Popular UTMB radio program launches on Huffington Post

Popular UTMB radio program launches on Huffington Post

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The popular radio show “Medical Discovery News,” created and produced at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, now is featured on The Huffington Post. The show recently debuted as a featured podcast on the site with new episodes available each week. “Medical Discovery News” currently is syndicated on more than 90 radio stations in the U.S. as well as Mexico.

“This partnership exemplifies our dedication to communicating biomedical science to the public,” said co-host David Niesel, vice president, chief research officer and dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at UTMB about the Huffington Post agreement. “This gives us the opportunity to reach more people and convey the excitement and importance of what biomedical scientists do to advance the future of medicine through discoveries that improve people’s lives.”

“Medical Discovery News” is hosted by scientists Niesel and Norbert Herzog, who met in 1980 at the University of Texas at Austin. They both eventually joined the faculty of UTMB, world-renowned for research in infectious and emerging tropical diseases, among other innovative biomedical research. Herzog accepted a professorship at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 2012, but still holds an emeritus faculty position at UTMB.

They started the biomedical-themed radio program in 2006, after a UTMB President’s Cabinet grant kick-started the process by helping purchase equipment and build an audio recording studio on campus. The radio program can be heard on KUHF-FM, 88.7, in Houston at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and on stations at various times. More than 30 stations in Texas broadcast the program.

Despite Herzog moving across the country, he and Niesel still collaborate on scripts and Herzog visits Galveston regularly to record the episodes. The two friends and colleagues have recorded nearly 500 weekly episodes since starting the program. The insightful dialogue of their two-minute long segments and their on-air interplay makes the science fun and fascinating.

“It’s not hard because I’ve known (Herzog) forever,” Niesel said about his co-host. “I can finish his sentences and he can finish mine.”

For more information about “Medical Discovery News” and the people behind it, please visit To listen to the podcast on The Huffington Post, please visit

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