UTHSC Announcements


Announcements

UTHSC Maintenance

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This is a reminder about the regularly scheduled UTHSC TV (UTHSC’s streaming media service) maintenance window this Sunday June 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. ITS will perform routine maintenance and updates to help ensure that UTHSC TV continues to run smoothly. During this time, UTHSC TV will likely not be accessible.


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Student Academic Support Services Changing Name and Hosting Open House June 18

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Student Academic Support Services (SASS) will host an open house for faculty, staff, and students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 (Please note the date change.) in Room BB9 of the GEB to celebrate its name change to Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion (SASSI). Hors d’oeuvres will be served, tours will be available, and SASSI Services will be showcased.


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New Outdoor Recreation Gear AVAILABLE NOW! FREE RENTAL to all students through December 31st, 2015! GO PLAY OUTSIDE!

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Courtesy of the SGAEC, The UTHSC Outdoor Adventure Rental program has been completely overhauled! Come over to the fitness center and check out the new gear we have in stock! All Outdoor Adventure Rental gear is FREE to students TODAY through December 31st, 2015! See announcement for more details!


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Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Instruction with UTHSC Outdoor Rec and Endless River Adventures!

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UTHSC OUTDOOR RECREATION PARTNERSHIP WITH ENDLESS RIVER ADVENTURES! In partnership with the UTHSC Outdoor Recreation Department, Endless River Adventures is offering a discount through the summer season to UTHSC students, faculty, and staff on the Nantahala, Ocoee, and Cheoah Rivers. See announcement for further details.


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Faculty Candidate Seminar Genetics, Genomics and Informatics

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Beyond the Genetics of Alcohol Dependence
Alcohol dependence is a severe and common disorder causing substantial morbidity and mortality. Numerous studies have demonstrated that both genetic and environmental factors can modulate an individual’s susceptibility to alcohol dependence. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the interaction between genetic and environmental factors is mediated by epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation. Additionally, chronic alcohol consumption can also lead to alcohol abuse or dependence by altering gene expression in reward-related brain regions.
We have used several approaches to investigate the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of alcohol dependence. We performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify alcohol dependence-associated genetic variants. Considering that non-genetic factors (such as childhood adversity and chronic alcohol consumption) may also result in an increased risk for alcohol dependence via the epigenetic mechanism, we examined DNA methylation and/or gene expression changes in peripheral blood/postmortem brains of subjects affected with alcohol dependence or experienced childhood adversity. Some of the findings in human alcoholic subjects were validated using the drinking-in-dark mouse model. Given that specific brain neurons (e.g., the GABAergic neurons) participate in the reward circuit, we used human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived GABAergic neurons as models to examine alcohol-induced gene expression changes. Our findings suggest that genes involved biological pathways such as alcohol metabolism and neurotransmission play a critical role in the development of alcohol dependence.


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UTHSC ITS: Mediasite Maintenance

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The ITS team will be upgrading the Mediasite server on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 through Wednesday June 17, 2015.


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Faculty Candidate Seminar (UT-West Cancer Center for Community Health Improvement)

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Presenter: Dr. Debra Holden, Ph.D.

Topic: “Effects of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) Pilot on Disparities in Quality of Care”

Date and Time: June 11, 2015, Noon -1pm

Location: 66 N Pauline Room 112

Please join us! Box lunches provided.


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MEDICINE GRAND ROUNDS

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“MEDICAL ECONOMICS – THE COSTS OF WHAT WE DO”

Jimmie Mancell, M.D, Associate Professor, GIM

After the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Recognizing the costs associated with patient care
2. Understanding the consequences of waste and inefficiencies with present
healthcare.
3. Strategies to improve value of healthcare through improved quality and
lower costs.