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University Photographer Thurman Hobson Retires after 47 Years

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Back in the summer of 1970, fresh from a stint in the Air Force that took him to Greenland, Japan and Korea, Thurman Hobson came to what is now the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. The 23-year-old Manassas High School graduate signed on at the university as a photographer’s assistant. Forty-seven years later, Hobson,… Read More


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UTHSC and UAMS Announce Second Collaborative Award Winners for Cancer Research

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Four research teams have just been announced as the 2017 awardees for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)/ University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) Awards in Cancer. This is the second CORNET funding opportunity established between the two institutions. The UTHSC/UAMS CORNET Awards in Cancer are designed to… Read More


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HEI Doctors Push Eye Safety as Priority for Solar Eclipse Preparation

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The solar eclipse on August 21 is an exciting event, but it can also be dangerous if you don’t take precautions to protect your eyesight. During a solar eclipse, the moon will partially or fully cover the sun. During this event, the sky will turn darker, causing the pupils to dilate, increasing the amount of… Read More


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$1.3 Million Granted to Helena Parfenova, PhD, to Study Damaging Seizure-Activated Mechanisms in Newborn Brains

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Helena Parfenova, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine, was recently granted a $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Parfenova is studying the underlying mechanisms and functional consequences of glial cell, or astrocyte, injury caused by seizures in the neonatal… Read More


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Dale Granted $3.9 Million to Develop Universal Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Infection Vaccine

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James B. Dale, MD, Gene H. Stollerman Professor of Medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), recently received a $3,942,923 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for his project titled “Structure-Based… Read More


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New Health Initiative for UTHSC Facilities and Administrative Employees a Lifesaver

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Jeanetta Dixon believes a new health initiative for some employees at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center saved her life. Dixon, 59, a custodial foreman, found out she has diabetes, thanks to a free biometric screening offered to all facilities and administrative employees through University Health Services. She is now getting treatment, working to… Read More


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Regional Biocontainment Lab at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Receives Three-Year Renewal to Continue Select Agent Research

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  The Regional Biocontainment Lab (RBL) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has received a three-year renewal to continue research using select agents from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), after an unannounced inspection visit. “Receiving a three-year renewal is a significant achievement, as it demonstrates the CDC was very satisfied with our… Read More


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HEI Director James C. Fleming Receives 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from Tennessee Medical Association

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James C. Fleming, MD, FACS, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute (HEI) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received the 2017 Outstanding Physician Award from the Tennessee Medical Association. Dr. Fleming is also the Philip M. Lewis Professor of Ophthalmology and former chair of the Department of Ophthalmology in the College… Read More