The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Department of Anesthesiology
The Department of Anesthesiology

Faculty Biography

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Bruce D. Butler, Ph.D.

Professor

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Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • B.A., Biology/Chemistry, The University of Texas University, Austin, Texas
  • Ph.D., Physiology and Biophysics, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Postgraduate Training, Wolfson Institute, University of Dundee Medical School, Dundee, Scotland
  • Postgraduate Training, Department of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, University of Dundee, Wolfson Institute ofOccupational Health, Dundee, Scotland
  • Instructor of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • Member, Faculty - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas
  • Adjunct Associate Professor; School of Allied Health Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology (Tenure), The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
  • Professor, Faculty of Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Special Member, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
  • Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • Professor of Anesthesiology (Tenure), The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas
  • Professor of Environmental Sciences (Adjunct), The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas
  • Director of Research, Hermann Center for Environmental Aerospace and Industrial Medicine, Hermann Hospital, Houston, Texas
  • Associate Director, UTHSC-H/MD Anderson Cancer Center, Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research
  • Biotechnology Advisory Board, University of Texas at Austin, IC2 Institute, Global Commercialization Programs, Biotechnology Advisory Board

Certification

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Professional Organizations

  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
    • 1990 Alt. Program Committee
    • 1994 Co-Chair, Scientific Meeting
    • 1993-1994 Secretary
    • 1993-1995 Executive Committee
    • 1994-1996 Chairman, Publications Committee
  • American Physiological Society
  • International Union of Physiological Scientists
  • Aerospace Medical Association
    • Scientific Program Committee
    • Space Medicine Branch, Program Committee
  • American Society for Gravitation and Space Biology
  • Aerospace Physiological Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • NASA-GSRP Advisor
  • Associate, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Research Advisory Board; Environmental Biomedical Stress Data Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • Alliance of Nanohealth: Steering Committee
  • UT System, Chancellor's Technology Transfer Commission
  • UT System Office of Research and Technology Transfer; Technology Transfer Advisory Council

Awards

  • EVA Prebreathe Reduction Protocol Development Team, the NASA Space and Life Sciences Directorate Special Scientific Achievement Award, 2001
  • Dean's Teaching Excellence List, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 1991
  • Dean's Teaching Excellence List, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 1990
  • Dean's Teaching Excellence List, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, Texas, 1988
  • MARC Visiting Scientist (FASEB), 1983
  • Visiting Scientist Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI), Bethesda, Maryland, 1981

Research Grants

  • Novel Method of Non-invasive Detection and Assessment of Gas Emboli and DCS. Co-Principal Investigator-Sponsor, (Kirill Larin, PI, University of Houston), Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Navy. $100,000, 2007-2010
  • CT-Imaging, T-5; J Conyers, PI; Salary support for Dr. Butler’s Research Associate, U. S. Army Research, MMRD. $40,550, 2007-2009
  • Depression Sickness as an Inflammatory Disease: Combined Adjunctive Therapy. Principal Investigator, Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Navy NRD-311. $475,853, 2003-2006

Patents

  • Lichtenberger LM, Hills BA, Butler BD:  Methods and composition for treating gastrointestinal ulcer disease.  United States Patent Application No. 367-541, United States Patent Office, Washington, DC, 1982, European Patent No. 0092121, Germany No. P3374914.0, Japan Patent No. 64396/1983.
  • Leiman BC, Butler BD, Katz J:  Balloon-tipped suction catheter.  United States Patent No. 4,762,125, United States Patent Office, Washington, DC, 1988.  Japanese Patent No. 2620250.
  • Leiman BC, Butler BD, Katz J, Salzarulo HH:  Device for the determination of proper endotracheal tube placement.  United States Patent No. 4,879,999, United States Patent Office, Washington, DC, 1989, Japanese Patent No. 844-090.
  • Lichtenberger LM, Butler BA:  Methods of enhancing the therapeutic activity of NSAIDS and compositions of Zwitterionic phospholipids useful therein.  United States Patent No. 5,763-422.
  • Butler BD, Warters RD: Method and apparatus for induction of inhaled pharmacological agent by a pediatric patent.  United States Patent No. 5,865,172. (Foreign patents)
  • Butler BD, Warters RD:  Apparatus for induction of inhaled pharmacological agent by a pediatric patient. U.S. Patent No. 5,937,852. (Foreign patents)
  • Butler BD, Warters RD:  Apparatus for induction of inhaled pharmacological agent by a pediatric patient. U.S. Patent No. 6,073,628
  • Lichtenberger LM, Butler BA:  Methods of enhancing the therapeutic activity of NSAIDS and compositions of Zwitterionic phospholipids useful therein.  United States Patent No. 5,955,451.

