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Students to Compete in UTHSC’s Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

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Students looking for a challenge and a chance to share their research will participate this month in the Three Minute Thesis competition at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The competitors will have three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to present their thesis and research. Typically, an 80,000-word thesis takes nine hours to present.… Read More


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2022 Health Care Heroes Include Faculty from UTHSC, Hospital Partners

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Academic, clinical, and research faculty from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and its clinical partner hospitals were among those honored Tuesday night during the 2022 Health Care Heroes Awards presented by the Memphis Business Journal. The awards are given annually to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond in improving health care… Read More


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UTHSC to Graduate 92 Students in 2022 Winter Commencement Ceremony

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold its Winter Commencement ceremony on Monday, December 12, at 10 a.m., at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Degrees will be awarded to 92 graduating students, including 14 from the College of Graduate Health Sciences, 11 from the College of Health Professions, 32 from the… Read More


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UTHSC Faculty, Staff, Students Honored for Making an Impact

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The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity presented the UTHSC Impact Awards to acknowledge and celebrate students, faculty, and staff members for going beyond the call of duty in their roles at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Winners of the Lichterman Award, the Chancellor’s Exempt Staff Award, the Student Social Justice and Diversity Healthcare… Read More


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College of Pharmacy to Expand Opportunities for Incoming Students in Nashville and Knoxville

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Beginning in the Fall of 2023, the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center anticipates opening its Nashville and Knoxville campuses for the first time to a limited number of first-year students to begin their four years of pharmacy training there. Currently, all pharmacy students spend their first semester on the… Read More


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UTHSC College of Dentistry Alumna Tapped as Host for National Dental Conference

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The stage at the American Dental Association’s 2022 SmileCon in Houston was a long way from the North Memphis neighborhood where UT Health Science Center alumna Christina Rosenthal, DDS, MPH, grew up. The national spotlight as a host of the prestigious dental convention did not come for Dr. Rosenthal without a lot of hard work,… Read More


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Jay Fowke Receives $1.9 Million for Diabetes, Prostate Cancer Study

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The Department of Defense has awarded $1.9 million to Jay H. Fowke, PhD, MPH, MS, chief of the Division of Epidemiology and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), to study why Puerto Rican men have higher than expected prostate cancer mortality. Puerto Rican men have… Read More


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$100,000 Grant Allows National Expansion In Expert Care of Sickle Cell Patients

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Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Nursing and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have received a $100,000 grant to expand an innovative education program for nurses who care for people with sickle cell disease (SCD) – an inherited illness that affects 100,000 people nationwide. The grant from Global Blood… Read More


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Frayser Community Garden’s Greens Tasting Sees Growth in Second Year

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It was an evening of competition, culture, and education at the second Greens Tasting in Frayser, hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine Board of Visitors and the Office of Community Health Engagement. The event brought together small business owners, members of the Frayser Community PTSA, and community members to… Read More


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Young Named a Fellow in Society for Simulation in Healthcare Academy

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Jarrod Young, MBA, BSE, CHSOS-A, FSSH, operations lead at the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been accepted into the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) Academy as a new Fellow. Young is one of 111 people across 13 countries to be awarded this… Read More


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College of Health Professions Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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What today is the College of Health Professions at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center started small and has grown over the last half century to encompass four departments and one division across a wide spectrum of health care professions. The college celebrates its 50th anniversary today, November 18, with celebrations in Memphis. The… Read More


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Chancellor Peter Buckley Receives Distinguished Service Membership From Association of American Medical Colleges

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at its recent annual meeting honored Peter Buckley, MD, chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, with the distinguished service membership for his exemplary service to academic medicine, AAMC, and its Council of Deans. According to David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and chief executive officer, Chancellor Buckley has made truly extraordinary… Read More


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First-Generation Students Celebrated at Inaugural First-Gen Day Event

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While many other colleges and universities focus on hardships and deficits when discussing first-generation students, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s first-ever First-Gen Day aimed to celebrate and inspire those students. Institutions across the country take part in National First-Generation Day every year to acknowledge the resilient community of students who were the first… Read More


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Dopico Awarded $2.6 Million for Project to Understand and Treat Alcohol-Induced Blackouts

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The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has awarded $2.6 million to Alex M. Dopico, MD, PhD, Van Vleet Chair of Excellence and professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science, and Toxicology (PHAST) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, to study cerebrovascular dysfunction that could contribute to alcohol-induced blackouts. Alcohol-induced blackouts… Read More


