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Sudhakar Selvaraj, MD, PhD, associate professor and director of the Depression Research Program at the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with McGovern Medical School. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

UTHealth Houston researchers awarded NIH grant to study pregnancy depression

Using a combination of biomarkers and mood assessments, researchers will study how pregnant women who are experiencing depression respond to different antidepressants in a clinical trial funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health to UTHealth Houston.  Depression affects approximately 12% of pregnant women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Photo of Marcia Otto, PhD, MS, of UTHealth Houston, who led research about establishing a model for predicting future waves in a pandemic. Photo by UTHealth Houston

Method for detecting waves of COVID-19 infections can shape critical public health decisions during a pandemic

A method that combines case investigation data from local health departments and hospitalizations records from local institutions allows for the objective detection of new waves of infection during a pandemic, according to research from UTHealth Houston.

Holly Holmes, MD, has served as professor and director of the division of geriatrics and palliative medicine at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston since 2015. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

Renowned geriatrician tapped to serve as UTHealth Houston's vice president of community engagement

As the newly named vice president of community engagement for UTHealth Houston, geriatrician Holly Holmes, MD, will have the opportunity to amplify the university's geriatrics program, as well as other unique initiatives.

Photograph of Sarah Messiah, PhD, MPH

Among people with obesity, nearly 30% gained significant weight during the COVID-19 pandemic due to mental health factors

Stress, anxiety, depression, and lack of sleep contributed to weight gain over the COVID-19 pandemic for people with obesity, according to researchers at UTHealth Houston and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Tao receives grant to construct vaccine knowledge base

Cui Tao, PhD, the Doris L. Ross Professor in the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

A four-year, $1.2 million grant that will help create a vaccine knowledge base has been given to researchers at UTHealth Houston, which is a subcontractor on a larger, $3.7 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

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