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UTHSC College of Health Professions Adds New Pathologists’ Assistant Program

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions is proud to announce the addition of its newest degree program in pathology. As part of the Department of Diagnostic Health Sciences, the two-year Pathologists’ Assistant Master of Health Science (MHS) program will prepare students for the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) board… Read More


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UTHSC Focused on Statewide Impact, Chancellor Buckley Tells Advisory Board

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During the summer meeting of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board Wednesday, Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, along with vice chancellors and the deans leadership team, discussed accomplishments, challenges, and goals from his first six months at UTHSC. The focus has been on examining and improving the university internally, extending partnerships and collaborations… Read More


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UTHSC to Award 72 Degrees During 2022 Summer Commencement Ceremony

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold its 2022 Summer Commencement ceremony Monday, August 15, at 10 a.m., at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Degrees will be presented to 72 graduates, including 27 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences and 45 from the College of Nursing. The commencement’s alumni speaker… Read More


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500 Free Backpacks to be Given Away at UTHSC August 13

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is partnering with Health Students Teaching Memphis Youth, Omega Ministries, and the Memphis Medical Society to give away 500 free backpacks filled with school supplies to K-12 students in the Memphis community during a drive-through event Saturday, August 13. The backpack giveaway is open to the public and… Read More


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UTHSC and UT Introduce Culinary Medicine Program to Knoxville Health Care Community

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In an effort to spread the message that healthful eating is a key to overall good health, the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will host a Culinary Medicine continuing education class for health care professionals Saturday, August 27, in Knoxville.  The… Read More


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Ukrainian Physicians Visit UTHSC, Establish Ongoing Dialogue

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A visit to Memphis by four physicians from Ukraine last week established a connection with the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for advice and support in the future. The physicians were hosted in Memphis July 22-30 by Friendship Force of Memphis through the Open World Program, a Congressionally sponsored… Read More


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UTHSC Advisory Board to Meet August 10 

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, August 10, at 1 p.m., in the Mooney Library, 875 Monroe Ave., on the Memphis campus. On the agenda:  Introduction of Elizabeth Evans, the new student member on the board. Evans is a second-year physical therapy student in the College of Health Professions.… Read More


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Women’s Resource Group, College of Health Professions Raise $750 for Dress for Success

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The UTHSC Women’s Resource Group recently raised $750 and collected several hundred articles of clothing for the Memphis chapter of Dress for Success during a recent charity mixer and fashion show. Cohosted by the College of Health Professions (CoHP), the event featured several members of the CoHP faculty and staff, as well as members of… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $1.23 Million to Study Ties Between Cellular Nutrient Sensing, Epigenome Regulation

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences recently awarded $1.23 million to Ronald “Nick” Laribee, PhD, associate professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Dr. Laribee is the lead investigator on a project to determine how the epigenome receives… Read More


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The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) Visits UTHSC

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A delegation from the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) visited Memphis last week to develop relationships with Memphis health care organizations, including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Regional One Health, and West Cancer Center & Research Institute. The visit was organized by the… Read More


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Poverty Simulation Provides an Immersive Educational Experience for UTHSC Students

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More than 100 students participated in a poverty simulation staged recently by the Office of Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The simulation was designed to help students become better caregivers by learning about and understanding some of the issues their patients may face in accessing health care.… Read More


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Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF) Brings its Patient and Family Conference to UTHSC

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is partnering with the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF), along with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Regional One Health, and Baptist Memorial Hospital, to hold the AAMDSIF Patient and Family Conference for the first time in Memphis on July 23. AAMDSIF is a patient-focused non-profit organization… Read More


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CORNET Awards Provide $100,000 to Two New UTHSC Collaborations

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Two research teams at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have been awarded the 2022 UTHSC Collaborative Research Network (CORNET)-Functional Genomics Award. Each team will receive $50,000 to support their novel projects. The CORNET Awards are a competitive intramural grant program funded by the UTHSC Office of Research to promote new lines of… Read More


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UTHSC Campus Police Department to Participate in “Operation Southern Slow Down” Tennessee Highway Safety Campaign

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UTHSC Campus Police

The Campus Police Department at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) in the “Operation Southern Slow Down” campaign this week until July 24. Law enforcement agencies in the five participating southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee will collaborate and conduct enforcement… Read More


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Campus Lactation Rooms Available to the UTHSC Community

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Three lactation rooms are now available on campus, providing a private space for all nursing mothers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Initially developed by the Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) and Human Resources in 2018, two lactation rooms supported the needs of working mothers on campus. A third was later… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $2.16 Million To Test Potential New Alzheimer-Fighting Compound

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The National Institute on Aging recently awarded $2.16 million to a team of investigators from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) testing a new way to combat the root cause of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Francesca-Fang Liao, PhD, professor of Pharmacology, Addiction Science and Toxicology in the College of Medicine, is… Read More


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UTHSC College of Nursing Receives $3.9 Million Grant for Mobile Health Unit, Outreach to Lake, Lauderdale Counties

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has received a $3.9 million, four-year grant that will enable the college to provide health care to two rural counties using a mobile health unit. The grant will also allow the college to integrate rural health education into its undergraduate and graduate programs. The Health… Read More


