Tennessee Medical Association Honors Two Doctors from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with Outstanding Physician Awards

UT College of Medicine Alumnus Also Honored With Distinguished Service Award

Dr. James Eason

Dr. James Eason

James Eason, MD, FACS, professor and chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and medical director of the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute, received an Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) at its recent annual convention in Nashville.

The TMA also honored J. Mack Worthington, MD, FAAFP, professor and chair of Family Medicine in the UTHSC College of Medicine, Chattanooga, with an Outstanding Physician Award. The award is given annually by the TMA House of Delegates to member physicians, who through their illustrious medical careers, make an impression among their colleagues, peers and on the profession of medicine. [Read more...]

GTx and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Enter Into Exclusive License Agreement to Develop SARD Drug Candidate to Treat Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

GTx, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) to develop its proprietary selective androgen receptor degrader (SARD) technology which potentially can degrade and inhibit all forms of androgen receptor (AR), including those resistant to current therapies, to inhibit tumor growth in patients with progressive castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). [Read more...]

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, Appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at UTHSC

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. Dr. Gonzalez joins UTHSC from the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina higher education authority, where she served as special advisor to the chief academic officer. As the chief academic officer of UTHSC and its statewide campuses, Dr. Gonzalez will report directly to the chancellor. She is expected to assume her new responsibilities, working from UTHSC’s main campus in Memphis, on July 1. [Read more...]

Professor Byron Jones Awarded $2.6 Million to Study Toxicity of the Herbicide Paraquat on the Brain

 A $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will allow Dr. Byron Jones and his collaborators to further investigate if Paraquat, a weed killer, poses risks for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

A $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will allow Dr. Byron Jones and his collaborators to further investigate if Paraquat, a weed killer, poses risks for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat is a weed killer used extensively in agriculture in the United States and other parts of the world. It is suspected to increase risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.
Byron Jones, PhD, and his research team are using newly awarded funds to investigate individual toxicity to the chemical on certain areas of the brain.

Dr. Jonesa professor in the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $2.6 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. [Read more...]

Professor George Huang, DDS, of UTHSC Receives 2015 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology

Dr. George Huang is the 2015 Recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology and Regeneration from the International Association for Dental Research.

Dr. George Huang is the 2015 Recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology and Regeneration from the International Association for Dental Research.

George Huang, DDS, director and professor in the Department of Bioscience Research in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology given by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).

Dr. Huang was recognized during the opening ceremonies of the 93rd General Session and Exhibition of the IADR, which were held in Boston in conjunction with the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and the 39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research. [Read more...]

Professor Subimal Datta Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Study Molecular Processes of Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep and Recovery

With the help of a $1.4 million NIH grant, Dr. Subimal Datta and his research team will be able to gain more insight into REM sleep and the recovery process associated with it.

With the help of a $1.4 million NIH grant, Dr. Subimal Datta and his research team will be able to gain more insight into REM sleep and recovery.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, also known as dreaming sleep, is naturally regulated so that daily amounts are relatively consistent and losses are made up during the next period of sleep. This well-documented phenomenon is called REM sleep rebound. [Read more...]

Professor Robert W. Williams Receives $300,000 Award from Research to Prevent Blindness To Fund Innovative Glaucoma Research

Dr. Robert W. WilliamsGlaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in the United States and globally. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, and once vision is lost, it cannot be regained.

However, Robert. W. Williams, PhD, chair of the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Stein Innovation Award totaling $300,000 for research into molecular activity in the retina that initiates glaucoma. [Read more...]

2015 Neuroscience Institute Symposium at UTHSC To Focus on the Neurobiology of Appetite

Understanding appetite is key to unlocking the grip of obesity. The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host a symposium on Tuesday, April 21, focusing on how the brain controls the appetite, and thus influences obesity. [Read more...]