Teresa Waters, Chair of Preventive Medicine, Receives $749,998 Grant to Study Medicare Penalties for Hospital Readmissions

A $749,998 grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality will allow Dr. Teresa Waters, pictured with team members Dr. Cameron Kaplan (left) and Dr. Tao Li, to examine the effects of Medicare hospital readmission policies.

A $749,998 grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality will allow Dr. Teresa Waters, pictured with team members Dr. Cameron Kaplan (left) and Dr. Tao Li, to examine the effects of Medicare hospital readmission policies.

Almost 20 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals will be readmitted within 30 days, costing the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) almost $25 billion per year. [Read more...]

Kris Phillips, Associate Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs at UTHSC, Named District III Chair of The Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips District III Chair Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips
District III Chair
Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Kris Phillips, associate vice chancellor of development and alumni affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has been named chair of District III for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He will serve in the position until 2017.

Phillips was installed during CASE’s annual district conference in Orlando, Florida. Nine states comprise District III — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It is the second-largest district in North America. [Read more...]

GTx and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation Enter Into Exclusive License Agreement to Develop SARD Drug Candidate to Treat Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

GTx, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) to develop its proprietary selective androgen receptor degrader (SARD) technology which potentially can degrade and inhibit all forms of androgen receptor (AR), including those resistant to current therapies, to inhibit tumor growth in patients with progressive castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). [Read more...]

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, Appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs at UTHSC

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Lori S. Gonzalez, PhD, vice chancellor of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs. Dr. Gonzalez joins UTHSC from the University of North Carolina General Administration, the North Carolina higher education authority, where she served as special advisor to the chief academic officer. As the chief academic officer of UTHSC and its statewide campuses, Dr. Gonzalez will report directly to the chancellor. She is expected to assume her new responsibilities, working from UTHSC’s main campus in Memphis, on July 1. [Read more...]

Registration Opens for 13th ‘All Days Are Happy Days’ Summer Camp, Targeting Children with ADHD, Organized by UTHSC

Every year more than 11 million children and adults attend camp in the United States, according to the American Camping Association. For Memphis children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the UT Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities has opened registration for its 13th “All Days Are Happy Days” summer day camp. [Read more...]

Professor Byron Jones Awarded $2.6 Million to Study Toxicity of the Herbicide Paraquat on the Brain

 A $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will allow Dr. Byron Jones and his collaborators to further investigate if Paraquat, a weed killer, poses risks for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

A $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will allow Dr. Byron Jones and his collaborators to further investigate if Paraquat, a weed killer, poses risks for brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

Paraquat is a weed killer used extensively in agriculture in the United States and other parts of the world. It is suspected to increase risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.
Byron Jones, PhD, and his research team are using newly awarded funds to investigate individual toxicity to the chemical on certain areas of the brain.

Dr. Jonesa professor in the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received a grant totaling $2.6 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health. [Read more...]

Social Workers Ashley Annestedt and Malissa Duckworth of UTHSC to Lead 2015 Conference for the Association for Successful Parenting

Social workers Ashley Annestedt (left) and Malissa Duckworth (right)  have been asked to lead the 2015 A Chance to Parent Conference, hosted by The Association for Successful Parenting. The theme of the conference being held in Memphis is “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”

Social workers Ashley Annestedt (left) and Malissa Duckworth (right) have been asked to lead the 2015 A Chance to Parent Conference, hosted by The Association for Successful Parenting. The theme of the conference being held in Memphis is “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.”

The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP) is hosting the seventh biannual A Chance to Parent Conference with this year’s theme, “Promoting Change Through Advocacy, Policy and Practice.” [Read more...]

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...]