The 2022 issue of Future, the official magazine of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, is now available. The magazine profiles the significant work of the school’s faculty, highlighting their innovative research and the complex process of turning breaking discoveries into approved treatments.
Central to this issue is the theme of overcoming the “valley of death” — a common term in the world of research that refers to the gap between the discovery of an important target and bringing an intervention for that target to clinical trials.
“It is possible that there are innumerable cures for complex diseases sitting in freezers in academic medical centers across the nation that will never see the light of day,” writes Robert Hromas, MD, FACP, dean of the Long School of Medicine, in his opening remarks of the magazine. “UT Health San Antonio and its investigators — in collaboration with a strong research-focused regional economy — are successfully bringing a range of drug, device and diagnostic discoveries through clinical trials that directly benefit patient care both here in South Texas and far beyond.”