Hua Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
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Recruitment of Rising Stars
December 05, 2012
When finding new drugs to fight cancer, sometimes the answer is to use an old drug for a new purpose. Finding new uses for old drugs is the goal of Hua Xu, Director of the Center for Computational Biomedicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Xu came to UTHealth in 2012 from Vanderbilt University with the help of a Recruitment of Rising Star Award from CPRIT.
He has developed software to comb through electronic medical records, including narrative data. Xu is looking for associations between cancer survival and drugs that weren’t necessarily prescribed to fight cancer in the first place, like the diabetes drug metformin.