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UTHSC Alumna Honored for Surviving Cancer, Dedicating Life to Service

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From serving in the military, to receiving a doctorate after having two careers, raising a child as a single mother, beating breast cancer, and dedicating her life to helping others, Rosie Ann Riley, PharmD, embodies courage. An alumna of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy, Dr. Riley was one of four… Read More


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UTHSC’s Balaji Krishnaiah Named Mayo Clinic Visiting Professor

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Balaji Krishnaiah, MD, associate professor and program director of the neurology residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been named the Mayo Clinic’s 2022 Burton A. Sandok Visiting Professor of Neurological Education. The Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology coordinates the professorship each year to honor one neurology professor from anywhere in the… Read More


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Fall Advisory Board Meeting Re-Elects Chair, Updates Important Initiatives

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During the fall meeting of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board Wednesday, members heard reports about the College of Dentistry’s developing initiative to expand dental care across the state, the university’s ongoing strategic planning process, and the recent accomplishments across the six colleges. The board also unanimously re-elected Philip Wenk, DDS, to… Read More


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UTHSC Military Medicine Interest Group Held Inaugural “Stop the Bleed” Event

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In its first semester as a student organization at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Military Medicine Interest Group recently hosted the Stop the Bleed and Tactical Combat Casualty Care training event. The event educated students and future military physicians on transporting and caring for individuals with traumatic bleeding. The tactical combat casualty… Read More


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UTHSC to Host Second Multicultural and Global Health Symposium

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The Center for Multicultural and Global Health at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting the 2022 Multicultural and Global Health Fundraising Dinner and Symposium open to the public on Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12. The event will gather state leaders, international health experts, and the UTHSC community to discover more… Read More


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SANE Training Makes a Difference in West Tennessee

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When Assistant Professor Andrea Sebastian, DNP, PNP, SANE-P, was a young nurse at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, she saw the same infant admitted to the hospital twice for abusive trauma. “I thought, ‘This is where I can help’,” she said. “It was so heart-breaking to me that he was admitted two times for abusive injuries.”… Read More


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UTHSC to Hold Diabetes Awareness Event in Recognition of National Diabetes Month

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As millions of Americans live with diabetes, and even more remain at risk of it, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will mark November as National Diabetes Month with an event to educate and raise awareness of diabetes. The free event is open to the public and will take place Friday, November 18, from… Read More


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“Everywhere You Look, UTHSC” Tour Shines Light on UTHSC’s Statewide Reach, Mission

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Elvys (pronounced Elvis) Ferrufino, a 4th-year dental student on rotation at the UTHSC College of Dentistry’s teaching clinic in the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center in Chattanooga, proudly shook hands with UT System President Randy Boyd and UT Health Science Center Chancellor Peter Buckley last Tuesday afternoon, as they visited the clinic that serves the… Read More


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Medical Laboratory Science Program Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary

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Fifty years before the founding of what is now the UTHSC College of Health Professions, the School of Medical Technology in the UT Department of Pathology started at the Memphis General Hospital. It had one instructor and two students.  Today, as the College of Health Professions celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)… Read More


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Historic Investiture Installs UTHSC’s 11th Chancellor

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In a historic ceremony that blended the flavors of his Irish roots and his adopted home of Memphis, Peter Buckley, MD, was formally installed as the 11th chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Friday. A first for UTHSC, the investiture ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at the Cannon Center for the… Read More


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UTHSC Advisory Board to Meet Nov. 9 in Memphis

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, November 9, at 1 p.m., in the Mooney Library, 875 Monroe Ave., on the Memphis campus.  On the agenda:  Election of the new board chair to serve through June 30, 2024 Chancellor’s report Strategic plan update Discussion of the Healthy Smiles Program FY… Read More


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Art and Sciences Merged at The Art of Science Exhibit, Founded By UTHSC Faculty Member

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To introduce life-saving medical science to new audiences, Crosstown Arts and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, recently presented the seventh biennial exhibition of The Art of Science. The exhibit was founded and directed by Heather Smallwood, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the… Read More


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UTHSC Researchers Publish First-of-Their-Kind Reports on Cancer Radiation Therapy Interruptions

