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...]

Murfreesboro Foundation Provides $100,000 Gift for Scholarship, Innovation Gallery in College of Pharmacy at UTHSC

Two UTHSC Pharmacy Alums Contribute to the Development of Future Pharmacy Graduates

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

Rick Sain (PharmD, ’89), left, and Shane Reeves (PharmD, ’94) are co-owners of Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services. The company’s foundation is donating a $100,000 gift to the UT Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation Inc. of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has made a charitable gift commitment of $100,000 to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). The five-year gift will provide scholarship support and highlight the Reeves-Sain model of pharmacy to future generations of pharmacists.

The Reeves-Sain Foundation is the philanthropic division of the Reeves-Sain Family of Medical Services, which opened its doors in Murfreesboro 35 years ago. Half of the five-year, $100,000 gift will support the existing Reeves-Sain Endowment, which provides scholarships to current UTHSC College of Pharmacy students. The remainder of the funds will support the maintenance of the College of Pharmacy’s state-of-the-art building and establish an educational gallery highlighting the business model developed by Drs. Reeves and Sain, which enhances and improves the role of the community pharmacy in the health care of its customer base. [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...]

UTHSC Asstnt. Prof. Hongsik Cho Awarded $130,808 Grant for Nanosome Osteoarthritis Research

A $130,808 grant award from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation will allow Dr. Hongsik Cho and his research team to develop a drug delivery system using very small packets, called nanosomes, that enclose a drug and a fluorescent dye to repair damaged cartilage.

A $130,808 grant award from the William and Ella Owens Medical Research Foundation will allow Dr. Hongsik Cho and his research team to develop a drug delivery system using very small packets, called nanosomes, that enclose a drug and a fluorescent dye to repair damaged cartilage.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an increasingly large burden on the American health care system. This debilitating condition affects 60 percent of Americans over the age of 60 — the fastest-growing demographic in the nation. [Read more...]

Prof. Edward Chaum Awarded $999,488 Grant for Ocular Trauma Research

Edward Chaum, MD, PhD

Edward Chaum, MD, PhD

Significant eye injuries are common in the military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Edward Chaum, MD, PhD, Plough Professor of Retinal Diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $999,488 from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to study the effects of ocular trauma. [Read more...]

UTHSC Prof. Ryan Yates Receives $15,000 Grant Award from UT Research Foundation

Dr. Ryan Yates

Dr. Ryan Yates

Ryan Yates, PharmD, PhD, professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the recipient of a $15,000 award from the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. The award will support a project titled, “Pre-clinical ADMET of JP-153: A Treatment for Retinal Neovascularization.”

Diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are the leading causes of blindness. While one affects primarily working-age adults and the other aging adults, both contribute to the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the retina, causing bleeding and scar formation. [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...]