Dr. Andrzej Slominski Invited to Write Editorial in Mayo Clinic Proceedings on Studies of How Melanoma Fools the Immune System

 Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings commenting on papers about current therapies for melanoma.

Dr. Andrzej Slominski was invited to write an editorial in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

 Current approaches to treating melanoma amount to Sisyphean work, Andrzej Slominski, MD, PhD, of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), wrote in an editorial published in the April edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

“Similar to Sisyphus, it will be problematic to reach the pinnacle where targeted cure is achieved,” wrote Dr. Slominski, who serves as a professor of Pathology and a professor of Medicine at UTHSC. That’s because the immunosuppressant characteristics of melanoma and the diverse characteristics and behaviors of tumor cell populations allow them to overcome the effect of current drugs in most cases. [Read more...]

UTHSC Auction of Works by Acclaimed Artist Paul Penczner Grosses More Than $70,000

Blue Bridge and Pyramid

Artist Paul Penczner’s “Blue Bridge and Pyramid” was among works that brought high bids during the online auction on March 26. This work sold for $2,700.

An online auction by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) on Wednesday, March 26, of more than 300 works by internationally known Memphis artist Paul Penczner grossed more than $70,000.

The sale, which opened for bidding March 4, and finished with a rapid, rolling auction, drew 158 bidders. [Read more...]

Bernd Meibohm of UTHSC Has Research Findings Published in Nature Medicine Journal

The results of collaborative research efforts by Dr. Bernd Meibohm (right), his research team, Dora Madhura, PhD, (center), and Ashit Trivedi, MS, as well as investigators at other institutions, were published in the February issue of Nature Medicine, a leading biomedical sciences journal.

The results of collaborative research efforts by Dr. Bernd Meibohm (right), his research team, Dora Madhura, PhD, (center), and Ashit Trivedi, MS, as well as investigators at other institutions, were published in the February issue of Nature Medicine, a leading biomedical sciences journal.

Bernd Meibohm, PhD, FCP, associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), had the findings of his latest research published in the February issue of Nature Medicine, a leading journal for the biomedical sciences. [Read more...]

Karen C. Johnson, MD, MPH, Interim Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, Awarded $1.6 Million to Continue Observational Phase of Look AHEAD Study

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

Dr. Karen C. Johnson is the principal investigator for the Look AHEAD Study at UTHSC.

The Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) Study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), began in 2001 to examine whether weight loss and increased physical activity would prevent cardiovascular events in those with type 2 diabetes. [Read more...]

Two Doctors, One Vision: Dr. Paul Juarez and Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez are Working to End Health Disparities in Memphis.

Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez and Dr. Paul Juarez were recruited to UT Health Science Center to set up a center to study and help remedy health disparities.

Dr. Patricia Matthews-Juarez and Dr. Paul Juarez were recruited to UT Health Science Center to set up a center to study and help remedy health disparities.

Paul D. Juarez, PhD, and Patricia Matthews-Juarez, PhD, moved to Memphis from Nashville in April, and have spent the months since then trying to get to know their new home. And while they are reveling in what’s right about their adopted city, they are even more interested in what’s wrong with it.

The couple came to Memphis to set up a new center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to research, measure and document health disparities here. They were recruited by David Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine, who charged them with much more than just crunching numbers. [Read more...]

Ari VanderWalde, MD, Named Associate Vice Chancellor of Research – Clinical Trials at UTHSC

Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, therapies, or preventive measures – are tested in patients to determine if they are safe and effective. Running successful clinical trials requires highly ethical, organized and experienced personnel. One such professional recently joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in a newly created position. [Read more...]

Anniversary for Long Term Faculty Member

Feb. 1st marks the 55th anniversary of James W. Pate, M.D. as an active faculty member of the College of Medicine.  Dr. Pate has participated in  many of the dramatic changes in UTCHS and in local and national teaching, training, research, and health care delivery.

He still participates in student and resident conferences and lectures on a regular basis, several times a week. ( He never learned to play golf so this is his favorite past-time.)

UTHSC Researchers Draw National Attention for Findings that Could Lead to Possible Treatment for Those with Most Severe Form of Multiple Sclerosis

Dr. Lidia Gardner and Dr. Michael Levin are researching Apolipoprotein A1, or ApoA1, and its relationship to Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Lidia Gardner and Dr. Michael Levin are researching Apolipoprotein A1, or ApoA1, and its relationship to Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating neurological disease that affects 2.3 million people worldwide, a number that has gone up 10 percent in the past five years. [Read more...]