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...]

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, Managed by UT Health Science Center, Reaccredited

The West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center (WTRFC), which has been managed by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) since July 1, 2014, has been reaccredited by The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME). The association is the premier organization of physician medical examiners, coroners, medical death investigators and medicolegal system administrators in the United States. [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...]

2015 Neuroscience Institute Symposium at UTHSC To Focus on the Neurobiology of Appetite

Understanding appetite is key to unlocking the grip of obesity. The Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will host a symposium on Tuesday, April 21, focusing on how the brain controls the appetite, and thus influences obesity. [Read more...]

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer Publishes Findings on Gene that Inhibits Tumor Growth in Brain Cancer

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer is the principal author of a paper detailing the function of a little-known gene that could be a key to future treatment of glioma.

Dr. Lawrence Pfeffer is the principal author of a paper detailing the function of a little-known gene that could be a key to future treatment of glioma.

Lawrence Pfeffer, PhD, Muirhead Professor of Pathology and director of the Center for Cancer Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the principal author of a paper published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry that describes a little-known gene that could hold a key to future treatment of glioma, or brain cancer. [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...]

Minority High School and College Students Invited to UTHSC For Two-Day Biomedical Mentoring Symposium

As many as 100 high school and college students are being invited to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on March 26 and 27 for a biomedical mentoring symposium for minority and underserved students. [Read more...]