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Urban Child Institute Grants Fund Projects at UTHSC/Le Bonheur to Help Children Suffering from Trauma

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The Urban Child Institute has granted funding for 2022-2023 to projects at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to help young children, who are coping with the effects of trauma. The Urban Child Institute (UCI) awarded $375,000 to the UTHSC Center for Youth Advocacy and Well-Being, formerly the UTHSC… Read More


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UTHSC Physicians Help in Setting the Standard for Treatment of Thromboembolisms

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Two physicians from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center were invited to an expert panel review of clinical guidelines for the treatment of venous thromboembolisms.  Venous Thromboembolism refers to a medical condition in which blood clots form in the lower veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The… Read More


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UTHSC Researcher Co-leads Study Finding Children in Single-Parent Households at Risk for Severe COVID-19 Complications

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How can physicians identify children who may be at increased risk for severe complications due to COVID-19? Are there key social factors, such as poverty and unemployment, which could indicate an increased risk of hospitalization for COVID-19? These are the types of questions two researchers, Liam O’Neill, PhD, of the University of North Texas, and… Read More


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BSN Student Committed to Bringing Young Black Women to Health Care

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Nursing student Amber Balkcom is on a mission to help young Black women like herself pursue careers in health care. Balkcom, 24, from Jacksonville, Florida, is in the second semester of the three-semester accelerated BSN program in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing. She is also a co-founder of the National… Read More


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UTHSC’s Jon McCullers Elected Chair of Shelby County Board of Health

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Jon McCullers, MD, senior executive associate dean of Clinical Affairs and chief operating officer for the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is the new chair of the Shelby County Board of Health.  The Board of… Read More


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Cancer Physician Finds Running Helps Physically, Mentally, Spiritually

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In his long career, Alva Weir III, MD, FACP, has shaped cancer care in Tennessee by training many of its oncologists. The most-senior member of UTHSC Division of Hematology and Oncology, he is also chief of medical hematology and oncology at the Memphis VA Medical Center, a choice he made to care for the nation’s… Read More


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College of Dentistry’s Orpheus Triplett Honored with 2022 UT President’s Award

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Orpheus Triplett, DDS, assistant dean for Community Oral Health and Outreach in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Dentistry, was among seven employees honored today with 2022 UT President’s Awards. The awards were announced by UT System President Randy Boyd during the UT Board of Trustees meeting in Knoxville. The President’s Awards program… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $2.84 Million To Study Flu Infections

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Amber M. Smith, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), is the lead investigator on a new $2.84 million award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The award will support a team lead by Dr. Smith to develop a new computational approach… Read More


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2021-22 Annual Report: UTHSC Cares for Tennessee

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As the state’s only public academic health care institution, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is committed to the health and well-being of every citizen in Tennessee. With six colleges – Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy – our students, trainees, faculty, staff, and alumni impact health care from one… Read More


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College of Dentistry Volunteers help the Community

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When the world shut down early in the COVID-19 pandemic, students of the UTHSC College of Dentistry were looking for a way to help their community. So much was yet unknown about transmission of the coronavirus, and the college was adamant about protecting its students, faculty, staff, and patients from exposure. “They were just kind… Read More


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Alumnus Alvin Crawford, MD, Honored for Lifetime of Mentoring Others

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Alvin H. Crawford, MD, FAOA, an alumnus of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been the recipient of many awards and accolades during his illustrious, decades-long career as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. The latest is the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Pillar of the Orthopaedic Profession Award bestowed June… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $2.19 Million To Study Neurotoxicity of Commonly-Used Chemical Solvent

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A team of University of Tennessee Health Science Center researchers has been awarded $2.19 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for their investigation of the neurotoxic effects of toluene, a common chemical found in many household products.   Alex M. Dopico, MD, Van Vleet Chair of Excellence and professor in the Department… Read More


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Vice Chancellor Goodman Receives Special Honor from International Scientific Journal

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Dr. Steven Goodman IEMBC Award

Steve Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was recently honored for his work as editor in chief of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research in the biomedical sciences. Leadership of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine (SEBM), which publishes… Read More


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Wilson Named Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, Director of Hamilton Eye Institute at UTHSC

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Dr. Matthew Wilson

Matthew W. Wilson, MD, FACS, has been named the Barrett G. Haik Endowed Chair for the Department of Ophthalmology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and director of the Hamilton Eye Institute. He began his new roles this month. Dr. Wilson has served as the acting chair of… Read More


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UTHSC Hosts Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Justice Board

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The Memphis and Shelby County Juvenile Justice Board held its first in-person meeting in more than two years on Tuesday, June 7, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Schreier Auditorium in the Student-Alumni Center on the Memphis campus. Altha Stewart, MD, senior associate dean for Community Health Engagement in the UTHSC College of Medicine and… Read More


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Sickle Cell Boot Camp for Nurses Sets Pilot Program at UTHSC College of Nursing

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Nurses who care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) can have a major impact on improving health outcomes and quality of life for their patients. But this is not possible without the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to provide specialized comprehensive care. That is why the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of… Read More


