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UTHSC Medical Student Mercy Kibe Receives Prestigious Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship


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Mercy Kibe, a third-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has a special interest in global health. Born in Kenya, she moved to the United States as a child with her family. Her heritage informs her desire to investigate disease on a global level. Kibe, 25, is the recipient of a prestigious International Clinical Research Fellowship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which will allow her to take a year off from her studies at… 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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Professor Robert W. Williams Receives $300,000 Award from Research to Prevent Blindness To Fund Innovative Glaucoma Research

Glaucoma 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.

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

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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. An international team of roughly… Read More

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

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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.

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UTHSC Ophthalmologists Warn Non-Prescription Costume Contact Lenses Can Be Hazardous for Your Eyes

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Aaron Waite, MD, shows a patient a close up of a corneal ulcer, the white mark in the center of the photo. Those costume contact lenses may make you look like a zombie on “The Walking Dead,” but doctors from the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center warn that they may have dire consequences for your eyesight.