Two UTHCT researchers honored in their respective fields

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Two biomedical researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have been honored in their respective fields, said UTHSCT Vice President for Research Dr. Steven Idell.

Zhenhua Dai, Ph.D., MD, an associate professor of immunology, will chair a scientific session at the World Transplant Congress to be held from July 22-27 in Boston.

The title of Dr. Dai’s session is “Effector and Memory T Cells in Graft Rejection.” As session chair, he will moderate a discussion of research papers dealing with the immune system’s role in rejecting foreign tissue such as transplanted organs.

Dr. Dai recently received a three-year, $300,000 American Diabetes Association grant to investigate ways to alter the immune system so that insulin-producing cells can be successfully transplanted into children with type 1 diabetes.

In addition, Rakesh Srivastava, Ph.D., an associate professor of biochemistry, will be a reviewer in the 2006 Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s Breast Cancer Research Program. The reviewers will meet Aug. 6-8 in Reston, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

Dr. Srivastava will serve on a panel that will review proposals involving the study, screening, and development of drugs to treat breast cancer. The panel also will review proposed studies to determine the structure of biological compounds using methods such as x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and computer modeling.

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