Pathology and Immunology News

Gut microbes might help prevent, treat colorectal cancerSep 13, 2017
The gut microbiome might one day help prevent and treat colorectal cancer, according to researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Columbia University.
Device accurately identifies cancer in seconds during surgerySep 6, 2017
A new handheld device rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds.
Change in protein production essential to muscle functionAug 14, 2017
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have shed light on the process that guides the maturation of newborn muscles into adult, fully functional organs.
Probiotics may reduce risk of gut bacterial infectionsAug 8, 2017
A team of researchers is exploring the possibility that next-generation probiotics would reduce the risk of infection with the bacterium Clostridium difficile.
Follistatin is a key player in embryo implantationJun 2, 2017
Looking to improve the success rate of assisted reproductive technologies, researchers investigated the mechanism involved in successful embryo implantation.
Human NK cells favor the destruction of diseased cells and minimize damage to bystanders by congregating their destructive granules before attackDec 2, 2016
Scientists have discovered that congregating NK granules before releasing them onto the target cell minimizes the killing of healthy bystander cells.
Study to investigate connection between antibiotic use and autism symptomsDec 1, 2016
Baylor College of Medicine is launching a study that will investigate why some children with autism spectrum disorder experience changes in their autism symptoms when taking antibiotics.
Study uncovers roles of proteins essential for mouse muscle function; potential link to myotonic dystrophyNov 15, 2016
New study opens the door to explore the involvement of proteins in muscle disorders and to design potential treatments.
Baylor researchers receive grant to study canine cancer, test new therapies for translation to human cancersSep 29, 2016
A $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will increase understanding about the interactions between cancer and the immune system in dogs with naturally occurring tumors.
Baylor and Texas Children’s receive $7.5 million NIH grant to combat common bacteria infection, antibiotic resistanceSep 13, 2016
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant will accelerate efforts to combat Clostridium difficile (C. diff), the most common and potentially deadly bacterial infection impacting children and adults in the U.S.
New oncogene linked to prostate cancer in African Americans may lead to better diagnostic tools, treatmentsSep 2, 2016
New finding suggests that genetic factors can contribute, at last in part, to the higher incidence of prostate cancer among African American men compared with men of other ethnic groups.
Fifty-four mouse testis-enriched genes are not needed for male fertilityJun 27, 2016
New research into which genes are required for male fertility could lead to a better understanding of the genetic changes that lead to male infertility, and to design strategies to overcome them.
Baylor recognizes excellence among cliniciansJun 16, 2016
A select group of Baylor College of Medicine faculty members were recognized for excellence in patient care at the Master Clinician and Rising Star Clinician Awards ceremony.
Herbal remedies are an overlooked global health hazardMay 2, 2016
Baylor College of Medicine is raising awareness that long-term use of herbal remedies is no guarantee of their safety.
Discovery of CTLA-4 in dendritic cells opens new possibilities to fight cancerApr 4, 2016
Baylor College of Medicine researchers have discovered that CTLA-4 is produced and secreted by dendritic cells, which are the ‘generals’ of the T cells in the battle against cancer.
One atom can make a difference: Hydrogen-bonding pairing helps design better drugs to neutralize gut bacterial infectionsMar 25, 2016
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have discovered that changing one atom in InsP6 can increase its ability to neutralize the toxins in Clostridium difficile Infections.
Immunology team receives prestigious Lee Howley Sr. Prize for arthritis researchNov 23, 2015
Baylor immunology team awarded the 2015 Lee Howley Sr. Prize that recognizes team science in action that will lead to a faster cure for arthritis and related diseases.
Center for Drug Discovery awarded grant from the Welch FoundationAug 26, 2015
The DNA-encoded chemistry technology platform in the Center for Drug Discovery has been awarded a $2.8 million grant by the Welch Foundation to support discovering next-generation drugs.
Natural killer cell deficit plays role in common genetic diseaseJun 16, 2015
Partial DiGeorge syndrome can result from the silencing of a number of genes that are important for controlling both virus-infected and tumor cells, said researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine.
Enzyme cuts path for T-cells to fight solid tumorsApr 13, 2015
T-cells specifically engineered to express enzyme heparanase have an improved ability to infiltrate the extracellular matrix surrounding solid tumors.