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2022 Cataract-A-Thon at UTHSC’s Hamilton Eye Institute Set for June 4

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Physicians at the Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will donate their services to restore sight to approximately two dozen individuals during the fifth-annual Ivan Marais Cataract-A-Thon Saturday, June 4. The all-day outreach, beginning at roughly 8 a.m. at HEI, offers free cataract surgeries to individuals who otherwise could… Read More


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UTHSC Chancellor, a Native of Ireland, and the Greater Memphis Chamber Host Ambassador from Ireland for Business Luncheon

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It was his first trip to Memphis, but Daniel Mulhall, the ambassador from Ireland to the United States, must have felt right at home Friday when he visited the University of Tennessee Health Science Center for a luncheon. That’s because his host was Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, who is a native of Dublin. “A hundred… Read More


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Ground-Breaking Research, Noteworthy Awards Presented at International Research Conference Hosted by UTHSC

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Groundbreaking research on regenerative medicine and stem cell biology was recently presented at a major international conference recruited to Memphis by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Twenty national leaders in the field of regenerative medicine gave presentations at the International Experimental Biology and Medicine Conference (IEBMC), which took place earlier this month… Read More


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Alumnus Brings Dental Robotics Technology to UTHSC College of Dentistry

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Third-year dental student Benjamin Jones got what he called “a glimpse the future” for dental implant surgery recently. In an air-conditioned trailer parked behind the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, he watched a demonstration of Yomi, the first and only FDA-cleared robotic device for dental implant surgery. Representatives from… Read More


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Boucher Named Interim Dean of UTHSC College of Pharmacy

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Bradley A. Boucher, PharmD, FCCP, FNAP, MCCM, has been named the interim dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy. On June 1, Dr. Boucher, currently the associate dean for Strategic Initiatives and Operations in the college, will succeed Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, who served as… Read More


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Office of Research Welcomes Wesley Byerly as New Senior Associate Vice Chancellor

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Wesley G. Byerly, PharmD, has been hired as the senior associate vice chancellor for Research and Administration for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). Selected by Steve Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research, after a national search, Dr. Byerly’s appointment was effective May 1, 2022. Most recently associate vice president for Research Integrity… Read More


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EMOT-ECON Funds First Two Pilot Projects

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Michelle Martin

A collaborative network between the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is funding its first two pilot projects. The Emotion Well-being and Economic Burden Research Network (EMOT-ECON), co-led by Michelle Martin, PhD, professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at UTHSC, and Maria Pisu, PhD, professor… Read More


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UTHSC Advisory Board Meets in Memphis, Approves FY 2023 Budget

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board met Wednesday, May 11, in Memphis, welcoming new members, hearing a report from Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, on his first few months in office, receiving updates from the deans of UTHSC’s six colleges, and approving the university’s FY 2023 budget, which raises its minimum wage to… Read More


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MD/PhD Student Receives Prestigious National Cancer Institute Funding 

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Jeremiah Holt has wanted to be a doctor since the first time he realized as a child that biology and anatomy were really guides to how life works. Later, he worked in a lab and found he also enjoyed asking questions.  It is probably no surprise that he is now among the cadre of medical… Read More


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UTHSC Campus Police Observe National Police Week 2022

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Debra Bolton, assistant director of Admissions in the College of Dentistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, lost her brother-in-law, Sean Bolton, a Memphis Police Department officer, on August 1, 2015. He was killed in the line of duty. On Wednesday, she stood before guests gathered for the 2022 Police Memorial Program at… Read More


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Six Nurses Honored with Regional Awards at NightinGala for National Nurses Week

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Six nurses from the Mid-South and Nashville were recognized with awards at the Sixth-Annual NightinGala, an event coordinated by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing. The NightinGala is held during National Nurses Week, which is May 6-12. More than 200 people attended the event, held May 6 at the Hilton-Memphis. It… Read More


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UTHSC’s Yousefi Receives $2.2 Million To Develop AI Aimed at Predicting Glaucoma Risk

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Dr. Siamak Yousefi

Siamak Yousefi, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and the Department of Genetics, Genomics, and Informatics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, is the principal investigator on a $2.2 million award from the National Eye Institute to develop artificial intelligence (AI) to predict genetic risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma, a complex blinding… Read More


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UTHSC Researchers Recognized by Memphis Business Journal for Outstanding Work in Biosciences

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Colleen Jonsson, PhD

Three University of Tennessee Health Science Center faculty members are being highlighted in the Memphis Business Journal (MBJ) this month for their outstanding leadership and contributions to the biosciences.  Colleen Jonsson, PhD, professor and Endowed Van Vleet Chair of Excellence in Virology; Monica Jablonski, PhD, FARVO, Hamilton Endowed Professor; and Maria Gomes-Solecki, DVM, professor, Microbiology,… Read More


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UTHSC Nursing Alumnae Receive $10,000 for Rural Clinic After TODAY Show Appearance

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Mother-daughter nurses Robin and Piper Black, both alumnae of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing, were featured on the T0DAY show Friday in recognition of Mother’s Day and the start of National Nursing week. Robin is a nurse practitioner, who has practiced in rural Erin, Tennessee, for nearly 30 years. Daughter… Read More