2021 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards Recipients

Opening up new types of treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Utilizing nanotechnology to provide solutions for water sustainability and energy storage. Discovering the links between cellular pathways and cancerous cell growth. Understanding how soil and nature can help reduce our carbon footprint. These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.

2021 O'Donnell Awards Research Presentations

Join the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients for their individual research presentations on groundbreaking and innovative discoveries that address some of the world’s most pressing problems.

These sessions will include a standalone twenty-minute research presentation from one of four rising star and Texas-based researchers appointed to this year’s class of 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards recipients. There will be a fifteen-minute audience Q&A available after the presentation concludes.

TAMEST Conversations on COVID-19

TAMEST is hosting the “Forward Texas: TAMEST Conversations on COVID-19 ” series to explore how Texas can move ahead during this crisis.

Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19 (Winter 2020 Update)

Nine months since the first known case of COVID-19 in Texas, the first round of vaccines is being distributed across the state this week. Texas researchers have been instrumental in rapidly developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, creating models to track its spread and more. Read our compilation of how TAMEST member institutions and industry partners across the state are continuing the fight against COVID-19.

2021 O'Donnell Awards Recipients

TAMEST 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards

Opening up new types of treatment for addiction and eating disorders. Utilizing nanotechnology to provide solutions for water sustainability and energy storage. Discovering the links between cellular pathways and cancerous cell growth. Understanding how soil and nature can help reduce our carbon footprint. These are the discoveries by Texas’ rising stars in research being honored with the 2021 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Awards by TAMEST.

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COVID-19 Researcher

Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19 (Winter 2020 Update)

Nine months since the first known case of COVID-19 in Texas, the first round of vaccines is being distributed across the state this week. Texas researchers have been instrumental in rapidly developing COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, creating models to track its spread and more. Read our compilation of how TAMEST member institutions and industry partners across the state are continuing the fight against COVID-19.

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Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), INCELL

TAMEST Member Profile: Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), INCELL Corporation, LLC

When the pandemic hit, TAMEST Member Mary Pat Moyer, Ph.D. (NAE), Founder, CEO and Chief Science Officer of INCELL, immediately knew her biomedical product manufacturing business in San Antonio had to pivot to develop new COVID-19 related products. Though a definite risk, she says her blue-collar upbringing instilled her with a moral compass to do what is right and help people when and how you can. TAMEST connected with Dr. Moyer to hear more about her life, work, and the shift to develop a vaccine and an at-home COVID-19 diagnostic kit.

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Improving Healthcare Access

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Telemedicine and Rural Health

Telehealth visits have seen a drastic increase in popularity across the United States since the beginning of the pandemic. In Texas, the uptick in telehealth services has provided more access to care than ever before for the nearly 20 percent of the state’s population, or 3 million Texans, that live in “rural” and medically underserved areas. On Wednesday, December 9, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened our Annual Conference Chair Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM), Executive Director of the Texas A&M Rural & Community Health Institute, and other health experts to discuss what the increase of telemedicine in Texas during COVID-19 will mean for the future of rural health care access.

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Improving Healthcare Access

TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Improving Healthcare Access

Prior to COVID-19, Texas already had the highest uninsured rate in the country. As a result of the pandemic, this issue has become even more challenging as the United States experiences the largest increase in the number of uninsured adults in recorded history. On Tuesday, November 10, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened several physicians along with TAMEST Member Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, a leader in preventive care research at UT Health San Antonio, to address this issue and discuss what changes are needed in primary care to build a healthier Texas.

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