Dr. David Seaberg to Step Down from Positions as Dean of UTHSC College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and Senior Vice President, Erlanger Health System

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at UT Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Kevin Spiegel, FACHE, president and CEO for Erlanger Health System, announced that David Seaberg, MD, will be stepping down from the joint positions of dean of the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and senior vice president of the Erlanger Health System. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Dr. Gabor Tigyi Draws International Attention for Promising Drug Candidate to Fight Radiation Exposure

Tigyi

Dr. Gabor Tigyi

There currently is no antidote for radiation injury. But Gabor Tigyi, MD, PhD, a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and his team have spent more than 15 years working on one.

Dr. Tigyi’s research team has developed a drug candidate that shows promise for use in treating victims of acute radiation sickness from nuclear disasters like the ones at the Fukushima (Japan, 2011) and Chernobyl (Soviet Union, 1986) nuclear power plants. It may also be useful in treating injuries suffered by cancer patients from radiation therapy. [Read more...]

Welch Allyn Acquires UTRF Startup Hubble Telemedical to Combat Diabetic Retinopathy

Edward Chaum, MD, PhD

Edward Chaum, MD, PhD, co-founder of Hubble Telemedical, Inc.

Welch Allyn, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Hubble Telemedical, Inc., a privately held health care company founded by UT Health Science Center researcher Edward Chaum, MD, PhD, and ORNL researcher Kenneth Tobin, [Read more...]

Associate Professor Rennolds Ostrom of UTHSC Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Asthma and COPD Research

A $1.1 million dollar grant from the NIH will allow Dr. Rennolds Ostrom and his research team to understand how an intracellular messenger called cAMP can carry different information based on where in the cell the signal is generated. Dr. Ostrom’s research could lead to cures for diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

A $1.1 million dollar grant from the NIH will allow Dr. Rennolds Ostrom and his research team to understand how an intracellular messenger called cAMP can carry different information based on where in the cell the signal is generated. Dr. Ostrom’s research could lead to cures for diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Rennolds Ostrom, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $1,136,476 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. The award will be used to support a project titled, “Molecular Signal Transduction of cAMP Compartments,” and will be distributed over four years. [Read more...]

Dr. Duane Miller Named to the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Duane Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, has been named to the National Academy of Inventors.Dr. Duane Miller, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, has been named to the National Academy of Inventors.

Duane Miller, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He will be inducted on March 20 during the organization’s fourth annual conference at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. [Read more...]

Doctoral Student Shaquita Starks to Receive More Than $30,000 Minority Fellowship from American Nurses Association

Shaquita Starks Minority Fellowship Award Recipient

Shaquita Starks
Minority Fellowship Award Recipient

Shaquita Starks, MSN, FNP-BC, PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the recipient of the Minority Fellowship Program Award at the American Nurses Association funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. As a result, Starks will receive more than $30,000 towards her tuition, a stipend, and other behavioral health training and learning experiences. [Read more...]

A Window to the Past and a Gift to the Future: UTHSC’s College of Nursing Looks for Memorabilia from Early Grads

Ditamore Memorabilia

Items such as these donated by the family of Nursing grad Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore, class of 1940, help paint a picture of nursing through the years.

The diploma Elizabeth Allene Vance received from the University of Tennessee School of Nursing in 1940 was her ticket to see the world.

Grateful to the nursing school that shaped her mom’s life, Catherine Ditamore of Little Rock, Ark., felt it appropriate after her mother’s death in 2010, to donate memorabilia from her mom’s student nursing days in Memphis to what is now the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She hopes the items will remind today’s student nurses of those who went before them, make them aware of the noble heritage the profession carries, and inspire them with the possibilities that nursing can offer.

The College of Nursing wants more graduates and their relatives to do the same. A collection of items, including uniforms, diplomas, photographs, nursing pins, instruments and more that tell the history of nursing and of nursing at UT since its birth in 1898, will be displayed in the new College of Nursing Building on the site of the Crowe Research Building, when it is completed in about three years.

Among the items Catherine Ditamore, 64, a retired information technologist, donated is a receipt for $10 that secured her mother’s first-quarter admission in March 1937. Also donated are: her acceptance letter dated Oct. 30, 1936; photos of nursing students wearing gowns and corsages at a dance at The Peabody Skyway; photos of the old John Gaston Hospital; a class composite with 29 women from six Southern states; and the diploma declaring Vance a member of the graduating class of September 1940.

Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore

Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore

After graduation, Vance became an Army nurse, entering as a second lieutenant and eventually becoming a captain. During training in Louisiana, she met First Lieutenant Earl Ditamore. He was shipped off to Europe, she to the Philippines. They corresponded and married back in the states in 1946. They lived in Germany, where he was stationed, and were preparing to move the family to Japan in 1950 for his stint in Korea, when he died. Elizabeth Allene Vance Ditamore never remarried.

She moved to Virginia to raise their daughter and son, eventually settling in Fairfax. She got a bachelor’s degree, took a nursing refresher course, and was a post-surgical nurse until she retired at 65. She died at 94, and because of her rank in the Army, she is buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her husband.

Her daughter says she has “a soft spot” in her heart for the University of Tennessee and its nursing program, and that’s why she offered the memorabilia her mom obviously treasured. “I look back on her life, and in terms of setting her on a path for the rest of her life, that’s what happened in Memphis.”

Dianne Greenhill, BSN, MS, EdS, EdD, is president of the UTHSC College of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors, a 1962 graduate, professor emeritus of the college, and author of the book about its history, “From Diploma to Doctorate: 100 Years of Nursing.” She is helping to organize the collection effort, which she feels has a larger purpose than just showcasing interesting objects related to the profession.

“I think it’s important to know our legacy and where we came from and how nursing has changed over the years,” she said. “You don’t realize that, if you don’t see what it was like in the early period.”

The items will be preserved in a glass display similar to the Apothecaries Collection in the Pharmacy Building.

The College of Nursing is especially interested in photos taken prior to the 1950s, diplomas from the 1920s and earlier, nursing pins from prior to the 1920s, nursing caps and uniforms from before the 1940s, nursing notes from early classes, nursing instruments and more. Those who would like to donate items for display should contact Dianne Greenhill at dgreenhill@uthsc.edu or (901) 820-0211.

 

Professor Christopher Waters Receives $1.5 Million Grant for Lung Injury Research

Dr. Christopher Waters and his research team (from left, Kristina Wilhelm, PhD, Bin Teng, PhD, and Charlean Luellen) have received a $1.5 million grant from the NIH that will allow them to understand the repair process associated with various lung injuries.

Dr. Christopher Waters and his research team (from left, Kristina Wilhelm, PhD, Bin Teng, PhD, and Charlean Luellen) have received a $1.5 million grant from the NIH that will allow them to understand the repair process associated with various lung injuries.

Christopher Waters, PhD, professor and vice chair in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $1.5 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. [Read more...]