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Assistant Professor Jillian McCarthy-Maeder and Professor Emeritus Ilsa Schwarz Receive $1,020,381 Grant for Language and Literacy Outcomes Project

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Grant to Fund 32 Graduate Students – Recruiting Begins in Fall 2015 Jillian McCarthy-Maeder, PhD, CCC-SLP, assistant professor in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $1,020,381 from the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The funds will support the training of master’s-level students in an area of high national need – literacy and language outcomes for children with severe or complex communication… Read More

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UTHSC’s Dr. Kristen Archbold Receives $248,460 Grant to Study Sleep Apnea Therapy for Children

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Kristen Archbold, RN, PhD, has spent 17 years researching connections between sleep and the behavior and thinking patterns of school-aged children. In particular, she is working with children ages 6 to 12 who have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects children and adults causing them to stop breathing many times during a night’s sleep. Her latest research explores whether treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine impacts sleep patterns, cognition and behavior for children with this condition.… Read More

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Dr. Guoyun Chen of UTHSC Receives $332,250 Grant for Septic Shock Research

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Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Despite availability of antibiotics, the mortality and hospitalization of patients with severe sepsis has increased rapidly, causing approximately 200,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. Guoyun Chen, MD, PhD, and his research team are hoping to investigate further and explore treatment options. An assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Dr.… Read More

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Associate Professor Anna Bukiya of UTHSC Receives $1.6 Million to Study How Cholesterol and Alcohol Interact in the Body

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Anna Bukiya, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a five-year grant totaling $1.6 million to study how cholesterol and alcohol interact to modulate blood vessel function in the brain. The award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health, will be used to support a project titled, “Cholesterol Control of Alcohol-Induced Cerebral… Read More

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Associate Professor Francesca-Fang Liao of UTHSC Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Alzheimer’s Disease Research

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most devastating neurodegenerative conditions, afflicting more than 4 million Americans each year. The available FDA-approved drugs only stabilize the conditions. More robust medications are needed to improve the syndrome. Synaptic damage is the earliest sign of AD, which leads to memory loss. Therefore, uncovering novel synaptic mechanisms and identifiable targets for the disease is key for developing effective treatments. With new funding, Francesca-Fang Liao, PhD, and her research team plan to do just… Read More

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Edward Chaum, MD, PhD, Receives $2.4 Million Grant to Study Macular Degeneration

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Edward Chaum, MD, PhD, Plough Foundation Professor of Retinal Diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Hamilton Eye Institute, has a successful history of collaborating with scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to battle diseases of the eye. So when he was approached about working together to apply technology being developed at ORNL to his ophthalmologic research, he jumped at the opportunity. Dr. Chaum and his ORNL collaborator, Pat Collier, PhD, a research scientist, have been… Read More

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UTHSC Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Neuner Receives $172,480 Grant for Late-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Research

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Although gene mutations that cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease have been identified, the vast majority of cases result from what is known as “sporadic,” or late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (LOAD), which has no known cause.  Sarah Neuner’s research focuses on identifying currently unknown genes that influence a person’s likelihood of developing LOAD. Neuner, a graduate research assistant in the lab of Catherine Kaczorowski, PhD, in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center… Read More

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Tim Saltuklaroglu, PhD, and Ashley Harkrider, PhD, of the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology Receive $417,625 Grant to Study Brain Activity Related to Stuttering

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Approximately 5 percent of all children stutter for some period of time, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Many recover, but for those who do not, stuttering often progresses and severely impairs communication. There is no clear predictor of who will recover from stuttering and who will not. However, two scientists in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology in the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)… Read More