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Two new reports by researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center provide the first published description of unplanned interruptions in radiation cancer treatment across a major U.S. city in the COVID-19 era, according to their authors. The studies placed special focus on how risk for radiotherapy interruption varied by patient race, socioeconomic status,… Read More


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“From Adversity to Resiliency,” UTHSC’s Inaugural Mind Body Wellness Summit Successful

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With a focus on practicing wellness, the Mind Body Wellness Summit, hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Mind Body Wellness Center in partnership with the Office of Human Resources, gathered more than 150 attendees, including faculty, staff, students, and community members, to learn about and collectively embrace mindfulness and resilience. The half-day… Read More


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First-Ever Investiture of New UTHSC Chancellor Set for Nov. 4

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will hold a historic investiture of its 11th chancellor, Peter Buckley, MD, Friday, November 4. An investiture is a time-honored tradition in academia, during which the university will formally confer the authority and symbols of the office on Chancellor Buckley, who began his tenure at UTHSC in February.… Read More


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UT System President, UTHSC Chancellor Make “Everywhere You Look, UTHSC” Statewide Tour

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UT System President Randy Boyd and UTHSC Chancellor Peter Buckley, MD, will travel the state October 31-November 2 on the first “Everywhere You Look, UTHSC” tour. The tour is designed to educate and inform communities across Tennessee about the statewide reach and impact of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The tour starts in Memphis,… Read More


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Institute for Health Outcomes and Policy, Health Informatics Concentration, Has First Graduate

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April Insco, PhD, RHIA, CHDA, CPHI, CCS, has the distinction of being the first student to graduate from the UTHSC Institute for Health Outcomes and Policy (IHOP) program with a concentration in health informatics. “Completing a doctoral degree is a major accomplishment in itself, but to be the first one in this concentration makes me… Read More


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UTHSC College of Nursing Welcomes New Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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Charleen McNeill, PhD, MSN, RN, has joined the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing as a professor and the executive associate dean of Academic Affairs. Dr. McNeill comes to UTHSC from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, where she filled a similar role as associate dean for Academic… Read More


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UTHSC Librarian Finds Satisfaction in Helping Students, Faculty

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Tamara Nelson’s job as a senior research and learning services librarian in the UTHSC Health Sciences Library allows her to make a difference in the lives and work of both students and faculty members. “With students, I enjoy feeling like I’m contributing to educating future health professionals,” she said. “With faculty, it’s great to work… Read More


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UTHSC Campus Cupboard Received Donation from Initiates of the Delta Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Campus Cupboard received a $1,400 donation in supplies from initiated members of the Alcorn State University Delta Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. during their recent Reunion Service Day in Memphis. Initiated members of the Delta Epsilon chapter from across the country raised $1,400 to donate… Read More


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Mind Body Wellness Summit to Be Held at UTHSC

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Mind Body Wellness Center in partnership with the Human Resources Office will host a Mind Body Wellness Summit on October 27. The half-day event is free and open to the public. Titled “From Adversity to Resiliency,” the summit will be held at the UTHSC Student-Alumni Center, 800 Madison… Read More


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UTHSC to Host Lecture, Discussion on Decreasing Community Violence

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine will host the 2022 James H. Horner, MD, Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture Friday, October 28. The discussions and presentations by professors, medical professionals, and local leaders will focus on collaborative approaches to decreasing community violence. The event at Hamilton Eye Institute’s Freeman Auditorium, 930 Madison… Read More


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UTHSC’s Dr. Altha Stewart Wins 2022 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health

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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) has awarded the 2022 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health to Altha J. Stewart, MD, senior associate dean for Community Health Engagement and associate professor of psychiatry in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. “It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious award,” Dr.… Read More


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Craft Named Interim Dean of UTHSC College of Medicine-Knoxville

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Robert M. Craft, MD, has been named the interim dean of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine in Knoxville. Dr. Craft succeeds Paul J. Hauptman, MD, who served as dean for four years. Dr. Hauptman will become the dean of the University of Nevada-Reno School of Medicine and chief academic officer… Read More


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Two UTHSC Professors Receive Awards for Inspiring Other Women Physicians

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Mukta Panda, MD, MACP, F-RCP London, and Catherine Womack, MD, FACP, have received the American Medical Women’s Association INSPIRE Award for their accomplishments as exceptional women physicians. The AMWA Leadership Council presents the awards every September to mark Women in Medicine month. According to AMWA, the awards honor women physicians who exemplify the highest values… Read More


