UTHSC Assistant Professor Shalini Narayana Receives $677,385 Grant for Parkinson’s Disease Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has awarded Dr. Shalini Narayana a $677,385 grant that will allow her and research team to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the effectiveness of voice therapy of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has awarded Dr. Shalini Narayana a $677,385 grant that will allow her and her research team to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the effectiveness of voice therapy of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Shalini Narayana, PhD, assistant professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $677,385 from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Dr. Narayana and her research team are testing to determine if non-invasive brain stimulation can improve the effectiveness of voice therapy. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Linda DeBaer, Perinatal Social Work Manager at the Newborn Center, Wins 2014 Award of Excellence in Perinatal Social Work

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Linda DeBaer, LMSW, received the 2014 Award of Excellence in Perinatal Social Work from the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.

Linda DeBaer, LMSW, manager of the Department of Perinatal Social Work at the Newborn Center at Regional One Health and a 30-year employee of  the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received the  2014 Award of Excellence in Perinatal Social Work from the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers (NAPSW). According to the NAPSW, the annual award recognizes “a member for outstanding clinical achievement in the field of perinatal social work.” The award was presented to DeBaer during the 2014 NAPSW National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. [Read more...]

Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone Invited to Write Editorial in Lancet to Comment on Phase 1B Trial of Hereditary Retinal Degeneration

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Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone

Despite a tremendous increase in the research efforts and progress to find treatments and cures for hereditary retinal degenerations, therapeutic options able to restore significantly vision remain to date limited. But the scenario is changing. [Read more...]

Hohmeier Named NACDS Faculty Scholar

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has selected Kenneth C. Hohmeier, PharmD, assistant professor of Clinical Pharmacy, as one of the 2014-15 NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholars. As a NACDS Foundation Faculty Scholar, Dr. Hohmeier will participate in a program focused on community pharmacy-based patient research. [Read more...]

Professor Donna K. Hathaway of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Receives $2.5 Million Grant for Kidney Transplant Medication Research

Dr. Donna Hathaway

Donna K. Hathaway, PhD, RN, FAAN, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies in the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $2,507,759 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. The award will be used to support a project titled, “An RCT for Medication Adherence in Kidney Transplant Recipients.” The award will be distributed over a four-year period. [Read more...]

Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari DVP to be Held on Saturday, September 20

The Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 8am until 1:30pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The topic is: Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: Contemporary Insights into the Management of Pancreatic Neoplasms, featuring Dr. James Yao, Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

To register for the DVP, please go to www.utconferences.com/dilawaridvp to reserve your spot soon. The full PDF brochure for the Dilawari DVP can be viewed online by clicking here: www.tinyurl.com/dilawaridvp.

The Raza A. Dilawari DVP features a world-class lineup of presenters and speakers, featuring:

  • “Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors” – James Yao, MD, Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • “Genetics and Management of Familial Pancreatic Cancer” – Teresa Brentnall, MD
  • “Multidisciplinary Management of Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer:”
    Endoscopic Evaluation – Mohammed Ismail, MD
    Cracking the Code on Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer – Margaret Tempero, MD
    Radiation Therapy – Brian Czito, MD
    Surgical Strategies and Outcomes – Matthew Katz, MD
  • “Palliation in Pancreatic Cancer and End of Life Issues” – Clay Jackson, MD and Nia Zalamea, MD
  • “Debate: Management of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
    in Young Patient: Partial vs Total Pancreatectomy” – Stephen Behrman, MD and Matthew Katz, MD

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ITS Continues Replacement of NAC with ISE Thursday, July 17th

Faculty & Staff,

On Thursday, July 17th, ITS will continue the replacement of the Cisco NAC with ISE (Identity Services Engine) in the Pharmacy Bldg & the RBL (Regional Biocontainment Laboratory) facility. We expect on the following Tuesday (7/22), additional buildings will be transitioned, to complete this project in all primary teaching facilities before the August semester starts. Please check the ISE rollout schedule at http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/schedule.php for a complete list of buildings & scheduled rollout dates.

Thanks in advance for your cooperation…

UTHSC Information Technology Services


ITS is replacing the NAC with ISE across the UTHSC campus.

We need your help to ensure a smooth transition on your building’s rollout date.

NOTE: ALL users must update their NAC agent & Sophos AntiVirus at www.uthsc.edu/ise

 Macintosh Users:      http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/macos.php

Wired-LAN Mac OS X desktop/laptop users will have to manually configure their machine. The instructions for configuring your computer vary depending on which version of the Mac OS X operating system you are running. Please enter the link below for your Mac OS version for further instructions.

Mac OSX 10.5.x     http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/docs/installOSX-V10.5.8.pdf
Mac OSX 10.6.x     http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/docs/installOSX-V10.6.8.pdf
Mac OSX 10.7.x     http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/docs/installOSX-V10.7-9.pdf
Mac OSX 10.8.x     http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/docs/installOSX-V10.7-9.pdf
Mac OSX 10.9.x     http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/docs/installOSX-V10.7-9.pdf

Windows desktop/laptop computers should be re-booted 1st thing in the morning on the day your building is switched over, then the user will be prompted to download and update the ISE agent. This updated agent is required for continued network access.

LINUX Users:      http://www.uthsc.edu/ise/linux.php

Complete LINUX instructions provided at the link above.


Smith Presents to National Vaccine Advisory Committee

Dr. Cindy Smith, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, from Reeves-Sain Pharmacy in Murfreesboro presented to the National Vaccine Advisory Committee in Washington, DC on June 11, 2014. This committee is advisory to the Assistant Secretary of Health of the US Public Service to assist in making decisions about the government’s role concerning vaccines. Cindy’s presentation was titled “Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine-The Pharmacists’ Perspective.” She was asked to help the committee understand how a practicing pharmacist deals with the HPV vaccine. She was listed on the agenda as representing the University of Tennessee. If you would like more information, please follow the NVAC link http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/upcomingmeetings/060102014agenda.html