Professor S. Casey Laizure of UTHSC Receives $150,000 Grant for Caffeine Inhalation Research

Dr. S. Casey Laizure holds an Aeroshot™ 100 mg caffeine administration device, an integral part of his NIH-funded study, sold by Breathable Foods, Inc. The study of this device, which dispenses caffeine upon inspiration, will provide insight into caffeine blood levels achieved after inhalation.

Dr. S. Casey Laizure holds an Aeroshot™ 100 mg caffeine administration device, an integral part of his NIH-funded study, sold by Breathable Foods, Inc. The study of this device, which dispenses caffeine upon inspiration, will provide insight into caffeine blood levels achieved after inhalation.

S. Casey Laizure, PharmD, professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Pharmacy, has received a grant totaling $150,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The award will be used to support the study of caffeine disposition in humans after inhalation. [Read more...]

Rizzo’s Diner to Help Memphis Crisis Center Raise Funds

The Memphis Crisis Center and Rizzo’s Diner at 106 G.E. Patterson are partnering for a once-a-month event to raise funds for the 24-hour hotline for people in emotional distress.

“Less to Wine About Wednesdays” will be held on the second Wednesday of every month. The restaurant, which has been featured on Food Network, will give 25 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Memphis Crisis Center. [Read more...]

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...]

Joan C. Han, MD, Named Associate Professor in Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and Founding Director for the UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center

Joan C. Han, MD

Joan C. Han, MD

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Meri Armour, CEO of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, have announced the joint appointment of pediatric endocrinologist Joan C. Han, MD. In July, Dr. Han will join UTHSC as associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, and founding director of the new UT-Le Bonheur Pediatric Obesity Center. Dr. Han will also be director of the Pediatric Obesity Program on Le Bonheur’s clinical staff. [Read more...]

Dr. Teresa Waters is Senior Author of Paper Examining the Post-Recession Financial Health of Hospitals

While the recession was a major financial blow for many hospitals, particularly not-for-profit and safety-net hospitals, most emerged without permanent damage. But many still may not be financially strong enough to respond to the pressures of health care reform and industry restructuring.

Dr. Teresa Waters headshot

Dr. Teresa Waters

That’s the conclusion of a paper presented at the National Press Club during a recent briefing to policymakers, congressional staffers and health care industry professionals by Health Affairs, a leading journal of health policy thought and research. Teresa Waters, PhD, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was the senior author of the paper. Gloria Bazzoli, PhD, professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University, was the lead author, and Naleef Fareed, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Pennsylvania State University, was co-author and presenter.

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