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Resilience, Community Support Push Midwifery Student toward Goal after Tragedy

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Empowering. That is how Alison Doyle describes the care she received from a midwife during her first pregnancy at age 20. “She was really compassionate and caring and encouraged us to read books about childbirth and research all the recommendations she made,” Doyle said. “I wanted everyone to be treated this way.” National Midwifery Week… Read More


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UTHSC Researcher Co-Leads Study of Genes that Modulate Aging, Lifespan

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Scientists led by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are exploring the elaborate interplay between genes, sex, growth, and age and how they influence variation in longevity. Their findings, which are being published in the peer-reviewed journal Science, are an important step in understanding why some people live… Read More


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James W. Haynes, MD, Named Dean of UTHSC College of Medicine – Chattanooga

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James W. Haynes, MD, MBA, FAAFP, has been named dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine – Chattanooga. Dr. Haynes has served as the interim dean in Chattanooga since December 2021. “I am grateful for the opportunity and I believe we have a bright future here,” Dr. Haynes said. The College of Medicine – Chattanooga… Read More


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UTHSC Campus Police Department is Participating in the Faith & Blue Initiative

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Campus Police Department, in partnership with several local law enforcement entities and faith-based organizations, is hosting the Faith & Blue Field Day and Church in the Park events free to the public Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9. The Faith & Blue Field Day will be held… Read More


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Hospital Partnership Covers Tuition, Offers Jobs to UTHSC Accelerated BSN Students

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Imagine becoming a nurse in just one year – with tuition and fees covered – and going to work at a guaranteed job upon graduation. This is reality for some Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing, thanks to an agreement with Methodist Le… Read More


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Expertise in Gut Barrier Dysfunction Earns UTHSC Researcher Two Awards Totaling $5 Million

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Radhakrishna Rao, PhD, vice-chair and professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received two large national awards totaling $5 million for separate studies involving the gut as a therapeutic target for treating disease. Dr. Rao is known worldwide for his two decades of research into the… Read More


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New CHIPS Leader Drawn by Excellence in Simulation at UTHSC, Looks to Future

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Tara Jackson Lemoine, DO, came to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to lead the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation (CHIPS) on the Memphis campus, as much for the state-of-the-art facility, as for the outstanding staff members who operate it. “The building is beautiful, and it is a standout, but I think… Read More


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UTHSC-Led Team Receives $5.2 Million for Study of Link Between Obesity, Cancer

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The National Cancer Institute has awarded more than $5.2 million to a team lead by researchers from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) for a study that will fill critical gaps in knowledge around obesity-mediated cancer risk. Liza Makowski, PhD, professor in the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the UTHSC College of… Read More


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UTHSC Awarded Grant to Help Primary Care Practices in West Tennessee Hire Health Coaches

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received a $40,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to help West Tennessee primary care practices in UTHSC’s Tennessee Heart Health Network hire, train, and deploy health coaches. UnitedHealthcare proudly partners with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to strengthen primary care to ensure that every Tennessean has access… Read More


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UTHSC Campus Police Department to Participate in National Child Passenger Safety Week

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The Campus Police Department of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to patrol and conduct traffic stops during the National Child Passenger Safety Week from September 18 to September 24.  The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO), a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and… Read More


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2022 College of Health Professions Magazine Celebrates 50 Years, Looks to the Future

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The College of Health Professions is 50 years old. As it celebrates this milestone, it is proud to remember its past and showcase new programs, research, and student successes. This year’s College of Health Professions magazine tells the story.


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Soi No. 9 at UTHSC Awarded $5,000 Small Business Grant

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Soi No. 9, the Thai street food truck and restaurant located in the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Food Court, received a $5,000 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Memphis (LISC Memphis), for funding and support of their business. Along with its food truck rotating throughout Memphis, Soi No. 9 opened its brick-and-mortar… Read More


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UTHSC Team Awarded $1.9 Million to Study Neuronal Activity in Central Taste Regions of the Brain

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The National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has awarded $1.9 million to John Boughter, PhD, professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and co-director of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), to study the brain circuitry involved in processing novel tastes and foods. Max Fletcher, PhD,… Read More


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Elizabeth Evans Named Student Representative of the UTHSC Advisory Board

