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Major research projects

Annual funding from the military to UT Health San Antonio averages over $15 million per year. Notable projects include the following:

  • Leading post-traumatic stress disorder research through the federally funded STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, Alan Peterson, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine
  • A study of the effect of pre-hospital time, diagnostics, and therapeutics on trauma patient outcomes, Brian Eastridge, M.D., Professor of Trauma Surgery, leading the Remote Trauma Outcomes Research Network (RemTORN)
  • Investigating a randomized controlled study on a novel analgesic for burn dressing changes at the Institute for Surgical Research and School of Medicine, VA and DoD, Kenneth Hargreaves, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics, Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Leading the VA Vascular Injury Study (VAVIS): VA/DoD extremity injury outcomes collaboration, to determine long-term outcomes of extremity vascular trauma in service members, Paula Shireman, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Mary Jo Pugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Pilot research projects

Pilot Projects include a collaboration with the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS).

  • Trauma, Inflammation, and Injury to the Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Susannah Nicholson, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Surgery, (UT Health San Antonio)
  • High Content Screening for Liver Stage Antimalarials, Kirsten Hanson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (The University of Texas at San Antonio)
  • Transitional Care of Service Members with Genitourinary Injury, Michael Liss, M.D., Assistant Professor Urology (UT Health San Antonio)
  • Military and Caregiver Epilepsy Survey, Mary Jo Pugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (UT Health San Antonio)
  • Strengthening Military and Veteran Families:  Accelerated Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTS, Katy Dondanville, Ph.D., Director of Research and Chief of Psychology for STRONG STAR Consortium to Alleviate PTSD – Fort Hood
  • Gut microbes serving as possible biomarkers for traumatic brain injury, Lora Talley Watts, Ph.D. Assistant Professor/Research (UT Health San Antonio)

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