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Healthcare Brief (10/05/20)

$45 million for UNTHSC, Texas Health hospital award, UTSW and Caris Life Sciences join forces, and more.
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Researchers at UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth received a $45 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Alzheimer’s disease. The five-year research grant aims to analyze the disease’s disproportionate effect on Mexican Americans. Dr. Sid O’Bryant and Dr. Leigh Johnson plan to evaluate biological differences that have historically caused Mexican Americans to develop the disease ten years earlier than white Alzheimer’s patients.

The American College of Cardiology recognized five Texas Health Resources hospitals with the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award. The award honors Texas Health facilities for treating patients according to ACC guidelines and providing high standards of patient care. Texas Health hospitals recognized include locations in Dallas, Plano, Arlington, Denton and Hurst-Euless-Bedford.

The American Heart Association introduced the Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund this month to address healthcare disparities furthered by COVID-19. Over $1.1 million will be applied towards ten minority- and women-led organizations fighting for social justice in their communities. The fund honors the legacy of Kaiser Permanente’s late chairman and chief of staff, Bernard J. Tyson, who died last year.

UTSW Medical Center’s Simmons Cancer Center joined Caris Life Science’s Precision Oncology Alliance this month. The research network aims to fight cancer diagnostics and treatment through practice of precision oncology. Of the 40 national cancer centers that make up Precision Oncology Alliance, the Simmons Cancer Center is the only North Texas NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

The UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth allocated funding towards COVID-19 outreach in underserved communities that have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. The project, led by Dr. Jamboor Vishwanatha, will utilize $12 million, awarded by the National Institutes of Health, to address health disparities among minority communities in Texas.

Digital care coordination company, Blockit, partnered with QliqSOFT, a clinical communication solutions company, this month. QliqSOFT aims to provide patient engagement and scheduling solutions in healthcare. The collaboration between both companies will allow patients to better connect with healthcare providers and attend telehealth appointments via QliqSOFT and Blockit’s technologies.

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