Selected Publications

  1. Butler BD, Little T, Sothern RB, Smolensky MH:  Circadian study of decompression sickness symptomatology and response-associated variables in rats.Chronobiol Int 27:138-60, 2010.
  2. Foster PP, Butler BD: Decompression to altitude: assumptions, experimental evidence and future directions. J Appl. Physiol 106:678-690, 2009.
  3. Little T, Butler BD:  Pharmacological intervention to the inflammatory response from decompression sickness in rats. Aviat Space Environ Med 79(2):87-93, 2008.
  4. Butler BD, Little T: Effects of endotoxin (LPS) on rats subjected to decompression. Undersea Hyperb Med 34:292, 2007.
  5. Butler BD, Little T:  Combined effects of melatonin, hyperbaric oxygen prebreathe and a leukotriene inhibitor on decompression outcomes.  Undersea Hyperb Med 33:357, 2006.
  6. Butler BD, Little T, Cogan V, Powell M., Hyperbaric oxygen pre-breathe (HBOP) modifies the outcome of decompression sickness. Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine 33:407-417, 2006.
  7. Butler BD:  Gaseous micro emboli:  concepts and considerations.  J Extra Corpor Technol 38(3):272-9, 2006
  8. Butler BD, Little T: Decompression Sickness (DCS): Experimental Preventative Therapies. Undersea Hyperb Med 32:230, 2005.
  9. Butler BD, Little T: Inflammatory responses to decompression sickness (DCS): combined therapies. Undersea Hyperb Med 31, 2004.
  10. Kurusz M, Butler BD:  Bubbles and bypass: an update. Perfusion 19:S49-S55, 2004.

Lectures

  • State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund Workshop, UTMB, Galveston, Texas, 2008
  • Texas Economic Development Council Annual Conference: Emerging Technology  Fund  Research Superiority, Austin, Texas, 2008
  • Texas Life Science Conference, BioHouston: How to Interface with Technology Transfer, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Gulf Coast Innovation Conference: Bridging Research to Successful Commercialization, Houston, Texas, 2008
  • Intellectual property, commercialization and industry partnering in: Navigating the Regulatory Highway, Clinical research and Regulatory Practice, Houston, Texas, 2007-2008
  • Technology Transfer in a Modern Health Science Center: From Lab To Market. Rice Alliance. Houston, Texas, 2006
  • The Ins and Outs of Intellectual Property, in Topics of Translational Research. UTHSC-Houston, Houston, Texas, 2006-2008
  • Technology Transfer in a Modern Health Science Center. UTHSCH Postdoctoral Certificate Program, 2006
  • ONR/NAVSEA/BUMED, U.S. Navy Combined Undersea Medicine Research, “Decompression Sickness as an Inflammatory Disease.” Program, Washington, DC, 2005
  •  “Life Science Entrepreneurship & Mentoring Series” From Lab to Market; How toCommercialize Technology and Launch a Life Science Business. Rice Alliance Houston, Texas, 2005

 

Faculty Biography

Bruce D. Butler, Ph.D.
  • Bruce D. Butler, Ph.D.
    Professor
  • Department of Anesthesiology
    The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
    6431 Fannin Street, MSB-5.174
    Houston, Texas 77030
  • phone: (713) 500-3369
    e-mail: Bruce.D.Butler@uth.tmc.edu