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Business professor named Fulbright Scholar, will teach, conduct research in India

Dr. Paul Hong, professor in the Department Information Operations and Technology Management in the College of Business and Innovation, has been named a recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholarship award to India.

“I was very delighted and very fortunate to be accepted for this program, which leads with a global perspective. I’m very grateful for the college’s strategic engagement in India, and the college’s relationship with PSG Institute of Management. The UT College of Business and Innovation’s reputation made the difference,” he said.

Hong

Hong

Based on previous international work, Hong said he chose India for three reasons:

• For the dynamic growth possibilities. “With vast youth populations, innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities, and slow but steady infrastructure developments, I believe that the world will pay attention to India just as we did for China for the past 30 years,” Hong said. “India would be a linkage nation between advanced economies (North America and European Union) and Africa, Middle East and Latin America.”

• For the rich research network relationships. “I have visited India twice already,” Hong said. “This summer I will be visiting India again for a month before I start the Fulbright projects next January.”

• Because India is a growing strategic partner with the United States in multiple arenas: economic, political, educational and cultural. “Increasing interactions between the United States and India will bring tremendous opportunities for innovative growth,” he said.

“My base will be Christ University at Bangalore, and I will work with scholars at PSG Institute of Management in Coimbatore and J. Nehru University in New Delhi,” Hong said. “I will be conducting research workshops for faculty members from these institutions who like to build research agendas with effective results in terms of quality publication and real-world impacts.”

He added that two UT doctoral students, Nitya Singh and Blaine Stout, will join the team of international researchers.

“In Christ University, there will be entrepreneurial leadership training sessions for graduate and undergraduate honor students. This would be somewhat similar to what Dr. Clint Longenecker [Stranahan Distinguished University Professor] has already been doing with the Klar Leadership Academy at UT. I am grateful for this Fulbright scholarship grant, which provides necessary funds, scholarly credibility to engage in reputable work, and collaborative research network formation.”

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, and is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. As a Fulbright Scholar, Hong will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic and scientific fields.

“The key is a global perspective,” Hong explained. “What I emphasize to students here is to go beyond a tri-state perspective; our students can work with companies from around the world because their technical and communication and relationship skills are very good. They are prepared to go anywhere.

“Through my work as a Fulbright Scholar, I can help our students engage with those students and companies, and this provides a great opportunity to further understand their growing market potential. Growth through global engagement and a lot of businesses will benefit. This increasing strategic initiative will continue a lot of opportunity and will benefit students who work in the the United States.”

Hong added, “Fulbright is very service-minded, and I view this as a service opportunity.”

Budding conservation biologists go birding at Warbler Capital of the World

As songbirds begin to stop, rest and refuel along Lake Erie marshes before finishing the last leg of their spring migration to Canada, a class of environmental science students at The University of Toledo learned firsthand how researchers collect data and what the long-term patterns teach about climate change.

“I had zero experience with birding,” UT senior Alexa Seaman said. “I heard this area is called the Warbler Capital of the World. Now I know why.”

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Research Director Mark Shieldcastle showed an American goldfinch to UT students before it was banded.

“This is a remarkable natural phenomenon,” said Dr. Hans Gottgens, UT professor of environmental sciences and editor-in-chief of Wetlands Ecology Management. “These songbirds are the size and weight of a pingpong ball. It’s fascinating they are so light and somehow manage to migrate from South America to Canada. They’re magnificent animals.”

A group of 17 students boarded a bus last week on Main Campus for a 40-minute drive to the Black Swamp Bird Observatory at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area in Ottawa County, which is preparing for the Biggest Week in American Birding, May 6-15. Tens of thousands of avid birders across the world flock to the 10-day festival timed to coincide with the peak of spring songbird migration.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

Kate Zimmerman, the education director for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory, left, and UT student Jeanna Meisner released a banded American tree sparrow.

“The Black Swamp Bird Observatory has been monitoring songbird migration for nearly 25 years on the southwestern shoreline of Lake Erie,” Gottgens said. “There is little habitat left along the lake for these birds, so they all pile up in the same area for food and sleep.”

