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2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Institutes of Texas Overview



The UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) established the Health Institutes to speed research discoveries from the bench to the bedside to create a healthier and more productive Texas. The Health Institutes leverage our growing expertise in public health, interdisciplinary scientific research, medical education and health care delivery. The goal of the Health Institutes is to improve the health of Texans and beyond by reducing disparities, developing new treatments and therapies, and improving access to care in rural and underserved communities in Texas.

Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease

Hypertension, stroke, diabetes and obesity are among the biggest health problems in Texas. The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases is dedicated to improving prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases, as well as rehabilitation of their victims.

With an interdisciplinary team of clinical, basic science and behavioral scientists, we are a unique “big tent” for collaborative, cutting-edge research and educational opportunities devoted to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Our internationally known researchers combine their unique perspectives and expertise to address the full range of cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors across the life span.

Institute for Healthy Aging

Age influences the frequency and progression of nearly all diseases and profoundly impacts our resistance to injury and ability to recover. The Institute for Healthy Aging integrates state-of-the-art clinical care, cutting-edge research, innovative education and training, and community engagement, to create solutions for a new era of enduring quality of life.

Mental Sciences Institute

Mental and behavioral illness affects millions of Americans. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the global burden of disease. In Tarrant County, nearly one in five adults reports suffering from poor mental health.

The Mental Sciences Institute offers an interactive venue for providers, educators and researchers to discover and apply innovative solutions that improve the quality of mental health in North Texas.

With more than 45 faculty members with expertise in treating psychiatric illness, the Mental Sciences Institute has the unique capability to design and conduct novel research projects that directly impact mental health in our community. Institute faculty members provide psychiatric and behavioral assessments to more than 30,000 patients a year.

North Texas Eye Research Institute 

Since 1992, our researchers and clinicians in the field of visual science and ophthalmology have been driven to increase awareness about disease development and the need for novel therapies, especially among ethnic and minority populations who have or will develop debilitating vision disorders and related health disparities.

Our mission

  • Initiate and facilitate collaborative projects in vision research
  • Develop innovative multidisciplinary graduate training programs
  • Engage and inform the community on the importance of eye diseases and vision research
  • Attain research outcomes that will lead to the development of new and effective treatments for ocular diseases, including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, optic neuritis, and dry eye disease

Institute for Molecular Medicine

Vision: To unlock etiological commonalities and identify novel therapies of human diseases.

Mission: To study human diseases in a multidisciplinary, collaborative and translational manner and advance Precision Medicine.

There are currently 32 faculty in the institute, who are associated with three research Centers. The Center for Cancer Research is focused on developing translational approaches to identify molecular and immunotherapeutic methods for cancer treatment and prevention. The Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases has outstanding basic and translational studies on various aspects of infections and host response. The Center for Medical Genetics includes topical areas such as pharmacogenomics and microbiome research. In addition, an internationally acclaimed research Program in Fluorescence and Nanotechnology is also housed in the Institute.