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Valeria Vásquez Receives Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award

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Valeria Vásquez, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the recipient of the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award from the Biophysical Society, an organization that encourages the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. Dr. Vásquez was recognized for her pioneering… Read More


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Graduate Student Executive Council Growing, Hosting Inaugural UTHSC Biomedical Symposium September 20

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  The upcoming UTHSC Biomedical Symposium is one of many events that reflect the growth of the Graduate Student Executive Council (GSEC). The organization is responsible for representing, negotiating, and acting on behalf of the student body in the College of Graduate Health Sciences. Membership has doubled over the past two years. GSEC has been… Read More


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Scholarship Made Medical School Possible

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Wesley Slaven remembers the day he received notice of his estimated financial aid for medical school. During his shift as an emergency medical scribe, he learned he would be $10,000 short to pay for the estimated cost to attend his first-year at the UTHSC College of Medicine. “It showed $42,000 in federal loans, $7,500 for… Read More


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UTHSC Partners with Memphis Crisis Center for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has supported the Memphis Crisis Center since the 24/7 crisis hotline was founded almost 40 years ago. UTHSC is partnering with the crisis center this month, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, to help raise public awareness of the hotline number and the around-the-clock help the center provides. UTHSC has… Read More


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UTHSC’s Athena Starlard-Davenport Examines Devastating Effects of Breast Cancer in African-American Women

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A new investigation from Athena Starlard-Davenport, PhD, reports that African-American women are not only more susceptible to the most aggressive types of breast cancer, but also more likely to die from breast cancer, compared to women from other racial groups. The assistant professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics in the College of Medicine at the… Read More


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Lauren Crowder Receives Scholarship from Professional Network on Aging

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Occupational Therapy student Lauren Crowder’s love for helping older people grew from her relationship with her grandmother. “I saw firsthand the importance of skilled, caring, and trustworthy health care professionals as she aged and needed increasing support,” she said. “I quickly realized I had a passion for supporting aging individuals to continue to maintain their… Read More


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UTHSC Aids Renovation of Auditorium at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

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The Russell W. Chesney Auditorium at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has sentimental and practical ties to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. It is named after Russell W. Chesney, MD, the longtime chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and a nephrologist at Le Bonheur. Dr. Chesney, who served for more than 23 years as… Read More


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UTHSC, Christian Brothers University to Host GoBabyGo! Rodeo September 14

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Physical therapy and occupational therapy students from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, along with engineering students from Christian Brothers University, will host the third-annual GoBabyGo! Rodeo at UTHSC September 14. The event will unveil electric, ride-in toy cars adapted by students and faculty from both institutions. Modified toy vehicles will be provided at… Read More