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UTHSC Receives Independent University Accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

UTHSC students spend hours studying, training in labs and exchanging ideas in the General Education Building on the main campus in Memphis.

During its meeting on June 11, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees approved the accreditation of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) as a separate university, UTHSC Chancellor Steve J. Schwab announced today. UTHSC is now independent from the “Big Orange” conglomerate, which had previously included UTHSC. SACSCOC is the regional body charged with accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. “Big Orange” still consists of UTK… Read More

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UTHSC’s Dr. Kristen Archbold Receives $248,460 Grant to Study Sleep Apnea Therapy for Children

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Kristen Archbold, RN, PhD, has spent 17 years researching connections between sleep and the behavior and thinking patterns of school-aged children. In particular, she is working with children ages 6 to 12 who have obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that affects children and adults causing them to stop breathing many times during a night’s sleep. Her latest research explores whether treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine impacts sleep patterns, cognition and behavior for children with this condition.… Read More

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Wendy M. Likes Appointed Dean for the UTHSC College of Nursing

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Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Wendy M. Likes, PhD, DNSc, APRN-BC, permanent dean for the College of Nursing, after more than 10 months as interim dean. In this role, Dr. Likes will serve as the lead administrator for the college with responsibility for managing a team of more than 105 faculty and staff members. The college serves some 400 nursing students each year who acquire degrees at all levels… Read More

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Ariste Medical, Co-Founded by Faculty Members of UTHSC, Receives $4.6 Million Investment for Development of Drug-Delivering Device

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Hernia repair is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States. But the “open repair” with mesh implantation often required at the site carries a high risk of infection. Ariste Medical, a company founded by faculty members from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is working to develop a drug-delivering mesh patch for use at the site of hernia repair to reduce the risk of infection. Ariste Medical, founded in 2007 and located in Memphis,… Read More

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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