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Dr. Liza Talavera-Garza has been awarded the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Research Award.

Liza Talavera-Garza, Ph.D., Research Associate at the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center, received the Betty J. Cleckley Minority Research Award at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington D.C. in November 2011. The award is presented by APHA’s Gerontological Health Section and honors individuals whose work has the potential to have a positive impact on the lives of members of diverse racial/ethnic older communities.

Dr. Talavera-Garza’s research manuscript entitled “Depressive symptomatology as a predictor of physical illness and mortality among older Mexican Americans,” co-authored by Charles J. Holahan, Ph.D., was selected based on the importance of the topic, rigor of the design and analysis, quality of writing and potential benefit to public health.

View complete listing of winners.



Dr. James Bullard, Former recipient of research grant from the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center at UTPA, has recently been awarded a major NIH grant.

A Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC3) from National Institute of Health (NIH) has been awarded to Dr. James Bullard at the University of Texas – Pan American.  This award will support research aimed at developing systems for identifying chemical compounds that have the potential for development as novel antibiotics against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an important nosocomial pathogen.  Analogs of identified inhibitory compounds will be designed and developed to increase biochemical specificity, potency and efficacy against bacterial in cultures.  Completion of this project will provide a unique new platform for identifying potential antibacterial as well as an in-depth understanding of protein synthesis in P. aeruginosa.  Data included in the proposal for this NIH grant application was collected during research funded from seed grants from the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center at the University of Texas – Pan American.  These seed grants provided funding to train student researchers and carry out initial research directed at development of a protein synthesis from P. aeruginosa.


2012 College of Social & Behavior Science 6th Annual Research Conference

As part of the 2012 College of Social & Behavioral Science 6th Annual Research Conference at UTPA, the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center will sponsor a guest lecture by Dr. Michael Montoya as well as a research panel on health disparities in the South Texas border area on the afternoon of Thursday, April 12.

“UnMaking the Mexican diabetic: Race, Science, and the Promise of Community Knowledge”

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2012

Location: UTPA ITT Building International Room

Dr. Montoya earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2003. He is currently an Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the relationship between the creation of medical scientific knowledge on complex diseases and social disparities in access to health care. This research interest in the social context of disease is a central question in medical anthropology and has significant implications for health care and treatments available in Chicano/Latino communities. Dissertation on "Genetics of Inequality: Configurations of Race and Mexican Ethnicity in Diabetes Genetic Epidemiology"—analyzes how diabetes has come to be understood in the epidemiological community as a "minority" disease.

Research Panel on Health Disparities in the South Texas Border Area

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.,Thursday, April 12, 2012

Location: UTPA ITT Building International Room

Chair: Dr. Dejun Su

Discussant:  Dr. Michael Montoya

  1. Dr. Suad Ghaddar "Health Disparities and Inequities Along the Texas-Mexico Border: Challenges and Opportunities"
  2. Dr. Igor Ryabov "The Impact of Community Health Workers on Glycemic Control of Diabetes Patients on the US Mexico Border"
  3. Dr. Jennifer Salinas "Childhood Obesity in Texas"
  5. Dr. Dejun Su  "Utilization of Health Services in Mexico by Texas Border Residents"

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  1. Changes research news
  2. Provost's Awards for Pan American Studies
    • http://ur.utpa.edu/publications/campus_report/3ac1ac1e0ebb131b1740

  3. Recent publication on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the U.S. that has been widely reported by the media.

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