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UT System Brain Summit covered by KUT Austin
AUSTIN - Texas - KUT Austin's Seema Mathur covered the UT System's Brain Research Summit which took place Monday, Nov. 7 - Tuesday, Nov. 8, featuring doctors, professors, researchers and numerous leaders in brain health from across UT institutions. The full audio segment and transcript are below.
Seema Mathur, KUT: Some of the brightest people within the entire UT health system are putting their heads together to figure out how to help Texans suffering from problems related to the brain, including diseases that affect memory mental health and traumatic brain injuries. Neurologist Dr. Louise McCullough (UT Health Houston) says science is connecting the dots like never before: “The brain is not an isolated organ, so I think we’re taking a step back from looking just at the brain but looking at the brain body and how the brain controls the immune system and how the immune system controls the brain.” For instance, our gut health is connected to brain health. Blood tests can now predict some brain diseases well before symptoms start. There are so many advances still working their way from research labs to people. The goals at this summit are to provide equitable research, collaboration and private innovation to help doctors push those treatments forward.
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For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care. With 13 institutions that enroll more than 240,000 students collectively, the UT System is one of the largest public university systems in the United States. UT institutions produce more than 67,000 graduates annually and award more than one-third of the state’s undergraduate degrees and more than 60% of its medical degrees. Collectively, UT-owned and affiliated hospitals and clinics accounted for more than 10.6 million outpatient visits and more than 2 million hospital days in 2021. UT institutions are among the most innovative in the world, collectively ranking No. 3 for most U.S. patents granted in 2021, and the UT System ranks No. 1 in Texas and No. 2 in the nation for federal research expenditures. The UT System also is one of the largest employers in Texas, with more than 22,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates and members of the National Academies – and more than 93,000 health care professionals, researchers and support staff. The UT System has an operating budget of $25.2 billion.