UT undergraduate students watched as conservation biologists at the observatory used mist-nets to carefully capture and care for the birds. Researchers demonstrated how to safely hold the birds, identify the species, and assess them for weight and condition.

“We were looking for the wing length, if it was male or female, and the amount of fat on the body,” Seaman said. “Before we released the birds, we also watched the banding process.”

According to Gottgens, researchers put a miniscule aluminum band around the leg of a bird to help track its travel.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens' upper-level conservation biology course.

Black Swamp Bird Observatory Education Director Kate Zimmerman spoke to students from Dr. Hans Gottgens’ upper-level conservation biology course.

“Some of these bands are so tiny, you could hardly see them with the naked eye,” Gottgens said. “Birds banded in northwest Ohio have shown up in Columbia, South America, later in the year. Over time, you keep track of the status of the birds. Are they in danger of going extinct? Are they growing more abundant?”

The database on the conservation status of songbirds also provides information related to changes in the environment.

“By following the birds and relating it to climate conditions, you get an idea of how climate change affects bird migration,” Gottgens said. “Some birds might show up much later than they did 25 years ago partly because of change in the weather and climate conditions.”

Seaman had the opportunity to touch and release a warbler after a conservation biologist finished banding it.

“She placed the little bird on my hand, and the bird just flew away in a matter of seconds,” Seaman said. “It was an awesome, amazing experience.”

UT astronomers, student discover free-floating planetary-mass object in family of stars

Astronomers at The University of Toledo have identified a new object in space approximately 100 light years away from Earth estimated to be roughly five to 10 times the mass of Jupiter and 10 million years old.

The free-floating planetary mass object identified by researchers as a brown dwarf is called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, or just WISEA 1147 for short. A brown dwarf is a lightweight star that lacks enough mass to fuse hydrogen into helium, the process that makes stars like the sun shine.

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf, which is a star that lacks enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow.

A young, free-floating world sits alone in space in this illustration from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. The object, called WISEA J114724.10-204021.3, is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass brown dwarf, which is a star that lacks enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow.

The new object is a member of the TW Hydrae family of stars and is located in the Crater constellation.

“We estimate it is one of the youngest and lowest-mass free-floating objects yet discovered in the solar neighborhood, which is within 300 light years,” said Dr. Adam Schneider, UT postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and lead author of the new study to be published in The Astrophysical Journal. “This is not orbiting a star, so it is not a planet. It likely formed on its own in isolation like stars. We can use this to help us inform our understanding of chemistry and cloud structure of exoplanets, which are planets that orbit stars other than the sun.”

According to NASA, this discovery provides new clues in a mystery of galactic proportions regarding possibly billions of lonely worlds that sit quietly in the darkness of space without any companion planets or even a host sun. Where do the objects come from? Are they planets that were ejected from solar systems, or are they brown dwarfs?

This map from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology shows the location of the TW Hydrae family of stars where UT astronomers found the lone planetary-mass.

This map from NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology shows the location of the TW Hydrae family of stars where UT astronomers found the lone planetary-mass.

“We are at the beginning of what will become a hot field – trying to determine the nature of the free-floating population and how many are planets versus brown dwarfs,” said co-author Dr. Davy Kirkpatrick of NASA’s Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

UT undergraduate student James Windsor, a sophomore studying astrophysics, is listed as one of the study’s co-authors.

“James played a vital role at the outset of the study by identifying WISEA 1147 from a candidate list of several thousand,” said Dr. Mike Cushing, associate professor of astronomy and director of UT’s Ritter Planetarium. “Exposing undergraduates to cutting-edge research plays an important role in their education, and I am happy that in this case it resulted in a pretty amazing discovery.”

UT sophomore James Windsor is an astrophysics major who helped astronomers identify the new object in space.

UT sophomore James Windsor is an astrophysics major who helped astronomers identify the new object in space.

“To make the discovery and have a student be involved is just awesome,” Schneider said.

“The ability to do research like this as an undergraduate student is one reason I chose to attend UT,” Windsor said. “This whole experience is mind-blowing. I’m a kid who grew up in the village of Paulding, Ohio, dreaming of becoming an astronomer.”

