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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


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Research Duo from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Awarded $1.9 Million to Develop Novel Web-based Analysis Platform for Precision Medicine

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded Robert W. Williams, PhD, chair of the Department of Genetics, Genomics and Informatics, and Saunak Sen, PhD, professor and chief of Biostatistics in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), a $1,920,056 grant for their project titled, “A Unified High… Read More


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G.E.M.S. Mentoring Group’s Annual Tea Party Leaves a Lasting Impact on Young Ladies Destined for Success

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Twenty-five young ladies left the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) better prepared for success after participating in the Girls Empowered and Mentored for Success (G.E.M.S.) afternoon tea party. The mentoring group’s third annual event was held on June 24. G.E.M.S. is sponsored by the Shelby County Relative Caregiver Program at UTHSC. The event… Read More


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Dustin Fulton Named to 2017 Young Memphis List by the Greater Memphis Chamber

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For Dustin Fulton, MS, there’s no place like home. A native Memphian and graduate of Central High School, Fulton graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2011, and knew he wanted to come back to Memphis to make a difference in the community. Recently he has been named to the Greater Memphis Chamber’s 2017… Read More