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Elizabeth Evans, SPT, BS, has wanted to become a physical therapist since witnessing therapists caring for her youngest sister, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism. Now, she is pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy, while becoming a prominent student leader at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Evans, a second-year physical therapy… Read More


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UTHSC College of Nursing’s BSN Program Tops in Tennessee on U.S. News & World Report Ranking

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For the second year in a row, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing has the highest-ranked Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in Tennessee on U.S. News & World Report’s list of undergraduate nursing programs in its Best Colleges listing. Nationally, the college ranked No. 39 out of 681 BSN programs on… Read More


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UT Martin Supports Memphis and UTHSC

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When native Memphian, Shannon Deal, the director of Student Health and Counseling Services at the University of Tennessee at Martin, heard and read about the violence that Memphis experienced last week, she wanted to support her hometown. That heartfelt sentiment grew into a campus-wide show of support by UT Martin for the city and its sister… Read More


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UTHSC Has Another Record-Breaking Year for Research Grants, Contract Awards

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) Office of Research has reported another record-breaking high for grant and contract awards received in a single fiscal year. The final numbers for UTHSC’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 (FY22) show annual grant and contract awards totaled $133 million, a $6.3 million increase from last year’s… Read More


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Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center raised over $5,700 at the annual Art Show and Auction

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The Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center recently raised more than $5,700 at its sixth-annual Art Show and Auction, surpassing their original fundraising goal of $4,000. The funds raised will be used to support the student-run pro-bono therapy center, which provides occupational therapy services to children who would not otherwise be able to afford services. The… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $2.13 Million National Award to Study Early-Stage Development of the Cerebellum

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded $2.13 million to a University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) team studying how neural cells that build a functional brain are generated during embryonic and neonatal life. Viktor Chizhikov, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, is the principal investigator. Igor… Read More


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Cowan Named to Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council

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Ronald Cowan, MD, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, recently was named to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) Scientific Council. The BBRF Foundation funds advances and breakthroughs in scientific research to reduce the suffering of… Read More


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UTHSC Brings New Child Care Center to Memphis Medical District

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center has brought a new child care center, the Academy of Future Leaders, to the Memphis Medical District. The center, which opened last month, serves the UTHSC campus community and the Medical District surrounding the campus. The Academy of Future Leaders is located in a newly renovated building at 1026 Madison… Read More


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Affirming UTHSC-VA Healthcare System Partnership, Celebrating 100 Years of VA Service in Memphis

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System are strengthening their partnership to care for the military veterans in the Mid-South and to train the next generation of health care professionals who will provide that care.  The Memphis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, which is anchored by the Memphis VA Medical Center, celebrated 100 years… Read More


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UTHSC-Led Team Receives $3.16 Million from National Cancer Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Drug Development

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A UTHSC-led team has received $3.16 million from the National Cancer Institute to develop a drug that boosts the immune system response in cancer patients to destroy tumor cells. Gabor Tigyi, MD, PhD, Harriet Van Vleet Endowment Professor in the Department of Physiology, is the lead investigator. Sue Chin Lee, PhD, associate professor in the… Read More


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Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center at UTHSC to Host Annual Art Show and Auction

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The Rachel Kay Stevens Therapy Center (RKSTC) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is hosting its 6th-annual art show and auction online Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28. This event benefits the pediatric pro-bono occupational therapy clinic at UTHSC, which serves the uninsured and underinsured in the Mid-South. The online auction will… Read More


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UTHSC College of Pharmacy Student Organizations Have Winning History

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The student organization chapters in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have repeatedly been recognized for excellence. This year has been no exception. At the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA)/National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA) national convention held in Atlanta in July, the college’s chapter took home numerous prizes, including the… Read More


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Delegates from Chinese Embassy to U. S. Visit with Chinese Scholars at UTHSC

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Jin Wang, a student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 2017, is proud to have graduated from the College of Graduate Health Sciences on Monday. She plans to stay on for postdoctoral work in immunology. Wang and three other students from the college had the opportunity Tuesday to visit with representatives from… Read More


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UTHSC Team Receives $1.3 Million for Education Initiative Promoting Careers in Allied Health

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded $1.3 million to a new University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) initiative to educate rural Tennessee high school students about careers in medical laboratory sciences and public health information technology. Jacen Moore, PhD, MLS (ASCP), assistant professor in the department of Diagnostic and Health Sciences… Read More


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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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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