Steven R. Goodman, PhD, Appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at UTHSC

Steven R. Goodman, PhD,

Vice Chancellor for Research

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Steven R. Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research. Dr. Goodman arrives at UTHSC from the SUNY (State University of New York) Upstate Medical University where he was the former vice president for Research, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and professor in both the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Pediatrics. As the vice chancellor for Research, Dr. Goodman… Read More


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


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


Virologist Michael Whitt, PhD, of UTHSC Co-authors New Book about Ebola and Other Deadly Viruses


Advises Vigilance and Rapid Action to Prevent Future Outbreaks like the 2014 Ebola Epidemic in West Africa The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa focused attention on the toll certain emerging viruses can take on the human race. It also showed how ill prepared we are to quickly react to these potentially deadly pathogens that appear to kill randomly and elude cures. And though Liberia, one of the countries at the epicenter of the epidemic, was declared Ebola free by the… Read More


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


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


UTHSC College of Dentistry Receives Patriot Award for Support of Assistant Professor and Naval Reserve Commander


The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Dentistry received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for its nearly 30 years of support for U.S. Naval Reserve Commander and Assistant Professor Bryan Schmidt, DDS. “People don’t always understand the commitment it takes to support those who are a part of the Guard,” said Dr. Schmidt, who teaches in the Department of Periodontology. “I often have to be away for weeklong exercises or for… Read More


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


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


Dr. Marie Chisholm-Burns, Dean of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy, Receives Clinician of Distinction Award from American Society of Transplantation


Marie Chisholm-Burns, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received the Clinician of Distinction Award from the American Society of Transplantation at the recent 2015 American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia. The prestigious award is given to a non-physician clinician who is considered an expert in his or her field, whose career is dedicated to transplant, and who is recognized for outstanding contributions to clinical transplantation. Dr.… Read More


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


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