Paul Ogden, M.D.
Teamwork is the new mantra of medicine. Collaboration across different disciplines improves health care outcomes and partnerships with multi-investigator research teams are required to solve society’s greatest health challenges. That’s why the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) team is joining forces with the Texas Medical Center team, with a common motto: improve human health through medical education and scientific discovery.
Earlier this year, we launched a partnership with Houston Methodist Hospital, affording medical students the opportunity for clinical training alongside world-class doctors and scientists in the Texas Medical Center. Collaborations like this enhance the medical education we offer our students and provide access to the research innovation in Houston; it’s an exciting partnership that we hope to expand in the coming years.
Working hand-in-hand with colleagues from institutions across Houston, our scientists are also pushing the frontiers in biomedical research—from discovering new drugs to boost the body’s natural immune system to protect against a wide range of deadly infections, to using bacteria to heal chronic wounds in the form of a cost-effective dressing. Of note, TAMHSC recently joined the Gulf Coast Consortia, which brings together the best talent, across translational boundaries and from multiple institutions within the Texas Medical Center, in order to improve human health. Additionally, a $6 million CPRIT grant will allow our Combinatorial Drug Discovery Program to join together with peers across the Texas Medical Center to repurpose current drugs into new therapies, which holds great promise in the fight against cancer.
Looking ahead, 2016 promises exciting endeavors for TAMHSC, including the proposed TMC3 campus. We have, for a number of years, greatly valued our partnerships among collaborating institutions within the resource-rich Texas Medical Center and we look forward to further expanding the Aggie presence in Houston over the next year. The best is yet to come.