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UT Health cardiologists give pioneering heart exam to gorilla at Toledo Zoo

The largest of all primates at the Toledo Zoo turned out to be the perfect patient, only hairier.

“Working with a gorilla was a scary and exciting experience,” said Dr. Samer Khouri, UT Health cardiologist and director of cardiac imaging. “We were in a controlled environment, but Kwisha is a 470-pound, muscular creature. He is so powerful that his hand has the ability to crush all the bones in my hand with one squeeze.”

Amy Lather, an ultrasound technician at UT Medical Center, conducted an ultrasound on Kwisha the gorilla at the Toledo Zoo as Dr. Qaiser Shafiq, a cardiology fellow in the University training program, center, watched.  

Amy Lather, an ultrasound technician at UT Medical Center, conducted an ultrasound on Kwisha the gorilla at the Toledo Zoo as Dr. Qaiser Shafiq, a cardiology fellow in the University training program, center, watched.  

Several cardiologists, anesthesiologist Dr. Andrew Casabianca, and ultrasound technician Amy Lather from The University of Toledo Medical Center recently volunteered their human health-care expertise for the 27-year-old male western lowland gorilla.

“Heart disease is a global problem facing great apes,” Dr. Kirsten Thomas, Toledo Zoo associate veterinarian, said. “The UTMC team was brought in to provide a new and unique measurement of cardiac health in great apes.”

“We take pride in the high-quality care we provide our animals here at the Toledo Zoo,” Jeff Sailer, Toledo Zoo executive director, said. “This collaboration with UTMC offered an additional level of imaging and cardiac expertise helping us to provide the best possible care for Kwisha.”

Under the oversight of zoo veterinarians, the UT team conducted a comprehensive heart exam while Kwisha was under anesthesia. The specialists gave the gorilla a clean bill of health with no immediate issues that need to be addressed.

Kwisha in 2013 in this photo courtesy of Andi Norman/Toledo Zoo

Kwisha in 2013 in this photo courtesy of Andi Norman/Toledo Zoo

“Kwisha’s pictures look good,” said Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences. “We were happy to help. This also was a terrific opportunity for us to learn more from a highly related, yet nonhuman primate about cardiac performance.”

“A gorilla’s heart is almost the same as a human heart — only bigger,” Khouri said. “We followed the same principles, but this checkup was anything but routine. What’s amazing to me is how similar gorillas are to us physically.”

The silverback gorilla’s screening included an echocardiogram and a strain test, which is believed to have been the first strain analysis ever done on an ape.

“It’s a more sensitive and more accurate test,” Khouri said. “The process takes a detailed look at the contraction of heart muscle. We can detect any problem in the heart before it’s apparent in a regular echo.”

“To the best of our knowledge, the strain test has not previously been performed in great apes, and is a novel approach to measuring cardiac function in these animals,” Thomas said. “The collective efforts of the UTMC cardiac team and Toledo Zoo veterinary staff has provided us the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of great ape research.”

Khouri plans to publish the new data soon and hopes to expand the work to include more apes to advance knowledge about heart function.

“This is an important first step for research to compare a gorilla to human heart contraction and function,” Khouri said. “Doing this special analysis makes us proud. Taking care of this kind of animal shows that every life on the planet deserves respect and highlights how similar we are to all creatures on earth.”

UT scientists hosting public discussion on Zika, Ebola

As the fight to prevent and control the spread of the Zika virus in the United States heats up, several University of Toledo scientists are hosting a Science Café to address concerns from the community.

The free, public event titled “Emerging Viruses: Ebola, Zika and Beyond” will take place Tuesday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Calvino’s Restaurant, located at 3141 W. Central Ave.

sigma_xi_sci_apr_2016The informal discussion, which is organized by the scientific research society Sigma Xi at UT, will be led by Dr. Douglas Leaman, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences; Dr. Scott Leisner, associate professor of biological sciences, who studies virus-host interactions; and Dr. Travis Taylor, assistant professor and virologist in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

“Our experts are here to help educate people in the Toledo community who may be worried about our vulnerability in northwest Ohio or how to protect loved ones from becoming infected,” Dr. Carol Stepien, director of UT’s Lake Erie Center and ecology professor, said. “Through these ongoing Science Café events, we seek to engage the public, advance general knowledge, and promote what our university researchers are doing.”

