UTHSC prof gets NIH money to study macular degeneration

Edward Chaum, Plough Foundation professor of retinal diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Hamilton Eye Institute, has been awarded a $2.4 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to fund research into the cellular changes in the eye that cause age-related macular degeneration.

St. Jude Children scientists create promising second-generation antibiotic

The other authors are Dora Madhura, Yasser Abdelrahman, Chetan Rathi, Robert Belland and Bernd Meibohm, all of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center …

Lori S. Gonzalez named vice chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Lori S. Gonzalez has been appointed vice chancellor of academic, faculty and student affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Levothyroxine Dose May Differ for Obese Women After Thyroidectomy

‘There is some suggestion that obese patients may be different in how they metabolize drugs. There may be a difference in pharmacokinetics,’ said endocrinologist Kathleen Glymph, MD, who is with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.

State awards $2.6 million

The University of Memphis has received $2.6 million from the state of Tennessee to hire a veterinary pathologist and a pre-clinical orthopedic or toxicology researcher who will work with the school, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and TriMetis Life Sciences. TriMetis is a medical research laboratory located in the UT-Baptist Research Park and affiliated with the Memphis Bioworks Foundation.

Does a Fetus Feel Pain at 20 Weeks?

Proponents of 20-week abortion bans often also cite Kanwaljeet Anand, a professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology and neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has stated that pain may indeed occur in a fetus, through other neurobiological mechanisms than in an adult, as early as 20 weeks post-fertilization or even before. A claim attributed to him that the pain perceived is “possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns” is repeated often, including during the House floor debate by Rep. Kristi Noem, a Republican from South Dakota … In testimony before Congress in 2005, however, Anand was specifically asked about this idea. He responded: “No. There is — that is not my opinion. And I really don’t have any data to suggest that that could be true, or the other way.”

Medical Advances in Memphis

Studies show that “every time you’re able to take a surgeon that does open surgery and get them to do his surgeries with a robot, even with all the costs associated with the machine, the final cost to the hospital is actually less,” said Dr. Benny Weksler, chief of the thoracic division of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis, as well as a surgeon with UT Methodist Physicians.

UTHSC to hold six graduation ceremonies for Memphis class of 2015

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will graduate 698 new health care professionals at not one, but six ceremonies beginning Friday and ending May 29, officials said.