrew is CEO of Engineering Health (EnHealth), executive dean for Engineering Medicine at Texas A&M, and adjunct professor of nanomedicine, Houston Methodist Center for Cardiovascular Regeneration.
National Academy of Sciences Features Mitra Study
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Aug. 21, 2020 - Sankar Mitra, PhD, emeritus professor of oncology, Houston Methodist Cancer Center, and colleagues' work is featured in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study underscores that endogenous genome damage is grossly underestimated, and highlights orchestration of continuous damage induction and repair in the human body.
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Underwood is Primary Center in IBS Clinical Trial
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June 1, 2020 - The Lynda K. and David M. Underwood Center for Digestive Disorders is a primary enrollment center in a clinical trial for Biomerica’s InFoods® Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnostic-Guided Therapy, which may enable physicians to identify patient-specific foods that, when removed, may alleviate a patient's IBS symptoms.
Discovery May Lengthen Survival of Transplants
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May 8 - Xian Chang Li, MD, PhD, Max and Lillie Frosch Centennial Chair in Transplant Research, is co-author of a study in June’s Science, suggesting the immune system can remember foreign cells, paving the way for drugs that lengthen survival of transplanted organs.
Anatomic Aligner Cleared by FDA
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March 16, 2020 - Houston Methodist recently reached a major milestone, receiving U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the AnatomicAligner, a novel software program used to improve planning for craniomaxillofacial (CMF) surgeries.
Setting A Record: 525 Transplants in 2019
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March 9, 2020 - Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center performed 525 transplants—the most in its more than 50-year history, which performed the world's first multi-organ transplant in 1968.