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects, including microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Brazil reported a startling increase in cases last fall. The virus has been spreading in Mexico, Central America and South America. It now is becoming prevalent in Florida and other southern U.S. states. More than 300 U.S. travelers have been infected with the virus after returning from an outbreak country.

Ebola is a deadly virus found in several African countries and transmitted through contact with blood or secretions from an infected person. The virus first arrived in the United States in 2014 through infected travelers or medical evacuations. Two people treated for Ebola in the United States died.

For more information about the upcoming Science Café, visit utoledo.edu/nsm/lec/sigma_xi.

UT cardiologists, engineer team up to develop, market device that extracts blood clots

A potentially life-saving surgical tool under development for years at The University of Toledo looks like a thin wire that blossoms into two tiny umbrellas.

Three UT faculty members who created the QuickFlow PE say — if fully fine-tuned, tested and FDA-approved — the device would safely remove large blood clots in the lungs in emergency situations faster than what currently exists and reduce patient costs.

QuickFlow PE

The QuickFlowPE developed by UT researchers is designed to safely remove large blood clots in the lungs in emergency situations faster than what currently exists and reduce patient costs.

The QuickFlowPE developed by UT researchers is designed to safely remove large blood clots in the lungs in emergency situations faster than what currently exists and reduce patient costs.

Dr. Mohammad Elahinia, professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Rajesh Gupta, assistant professor of medicine and an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Christopher Cooper, professor of medicine, dean of the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, recently launched a startup company called Thermomorph to further build and commercialize the QuickFlowPE with the help of UT’s technology transfer team.

“Our research led us to this promising, simple and effective technology, which we believe could restore blood flow within 30 to 60 minutes of the patient’s arrival,” Elahinia said. “This would be significantly faster than all other modes of treatment, including competitive catheters.”

The plan is for the device to extract blood clots without leaving behind smaller clots, and make the procedure to remove a pulmonary embolism — a blockage in a lung artery — safe and less expensive than current methods.

An estimated 100,000 Americans die of pulmonary embolism every year, and about 600,000 Americans suffer from this disease each year.

The QuickFlow PE would work similar to a heart catheterization. The idea is for vascular access to be gained through a vein in the groin. The catheter then would be threaded to the affected site, and the device — which opens like two tiny umbrellas attached by a flexible wire — would be deployed. Next, the clot is captured by closing the circular covers together and removed through the catheter.

UT signed an exclusive license agreement with Elahinia and Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs, to move the business-building process forward.

“It has been exciting to watch the technology evolve from a basic idea in the laboratory to the potentially life-saving device it has become today,” Mark Fox, patent technology associate with the UT Office of Technology Transfer, said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Drs. Cooper, Gupta and Elahinia, as well as the various students involved in the development of this device over the last few years to assist with acquiring patent protection for the QuickFlow PE.”

The UT technology transfer team also helped with the launch of Thermomorph by acquiring funding through UT’s Rocket Innovations and the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, which invests in entrepreneurs moving new technology into the marketplace to create companies and jobs.

UT inventors and startup companies have received more than $1.5 million from the Third Frontier Technology Validation and Start-Up Fund and matching funds to support the commercialization of research since January 2012. UT ranks third in the state for the number of these awards.

Elahinia recently participated in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program to more precisely define the market need his device would meet.

Harvard Business Review article discusses business marketing professor’s research

A research paper co-written by Dr. Xi Zhang, UT professor of marketing in the College of Business and Innovation, was the subject of a two-page feature in the March issue of the Harvard Business Review, widely considered to be the world’s most influential management magazine.

“Winning Back Lost Customers: How to Target and Appeal to the Most Likely Returnees” is an article under the Idea Watch section of the Harvard Business Review.

