Steve J. Schwab, MD, chancellor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has named Steven R. Goodman, PhD, vice chancellor for Research. Dr. Goodman arrives at UTHSC from the SUNY (State University of New York) Upstate Medical University where he was the former vice president for Research, dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and professor in both the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Pediatrics. As the vice chancellor for Research, Dr. Goodman will report directly to the chancellor and his impact will extend throughout UTHSC and all its statewide campuses. He plans to assume his new responsibilities on or before August 3, working from UTHSC’s main campus in Memphis.
The purpose of this communication is to inform appropriate faculty and staff of the newly implemented Banner Access Review process. This process will allow Information Technology Services (ITS) to identify inactive users within the Banner Student Information System (SIS) and to ensure the security of Banner. Going forward, both ITS and the Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Services will continue to streamline this process – most specifically Security and Systems Development. Many current campus users will soon receive an email communication directing them on the appropriate course of action in order to retain, modify, or terminate Banner SIS access. More….
The June FLIGHT News introduces the new interest rates and origination fees for the 2015-16 school year. For more information: https://www.uthsc.edu/finaid/flight/documents/june-2015-flight-news.pdf
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.
Drop-off your school supplies for a Back to School Family Affair event on July 18, 2015 at the SAC gym. The drive will run from June 1 through June 30.
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.
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.
Research Subjects Needed