Thanks to SMU scientists, there’s hope on the horizon for the estimated 10–15 million people infected with the HTLV-1 virus, a “cousin” to HIV. While there is no cure or treatment, the new research suggests that the drug oleandrin could prevent the HTLV-1 virus from spreading.
According to a study led by SMU psychologist Nathan Hudson, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that people’s overall sense of happiness is linked to physical health.
Anthropologist Caroline Brettell joins actress Carol Burnett, musician John Legend, immunologist James Allison and other renowned leaders in various fields as a newly elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The author or editor of nearly 20 books, Brettell’s research centers on ethnicity, migration and the immigrant experience.
Congratulations to Dylan DeMuth ’17, who started classes at the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in July. He credits Professor Eric Bing with helping him “re-choreograph” his life, putting him on track for medical school. As an undergraduate at SMU, DeMuth conducted his own research and assisted his mentor in developing a strengths-based leadership program aimed at young people working to improve health in impoverished communities in the U.S. and Africa.
Cardiologist John Harper ’68 says the biology and chemistry courses he took at SMU provided the foundation that got him through medical school, but the English degree he earned from the University and a lifetime love of reading have made him a truly successful doctor. He’ll return to campus to share his erudite approach to better medicine at the annual Literature + Medicine Conference on April 1 .