Zhang

Zhang

The article analyzes Zhang’s research article, “Regaining ‘Lost’ Customers: The Predictive Power of First — Lifetime Behavior, the Reason for Defection, and the Nature of the Win-Back Offer,” which he co-authored with Dr. V. Kumar and Dr. Yashoda Bhagwat. It first appeared in the July 2015 issue of the Journal of Marketing.

Zhang started teaching at the University in fall 2015. He conducted the research that is the basis for the article while a PhD student at Georgia State University.

“Businesses everywhere are interested in the subject of winning back customers,” Zhang said, “so we approached different companies and obtained cooperation from a telecommunications company to conduct randomized field experiments. Using the company’s data, we analyzed the consumption patterns of its customers, built advanced statistical models, and developed actionable and generalizable intelligence.

“It’s a long process, but this project was very meaningful as we helped an industry solve its real problems. It is a great example of how to utilize analytics on a company’s marketing problems, and why a company should rely on data as they manage their customer relationships.”

Zhang added, “I see the potential bridge between data analysis and real business problems. The process should start from problem recognition, followed by the use of techniques in problem solving and knowledge generation.”

After the article appeared in the Journal of Marketing, he said other media noticed it.

“We were asked to write an article for an academic blog by a research center of Arizona State University. It was then re-blogged on Customerthink.com, which serves more than 80,000 visitors per month from 200 countries. The post drew a lot of attention, including a comment from Dr. Michael Lowenstein, one of the two authors of a best-selling book on customer win-back. So we knew we had good content.”

One week after the article appeared in the Harvard Business Research, the researchers could track that more people were reading the original article.

“This article is drawing attention not just from academia, but also from people in industry as they gain insights and apply them to what they are doing,” he said. “It is a good thing. We don’t want our work to be buried.”

Zhang added, “The purpose of research is to solve real problems. I intend to continue to tackle more intense and relevant research projects, continue to educate the next generation of leaders, and to apply what I have learned to solve problems that companies have.”

He teaches courses in principles of marketing, e-commerce and digital marketing.

“I am impressed by Dean Gary Insch’s vision that the College of Business and Innovation’s mission is to help students succeed. UT is a school where the faculty are close, help each other, and they also put a lot of emphasis on student success. That appeals to me and is something I also value. And, of course, I am also attracted by the UT campus, one of the most beautiful universities in the United States.”

Zhang serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing.

The Harvard Business Review is published by Harvard Business Publishing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University.

UT professor receives national recognition

The University of Toledo houses the only disability studies program in the country with faculty members solely devoted to disability studies, one of whom was recently recognized for her work.

Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, assistant professor of disability studies, was granted the Western Social Science Association’s 2016 New Scholar Award.

Ben-Moshe

Ben-Moshe

“It’s an honor to be someone representing disability studies, which is a very tiny discipline compared to some of the other [social sciences],” Ben-Moshe said. “It’s also an honor that specifically it’s work on incarceration of people with disabilities that’s getting attention.”

Ben-Moshe specializes in applying disability studies to imprisonment and incarcerated individuals. She recently edited Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, a book examining the incarceration and segregation of people with disabilities, which she cites as one of the reasons she received recognition.

When asked what drew her to disability studies and incarceration, Ben-Moshe explained the two fields didn’t intersect at first: “I saw that people who do anti-prison work are amazing advocates, but they didn’t really talk about disability. And when they did, they didn’t really understand disability as an identity and a culture, but as a deficit. And vice versa, people who do really good work in disability areas don’t know anything about prisons.”

Through her work, Ben-Moshe hopes to bridge the gap between the two fields. Since the book was published, the editors have been invited to various universities and grassroots organizations nationwide to speak, which is where Ben-Moshe encourages collaboration.

“We really started this conversation on a national level,” she said. “I hope this isn’t the full conversation, but hopefully it’s just the beginning of the conversation.”

The Western Social Science Association works to advance scholarship, teaching, service and professional exchange across the social science disciplines. Its mission is to foster professional study and promote teaching of social science.

Ben-Moshe will receive her award later this month at the president’s luncheon at the association’s annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, where she will present her research.

