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UTHSC’s Helena Parfenova Receives $2.1 Million Grant to Study Newborn Seizures

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Helena Parfenova, PhD, professor of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), was recently awarded $2.1 million to further study the functions and mechanisms behind neonatal seizures, and to potentially uncover naturally-occurring defensive mechanisms to prevent cerebrovascular disease in newborns. The neonatal brain is vulnerable to compromises… Read More


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Black Student Association Kicks Off Philanthropic Efforts With Donation to Mid-South Food Bank

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The Black Student Association (BSA) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) donated $250 to the Mid-South Food Bank on Tuesday. The donation is the first philanthropic initiative for this academic year. The group took the first half of the year to help new students become acclimated to the rigor of graduate professional… Read More


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UTHSC College of Medicine Cares for Well-Being of Students

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Soon after starting her clinical rotations in 2017, third-year College of Medicine student Anh Vo felt something was missing. The clinical work was stressful, she didn’t get to see her classmates, and everything seemed new and unfamiliar. She approached her faculty adviser with an idea — starting an informal group meeting so medical classmates could… Read More


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Physician Assistant Program Raises Profile on Campus, Across the State

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Moving from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Health Professions into the College of Medicine was a critical turning point for the Physician Assistant (PA) program. Not only did it help the program increase its visibility to physicians on campus, it did the same with partner hospitals and clinics across the state.… Read More


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Wells Named First Heber Simmons, Jr., Endowed Professor of Pediatric Dentistry

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The College of Dentistry has named Martha Wells, DMD, MS, as its first Heber Simmons, Jr., Endowed Professor of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Wells is the director of Graduate Pediatric Dentistry and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry and Community Oral Health. The Heber Simmons, Jr., Endowed Professorship of Pediatric Dentistry was established… Read More


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UTHSC Celebrates Dedication of Methodist University Hospital Shorb Tower

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Chancellor Steve Schwab, MD, commended partners Methodist University Hospital during a dedication ceremony held December 12 of their nearly completed $275 million Shorb Tower. The dedication was part of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s year-long centennial celebration. “Methodist has created an environment of cutting edge patient care, a robust… Read More


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Medical Alumni Show Appreciation Through Multiple Luncheons Across The State

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The Office of Development and Alumni Affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is showing appreciation to College of Medicine faculty and residents across the state. Last month, for the second year, five resident and faculty appreciation lunches were held at UTHSC’s regional partner hospitals in Middle and East Tennessee. Luncheon sites included… Read More


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UTRF 2018 Innovation Awards Celebrate UT Researchers

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The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) celebrated the researchers whose achievements made 2018 a record-breaking year at the annual Innovation Awards ceremonies, held December 4 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and December 5 at The Foundry on the Fair Site in Knoxville. Researchers at UTHSC received patent plaques, startup… Read More