Life Science Tennessee Beer and Biotech

Join LifeSciTN’s Memphis Academic Alliance Chapter for monthly networking “Beer and Biotech” events! Want to explore career development, expand your network, or dip into the startup scene?
Hear from local life science industry professionals on the 2nd Thursday of every month @ Trolley Stop Market*
Network reception at 5 p.m.
Scheduled speaker begins at 5:30 p.m.
*Trolley Stop Market, located at 704 Madison, is our new meeting location; T.J. Mulligans is closed for renovation, scheduled to reopen soon.
Dr. Kerem Kalpakci PhD., a Senior R&D Engineer working at Medtronic in Biologics will be our speaker Thursday, September 11, 2014.
Dr. Kalpakci has been at Medtronic for 3 years. Before that he was a bioengineering grad student at Rice in Houston. He is part of the Biologics organization within Medtronic Spinal; which means he designs products that promote new bone growth for spinal, orthopedic and dental procedures, often in conjunction with a device. He’s going to share and recall his own journey in grad school, where he struggled to get information about industry jobs, even though he knew that was where he ultimately wanted to end up. He has agreed to speak to our group about what he did (and didn’t do) as a grad student to get industry jobs. If you’d like to ask questions, consider asking about his work at Medtronic and the pros/cons of working at a big device company.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 2015/14 dates and confirmed speakers:
Date/Time Speaker/Event Location
Thurs., September 11 Kalpakci, Kerem, PhD; Sr. R&D Engineer, Biologics, Medtronic Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., October 9 Phil Cestaro, President & CEO, TriMetis Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., November 13 Rob Clark, St. Jude, Public Policy & Government Affairs Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., December 11 Holiday Social, Introduce 2015 Officers, TBD T.B.D.
Thurs., January 8 Jan Bouten, Innova Memphis Trolley Stop Market
Thurs., February 12 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., March 12 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., April 9 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., May 14 Possible Zero to 510 Launch, (5/21/15?) T.B.D.
Thurs., June 11 Speaker T.B.D. T.B.D.
Thurs., July T.B.D. Midpoint Zero to 510 Event T.B.D.
Supported by Memphis Bioworks, St. Jude, the UTHSC and the University of Memphis, the Memphis LifeSciTN Academic Alliance is made up of graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in creating opportunities for entrepreneurship, career development and knowledge sharing with the goal of creating a more robust life science industry network.
To join, contact Chad Riggs at the event ( We are looking for leadership from each institution, with a goal of electing our 2015 officers in October.
Join our LinkedIn Group.

Dr. Alessandro Iannaccone featured in Memphis Medical News article on 7th Memphis VisionWalk

Dr. Iannaccone speaks at VisionWalk 2013.

Dr. Iannaccone speaks at VisionWalk 2013.

Alessandro Iannaccone, MD, MS, founding Director of the Retinal Degenerations and Ophthalmic Genetics Service and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hamilton Eye Institute of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was featured in the “Memphis on the Mend” section of the August 2014 issue of the Memphis Medical News. [Read more...]

College of Health Professions at UTHSC Welcomes Students, Alumni and Donors to Renaming Celebration

COHP sealOn Wednesday, August 27, the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will hold two celebrations to commemorate the college’s renaming. [Read more...]

UTHSC Medical Student and Department of Surgery Residents Win Majority of Awards at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons was recently held August 8 – 10, 2014 at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN. Participants from East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, UT Chattanooga, UT Knoxville, and UTHSC took part in the Resident Paper Competition in the four categories of Cancer, Trauma, Basic Science, and Clinical Science. Of the eight awards, UTHSC won five of them.

Oncology Category:
1st Place:         Elena Paulus, M.D., Surgery Resident “Understanding Disparities in Breast Cancer Care in Memphis, TN”|
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D., Surgery Resident “Safety and Diagnostic Accuracy of Tissue Biopsies in Children with Cancer”

Trauma Category:
1st Place:         Leah Hendrick, 4th Year Medical Student “Early Femur Fixation Benefits Both High and Low Risk Patients”
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D. “Utility of MRI of Abdomen in Evaluation of Pediatric Pancreatic Injuries”

Basic Science Category:
1st Place:         Nathan Hinkle, M.D., Surgery Resident “P13K the Right Target: Effects of Chemotherapy and Targeted P13K Inhibition on Neuroblastoma Angiogenesis

We are extremely proud of these individuals and are grateful to our faculty for the guidance they provided on these excellent research papers.


Timothy Howze Appointed ACCP Member-At-Large

Timothy Howze, fourth year student pharmacist, has been appointed Member-at-Large of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) National Student Network (StuNet) Advisory Committee. His duties will include advising the ACCP Executive Committee on student concerns and contributing to student newsletters and the annual student report.

“It’s really exciting,” said Tim. “When I attended the ACCP Annual Meeting last year as a poster presenter and Travel Award recipient, I knew I wanted to be more involved. The StuNet Committee is a great opportunity and allows students to be active and engaged.” Tim will assume his new role at the upcoming 2014 ACCP Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari DVP to be Held on Saturday, September 20

The Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship will be held on Saturday, September 20, from 8am until 1:30pm at the FedEx Institute of Technology. The topic is: Multidisciplinary Cancer Symposium: Contemporary Insights into the Management of Pancreatic Neoplasms, featuring Dr. James Yao, Associate Professor, Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

To register for the DVP, please go to to reserve your spot soon. The full PDF brochure for the Dilawari DVP can be viewed online by clicking here:

The Raza A. Dilawari DVP features a world-class lineup of presenters and speakers, featuring:

  • “Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors” – James Yao, MD, Inaugural Raza A. Dilawari Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • “Genetics and Management of Familial Pancreatic Cancer” – Teresa Brentnall, MD
  • “Multidisciplinary Management of Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer:”
    Endoscopic Evaluation – Mohammed Ismail, MD
    Cracking the Code on Chemotherapy for Pancreatic Cancer – Margaret Tempero, MD
    Radiation Therapy – Brian Czito, MD
    Surgical Strategies and Outcomes – Matthew Katz, MD
  • “Palliation in Pancreatic Cancer and End of Life Issues” – Clay Jackson, MD and Nia Zalamea, MD
  • “Debate: Management of Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
    in Young Patient: Partial vs Total Pancreatectomy” – Stephen Behrman, MD and Matthew Katz, MD

The University of Tennessee College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Tennessee College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Changes to Accessible Parking

Dear UTHSC Faculty, Staff and Students,

The Accessible Parking form used in the Office of Equity and Diversity and Campus Police has been revised. Effective July 1, 2014, Employees and Students who qualify for Accessible Parking on the UTHSC campus are required to renew their parking every six months. Re-submissions are due by August 29, 2014 for fall semester and February 27, 2015 for spring semester. If you have any additional questions please contact Ashleigh Brock in the Office of Equity and Diversity at 448-2106. Thank you for your cooperation throughout this process.

Ashleigh Brock, JD
Diversity Management Specialist Office of Equity and Diversity

UTHSC’s College of Allied Health Sciences Renamed the College of Health Professions

COHP sealOn Tuesday, July 1, the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) officially changes its name to the College of Health Professions. Although the renaming was approved by the UT Board of Trustees during its Feb. 27 winter meeting, the change is timed to coincide with the start of Tennessee’s 2015 fiscal year. Founded in 1972 as the College of Community and Allied Health, the unit’s name was abridged to the College of Allied Health Sciences in 1985. [Read more...]