For more information, contact Ben-Moshe at liat.benmoshe@utoledo.edu or visit wssaweb.com.

FDA approves four therapies tested in clinical trials at UTMC

The University of Toledo Medical Center offers northwest Ohio area patients investigational therapies that contribute to the growth of science and improved health care across the country.

UTMC participated in clinical studies that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of four treatment options in the last three years. These are now accepted as safe and effective for widespread commercial use.

Burket

Burket

“By being more selective, we have become more successful,” Dr. Mark Burket, chief of the UT Health Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, said. “What we have accomplished as a small academic hospital is extremely rare.”

“It is hard for a single research trial to lead to FDA approval,” Stephanie Frank, clinical research coordinator for cardiovascular medicine at UTMC, said. “A lot of centers across the country do 15 or more studies a year for medical companies developing new drugs or devices, and reach a dead end. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be invested only to discover the new products did not show a benefit to patients.”

“Clinical trials are the most important part of the drug development process in determining whether new drugs are safe and effective, and how to best use them,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Most recently, the FDA approved a device called the Astron stent to treat people with disabling pain in their legs because of a hardening of the arteries. Part of the Bioflex trial, Astron is a new stent that is permanently inserted into the body and holds open the iliac artery that supplies the leg with blood.

“The 45-minute procedure can produce dramatic change in quality of life,” Burket said. “After suffering for years, I had one patient enrolled in the trial who was finally able to hike with her husband again.”

Burket was selected as the national principal investigator for the four-year Bioflex trial that included about 20 other sites, including Yale University and Washington Hospital Center.

In addition to Astron, the FDA also approved two other devices tested in UTMC studies dealing with peripheral vascular disease treatment within the last few years: Lutonix, a drug-coated balloon catheter, received marketing authorization in 2014, and Zilver PTX, a drug-coated stent for the femoral artery, in 2012.

Burket recently published a related article in the American Heart Association’s Circulation journal about therapies in cardiovascular medicine titled “Drug-Eluding Stents Are the Default Strategy for Superficial Femoral Artery Intervention Now.” He argues they have been evaluated in a large number of patients over a long follow-up period with outcomes superior to other treatment options.

Also, last year the FDA approved a cholesterol medication called evolocumab that was evaluated in a UTMC clinical trial.

“These clinical trials for medical products under development are opportunities for UTMC patients, especially those who have not had success with what is already on the market. The patients cannot get these investigational devices or use the investigational drug unless they are part of one of these clinical trials,” Frank said. “Our success in FDA-approved trials shows we are picking and choosing the right studies that we believe will benefit our patients, and hope companies will continue to invest in us for good cutting-edge research trials in the future.”

“We understand that some patients have run out of options and want to try something that is not fully tested, and we want to support them in these situations without exposing them to undue risks,” Woodcock said. “But we also need to make sure that, ultimately, all patients get a treatment that has been shown to work. The clinical trial process gives everyone the full picture on the safety and effectiveness of a drug before it is used in the population at large.”

Sharon Olds, a 67-year-old patient from Putnam County, signed up for the Zilver PTX trial at UTMC after a series of heart problems. In one day, she said she had a minor heart attack and multiple strokes.

“I’ll try anything at my age,” Olds said. “I am also willing to do anything to help younger people. When the doctor asked me if I wanted to be in the Zilver trial, I said, ‘Sure.’ I’ve had the drug-coated stent in my leg now for about two years. I have not had any problems with it, and I can do everything I want to do. I’m happy with my doctors, and I think the good Lord is sitting with me, too.”

April 11 date for UT annual awards ceremony

Several faculty and staff members will be honored at the UT Outstanding Awards Reception Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom on Health Science Campus.

Awards for outstanding advising, research and scholarship, and teaching will be presented, and the recipients of the Edith Rathbun Outreach and Engagement Excellence Award will be recognized.

“We have many talented and dedicated faculty and advisers, so selecting award recipients is always difficult,” Interim Provost John Barrett said. “These outstanding individuals are extraordinary in their accomplishments and are extremely deserving of these awards.”