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...]

John Bissler, MD, Receives $637,501 Grant for Renal Tumor Research

A $637,501 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity will allow Dr. John Bissler and his research team to study prevention and treatment options for tuberous sclerosis complex.

A $637,501 grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity will allow Dr. John Bissler and his research team to study prevention and treatment options for tuberous sclerosis complex.

John Bissler, MD, and his research team study a disease in children and adults called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), which predisposes patients to an unusual type of renal tumors. The team aims to use a newly developed model to study whether anti-hypertension drugs already approved for use in children will prevent tumors and the disease.

Dr. Bissler, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $637,501 from theU.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity to study renal tumor treatment options. The award will be used to support a project titled, “Prevention of TSC Renal Disease,” and will be distributed over three years. [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...]

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 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.