Associate Professor Mohamad Elabiad Receives $26,818 Grant for Blood Transfusion Research

A $26,818 grant from The Gerber Foundation will allow Dr. Mohamad Elabiad and his research team to investigate whether blood transfusions given to premature infants should cause concern of heavy metal toxicity.

A $26,818 grant from The Gerber Foundation will allow Dr. Mohamad Elabiad and his research team to investigate whether blood transfusions given to premature infants should cause concern of heavy metal toxicity.

Small amounts of two heavy metals, lead and mercury, are naturally present in human blood. In adult transfusions these amounts are not significant enough to cause any concern. For extremely premature infants, however, the story is different. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Dr. Owen Phillips Honored by Women of Achievement

Owen Phillips, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and associate dean for Student Affairs in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was one of seven local women honored at the 2015 Women of Achievement Awards Sunday. She was recognized for heroism in protecting reproductive rights for women. The annual awards commemorate National Women’s History Month. [Read more...]

Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, Named President, Medicine & Science by the American Diabetes Association

Dagogog-Jack Grant Renewal Photo

Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack

Sets Goal to Emphasize the Organization’s Global Work in Research and Education

As the 2015 president, Medicine & Science for the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, director of the Division of Endocrinology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), hopes to “shine a light on” the organization’s work in diabetes research and education around the world. [Read more...]

Dr. William Armstrong, Director of the Neuroscience Institute, Co-Editor of New Book on Neuronal Function in the Brain

William Armstrong, PhDThe significance of neuronal function in the brain is explored in a new book co-edited by William Armstrong, PhD, and Jeffrey Tasker, PhD, titled “The Neurophysiology of Neuroendocrine Neurons.” Dr. Armstrong, a professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), also serves as director of the UTHSC Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Tasker is a professor of cell and molecular biology at Tulane University. [Read more...]

UTHSC Prof Focuses on Anesthesia Research with $327,340 NIH Grant

Dr. Ralph Lydic’s research grant from the NIH, in the amount of $327,340, will allow him (right), his collaborator, Dr. Helen Baghdoyan (left) and their research team to study how the brain regulates various states of consciousness such as sleep, anesthesia, and pain.

Dr. Ralph Lydic’s research grant from the NIH, in the amount of $327,340, will allow him (right), his collaborator, Dr. Helen Baghdoyan (left) and their research team to study how the brain regulates various states of consciousness such as sleep, anesthesia, and pain.

Anesthesiology is a practice that helps eliminate pain for almost 20 million patients in the United States who undergo surgery every year, according to experts. However, the way the drugs eliminate waking consciousness in the brain is still unknown. Ralph Lydic, PhD, his collaborator Helen A. Baghdoyan, PhD, and their research team focus on understanding how the brain regulates various states of consciousness and the role anesthesia plays in those states. [Read more...]

UTHSC’s Professor Robert Williams Part of Global ENIGMA Consortium Effort to Crack Brain’s Genetic Code

UTHSC's Dr. Robert Williams Among Collaborators on Groundbreaking Brain Research Published in Nature

UTHSC’s Dr. Robert Williams Among Collaborators on Groundbreaking Brain Research Published in Nature

Work of global research alliance – ENIGMA — appears in Nature

In the largest collaborative study of the brain to date, researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are part of a global consortium of 190 institutions working to identify eight common genetic mutations that appear to age the brain an average of three years. The discovery could lead to targeted therapies and interventions for Alzheimer’s disease, autism and other neurological conditions. [Read more...]

UT Brand Added to Largest Hospital in Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled.

New signage featuring the UT logo is unveiled at Methodist UT Hospital.

The bright orange UT logo unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 25, on exterior signage at the largest and most comprehensive hospital in the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system is a striking symbol of a successful partnership that started more than a decade ago and continues to grow.

That partnership between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare system supports a multidisciplinary  collaboration among physicians and clinical teams, and brings the most advanced medical care to patients in the Mid-South.

Members of the UT board of trustees, in Memphis for their winter meeting, joined administrators and dignitaries from Methodist and UTHSC for a luncheon and unveiling of the impressive signage at the main entrance of Methodist University Hospital, which is now Methodist UT Hospital.

“Placing the UT initials on the downtown Methodist hospital building and reframing the name as Methodist UT Hospital reflects the convergence of the UTHSC and Methodist missions and visions,” said UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD. It is the first time in more than a decade that the UT initials appear on a Memphis hospital.

More than 300 physicians are currently in training in Methodist facilities, and more than 1,865 medical and surgical specialists have been trained in these locations since the partnership began. Methodist UT and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the major facilities in the hospital system, are core teaching hospitals of UTHSC, along with five other core teaching partners across the state – Regional One Health and the VA Medical Center in Memphis, the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, and the Saint Thomas Health system in Nashville.

Faculty members from UTHSC make up a significant complement of the physicians and clinicians who provide care at Methodist UT Hospital while teaching the next generation of health care professionals in the clinical and hospital setting. The hospital is also home to UT Methodist Physicians, an academic physician practice group created in 2013 as an outgrowth of the partnership between the university and the hospital.

Chancellor Schwab welcomed the guests and praised the collaborative effort, which bolsters recruitment of top-quality physicians, fosters clinical research, and provides venues to train UTHSC students. All of these will boost national rankings for both entities and further their commitments to provide world-class care for all.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

From left, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb, UTHSC Chancellor Steve Schwab, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke share congratulations after the unveiling.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO Gary Shorb; Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and COO Michael Ugwueke, MPH, DHA, FACHE; and Methodist UT Hospital CEO Jeff Liebman, DDM, MBA, addressed the group before the unveiling, offering statistics that reflect the success of the partnership and its benefits to both entities. In 2014, there were 165 UT-affiliated attending MDs at Methodist UT Hospital, accounting for 7,387 inpatient admissions and 2,360 inpatient surgeries. The intent is to continue to grow those numbers.

Plans are also under way to establish or expand residencies and fellowships in oncology and emergency medicine. Areas of expertise, including transplant medicine, stroke and neurological care, oncology, radiology, and thoracic surgery, have flourished as the partnership has grown.

New signage that includes the UT brand is planned throughout the hospital at a cost of about $600,000.

Assistant Professor Monica Brown of UTHSC Receives $150,000 Grant Award from National Scleroderma Foundation

A $150,000 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation will allow Dr. Monica Brown and her research team to explore treatment options for the disease. They are using a natural form of vitamin D in their trials.

A $150,000 grant from the Scleroderma Foundation will allow Dr. Monica Brown and her research team to explore treatment options for the disease. They are using a natural form of vitamin D in their trials.

Monica Brown, DO, and her team are researching the effects of a natural form of Vitamin D on scleroderma. Scleroderma is a disease characterized by hardening of the skin and organs due to collagen overproduction and a lack of enzymes to break collagen down. [Read more...]