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Floyd Wormley is youngest president ever of international medical society

Floyd Wormley

Floyd Wormley

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(July 5, 2010)--Floyd L. Wormley Jr., UTSA associate professor of microbiology and immunoology in the College of Sciences recently was elected president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). Medical mycology is the study of fungal organisms that cause infectious diseases. Wormley, 38, is the youngest president in the history of the MMSA, the leading professional organization for mycology researchers in North, Central and South America.

"Collaboration is the key to advancing meaningful, impactful research that benefits public health," said Wormley. "Over the next year, I will encourage international collaborations to increase the number of young scientists in our society and the number of Latin American scientists who join."

As an active researcher and member of the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Wormley rapidly has made significant contributions to the medical mycology profession.

As a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), he researched immune responses to vaginal infections caused by the fungus Candida albicans.

As a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University, his research advanced the understanding of host-pathogen interactions during infections caused by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. C. neoformans infections are very dangerous for individuals with compromised immune systems such as AIDS, cancer and transplant patients.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Wormley continues his study of C. neoformans at UTSA. Wormley has developed an engineered strain of C. neoformans that not only does not cause disease, but acts as an effective vaccine against Cryptococcus infections in mice.

He expects his research to lead to the development of anti-fungal drugs that protect immune-compromised patients from the infection and to serve as a model for researchers studying other infections caused by fungi.

"I have known Floyd Wormley for a very long time," said Paul Fidel, director of the LSUHSC Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology. "He is one of the most dedicated and resilient investigators I have had the pleasure to know. While still very early in his career he has now been voted by his peers to lead a storied society rich in culture for medical mycology. The MMSA is in excellent hands with Floyd at the helm and will surely be richer for it and significantly stronger as a result of his leadership."

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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